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What German towns/areas can I visit where little English is spoken?

Old Jan 14th, 2016, 08:43 AM
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lol. Americans generally love Bavaria; for some reason, that's what Germany looks like in the American popular imagination. Does anyone know why??
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>>Americans generally love Bavaria; for some reason, that's what Germany looks like in the American popular imagination. Does anyone know why??<<

I think it has to do with the U.S. occupation after WWII - the American troops were in the South while the British troops were in the North and the French troops in the Southwest.

Strangely, in American guidebooks, including Fodor's and Rick Steves', the Northern half of Germany does not exist. Even Rick Steves map is greatly biased in order to wipe out the North.

>what Germany looks like in the American popular imagination<

You find picturesque historical towns with cute half-timbered houses scattered all over Germany. Wernigerode, Quedlinburg, Monschau, Freudenberg, Wetzlar, Staufen, Gengenbach, Calw are at least as picturesque as Rothenburg, but they are ignored by American guidebooks.

And you find more castles in the North. And better ones.
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Old Jan 14th, 2016, 11:04 AM
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<i>Does anyone know why??</i>

When most Americans think of Germany, they think of Lederhosen, Dirndln, Oktoberfest, Neuschwanstein Castle, Biergartens, Weißwurst, Oktoberfest, and Oompah bands. Almost of those happen to be Bavarian.

I like that the North gets neglected.
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Old Jan 14th, 2016, 11:14 AM
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Just to be clear, I think Bavaria is lovely and didn't mean to suggest otherwise with my question! I think traveller1959 is right.
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