Travel Through Germany!
Travel through Germany with Oma. Enjoy to visit five different cities from Munich to Hamburg. No passport required. Click on links to find out more. For me, traveling in Germany also means going back in time. Even though many historic buildings were destroyed through the senselessness of World War ll, the Germans did a thorough job reconstruction and rebuilding. It is important not to forget the women called “Truemmerfrauen,” literally translated as the “ruins women” or “rubble women” who had a big job in clearing and restoring the cities. I am thankful for the work they have done to keep our culture and traditions alive.
People of a small town in Hesse came up with the idea to re-build a little village from parts of old houses to demonstrate old handiwork, trades, and life as it used to be. It is called Hessenpark. An excellent idea to protect and keep the past alive.
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If you visit the countryside along the Rhine river, you will be immediately surrounded by Old World charm.
Pictured below: the Rhine river with the view from the Lorelei, a famous rock overlooking the Rhine. Furthermore, the Niederwalddenkmal with Mrs. Germania. Pictured in the center: Rhein in Flammen, firework displays along the Rhine start in May of each year and end in September.
Big cities are a combination of old buildings, some original and others rebuilt, as well as modern architecture. Traveling from Munich in the South, passing the center in Frankfurt am Main, and reaching in the North Hamburg you will recognize the cultural differences—all beautiful and deeply rooted in the generations that lived before us.
Munich is the capital of the German State of Bavaria. The city is very well known for its annual Oktoberfest—starting in late September and ending in the first week of October. Munich is also proud of its many historical buildings and churches. Munich’s Olympia Park, built for the Olympic Games in 1972, is just one of its many attractions and is open to the public. If the weather conditions are right, you will be able to see the mountains of the Alps.
When I travel through Germany, Frankfurt is the place I am staying. Some might know Frankfurt from the large airport they have stopped at to catch a connection flight. I would like to show you a different face of Frankfurt. Frankfurt is much more. In its suburbs, you can find restored old buildings. Everybody still knows everybody, and there is not much anonymity in the day to day life. Many attractions are not only downtown but also spread all over the suburbs. Downtown, that’s where the action is! The city hall “Rathaus” Roemer is close to the Main River with the many bridges that divide the city. The skyline of Frankfurt reminds a little of New York because of the combination of the river, skyscrapers, banks, and shops. Therefore, it is very popular to say “Mainhattan,” a name made up from the words Main (a river in Frankfurt) and Manhattan or “Bankfort.”
Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg means Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. It is one of the largest and affluent cities in Europe. The port of Hamburg is one of the largest on earth. The Speicherstadt, meaning warehouse district, is the largest of its kind in the world.
If you are planning to visit and travel through Germany, you should not miss the chance to stop by a farmers market in any of the German cities on your itinerary. Besides vegetables and fruits, they also offer cheese, poultry, sausages, and freshly made butter and bread. It is exciting to watch the farmers still working with the old fashioned scales and wrapping the goodies in old newspapers.
No wonder people are saying “Good old Germany!”I hope you enjoyed your travel through Germany with Oma. and it got you thinking about Germany as your next overseas vacation destination.
A special thanks go to P. Lenz and B. Wagner for providing pictures to create the collages for Oma’s travel guide Germany.
As always yours, Oma