When I think of Germany, I think of Oktoberfest and the Cinderella Castle, which I found out was actually more Bavarian than German. Bavaria is the southern part of Germany, like Munich, and they consider themselves different from the rest of Germany. Now, I don’t really understand the difference, maybe it’s cultural or languages or lifestyle, but the culture is different!
Throughout my travels around Germany, I was fortunate to have local friends to take me around, which means I was less of a tourist and just did local things, like going local bars, eating authentic German food, and just hanging out. Even though most Germans speak English, I’m sure I’d have a different experience otherwise.
For the touristy things, I went on Sandemans free walking tour, which is in most major cities in Europe and the guides work off of tip. I highly recommend these tours. As a solo traveler, I usually made friends on these tours, learned about the history, and essentially had a guide for the whole city. Some of the touristy things I did- Marienplatz, New Town Hall, tried on dirndls (oktoberfest dress), drink at a beer garden and of course, the Cinderella Castle- Neuschwanstein.
I dragged my German friend along with me since she has never been and she was the only German on the tour. The place was packed with tourists, just like Disneyland. Neuschwanstein was built by Ludwig II of Bavaria, who had a sad story of being born into royalty, building castles he rarely lived in, being declared insane, and dying a mysterious death. But he did leave behind this beautiful castle, which made his life seem like it was a fairytale- insert Disney.