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While most commonly associated with beers, bratwursts and tight leather pants, Germany is a country full of delightful finds that extend far beyond the stereotypes.

From dreamy castles and fairytale towns to awe-inspiring nature and sprawling cities, Deutschland has a little something for every kind of traveler… although I’ll admit the leather pants are also great.

I first visited Germany on a 6 week backpacking trip across Europe, and as I sipped my comically large beer under the toasty Berlin sun, I felt a strange sense of calm and belonging.

Spurred by this hunch, I moved to Munich. One study abroad, and 5 years later, I’m still here, with so much giddy enthusiasm for this country that I’ve become a thoroughly insufferable dinner guest.

But my social life’s loss is your gain, my friend… because today, I’ve decided to channel all my Deutschland fangirl tendencies into this concise Germany travel guide filled with all my top tips, itineraries, and recommendations.

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Traveling to Germany Basics

Currency: Euro

Language: German, although accents and dialects vary wildly! In larger cities and tourist hotspots, most Germans also speak excellent English.

Getting Around: Trains, buses and flights are plentiful and affordable in Germany – my best tip is to use Omio to compare options easily. Having a car is ideal for visiting smaller towns, more remote locations and numerous destinations in a short amount of time, but is otherwise not needed for big cities.

Germany Highlights (By the Season)

  • Winter: Christmas markets, skiing & alpine sports, Karneval and Fasching season (Carnival), Starkbier (Strong beer) season
  • Spring: Cherry blossoms in Bonn , Frühlingsfest (Springfest) in Munich
  • Summer: Hiking, Beer Garden season, summer festivals/celebrations
  • Fall: Oktoberfest and other Volksfests, the world’s biggest pumpkin festival in Ludwigsburg, the Wurstmarkt (world’s largest wine festival)

My Favourite Places in Germany

Let’s get my mega-biased opinion out of the way first – Munich is the city I now call home, and I couldn’t recommend it more… especially if you’re obsessed with beer like I am. This is the birthplace of Oktoberfest after all!

There are lots of fun things to do in Munich , like hopping around the city’s sprawling museum district (many only cost 1 euro on Sundays!), eating up the best Bavarian food that Munich has to offer or soaking in the wealth of historical sites scatered around the city.

It’s also an ideal base for many epic day trips. Going from Munich to Neuschwanstein Castle (AKA the real life Sleeping Beauty castle) takes only 2.5 hours. Or, if you want to visit glorious Salzburg from Munich (AKA the birthplace of Mozart and setting of Sound of Music), that’s only 1 hour by train.

Why visit Munich when you travel Germany:

  • Amazing beer & beer festivals
  • The English Garden – one of the largest city parks in the world
  • Beautiful palaces and museums
  • Easy base for amazing day trips to the Alps

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Berchtesgaden National Park

If it’s natural beauty you’re after, Germany’s Berchtesgaden National Park (near the border to Austria) is a must-visit.

Everything here is breathtaking – from the shimmering turquoise lakes and snow-flecked mountains to the adorable Berchtesgaden town center.

And, if you’re up for it, this is the ideal place to enjoy a typically Bavarian wellness weekend.

Why visit Berchtesgaden National Park when you travel Germany:

  • Stunning hikes and scenery
  • The glorious boat ride on Königssee to see the equally stunning Obersee
  • Historic sights like Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest

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Hands down one of my favourite places to visit time and time again is Berlin.

This endlessly fascinating city is home to incredible museums, delicious food, and a unique culture that makes it distinct from the rest of the country, despite its status as capital!

Whether you’re a history nerd, an avid partyer, or a famished foodie, Berlin has plenty to offer.

Why visit Berlin when you travel Germany:

  • Fascinating history
  • World-class museums and attractions
  • A thriving nightlife and food scene

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Franconia is a glorious region in northern Bavaria that is divided into Lower, Middle, and Upper Franconia.

To me, it’s one of the most underrated regions in Germany for international visitors, with an abundance of fairytale half-timbered houses, amazing beer, and unique natural landscapes.

Here are some places in Franconia that are absolutely worth visiting:

  • Franconian Switzerland
  • Würzburg (still haven’t been yet!)

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Perhaps the most idyllic entry of this list is Monschau, a sleepy but gorgeous village found near the border to Belgium.

I was lucky enough to come here for Christmas markets a few years ago, and I loved it so much, I skipped the train I’d pre-booked just so I could spend a few more hours there. 

Picturesque half-timbered houses clustered around a roaring central river… oh, and a castle on a hill. Because of course they have one.

Why visit Monschau when you travel Germany:

  • Super friendly locals
  • Picture-perfect scenes at every turn
  • Christina might cry if you don’t

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Hamburg is an amazing city I’ve had the chance to visit a few times now. It’s a lifestyle city that reminds me a lot of my hometown, Vancouver.

Home to a mix of classic and modern architecture (including the coolest opera house in the world!), as well as Germany’s #1 attraction – the adorable Miniatur Wonderland, Hamburg has a lot to offer tourists, but perhaps the best way to enjoy it is with a nice beer and sunset along the Elbe.

Why visit Hamburg when you travel Germany :

  • Amazing architecture like the Elbphilharmonie
  • Fresh and tasty seafood (and a booming foodie scene!)
  • A fun, vibrant vibe

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Dresden is one of the most beautiful cities in Germany, and its beauty is all the more astounding when we consider that much of the city was destroyed completely in WWII.

After decades of reconstruction however, Dresden once again shines with its former glory, establishing itself as one of the most important cultural hotspots in Germany.

… and all only a stone’s throw from Saxon Switzerland, one of the most beautiful natural wonders in the country!

Why visit Dresden when you travel Germany :

  • Stunning architecture and sights
  • World-class museums and culture scene
  • Its jawdropping Christmas market (the oldest one in the country!)

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Stuttgart (and its Surrounding Area)

Stuttgart is the biggest city (and capital) of the German state Baden-Württemburg. 

It’s perhaps best known as the ‘cradle of the automobile industry’, which explains why it’s home to not just one, but two car-centric museums: one belonging to Mercedes-Benz, and one to Porsche.

Besides cars though, the area around Stuttgart offers up some of the cutest small towns you can find in Germany, all easily reachable by public transport, meaning you get the best of all worlds during a visit here.

Why visit Stuttgart and the surrounding area when you travel Germany:

  • Fairytale towns like Esslingen, Ludwigsburg, and Tübingen
  • Stuttgart’s Stadtbibliothek, one of the most unique and beautiful libraries in the world
  • Lots of fun events like Stuttgart’s Christmas Market and the Cannstatter Volksfest 

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Thuringia is a state often overlooked by international tourists, but if you’re looking for a truly charming German escape, its capital Erfurt makes an excellent choice.

This beautiful city is famed for its unique Krämerbrücke, which is a gorgeous medieval bridge lined with residential buildings.

But that’s not all – there’s also an impressive cathedral, an imposing fortress, and surprises waiting on every corner… quite literally, because Erfurt is the HQ of the German children’s channel KiKA, and there’s plenty of fun statues of famous characters scattered around town.

Why visit Erfurt when you travel Germany:

  • Krämerbrücke, the longest inhabited bridge in Europe
  • Quirky and fun children’s channel sculptures all over the city

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Cologne, to me, is a city synonymous with fun and celebration. While at first glance, it might not rank among the “prettiest” places to visit in Germany (much of it was destroyed in the war), it still boasts several impressive landmarks and sights, like the epic Cologne Cathedral.

Where Cologne really shines though is during special events – the Christmas markets here are some of the best I’ve been to in my entire life, and the Karneval celebrations… well, those are truly epic!

Why visit Cologne when you travel Germany:

  • Bucket list events like the Cologne Christmas Market and Kölner Karneval
  • The iconic Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral), one of the most famous churches in the world 
  • Fun-loving locals who are among the friendliest I’ve ever encountered in Germany

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Last but not least, we have Hannover, a city which (in my opinion) is one of the most underrated cities in Germany where tourism is concerned.

