Experience the charms of Germany without even leaving the south

For a lot of travelers, visiting any country in Europe isn’t as easy as you’d think for it to be. That’s because these days, it takes meticulous planning to map out everything you want to see, along with plenty of patience to find a great flight deal that won’t break the bank.

The charming Bavarian town you didn’t know existed

As a matter of fact, Helen, Georgia looks so much like a charming German town with its vineyards and Bavarian-style buildings, your social media followers will think that you’re in Europe if they didn’t know any better. Yes, it looks that real!

Not only is Helen a great town to help make your social media feed look European-esque but it’s also got a lot of outdoor adventures and fantastic festivals. The town even has a unique history, as it’s set among the many mountains of the Appalachian foothills.

While it might look Bavarian in style, Helen actually has deep Native American roots and a long history of being a logging town.

Tubing, adventure, history and more

During the warmer months or rather from May to September, you can spend the day floating down the river. Both Helen Tubing and Waterpark and Cool River Tubing offer all of the gear you need, plus changing rooms, showers, and even picnic areas.

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If fishing is on your mind, check out Smithgall Woods State Park, where Dukes Creek is known for its excellent trout. And if you have a little sense of adventure and are looking to check out some of the local history, it’s been noted that the Hardman Farm State Historic Site is home to the 1870 homestead and the Nacoochee Indian Mound burial site.

While there are plenty of options as far as accommodations are concerned, there is also a lake and campsites and trails that run through the Chattahoochee National Forest to the Anna Ruby and Raven Cliff waterfalls.

But if you are really wanting to stay in a German-style authentic hotel, there’s the Heidi Motel & Windmill Suites. Situated within the main Alpine Village shopping area, it is walking distance from the area’s restaurant and entertainment options.

“The hotel prides itself on making guests feel like they are home away from home, while their motto is ‘Come as a stranger, leave as a friend.'”

Spaetzle, goulash and German fine dining

Of course, we can’t forget all of the wonderful dining options that Helen has to offer. If you’ve been craving some incredibly juicy bratwurst along with a German beer that you can wash it down with, you are in great luck. That’s because Helen is really as German as it gets.

Some dining highlights include Bernie’s Restaurant, a mother and daughter establishment that will make you feel all the cozy feels with chef-inspired dishes and wine pairings from some nearby award-winning vineyards.

There’s also Bodensee Restaurant, which serves authentic German fare. Spaetzle, goulash, and wursts are all on the menu.

With that said, guests are encouraged to also visit Hofer’s of Helen before leaving to go home. The baked good and deli sandwiches at this one-of-a-kind treat are simply irresistible. Many guests stop by here to pick up their sandwiches before they go on their hikes.

Helen on my mind

With so much to offer, a lot of people are still amazed that Helen is only home to 430 residents. Yes, the town is just that small. If the real Germany doesn’t fall on your list of places to see this upcoming year, then don’t worry. You can save time, the traveling headache, and the currency rate confusion by heading over the Helen instead.

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