Germany – Country #50 In My Mission to Visit All Countries in the World

In this latest series, I will be going through all the countries I’ve travelled to on my mission to visit every single country in the world. In this article, we will be covering country #50: Germany. If you haven’t gotten a chance already, read this story first to find out why I’m trying to visit all 193 UN-recognized countries.

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Fussen

The first city I visited in Germany is Fussen. After saying goodbye to my friends in the Netherlands, I would be doing a quick stop in a city called Fussen. Why Fussen you might wonder. It’s because Fussen has a famous castle that inspired the creation of the Walt Disney Castle.

Germany, Germany – Country #50 In My Mission to Visit All Countries in the World

After taking the comfortable German train, I finally made it to Fussen. While hanging out in the hostel I was staying at, I was told by a fellow dormmate that fellow Canadians are also staying in our dorm. I tried greeting my fellow Canadians; to my surprised, they sassed me and said “we’re not Canadians, we are QUEBECOIS!”

I rolled my eyes and said to them: “Oh yeah? What passport are you using?”

Good times. (They weren’t happy with my response)

Neuschwanstein Castle

The next day, I made my way to Neuschwanstein Castle only to find out that the tickets are sold out. Great…I should have never travelled here during the peak tourist season. As a consolation prize, I decided to check out the castle anyways even if it’s just from the outside.

Germany, Germany – Country #50 In My Mission to Visit All Countries in the World

Germany, Germany – Country #50 In My Mission to Visit All Countries in the World

It’s definitely a beautiful castle but I didn’t feel the need to actually go inside. I was satisfied with my trip there and off I went to Italy which was my next travel destination.

Overnight in Berlin

The second time I went to Germany was an overnight stay in Berlin. I was on my way to see my friend who lives in Denmark. From my first impression, Berlin feels almost exactly the same as any other big cities here in North America.

They have big malls, most people can speak English, and it was relatively easy to get around. But, my next stop in Germany is when I would be staying there for a lengthier period of time.

Konstanz

During my trip to Brazil, I befriended this German couple in the city of Belem. They invited me to come to visit them in Konstanz when they return back from their backpacking trip.

Germany, Germany – Country #50 In My Mission to Visit All Countries in the World

Konstanz is a very beautiful city with a huge lake right in the middle. Many Swiss people drive here to get cheap goods since the city borders Switzerland.

I enjoyed my stroll through the city as I made my way to my friend’s place.

Germany, Germany – Country #50 In My Mission to Visit All Countries in the World

 

Before long, one of my friends greeted me as I arrived. It was a heartwarming reunion to see friends I made while backpacking in another continent.

5 Days in Konstanz

It was strange hanging out with the couple during my time in Konstanz. The girlfriend (I’m not using their names) suddenly had a personality shift. She was not the same person I met while travelling in Brazil. The boyfriend was exactly the same was still really chill.

I think the stress of everyday life has gotten to the girlfriend and she was having trouble coping. Life while backpacking has so much freedom and excitement. When you return home, social pressure starts creeping back up causing a lot of anxiety and stress.

Germany, Germany – Country #50 In My Mission to Visit All Countries in the World

During my five days in Konstanz, I hanged out with my friends as they did their normal everyday routine. They would go for a run, do some errands, and walk around the city.

I enjoyed my time there and just living like a local. It’s one of the moments I realized that what I truly love about travelling is living like a local. It’s nice to go sightseeing here and there but after a while, it does get tiring. But living like a local is neat as you get to see another perspective of what life is like in another country.

Germany, Germany – Country #50 In My Mission to Visit All Countries in the World

Conclusion

After a relaxing five days hanging out with my friends, it was time for me to leave. My next destination after Konstanz was Slovenia.

Germany is a neat country and I would return again to transit through there. I don’t know if I’d go back there again for the sake of tourism; though. The country is great for people who love visiting big cities. But for adventure travellers like me, I’m not quite sure it’s the right fit for me. Having said that, I am interested in visiting in going back to Bavaria and check out Octoberfest. I think that would be a cool cultural experience.

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3 thoughts on “Germany – Country #50 In My Mission to Visit All Countries in the World”

  1. Hi Kendrick,
    Just took a quick moment to read your post. I ‘did’ get a chance to travel to Neuschwanstein (?) castle and see the inside. It WAS beautiful but really…after awhile…all castles seem the same; more or less.

    Saw alot of them in Ireland! 👍

    Rebecca

  2. As someone who chose to settle in Berlin from Vancouver I’m going to step in and defend Germany a little. 🙂
    Konstanz is cute (and the lake is Germany’s biggest lake btw), but the beauty cities I’d say are Dresden (what’s left of the old city, along with the Basteibrücke nearby) and Cologne (with its impressive cathedral). Nuremberg and Munich as honourable mentions. For proper castles though, Ireland is a better choice (as Rebecca mentioned).
    It’s definitely not the adventure country but it’s also not at all about big cities (most are pretty small), and the capital Berlin has a ton to offer from historic to visual and cultural. I’ve seen a decent chunk of Europe now, and 32 towns/cities around Germany but there’s few places more liveable than Berlin, particularly if you’re young.

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