Locally, people often joke that Hannover is one of the most boring cities in Germany, but I don’t think that’s true at all. One quick look and you’ll find a stunning palace within the city, an architecturally impressive Town Hall (with a unique elevator offering epic views), and a cool laidback vibe that many compare to what Berlin was like decades ago.

Here are some awesome things to do in Hannover.

Why visit Hannover when you travel Germany:

  • Its gorgeous New Town Hall
  • The stunning Herrenhausen Palace and its gardens
  • A fun, laidback city vibe

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Bucket List Experiences in Germany

Germany is full of incredible bucket list experiences. Here are a few of my favourites:

Christmas Markets

German Christmas markets are the stuff of bucket list dreams.

If you adore Christmas, a German Xmas market trip needs to make it on your bucket list, because nobody captures Christmas coziness and joy quite like the Germans do.

The best part (besides the droolworthy assortment of German Christmas Market foods ) is that you’ll find Christmas markets in just about every city, town, and even the smallest of villages, each with their own unique take on traditions.

Trust me, you could never get bored of visiting these.

Here are some full guides to the Christmas markets I’ve visited in Germany:

  • Munich’s Christmas Markets
  • Berlin’s Christmas Markets
  • Cologne’s Christmas Markets
  • Esslingen Christmas Market
  • Ludwigsburg Christmas Market
  • Karlsruhe Christmas Market
  • Düsseldorf Christmas Market
  • Nuremberg Christmas Market
  • Essen Christmas Market

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Trust me – Oktoberfest , AKA the world’s largest beer festival, is reason enough to make a trip to Germany.

Typically celebrated annually in Munich, this is one of the most incredible events in the world, with millions of people attending, millions of beer served, and a guaranteed recipe for making memories to last a lifetime.

… If you can remember anything after 5L of beer that is.

Read my full Oktoberfest guide for more details.

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Visiting Fairytale Castles

If you love castles, I recommend avoiding Germany……. because you might just combust from sheer fangirl joy.

Seriously, Germany is every castle lover’s kryptonite, with elegant palaces and fairytale castles in the thousands. If you’re a Disney gal like me who grew up dreaming of happily ever afters, pack a ballgown and head to Germany ASAP.

I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Here are some castles that you must visit in Germany:

  • Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Nuremberg Castle

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The Cherry Blossoms in Bonn

The cherry blossoms in Bonn (also the birthplace of Beethoven and gummy bear legend, Haribo) are absolutely spectacular, and 100% worth visiting in Spring time. In fact, I’d even say they’re one of the best things to see in Europe at Spring time.

Yes, you, too, can come frolic in these tunnels of pink! Here is my guide on where to find cherry blossoms in Bonn.

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Karneval, Fasching, Etc.

Carnival Season is one of the best times to visit Germany if you’re looking for a party.

The grandest celebrations take place just before Lent, and are celebrated throughout the country, although the festivites in North-Rhine Westphalia are probably the best known.

My top recommendation? Go celebrate in Cologne, where the Kölner Karneval draws millions of visitors every year.

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My Recommended Germany Itineraries

Germany is a huge country with a massive diversity in sights… so how can you organize your time efficiently and make the most of your trip? Here are some German trip itinerary ideas…

Germany itinerary ideas for a taste of everything:

  • Southern Germany Classic: Munich, the Allgäu (for Castles!), Garmisch Partenkirchen, Berchtesgaden National Park, Stuttgart & Area, Black Forest
  • Eastern Germany Classic: Berlin, Dresden, Saxon Switzerland
  • Western Germany Classic: Aachen, Monschau, Eifel National Park
  • Northern Germany Classic: Hamburg, Bremen , Lübeck, Kiel, Sylt
  • The Rhine River Classic: Mainz, Koblenz, Burg Eltz, Cochem, Bonn, Cologne, Düsseldorf
  • The Harz Mountains Experience: Harz Mountains, Goslar, Wernigerode, Quedlinburg

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Germany itinerary ideas for city breakers and culture hunters:

  • The Big City Tour: Berlin and Munich (a 4 hour express train connects them)
  • The BaWu Special: Stuttgart, Ludwigsburg, Tübingen, Esslingen, Heidelberg
  • The Bavaria Special: Munich, Nuremberg, Bamberg, Würzburg, Bayreuth
  • The Saxony Special: Leipzig, Görlitz, Dresden
  • The Rhine City Hop: Bonn, Cologne, Düsseldorf
  • The Romantic Villages Hop: Würzburg, Dinkelsbühl, Nördlingen, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Füssen

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Germany itinerary ideas for nature lovers:

  • Southern Germany Nature Itinerary: Berchtesgaden National Park, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the Black Forest and Lake Constance (Bodensee)
  • Bavaria’s Best Nature Itinerary: Berchtesgaden National Park, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Munich’s Lake Region, Franconian Switzerland, Danube Gorge
  • Eastern Germany Nature Itinerary: Dresden and Saxon Switzerland National Park

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My Top Germany Travel Tips

  • If you’re overwhelmed by transport options, Omio is a great resource for comparing trains, buses and flights in Germany at the same time.
  • If travelling by train, look into group discount tickets like the Bayern Ticket which give you unlimited train travel for one day on regional trains. It can save you a TON of money.
  • If you are traveling to multiple countries nearby (i.e. Switzerland), a Eurail pass might save you money.


  • Booking.com is a great place to search up hotels, and filtering by Free Cancellation allows you to book without paying upfront
  • Airbnb can be a very affordable alternative for longer stays/bigger groups

Attractions and Tickets:

  • GetYourGuide is a great site for finding tours and attraction tickets
  • City passes like the Munich City Pass , Berlin Pass , and the Cologne Card can save you a LOT of money if you plan to visit many tourist attractions in a short time
  • If you’re trying to find specific info about a place, try using Google Translate to search in German because German versions of sites always have more info

If you’re past the planning stage and heading to Germany soon, make sure you read this before you go:

  • Hilarious must-knows before you visit Germany

More Germany Travel Reads

Feeling inspired to visit Germany after reading all that?

As you can (probably) tell, I’ve written extensively about Germany.

So, here are some more articles that might pique your interest:

  • Unique Things to do in Germany (That You Can’t Do Anywhere Else)
  • The Best Christmas Markets in Germany
  • Hilarious Must-Knows Before You Visit Germany

My Go-To Travel Favourites:

🧳 Eagle Creek: My favourite packing cubes

💳 Wise: For FREE travel friendly credit cards

🍯 Airalo: My go-to eSIM

🏨 Booking.com: For searching hotels

📷 Sony A7IV: My (amazing) camera

✈️ Google Flights : For finding flight deals

🌎 WorldNomads: For travel insurance

🎉 GetYourGuide: For booking activities

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i found myself reading almost every post in your website for days and days and i ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT and adore and thank you for spending so much time and effort to make it so helpful, informative and fun to read. you have helped me plan my trip to munich in december and i cant wait to visit just because of your enthusiasm 🙂

We would like to Thank you for sharing such a beautiful blog! Very informative.

This Germany Travel Guide truly captures the multifaceted beauty of Deutschland, a country that has something to offer to everyone, from culture enthusiasts to nature lovers. Your personal anecdotes from living in Munich make it come alive, making me yearn for a taste of that amazing beer you’ve mentioned, and a wander around the English Garden! The varied seasonal highlights emphasize how Germany is a year-round destination, offering uniquely charming experiences, from the festive winter Christmas markets to the lively summer festivals. It’s heartening to know that navigating around the country is convenient, making it possible to explore its picturesque small towns and vibrant cities. This guide is a treasure trove for anyone planning to travel to Germany – it gives a well-rounded view of the country, infused with personal insights, which makes it even more valuable. I’m particularly intrigued to visit Munich, the city you so passionately call home.

As a Berliner, I can’t agree more with this guide. Germany truly is a delightful mix of tradition and innovation, natural beauty and urban charm, hearty cuisine and diverse cultures. Moving around in Germany is indeed quite convenient thanks to the well-organized public transportation system, including trains, buses, and trams. And yes, English is widely spoken in major cities, so communication shouldn’t be a problem for travelers. As for the varied dialects across regions, it just adds to the unique charm of exploring this beautiful country. Safe travels, fellow adventurers!

