Germany Tourist Traps

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Germany Tourist Traps

  • Wall pieces

    Berlin Tourist Traps

    The last version of the Berlin Wall was over 140 Km in circumference, 3.6 metres high and 1.2 metres thick which makes for a total amount of concrete of around 604,800 cubic metres. For a "do-it-youselfer" you can buy ready-to-mix concrete at about 10 Euros per cubic metre these days and so I'd assume that back in 1961 the cost for a major project...

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  • Glockenspiel at the New Town Hall

    Munich Tourist Traps

    Glockenspiel has it's own tower that now takes you by elevator to the top. Wonderful view but nothing compared with the view from St. Peter's tower of the Glockenspiel Clock in action. A magnificent view with a walk of the vertical rather than horizontal kind, up the 306 or so steps of St Peter’s Church tower just by Marienplatz. Well worth the...

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  • Red Light District

    Hamburg Tourist Traps

    Okay, as everyone knows the Reeperbahn is the historically infamous red light district where in addition to the usual club, theatre, and restaurant venues, there are scores and scores of sex shops, strip bars, and brothels. Apparently, it's just always been that way, since the area is bordered by the Hamburg Harbour, and has been a hangout for...

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  • Frankfurt Airport

    Frankfurt am Main Tourist Traps

    Transfers from airport to city: Don't bother catching a cab into the city, unless of course, you are laden with a lot of luggage. Taxis to the city cost around 25 Euro. Instead, catch the train from the airport to the city. It's easy, quick and there is a station directly at the airport terminal. You will save at least 20 Euros (depending how many...

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  • Public Transport

    Stuttgart Tourist Traps

    During my first days in Stuttgart i fell into a trap buying tram tickets. The zone thing is very tricky and you have to takenote of prices for different zones. Make sure that you either buy a weekly, monthly or group ticket for the are cheaper and less complicated. Else buy one ticket for the complete journey and not for each stop where you change...

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  • Fernsehturm (TV Tower)

    Berlin Tourist Traps

    I visited the tower in the early nineties and enjoyed the experience. As I was passing recently I thought I'd have a ride to the top again. I was shocked to see that for an adult the cost for a two minute ride was now 11 euros. Please don't waste your money there are more enjoyable ways to spend your money in this exciting vibrant city. Don't it's...

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  • Hofbräuhaus

    Munich Tourist Traps

    Oh my.... the world famous Hofbräuhaus.... For me it is one of Germany’s biggest tourist traps, no matter if, according to Wikipedia, “it generates a two digit million Euro turnover per year”. The reason why I classify it as such is simple: it seems that 98% of foreign visitors want to go there, maybe just to report “I’ve been there” when they get...

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  • Musicals

    Hamburg Tourist Traps

    I booked ticket for The Phantom of the Opera before my trip, heard their cast were very good. Since the ticket so expensive, I tried mt best to dress up for the show using limited back-packed outfits. But then after the show start, it was in German!!! All along I thought it was in English! Luckily I know the story, otherwise I won't be able to...

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  • Areas of Berlin

    Berlin Tourist Traps

    Someone else has already mentioned it, but there are turkish or some eastern european men working the system here. They are close to or near the cathedral, the TV Tower or Unter den Linden. You will see men with 3 little boxes playing a game where they have a little soccer ball and you watch him move it, You know where it goes, because he oddly...

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  • Oktoberfest

    Munich Tourist Traps

    Most tents at the Oktoberfest are already closed early in the morning, because they are simply overcrowded. No chance getting in without a reservation... Last year, my friends and I decided to follow the advice of a local friend and tried an alternative: "Das Wiesnzelt am Stiglmaierplatz". Though it is not directly located at the Oktoberfest, it's...

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  • Food and Drink

    Berlin Tourist Traps

    With a friend I went to the Kaufhaus des Westens for a nice brunch. There I got very disappointed. While the Kaufhaus offers breakfast/brunch, it is how they offer it what traps the people. The selection and variety of breakfast items presented is not what I would expect from such a famous Kaufhaus. The company should also do something to...

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  • Marienplatz

    Munich Tourist Traps

    It isn't much of a "tourist trap" per-say BUT there are a lot of tourists that gather here. Keep the equation in mind: lots of tourists=pick pockets delight Be sure to keep an eye or hand on your valuables. I've never had anything happen to me in the Marienplatz but that doesn't mean it couldn't happen.

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  • History - Cold War

    Berlin Tourist Traps

    During the period of the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie was one of two crossing points for visitors between East and West (the other being Friedrichstraße Station); in fact it was both border crossing and destination in its own right. We went there in 1985, as I imagine all tourists did, to photograph the famous signs ("You are now leaving the...

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  • Souvenirs

    Berlin Tourist Traps

    Around the Brandenburg Gate are numerous stalls selling East German "cold war" hats, russian badges , flags and military uniforms. My mistake was stopping at the stall selling "REAL" parts of the Berlin Wall placed in a fancy plastic case with East German coin!It didnt occur to me until after my trip that this tiny piece of rock , sprayed to look...

