Ken Roczen – Your Personal Travel Guide to Germany
Although traveling to foreign lands can be exciting, it also be overwhelming if you don’t know the language, the foods to eat and stay away from, and where to explore. Sure, you can just wing it on your trip and learn the hard way, or you can have your own personal tour guide. Being that next year’s Motocross of Nations is being held in Teutschenthal, Germany, we hit up Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen to help us plan our 2013 trip.
Hi – Hi
Tschüss – Bye
Bitte – Please
Danke – Thank you
What to eat
Germany is pretty famous for its sausages, otherwise known as a bratwurst, and the schnitzel. You can’t go wrong with any one of those two, and I usually eat that with potatoes. We actually have this place in my area that makes the best schnitzel! They put ham and cheese inside it. So good! You should also know that our restaurants are not like typical American chain restaurants. Our restaurants are all small, family-owned places.
Places to see
When I took my girlfriend, Mariah, to Germany for the first time, we went and saw the Buchenwald concentration camp. It’s only about 20 minutes from my hometown in Apolda, Germany, but I’ve never seen it before. It’s a giant tour that comes with the tour guide and a headset. This is definitely a place to go.
Germany also has some pretty cool castles to see, and I highly recommend taking one of those tours, too!
I think a lot of the Germans can understand English, but they might not speak it.
Where to dance
Oh, so you want to dance and have the insider advice? We have some great clubs in Germany! I must say that it was better in the past, though, because some of the clubs had to close their doors when they ran out of money. If you want a guaranteed good time, we always have the best parties at my track.
What to drink
Beer, of course! If that doesn’t sound good to you—I’m not sure why it wouldn’t—we have a drink called Spezi, which is half Fanta and half Coke. We drink that a lot when we go to restaurants.
A couple of my friends are DJs, and they’re always playing some good music. We don’t always have to have a lot of people, though, to have a good time. It’s pretty bad ass.
You don’t have to worry about driving on the opposite side of the road, because we don’t do that over here in Germany. However, we do have more stick shift cars. We also have the Autobahn, and that means no speed limits! One more thing, we don’t have those crazy four-way stops. It’s all about the roundabouts!
What to do when encountering an angry local
Punch him before he punches you! You have to be quick like a cat, but don’t run away!