Tips for experiencing Germany like a native

Germany is rich in culture, history, and diverse landscapes, making it a popular destination for travelers from around the world. Besides visiting the plentiful tourist attractions, one of the best ways to experience the true essence of Germany is to do as the locals do.

Try the local cuisine 

One of the most exciting aspects of traveling is trying new foods. German cuisine is famous for its hearty and delicious dishes such as sausages, schnitzel, and sauerkraut. Besides that, Germany is famous for its bread, pretzels and other baked goods. Over 3,000 different types of bread are produced here every day in accordance with traditional regional craftsmanship, and using the best natural and organic ingredients. Above all, the most important ingredient is love for the dough. Those who prefer their baked goods somewhat sweeter are also spoiled for a choice with Hamburg’s Franzbrötchen pastries, Berlin’s doughnuts, and the internationally acclaimed Stollen cake from Dresden, to name just a few. Are you ready for a taste? 

Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in a typical harvest festival, when the season’s yield is collected and celebrated. Farmers in Germany are increasingly working in line with organic standards to protect the environment and biodiversity. Many sell some of their produce at farm shops or local markets. 

Fresh rolls baked in a traditional original oven - a little piece of heaven
Fresh rolls baked in a traditional original oven – a little piece of heaven © DZT / Florian Trykowski.

Use public transportation 

Many locals enjoy the benefits of public transportation on their way to work or during their leisure time. In many places, tourists can choose environmentally conscious, varied, and cost-effective local sustainable transport options. Look for special guest passes that offer advantages such as using public transport free of charge or particularly low rates. Entry fees to popular sights in the region as well as information about tourist highlights are also usually included. In this way, the pass becomes the key to a sustainable experience all around. 

Traveling by train in Germany is easy and sustainable
Traveling by train in Germany is easy and sustainable, © DZT / Julia Nimke.

Become part of a German tradition

The Germans’ favorite alcoholic beverage? That can only be beer. For over 500 years, the German Purity Law has ensured clearly regulated ingredients: water, malt, hops, yeast – and nothing else. The Purity Law is not to be trifled with; it is in fact the oldest consumer protection law in the world and dates to 1516. Around 5,000 different types of beer now provide plenty of variety. They are produced in approximately 1,500 breweries in Destination Germany, more than half of them in the southern German state of Bavaria. The level of beer diversity in Germany is unique in the world.  

Germans enjoy beer as a cool refreshment in summer, as a drink at the end of the day, or just for fun. Follow the locals’ lead and try some of Germany’s many types of beer. 

Enjoy a tasty German beer at least once!
Enjoy a tasty German beer at least once! © FrankenTourismus/Bamberg TKS / Andreas Hub.

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