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  • Reichstag Dome

    Berlin Tourist Traps

    there´s no charge to get in and the usual security checks apply. there was a pretty long queue - so get a friend to wait (or vice versa) whilst you collect the free brochures that they hand out from the stall. enjoy yourself! its all part of german history. have a real close look at the building when you are queuing and you´ll see how it´s been...

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  • Sights

    Berlin Tourist Traps

    Wrapping up buildings, coasts and whatever else. No clue why the heck them guys are doing that but it's called "art". In case you like to check on their "art" below is a link provided. http://www.kbcc.cuny.edu/academicdepartments/art/gallery/Echristo.htm

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  • Public Transport

    Berlin Tourist Traps

    I find the Hop On Hop Off bus tours in Berlin are becoming obsolete and a tourist trap. Bus 100 and 200 will take you to most sites on their route from Zoo Station to Alexanderplatz and Prenzlauer Berg, Michelangelostrasse. Also the transit system in Berlin is cheap and convenient. By taking Berlin's transit system instead of bus tours you will...

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  • Shops

    Berlin Tourist Traps

    Every time visitors come to Berlin Berliners (well especially West Berliners) like to say "You simply must visit Kadewe, it is the Harrod's of Berlin" Two of my guests were even told to visit Kadewe by well meaning Germans. It is basically a gigantic upperclass shopping center and while they have a nice food section (I think it is the only place in...

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  • Beggars

    Berlin Tourist Traps

    You can find them everywhere but in Berlin they are persistent and organized. I don't know what nationality they are but they can almost speak any language. The women carry around a baby. Don't be fooled, it is a doll. They throw it at you and in your surprise someone else is swiping your bags and pockets. When you see one walk around in a big...

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  • Prices

    Berlin Tourist Traps

    Berlin is probably the cheapest capital of any developed country in the world. Note though that in the touristy areas, prices tend to be skyrocketting (for example in restaurants in the main boulevard "Unter den Linden"). A few metro stations further off, eating, drinking and partying is pretty cheap.

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  • Weather

    Berlin Tourist Traps

    Excuse, it happened to me not in Berlin but on the way back to Poland. DRIVING AT SNOW STORM In Berlin at the end of February I had quite good weather - a little bit snow in the morning but mostly sunny weather during the day. When I left Berlin driving first towards Dresden than to Wroclaw, Poland it started to change. It was snowing and shortly...

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  • History - World War II

    Berlin Tourist Traps

    What a tourist trap! I went expecting to be moved to my very core with the historical significance of Check Point Charlie. I was expected to be awed at how amazing it was and how incredible it was. I went there and I could barely move due to the swarms of tourists. I couldn't even take a decent photo because there was always a group of people...

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  • Ridiculous price wars at petrol/gas...

    Since December 2013, the petrol/gas stations must inform a section of the Federal Cartel Authority about their current prices. This was meant to control the greed and hunger of the petrol/gas corporations on the one hand and make it easier for the consumers to find the best prices.However..... this was a good idea but to me it seems that it...

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  • Odd bottle sizes => buy at...

    The Pfand or deposit system for glass and plastic bottles is widely popular throughout whole Germany, not so much for cans though. Consequently, prices for deposit bottles are higher than for throw-away ones. Check the icons on the bottles to see if there is a deposit or not. My photo is of the logo which is being used for one-way-deposit bottles....

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  • Play the innocent foreigner !

    Recently, I spoke with Christine about our weird ticket machines and that it is often not easy even for us Germans to operate them. It is all in the fine print and Germans tend to make it as complicated as possible (haha, sorry, but that’s true). Christine mentioned that she helped a poor foreigner to understand which numbers he had to press at the...

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  • Not really a trap, but ...

    It's worth mentioning that the "Autobahn", the country's motorways shown green on the road atlases, can really take up too much of your time if you choose to travel by car from one place to another. Please follow the regular reports over the radio or on TV warning you about the possible and existing traffic jams. Once traveling by bus we decided...

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  • Some beers are strong

    Big beer garden, you think you are in heaven and the beer is free.....with pretzels to boot...sing songs eat drink and be merry.....until they give you the bill....totally drunk, butt wasted, you pay the bill, don't know what it cost and you don't care...you thought...but you for get...then they tell you came in with a friend and he's...

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  • Jena

    Jena is a student city with a friendly athmosphere, with a beautiful location within the Ilm-Saale valley, and also home to the famous Zeiss Optical Industries. I imagine it must be an wonderful place to live or study, but it is not exactly the place to go sightseeing. There is ...- the St. Michaels church with the grave plate of Martin Luther...

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  • Don't bring $100 notes

    A tourist trap? In a way, as it is tourists who may have problems, but it's not a real danger, so this tip is not in the warning or danger section.When you come to Germany from the USA, don't bring $100 notes to be exchanged. Most banks don't accept any large notes, $50 notes are okay, but not the $100 ones. To get a decent exchange rate tourists...

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  • Don't just do the South...