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Are you dreaming about your next trip to Germany? Maybe this is your first visit and you’re keen to blend in. Or perhaps you’ve visited German speaking countries a few times but always resorted to using English.

In this post you will discover 47 tried and tested German travel phrases that have worked well for me on my many trips to Germany. You’ll also hear audio of each of the phrases.

After reading this post you will:

  • Know how to say 47 essential German travel phrases
  • Hear how each of the phrases sound
  • Be able to mix and match which ever phrases you want to try out on German speakers

Why Learn German Travel Phrases?

Before we get started I want to give you a quick pep talk.

If you’re travelling to a German speaking country any time soon, you may head there with the idea that ‘everyone speaks English’.

If you’re heading for a city break, you’ll probably meet people in the tourist industry that do speak a bit of English. But once you step off the tourist path, you’ll realise that many people don’t speak much English at all.

Even if you’re opting for a city break, it shows a great deal of respect to the local people to at least learn how to say ‘hello’, ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ in German. If you expand your knowledge and learn how to say more German tourist phrases such as ‘I would like’ or ‘can I check in?’ the person you’re speaking to will be really impressed.

In my many trips to Germany, I’ve learned to never be afraid of speaking German with the locals. Even during my earlier visits when I tried and butchered that poor language, the German speakers I spoke to were so happy that I was even trying.

Don’t let the fear of making mistakes stop you from trying. Even if you mostly speak English, then throw in one of these German travel phrases somewhere, you’ll make progress.

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Common German Words

Let’s make a start with the most common German travel phrases and words you’ll encounter as a tourist. These are simple pleasantries that will be appreciated by the locals. So make sure you learn some of these even if you don’t learn anything else.

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Asking For Help / Not Understanding

Whenever you’re in a country where you don’t speak a lot of the language, it’s always helpful to learn a few ’emergency phrases’.

For example, one time when I was in Germany, but didn’t know much German at that point, another guest in a hotel started chatting to me in German. My go-to phrase to politely end a conversation was sorry, mein Deutsch ist nicht so gut (sorry, my German isn’t very good).

And just so you know, in a real emergency, the emergency number in Germany is 112.

Whether you’re stopping for a quick coffee or a full on meal, there are loads of chances to practice some German travel phrases with the waiting staff when you order food and drink in German . At the very least, memorise ich hätte gern … (I would like…) and then add your drink or meal of choice. It’s really polite and shows a lot of respect to the person serving you to order in this way.

Some key words to listen out for are trinken (drink) and essen (eat). These are great words to train yourself to listen for so you can get a feel for what is being asked.

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In a hotel you’re most likely to meet English speakers, but if you want to practice some German, the receptionists are usually very happy to speak to you. Why not try some of these essential phrases out?

Getting Around & Directions

Thanks to Google Maps, you probably won’t need to ask a local for directions, but it’s always helpful to know how to ask the way to the toilet / bathroom if you’re in a café.

One thing to keep in mind when shopping in Germany, is that you’ll encounter shops, cafés and restaurants that only accept cash. So it’s a good idea to check before you order.

German has 3+ words for receipt, and in my experience they seem to be interchangeable. One way of saying receipt isn’t limited to the area you’re in, so you might hear Quittung, Bon and Beleg being used all in the same city. Keep your ears alert for these tricky words!

So there you go, 47 essential German travel phrases, all tried and tested and ready for you to use on your next trip.

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German Language for Travellers: Learn German Travel Phrases

Last updated on  April 4, 2024

If you are planning a short holiday stay or a business trip to Germany you do not need to learn any German as most people you are going to meet will speak some English anyway. But, it will not hurt if you learn some basic German phrases, such as greetings, just to sound nice. However, if you are traveling to Germany or any other German-speaking country more often, learning a few essential German travel phrases and expressions may help you get along in situations when there are no English speakers around. Below you will find an overview of free Internet resources that largely focus on German for travellers.

German for Tourists on YouTube

  • German Phrases for Travelers is a 20 min video that will teach you the very basics of the German language that any foreigner travelling around Germany will find useful.
  • Basic German Travel Phrases from expertvillage is a collection of fourteen youtube videos that will not only teach you essential German travel phrases like those used when greeting people, asking for directions, travelling through airports, seeking accommodation, ordering in a restaurant, renting a car or expressions used in emergency situations, but will also give you a couple of useful travel tips on must-see German locations for foreign visitors.

Interactive Online Courses for Travellers to Germany

  • LingoHut offers a free German course suitable for tourists as most of their 109 lessons focus on travel topics such as understanding directions, airport and hotel conversations, moving around town, sightseeing, shopping, ordering food at a restaurant, etc. You will learn basic vocabulary and phrases related to each topic. Each lesson includes vocabulary training, flashcards, and matching, tic-tac-toe and concentration games as well as a listening game.
  • Goethe Verlag has prepared a German course for beginners as part of their series called 50 languages. This course contains many lessons that frequent travellers to German-speaking countries may find useful. In the first 80 or so lessons you will learn basic German phrases related to the most common conversational topics whereas the remaining lessons provide examples of sentences illustrating the use of German grammar (this part may be difficult to understand without further explanation, though). You can access this course online for free, download all of its 100 lessons as mp3 files or try it on your mobile device. However, only the first 30 lessons are free in the mobile application. Complete course for portable devices will cost you $2.99.

German for Travellers on Mobile Apps

  • Bravolol is a mobile application for foreign visitors to Germany who wish to learn some basic German phrases and vocabulary most frequently used when traveling around. You will be listening to the speaking parrot and repeating the phrases and expressions you heard. Whenever needed you can search for phrases by keywords. This app can also be used offline. The basic version is free but the full version will cost you $4.99.

German Travel Phrases on PDFs

  • German for Confident Travel is a free downloadable German travel phrasebook in the PDF format. It contains hundreds of German phrases with English translations and explanations on when to use each phrase. This phrasebook also provides pronunciation guidance for English speakers. The main focus is on travel-related topics such as greetings, food, accommodation, shopping, transportation and socializing.

Social Platforms for Travellers

  • PolyglotClub is a social platform where people can find conversation partners in foreign countries who are native speakers in the language they are trying to learn. However, this platform is also used by travellers who wish to connect with natives in the country they are planning to visit. They can ask them all sorts of questions about their country, language and culture to become more familiar with the place before they leave on a trip. Likewise, travellers can ask their language exchange partners before they go on a trip to teach them correct vocabulary to be able to take a taxi, check at a hotel, ask for directions or order meals and drinks at a restaurant.
  • Interpals brings together people from all over the world who are learning foreign languages and/or are looking for travel buddies abroad that will show them around when visiting their town. Although this platform is not specifically designed for teaching travel phrases, it is very likely that these will be some of the first expressions you will learn before and during your visit to another country.

Other Great German Learning Resources for Travelers

Also, do not forget to check out our section on German beginner courses where you will certainly find additional lessons that teach vocabulary and phrases you can use on your next trip to Germany or any other German-speaking country. Alternatively, for making friends in foreign countries who can help you learn their native language and introduce you to their culture see the list of free language exchanges . Your German language exchange partner will not only help you learn some basic German travel phrases but may also want to meet you in person and show you around their town next time you are visiting Germany.

Travel German FAQs

‘Ja’ (yaa) and ‘Nein’ (nain).

The first words you may want to learn before your trip to Germany should include: ‘Ja’ (yes) and ‘Nein’ (no), greetings such as ‘Hallo’ (hello), ‘Guten Tag’ (good day), ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ (good bye) and a couple of words to sound polite such as ‘Bitte’ (please), ‘Danke’ (thank you), ‘Entschuldigung’ (sorry, though many Germans also say sorry) and ‘Gesundheit’ (bless you).

