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The Only Germany Travel Guide You’ll Ever Need

Last Updated: January 5, 2024

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While most commonly associated with beers, bratwursts and tight leather pants, Germany is a country full of delightful finds that extend far beyond the stereotypes.

From dreamy castles and fairytale towns to awe-inspiring nature and sprawling cities, Deutschland has a little something for every kind of traveler… although I’ll admit the leather pants are also great.

I first visited Germany on a 6 week backpacking trip across Europe, and as I sipped my comically large beer under the toasty Berlin sun, I felt a strange sense of calm and belonging.

Spurred by this hunch, I moved to Munich. One study abroad, and 5 years later, I’m still here, with so much giddy enthusiasm for this country that I’ve become a thoroughly insufferable dinner guest.

But my social life’s loss is your gain, my friend… because today, I’ve decided to channel all my Deutschland fangirl tendencies into this concise Germany travel guide filled with all my top tips, itineraries, and recommendations.

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I hope you find it helpful, and of course, feel free to ask any more questions in the comments section or on Instagram here.

Traveling to Germany Basics

Currency: Euro

Language: German, although accents and dialects vary wildly! In larger cities and tourist hotspots, most Germans also speak excellent English.

Getting Around: Trains, buses and flights are plentiful and affordable in Germany – my best tip is to use Omio to compare options easily. Having a car is ideal for visiting smaller towns, more remote locations and numerous destinations in a short amount of time, but is otherwise not needed for big cities.

Germany Highlights (By the Season)

  • Winter: Christmas markets, skiing & alpine sports, Karneval and Fasching season (Carnival), Starkbier (Strong beer) season
  • Spring: Cherry blossoms in Bonn , Frühlingsfest (Springfest) in Munich
  • Summer: Hiking, Beer Garden season, summer festivals/celebrations
  • Fall: Oktoberfest and other Volksfests, the world’s biggest pumpkin festival in Ludwigsburg, the Wurstmarkt (world’s largest wine festival)

My Favourite Places in Germany

Let’s get my mega-biased opinion out of the way first – Munich is the city I now call home, and I couldn’t recommend it more… especially if you’re obsessed with beer like I am. This is the birthplace of Oktoberfest after all!

There are lots of fun things to do in Munich , like hopping around the city’s sprawling museum district (many only cost 1 euro on Sundays!), eating up the best Bavarian food that Munich has to offer or soaking in the wealth of historical sites scatered around the city.

It’s also an ideal base for many epic day trips. Going from Munich to Neuschwanstein Castle (AKA the real life Sleeping Beauty castle) takes only 2.5 hours. Or, if you want to visit glorious Salzburg from Munich (AKA the birthplace of Mozart and setting of Sound of Music), that’s only 1 hour by train.

Why visit Munich when you travel Germany:

  • Amazing beer & beer festivals
  • The English Garden – one of the largest city parks in the world
  • Beautiful palaces and museums
  • Easy base for amazing day trips to the Alps

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Berchtesgaden National Park

If it’s natural beauty you’re after, Germany’s Berchtesgaden National Park (near the border to Austria) is a must-visit.

Everything here is breathtaking – from the shimmering turquoise lakes and snow-flecked mountains to the adorable Berchtesgaden town center.

And, if you’re up for it, this is the ideal place to enjoy a typically Bavarian wellness weekend.

Why visit Berchtesgaden National Park when you travel Germany:

  • Stunning hikes and scenery
  • The glorious boat ride on Königssee to see the equally stunning Obersee
  • Historic sights like Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest

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Hands down one of my favourite places to visit time and time again is Berlin.

This endlessly fascinating city is home to incredible museums, delicious food, and a unique culture that makes it distinct from the rest of the country, despite its status as capital!

Whether you’re a history nerd, an avid partyer, or a famished foodie, Berlin has plenty to offer.

Why visit Berlin when you travel Germany:

  • Fascinating history
  • World-class museums and attractions
  • A thriving nightlife and food scene

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Franconia is a glorious region in northern Bavaria that is divided into Lower, Middle, and Upper Franconia.

To me, it’s one of the most underrated regions in Germany for international visitors, with an abundance of fairytale half-timbered houses, amazing beer, and unique natural landscapes.

Here are some places in Franconia that are absolutely worth visiting:

  • Franconian Switzerland
  • Würzburg (still haven’t been yet!)

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Perhaps the most idyllic entry of this list is Monschau, a sleepy but gorgeous village found near the border to Belgium.

I was lucky enough to come here for Christmas markets a few years ago, and I loved it so much, I skipped the train I’d pre-booked just so I could spend a few more hours there. 

Picturesque half-timbered houses clustered around a roaring central river… oh, and a castle on a hill. Because of course they have one.

Why visit Monschau when you travel Germany:

  • Super friendly locals
  • Picture-perfect scenes at every turn
  • Christina might cry if you don’t

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Hamburg is an amazing city I’ve had the chance to visit a few times now. It’s a lifestyle city that reminds me a lot of my hometown, Vancouver.

Home to a mix of classic and modern architecture (including the coolest opera house in the world!), as well as Germany’s #1 attraction – the adorable Miniatur Wonderland, Hamburg has a lot to offer tourists, but perhaps the best way to enjoy it is with a nice beer and sunset along the Elbe.

Why visit Hamburg when you travel Germany :

  • Amazing architecture like the Elbphilharmonie
  • Fresh and tasty seafood (and a booming foodie scene!)
  • A fun, vibrant vibe

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Dresden is one of the most beautiful cities in Germany, and its beauty is all the more astounding when we consider that much of the city was destroyed completely in WWII.

After decades of reconstruction however, Dresden once again shines with its former glory, establishing itself as one of the most important cultural hotspots in Germany.

… and all only a stone’s throw from Saxon Switzerland, one of the most beautiful natural wonders in the country!

Why visit Dresden when you travel Germany :

  • Stunning architecture and sights
  • World-class museums and culture scene
  • Its jawdropping Christmas market (the oldest one in the country!)

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Stuttgart (and its Surrounding Area)

Stuttgart is the biggest city (and capital) of the German state Baden-Württemburg. 

It’s perhaps best known as the ‘cradle of the automobile industry’, which explains why it’s home to not just one, but two car-centric museums: one belonging to Mercedes-Benz, and one to Porsche.

Besides cars though, the area around Stuttgart offers up some of the cutest small towns you can find in Germany, all easily reachable by public transport, meaning you get the best of all worlds during a visit here.

Why visit Stuttgart and the surrounding area when you travel Germany:

  • Fairytale towns like Esslingen, Ludwigsburg, and Tübingen
  • Stuttgart’s Stadtbibliothek, one of the most unique and beautiful libraries in the world
  • Lots of fun events like Stuttgart’s Christmas Market and the Cannstatter Volksfest 

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Thuringia is a state often overlooked by international tourists, but if you’re looking for a truly charming German escape, its capital Erfurt makes an excellent choice.

This beautiful city is famed for its unique Krämerbrücke, which is a gorgeous medieval bridge lined with residential buildings.

But that’s not all – there’s also an impressive cathedral, an imposing fortress, and surprises waiting on every corner… quite literally, because Erfurt is the HQ of the German children’s channel KiKA, and there’s plenty of fun statues of famous characters scattered around town.

Why visit Erfurt when you travel Germany:

  • Krämerbrücke, the longest inhabited bridge in Europe
  • Quirky and fun children’s channel sculptures all over the city

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Cologne, to me, is a city synonymous with fun and celebration. While at first glance, it might not rank among the “prettiest” places to visit in Germany (much of it was destroyed in the war), it still boasts several impressive landmarks and sights, like the epic Cologne Cathedral.

Where Cologne really shines though is during special events – the Christmas markets here are some of the best I’ve been to in my entire life, and the Karneval celebrations… well, those are truly epic!

Why visit Cologne when you travel Germany:

  • Bucket list events like the Cologne Christmas Market and Kölner Karneval
  • The iconic Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral), one of the most famous churches in the world 
  • Fun-loving locals who are among the friendliest I’ve ever encountered in Germany

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Last but not least, we have Hannover, a city which (in my opinion) is one of the most underrated cities in Germany where tourism is concerned.

Locally, people often joke that Hannover is one of the most boring cities in Germany, but I don’t think that’s true at all. One quick look and you’ll find a stunning palace within the city, an architecturally impressive Town Hall (with a unique elevator offering epic views), and a cool laidback vibe that many compare to what Berlin was like decades ago.

