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.
VIDEO – Country #50: Germany
Blog post on Germany
- My Complete Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Germany Spending Breakdown
- Konstanz Germany – Visiting My Fellow Backpackers Hometown
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.