Can you believe I’ve never been to Germany?
I think we drove over the border once when I was a kid but the details are blurry so I don’t think that counts. Throughout my career I have worked for two major German companies (one of which was BMW’s UK HQ) and yet still I did not find the opportunity to visit.
The German Tourism Board are sending me on a mission. I am off to sniff out some youth hotspots in 3 German cities and will be sharing the results on this blog as well as the Youth Hotspot microsite. I’m not heading to Berlin, as that would be too easy, but rather am getting to explore the lesser-known locations of Cologne, Hamburg and Muenster.
In preparation I’ve been scouring the internet and delving into the sizeable Lonely Planet guide to Germany. I’ve made a few notes on the sights I want to check out and the areas I think might hold some hotspots, but I would also like to ask for your help. Do you know of any hip cafes, trendy bars, bustling markets or curious shops in these cities that you think I might like? Do let me know in the comment section below.
Here is what I have on my list so far:
The Chocolate Factory (because this travelling chocaholic couldn’t miss it)
Visit to the Cathedral (Kolner Dom) followed by coffee in Antik & Trödel Café (thanks to a tip from Elke from Experience Germany)
Visit to a brewery (of course)
A bike tour (2 wheels are popular here)
The Picasso Museum
If I had time I would love to just do literally EVERYTHING in this post by the Travelettes – 30 Things To Do In Hamburg - and also:
Harbour boat tour
Reeperbahn Festival (my visit handily coincides with Germany’s largest club festival being held in the notorious red light district.)
Following in the footsteps on the Beatles – like Kash from the Budget Traveller did here.
Shopping in Karolinenvierte like Andrea from Rear View Mirror did here.
I’ll be navigating my way in-between each city by rail. This will be my first mini interrailing experience – wish me luck!
To follow along on this adventure search for the hashtag #youthhotspotsgermany. As always I’ll be sharing updates live on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as uploading my tips to the Germany Youth Hotspots site and updating the blog when I get home. I leave next Monday 23rd September and will be in Germany for a week.
Thanks in advance for all your tips and advice,
*Images provided by www.germany.travel