‘Bitte’ is one of the most frequent words you will hear when visiting Germany and usually means ‘please’ or ‘yes, please’. As an interjection it can also translate as ‘you are welcome’, ‘here you go’ or ‘go ahead’. ‘Die Bitte’ is also a noun meaning a ‘plea’, ‘request’ or an ‘appeal’.

‘Bitte schön’ are actually two words used most often as a polite response to someone saying ‘Danke schön’ or ‘Danke sehr’ (i.e., different ways of saying thank you such as ‘many thanks’ or ‘thanks a lot’) and it means ‘you are welcome’, ‘my pleasure’ or ‘not at all’.

The most common casual German greetings are ‘Grüß dich!’ and ‘Hallo!’.

The German word for tip is ‘Trinkgeld’ which literally means ‘drink money’, suggesting that you usually tip the waiter. It is a kind of gratuity, not a service charge. Hence, if you were happy with the service, you round up the bill by adding up to 10% extra. But, if you were not satisfied, there is absolutely no reason to leave a tip.

You may hear people say ‘gerne’ quite often while travelling in Germany, especially as a response to saying ‘thank you’ to them. It is a polite expression that translates as ‘gladly’ or ‘with pleasure’, meaning that the person enjoyed helping you.

Genau literally means “exact(ly)”, “accurate(ly)” or “precise(ly)”. However, its other meanings are “that’s right”, “yes, that’s it”, “yes, that’s correct” or simply “right” or “yes”. This broader meaning is the main reason why German speakers use the word “genau” so much.

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Los geht’s! – Coffee Break German Travel Diaries Episode 1

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Welcome to this brand new series from Coffee Break German for intermediate learners. Following in the footsteps of our recent French and Italian Travel Diaries, we’re now heading to Germany for the Coffee Break German Travel Diaries! Join Karin and her family on their road trip through the Alpenstraße with their Wohnmobil (camper van). In each episode of this 10-week series, Coffee Break German hosts, Mark and Andrea will be discussing Karin’s travel diary entries, focusing on the interesting vocabulary and expressions used along the way. Listen to Episode 1 to hear what Karin, her husband Johannes, and their two children, Janina and Alex, get up to on the first day of their long-awaited family holiday. First stop: Schönau am Königssee – los geht’s!

Travel Diaries will be published in one season of ten episodes weekly from 28th August. If you’d like to access lesson notes and a video version which features pauses after each sentence to allow you to practise your pronunciation,  check out the full course on the Coffee Break Academy .

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The 27 Best German YouTube Channels for Learners in 2024

YouTube is filled with amazing ways to learn German and enjoy yourself at the same time.

In this post, we’ve compiled a list of the 27 best German YouTube channels  which will provide you with quality learning experiences and top-notch entertainment.

You’ll be improving your language skills in no time! 

German YouTube Channels for Language Learning

1. lingoni german, 2. germanpod101, 3. learn german with herr antrim.

  • 4. Deutsch mit Marija 
  • 5. fröhlich Deutsch 
  • 6. Business Deutsch mit Vasilena Petkova 

7. Learn German with Anja

  • 8. Deutsch für Euch 

9. Get Germanized

10. german with vlogdave, 11. donttrusttherabbit, german language learning through animation.

  • 12. Hallo Deutschschule 
  • 13. Deutsch Verstehen 

14. Learn German

15. my german short stories, 16. uwe kind & lingotech, german culture and life in germany , 17. easy german, 18. slow german, 19. feli from germany.

  • 20. DW Deutsch 

German YouTube Shows 

21. nicos weg.

  • 22. Gute Arbeit Originals 
  • 23. MrWissen2go 

24. Life to Go

  • 25. Dinge Erklärt 
  • 26. Leeroy will’s wissen! 

27. Ultralativ

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lingoni GERMAN is hosted by Jenny, who speaks both English and German natively. Because of this, she’s uniquely equipped to help native English speakers learn the German language .

One of the best things about this channel is that it offers comprehensive playlists of nearly 450 videos taking learners from the A1 (beginner) to B2 (high intermediate) level.

The videos focus on grammar skills, vocabulary and listening comprehension exercises specific to each level, and there are some videos for general interest content and vlogs in German.

Fast, easy and fun. That’s the German language learning experience promised by GermanPod101’s YouTube channel, and it certainly does its best to live up to those aims.

One of the neat aspects of the channel is that GermanPod101 likes to mix it up a bit with a variety of formats . Some videos feature a presenter on camera while others rely on just pictures and audio.

Language students will find the German listening practice videos particularly useful. Each one presents dialogue and questions in German, which you have to respond to in German. 

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As a native English speaker and language teacher, Herr Antrim’s channel was created for his students, but contains a wealth of material for anyone starting out on their German language adventure.

Herr Antrim explains language topics with a whiteboard and detailed grammar explanations, which is perfect for those who prefer classroom-style learning . 

There are also cute or funny graphics, puppets and example conversations which will help you learn the language in an even more entertaining way. 

4. Deutsch mit Marija  

Deutsch mit Marija (German with Marija) is a YouTube channel created by Marija, a Latvian-turned-German teacher who helps students prepare for proficiency tests in German.

While all learners of German will find useful content, Deutsch mit Marija creates content predominantly in German. As such, it’s recommended that learners have a B1 level in the language or higher .

Video topics oscillate between tackling German grammar points and vocabulary explanations to lifestyle topics such as work, learning and productivity. 

5. fröhlich Deutsch  

Are you having trouble losing your accent? Struggling to nail proper pronunciation of those few German letters?

Michaela’s channel offers tips on how to improve your German pronunciation and the lessons are taught in German , so you’re bound to be getting a lot of learning and practice.

When it comes to speaking German, learners can fall into plenty of traps that can bungle up what they want to say. She talks about how you can avoid the common problem areas so that you can communicate with confidence.

6. Business Deutsch mit Vasilena Petkova  

Vasilena Petkova offers tips and strategies for both native and non-native speakers to help them create better first impressions for employment.

Although matters related to business can be intimidating or dry, Vasilena has a friendly approach that can put you at ease. Plus, she speaks at a measured and patient pace, so you won’t have much trouble following her.

Also, if you ever catch one of Vasilena’s occasional live streams, you can hop in to chat or ask questions (in German, naturally)!

Learn German with Anja is a very popular YouTube channel for learning German. The videos are a mix of languages, which means that each video has content in both English and German. 

With a few grammar videos for beginner and low-intermediate learners , Anja has videos on German expressions, common mistakes and words that you should know to sound more like a native speaker.

In addition to videos aimed at teaching a specific vocabulary or grammar topic, there are also short listening comprehension topics spoken in slow, clear German.

8. Deutsch für Euch  

Self-confessed language nerd Katja from southern Germany is on a mission to teach people German and take the stuffiness out of learning languages.

In most of the videos , Katja talks directly to the camera and teaches German and about German culture with the help of her perfect English .

She has a friendly disposition and always seems to be smiling, which draws in viewers and makes the lessons more palatable. This is particularly important when she tackles tricky areas such as German articles.

Students of German can hone their language skills to a tee by watching Get Germanized. The videos are aimed at all levels—from beginners to experts—and are produced and presented by a native German speaker.

Dominik started the channel to boost his English skills, but the community and his ambition have both grown. In addition to language learning, there are many insights into Germany and German culture.

He also covers all the basics such as pronunciation, numbers and lessons about individual letters. Check out his playlist with over 200 videos on learning German. 

A newer addition to the German learning community, Dave studied German and its many intricacies at university. As a result, he’s a natural teacher.

He teaches German through Rammstein song lyrics, TV shows, movies, video games and travel vlogs . There are also videos on slang and expressions, and he even has a podcast.

Some of his videos are entirely in German with English subtitles, while others are in English with German vocabulary included. 

Trixi, the creator of DontTrustTheRabbit, offers fun and easy German lessons presented in English. If you ever had some specific questions, Trixi may have talked about it in one of her videos!

Much of her content offers a quick list of context-dependent terminology or phrases . She also offers some information about social situations and typical German behavior.

She breaks down the language and looks at dialects, colloquialisms and verbs, highlighting the underappreciated beauty of the language. 