Here are some awesome things to do in Hannover.

Why visit Hannover when you travel Germany:

  • Its gorgeous New Town Hall
  • The stunning Herrenhausen Palace and its gardens
  • A fun, laidback city vibe

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Bucket List Experiences in Germany

Germany is full of incredible bucket list experiences. Here are a few of my favourites:

Christmas Markets

German Christmas markets are the stuff of bucket list dreams.

If you adore Christmas, a German Xmas market trip needs to make it on your bucket list, because nobody captures Christmas coziness and joy quite like the Germans do.

The best part (besides the droolworthy assortment of German Christmas Market foods ) is that you’ll find Christmas markets in just about every city, town, and even the smallest of villages, each with their own unique take on traditions.

Trust me, you could never get bored of visiting these.

Here are some full guides to the Christmas markets I’ve visited in Germany:

  • Munich’s Christmas Markets
  • Berlin’s Christmas Markets
  • Cologne’s Christmas Markets
  • Esslingen Christmas Market
  • Ludwigsburg Christmas Market
  • Karlsruhe Christmas Market
  • Düsseldorf Christmas Market
  • Nuremberg Christmas Market
  • Essen Christmas Market

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Oktoberfest

Trust me – Oktoberfest , AKA the world’s largest beer festival, is reason enough to make a trip to Germany.

Typically celebrated annually in Munich, this is one of the most incredible events in the world, with millions of people attending, millions of beer served, and a guaranteed recipe for making memories to last a lifetime.

… If you can remember anything after 5L of beer that is.

Read my full Oktoberfest guide for more details.

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Visiting Fairytale Castles

If you love castles, I recommend avoiding Germany……. because you might just combust from sheer fangirl joy.

Seriously, Germany is every castle lover’s kryptonite, with elegant palaces and fairytale castles in the thousands. If you’re a Disney gal like me who grew up dreaming of happily ever afters, pack a ballgown and head to Germany ASAP.

I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Here are some castles that you must visit in Germany:

  • Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Nuremberg Castle

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The Cherry Blossoms in Bonn

The cherry blossoms in Bonn (also the birthplace of Beethoven and gummy bear legend, Haribo) are absolutely spectacular, and 100% worth visiting in Spring time. In fact, I’d even say they’re one of the best things to see in Europe at Spring time.

Yes, you, too, can come frolic in these tunnels of pink! Here is my guide on where to find cherry blossoms in Bonn.

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Karneval, Fasching, Etc.

Carnival Season is one of the best times to visit Germany if you’re looking for a party.

The grandest celebrations take place just before Lent, and are celebrated throughout the country, although the festivites in North-Rhine Westphalia are probably the best known.

My top recommendation? Go celebrate in Cologne, where the Kölner Karneval draws millions of visitors every year.

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My Recommended Germany Itineraries

Germany is a huge country with a massive diversity in sights… so how can you organize your time efficiently and make the most of your trip? Here are some German trip itinerary ideas…

Germany itinerary ideas for a taste of everything:

  • Southern Germany Classic: Munich, the Allgäu (for Castles!), Garmisch Partenkirchen, Berchtesgaden National Park, Stuttgart & Area, Black Forest
  • Eastern Germany Classic: Berlin, Dresden, Saxon Switzerland
  • Western Germany Classic: Aachen, Monschau, Eifel National Park
  • Northern Germany Classic: Hamburg, Bremen , Lübeck, Kiel, Sylt
  • The Rhine River Classic: Mainz, Koblenz, Burg Eltz, Cochem, Bonn, Cologne, Düsseldorf
  • The Harz Mountains Experience: Harz Mountains, Goslar, Wernigerode, Quedlinburg

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Germany itinerary ideas for city breakers and culture hunters:

  • The Big City Tour: Berlin and Munich (a 4 hour express train connects them)
  • The BaWu Special: Stuttgart, Ludwigsburg, Tübingen, Esslingen, Heidelberg
  • The Bavaria Special: Munich, Nuremberg, Bamberg, Würzburg, Bayreuth
  • The Saxony Special: Leipzig, Görlitz, Dresden
  • The Rhine City Hop: Bonn, Cologne, Düsseldorf
  • The Romantic Villages Hop: Würzburg, Dinkelsbühl, Nördlingen, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Füssen

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Germany itinerary ideas for nature lovers:

  • Southern Germany Nature Itinerary: Berchtesgaden National Park, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the Black Forest and Lake Constance (Bodensee)
  • Bavaria’s Best Nature Itinerary: Berchtesgaden National Park, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Munich’s Lake Region, Franconian Switzerland, Danube Gorge
  • Eastern Germany Nature Itinerary: Dresden and Saxon Switzerland National Park

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My Top Germany Travel Tips

  • If you’re overwhelmed by transport options, Omio is a great resource for comparing trains, buses and flights in Germany at the same time.
  • If travelling by train, look into group discount tickets like the Bayern Ticket which give you unlimited train travel for one day on regional trains. It can save you a TON of money.
  • If you are traveling to multiple countries nearby (i.e. Switzerland), a Eurail pass might save you money.

Accommodation:

  • Booking.com is a great place to search up hotels, and filtering by Free Cancellation allows you to book without paying upfront
  • Airbnb can be a very affordable alternative for longer stays/bigger groups

Attractions and Tickets:

  • GetYourGuide is a great site for finding tours and attraction tickets
  • City passes like the Munich City Pass , Berlin Pass , and the Cologne Card can save you a LOT of money if you plan to visit many tourist attractions in a short time
  • If you’re trying to find specific info about a place, try using Google Translate to search in German because German versions of sites always have more info

If you’re past the planning stage and heading to Germany soon, make sure you read this before you go:

  • Hilarious must-knows before you visit Germany

More Germany Travel Reads

Feeling inspired to visit Germany after reading all that?

As you can (probably) tell, I’ve written extensively about Germany.

So, here are some more articles that might pique your interest:

  • Unique Things to do in Germany (That You Can’t Do Anywhere Else)
  • The Best Christmas Markets in Germany
  • Hilarious Must-Knows Before You Visit Germany

My Go-To Travel Favourites:

🧳 Eagle Creek: My favourite packing cubes

💳 Wise: For FREE travel friendly credit cards

🍯 Airalo: My go-to eSIM

🏨 Booking.com: For searching hotels

📷 Sony A7IV: My (amazing) camera

✈️ Google Flights : For finding flight deals

🌎 WorldNomads: For travel insurance

🎉 GetYourGuide: For booking activities

4 thoughts on “The Only Germany Travel Guide You’ll Ever Need”

i found myself reading almost every post in your website for days and days and i ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT and adore and thank you for spending so much time and effort to make it so helpful, informative and fun to read. you have helped me plan my trip to munich in december and i cant wait to visit just because of your enthusiasm 🙂

We would like to Thank you for sharing such a beautiful blog! Very informative.

This Germany Travel Guide truly captures the multifaceted beauty of Deutschland, a country that has something to offer to everyone, from culture enthusiasts to nature lovers. Your personal anecdotes from living in Munich make it come alive, making me yearn for a taste of that amazing beer you’ve mentioned, and a wander around the English Garden! The varied seasonal highlights emphasize how Germany is a year-round destination, offering uniquely charming experiences, from the festive winter Christmas markets to the lively summer festivals. It’s heartening to know that navigating around the country is convenient, making it possible to explore its picturesque small towns and vibrant cities. This guide is a treasure trove for anyone planning to travel to Germany – it gives a well-rounded view of the country, infused with personal insights, which makes it even more valuable. I’m particularly intrigued to visit Munich, the city you so passionately call home.

As a Berliner, I can’t agree more with this guide. Germany truly is a delightful mix of tradition and innovation, natural beauty and urban charm, hearty cuisine and diverse cultures. Moving around in Germany is indeed quite convenient thanks to the well-organized public transportation system, including trains, buses, and trams. And yes, English is widely spoken in major cities, so communication shouldn’t be a problem for travelers. As for the varied dialects across regions, it just adds to the unique charm of exploring this beautiful country. Safe travels, fellow adventurers!

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Germany travel guide

Misunderstood by many, Germany is one of the most varied and charming countries on the continent. Anyone expecting a homogenous nation conforming to old Teutonic stereotypes is in for a shock.

