The Cheapest Places to Visit in Germany by Car

Germany is known for being relatively cheap, which is great news for all of you budget travellers out there. In fact, the country’s capital, Berlin, is amongst the cheapest big cities in Europe.

If you’re planning a road trip in Germany you don’t have to break the bank to ensure that you see the vibrant international art and music scene, beautiful nature, stunning cathedrals, picturesque small towns and historic cities that the country has to offer.

Here’s our list of the cheapest places to visit in Germany. Once you have made a decision, check out our guide for people visiting Germany, you might uncover some useful information!


Berlin is the country’s historic, cultural and slightly alternative capital that’s an absolute must-see on your German road trip. The good news is that unlike other European capitals, Berlin won’t empty your wallet. It has a huge array of options to eat, sleep, and have fun that can work for every budget.

There are world-class museums, cheap food, crazy nightlife, and affordable accommodation and its transportation and walkable areas mean that getting around is cheap and easy.

This city ticks all the boxes, because in between the cosmopolitan atmosphere, out of this world nightlife and beer culture there are magical green spaces, swimming lakes, parks and gardens where you can escape the madness for an hour or two.


For youngsters on a really tight budget, Dusseldorf is the ideal destination. You’ll find an abundance of dining and sleeping options that accommodate even the smallest of budgets.

It’s known for its myriad of bars, pubs, clubs and ancient breweries that are located in the Altstadt District. However, if that’s not your scene you can marvel at the stunning historic architecture coupled with the scintillating futuristic architecture, visit the incredible museums and enjoy the lush greenery.

If you’re on a tight budget you might want to avoid Konigsallee, Europe’s most glamorous shopping street but if you’ve got some cash leftover you can definitely indulge here.


It may not be cheap where German’s are concerned but it remains a bargain compared to London. There are numerous hostels and reasonably priced hotels and it’s a densely populated Airbnb location.

Affordable accommodation leaves more funds to enjoy the culture, gastronomy and lively nightlife the city has to offer.

It’s often overshadowed by Berlin but Oktoberfest has put this city back on the map, however, the Bavarian capital is so much more than the popular folk festival.

It has some of the best beer gardens in the world as well as Disney style castles, pretty palaces and traditional German food.


Another stop to add to your list is Cologne. This city which is located along the Rhine river is one of Germany’s oldest and largest cities. The historic centre is easily walkable meaning you don’t need to spend on public transport.

Your budget can stretch a fair way in Cologne if you’re careful about how you spend it. The only thing you might want to splash out on is Phantasialand, the city’s thrilling theme park.

Otherwise, you can explore the Cathedral, Chocolate museum, take a cruise along the river, sip on some of the city’s renowned beer and take a cable car to Dusseldorf’s Rheinturm to take in the spectacular views at no extreme expense.

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