Why Nadja’s Germany?
We’re all living in a world that brings us too many choices. Some would say that it’s a good thing – but it also means making a decision can be a challenge and often very time-consuming. I’d like to at least relieve you of some of the stress when it comes to holiday planning. So, I have created this website to guide you through the maze of options out there and to offer useful information about Germany and its hidden treasures.
Welcome to Nadja’s Germany
What comes to mind when you think of Germany? Of course, we all know that the Germans make great beer and sausages and are super-efficient (we won’t mention football). But Germany really does have so much more to offer than just sausages and efficiency! It’s also a great holiday destination that can be enjoyed any time of the year. Summer is particularly good as there is so much going on. Music, wine and beer festivals, as well as other events, take place across the country every summer. Spring and Autumn are the perfect seasons to enjoy a river cruise, walking, hiking or cycling. German cities, with their fabulous food, culture and nightlife, are fantastic places to visit all-year-round.Read more Gallery
Christmas markets in Germany
I’ve personally been to a great number of Christmas markets in my life and I still love them! One of my favourite markets is Düsseldorf, and whenever I’m there visiting friends and family for Christmas, I make it a priority to go. I’ve also been to the Christmas market in Nuremberg, called Christkindlesmarkt. The market has been ranked 86 out of 100 most popular sights in Germany. Located in the historic town square of Hauptmarkt, it sets the perfect scene for a traditional market.
Berlin has markets all over the city. The largest being at Charlottenburg Castle, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and Alexanderplatz. However, Berlin has much more to offer with its more unusual markets like the Danish and Swedish markets in Berlin-Wilmersdorf or a design market called Kreuzboerg. Many people also rave about the Alt-Rixdorfer Christmas market in Richardplatz (Berlin-Neukölln), which opens on the first weekend of December. There are so many more wonderful Christmas markets in Germany I can recommend at unusual places e.g. castles or in cities where people open their private courtyards offering handmade craft products e.g. in Mühlheim an der Ruhr.
Discover Germany’s fascinating culture and the great number of historic places. Even smaller towns and villages are worth visiting!
Sample the food and drinks in Germany’s different regions. Sourcing and eating locally became a trend and it tastes great!
Go outdoors and explore Germany’s nature and landscape! It differs from region to region with many beautiful hidden gems.
Celebrate with the locals! There is always something going on in Germany and it goes far beyond Oktoberfest and Christmas markets.
"I’ve got a strong affection for Germany, having spent a year living there as part of my university studies. Home for the year was the small town of Giengen an der Brenz, near the beautiful city of Ulm, in the state of Baden-Wurttemberg. Giengen is the home of the world-famous Steiff teddy bears and soft toys. Ulm is home to the tallest church in the world – the 768 step climb up the Minster is well worth it for the stunning views of the River Danube and the scenery stretching south towards the Alps."
"We have now been to Germany many times and have been amazed at the great variety of regions cities, people and cuisines we have encountered and enjoyed. Everywhere we have been we have found the Germans we have met to be very friendly and helpful. Everyone was happy to talk to us (especially if we were brave enough to try our very basic German!), giving directions, recommending restaurants or local delicacies or just telling us things about their town or region."
Do you find there are never enough hours in your day?It seems like our modern world is running faster and we want to experience so much. We don’t want to miss out on anything and when we book something it should always be something very special. We try to squeeze as much in a day as possible: When we go home from work by train, we try to organise our lives on our smartphones, quickly booking the spinning class in the gym, checking the email inbox, looking up a recipe for tonight’s dinner and book the shopping – hoping we can still get the slot, which suits our schedule, catching up with a friend via WhatsApp, ordering a birthday present… This list could go on and on…
Holiday planning is time consuming!When we’re thinking about planning our holiday we are looking for a great experience as this is the most precious time of the year. No matter what kind of holiday and what budget! Maybe we are organised and created a bucket list with destinations we would really like to go or we just get inspired by family and friends or browsing the travel websites looking for the dream place to go, certainly matching our budget. If we know already where we’d like to go, the first steps of research start: Checking for flights if we go by plane, accommodation if we don’t choose a campervan or caravan, things to do and even maybe a plan B in case the weather isn’t great for the things we’ve originally planned. Planning all this is very time consuming!
Holiday is about excitementGoing on holiday means also spending money. Depending on your budget it could create a quite big dent in your bank account and the worst thing is to regret this investment. It’s an investment maybe in quality time with the family, as a couple or with friends and you don’t want to be disappointed about the outcome. Another aspect is that the time before starting your trip should be an exciting time too. I personally think the best time is the build-up and how exciting is that feeling once suitcases are packed and we arrive at the airport! Ready for a glass of champagne? I always feel like that!!!:-)
Welcome to my website
I’m delighted that you’ve found my website and I’d like to introduce myself in this quick video. I’m here to share my experiences of Germany as a holiday destination and to offer information and advice on any aspect of travelling or planning your trip. I’m looking forward to seeing you back here and connecting with you.
Why you’re in the right place
There’s no doubt about it – our holidays are precious. I believe that with some thorough planning, we’ll be able to make the most of our time away. Unless you’re lucky enough to be a travel blogger – planning takes time and a lot of work. I’ve spent days, weeks and months creating some exciting itineraries, which you can browse here. You’ll also find lots of fabulous blogs written by others who have travelled around Germany.
This is a platform where lovers of Germany from around the world can get together, chat, exchange experiences or even arrange meet-ups in Germany. It’s always beneficial to chat to like-minded people, exchanging tips and experiences. If you’re a blogger or vlogger, it’s the perfect way to network and collaborate. It’s a community for travellers and locals who are interested in connecting.
Nadjasgermany.com provides lots of useful information about travelling to Germany. I constantly try to update and add more valuable information but if there’s anything missing, just drop me a line and I’ll reply as quickly as possible. Your feedback is important to me as I truly believe in listening to any ideas or suggestions from my followers and viewers.
I’ve created a wide selection of events in Germany as I think it’s often nice go to an event while you’re on holiday. Whether you’re into music, sport, food or you‘d love to go along to a traditional folk festival to immerse yourself in German culture, have a look at my list of events here and find something to kick-start your holiday. Maybe I’ve missed an event that you can highly recommend? If so, why not share it with me so the community can find it here. Thank you!
I’ve travelled a lot around Germany and been lucky enough to have stayed in a variety of different kinds of accommodation. I’m not an ‘it must be a 5-star hotel’ sort of person as I’m very relaxed and enjoy anything from a basic B&B to a luxurious 4 or 5-star hotel with all its facilities. What I do have though is a critical eye to ensure the accommodation meets the required standards. I have either stayed in or personally visited all the accommodation that I recommend to my community. Please contact me if you’d like any further information about the places I mention or if you’d like me to do any research for you if you have any specific requirements.
I like the quote from Oprah Winfrey, which describes my passion perfectly: “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing what excites you.”
In our modern world there are too many untrustworthy people. I can 100% sign Albert Einstein’s view “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted in important matters.”
In German we’ve got the saying that Lies have short legs, meaning you can’t get far when you lie. I agree with Michelle Obama who said once “We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth matters…that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules…and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.”
One of my favourite pop songs is: “I am who I am!” And I don’t change when I publish something. I like to be ME! Clergyman Charles R. Swindoll describes it like that: “I know of nothing more valuable, when it comes to the all-important virtue of authenticity, than simply being who you are.”
In those difficult times we live in at the moment it becomes even more important to be human, to treat others respectfully and stick together to focus on things that really matter. Dalai Lama put it once in nice words: “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.”
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