As a destination, it offers a clutch of truly lovely cities, culture served up in hefty portions and rural scenery so pretty you'll wonder why it isn't on every tourist hit list.

The country occupies a prime position at the heart of Europe – both literally and figuratively. It is home to the biggest economy on the continent, has more inhabitants than anywhere else in the EU and shares land borders with no less than nine other nations.

It's no surprise, then, that today's Germany is more diverse and cosmopolitan than old stereotypes suggest; mixing time-honoured traditions with multicultural modernism and self-confidence.

It’s the nation’s urban highlights that immediately draw the attention. Berlin is the definition of dynamism, having forged a good-time reputation for groundbreaking creativity while still keeping sight of its past.

Elsewhere, the likes of Cologne, Munich and Hamburg provide the capital with able support. Not only are they rich in history, whether in the forms of classical music, fine art or medieval architecture, but they also put pay to the notion that Germans don’t do gastronomy. These days, you can dine and drink extremely well in Deutschland.

Then there's the beautiful German countryside. From the sky-scraping peaks of the Bavarian Alps and pale cliffs of the Jasmund National Park to the castles of the Rhine and moors of the Mecklenburg Lake District, it's nirvana for hikers, cyclists, boaters, motorists and skiers alike.

Travelling around this country is a piece of Black Forest gâteau. Costs are manageable, overcrowding is rare and, despite its size, it could not be easier to get from A to B thanks to an incredibly efficient public transport network. Which proves some of those old German stereotypes do hold true.

357,022 sq km (137,846 sq miles).

82,293,457 (2018).

236 per sq km.

Federal Republic.

President Frank-Walter Steinmeier since 2017.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz since December 2021.

Travel Advice

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office ( FCDO ) provides advice about risks of travel to help British nationals make informed decisions. Find out more about FCDO travel advice .

Before you travel

No travel can be guaranteed safe. Read all the advice in this guide as well as support for British nationals abroad which includes:

  • advice on preparing for travel abroad and reducing risks
  • information for women, LGBT and disabled travellers

Follow and contact FCDO travel on Twitter , Facebook and Instagram . You can also sign up to get email notifications when this advice is updated.

Travel insurance

If you choose to travel, research your destinations and get appropriate travel insurance . Insurance should cover your itinerary, planned activities and expenses in an emergency.

This advice reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British citizen’ passport from the UK, for the most common types of travel.

The authorities in Germany set and enforce entry rules. If you’re not sure how these requirements apply to you, contact Germany’s embassy or consulate in the UK .

COVID-19 rules

Countries may restrict travel or bring in rules at short notice. Check with your travel company or airline for changes.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Visit TravelHealthPro (from the UK’s National Travel Health Network and Centre) for general COVID-19 advice for travellers .

Passport validity requirements

If you plan to visit an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must follow the Schengen area passport requirements .

Your passport must be:

  • issued less than 10 years before the date you enter the country (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

You must check your passport meets these requirements before you travel. If your passport was issued before 1 October 2018, extra months may have been added to its expiry date.

Contact the German Embassy in the UK if you think that your passport does not meet both these requirements. Renew your passport if you need to .

If you hold a valid residence permit, passport validity requirements are less strict. In this case, your passport only needs to be valid for the duration of your stay (check the ‘expiry date’). Before applying to extend a German residence permit , you will need to renew an expired passport and present your new passport to the local Foreigners Authority (Ausländerbehörde).

Passport stamping

At German border control, you may need to:

  • show a return or onward ticket
  • show you have enough money for your stay

Check your passport is stamped if you enter or exit the Schengen area through Germany as a visitor. Border guards will use passport stamps to check you’re complying with the 90-day visa-free limit for short stays in the Schengen area. If relevant entry or exit stamps are not in your passport, border guards will presume that you have overstayed your visa-free limit.

You can show evidence of when and where you entered or exited the Schengen area, and ask the border guards to add this date and location in your passport. Examples of acceptable evidence include boarding passes and tickets.

If you live in Germany, read our Living in Germany guide for passport stamping information.

Visa requirements

You can travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. This applies if you travel:

  • as a tourist
  • to visit family or friends
  • to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events
  • for short-term studies or training

If you are travelling to Germany and other Schengen countries without a visa, make sure your whole visit is within the 90-day limit. Visits to Schengen countries within the previous 180 days before you travel count towards your 90 days.

To stay longer (for example, to work, study or for business), you must meet the German government’s entry requirements. Check which type of visa or work permit you need with the German Embassy in the UK .

If you are travelling to Germany for work , read the guidance on visas and permits. The German Embassy has detailed information on employment regulations.

If you stay in Germany with a residence permit or long-stay visa, this does not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit.

Proof of residence

If you live in Germany, read our Living in Germany guide for information on carrying proof of residence while travelling.

Vaccination requirements (other than COVID-19)

At least 8 weeks before your trip, check what vaccinations and vaccination certificates you may need in TravelHealthPro’s Germany guide .

Customs rules

There are strict rules about goods you can take into and out of Germany . You must declare anything that may be prohibited or subject to tax or duty.

Taking food and drink into the EU

You cannot take meat, milk or products containing them into EU countries. There are some exceptions for medical reasons, for example certain amounts of powdered infant milk, infant food, or pet food needed for medical reasons. Check the rules about taking food and drink into the EU on the European Commission website.

Taking money into Germany

British nationals have been arrested for having counterfeit currency. Only change money in banks or legitimate currency exchange offices.

You must declare any amount above 10,000 euros in cash or other payment types. You can find more information on the German Federal Foreign Office website.

There is a high threat of terrorist attack globally affecting UK interests and British nationals, including from groups and individuals who view the UK and British nationals as targets. You should remain vigilant at all times.

UK Counter Terrorism Policing has information and advice on staying safe abroad and what to do in the event of a terrorist attack. Find out how to reduce your risk from terrorism while abroad.

Terrorism in Germany

Terrorists are very likely to try and carry out attacks in Germany.

Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in public places frequented by foreign nationals such as:

  • restaurants
  • shopping centres
  • places of worship and religious sites, including synagogues

Recent terrorism attacks in Germany include:

  • in 2020, one person was killed and another seriously injured in a knife attack in Dresden city centre
  • in 2020, 8 people were killed and 5 injured in 2 mass shootings in shisha bars in Hanau
  • in 2019, 2 people were shot and killed close to a synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle

Protecting your belongings

Crime levels are similar to the UK. Take sensible precautions to avoid mugging, bag snatching and pickpocketing. Be particularly vigilant at airports, railway stations and crowded public gatherings. Do not leave valuables unattended.

Passport theft

If your passport has been lost or stolen, get a police report from the nearest police station.

Laws and cultural differences

Personal id.

You don’t have to carry your passport with you in Germany. However, if you’re asked to show your passport and don’t have it with you, police may escort you to where your passport is being kept so that you can show it to them.

Outdoor activities and adventure tourism

Skiing and avalanches are a risk in some areas. Always check the local snow and weather conditions when you arrive. Read more information about avalanche risk from the European Avalanche Warning Service .

Transport risks

Road travel.

If you are planning to drive in Germany, see information on driving abroad and read the RAC Germany guide .

Licences and permits

You need either a 1968 international driving permit (IDP) or a valid UK driving licence to drive in Germany. The 1949 IDP is not accepted anymore. You cannot buy an IDP outside the UK, so get one before you travel. You can buy an IDP in person from some UK post offices – find your nearest post office branch that offers this service. If you’re driving a vehicle that doesn’t belong to you, you may also need written permission from the registered owner. The minimum age for driving a car in Germany is 18.

Driving a British car abroad

You may need a UK sticker to drive your car outside the UK. These have replaced GB stickers. Check the guidance on displaying number plates if you are driving outside the UK.

The German Federal Transport Ministry has more information on the validity of non-German driving licences.

If you live in Germany, check the Living in Germany guide for information on requirements for residents.

Driving regulations

Some inner city areas have an environmental zone (‘Umweltzone’). Only vehicles that meet specific exhaust emission standards can enter. See the German Environment Agency and Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection for more information. It is illegal to take part in motor vehicle races or rallies on German roads.

