Night halt at fairly large city of Kassel ,we stayed in Hotel Golden Tulip ,quite a nice location near the Central Station ...of course we had a Nightclub pretty close diagonally opposite on the Main Street .There are museums here to visit for those who are keen (we skipped ) Oh !...
Europe has long been considered as a dream destination for many travel enthusiasts. Its medieval cities, verdant meadows and diverse culture has always acted as a magnet for travelers. But it is also known to be prohibitively expensive especially for people from countries whose currency exchange rate is abysmal as compared to the Euro.So when I was selected as an exchange student to study a term of 3 months at Toulouse Business School, France the first thing I wanted to do was to devise a plan to experience Europe on a budget as I was a student and was not earning since a year. I checked my curriculum and found out that I had 15 days to travel during the hectic term. The idea that I had in my mind was to experience Europe rather than just marking places off my bucket-list. I spoke to a lot of people, did a lot of research and came to a conclusion that one needed to spend at-least 2 days in a particular city to get the real feel of it. I had heard from my friends that the EuRail is the cheapest option to travel in Europe, but I found out that the statement is true only if you have more than a month to travel, For a shorter time and for a solo traveler (EuRail gives couple discounts) the most inexpensive option to travel is by bus, and EuroLines buses were the best and most convenient for me.Planning:
Decidedly gritty and blatantly irreverent, Berlin is almost notorious for its reputation as the coolest city in the world. Berlin doesn't glitter with glamour like Paris or bustle with energy like London. Unlike other European capitals, Berlin is unpolished and understated and yet, an absolute delight.Getting around in BerlinCycling is one of the best ways to get around Berlin. The faultlessly maintained cycle lanes are easy to navigate, often segregated from pedestrians and are used by more than half a million Berliners everyday.The public transportation infrastructure includes the U-Bahn (underground trains), S-Bahn (hybrid underground and street level), trams and buses.
Well to start off about the solo trip.. Flying from india at 1 at mid night and reaching Moscow in transit wasn't too exciting except the smart air host who gave me dinner in btw the midnight! I had a transit halt in Moscow for three hours.. which somehow passed by in the excitement. Landing in Berlin was in itself an adventure.. landing on a new continent , all alone.. first time.. well.. the excitement was at its peak...Making a dramatic exit from the Berlin airport with all the tourist pamphlets.. I was ready to conquer the world!I was lucky enough to find someone known on the first day itself.. as I had just a day to be in Berlin. She came to pick me up at the airport , and we made our journey to the city, via s ban, bus, u ban ..walk.. and what not..we went to a local restaurant. If you are a vegetarian.. it would be a bit difficult but still managable.We made our journey to Berlin wall, main cannal to the city,city centre. I was lucky enough to find a college senior of mine in the same city, for whom we waited in Alexander Pia's and made our way to Berlin dome together.I dint have much time to explore Berlin as I had my bus to osnabruck where another adventure awaited me.. but in all a great day in BerlinTravel cost - 7.6 euro (one day card)Food- 3-4 euro( one meal)Visiting monuments- 7 euro min. ( Each ticket)
On our way to Leipzig, we had 5 hours to our next connection and we decide to explore the city. Owing to efficient public transportation and centrally located airports, 3~4 hours are enough to explore the highlights-1. Bellevue Palace2. Straße des 17 Juni3. Brandenburger Tor4. ReichstagsgebäudeStoring the Luggage
We travelled to Berlin with one of the local tourist company.It was 2 days trip over a weekend.
We travelled in 10 seater car and it was a road trip.Its 7 hrs drive.
We stayed in Holiday inn which was little outside the downtown.
Below are the sites we visited:
As it was guided tour our tour guide took us to every place and explained everything about the Berlin history.
Berlin has lot of history it would be really good if we have some good guide along with us.
Berlin was the capital of Nazi Germany and was air-raided 363 times during World War I. The Americans dropped 23,000 tons of bombs, and the British 45, 517 tons. Bombings continued relentlessly. By May 1945, nearly 14 percent of Berliners had fled the city.
Flew into Berlin Schöenefeld Airport from London Stansted. As students, public transport was obviously the way. Walking to the nearby subway station, there was a huge queue to buy tickets. There is no counter just three self service machines which only one would give change back. so finding exact change was horrific with one stall refusing to give us change.
After much confusion, we bought a ticket and headed into the City to our hotel.
Berlin, the capital city of Germany is one of the top three congress cities in the world and home to the famous Internationales Congress Centrum, one of the largest conference centers in the world. It has some of the best historic sights like the Berlin Wall, the Checkpoint Charli and the Reichstag building. The city also has a wonderful zoo, the oldest known zoo in Germany with over 1,500 species of animals and birds. Other notable tourist spots include the Pergamon Museum, the Gemaeldegalerie and the Gemaeldegalerie.