12. Hallo Deutschschule  

This is an animated channel that mainly focuses on vocabulary and grammar . Many videos have scripted dialogues and scenarios to give you a background context.

To make sure that learners can follow along, the narration is quite slow and the phrases are repeated often. To get some extra practice, you should repeat out loud what’s being said. There are also English subtitles . 

The channel also includes the appropriate learner level for its videos, so you can easily pick out which ones suit you. It uploads a new video every Sunday, so you can slip the newest lesson into your schedule for that day!

13. Deutsch Verstehen  

Deutsch Verstehen (Understanding German) is another animated channel. Many of these videos are dialogues or short stories focusing on various topics relevant to beginner and intermediate German learners.

The videos are completely in German with German transcripts as speech bubbles or descriptions on the screen. English subtitles and translations can be toggled on and off using YouTube’s caption feature.

Many of the videos focus on topics surrounding everyday life, work, love and school. In addition to the animated videos, there are also German grammar lessons.

Learn German is a practical, no-nonsense channel that offers lots of short animated videos where a teacher goes through phrases and grammar and drills pronunciation with you.

The teachers on Learn German explain the grammar and use of the vocabulary very clearly in English. There are videos for all levels and they cover a wide range of topics, including daily life topics.

You’ll expand your vocabulary and become aware of the difference between formal and informal verb forms, which is crucial for actually talking in German.

This is a YouTube channel that features original short stories by its creator, Sherin. The stories are written in German and recited in YouTube videos with accompanying images and an on-screen transcript.

The vocabulary and grammatical structures are simple enough that they’re perfect for intermediate learners and higher , and the stories themselves are told in slow, clear German.

Viewers who support the channel on Patreon are also able to download supplementary materials for each short story such as downloadable transcripts, vocabulary exercises and story audio files.

When my professor introduced the video about prepositions from Uwe Kind & LingoTech to us during lecture, the class practically erupted in laughter, but thanks to this song, we’ll never forget the two-way prepositions.

Die Wechselpräpositionen  (the two-way prepositions) were certainly difficult for me to remember in my first year of German. This particular set of prepositions can be used in both the Akkusativ and Dativ cases, and without some sort of method, it’s tricky to remember which ones they are.

An offshoot of the Easy Languages channel, Easy German has come up with a wonderful format for teaching German—go out in the street and speak to actual Germans!

You, the listener, benefit from hearing real German spoken at normal speeds by native speakers . Don’t worry if you’re a beginner because the videos are supported by both German and English subtitles.

By being out and about on the streets, these German learning videos keep things fresh, giving the viewer lots of interesting visuals and glimpses into life in Germany. 

This podcast turned YouTube channel features Annik speaking slowly in German about a variety of topics that relate to German culture .

If you’re a beginner learner or working to improve your listening comprehension skills, Annik’s videos can be a great help. They’re quite short in length and Annik practices great intonation to make sure you’re getting all the unique German sounds.

More of her recent videos show Annik narrating, so you watch these videos so you can observe and mimic Annik as she speaks.

Feli is originally from Germany and moved to the US a few years ago where she now lives. She documents the differences between American and German culture, and her life in the US as a German. 

Feli explains cultural differences, such as national holidays, food, the education system and more. She busts various stereotypes and also confirms that some of the German stereotypes are true ! 

There are occasional language learning videos and tips on learning German, but if you’d like to experience two countries through the eyes of a German person, this is the channel for you.

20. DW Deutsch  

Deutsche Welle is one of the biggest news organizations in Germany. Primarily, Deutsche Welle’s YouTube channel is updated with topical news content .

The videos focus on short clips about trending current events happening in Germany, Europe and the world. They also upload longer documentaries , and many of them have captions in German or translations in English.

It also runs “Deutsch lernen mit der DW” (Learn German with the DW), a sister YouTube channel that focuses on its German-learning offerings. Many of these videos correspond to their German-language courses , available on their website.

Nicos Weg: Einfach Deutsch lernen (Nico’s Way: Easy German Learning) is a German language learning series on YouTube created by Deutsche Welle . 

N icos Weg is a professional production, not just one teacher talking in his or her living room. It covers three complete levels , from A1 (beginner) to B1 (lower intermediate), and each course includes 50 to 75 individual lessons .

Each lesson targets a specific German language topic or vocabulary theme. There is also extra learning material in the the description of each video, such as vocabulary, grammar explanations and exercises. 

22. Gute Arbeit Originals  

Gute Arbeit Originals (Good Work Originals) produces hilarious skits that are sure to add a humorous tinge to the German you learn .

While the contexts are comedic and absurd, the use of the German language is quite natural in both vocabulary and tone, so you’ll be hearing a lot of familiar phrases and vocabulary. 

Although the videos themselves are fully in the German language, the channel acknowledges its non-native audience, and offers plenty of videos with English titles, descriptions and subtitles!

23. MrWissen2go  

MrWissen2go is a YouTube channel that gives history, politics and current events a pop spin . Since the channel is aimed at native German speakers, all of MrWissen2go’s  videos are completely in German.

Created by Mirko Drotschmann, MrWissen2go’s videos are focused on current happenings and they often include commentary by Drotschmann himself as well as occasional guests.

In addition to its main channel, MrWissen2go also has a sister channel that focuses on various historical odd topics such as pirates, hip pop, the samurai and more. 

Instead of focusing on the family, children and everyday life, this channel follows two German travelers, Daniel and Jessica. In fact, these two have been on their world trip since 2015!

The majority of their videos focus on vlogs from their numerous trips around the world . Additionally, a number of them focus on the practical considerations of traveling long-term, such as tips for specific places.

Like other native German channels, Life to Go is completely in German, and their videos are without official German captions and English subtitles. 

25. Dinge Erklärt  

You probably already know about the hit channel Kurzgesagt . But did you hear about its German cousin Dinge Erklärt (Things Explained)? It offers some of the same, brilliantly animated , but the narration is entirely in German.

Each clip offers thought-provoking information on all kinds of topics, including but not limited to historical events, philosophical debates and looming existential questions .

Even better, subtitles are also provided! These will be pretty helpful since the vocabulary can get a bit more technical or advanced.

26. Leeroy will’s wissen!  

Leeroy conducts casual, candid interviews with all kinds of folks . His roster includes people who’ve undergone certain experiences, some of which are quite unique or curious.

He’s a great interviewer and transitions fluidly from what was last said, providing an honest but informative profile of his guests. One of the best points about the videos is Leeroy’s genuine curiosity.

He also gives his interviewees the time and space to speak without pause. This means that whatever German you pick up will be flavored with unique, interesting context.

This channel is great if you’re interested in web culture and the YouTube platform. Ultralativ posts short video essays that mainly focus on YouTube culture and the internet .

The channel originally centered on certain YouTubers and their questionable antics, but the content has since broadened in scope to include general media analysis.

 The narrator is quite witty, makes fun references and has plenty of opinions to share. He also doesn’t speak too quickly and has clear enunciation.

There are so many great reasons why you need to start using YouTube for your German right now.