The Euro 2024 tournament will take place in Germany from 14 June to 14 July 2024. If you are travelling to attend:

  • sign up to get  email updates  on Germany’s travel advice and download the official  Euro 2024 app and check the official Euro 2024 website to stay informed of anything that might affect your travel or plans whilst in Germany
  • keep your personal belongings and valuables safe, if your passport is lost and stolen, check the Getting help page
  • respect local cultural sensitivities (and be aware of possible repercussions). For more information, read the UEFA human rights declaration

Visa and entry requirements

Check the entry requirements for Germany, especially information on passport validity and visa-free travel within the 90-day limit.

Health insurance

Make sure you have appropriate health cover abroad before travelling.

Get appropriate travel insurance as soon as you book. Check that it covers the places you will visit, the duration of your visit and any planned activities.

Match tickets

Check the Euro 2024 website for ticket information. Only buy match tickets from official providers. Tickets will be electronic and you will need your mobile phone to validate them at entry. Make sure your phone is charged and take into account roaming charges in Germany – check with your phone provider before you travel.

Match tickets bought through unofficial means may not be valid. If you sell tickets through unofficial means, you could be prosecuted.

Stadium entry

Entry restrictions may be different for each stadium. Check the Euro 2024 venues guide for more information, as well as the Euro 2024 app . You are allowed to carry a small power bank so that you have enough power on your phone to show your ticket.

There are some general rules which apply to all the stadiums, including:  

  • bags larger than A4 size won’t be allowed into the stadium 
  • you can bring a small power bank, no larger than your phone
  • make sure you have a valid form of ID on you
  • professional cameras and cane umbrellas are not permitted inside the stadium. However, you can bring a small, fully collapsible umbrella
  • all Euro 2024 stadiums are smoke-free venues. So smoking, e-cigarettes and any other tobacco products are not allowed

There is a full list of forbidden items in the stadium rules.

Transport to the event

Transport routes around the stadiums will be very busy during the tournament. Local authorities may ask you to enter or leave the stadium by specific routes. Make sure you:

  • plan your journey
  • leave plenty of time, particularly on match days

Ticket holders will have access to discounted national and international train tickets, as well as a 36 Hour Travel Pass for public transport.

For more information on travel in Germany during the Euro 2024 tournament, see the official Euro 2024 website or use the Euro 2024 app .

Beer can be stronger than in the UK, so drink responsibly, know your limits and respect local laws. You may not be let into the stadium if you drink too much.

Football villages

Each host city will have a football village, where fans can spend time before and during the matches. Restrictions on what you can take into football villages and live viewing areas may vary between cities. Check the Euro 2024 venues guide for more information as well as the Euro 2024 app .

Before you travel, check that:

  • your destination can provide the healthcare you may need
  • you have appropriate travel insurance for local treatment or unexpected medical evacuation

This is particularly important if you have a health condition or are pregnant.

Emergency medical number

Dial 112 and ask for an ambulance.

Contact your insurance or medical assistance company promptly if you’re referred to a medical facility for treatment.

For more information, read guidance on healthcare when travelling in Europe .

Vaccinations and health risks

At least 8 weeks before your trip check:

  • the latest information on health risks and what vaccinations you need in TravelHealthPro’s Germany guide
  • where to get vaccines and whether you have to pay on the NHS travel vaccinations page

Altitude sickness is a risk in parts of Germany, including mountainous regions. More information about altitude sickness is available from TravelHealthPro .

The legal status and regulation of some medicines prescribed or bought in the UK can be different in other countries.

TravelHealthPro explains best practice when travelling with medicines .

The NHS has information on whether you can take your medicine abroad .

Healthcare facilities in Germany

View FCDO’s list of English-speaking doctors in Germany .

Health insurance cards

Apply for a free UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) or European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK. If you already have an EHIC, it will still be valid as long as it remains in date.

The GHIC or EHIC entitles you to state-provided medical treatment necessary during your trip. Any treatment provided is on the same terms as German nationals. If you do not have your EHIC with you or you’ve lost it, contact the NHS Overseas Healthcare Team .

It’s important to take out appropriate travel insurance for your needs. A GHIC or EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance and you should have both before you travel. An EHIC or GHIC does not cover all health-related costs, for example, medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment and non-urgent treatment. Read more about what your travel insurance should cover .

EHIC and GHIC cover state healthcare only, not private treatment. You will be responsible for the cost of any treatment from a private doctor or private clinic.

Travel and mental health

Read FCDO guidance on travel and mental health . There is also mental health guidance on TravelHealthPro .

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) cannot provide tailored advice for individual trips. Read this travel advice and carry out your own research before deciding whether to travel.

Emergency services in Germany

Ambulance: 112

Police: 110

Contact your travel provider and insurer

Contact your travel provider and your insurer if you’re involved in a serious incident or emergency abroad. They will tell you if they can help and what you need to do.

Refunds and changes to travel

For refunds or changes to travel, contact your travel provider. You may also be able to make a claim through insurance. However, insurers usually require you to talk to your travel provider first.

Find out more about changing or cancelling travel plans , including:

  • where to get advice if you are in a dispute with a provider
  • how to access previous versions of travel advice to support a claim

Support from FCDO

FCDO has guidance on staying safe and what to do if you need help or support abroad, including:

  • if your passport is lost or stolen
  • finding English-speaking lawyers , funeral directors and translators and interpreters in Germany
  • dealing with a death in Germany
  • being arrested in Germany
  • getting help if you’re a victim of crime
  • what to do if you’re in hospital
  • if you’re affected by a crisis , such as a terrorist attack

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Help abroad in an emergency

If you are abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission .

You can also contact FCDO online .

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You can call FCDO in London if you need urgent help because something has happened to a friend or relative abroad.

Telephone: 020 7008 5000 (24 hours)

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Looking for the best Germany travel guide to take on your trip? Here are 15 of the most useful options for travelers planning trips to Germany!

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Germany is a world class tourist destination in the heart of Europe.

Every year, millions of people travel there to taste its many famous beers and traditional German cuisine , visit enchanting fairy tale castles , national parks, and beautiful sights, learn about its rich history and culture, and much more.

No matter whether you plan to visit busting big cities or Germany’s many thriving smaller cities, you’ll find tons of attractions and points of interest. But they can be difficult to explore effectively without a guide to help you along the way. 

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This article shows you the best Germany travel guides out in the market today (both in hard copy and Kindle) and how you can choose the best one for your trip.

Whether you plan to spend time in Berlin, the Rhine, Bavaria (or elsewhere!), want to travel by cruise, train or take a road trip, or are traveling solo, with a partner or your entire family, there’s a guide for every kind of itinerary and traveler!

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  • 1 Quick Guidebook Recommendations
  • 2 Why Use A Travel Guide?
  • 3 Germany Travel Guides Comparison Chart
  • 4 How To Choose The Best Travel Guide For You
  • 5 15 Best Germany Travel Guides
  • 6 What To See And Do In Germany?
  • 7 When Is The Best Time To Go To Germany?

Quick Guidebook Recommendations

Check out this quick list of our favorite guide books if you’re in a hurry, or continue scrolling to see our full list with in-depth reviews.

  • For Insider Tips On Hidden Gems : Fodor’s Essential Germany
  • For Kindle Unlimited Users : The Rough Guide to Germany
  • For First-Time Travelers to Germany: Rick Steves Germany
  • For multiple formats and off-line maps: Lonely Planet Germany
  • For DIY Berlin Walking Tours: National Geographic: Walking Berlin
  • For Visiting Munich, Bavaria & The Black Forest: Lonely Planet: Munich, Bavaria, and the Black Forest
  • For Visiting Rothenburg & the Rhine: Rick Steves’ Rothenburg & the Rhine
  • For Road Trips & Day Trips in Germany, Austria & Switzerland : Lonely Planet’s Guide to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland
  • Best City Pocket Guide s: Lonely Planet’s Pocket Guide Berlin, Hamburg, Munich
  • For Roadtrips in Germany: DK Eyewitness Road Trips
  • For Rail Travel in Germany: Europe by Rail
  • For River Cruises: Lonely Planet Cruise Ports European Rivers
  • Best Guide for Kids: Kids Travel Guide Germany
  • For Quickly Learning About German Culture: Culture Smart Germany
  • For Learning German Language: 1,000 German Phrases

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Why Use A Travel Guide?

Germany travel guides are a great resource for planning specific aspects of your trip, especially when combined with the info we provide on this website.

