Germany Travel Guide

I’ve been recapping each day of our trip and will continue to do so, but I had a few people ask me very specific questions – where we stayed, where we ate, what we did, etc. – so I figured I’d put it in one place for those who don’t want to sift through paragraphs of words and pictures of people they don’t know. ūüôā

I’ll start with Germany since it’s where we started our trip. Keep in mind this part of our trip was unique in that we visited family friends, so a lot of what we did was planned for us (which was great!). P.S. full trip recaps can be found here and here.

Where we stayed

We stayed at my German aunt and uncle’s house in Frankfurt, which is the “big city” of Germany. There were still plenty of quaint streets and beautiful houses, throughout the city! A lot of people said Sachsenhausen is a great place to stay, though.

Where we ate/drank 

Oberschweinstiege¬†– Perfect biergarten area for traditional German food and very good beer! If you go in the spring when it’s spargel season, get the spargel, ham and tomato flatbread! Order a¬†mispel shot as a true Frankfurtians would.

Apfelwein Wagner¬†– Localted in Sachsenhausen, this traditional German restaurant has the best schnitzel I’ve ever had. Get it with the green sauce because that’s local to Frankfurt. This restaurant is also famous for apfelwein, which you must get in a bembel. And you might as well get more mispel!

Lokalbahnhof РWe popped in here for a nightcap (or four) and it was a great spot after dinner. Also located in the Sachsenhausen area.

Berg‚Äôs Alte Bauerschanke – This restaurant is located within a beautiful looking hotel along the Rhine River in Rudesheim. It had THE BEST Riesling we’ve ever had in our lives (yes better than Italy!) so you might as well go here just for that. The schnitzel and potatoes were great, too!

What we did 

Goetheturm – It’s a hike but the views are worth it! This tower is located in a park south of Frankfurt and the river which gives you a great look out at the city and surrounding towns.

Downtown Frankfurt РPerfect to just walk around and stop in various shops. In the cooler months, the Christmas market is amazing. We also stopped in the beautiful Frankfurt Cathedral to walk around.

Die Kleinmarkthalle РThis indoor/outdoor market has 60+ vendors selling cheese, meats, flowers, breads and more. We stopped in for a glass of wine and enjoyed it on the rooftop area.

Eintracht Futbol Game – GO TO A EUROPEAN SOCCER GAME IF YOU HAVE THE CHANCE. That is all.

R√ľdesheim – This area is not even an hour outside of Frankfurt and is where the Riesling wine grape is originally from. Sitting right along the Rhine River, this little town is so adorable. Perfect for a little day trip outside of the “big city!”

Pro Tips/Stray Observations 

Watch out for vespas – not just in Germany, but in all of Europe – they’re everywhere!

Smoking is still allowed in bars. Not kidding.

Learn a few key phrases in German before going, despite the fact that most Germans speak very good English. We were lucky in that we had my family translate for us, but we tried to speak a bit when we were in public, at restaurants, etc. For example: danke (thanks!), ja; pronounced “yahh” (yes), nein (no), bitte (please), hallo! (hello) and the most important – prost! (cheers!). We picked up a few others along the way, like Auf Wiedersehen (farewell) and names of foods – spagel, mispel, etc.¬†Like I said, super basic but it was fun to have a¬†few¬†words we could speak.

We spent three full days/four nights in Frankfurt which was a good amount of time to see what we wanted to see. Of course, because we were with family I could have stayed forever!

Europe // Germany Part II

Day three in Europe! If you missed days one and two, click here.

We woke up, in my opinion, way too early after going out with Felix and Jennie and staying up¬†way¬†too late the night before, but we caught Felix’s field hockey game before going west to R√ľdesheim along the Rhein River.

Let me just say that I don’t understand any rule in field hockey but my back hurt just watching them bend over.

R√ľdesheim is an adorable small town in the heart of German wine country, set along the beautiful Rhine River. It reminds me of what Hermann, Missouri tries to look like (good try, MO), but 1000% better.

We arrived and took the cable car up to see the Niederwald Monument. The ride up was chilly but it was worth it for the views!

This monument commemorates¬†Germany’s unification and it’s really neat to see up close.

After some photos, we hiked to the other side and took the cable car down. I mean… look at this view!

There are a few different castles along the Rhine River (none of which I know anything about) but I just kept thinking Game of Thrones, Game of Thrones, Game of Thrones.

Once we got to the bottom of the mountain/hill, the four of us popped inside Berg’s to eat lunch. Here is where we had the very best wine of the entire vacation – not kidding. Better than Italy! The Riesling grape comes from the Rhine River area and I don’t even like Riesling that much, but this wine was so fresh and crisp. I can’t even describe how good it was.

For lunch, Kevin and I split schnitzel – he got fries, I got potatoes – but somehow I forgot to take a picture of it!

From there, we wandered around the cute little town and popped into a couple different shops while we waited for our boat ride back to our car.

Uli and Gaby said this town is SO crowded in the summer months and during Christmas. They said to imagine these small walkways packed wall-to-wall with people, but we almost had it all to ourselves!

Oh yeah, before the boat ride we stopped into a bar for another glass of wine. Unfortunately I don’t remember the name of it, but there were little patios like this all over!

Don’t ask me why my hair looks red in this picture. I don’t know the answer to that question, but I swear I am not a redhead.

We spent all day down in R√ľdesheim, but got to and from reeeeal fast thanks to the autobahn. I believe we got up to 160 mph (had to do the math since they’re on the metric system). But, Uli’s car was so smooth it didn’t feel like we were going that fast at all.

We were all laughing later that night, once we got back “home,” because they were going to order pizza for all of us. They kept asking what we wanted on our pizza and Kevin and I said we weren’t picky about 100 times. Finally I was like “I just don’t like olives” and they were like “okay so you want everything?” We¬†quickly realized that pizza in Europe is made for one person – not for sharing. So, I ended up with a cheese pizza haha.

Uli’s best friend, and neighbor, Dieter joined us for dinner, wine, “schnapps for pops,” gin and tonics and amaro *to get us prepped for Italy). We, once again, stayed up way too late but it was our last night in Germany and who knows the next time we’ll see this German family of mine that I love so much!

The next day, Gaby took us to the Frankfurt train station where we caught our first train and headed south to Salzburg, Austria. More to come!