Check out the eastern city of Goerlitz, say readers, and when you're tired of German food in Berlin, go for Italian. Read of for more travel tips from fellow readers.
Goerlitz is the eastern-most town in Germany
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We traveled to Goerlitz in May 2007 and found it charming, unspoiled, and beautiful. We enjoyed a walking tour (only in German) and the many old buildings and churches. We walked across the bridge to have lunch on the Polish side of the river. While it's not exactly on most tourist routes, it's definitely worth the visit. -- Chris, US
When you're tired of sausages and all things German go to Osteria No. 1. It saved our lives in Berlin! We had a lovely, intimate platter of mixed pasta at a very good price. -- C. Sammut, Malta
An alternative to wurst
I am a Cold War, pre-Wall baby who was born in Germany to American parents in the late 1950s. We lived in Enkenbach at the time. I was privileged to travel a bit around your wonderful country in the mid-1970's (US Air Force) and got to spend time with the family that housed us. Last year, I visited Poland on business and was able to visit Berlin. Although I don't have one favorite place in Germany, Berlin blew me away. I guess understanding the significance of what that city and its wonderful people went through made it all the more enlightening and enriching for me as a traveler and admirer all of the German people. My return to my birthplace (Landstuhl) in 1976 is another story that binds me to Germany. -- Michael S. Arend, US
From the first time that I met the Germans, I had a warm reception. I was loved by the locals everywhere I went. The next experience I ever had was the language-learning process. From the very beginning I faced some difficulties with the language and then, later on, I was more at ease with the language. Especially the Germans with different accents made it a little bit hard for me. Just imagine that I was in Bad Neustadt, where I use to go to the language school, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. I did that for six months. -- Vasco S. Kemokai
One reader only at local products
I used the hotel reservation links given to me by my cousin from Seeheim to make all of my reservations via Internet and they all proved to be just perfect -- starting in Offenbach, then the train trip to Hildesheim and from there to Bocholt and, lastly, to Freiburg im Breisgau. Secondly, I ate locally from the Metzgerei to the Konditerei and the open air markets. As the German custom, I promptly took my afternoon Kaffeepause every day. Evenings usually found me sitting with the locals in the famous neighborhood Bierstube, listening to the local radio stations still playing music from the 1950s and 60s. Tourists? I never really met any that I could tell, except during my last few days in Freiburg. Next year I hope for a two-month stay at a Goethe Institute German language program. -- Philip Ohmes, US
You asked for people to tell you of their travels to eastern Germany. I came in 2003 and 2006 and stayed in Berlin, Rothenklempenow, Goettingen, Eisenach, Sangerhausen, Wittenberg, Kleingladenbach/Breidenbach and then we also stayed in Rothenburg ob der Tauber and visited Neuendettelsau. What an absolute thrill. Germany is the best country next to my dear USA. I look forward to coming again soon. I think I will stay up primarily in the northeast of the country for my next trip. -- Robbin Robbert, US