Germany is an easy place to cycle although not as picturesque as some of its neighbours.
10th - 28th May 2011 (red)
26th - 31st July 2013 (blue)
Germany has some lovely bits but there are some large tedious sections. Choose your route carefully. Cycling due east from the Dutch border to Hannover is Dullsville. It improves slightly beyond there to Berlin but generally south is better than north.
Roads are, as you'd expect, excellent and there are lots of cycle paths, usually of good quality but sometimes just lines painted on to broken pavements. You are expected to use them regardless of their crappiness. Drivers will remind you of this at volume should you forget.
Don't feel tempted to jump the lights. I heard of a pedestrian who was hit by a car while using a crossing that hadn't yet offered him a green man. The driver successfully sued the pedestrian for damage done to his car.
Germany has lots of campsites scattered around the country. Of the thirteen I used, the average price was €10 (ranging from €5 - €12). Hotels seemed disproportionately expensive compared to Germany's neighbours at an average of €53 (ranging from €40 - €70).
The older the person, the less likely they'll speak another language in addition to German. All educated people speak good English.
Better food than you might be expecting, sausages, beer, Berlin, waterside nudity in the presence of fat people (if you're into that sort of thing).
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