Found in Central Europe, Germany is a country comprised of 16 states.
It has the largest national economy in Europe and the third-largest car production in the world (famous companies from Germany include BMW, Volkswagen, and Mercedes-Benz).
More than that, Germany is renowned for its stunning architecture, historic cathedrals and castles, forests and mountains, and great beer and food. There is plenty to see and explore here.
- Power voltage is 230 V at 50 Hz. Type F.
- Germany currency is the euro and 1 euro is equal to 1.12 USD. You can check up to date currency exchange at XE Currency Converter.
- Germany has a renowned transportation system. Buses and trains are considered the best ways to get around the city.
- You do not need a visa when visiting Germany as long as your visit does not exceed 90 days. You will need a passport that has been valid for at least 3 months.
- The most popular cellular networks in Germany are Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, and O2. Prepaid Sim cards can be purchased through these networks. Photo ID (such as Passport) and a German address are required.
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- Value-added tax (VAT) comes at 19%. Tax reductions may be issued for certain purchases, like food, hotels, and public transportation. To learn more, click here: https://www.germany.info/us-en/service/09-Taxes/vat-refund/906296
- To say hello in German, it’s “hallo.” To say goodbye, say “tschüss” (pronounced like “juice” but with “tch” replacing the “j”).
Budget – Germany offers many budget hotels ranging from 22 to 45 euros a night.
Mid Range – For mid-range hotels, expect to pay roughly 65 euros a night.
High End – To say hello in German, it’s “hallo.” To say goodbye, say “tschüss” (pronounced like “juice” but with “tch” replacing the “j”).
Food: There are a variety of bars and restaurants located in Germany. You can find things like wraps and doner kebabs for 4-6 euros each.
A cappuccino will cost around 3 euros while pastries can start at 2 euros. The restaurants in Europe have many great dishes, such as their national dish Sauerbraten (pot roast dish, usually made with beef).
Less expensive restaurants offer meals for 8-15 euros, while more mid-range restaurants tend to charge 30-60 euros.
Getting to Germany
The Frankfurt and Munich airport are the two most popular airports to fly to.
Flights: You can check for the best flights to Germany on Skyscanner.
Getting Around Germany
Train: Trains are a good way to travel for a long distance. Tickets cost 30 to 50 euros for a one-way trip. If you plan to use the train a lot, consider getting a multi-day pass to save some money
Bus: The public transportation system in Germany is highly efficient and can get you most places you need to go. Tickets for one-way bus fare start at 2.8 euros.
Taxis/Uber: Uber is available in Germany in Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich and Düsseldorf.
Taxi prices vary from city to city, but average €3.50 to start and then €2 per km.
Car Rental: Renting a car: To rent a car in Germany, a U.S. driver’s license is needed, with some places also requiring an International Driver’s License purchased before your trip. You need to be over 21 to rent. 60 euros per day is the starting price.
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Places to Stay
Platzl Hotel – This is a great hotel to stay at when you're visiting Munich. It's located right in the city center so you'll have access to restaurants and shops whenever you want to go out. They offer free breakfast and Wi-Fi.
Hotel Indigo Berlin – You'll love this hotel when you're staying in Berlin. It's close to Alexanderplatz so you'll find be close to the bustling area. They have an outdoor terrace to enjoy during the warm weather and a highly-rated restaurant.
Le Meridien Hamburg – When staying in Hamburg, check out this chic hotel. They offer breakfast at the top of the 9th floor with a view of the city. There's also a fitness center and bicycles to rent.
Germany has a varied landscape and depending on where and when you are going, you will need to pack accordingly
The summers are hot, but in the Bavarian Alps, expect cool mornings and evenings.
Nights can be chilly any time of the year. Germany has a proper winter and if you are visiting Christmas markets or ski resorts, you will need winter clothes.
See our post How to pack for the winter deep freeze.
- Sunglasses: Great for the many sunny days that Germany has, especially for those venturing outdoors.
- Waterproof clothes/shoes: With so many hiking destinations, these are a must to keep your feet and clothes dry.
- Power adapter: As Germany uses the UK power voltage, an adapter will help keep all your electronics charged appropriately.
See our packing tips: packing tips
When to Go
May and October are two of the best months to visit Germany.
In May, the cherry blossoms are out, temperatures warm up to 65 degrees Fahrenheit, and it is not yet too crowded with tourists, which means you can get better deals.
October is another popular month to visit, as the annual Oktoberfest beer festival is held in Munich, as well as the Festival of Lights in Berlin.
Things to Do
- HIke the Mountains of Bavaria and visit the Alpspix lookout and Germany's highest peak, Zugspitz.
- Neuschwanstein Castle: The most photographed building in Germany, and the castle that inspired Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, it is considered the ultimate fairy tale.
What not to Miss
- Don't miss visiting Berlin. Germany's most artistic and exciting city.
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