You can never have too much trip planning information, and a good travel guide provides essential travel information without the need for wifi.

Travel guides are especially useful for people who don’t have a lot of experience traveling abroad or who don’t speak the language of their destination country.

The guides we highlight below can help you find good restaurants, learn about regional customs and traditions, and avoid scams in specific locations.

If you’re looking for something more specific than general travel advice, there are many specialty travel guidebooks available that cover everything from hiking trails to famous literary locations around the world!

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Germany Travel Guides Comparison Chart

Here’s an overview of the best guidebooks for Germany travel. Scroll down for a more detailed review of each book!

1. Fodor's Essential Germany

  • Perfect for insider tips
  • Full-size street maps
  • Sample itineraries

2. The Rough Guide to Germany

  • Free with Kindle Unlimited (as of now)
  • Carefully planned itineraries
  • Full-color maps

Rick Steves Germany (2023 Travel Guide)

  • Perfect first timers
  • Strategic advice for making the most out of your budget
  • Tips on how to plan a multi-week trip to different cities in Germany

Lonely Planet Germany 10 (Travel Guide)

  • Honest reviews of restaurants
  • Free on Kindle Unlimited too
  • Add notes to personalize your digital guidebook

5. National Geographic Walking Berlin

  • 15 walking tours
  • Step-by-step itineraries
  • Detailed maps

6. Lonely Planet Munich, Bavaria & the Black Forest

  • Up-to-date research on travel information and what businesses are still open after light of Covid-19
  • “What’s new” sections featuring cultural trends
  • New, up-and-coming areas to visit

7. Rick Steves Snapshot Rothenburg & the Rhine

  • Insider travel tips 
  • How to avoid tourist traps
  • Rothenburg & Rhine focused

8. Lonely Planet Germany, Austria & Switzerland's Best Trips

  • Germany, Austria & Switzerland
  • 33 trip ideas
  • Fastest travel routes & scenic detours

9. Lonely Planet Pocket Berlin

Small & handy

Books for Berlin, Hamburg & Munich

Expert advice on top tourist destinations & neighborhoods

10. DK Eyewitness Road Trips Germany

  • 24 well-researched driving routes.
  • Discover stunning views and hidden gems off the beaten track
  • Practical tips for driving in Germany

11. Europe by Rail: The Definitive Guide

50 key routes

Tips on the best ticket deals

Fun sights to see along the routes

12. Lonely Planet Cruise Ports European Rivers

  • Advice for first-timers
  • Covers Germany & other European cruise routes

13. Kids' Travel Guide - Germany: The fun way to discover Germany

  • Fun facts about Germany
  • Language learning
  • Coloring pages, quizzes, puzzles & journal pages

14. Germany - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture

  • German history
  • Cultural values, traditions & etiquette
  • Regional cultural differences

15. 1001 Easy German Phrases

  • 1,000 basic words, phrases, and sentences in German
  • Small talk, asking for directions, finding a bank, ordering at restaurants
  • Phonetic pronunciation guide!

How To Choose The Best Travel Guide For You

There are a lot of travel guides on the market, making it pretty overwhelming to find the right one. When choosing the best travel guide for your trip, there are a couple of things you should take into consideration.

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What are your travel plans?

If you’re going on a multi-week trip across Germany, visiting several cities and regions, then the best travel guide for you will be a comprehensive general country guide on Germany.

These kinds of guides usually have multiple chapters dedicated to all the big cities and regions, making it easy to flip through whichever destination you’re going to along your trip.

On the other hand, if you’re mostly staying in a specific region or a couple of cities, then it’s better to find a regional guide that really narrows in the area you’re visiting. This way you won’t be bogged down with city information that may not be applicable to your trip. 

What’s your travel style?

If you’re going on road trips, you’ll find guidebooks with specific information and helpful tips on driving in Germany, the best scenic routes, and more. Likewise, if you’re going on a river cruise, find a guide that covers that specific type of travel. There are also guides that are geared towards kids.  

What’s your preferred writing style?

Do you prefer matter-of-fact, objective, no-frills writing? Or do you gain more value from reading personal guides filled with the author’s own anecdotes and experience of the city?

There are also guides that focus heavily on history, others on beautiful travel photography. Make sure to read reviews to get a gist of the style and content of the guide!

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Fodor’s Essential Germany is the perfect guide for those who want insider tips on how to experience Germany like a local.

Fodor’s Travel Guides are all written and researched by local experts, who can offer you unique insights you might not find in other guides. 

In this guide you’ll find fully updated information on all of Germany’s main attractions and hidden gems, which includes restaurants, hotels, and even outdoor activities.

As well as full-size street maps and beautiful photographs, you’ll also have access to multiple sample itineraries to help you make the most out of your travel time.

1. Fodor's Essential Germany

The Rough Guide to Germany is one of the best options   for those who want a guidebook on their Kindle – it’s free with Kindle Unlimited (as of now)!

You’ll have rundowns of must-see landmarks, carefully planned itineraries, and full-color maps to navigate the streets of Berlin or Munich without the need to go online.

This guide covers a vast majority of areas in Germany, not just the major cities . If you’re spending more time in a certain region, then the detailed regional coverage will be very useful. 

2. The Rough Guide to Germany

Rick Steves is one of the most well known travel writers from the United States. His mission is to empower Americans to go on fun and culturally enriching trips to Europe and his guidebook to Germany reflects that.

People who are traveling to Germany for the first time will find this guide very useful. It has strategic advice on how to make the most out of your budget and time with tips on how to plan a multi-week trip to different cities in Germany.

Other handy features include self-guided walking tours, a packing checklist, and a German phrasebook. This edition also has up to date detailed information reflecting the changes brought about Covid-19.

Rick Steves Germany (2023 Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet has some of the best guidebooks in the market and the Lonely Planet’s Germany is no exception - it's currently the #1 best seller on Amazon.

They provide comprehensive and trustworthy information on everything you need to know about Germany, from the most visited tourist areas to less well known historic cities.

This guide makes sure to provide itineraries and honest reviews of restaurants, shops, landmarks that cater to every kind of travel style and budget.

The book is available in both digital (it’s free on Kindle Unlimited too!) and paperback versions. The digital version comes with downloadable PDF and offline maps that are great for preventing extra roaming charges, embedded links to recommendations with websites.

You can even add notes to personalize your guidebook. The paperback version is small and sleek, making it easy to bring around while traveling.

Lonely Planet Germany 10 (Travel Guide)

If you’re staying in Berlin for some time, then you’ll probably be spending a good amount of time walking (alongside using their excellent public transport).

And there’s no better way of getting to know a city than by walking! National Geographic Walking Berlin is the best guidebook for this.

This book contains 15 walking tours with step-by-step itineraries and detailed maps that will have you roaming and exploring Berlin like a true local in no time.

5. National Geographic Walking Berlin

Lonely Planet just came out with their newest guide on Munich, Bavaria, and the Black Forest.

Whether you’re looking for the perfect spa town to relax along the Black Forest or celebrating Oktoberfest in Munich, this guidebook will have you covered.

Since it was just recently published, you’ll be able to find up-to-date research on travel information and what businesses are still open after light of Covid-19.

Aside from all the essential reading, there are also “what’s new” sections that feature cultural trends and new, up-and-coming areas to visit. 

6. Lonely Planet Munich, Bavaria & the Black Forest

From wandering around quaint villages, going back in time exploring ancient castles ruins, or dining in good restaurants by scenic vineyards, the Rhine Valley is a must-visit.

It’s particularly known as a romantic destination, but every kind of traveler can enjoy it. Rick Steves’ guide to the Rhine is a great place to start planning your trip.

It includes insider travel tips on how to beat crowds and avoid tourist traps. The selective coverage also includes information on Rothenburg, a picturesque well-restored medieval city. 

7. Rick Steves Snapshot Rothenburg & the Rhine

Lonely Planet’s Guide to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland is perfect for those whose travel plans always include day trips or road trips.

Especially if you’ve planned your itinerary with the goal of visiting neighboring countries like Austria or Switzerland, then this guide is for you.

This guide covers everything from the Romantic Road, Lake Bodensee, the Swiss Alps, Zurich, Lake Geneva, Vienna, Salzburg, and more! It features over 33 trips to take with useful advice on breaks to stretch your legs along the way, the fastest travel routes, and scenic detours.

