Gap Years and Backpacking in Germany

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Gap Years in Germany

Germany isn't considered the most romantic of European destinations, and as a result is sometimes overlooked when planning a gap year in Europe. This is a profound mistake, as the largest country in central Europe is also chock-full of history (whether your poison be medieval or wartime), a centre for high culture, home to incredible natural splendour, and boasts sausages as long as your arm. We highly recommend spending a good portion of your gap year in Germany.

It boasts some of the finest cities in the world, the urban sprawl of capital city Berlin famous for its World War II and Cold War history, as well as cutting edge culture and nightlife, and picturesque Cologne, with its buzzing bar and restaurant scene and stunning Gothic cathedral. If fairytale castles are your thing, you can't do better than Neuschwanstein, nestled amongst the breathtaking scenery of the Bavarian Alps. 

There really is too much to list here (Munich! The Black Forest! Chocolate cake!), and you'd be excused for wanting to spend months of your travel in Germany. Many who go backpacking in Europe do so by InterRailing, which can prove an effective way to visit Germany's major cities before heading elsewhere. Germany's central location makes it ideal as a country-hopping hub. Just be sure you don't miss out on what Germany has to offer.

Backpacking in Germany

Backpacker Tours

Backpacker Tours

InterRail Passes

InterRail Passes

Multi-Country Trips

Multi-Country Trips

Accommodation

Accommodation

Languages

Achtung! Learn to Speak German

If you'll allow us to be boring for a moment, Germany is one of the biggest economies in the world. This makes it one of the most valuable European languages to learn, especially if you're interested in working abroad, and even if you're seeking work at home - becoming fluent in German will look great on a CV. The best way to learn is to immerse yourself in the culture, and there are lots of great options that allow you to live in Germany, see its sights, and pick up the language as you go.

Learn the language

German Language Courses

German Language Courses

Teacher Training Courses

Teacher Training Courses

Advice and inspiration

Get Inspired and Get Out There

There's a frankly intimidating amount of things to do in Germany. If you're not sure what to prioritise, we're here to help. Click any of the categories to the left for some Germanically efficient advice. If you have a bit more time, here are some articles by seasoned visitors to Germany who loved it so much they just had to write about it.

Articles about Germany

A Complete Guide to Germany

A Complete Guide to Germany

Backpacker's Guide to Oktoberfest

Backpacker's Guide to Oktoberfest

A Beginner's Guide to InterRailing

A Beginner's Guide to InterRailing

Teaching on Your Travels

Teaching on Your Travels

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