I’m Heading To Germany!


Given the fact that Europe is a favorite travel destination of mine, I’m a little embarrassed to say that I have spent practically zero time in Germany. That’s right, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and arguably the most important country in Europe and I have spent barely three nights there. Frankfurt and Munich are the sum total of my travel experience there, but that is an oversight I’m about to correct.

Starting tomorrow I’m leaving for ten days in Germany, where I can use my poor language skills and hopefully eat lots of schnitzel. The first part of my trip will be focused on Berlin, a city I’ve long wanted to visit, but to which I just haven’t made it before now. While in Berlin I’ll be seeing the normal tourist sights, from the Brandenburg Gate to Checkpoint Charlie, but that’s not all. I’ll also be exploring the quirky aspects of the city as well as discovering its incredible foodie side. Currywurst – I have you in my sights!

After Berlin I travel to Leipzig for a special event, The Social Travel Summit. The summit, which is hosted by an organization I’ve long been involved with – Iambassador – is a chance to bring professional travel bloggers together with key members of the travel industry. Through presentations and workshops, some of the top bloggers in the world along with innovative thought leaders in the travel and tourism industry will share best practices, ways of doing business and ideas for the future. It should be an energetic, fun-filled experience and I can’t wait.

The conference is co-hosted by the German National Tourism Board and involves several post-conference trips, during which time I will travel to Hamburg; another new city for me. Hamburg may be the second largest city in Germany, but there’s a lot more to discover than just a big city. Hamburg has an incredible history and is well known for being a world-wide leader in the arts and culture. I’m really looking forward to seeing what makes this famous city tick for myself.

Berlin – Leipzig – Hamburg – all great cities for me to explore and I can’t wait to share photos and stories from these beautiful German destinations.

Do you have any tips for me before I leave for my German adventure?

By: Matt Long

Matt has a true passion for travel. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer.

7 thoughts on “I’m Heading To Germany!”

  1. Leipzig is lovely! Try to catch a performance by the boys choir at the church where Bach was the cantor. Fun fact: The Leipzig Hauptbahnhof is the longest train station in the world!

  2. Matt, I definitely think you’ll enjoy your time in Berlin. Audrey and I have been hanging out here for 2.5 weeks and it is already starting to feel like a place we could someday potentially consider as a base. Looking forward to meeting up at the conference in a few days!

  3. Ha! I’m from Hamburg! And I may be biased, but I think it’s the most beautiful city in Germany. Definitely check out Altona, the Speicherstadt, and the Schanzenviertel. You can walk along the Elbe (Övelgönne is my favorite place to start),canoe on the Alster, or take a harbor boat tour (although they can be a bit touristy). When my American friend came to visit last summer we found lots of great destinations on spottedbylocals.com. Can’t wait to hear how you liked it here in Hamburg! Have a great trip!

  4. What I really admire about your trip is that you’re venturing beyond the typical American’s view that Bavaria (Munich, Oktoberfest, Alps, etc) is all there is to Germany.As a German-American, I get frustrated when people only really visit Southern Germany and Berlin and think that’s all there is to it. Hope you had fun!

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