Explore Europe on your student visa during vacations!
While your visit to Germany you will discover that Germany is gifted with some of the most high-powered sights of Europe. Speaking about spectacular scenery, you will experience the jagged Alps, mighty rivers, flower-filled meadows, rolling hills of forests and farms are dotted all over the churches and castles of every variety in Europe.
Up for some fun? Then do visit the Deutschland’s idyllic half-timbered villages, here you get to enjoy strudel at the bakery or can sip a stein of beer besides the men play oompah music in lederhosen. Also do not overlook the real German sites of today inclusive of gleaming cities, world-class museums, world of high-tech trains and social efficiency celebrating many of the history’s greatest cultural achievements.
The best places in Europe which calls for the “must go” phrase:
Berlin, Baden-Baden, Bavaria, Black forest, Bavarian Alps, Cologne, Dresden, Rhine Valley, Frankfurt, Mosel Valley, Hamburg, Nurnberg, Trier, Munich, Wurzburg and Rothenberg ob. der Tauber. Let’s see all of these at a glance:
Berlin: as you might be aware of, Berlin is the Germany’s vibrant capital. It features gleaming modern architecture, world-class museums and trendy nightlife accompanied with evocative monuments and reminders of the wall. This is the same wall which once divided the city and country of Germany.
Baden-Baden and Black forest: Baden-Baden is also known as a hub of High-class resort and is indeed the spa town with decadent bath experiences, grand casino and a peaceful riverside stroll. It is known to be the lively university city of Freiburg and a cozy village of Staufen. Coming to Staufen, this a thick forest located at the countryside rife with healthy hikes, cream cakes, cute hamlets and folk museums.
Bavarian Alps: while your visit to Europe; you will come across this pair of Alps straddling region (one is situated in Germany and the other one is Austria), boasting thee fairy-tale castles of Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Hohenschwangau; inviting villages, for instance the handy home base Fussen and Austrian retreat Reutte. In addition to this, there’s an adorable Oberammergau; towering Zugspitze and its high-altitudes lifts, luge rides, hiking and several other mountain activities.
Cologne: it is more of museum-packed city which lies on the Rhine River and has a looming spectacular gothic cathedral.
Dresden: fond of art? Get in here to explore the art-filled city which offers you with Baroque places, a pleasant riverside promenade, exquisite museums and those hard memories of a notorious WWII firebombing.
Rhine-Valley: this is the originating root of the mighty river named the Rhine River. This is the same place with storybook villages (including St. Goar and charming home-base towns Bacharach) gathered under the imposing castles of Marks burg and Rheinfels.
Frankfurt: synonymous to the Europe’s bustling banking sector. If you are looking forward to see today’s Germany then there is no better option than Frankfurt which presents you a stunning skyscraper skyline.
Mosel-Valley: Core Nucleus of Europe which blends the peaceful meandering river linings with the tiny wine-loving cobbled towns like the quaint Beilstein and handy Cochem. Burg Eltz can probably be your favorite European castle for life.
Hamburg: being an enormous port city with emigration, Beatles history and World War II. The kind of lifestyle that can commonly been figured is Vegas-style nightlife.
Nurnberg: Nurnberg is a city with old-fashioned sandstone core which reminds about the Nazi past, beautifully presented on the outskirts of town and also has such great museums than cannot easily be found anywhere else in the world.
Trier: not only the ancient city of Germany but a lively pedestrian zone, imposing the Roman monuments inclusive of the Porta Nigra gate.
Munich: superior most happening place of Europe and the lively center with traffic free center , stalely churches, Baroque palaces, convivial beer gardens, rowdy beer halls and the magnificent parks( best is the English garden). Plus the sobering concentration camp memorial, located nearby Dachau.
Wurzburg: heard of the impressive Residenz palace? It is here in Wurzburg associated with dazzling Rococo Chapel, lively wine bars and manicured gardens.
Rothenberg ob. der Tauber: Rothenberg ob. der Tauber is the cautiously preserved medieval city full of walk able medieval walls surrounded by cobbled lanes and half-timbered buildings. The scenic route also contains the jumping- off point for the “Romantic Road” through the lovely countryside and time-passed towns, including Nördlingen and Dinkelsbühl.
When is the best time to visit Europe?
