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Hi. I'm Larry. I have traveled extensively in Germany - all or part of 11 trips to Europe since 1987 - 8 trips and 115 days since 2000, and, more importantly, I have spent countless hours studying the German travel websites, including those in the German language.
I guess I can say that I am funtionally fluent in German. At least I can travel comfortably in Germany and communicate at a basic level with the people I meet there.
I am an active contributor on several travel websites, and I am repeatedly envolved in the same discussions. I decided to create this website, so I can write the answers down once and for all.
In the late 1990s I discovered Rick Steves. I immediately embraced most of his travel philosohy, particularly the parts about traveling light, staying in inexpensive accommodations, and finding your own backdoors.
Although I consider Rick Steves to be my mentor, my understanding of the German language has enabled me, in Germany, to go far beyond what Rick recommends. I can read the German Rail and town websites, make effective plans for economical rail connections, and find my own accommodations in Germany. Most importantly, I find my own backdoors.
Hopefully, on this website, I can teach you to do some of the the same.
For information about how to navigage this site, see the bottom of this page.
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