8. Lonely Planet Germany, Austria & Switzerland's Best Trips

The Lonely Planet’s Pocket Guide series are perfect for those taking shorter trips over a weekend or maybe those who have limited leisure time during business trips.

These guides are small and handy, getting down to the basics of each German city. It’s easy to use and concise, with expert advice on the top tourist destinations, neighborhood chapters, and day planners.

Click here for more information on Pocket Berlin, Pocket Hamburg , and Pocket Munich

9. Lonely Planet Pocket Berlin

DK Eyewitness Road Trips is ideal for those who want to explore Germany through road trips.

This guide contains 24 well-researched, easy to follow driving routes. Each lasts from 1 to 5 days, so you can choose any depending on your time and preference.

You’ll get to learn about stunning views and hidden gems off the beaten track that you can only discover on the road. It’s full of practical tips like road conditions, detours, parking info, and navigation details for GPS use.

Plus, each tour includes ideas for activities and sights along the way.

10. DK Eyewitness Road Trips Germany

Europe by Rail is the definitive guide for planning your European trail travel journey using Interrail or Eurail.

This guide includes 50 key routes that you can follow or incorporate into your Germany itinerary.

It also contains tips on the best ticket deals, where to stay, and fun sights to see along the routes. It covers popular routes such as Glacier Express, the Rhine Valley, French Riviera, and the Scottish Highlands with information on new routes to Slovakia, Greece, and more.

11. Europe by Rail: The Definitive Guide

River cruises have been gaining popularity, with many tourists loving the different perspective you get as you travel by water through scenic riverfront views.

Riverboats are usually much smaller than Mediterranean cruises, making for a more social experience and more frequent stops and onshore activities. 

This Lonely Planet guide is perfect for those going on a European cruise through a number of different countries but who do not want to buy a guide book for each country.

It covers the following routes: Northern Rhine, Southern Rhine (France, Germany, Switzerland), Western Danube (Austria and Germany), Eastern Danube (Hungary and Serbia), the Seine (France), and the Elbe (Czech Republic and Germany).

12. Lonely Planet Cruise Ports European Rivers

Traveling with children to Germany for the first time can be intimidating. Kids Travel Guide Germany is here to help ease your worries!

This guide is a fun gift to give your kids as a way to cultivate their interest in traveling from a young age. Leonardo, the cute cartoon tour guide, will teach your kids fun facts about Germany and even basic German words.

It also comes with an activity book full of coloring pages, quizzes, puzzles, and journal pages to document their trip.

13. Kids' Travel Guide - Germany: The fun way to discover Germany

Nothing enriches travel experiences like immersing yourself in the country’s local culture. Culture Smart Germany shows you everything you need to know about German culture and way of life.

You’ll find chapters discussing history, values, cultural differences between regions, cultural traditions, and common etiquette to follow.

It’s great for navigating day to day life while you travel and even for more formal business trips.

14. Germany - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture

This German phrase book is the ideal companion for your trip to Germany.

With more than 1,000 basic words, phrases, and sentences in German it covers every travel situation you could think of from small talk, asking for directions, finding a bank, and ordering at restaurants.

Easy to use and straight to the point, this guide will help you familiarize yourself with the German language and navigate social situations with locals. It also comes with a phonetic pronunciation guide!

15. 1001 Easy German Phrases

What To See And Do In Germany?

If you’re not sure which guidebook will work best for you, consider where you most want to spend your time.

Germany is filled with tons of historic places to learn from, beautiful landscapes to admire, and fun cultural activities to experience. To get a gist of what awaits you in your Germany trip, let’s break it down to some of the main travel destinations in the country.

Berlin, the capital of Germany (and the largest city), is where you’ll find some of the most iconic landmarks of German history. You won’t run out of things to see from the Brandenburg Gate, the East Side Gallery, the Holocaust Memorial, the German Parliament Building (Reichstag), and many more.

For more information on the top historic places to visit in Berlin, read our guide to planning the ultimate Berlin itinerary.

This dynamic city has also undergone a lot of changes in the past decades, growing into one of the most interesting cities to visit in central Europe. Many people are drawn to the vibrant Berlin arts scene and music scene.

After all, the capital city is home to world-class museums (including some that give you a glimpse into what life was like in East Germany) and some of the best nightlife in Europe. 

Plus, it’s the gateway to rugged Rügen island to the north on the Baltic Sea, historic Dresden to the south, as well as “Swiss Saxon” national park area.

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Hamburg, located on the Elbe river in northern Germany, is one of the most unique German cities. Famous for its ports, lakes, canals, and rivers running throughout the city, Hamburg shows you a different side of Germany.

Whether you canoe through the canals (super fun!) or try delicious fresh seafood after a harbor cruise, you won’t run out of fun activities to do in Hamburg. It’s one of my favorite cities in Germany!

The Black Forest is a region worth visiting for its spectacular scenery, small towns, and close proximity to France and Switzerland. It’s one of the best places to visit for those who love outdoor activities. There are hundreds of miles of hiking trails to explore and lakes and waterfalls to admire.

In-between immersing yourself in nature, you can explore picturesque smaller towns like Baden-Baden, Heidelberg, or Freiburg, and villages like Titisee-Neustadt, Triberg, and Gengenbach. You can also spend an afternoon seeing how people used to live at the Black Forest Open Air Museum.

Making your way to southern Germany, you’ll find the Bavarian Alps. For a scenic drive that makes the most out of your experience, we recommend driving south down the Romantic Road.

This route connects storybook castles , medieval towns, and breathtaking landscapes. It’s also one of the best ways to get to Neuschwanstein, the fairy tale castle that’s undoubtedly one of Germany’s most popular attractions.

A staple in all Germany itineraries is, of course Munich, the biggest city in Bavaria. It’s a popular destination for good reason – it’s a beautiful city rich with history far beyond the famous Oktoberfest. Munich (and Bavaria in general) is what most people envision when they think of Germany.

From Munich’s beer gardens, lush urban parks, and historic plazas, you won’t run out of things to see! Check out our guide on how to plan the perfect Munich weekend itinerary here.

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Before leaving southern Germany, make sure to stop by Lake Constance (Bodensee in German). Found along the country’s border of Austria and Switzerland, this region with its lakeside small towns is a great place for sunny summer holidays. 

In Central Germany, you’ll find the Rhine Valley which holds great historical and cultural importance as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s also a popular romantic destination where you can do activities like wine tasting in hillside vineyards and going on a cruise on the Rhine river. We recommend exploring the area on a boat tour to bring you to quaint villages and ancient castles.

Cologne is a great gateway city to the Rhine Valley. The city’s old town is home to the famous Cologne Cathedral and it’s a great walkable area with lots to see.

Another nearby major city is Frankfurt. Though you may only know Frankfurt as Germany’s financial capital or home to one of the world’s busiest airports, the city is fun to explore for its modern architecture, the contrasting historic old town, and interesting museums. Read our guide to spending a day in Frankfurt here or how to day trip to the many castles in the area.

We hope this gives you a good idea of all the exciting things to see and do in Germany. We know there’s a lot to take into consideration. That’s why we also prepared a step-by-step guide on how to plan the perfect Germany vacation that answers everything from where to stay, what cities to visit, and how to get around!

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When Is The Best Time To Go To Germany?

We get this question a lot! The best time to go to Germany totally depends on what kind of experience you’re looking for. There’s really no bad time to visit because each season has something great and unique to offer!

During summer, you’ll get to enjoy warm and sunny weather. The long days are perfect for sightseeing since the sun sets as late as 10:00-10:30 pm. Be aware that you won’t always be guaranteed clear, blue skies, though. Some days can be rainy or windy but that kind of weather usually doesn’t last longer than a couple of days.

On the flip-side, it can also get really hot during heat waves, and you won’t find A/C in all restaurants and hotels.

Another downside is that since it’s peak season, streets and tourist attractions can be much more crowded with families from all over the world traveling during summer break. Prices for tickets and accommodations are also at their highest so we recommend booking reservations as early as possible.  

Winter can also be a beautiful time to visit, but you’ll obviously have a very different experience. Snow, cold weather, and short days with the sun setting as early as 5 pm are just some of the things that you can expect.

Luckily, you’ll have the festive bright lights and cozy atmosphere of Christmas markets to make up for it. It’s also an ideal time to visit if you love winter activities like skiing or sledding.

