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Are you looking for some Germany travel tips or traveling to Germany for the first time? Germany is one of the best places to visit in December as it has many Christmas markets spread throughout the country. Contrary to what you may think, Germany is cheap, especially if you move through rural areas as is our case. The ideal is to enter some Gästehaus (tavern) of some town.

Have you booked a flight to Berlin, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Cologne or Hamburg for a visit to the Black Forest area? Are you wondering now how to get from the airport to the city center at the cheapest and without unnecessary additional costs? The major airports in Germany are served by many different means of transport.

It is sometimes not so easy to find out which option is the fastest and cheapest. However, this article explains exactly how travelers can best reach the city center from each airport. The various options are clearly displayed in the respective illustrations.

5 Major Airports in Germany

1. Berlin

The federal capital Berlin has two airports: Tegel and Schonefeld. There are various options to get to the city center from Tegel Airport with a variety of attractions and sights. By taxi, you can get to Alexanderplatz in less than half an hour, but the approximately 12-kilometer drive is not quite cheap at around 32 euros.

Much cheaper, namely for only 2.70 euros, travelers can reach the center by public transport. Two bus lines go within 35 minutes to Alexanderplatz, and an express bus puts the route back at the same price even faster.

Slightly further away from the city center is Schoenefeld Airport. It also offers excellent access to the public transport network. Travelers can also choose to use the taxi as a means of transport. You can go at much less than 50 euros in the approximately 23-kilometer route if you take the bus or the S-Bahn instead.

For the 45-minute the bus ride rate is 3.30 euros. The same price is payable for the S-Bahn, which, however, only takes 35 minutes to Alexanderplatz. The regional train Airport Express offers the fastest connection to the city center with a travel time of only 30 minutes.

The Berlin Spandau station offers connection to the metro and commuter network of Berlin. But who needs cars in Spandau? The old town and the citadel are within walking distance. In addition, you can get to any part of Spandau with the many buses that stop at both Spandau stops, at the train station and at the town hall.

The old town of Spandau is one of the highlights of this neighborhood. Here you can see different architectural styles that are characteristic of different times. Enjoy the tranquility in Reformationsplatz with the St. Nikolai Church, which invites you to enter with its many banks and a small dream park. A few steps further on, you will find the Gothic House, one of the most important medieval monuments in Berlin.

Go from Gothic to Renaissance. In Spandau you can do it in just a couple of minutes. The Citadel, with the Juliusturm tower, is the district's reference point. Completely surrounded by water, it completes the picturesque landscape created by the Havel. Explore the terrain and escape from routine. See medieval fairs in the modern metropolis.

In the Havel plain, Spandau also has rural paradises created by water, meadows, forest and countryside, very close to the urban area and the historic area.

2. Brandenburg

Brandenburg surrounds this vibrant Berlin metropolis with vegetation and nature. It is the Tuscany of the north, with the Uckermark district and is a little Venice of rivers and canals that go through the Spree Forest and a Prussian Arcadia with Potsdam, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. A big surprise is also the palace and Sanssouci park in Potsdam.

The Sanssouci palace was the summer residence of Frederick II the Great, King of Prussia. The Sanssouci Palace is known as the Prussian Versailles, although in my opinion it is much prettier than Versailles. The New Palace, which houses an art gallery, a Chinese house, the house of the Dragon that houses a cafeteria cum restaurant, the Charlottenhof Palace and the Orangerie.

3. Dresden

During the Christmas holidays one of the most beautiful is undoubtedly the Striezelmarkt in Dresden that is also the oldest in the country. Let yourself be delighted by Saxon folk art, such as Lausanne pottery, basketry and lace, as well as different wood carvings if you are looking for some German Christmas market souvenirs.

One of the key points is the Stollenfest, where a huge cake weighing around 4 tons is cooked, which moves from the Zwinger Palace, beyond the Semperoper, through the Frauenkirche cathedral in Dresden and up to the Striezelmarkt.

4. Munich

The popular Christmas markets that spread throughout Bavaria just before Christmas, have their epicenter in the great Munich. An enchanted forest and even a human advent calendar are some of the attractions that they like the most.

In the middle of spring, Hershtrasse becomes a small corner of Japan. Thousands of people come here every day to enjoy the cherry blossoms. Many prefer to admire the trees at night, as they are even more unusual in the light of the street lamps. Typically, trees bloom for up to 10 days. It is very difficult to predict when the alley will bloom next spring.

Munich Airport has already been voted the most popular airport in Europe six times and is one of the best airports for a stopover during flights cancelled due to weather. If you want to see the many attractions in the Bavarian capital, there are several ways to get into the center. After your flight in the Lufthansa A350 premium economy class, the best way from Munich airport to city centre for the 35-kilometer route is best traveled by Lufthansa airport bus for 10.50 euros or by taxi for 70 euros. The journey takes only half an hour.

Only for a few minutes longer, you can take the S-Bahn train from Munich airport to city center, with which you can reach the main station for 10.80 euros within 45 minutes.

