The Anonymous Widower

Exploring Germany Under The Latest Travel Rules

Because of the lack of travel brought about by the Covids, I’ve built up a list of places that I want to visit in Germany.

  • Hamburg to see the Siemens Gamesa ETES energy storage and see how the Alstom Coradia iLint hydrogen train is getting on.
  • Karlsruhe to see the newly-opened tram-tunnel in the city.
  • Stuttgart to see how the construction work for Stuttgart 21 is faring and Alstom’s new battery trains.
  • The Lake Constance Belt Railway.

The latest rules mean that travelling back to the UK is easy, so if I chose a route that allowed me to visit all the places I want from say a hotel in somewhere worth visiting like Stuttgart, would it be possible to book an appropriate stay there as a package?

Would this mean all the paperwork going to Germany would be handled by someone else, so if a mistake was made, it’s not my fault?

January 24, 2022 - Posted by | Energy, Energy Storage, Transport/Travel | , , , , ,


  1. Turns out that you as the traveller are responsible so no point in paying someone. Hotels are all free cancellations and pay on arrival. You’ll have to get repeat tests at an approved tester every 72 hours you stay at the hotel. I’d hope the test is the cheaper of the two options
    What are your major concerns about doing it all for yourself?
    I’d go a bit later myself when the weather makes the incidence of Covid less of a problem and alert levels have dropped, say middle late April.
    Are you planning to fly or travel via other countries by rail – long time ago but I’ve flown to Stuttgart probably 40 or 50 times and gone by rail twice. Also done it a few times by car up into the Schwäbische Alb.

    Comment by fammorris | January 25, 2022 | Reply

  2. I shall go by rail. The views are better!

    Comment by AnonW | January 25, 2022 | Reply

  3. I’d also recommend waiting for the springtime.
    Unfortunately, Hamburg is a bit of a trek from Stuttgart but the rest is in the same Bundesland.
    As fammorris says, it’s easy to book hotel which can be cancelled for free.
    Greetings from Berlin

    Comment by Andy | January 25, 2022 | Reply

  4. Gruß aus Guildford,
    Yes apart from the train ride most of the trip seems to be in Baden Wurttemberg and I know AnonW was considering Bavaria. I had rather the same opinion about Hamburg. Are you conscious of any practical differences in Covid Ordinances between the Lände, after all living in Berlin you’re surrounded by Brandenburg. I find it difficult to believe that for practical purposes things are so different from here where earlier on you could find yourself under different regulations by just by walking across the road into another Local Authority (I suppose the equivalent is a ‘Kreis’).

    Comment by fammorris | January 25, 2022 | Reply

  5. Hi, fammorris. I haven’t spent too much time in other Bundesländer since the beginning of the pandemic, apart from a few short trips. But I take my mask, ID and app (with my vaccination status) everywhere I go and haven’t had any problems.
    I spent Christmas and New Year in England and preferred the measures in Germany to be honest.

    Comment by Andy | January 25, 2022 | Reply

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