When Indonesians hear “Germany” what do they think of?
Sausage? FC Bayern? Lederhosen?
Well, before we get into that fun stuff, let’s talk about how Indonesians can travel to Germany in the first place.
Indonesians require a VISA that grants a maximum of 90 days of stay within a 180-day period in the Schengen Area (comprising 26 European states). The visa application process takes between 5 and 10 days. You can fill in an application here: https://jakarta.diplo.de/id-en/service/visa-information
Once you’ve sorted out your VISA, that’s when the fun starts. There are lots of diverse, must-see sites to add to your travel itinerary! Here are 5 that we highly recommend:
1. Get in touch with history at Brandenburg Gate
+ enjoy a Lunch at the Mercedes-Benz Gallery
Located in no-man’s land between East and West Germany during the Cold War, the Brandenburg gate was built during the 18th-century reign of Friedrich Wilhelm II, and has since been a defining symbol of Berlin’s past division now unification. Of its many momentous moments in history, the most iconic is perhaps what has since been described as “The greatest party in the history of the world”, when hundreds and thousands of people gathered at the Brandenburg Gate to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9th 1989.
Only a 9-minute walk from Brandenburg Gate, you will find the Mercedes-Benz Gallery. Pop it to admire the beautiful cars on display. You will also find an outdoor cafe where you can pick up a well praised traditional German lunch for around 10 euros.
2. Stroll along the East Side Gallery + Take a Selfie!
Located on the banks of the Spree in Friedrichshain (reason enough to visit alone), you will find the East Side Gallery. Officially a heritage protected landmark, this 1316 meter long gallery is one of the largest remaining sections of the Berlin Wall divide between the former East and West Germany.
The gallery displays the work of 118 artists from 21 countries which all contributed to the wall immediately after its fall. Some of the better-known works include Dmitri Vrubel’s Fraternal Kiss – Make sure you remember to take a selfie in front of this one!
3. Marvel at the Cologne Cathedral + Expand your knowledge with a Free Walking Tour
A UNESCO world heritage site, the Cologne Cathedral is located in Cologne, North Rhine-Westfalia in the West of Germany. Construction for this 157 m tall Gothic cathedral began in 1248 but wasn’t completed until 1880, more than 500 years later.
While in Cologne, we recommend you jump on a Free Walking Tour to learn all about the rich culture, historical events, and important landmarks in the area! Free walking tours are also available throughout the other German cities and are a fantastic way to get to know the history on a budget while picking up tips and tricks from the local guides.
4. Get lost in Miniature Wunderland, Hamburg + Conquer the Big Break Escape Room
Pop over to Hamburg to discover the world’s largest model railway! Costing a whopping 21 million euros in construction, this miniature railway allows you to travel the world with recreations of Austria, Hamburg, The USA (Grand Canyon included!), Scandinavia, Switzerland, and so much more!
We also recommend trying out the Big Break Hamburg escape room built in Germany’s first private prison! Only an 11-minute walk from Miniature Wunderland!
5. Explore Neuschwanstein Castle + Take in the scenery
Built by the eccentric King Ludwig II, in order to seclude himself from the public life, this magnificently odd architectural creation is now one of the most popular castles in Europe. You will find the castle on a hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria.
If you’re feeling adventurous and enjoy hiking, there are great local trails around Lake Alpsee or you can walk through Kurpark for some incredible views of the German landscapes. Remember to take along a pretzel or salzstangen for some sustenance along the way!
Germany has a rich history, beautiful landmarks worth the distance, and an abundance of delicious treats to try! The German transport system provides a variety of access to each of these locations with trains, buses, subways and light rails – just make sure you are on time because they don’t linger! If you need more information about something you have read, jump over to the Germany National Tourism Board Website: www.germany.travel for more information!
Now get booking! Visit Wego.co.id for effective price comparisons of accommodation and airfares all across Germany (and the world!).