  • It’s completely free. It won’t cost you a dime to log in and start checking out all the various language-based videos. It works out a whole lot cheaper than buying German textbooks and taking language courses. 
  • It’s quick and easy. Pepper your day with short German language YouTube videos here and there. Take five and 10 minutes breaks from work and study time to procrastinate with these German videos for language learners.
  • You have a huge selection of videos . Not in the mood for tenses and prepositions? No problem! YouTube offers you a great variety for when you need a break from grammar and boring classes. 
  • It helps with visual learning. Seeing a German TV show (which provides the context for new words and phrases) helps you retain the language better. It attaches a visual element to the learning process that can help it stick in the brain. 
  • Listen to German being spoken at a normal conversational speed . Native speakers from across Germany will be uploading their videos and showing off their different accents and dialects, so this gives you plenty of practice listening to different accents. 
  • Immerse yourself in authentic content. YouTube is brimming with authentic German materials, like news reports or clips from German TV shows. You can also watch some German YouTubers do a spicy noodle challenge or a video from a German travel vlogger!
  • Become part of a community. Some creators interact with their followers on a regular basis. While you may not be face-to-face, these people you’ve never met come to feel like friends. Plus you can ask questions in the comments and other language learners like yourself might help you out! 
  • Learn your CEFR level. While studying German, you’ve no doubt came across these letter-number combinations. A1 refers to absolute beginners and C2 refers to advanced learners , comparable with native speakers. Don’t know your level? Take an online German level test to find out.
  • Decide how much time you have to spend. Too busy at work? A video under 10 minutes may be just what you need. Do you have nothing to do over the summer or are you getting ready for that trip of a lifetime to Berlin ? Maybe longer, more intensive lessons are the way to go.
  • Actively watch and listen. You should have a pen and paper with you whenever you’re studying. Pay attention to key points and make sure to write down any examples that the speaker gives, just like you would in a classroom. Don’t space out while you watch!
  • Repeat and review. The beautiful part about studying with videos is that if you do miss something or need to go over it again, you can just rewind. Watching one video two or three times in a row is a good way to really get everything out of it and make sure you haven’t missed anything important.
  • Use subtitles. Firstly, watch the video through once without them turned on. Then write down everything that you understood. Watch the video a second time with the subtitles turned on. You can then use them to fill in any gaps in your understanding. You can also write down any words you don’t understand in a notebook. 
  • Practice, practice, practice! Since your short-term memory is stronger but more fleeting, practicing what you’ve learned from a video as soon as you’re done watching it can help you set those language skills into your long-term memory. It can also smooth out any kinks or confusion that you might have. 
  • Be consistent. This is key in your learning to ensure you make the progress you want and need. Once you decide on why you’re learning German and are on a roll with learning, make sure that you actually stick with it so that you can continue to improve. 

With all of these great videos to watch, you’ll have no trouble finding something that fits what you’re looking for. You’ll be on your way to German fluency in no time!

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15 Best Travel Vloggers on YouTube to Follow

Written By: Christine Ka'aloa

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Updated On: June 3, 2023

Living your passion for travel is one thing, but filming yourself doing it daily to weekly for binge watching audiences on YouTube is another! Yet, the list of travel vloggers on YouTube grows as storytelling techniques of its creators evolve to keep you tuned in.

From storytelling editing, daily vlogging, cinematic flair, sexy drone shots, and 360 viewing, these travel YouTubers are committed to pumping out travel inspiration on a regularly programmed basis.

Enjoy this list of inspiring Youtube channels to find great travel content and travel experiences.

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Best Travel Vloggers

Christine chose some great travel vlogs and we don’t want to mess with her, list, but when you are done here, check out some other amazing travel YouTubers! These travel personalities are not only travel hosts, they are their own travel show! We made our own list of best travel vloggers too !

1. Fun for Louis

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Louis Cole initially started out enthralling (and grossing out) viewers with his adventurous ability to eat every odd delicacy that was dead or alive.

Today, this U.K. travel vlogger has taken to daily vlogs of his life, inspiring viewers to live the adventure while travelling the world.

A well-loved travel vlog hero of YouTube, not only does he make binge-watching addictive, but he incorporates 360-degree video and has his fans introduce his videos.

Schedule : Daily

2. Mr Ben Brown

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Mr. Ben Brown is mostly known as a YouTube vlogger. But he travels a bit and his Visual Vibes series showcases some seriously stunning travel cinematography, which will leave you breathless.

An expert storyteller, his vlogs are partly filmed from his perspective, as if you’re inside his head.

Whether skiing, motorbiking or hiking, you’ll feel like you’re moving vicariously with him, as he traipses around the world to meet up with his posse of YouTuber friends.

Ben joined YouTube in 2006 definitely making him one of the older travel vloggers (at least by channel age) out there.

  • Devon Supertamp is very similar and we have him listed on our choices for best travel channels.

Schedule: Daily .

3. Vagabrothers

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The Vagabrothers are the wacky boys of the travel vlogging world.

As charismatic travel hosts revving you for the flight,  they offer a cultural soft side into the joys of travelling.

Their travel videos incorporate fun shooting styles, collaborations with other YouTubers, destination guides focused on culture, and lethal drone shots.

Schedule :  Tuesdays

4. Hey Nadine

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As the reigning top female travel vlogs on YouTube, Nadine Sykora knows what YouTube audiences want.

As Hey Nadine , she infuses her travel lifestyle channel with a creative flair of fashion, fun, food and entertainment.

From travel tips, to “ What I Eat in a Day in. ..” ,… to playful collaborations with other travel YouTubers, Nadine’s channel drums up an addiction to seeing just what new video she puts out next.

Schedule : Twice a week

5. Migrationology

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Would you travel for food? Favorite food vlogger and travel YouTuber Mark Weins does, and boy does he!

A travel and food blog, Migrationology has hit gastronomical stardom on YouTube, making Mark the number one ‘foodie guy’ to both, watch and read.

Mark is the ultimate digital nomad!

He shares his passion for travel by delivering each country through mouth-watering morsels.

You’ll find DIY city guides and of course, lots and lots of food videos!

Schedule: Sundays and Wednesdays.

6. Wolters World

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Mark of Woltersworld is my favorite ‘Loves & Hates Travel Guy’, sharing his unchained opinion on what travelers will love, hate and be shocked with about each city.

He tells it like it is and his honesty won’t take away your excitement in experiencing the place for yourself.

His videos are highly informative insights, which crack the travel code of each country.

Schedule: Wednesdays and Saturdays

7. Hopscotch the Globe

best travel vloggers on youtube | kristen and siya

Kristin Sarah merges her acting chops with her love for travel in Hopscotch the Globe .

She’s like that fun travel bestie who’s not afraid to be a little silly. Her channel incorporates vlogging with cultural parodies and travel inspired DIY recipes.

Today, she shares her channel spotlight with her husband Siya; together, these travel partners in crime hop around the globe, creating weekly entertainment.

They’ve also recently added a baby drone into their picture!

Schedule : Weekly

8. Psychotraveller

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If twenty-something backpacking is your thing, check out Psychotraveller .

Ally dishes backpacking travel tips, vlogs and travel budget information, all with a dose of humor.

Best of all, her favorite filming studio is often a hostel room!

Schedule: Weekly.


best travel vloggers on youtube | grrl traveler

Does traveling alone freak you out? Christine Kaaloa of GRRRL TRAVELER takes you inside the adventurous world of solo travel and shows you how she survives it.

Experiencing culture shock and filming it , isn’t easy, but Christine finds ways to turn her encounters of taxi scams, Asian squat toilets, airport layovers and getting sick abroad, into travel survival tips to walk away with !

A solo travel blogger, she films and blogs travel tips and city and food travel guides, while playing with video storytelling styles.

Schedule: Fridays or Saturdays.

10.  Sonia’s Travels

youtube travel vlog | sonyas travels

Sonia is your female travel MacGyver. From how to pack your makeup to product reviews and how to score a deal on a hotel, she’s got slick tips to make you a savvy traveler.

Her tips are usually around 2-3 minutes, which make her videos perfect to watch with your morning coffee.

Until then, she has hundreds of travel tip videos to keep your travels well-groomed.

Schedule: On hiatus. Let’s hope she comes back.

11.  The Planet D

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Dave and Deb of The Planet D , not only live the dream of travel, but they also visit some of the most exotic places that most of us can only dream about!

This zany travel-adventure couple have blogged about adventure travel for the past 10 years, and now they’re on YouTube too, inspiring each other (and others) to take a passion for adventure to the next level. Making the list as one of the couple travel vloggers to watch.

From polar ice plunges in Antarctica to riding the fastest zipline or ballooning over the Masai Mara, their channel covers a bucket list of activities to try when you’re looking to leave your comfort zone.

Schedule: Saturdays.

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12.  gone with the wynns.

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Ever think of packing up your family life and hitting the road in an RV?

Nikki and Jason of Gone with the Wynns sold it all and packed it up to hit the highway.

