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A travel guide with a personal touch

Guten Tag, and thank you for visiting this page. Let me introduce myself and talk a bit about my website.

author of the germany insider facts guide
Personally, I am often curious and want to discover who is the author when I visit websites, so I think I should grant readers of the Germany Facts Guide the same courtesy. Here we go.

My name is Rita Amend, your native guide to Germany. I've been living in Hanau, that is in the eastern Rhine-Main-area, all my life. That's 60+ years to tell you the truth.

Actually, this region in Hessen is not considered a place to spend a holiday at (many Germans sniff at the Rhine-Main-Gebiet!). However, there are many hidden gems to discover in the greater Frankfurt area. I am happy to show you where to go in my "backyard".

Being centrally located, I can reach the "real" holiday regions and attractions within a few hours drive as well. I admit, my focus lies clearly in central and southern Germany, Hessen, Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria that is. But I also love the shores of the North Sea, the Baltic Sea and the Frisian Islands.

Although Australia is one of my favourite destinations in the world, I have spent many, many holidays in my home country as well.

Exploring the secrets, history, foods and customs of a certain region in Germany is nearly as fascinating as discovering a foreign country thousands of miles away.
It is never boring to stay in Germany for a holiday.

old houses karlstadt am main
Karlstadt - Unterfranken

I love to travel. I love nature. I love to take photographs of the places I visit.

Oh, and I love German castles, and the history behind the fascinating towns and villages in my country. No doubt, you will clearly notice that when you browse around this website.

My love for nature was raised by my dad. He took us on bicycle trips and he made us aware of the little details around us.
Now I am happy that my husband has always shared my love for the country and the unique places with me. Or was it vice versa? Anyway, it is great to have a travel companion with the same passion.

"Why don't you write this website in German?" you might ask

Well, that is a reasonable question. After all, I am a German, and writing this site in my mother language would be slightly easier.
However, what is a true insider fact for a foreigner to Germany, is often common knowledge for my fellow Germans. Websites in German language abound, although they often cover only certain regions or topics.

So I decided to devote this website to YOU, the visitor from Europe, America, Africa, Asia, and Australia, whichever country you call home. Even if you don't plan a visit, you might want to learn a little about Germany.

This Germany Guide is a travel website with a personal touch. I am going to add the "must see places", and "my favourite destinations" as well. Read about traditions, foods and the history of the places I am going to visit with you during our mutual, virtual journey around Germany.

It is my intention to make the Germany Facts Guide the one place resource for ALL YOUR questions about Germany.

Let me know how can I help you to plan your visit

German regions are so different, the landscapes, architecture, dialects, the mentality of people, not to mention the variety in delicious food specialties.

Where to go, what is worth to see, how to get around?

Questions abound when you plan a journey to a foreign country. Sure, which places to visit is your personal preference, but you might also find places on this website you never thought of visiting.
Please be aware that it might be hard to fit everything into a two-weeks journey!

Apart from the fascinating attractions, you will also find heaps of practical help that answers your question "how to get around?".
My train travel guide explains the public transport in Germany, you will find guided tour tips, and what's different in German hotels.
If you get stuck, don't hesitate to drop me a message, I am here to help you!

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The Germany Insider Facts Guide was launched on the 2nd January 2010. I am working continuously on the website to make it a great resource of tips & interesting facts about Germany.

There are always new topics to discover on this growing website.
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north sea sunset

Romantic sunset on the North Sea

Happy Travels!

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My Favourite Places

me in front of a castle

I've always loved castles

That's me, standing in the inner yard of Lichtenstein Castle.
The Swabian Alb is a region I like to return to whenever possible. It is lovely.

lichtenstein castle

Lichtenstein Castle in its full glory

rural scenery

The Black Forest

Definitely one of my all-time favourite holiday destinations in Germany.

taking photos

Taking photos in Schwäbisch Hall, what else?

I would be lost without my camera!

rural scenery

My Backyard!

Nature, rural landscapes, and of course, castles, are never far away, even in the Rhine-Main area.

Discover Germany's attractions, find useful facts & travel tips on these pages.

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