Best time to plan you visit to Europe is from the month of May to the month of September which runs roughly. Every season comes up with its own benefits for instance summers is considered to be one of the best weather where days are comparatively long and snow-free alpine trails are available, denoting busiest schedule of tourist fun.
Your travel to Europe will be much easier during the “shoulder season” (spring and fall); this is the less expensive yet the amazing duration. During this time, the shoulder-season travelers basically have more fun while enjoying the full range of sights, smaller crowds and decent weather.
Fall is the fun-harvest period and a time for the beer festivals enliven many villages and towns, while vineyards and forests display beautiful fiery colors.
Are you a concert lover? Then try to visit Europe during the winters, where you will enjoy the concerts to the fullest and in full swing with absolutely no wild crowds but you might find some of the sights and accommodations closed or certainly run for a specific period of time.
However, if we talk about the climatic conditions in Europe, it is dreary and cold at the same time and its gets dark outside well before the dinnertime. Perhaps, you will surprisingly experience wonderland which are transformed from landscapes and German towns. So to wander in Europe, December is proportionately the best period where you can see the Germany’s famous Christmas markets (you will observe that the fun comes out with hotel prices and longer museum hours).
Late winters can be your memorable time of all due to the Carnival festivals, which turns up in smaller catholic towns to the south and primarily in Cologne.
Have you ever played car racing video games? Or are you familiar with the most frequently played childhood game, termed as “Road rash”? Well! You know what driving in Europe is quite similar to what you to in the virtual life of video games the only thing that is real is you are driving the vehicle and could get hurt, if you rush.
The fact is that in more than half of the European nation, there is no prohibition for a specific speed limit even on highways due to which driving in Europe is exciting and scary at the same time. For your information, do not take the roads of Europe for granted because the European drivers can also be aggressive i.e. they drive really fast and tailgate as if it was necessarily required to do so. Seen those blind corners, right before the tunnels? These are the particular spots which are taught to American where not to go but as long as European drivers are in the picture, they pass from where the Americans are not taught to.
Americans really feel frighten before they could even enter the roads of Europe, the answer is because of the toll roads and expressways. Americans can be favored for this as they are more towards the safer side, cheaper (as they believe in stopping their respective vehicles, when they see a troll) and obviously less nerve-wracking than those smaller roads. Yes it is surely possible that if you are looking for a back door destination then you have to take up those roads but usually the superhighways are the speedy ways to get to point B from point A.
Speaking about the country of Germany, there are toll-free autobahns which are famous for having no speed limit but few sections that actually do have the maximum speed limit, particularly as far as the urban areas are concerned and others have complicated interchanges.
For the areas where there is no official speed limit, you will commonly see those posted recommended speed while no person get a ticket for ignoring the recommendation. If you exceed the speed, this means that your car insurance will not compensate you even if you are in the event of an accident.
If anyone is obstructing traffic on the autobahn it is considered to be against the law, so if you run out of gas it is not only dangerous but it can also earn you a big ticket.
Fast driving in Germany, especially in the backed-up line is caused by an insensitive slow driver which is commonly called as car snake or “Autoschlange”.
You know what is the point of difference between a real snake and a car snake? In the words of locals in Germany, it is figured out as “on a real snake, the lower back portion is in black color.
Country-side traffic in France
As long as the discussion is about France, most of the auto routes in France have tolls, these tolls are not only pricey but the alternative option to these freeways is usually known to be marooned in the country side traffic- specifically if we talk about the regions near the Rivera.
Sometimes when you pay in the tolls, it can result bit tricky because at many of the tollbooths, American credit cards are not accepted, until and unless they have the smart chips (in the European language it is called as the “chip-and-pin” cards).
The best advice is use cash, if you wish to pay relatively smaller bills because there aren’t any cashiers and machines do not take up the bills of € 50.
Many of the tollbooths only show the icon of credit-card or the “Télépéage” so try to look for the green arrows denoting that they accept cash (generally displayed above the tollbooths).
To measure the road speeds, there are the speed cameras fixed at the autobahns, where the speed can easily be monitored. Glad tidings! You when are a driver, driving in Europe are warned prior. You got to look for the sign associated with radar graphic that says “Pour votre securite, controles automatiques”.
Any person if caught driving over the stated speed limit will have to pay a minimum fine of around $180.