5. Füssen

Neuschwanstein Castle is a dream construction surrounded by a beautiful landscape that inspired Walt Disney himself to create the castle of the Sleeping Beauty, which makes up one of the most popular tourist destinations in Germany. Neuschwanstein is a construction that reflects the ideals and desires of King Ludwig II.

6. Baden Baden

In a dream enclave in the heart of the Black Forest lies the traditional Baden Baden Christmas Market, one of the most endearing in Germany. The approximately 100 wooden stalls with Christmas decoration and gastronomy invite you to a most festive walk, but this is not all. Apart from the Christmas market, the town also has a street that could have been taken from a fairy tale. It is called Märchenstrasse where images tell the story of Christmas.

7. Speyer

The German city of Speyer belongs to the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate. It is one of the oldest cities of the Germanic country. The Rhine passes through its lands and we can visit here the largest Romanesque Cathedral in the world. A few meters from it, is the Technic Museum Speyer, which is well worth a visit.

8. Frankfurt

Frankfurt am Main offers excellent international connections through two airports. Frankfurt am Main airport is one of the largest airports in Europe. It is located southeast of the city and is easily accessible by public transport. To get from the airport to the city center, you can take the S-Bahn, which covers a distance from Frankfurt airport to Frankfurt city centre of about 23 kilometers to the main station for 4.55 euros in just 15 minutes.

For the same price, but 5 minutes longer, you are traveling by train. A taxi ride to the center takes 16 minutes and is the most expensive option with a price of around 30 euros. You can book cheap flights to Frankfurt now.

A little further away from Frankfurt am Main is Frankfurt-Hahn Airport. It is located 124 kilometers west of the city center and is also well connected to the public transport network. You can travel by bus for 15 euros that take 1 hour and 45 minutes from the airport to Frankfurt main station. The trip to the city center is a little faster by taxi, but it is not the cheapest option with around 220 euros.

9. Bonn

Traveling to Bonn can be a fantastic plan for a weekend getaway. The former capital of the Federal Republic of Germany until 1990 is a town with a lot of cultural activities, which delights all those who decide to visit Bonn. The hometown of Ludwig van Beethoven has some museums to better know the genius of classical music.

The churches and German castles are one of the main attractions of tourism in Bonn. The museums of modern art, natural history or the Egyptian museum are also some of the places in the city that you can not miss. The Siebengebirge (Seven Hills), 10 km from Bonn has the largest National Park in Europe. Königswinter is a city of wine and tourists, located at the foot of the Seven Hills.

There is nothing like it to fill with illusion and spirit, strolling through rows of well-lit stalls and looking through the shop windows. And all this surrounded by the fragrance of Germany at Christmas, such as roasted almonds, cotton candy, and of course the glühwein and gingerbread cakes, which are everywhere.

10. Cologne

Its old town, Altstadt, can be seen hundreds of meters away thanks to the huge and sharp spiers of Kölner Dom cathedral, which dominate the urban skyline of Cologne. On the bridge where the train crosses the river (Hohenzollerrnbrücke) there are thousands and thousands of colored locks tied by couples and lovers.

Travelers who have already visited the Cologne Christmas market will agree with me that it is a true wonder. Ice lovers can also find an ice skating rink in Cologne during the Christmas market season. As in each of the Christmas markets, I recommend you to visit it hungry. There is a wide gastronomic variety of the area, and you cannot miss the traditional Kölsch beer of Cologne.

11. Dusseldorf

Dusseldorf is a modern city that has nothing to envy over other major cities in Germany, and an old town (Alstadt) with much charm. In the Altstadt area the Marktplatz stands out with its beautiful city hall (Rathaus). The Carlplatz square is great for its nice food and flower market. In addition, there are stands with small high tables where you can stop for a beer and enjoy a tasty wurst.

Nor should you miss the commercial area, with Konisgalle street as a reference, which brings together very expensive brands. The area bordering the Rhine river is called Rheinuferpromenade has lots of terraces on the promenade. In the breweries they elaborate and serve their own black beer known as Altbier, which is usually accompanied by abundant food such as knuckle, sausages, bacon, mashed potatoes and salad.

If we cross the river by one of its modern bridges we will reach the area known as Overcastle, where a row of banana trees will become our best ally if it starts to rain, because parallel to the riverbank, they allow us to walk calmly without fear of getting wet.

In this area it is worth visiting the best European Japanese garden, according to experts, and is that Düsseldorf hosts the largest community of Japanese in the European Union , and therefore is considered the Japanese capital on the Rhine. If you are passionate about manga and Japanese culture, it is worth attending the week of celebrations of the Japanese day.

Only about 10 kilometers north of Dusseldorf is the airport of the city. A ride to the center takes about 12 minutes by taxi and costs 23 euros. S-Bahn as a means of transport costs 2.60 euros only and at a fraction of the price you can still arrive just as quickly at the main station.

