Moving to Germany has taught me to treasure deeply the free time and free will we have in our hands.
When work and exams come to an intersecting point of no return the stress is exuberant, time becomes our worst enemy and we reach that point where we lose the ability to cope with metropolitan dynamics so our ego collapses slowly yet firmly dragging us to an isolated medium where fun is nonexistent, we tent to enslave ourselves and punish us by long-lasting lonerism. The chance of integrating among ze Germans and a whole new lifestyle vis-à-vis, peculiar yet much more humanly customs taught me a nouveau notch of appreciation over life and its values, not religious nor monetary, just magical.
Traveling around Germany, feels like a surreal fieldtrip back to the past and through the future where tradition preserved over ages is the symbol of a historical collision and revolutionary evolution.
It was love at first sight, the day I arrived here for the first time and though it might sound pretentious and more of a cliché, this will definitely happen to all of you as well.
Down below is a short list of hot spots and recreational events that are considered sacrilegious if missed once you decide to wonder the German roads.
All and everything, every inch in every corner of this goddess of a city is amazing. If by any chance you have more time on your hand do stay for more than a couple of days, you’ll soon be begging to come back. Eclectic architecture, decentralized nature, artsy neighborhoods chic yet easygoing, cosmopolitan society dispersed into various districts and the colors…yes the vivid colors that reflect the city shine still marvel me. Become one with the city and enjoy its vibrations and frequency.
2. Stilbruch takes you for a spin
Travel first to Dresden, take a deep breath and look around. What you’ll see is poetry, authority and solidarity wrapped in one particular sight, the FrauenKirche. Standing tall, the fortress reveals its story while you feel goose bumps over the body. Since you are there for the day, walk through Kunsthofpassage and to Kuegelgenhaus, it will be time well spent. Last but never the least; find Stilbruch- the surreal kneipe, a restaurant withholding the sense of reality while you enjoy a couple of rounds… beer of course.
3. Boat tripping the Rhine Valley
The exotic boat trip through the river surrounded by castles brings back memories of the childhood bed time stories that’ll send you flying. Those reminiscent sparkles of naïve hopes and dreams put a smile on your face once more. Be the queen of your own castle.
4. White wurst
The divine mixture of finely minced veal and fresh pork back bacon flavored with parsley, lemon, mace, onions, ginger, and cardamom served with sweet mustard is the uttermost German delicates you’ll be able to taste anywhere in the country. One pretzel aside and you are good to go.
5. Heilig Gesit Spital
Nuremberg would be your next move, straight to the stronghold that once served as the voice of sub-conscience, the Heilig Geist Spital (the hospital of the Holy Spirit) formerly a psychiatric residence now a municipal senior citizens’ home. Shhht…listen to the sounds of silence.
6. Miniatur World
Hamburg and its miniatur wunderland give the impression of a rollercoaster ride; it’s fun, refreshing and constructively scary. Do bother visiting Literaturhaus Café if you are given the chance, it’s pretty inspiring.
7. Sweet Black Forest
While hiking in the wild yet so fragile paths of the Black Forest, stop by at the nearest local restaurant for some sugar high. The Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte will be melting in your mouth in no time, their pride your pleasure.
8. Shopping at a Flea market
Confessions of a shopaholic aside, in Germany shopping is definitely more of an adventure and thrill. Flea markets occur in every city, every time of the year selling the most unimaginable items, timeless and moreover priceless for less than less. Yongsters gather around a tent selling their creativity, the elderly sell the stories of their lives meanwhile tourists eagerly collect bits of this great country as a souvenir.
9. Wine Tasting Stuttgart
Once upon a time, far away in the south there was this place called Weingut Stadt near the city of Stuttgart, known for its unique wine and wholehearted hospitality. The doors are always open; there is food on the table and a host loudly taking pride on the genuine product with such warmth it reminds you of home.
10. It’s in the walls
Ancient to Romanesque, Gothic to Renaissance up to Classics, Modernism and Postmodernism, diversity among the regions echoes strength and resistance. Well preserved relicts of this nation are a live proof of their history and origin. The romantic road, the philosopher’s street, grand castles and holy churches strongly represent one of the foundations of human civilizations.