From composting toilets to solar powering an RV (okay, not your everyday travel story), they’ve transformed the concept of an RV travel lifestyle for YouTube.

Their videos are well-shot and occasionally, filmed like a sexy commercial (okay, not your every day RV travel video).

Recently, they’ve made a rather new change in their lives, by trading in their RV for a sailboat!

Schedule : Weekly.

13. Samuel & Audrey

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You may know Samuel and Audrey as their travel blogging aliases, Nomadic Samuel and That Backpacker .

As former ex-Korea expats, this adorable travel geek couple are on an indefinite road between expat life and nomadism.

Their channel is prolific with destination guides and food taste tests.

For audiences, who want to get their binge watching on without taking a break, they are also known to occasionally have long format videos.

Schedule: 1-2 times a week.

14. 8 Miles from Home

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Inspiring us to take our dream lifestyle (and dog) abroad is 8 Miles from Home .

Sacha and Jymael are British photographers turn expat vloggers, documenting their life in Thailand.

Their vlogs are cinematic video diaries, occasionally incorporate dazzling special FX.

Recently they announced their new adventure~ a move to Portugal and a baby!

15. The Food Ranger

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If you love Asian food, Trevor is The Food Ranger of Asia. An expat in Sichuan, China, he chomps and slurps some of the best Chinese cuisine (and uh, some pretty obscure foods too).

Commendable is his ability to upload regular videos while staying under China’s banned radar (YouTube and Google are banned in China).

He’s quickly growing a following as a new foodie channel to watch.

Schedule: Saturdays

How the best travel vloggers were chosen:

Like all lists, people will wonder why they’re not on it. I’m positive I missed some good ones, but this is very loose criteria I’d be using if I were hired to cast, produce or pitch a TV show. Creators did not need to meet all criteria, but most. – Programming: Weekly dedication, quality, storytelling & individual style execution – Audience: Niche, loyalty, & YouTube friendly – Blog worthy and/or binge worthy – Does it bring a new spin to the term “travel video” or “travel show” – Channel Personality/Talent: brand recognition, hosting & entertainment value

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Do you have favourite travel vlogger you love on YouTube? Introduce us to them in the comments below!

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That’s a subjective question. If you go by subscribers it is Devon Supertramp or Fun for Louis on this list. Drew Binskey is definitely the most successful travel vlogger out there right now.

Mark Weins t ops the list as the best food travel vlogger. He takes you on a culinary journey around the world.

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Want to learn the German language or have a closer look at the German way of life?

YouTube is one of the best places to discover foreign creators who will entertain you, motivate you and make you learn a little more about their life. When watching them, it's quite simple, you'll think you're living with them, like a real German!

Here are 16 German YouTubers who will make you part of their world, whether it's through gaming, comedy or science.

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Phil laude - amusing short parodies.


Phil Laude is one of the funniest German YouTubers. With short and punchy formats, he is sure to make you laugh with his writing and humor. He has this biting irony which makes you laugh at everyday scenes and problems.

Paluten - Fun Gaming Channel


Paluten is one of the most famous German gaming YouTubers. And for good reason : his mimics are so expressive and funny ! You'll see him playing games that are crazier than the others, putting him in improbable situations. Nothing like it to cheer up those Sundays.

The Heute-Show - The German-like Night Show


Do you like American Night Shows? You'll love The Heute-Show, a topical format that plays on humor and political discussions. Jeremy Clarkson and his team of reporters take you inside the events that are shaping German society. For your enjoyment, they reveal and mock with lightness the inconsistencies of politicians and the habits of Germans. With their videos, you are sure to know the German way of life!

Malwanne - Surprising Eating Experiments


The least we can say is that Malwanne takes us on improbable culinary experiences. Whether it's a pizza that tastes like a burger, a rainbow pie or a pudding from the 50s, she'll take you through all the palettes of taste with adorable humor. The perfect way to get hungry before a meal!

JPPerformance - Auto Reviews


With his smile and his constant good mood, JP Performance will delight you by testing the newest cars. His great expertise will enlighten you on the right buying choices and the outlook on the automotive market. This is a must-see for any car fan.

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Mrwissen2go - secret truths revealed.


MrWissen2go tells you everything about the cases and events that define the news of yesterday and today. With great pedagogy, he has a gift for making his lessons exciting and accessible to everyone. In his series "Die Wahreit" he will tell you all about the secrets of great organizations and moments in history. Just take a look at it !

Galileo - Investigation of Societal Subjects


Galileo is a channel that takes a more focused look at little-known or taboo subjects. You will learn about the science of food, about people in particular social situations, or about unusual objects or technologies. Very interesting for the curious minds.

Kurzegsagt - Deep Reflections with Stunning Animation


Kurzegsagt is one of the most fascinating German YouTube channels. With great eloquence, it tells about the great mysteries of the universe and our place in this still unknown world. You will gain new philosophical insights into the destiny of humanity and our earth. A must-see!

Psychology Geek - Mind and Emotions Explained


Psychology Geek is hosted by a YouTube artist who wanted to make psychology accessible to everyone. By tackling topics about our mental and emotional life, she wants to help us better understand what can happen to us or to others. With diagrams and very enlightening explanations, she allows us to better live with our fears and desires.

Robert Hoffman- Stimulating Movie Discussions


Robert Hoffman is always on the lookout for the latest movie releases to give his expert opinion. With these videos, you'll always be sure to pick the right movie and have a great time. Robert will also teach you a little more about the techniques and practices of cinema, so you can become a good critic yourself. So don't hesitate!

100SekunderPhysik - Quick and Insightful Physics Explanations

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You can't help but marvel at 100SekunderPhysik's videos. In just a few minutes, you can learn a lot about essential physical problems and phenomena. With such expressive and aesthetically pleasing animations, these lessons will stay in our minds for a long time.

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Sophiathiel - motivating fitness advice.


Lacking motivation to do your morning exercises? SophiaTiel will guide you with her boundless energy. She will also show you the best ways to lose weight, slim down or simply stay in shape. Sophia is an inspiring person who will help you to be the best you can be.

Sallys Welt - Best German Cook on YouTube


Nothing is more enjoyable and appetizing than watching Sallys Welt's cooking lessons. Sally has no shortage of imagination and know-how to guide you through the secrets of German cooking (which includes tender and delicious cakes), but also dishes from around the world. A must-see if you have the soul of a cook!

SlivkiShow DE - Numerous Life Hacks


The small details of our daily lives sometimes make all the difference. That's why SlivkiShow gives you the life hacks you always needed to save time on the little things. These ingenious tips will take you through some amazing life experiments, along with the cute face of a kitten.

Beauty and Girly Advice - Dagi Bee


Dagi Bee is one of those Youtubers who share her beauty and girly advice with her followers. She is a great influencer who will seduce you with her practical tips, her personal questions, but also her moments of sharing with her friends and family. If you like to connect with YouTubers, you'll love it.

JoergSprave - Inventive Weapon Demonstrations


JoergSprae's warfare demonstrations are simply awesome. This Youtuber specialized in the invention of improbable weapons and equipment will surprise you with every video. If you are a fan of gunpower and sharp weapon, this channel is made for you!

That's it, we've made the tour of our favorite German video creators. Now it's your turn to dive into the German culture and society!

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Human bones unearthed from a German cave have altered the timeline of ancient human history

Posted: May 16, 2024 | Last updated: May 16, 2024

In their quest to resolve a longstanding dispute, researchers inadvertently reshaped the chronology of ancient human history. The subject of contention revolved around an ancient culture known as the Lincombian-Ranisian-Jerzmanowician technocomplex, which scientists have shortened to LRJ due to its cumbersome name.

Human history

The LRJ culture is distinguished by the production of distinct blades and leaf points that exhibit a blend of Neanderthal and Homo sapien craftsmanship. The dispute revolves around the identity of the artisans behind these artifacts, with the potential to provide insights into the events approximately 45,000 years ago.

