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Why the transport system is your friend

It seems that Germany’s bus system and national rail system compete to offer better services for passengers. The result is a highly developed transportation system at an affordable cost. This is great news for anyone who plans to travel throughout Germany on vacation.
Berlin Linien Bud or ADAC Post bus are the best bus options. This one is owned and slightly less expensive by the German postal service. The cost of a trip from Berlin to Central Germany is around 10 EUR. Most buses also have Wi-Fi available onboard. The bus service in Germany covers only the main routes. You will need the German train system if you wish to travel to the countryside or to a small village.
The trains in Germany cover every tiny town and village and if you want to get off-the-beaten-track, the train is the right way to do this. There are some small towns that are not covered by the train, but these are linked to the nearest station via extension buses. To save some euros, booking your train tickets early is a smart idea. This can be done at the German Railway Website.
Be aware that booking your train tickets in advance is not the best way to save money. You can save big on the ICE (express train) if you plan ahead. If you are looking to explore independently and not be dependent on public transport, renting a car is a good option.

Eating and drinking options abound

It might surprise you to learn that street vendors can sell you a meal for as low as 5-6 euros. You can also find delicious traditional German snacks such as Bratwurst and Currywurst for around 3-5 EUR. You can also find delicious Turkish food in Germany, such as kebabs, doner, and Lahmacun. These foods are often cheaper than German traditional cuisine, and the Turkish doner kebab is often the only late-night snack.
Many restaurants offer lunch deals for business if you are in the middle of big cities. You can often get more food than you normally pay during lunchtime. Make sure you ask for “Leitungswasser”, which is tap water. You will most likely get a bottle of overpricedmineral water if you don’t ask. Also, tipping is not required in Germany. Service and tipping are part of all restaurant bills. If you are satisfied with the service, leave an additional 5-10% on the bill.
There are also some great and affordable pastries that you can find in the bakeries. It’s possible to eat lunch at a restaurant, then have dinner at one of the bakeries. This is a great way to save some extra euros. If you stay in a property with its own kitchen, you can cook for yourself. You will find farmers markets Saturdays in many parts of the country. You can buy fresh, low-cost groceries here to make your own meals.
Local beers are another option if you’re looking for that German beer. These beers are often cheaper than those of international fame and taste just as good if not way better.

Why the best activities in Germany are free

Activities and attractions are the costliest category of spending when you travel. A guided tour or a cruise will set you back around 25-30 euros, which is not cheap.You should be aware that Germany has a lot of free activities.
Let’s begin with walking tours. Once you have reached the city, this is a great way of learning your way around. Many cities offer daily walking tours for free, and some hostels even offer them. You can tip the tour guide, but you don’t need to. In Germany, museums usually have at least one free day each week. Before you visit any museum, be sure to verify this information. While the city pass is a great way to save money on public transport, renting a bike is even cheaper. You can also move freely around the city without having to rely on public transport and without getting stuck in traffic. Guided tours are not the best way to see the outdoors. These tours are outrageously expensive. You can go hiking by yourself or ask a friend to join you Couchsurfing.
There are beautiful parks in all German cities. This is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the natural beauty while having a picnic. Locals will often do this.
The best things about Germany, according to me,are the free ones. Walking through Old Munich, visiting Hamburg Harbor, hiking in the German Alps and exploring the Black Forest, or visiting the Baltic Coast. All of these activities can be done without spending a single Euro.

Language goes a long way

It would be ironic to visit the country that gave us the English language wanderlust but not know the rest of the language. You will make less dumb decisions when you travel in foreign contexts, as is the case with almost every other language. In this instance, the cost of sub-optimal travel arrangements is what makes you stupid.
It is a matter of making informed decisions based on as much information as you can. You will have a better chance of finding last-minute deals, Bahnhofe, or Flughafen.
However, if you don’t speak German and are not inclined to learn it, you won’t be lost. You may still experience a lot of trouble outside the larger cities.