Germany's second largest city has a sophisticated demeanour, behind which lurks mischief and abandon. Hamburg is considerably smaller than Berlin, more tight-night and connected, and yet thoroughly eclectic when it comes to art and music.Getting around in HamburgThe U-Bahn is the best way to explore most of Hamburg's sights. A lot of walking will inevitably be involved. A single day pass for unlimited use of all public transport costs €6.20 a day for adults, €2.30 for children aged 6 to 14. Bike rentals are available, but not as accessible or widely advertised as in BerlinRead More
Germany's second largest city has a sophisticated demeanour, behind which lurks mischief and abandon. Hamburg is considerably smaller than Berlin, more tight-night and connected, and yet thoroughly eclectic when it comes to art and music.Getting around in HamburgThe U-Bahn is the best way to explore most of Hamburg's sights. A lot of walking will inevitably be involved. A single day pass for unlimited use of all public transport costs €6.20 a day for adults, €2.30 for children aged 6 to 14. Bike rentals are available, but not as accessible or widely advertised as in Berlin
Montag: Willkommen to Frankfurt“Gutenmorgen” was the first word I heard as I stepped off the plane at Frankfurt airport. The neat and clean city has a cosmopolitan and modern character, complete with block-shaped houses, tall, square-shaped steel buildings, and several banks and other offices. I crossed the famous 'Working Man' statue in downtown Frankfurt, which embodies the true nature of labour laws in the city.Read More
Montag: Willkommen to Frankfurt“Gutenmorgen” was the first word I heard as I stepped off the plane at Frankfurt airport. The neat and clean city has a cosmopolitan and modern character, complete with block-shaped houses, tall, square-shaped steel buildings, and several banks and other offices. I crossed the famous 'Working Man' statue in downtown Frankfurt, which embodies the true nature of labour laws in the city.
The rebels started their first leg of their journey from Mumbai ( India), traveling Via Istanbul to Frankfurt.We landed in Frankfurt on a cold evening around 7pm at Frankfurt Airport.
Some of our experiences are captured greatly in our pictures below
We got to witness a beautiful set of dancers who had come together as activists outside our hostel & performed a sweet show for a large audience which had gathered.
The Frankfurt hostel was bustling with a great vibe.A great set of youngsters chatting,some playing some instruments & listening to music,others reading and some standing at the balcony facing the lovely streets of Frankfurt and enjoying a beer or two
The lovely Meninger Hotel at Munich City centre was our pad for 2 nights.( would highly recommend them).Not only because they surprised us with a free upgrade to a private suite from a 8 room dorm,but because they have a great vibe, a cute bar, generous staff and some lovely guests.
We had a privilege of tasting some of the best local Bavarian beers.
Amazing architecture & culture History & Art
Beautiful buildings and architecture around the city. Frankfurt & Munich both have a unique touch to it of modern and medieval setting.Munich is quite well known for its big museums and cathedrals
After spending the day seeing some of the beautiful architecture,local areas, we went to this lovely man made ice lake.The route was through the very pretty Englischer Garten, German for "English Garden", is a large public park in the centre of Munich, Bavaria, stretching from the city centre to the northeastern city limits.
The Main is a river in Germany. With a length of 527 km, it is the longest right tributary of the Rhine, and the longest river lying entirely in Germany.
Beautiful streets Colorful streets, filled with restaurants & pubs.Munich has it all.
The Eisbach (German for "ice brook") is a small man-made river, 2 kilometres long, in Munich. It flows through the park known as the Englischer Gartenand is a side arm of the Isar River. A manmade wave has been created on one section, where surfers come & spend evenings surfing.We saw a very talented bunch one evening.
The local tram system is so well connected & easily accessible.
FC Byern celebration
Pretty people of Germany Food We got to try some yummy sausages known as Bratwurst: The name means "farmers' sausage,"Germany has an extremely beautiful culture !
Happy exploringThis post was originally published on Rebel In Transit.
Finally, last but not the least the next destination was Frankfurt, Germany from where there was the return flight to India. The last day was spent in packing bags and having a tour to the BMW factory. Where you can see all the models starting from the first to the latest ones. My mom has never been on a motorcycle, but she was too happy to pose with the super sports BMW motorcycles. Bidding Adieu to Europe the time has come to board Oman Air and reach India via Muscat.All this time I was here and used to call my parents every day. This was how I was having my EuroTrip by words and imagination. Life is worth to see the moments of happiness and smiles on my parents face. God Bless and keep them happy.
Went to Rhine valley , along with new mates whoever I met on bus , was started by walking from my hotel , exploring everything with feeling the air breeze and after some 5km reached the bus from there travelled in bus upto 20km nearly outside the Frankfurt like it is valley . From there I went down to small town where totally people were nearly 1200 . It was a beautiful place .. and cruise to explore along the valley for upto 40kms , tasted all kinds of wines . First time I had experienced the wine and every weekend means red wine , white wine , Pinot Gris , Pinor blac , Chardonnay , Arbane .. while I was on the cruise it went up to some miles so during there were so many old castles which were built 1000 / 2000 years a ago . Very rare to see these kinds of castles everywhere. The total day I spent over this place was totally satisfied. Starred from my hotel by walking around the streets , ate Tortila while , then BUS travel , small cable car travel about to 15 mins , cruise travel , bus travel , again started walking by end of the day , was waited for the bus to catch up . Did . Went to hotel had some rest time . Was fun . Was it ?
A pretty compact city, Frankfurt was decidedly a non-party destination unless you travelled far from the city centre. The Red Light District was marvelously nightmarish, upon entrance we were offered every drug we were aware of and even witnessed a few being taken. The city has a very standoffish feel and no one seems happy at any given time. Our hostel, Frankfurt Hostel, was the saving grace of the trip. Cheap drinks, a well cultured atmosphere and clean rooms, it went the extra mile. The cities old heritage is lost between the office buildings so it's not worth searching for because so much has been eroded. 3/10, it's only this high for the displays in the Red Light District.
Thankful for the good weather at Frankfurt. It's a rather calm city like Stuttgart. Definitely less busy than London! At first we paid 9.90 euros for transportation in Frankfurt. We then realised that there isn't any train or tram conductos around. And the underground did not have any gantry to pass through. So we took the risk of getting fined the next and following day. WE DID IT. I reckon that everyone should take the risk. Hahaha you can save loads!