Distinct blades

This period marked the enigmatic extinction of Neanderthals, our close human relatives, throughout Europe, while Homo sapiens flourished and prospered. “The usual wisdom was to consider that they were made most likely by late Neanderthals,” according to Jean-Jacques Hublin, a paleoanthropology professor at the College of France and co-author of the study.

Ancient DNA

However, through the innovative application of zooarchaeology by mass spectrometry, known as ZooMS, the researchers successfully identified that out of approximately 2,000 bone fragments examined, 13 of them belonged to early humans.


The subsequent task involved identifying the specific ancient human species to which the bones belonged. Hublin explained that successfully determining this would likely lead them to the creators of the LRJ artifacts in the cave, thus resolving the mystery.

Ancient ancient

In pursuit of this goal, DNA was extracted from the bones, confirming that they belonged to Homo sapiens. This discovery provided compelling evidence that Homo sapiens were indeed responsible for crafting the LRJ artifacts. Hublin expressed triumphantly, "Voila!"

Radiocarbon dating

Their findings indicated that Homo sapiens inhabited Ranis around 47,500 years ago, a significantly earlier timeline than previously assumed. This discovery challenged the existing belief among archaeologists that Homo sapiens only arrived in Western Europe approximately 42,000 years ago, a migration thought to have played a role in the extinction of Neanderthals.

Homo sapiens

The timeline of ancient human history continues to be extended as new evidence emerges. Hublin and his team's recent findings are the latest in a series of studies contributing to this expanding body of research.

Warmer periods

Examination of animal teeth from the site indicated a climate 7 to 15 degrees Celsius colder than present conditions, resembling the cold environments of northern Scandinavia or parts of Siberia, as highlighted by Hublin.

Animal teeth

Revising ancient history: These discoveries collectively depict a human prehistory that diverges significantly from our prior understanding. Nevertheless, there are unresolved inquiries that await clarification.

Revising ancient history

Their work, published in three papers in the respected journals Nature and Nature Ecology and Evolution, presents a contrasting narrative of the past. The research indicates the presence of small "pioneer" Homo sapiens groups coexisting with Neanderthals in Europe for thousands of years prior to the Neanderthals' extinction.

Published papers

The extent of interaction between these two groups during this period remains uncertain. “It’s not at all the picture we had years ago of this wave of Homo sapiens moving into Europe and replacing the Neanderthals,” said Hublin. “What we see now is that it was not a wave, it was several wavelets,”


Furthermore, the study implies that these early Homo sapien "pioneers" possessed a resilience and adaptability that have been underestimated.


Although there are no intentions to conduct additional excavations at Ranis due to safety concerns leading to the closure of the cave, the researchers are committed to analyzing the specimens and artifacts from this recent excavation. Their aim is to delve further into the interactions between Homo sapiens and Neanderthals during this period.

Additional excavations

“I think we have more to discover,” Hublin said. “What’s ahead of us is understanding what was going on among the late Neanderthals. To what extent have they been penetrated by these newcomers? What kind of interactions do they have with them? But I think it’s a great step to have resolved the LRJ story.”


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Incredible lighthouse picture from Maine

From CNN's Chris Lau

A long-exposure photo shows the aurora borealis over Portland, Maine, on May 10.

Among a flurry of surreal images capturing the dazzling auroras is one taken by Benjamin Williamson of a lighthouse in Portland, Maine.

"It's one of the most incredible things I've ever seen, the awe and wonder," Williamson told CNN.

He said he used a long-exposure technique to snap the shot, but did not edit it.

Watch the full interview with Williamson here .

Things could be about to ramp up

If you still haven't seen the aurora, hold on for another 30 minutes to an hour, according to CNN meteorologist Chad Myers.

The next wave of coronal mass ejections, or CMEs, which cause the aurora, is about to arrive, he said.

"Just wait a minute because things are going to start to ramp up here," he said, adding that the increase could arrive "anytime now." "When it comes, get outside, get ready, put your coat on."

For those who are too busy to witness the phenomenon tonight, Myers said the aurora is expected to last three nights.

Why does the aurora last for a weekend?

By CNN's Chris Lau

The northern lights can be seen from Eaton Rapids, Michigan, on May 10.

Generally, it takes just eight minutes for light to travel 93 million miles to the Earth from the sun, but astrophysicist Janna Levin said the energized particles causing the current wave of aurora travel a lot slower, causing the phenomenon to last for the weekend.

"Some of these mass ejections are trillions of kilograms," she said. "They're slower. So they're taking longer, but still hours, maybe tens of hours."

Here's how the solar storm looks in the South and on the East Coast

The aurora was visible across the East Coast and in the South Friday.

Here's how it looked in Chester, South Carolina.

Down in Florida, waves of color swam through the sky.

Up north in New Jersey, a purple-ish haze could be seen in the sky.

Will solar storms get more intense and risky in the future?

The answer is probably not in the short term, according to astrophysicist Hakeem Oluseyi.

He said scientists study what is constantly happening on the surface of the sun and have found a pattern.

“Geological data shows us that in the past the sun was way more active than it is today. It has cycles where it goes very quiet ... and you have events that show that the solar activity was much, much greater,” he told CNN. “So there's no evidence that we're going to see those big maxima this cycle." 

But the astrophysicist also spoke of a caveat - the limitations of modern science.

“Even though it's predictable in the short term, we still don't quite understand what creates the magnetic fields in the sun,” he said, adding: “That's why NASA has so many satellites looking at the sun.”

In Pictures: Auroras light the sky during rare solar storm

From CNN Digital's Photo Team

The northern lights glow in the night sky in Brandenburg, Germany, on May 10.

A series of solar flares and coronal mass ejections from the sun are creating dazzling auroras across the globe .

The rare solar storm may also disrupt communications. The last time a solar storm of this magnitude reached Earth was in October 2003, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center.

See more photos of the aurora from tonight.

Behind dazzling aurora could lie “real danger,” Bill Nye the Science Guy says

Bill Nye the Science Guy speaks to CNN on Friday, May 10.

The massive solar storm could present “a real danger,” especially with the modern world relying so much on electricity, according to Bill Nye the Science Guy , a science educator and engineer.

Scientists are warning an increase in solar flares and coronal mass ejections from the sun have the potential to disrupt communication on Earth into the weekend. Solar flares can affect communications and GPS almost immediately because they disrupt Earth’s ionosphere, or part of the upper atmosphere. Energetic particles released by the sun can also disrupt electronics on spacecraft and affect astronauts without proper protection within 20 minutes to several hours.

In comparison to tonight's event, Nye drew comparisons with another incident in 1859, known as the Carrington Event, when telegraph communications were severely affected.

“The other thing, everybody, that is a real danger to our technological society, different from 1859, is how much we depend on electricity and our electronics and so on,” Nye said. "None of us really in the developed world could go very long without electricity."

He noted that there are systems in place to minimize the impact, but “stuff might go wrong,” stressing that not all transformers are equipped to withstand such a solar event.

“It depends on the strength of the event and it depends on how much of our infrastructures are prepared for this the sort of thing,” he said.

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Here's where clouds will block the view of the northern lights in the US

From CNN's Angela Fritz

An infrared satellite image taken around 10:30 p.m. ET.

After an incredibly stormy week, most of the Lower 48 has clear skies to see the northern lights. But there are some areas where clouds and rainy weather are spoiling the view.

A deck of clouds is blocking the sky in the Northeast, from parts of Virginia into Maine, as an area of low pressure spins off the East Coast.

In the Midwest, the aurora will be hard to see through thick clouds in parts of Wisconsin, Michigan — including the Upper Peninsula — and Illinois.

A stripe of clouds is tracking across Texas, including Dallas-Forth Worth, and into Louisiana.

And in the Southwest, patchy clouds across the the Four Corners region could make the northern lights difficult to spot.

Aurora seen at least as far south as Georgia

Barely visible to the naked eye, the aurora can be seen in Atlanta in the 10 p.m. ET hour. 

It is easier to see through photographs using a long exposure. The photos below, taken by CNN's Eric Zerkel and Emily Smith, used 3- and 10-second exposures.

Aurora seen in Atlanta around 10:15 p.m. ET.

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