    If you want to get to know the real German culture and life do not just plan to see the South in Bavaria. Lots of tourists just have a look at the most tourist places like Rothenburg, Heidelberg, Neuschwanstein, etc. and might think that they know Germany at it's best... Hmm, I just know Rothenburg of the mentioned above. It's a cute little medival...

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  • The Karl Marx Haus in Trier

    The Karl Marx Haus was the last of the attractions that I visited during my walk through Trier. This is possibly because I approached it more as a curiosity than a must see. I visited it because I thought there might be some insight into the man who's theories would be so influential throughout the last two centuries. Instead I was treated to a...

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  • Beate Uhse Erotic Museum (Erotik-Museum...

    Area Joachimstaler Str. 4, 10623 Berlin - Charlottenburg ok maybe i was expecting something elsebut i thought it would be fun going in hereits located near the Zoologischer Garten station/there are a number of floors, on it when u go in here , u take the lift up from the sex shop up to the 3rd floor and then work your way downthere is alot of areas...

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  • Rheinsteig between Lahnstein and...

    The Rheinsteig is a popular hiking path along the Rhine marked by a blue-white icon. There are very beautiful stretches, but we did a part of the Rheinsteig between Lahnstein and Braubach, and it was the dullest I ever did. Only the beginning (along Lahn and Rhein) and the very ending (with a nice view on the Marksburg in Braubach) are worthwhile....

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  • The Hofbrauhaus in Munich.Have...

    The Hofbrauhaus in Munich.Have one beer here,listen to the great band, but then go to a beer hall that the locals go to. You won't find many Bavarian folk in here. Arrive during 'Starkbierzeit' strong beer time.It's for Lent and it speaks for itself

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  • Dachau Visit Guide

    Basically you go in bus to Dachau with a toursit guide, availablein english, but don't do this is a waste of 24 euro or some cause the guide give nice explanation about the site but she's so much on a hurray is just like.... you can't took picture when she explain and when she's done is just go go go to the next place. is the one offered at the...

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  • Pfand on beverage bottles

    You have to be conscious that in Germany, on most types of beverage cans and bottles, you have to pay an additional amount which is given back to you returning it. Refund is possible in nearly any shop which sells that beverages, specially supermarkets.The most common sign now is a grey triangle placed directly above the barcode, but you can also...

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  • The Dom in Wurzburg

    Although Wurzburg has many worthwhile attractions, the Dom is not one of them. The Dom was originally consecrated to St Kilian and had been one of the largest Romanesque churches in Germany. Unfortunately is was severely damaged by Allied aerial bombing towards the end of World War Two. All but the superstructure of the church was destroyed. The...

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  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber

    I didn't specifically go on holiday here - just chose to meet a friend here for a day whilst in Bavaria, as I was curious to see what all the fuss was about here on VT. No Germans I know ever talk about the place themselves and now I know why - it is one of the most un-German towns I have ever visited and I have seen a few. Don't get me wrong, you...

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  • Rüdesheim

    This is a town where tourists are EVERYWHERE. Worst is the famous Drosselgasse street with artificial German restaurants. However, nevertheless worth a visit if you can make it in spring for instance which makes it a lot more bearable. See my Rüdesheim page for more information. Swing above the vineyards in a cable car. There are plenty of...

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  • The Römisch-Germanisches Museum in...

    The Römisch-Germanisches Museum in Cologne features extensive display of artifacts from the Roman occupation of this region of Germany. Perhaps I was somewhat jaded at this point having just visited the superior Archeological Museum in Trier but I was not all that impressed by this museum. Basically it is a very large collection of pottery,...

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  • Oktoberfest in Munich

    What started off as a celebration for the royal engagement of King Louis II of Bavaria has now turned into Bavaria's biggest business in the tourism branch. It's rumoured that the turnover here exceeds the GNP of other European countries, which means a party that only has one aim - to be a commercial success. It is very over-crowded and...

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  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber

    Tourist Trap N° 3Wow! This place is such a tourist trap that it's one of the few towns in Germany that has translated their website into Japanese!Most likely Rothenburg ob der Tauber owes it's continuing worldwide fame, thanks the clever entrepeneur Käthe Wohlfahrt, who had the foresight in the late 70's to advertise in U.S. military publications,...

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  • Heidelberg

    This is tourist trap number two. To be honest with you, I haven't quite figured out what the real attraction here is. Maybe it was because Mark Twain was once here, or maybe because it's a convenient bus stop right in the middle of the way between Frankfurt/M and Munich, or maybe because "Daddy" or "Grandpa" once serve time in the Army here.It...

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  • Schloß Neuschwanstein

    If you're from North America, most people will tell you that if you haven't been here, you haven't been to Germany. Most likely this castle was catapulted into fame by Walt Disney, who was looking for a free-standing model for Sleeping Beauty's castle, and this one hit him right smack between the eyes. Stunning, isn't it? The problem is, is that...

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  • One Rhine River cruise is enough!

    When you take group tours under different tour companies two years in a row, there is a good chance you will see some of the same old sights. That happened to me on my senior trip in late June, 1987. I found out we were on the SAME Rhine River cruise from Boppard that we took the year before. Had I known beforehand it was the same cruise, I would...

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