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The Week in Germany: River Cruising, Renewing a Student Visa, and Berlin

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I Heart Berlin tells you about 11 Exhibitions in Berlin you should go see now. Sole Satisfaction lists the best Berlin ice cream shops for a gluten-free cone. And Fotostrasse talk up their favorite Berlin wine bar.

A dramatic and harrowing tale of student visa renewal.

“When I was first accepted to graduate school in Germany, I went straight to the Ausländerbehörde (foreigner’s office) to get my German student visa. However, I was a little disappointed when, instead of receiving a visa for the entirety of my two-year program, I was only issued a one-year visa.” Read the rest on Welcome to Germerica.

Cruising the Danube

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Tips for Traveling to Germany

by California Globetrotter

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Photo copyright dpa

1. Booking Your Flight

The sooner you book your flight the better. I recommend not booking your ticket at least than 3-4 months out, if not more. The farther out you book your trip, the more likely it is your flight will be cheaper. The closer you wait, the more it will jump! Germany has two big tourist seasons: summer (July-August) and then winter (December). Try to book a bit before or after these months.

September is also a big tourist season, thanks to Oktoberfest. Any attempt to come during this time and you will pay hefty prices for airline tickets and hotels, especially anywhere near Munich.

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Wordless Wednesday: Deutsche Bahn

We’re switching things up here at Wordless Wednesday and instead of sharing a regular old photo, featuring our favorite Instagram photo from the previous week every Wednesday and some of our favorite Germany-related accounts.  If you’d like to be considered for a feature, tag your photos with #myyounggermany. See you behind the camera.

Today we’re featuring another favorite account of mine, the Deutsche Bahn. If you don’t already love the German rails as much as I do, their Instagram photos might convince you.

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Welcome to Bavaria: Traveling Tips

by Claire Lovesti

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Photo copyright dpa, Franz Pritz

For many people, visiting Bavaria is like walking into the picture of Germany you have in your head. Quaint little towns with beautiful architecture, stunning views of craggy mountains, and gleaming lakes the deepest shade of sapphire make this southern region of Germany one of the most scenic areas in the world.

If you’re visiting for the first time, there’s plenty to keep you entertained, from outdoorsy adventures to restful spa trips and learning all about the history and culture of the small villages that dot the outskirts of the impressive Alps. But before you hop on a flight, check these nine things off your to-do list — not only will it make your trip easier and maybe even save you some money, but you’ll get impossibly excited for your next adventure along the way.

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The Week in Germany: Tanken, Caves, Berlin

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Filling Up on Summer

“You know that feeling you get on a Sunday afternoon. It’s late summer and the sun is still strong and warm, but it is losing its lemony light. It is turning golden, and the afternoons feel like they’ll slip out the back door if you turn your back for a second, rather than hang around for what seems like forever, finally bowing out well after everyone else is tucked up in bed. That sense of endlessness that colours the crisp mornings of Spring, that feeling of ‘we have time’ that seeps into June days, has disappeared, and in its place settles the knowledge that all of this colour, all of this light, is changing.” Read the rest of the essay on Liv Hambrett’s blog.

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Travel in Germany: The Loreley am Rhine

by California Globetrotter

Photo copyright J.W. Alker, dpa

Loreley. Photo copyright J.W. Alker, dpa

My real first name is Lorelei. I was named after my mother’s middle name which my grandma had given to my mother. As to where my grandma found the name Lorelei, I have no idea. As to why she gave it to my mom, I also sadly have no idea. However, my father loved my mom’s middle name so much, I was blessed with the unique, very uncommon first name of Lorelei.

It wasn’t until I was in the 8th grade, when I switched from learning Spanish to German, that I learned my name was German and came with a story.  Ever since that moment, every other person upon learning that my real name isn’t just “Lori” but Lorelei, always ask me if I have ever been to, seen, or know of the Loreley am Rhine and the story behind it.

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Wordless Wednesday: German Roamers

We’re switching things up here at Wordless Wednesday (oh no, WORDS, I have broken the Wordless Wednesday code!) and instead of sharing a regular old photo (gorgeous and interesting as they often were), featuring our favorite Instagram photo from the previous week every Wednesday, or a handful from our favorite accounts.  If you’d like to be considered for a feature, tag your photos with #myyounggermany. See you behind the camera.

For our debut, we’re featuring one of our favorite Instagram accounts, German Roamers. Their photos are truly extraordinary.

Let’s get lost in this german fairytale. Photo by @hannes_becker #roamsaxony

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