When most people think of going on vacation in the winter, they think about traveling to a beautiful island or tropical climate with beaches and palm trees to escape the cold. So why should you pass up the beaches and travel to a country where walking is the best way to see the cities… in the dead of winter? Germany is undoubtedly beautiful in all seasons for different reasons, but here’s why you should go in winter!
1. Winter is off season!
Its exactly as I said earlier, people want to travel somewhere warm! That’s why there won’t be huge crowds of tourists everywhere. Some will veer off the normal inclination to relax on a beach to visit countries in the cold because of posts like this, but I promise you it’s nothing like going in high season.
Because there are fewer tourists, you actually get to see the locals and experience what they see during the time people prefer to be somewhere else. Not only that, Airfare is cheaper because there isn’t as much demand. There no super long lines to wait in (unless its for beer because the locals always line up for that). You also get to see a different side to the city, where ever you may be. Everything all snowed over can be a beautiful site to see!
2. Tollwood Winter Festival
Everyone knows how famous Germany is for Oktoberfest, but there’s other fun festivals too! Such as Tollwood, this festival usually last a whole month. They have all kinds of hand made crafts which is perfect if you want to bring a great souvenir home! They also have huge tents everywhere with live entertainment and bands playing.
You can sit down and enjoy the show while having a drink or you can walk around and marvel at the things people make with their hands. They also have large artistic sculptures everywhere that are fascinating and sometimes funny to see. This makes for a great activity in the winter.
3. Christmas Markets/Lights
Everyone should just know, I don’t celebrate Christmas. The lights however, that decorate all the cities are absolutely gorgeous to walk around under at night. The Christmas markets are a great experience to have as well. Some are mid-evil themed and the owners are dressed in mid-evil style clothes.
Some markets have people dressed in traditional lederhosen. There was even a gingerbread house in the middle of the walkway to sell sweets. Nutella filled crepes made right in your face are an even more common site with the occurrence of the Christmas markets. It’s definitely a reason worth visiting Germany for!
This drink is so good, it got it’s own reason! Gluhwein mean “hot spiced wine” in German. They serve this everywhere all over Germany! There’s many different recipes so it wont taste the same every place you have it. They also have hot apple ciders and citrus ciders (both alcoholic) if wine isn’t really your thing. Regardless, I suggest trying it considering it is a spiced wine with many different flavors. You never know if you like something unless you try it.
Ordering a glass of gluhwein to warm you up while walking in the cold can really make a difference. So can warm clothes! Dress warm, order a crepe and drink gluhwein when you visit Germany in the winter and you are sure to enjoy yourself. If you have been to Germany in the winter let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear your experiences too!