Fall can be a good time to visit, especially if you want to participate in Oktoberfest festivities which take place late September to early October. The autumn weather means it’s still pleasantly enough for strolls, though you’ll have colder nights as you approach winter. 

Weather during spring can be a bit of a toss-up. Some days can bring light breezes and warmth but other days can be gloomy and rainy. But you’ll get to see cities come alive and locals spend more time in parks or beer gardens as flowers bloom and outdoor activities kick into gear.

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Cate has been traveling to Germany for 30+ years. She has lived in Germany, taught college German, and has a PhD in German Applied Linguistics. She loves helping travelers plan their dream trips to Germany!

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GERMANY TRAVEL PLANNER:  Just getting started? Have questions about Germany’s confusing train tickets or how to find the best guided tours? Not sure which parts of Germany should be in your itinerary (and what to leave out)? Our  Germany Travel Planner  answers those questions and more via how-to videos, our interactive Germany Planning Map, City Cheatsheets, and MUCH more. Click here to unlock the best of Germany the easy way!

GERMANY TRAVEL CONSULT:  Feeling overwhelmed? Itinerary just not coming together? Wonder if a few tweaks would take your trip to the next level? Book a Mini or Full consult with Cate! She’ll help you create or tweak your itinerary, recommend train tickets/passes, hotels, things to do, guided tours, show you how to buy train tickets, orient you to specific cities, help you plan out day trips, and answer your Germany travel questions.

ACCOMMODATIONS:  We recommend using  Booking.com  since they have widest range of accommodations available from hostels, boutique hotels, luxury chains, aparthotels, at the best prices. Check out our  accommodation guides  for specific recommended hotels.

WHAT TO PACK: If you’re bringing your phone, be sure to bring this plug adapter , this power bank , and this wrist strap . They’ve been lifesavers for us! You can see our other packing essentials here and here .

TICKETS & TOURS:  For guided tours, day trips, private tours, and skip-the-line tickets,  Get Your Guide  is our go-to!

TRAINS & BUSES:  To research train schedules and buy tickets or a Germany Rail Pass, we recommend the official  Deutsche Bahn (German Rail System)  website (and download their DB Navigator app). For buses, look at  FlixBus  , which offers tickets for routes within Germany and to other European countries. FlixBus is often cheaper than trains but can take longer.

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Germany is well known for the Berlin Wall, Oktoberfest, and Neuschwanstein Castle. The country is full of history and has many fairytale-like villages and castles to explore. Germany is a popular tourist destination and receives over 179 million visitors each year. Planning international travel can be overwhelming and time-consuming while working full time. Use this Germany travel guide and the following Germany travel blog posts to plan your perfect vacation. The top destinations in Germany are Berlin , Munich , Dresden , and Hamberg.

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What You Need to Know When Planning a Trip to Germany

Where is germany.

Germany is in West-Central Europe. It is the 7th largest European country. The country is bordered by the Baltic and the North Sea, Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. Berlin is the capital. It is also the largest city and most populous city with 3.3 million people.

What is the language in Germany?

The national language of Germany is German Deutsch. Over 95% of the population speak it. German is also an official language of Austria and Switzerland and is the language with the most native speakers in Europe. It is the most widely taught third language across the world. Schools begin teaching English to students at age 5. Around 56% of the population speaks English. You will have no problem speaking English at restaurants, and tourist attractions. Most train stations also make announcements in English. Be sure to learn a few key phrases as well as some slang. FluentU offers a helpful list of common words and phrases to learn before you travel.

Do I need a visa to visit Germany?

According to Project Visa , US citizens do not need a visa for a visit up to 90 days in a 6 month period.

What is the currency in Germany?

The currency in Germany is the euro. US dollars are not accepted at restaurants, attractions, or stores. Be sure to download a free currency calculator before you arrive.

Can I use credit cards and ATMs in Germany?

ATMs are widely available in Germany. Avoid large fees by using your bank’s international partner in Germany and google its location before you travel. Visa and Mastercard are accepted, American Express and Diners Club may be accepted. You will need a 4 digit PIN from the bank. Save money on fees with a credit card that waives foreign transaction fees and make purchases in euro. Cash is king in Germany. Most grocery stores do not accept credit cards and some businesses may require a minimum purchase.

How much should I budget per day in Germany?

According to Budget Your Trip , the average daily cost of traveling in Germany is $128. Expect to pay $1,781 + airfare for a one-week trip for 2.

When is the best time to visit Germany?

The high tourist season is from May through September. Oktoberfest celebrations actually occur in September. April and October are shoulder seasons with fewer crowds and some rain. April is the best time to visit wine country. The end of November through December is the Christmas Market season, expect higher prices and crowds. Winter is cold with gray skies and snow.

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What transportation does Germany use?

Germany’s public transportation system utilizes the U-Bahn (subway), S-Bahn (express trains to outside the city center), tram & bus. Download the DB Navigator app before you go. Unlimited transportation tickets can be purchased for 1-Day, 3-Day, or 1-Month. Be sure to validate tickets and pay attention to transportation zones. The country is well connected by local trains making travel within the country simple. Train doors do not open automatically, you must push the button. Do not put your suitcase in the chair next to you. Uber or Lyft are not available, taxis are expensive. Driving in Germany is easy and the roads are well maintained. 65% of the highways in Germany (Autobahn) have no speed limit and it’s illegal to run out of gas on the Autobahn. Be aware that the country uses photo radar.

What kind of adaptor do I need in Germany?

The plugs in Germany are type C and F. The standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50Hz. I recommend buying a universal adapter with surge protection . You will need a converter if you plan to use an electric razor or blow dryer from the US.

What should I pack for Germany?

Locals tend to dress conservatively in dark colors. Dark blue or black denim jeans are common. An umbrella is essential in case of rain during the shoulder season. Bring a sweater or light jacket for boat rides and relaxing in street cafes.  A comfortable pair of walking shoes with a good soles for cobbled streets is important.

Is Germany a safe country for solo travelers?

According to Travel Safe Abroad , the risk of traveling in Germany is low. Be aware of pickpockets on public transportation and in tourist areas. Avoid areas where street demonstrations are occurring, they often result in clashes with police. Germany has had several terrorist attacks, but the attacks did not target tourists. Dial 112 in an emergency. Contact the US Embassy for non-urgent emergencies, such as a lost passport.

What German food do I need to try?

Bratwurst, currywurst, schnitzel (fried breaded cutlet), rouladen (bacon, onions, mustard, and pickles wrapped beef or veal), sauerbraten (pot roast with dark gravy), reibekuchen (fried potato pancakes), kartoffelsalat (potato salad with bacon, chives and vinegar), kartoffelkloesse (potato dumplings), maultaschen (dumplings stuffed with meat, bacon, ham, spinach), sauerkraut, rotkohl (pickled pink cabbage), speckpfannkuchen (crepes with bacon), spätzle (egg noodles), käsespätzle (mac and cheese), brezel (pretzel), spaghetti eis (spagehtti shaped ice cream), apfelkuchen (apple pie with raisins), schwarzwälderkirschtorte (black forest cake), and Ritter Sport (chocolate bars).

Tips for Traveling in Germany

  • Tipping is generally 10%.
  • The internet is slow.
  • Wifi is available in many restaurants, cafes, and train stations.
  • Water isn’t free and usually is carbonated, tap water is looked upon as disgusting.
  • Drinks do not come with refills.
  • Expect to pay .50 to use a restroom.
  • Smoking is banned in public places, but drinking in public is legal.
  • To get 1 beer in Germany, show your thumb. Show your thumb and first finger for 2 beers.
  • Greet Friends by knocking on the table.
  • Cheers with water are wishing death on the person.
  • Germans like personal space and dislike small talk.
  • Germans follow the rules and are direct, they will call you out.
  • Do not jaywalk or walk in the bike lane.
  • Stoplights flash yellow before the green, never walk against the light.
  • Nudity isn’t weird in Germany, expect it at swimming pools.
  • Sunday is a day of rest by law, stores are closed.
  • Expect to take the stairs, elevators are very small when they are available.
  • Pillows are square and blankets do not cover the whole bed in hotels.
  • Take your own bag with you to the store and you will have to bag your own things, quickly.
  • Recycle, recycle, recycle!