Cologne city center is also within easy reach with about 45 kilometers from Dusseldorf Airport. Travelers to the center of Cologne can travel for only 2.60 euro in an hour and eleven minutes by suburban train. The regional train backs the route a bit faster: for 11.30 euro Cologne Central Station can be reached in just 55 minutes.

12. Dortmund

Dortmund Airport is only about 14 kilometers east of the city center. The quickest way to get to the center is by taxi, which takes only 20 minutes for the ride, but with 30 euros, is not the cheapest option. For just 8.50 euros, but almost as fast, travelers can cover the route to the Dortmund main station directly with the Airport Express.

13. Muenster

Shopaholics are recommended to visit Muenster during Christmas as during this period the shops of the city present scale sales. The city also invites its guests to visit numerous festive open markets. The most popular boutiques and shopping centers are on Prinzipalmarkt street. This is the final destination for those looking for some memorable gifts and memories.

Tourists must follow the food preferences of the local population in the restaurants in Germany. If a eating house is avoided by local people, then the restaurant has gained a bad reputation or features rather high price tags. Muenster is considered a safe and quiet city. Its central streets are safe for tourists even late at night while both the remote areas of the city should not be visited by tourists alone. These areas should be visited only accompanied with a guide.

14. Hamburg

One of the ideal European cities for a weekend getaway is Hamburg. It is the second largest city in Germany after Berlin and also has the largest port in the same and the third in the world. When the temperatures rise a little and the first rays of sun of the year reach the city, its streets are filled with people more than ever to the sound of street artists who create an ideal atmosphere to enjoy a peaceful walk.

Walk along the Alster, explore the renovated Speicherstadt or immerse yourself in a small boat trip around its innumerable canals. If you get hungry, do not forget that Hamburg has a good gastronomic reputation for its famous frischbrötchen (fish sandwiches) that are Lecker, lecker!

You can start your weekend in Hamburg by visiting the piers of St. Pauli, where you can find many cafes, restaurants specialized in fish dishes and colorful souvenir shops where you can buy souvenirs. Some of these ferries are accessible with a regular S-Bahn or U-Bahn (urban transport) ticket. You can visit the port where the museums are located, the Elbe Philharmonic as well as the renewed HafenCity.

Take the ferry line 72 which will take you to the Elba Philharmonic, the new concert house where once there were warehouses for tea, cocoa and tobacco (Kaiserspeicher A) today stands this wonderful facade. From this point you can reach the Speicherstadt in a short time , a large warehouse complex in the center of the city. Today these old warehouses are occupied by offices and art galleries.

Take a short trip through Miniatur-Wunderland, a small miniature world on a railway model building. Take a tour of Hamburg, the Scandinavian countries, the Alps and even Las Vegas in one place. Take a break from downtown noise and take a trip to one of the city's great lungs, the idyllic park and botanical garden Planten un Blomen.

Go through the botanical gardens, enjoy the smell of the plants that form it or simply relax accompanied by a tea in the Japanese Garden. This place is especially beautiful during the summer, when its fountains fill with color and you can even enjoy classical music concerts. The park remains open in the evenings between the months of April and October.

A trip to Hamburg can not be considered complete without a visit to the Fish Market in Altona (Altonaer Fischmarkt). If on Saturday you stayed at one of the Reeperbahn or Schanzenviertel clubs, an early morning visit to this market is an almost obligatory duty. Although it sounds a bit strange, do not go home without eating a fischbrötchen from here.

Take a basket and buy everything you need to have a picnic by the Elbe and have a nice Sunday. After this, take the U-Bahn or walk towards the Hamburg City Hall and the Jungfernstieg. A long time ago, parents with unmarried daughters wandered around hoping to find them suitors, but today tourists and locals simply relax on their benches looking at the Alster.

As soon as the ice emerges, the walk becomes a winter wonder, where small stands that offer mulled wine (Glühwein) or currywurst emerge.

15. Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg is a city, located in Germany, in the lands of Lower Saxony, on the Canal Weser-Elba channel, south of the old river bed of the Aller river and it was destined to house the workers of the Volkswagen car consortium. They are cars of the brands Scoda, Audi, Bentley and Volkswagen. You can see the beautiful castle of medieval architecture, the Wolfsburg Castle here.

This 15th century luxury castle is an architectural masterpiece of Renaissance style. In the castle there is an art gallery, which often houses exhibitions of contemporary painters. In addition, part of the castle is the Institute of Photography, and often hosts several festivals. Wolfsburg Castle and its surrounding garden can safely be called one of the most romantic places in the city.

Newlyweds often organize a wedding photo session here. History lovers will also like the Neuhaus castle. For hundreds of years, it belonged to notable dukes. After the end of World War II, an orphanage was opened in the castle. Wolfsburg is famous not only for its historical monuments, but also for its first-class entertainment facilities, including the BadeLand water park.

There is a luxurious spa, in which there are more than ten types of saunas. At the water park, there is a large selection of attractions for adults and children of different ages.

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