Top 10 Things to See and Do in Germany

  • See the Berlin Wall.
  • Enjoy a boat ride through the Hamberg Canal.
  • Visit Neuschwanstein Castle.
  • Attend Oktoberfest in Munich.
  • Take a boat ride down the Rhine River and visit as many castles as possible.
  • See the white cliffs of Rügen and relax on the white-sand beaches.
  • Explore the fairy tale towns on the Romantic Road (Nuremberg, Bamberg, Rothenburg, Regensburg).
  • Visit the Aachen Cathedral and the Cologne Cathedral.
  • Drive through the Black Forest on the Brothers Grimm Fairytale Route.
  • Relax in a thermal bath in Baden-Baden.

Be sure to check the Germany  Office of Tourism website for upcoming festivals, special events, and what’s happening during your stay.

Interesting Facts About Germany

  • One-third of Germany is still covered in forests and woodlands.
  • College education in Germany is free, including international students.
  • There are over 2,100 castles in Germany.
  • There are over 1,500 different beers in Germany.
  • Berlin has the largest train station in Europe.
  • The largest department store in Europe is in Berlin, the KaDeWe.
  • There are 2.5 million half-timbered houses in Germany.
  • Berlin is 9 times bigger than Paris and has more bridges than Venice.
  • There are over 300 bunkers and hundreds of kilometers of underground tunnels in Berlin.
  • The first printed book was in German.
  • The first magazine was launched in 1663 in Germany.
  • Germans invented the light bulb, calculator, automobile, insulin, accordion, clarinet, pocket watch, gummy bears, paraffin, the motorcycle, the jet engine, the LCD screen, and the Walkman.
  • Germany was the first country in the world to adopt Daylight saving time.
  • Germany has the largest population in the EU, 81 million people.
  • Germany has a legal say on what babies can be named.
  • Germans believe it’s bad luck to celebrate birthdays early (don’t count your chickens before they hatch).
  • Germans also believe if you bury your deceased dog under your doorstep, its ghost will guard the house.
  • There are over 1,000 kinds of sausages in Germany.
  • Germans are the world’s second-biggest beer drinkers.
  • Beer is considered a food in Bavaria.
  • The Christmas tree (Tannenbaum) tradition came from Germany.
  • Most taxis in Germany are Mercedes, and garbage trucks are too.
  • Prison escape is not punishable by law in Germany.
  • It is illegal to declaw cats in Germany.

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German weather can be a real mixed bag at any time of year, thanks to the way in which continental and maritime air masses collide in this part of Europe. That said, those used to British variability and poor weather are likely to find German weather much better; while those used to the searing summer heat of much of North America will also be pleased. Summer temperatures rarely hit 30°C and temperatures tend to stay comfortable well into the evening, allowing beer gardens and outdoor cafés to bustle as darkness falls as late as October. Winter tends to be cold enough to be a very different season, unlike the UK, but not so savage that many activities have to halt entirely, as in much of the US or Canada.

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A self drive exploration of UNESCO Sites in Southern Germany

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A self drive exploration of UNESCO Sites in Southern Germany

Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites across different German states. This self drive trip allows you to design your own days with recommendations stated for each day.

Explore Berlin and Potsdam in depth

7 days  / from 2905 USD

Explore Berlin and Potsdam in depth

The German capital Berlin has plenty to offer: from historical sites to world-class museums and a vibrant nightlife. Enjoy this private tour to explore a wide range of activities in Berlin and Potsdam, including several UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Explore Northern Germany on Your Own

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Explore Northern Germany on Your Own

From Bremen to Stralsund - Northern Germany offers plenty of gems to explore. With well-developed public transportation links, this itinerary is suited for everyone wanting to explore on their own - getting lost on the cobble-stoned streets of many UNESCO World Heritage Highlights.

Capitals of Europe - Berlin, Prague, Vienna and more

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Capitals of Europe - Berlin, Prague, Vienna and more

This trip is ideal for all city & culture lovers: the Reichstag in Berlin, the castle in Prague, historical Cesky Krumlov, St Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, the fortress above Salzburg and Schloss Neuschwanstein near Munich - these are just some of the highlights of this incredible roundup trip.

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Castles across Austria and Czechia

Austria and Czechia are home to some of the world's most beautiful architecture and culture gems, such as Schloss Schönbrunn in Vienna, Prague castle, the fortress above Salzburg and many more. Finish your tour with a visit to Schloss Neuschwanstein before flying out of Munich.

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Best of Germany

Germany has a lot to offer to visitors: history buffs will enjoy guided tours in Berlin and Dresden, children (and those at heart) will marvel at Schloss Neuschwanstein, scenery lovers will appreciate Rothenburg and the Black Forest. This trip truly has something for everybody!

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Exclusive trip to Prague and Austria

Explore the main highlights of Central Europe: fascinating Prague & historical Cesky Krumlov, the highlights of Vienna, Salzburg and Innsbruck in Austria and then further on to Germany - get in the Disney spirit at Schloss Neuschwanstein.

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Oktoberfest in Germany & Beer culture in Austria & Czechia

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Beer culture in Czechia, Austria and Germany

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Self Drive from the Rhine Valley to Bavaria

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By European standards, prices in Germany are reasonable; Berlin, for example, is well short of the excesses of Paris and London and with quality to match. Nevertheless, the country has the potential to become expensive, especially if you’re set on flashy nightspots, swanky restaurants and smart hotels. There can also be large differences in prices between regions and cities – Cologne is noticeably cheaper than near-neighbour Düsseldorf, for example.

Assuming you intend to eat and drink in moderately priced places, use public transport and stay at hostels, the bare minimum living-cost you could get by on is around €40 (£35/US$58) a day, including a hostel bed (around €20), snacks and an evening meal (€10), and a little for museums and entertainment. Make lunch the main meal of the day and you may save maybe €5 per day; but overall a more realistic typical holiday budget is about twice that of shoestringers, at €80 per day.

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Full-time students can expect discounts at almost all sights and attractions – often around thirty percent – as well as being able to save money on transport such as rail travel. In general you’ll need to be under 27 to qualify for many of the discounts, and in possession of some kind of proof of your status. The International Student Identity Card (ISIC; isic.org), available from student travel agents, is the most widely recognized way to prove your status.

Crime is low by Western standards, but not nonexistent, and standard modern tensions exist. Statistically, crime is more prevalent in eastern states of the former GDR, fuelled by rising prices and depressed economies. Small-minded attitudes also often exist here, and xenophobic neo-Nazi thugs can target those who look “foreign” – non-white. Paradoxically, east German city centres, and German cities in general, are safer in comparison with other European cities. Petty crimes such as pickpocketing or bag-snatching in shopping precincts or busy U-Bahns are the most likely crimes you’ll encounter.

As far as personal safety is concerned, even the rougher city neighbourhoods feel more dangerous than they actually are. Those run-down U-Bahn stations or train stations with a crowd of drunks look alarming when compared to the rest of the country, but wouldn’t stand out in most other European cities. The situation in city suburbs is a little trickier, in Berlin, for example. With caution it’s fine, but muggings and casual violence do occur, particularly to those who stand out.

If you do have something stolen (or simply lost), or suffer an attack you’ll need to register the details at the local police station: a straightforward, but inevitably bureaucratic and time-consuming process. Note the crime report number – or, better still, get a copy of the statement itself – for your insurance company.

The two offences you might unwittingly commit concern identity papers and jaywalking. By law you need to carry proof of your identity at all times. A driver’s licence or ID card is fine, but a passport is best. It’s essential that you carry all your documentation when driving – failure to do so may result in an on-the-spot fine. Jaywalking is also illegal and you can be fined if caught.

Supply runs at 220–240V, 50Hz AC; sockets generally require a two-pin plug with rounded prongs. Visitors from the UK will need an adaptor; visitors from North America may need a transformer, though most of those supplied with electrical equipment – like cameras, laptops and mobile phones – are designed to accommodate a range of voltages.

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British and other EU nationals can enter Germany on a valid passport or national identity card for an indefinite period. US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens do not need a visa to enter Germany, and are allowed a stay of ninety days within any six-month period. South Africans need to apply for a visa, from the German Embassy in Pretoria, which will cost around R260 depending on the exchange rate. Visa requirements vary for nationals of other countries; contact your local German embassy or consulate for information.

In order to extend a stay once in the country all visitors should contact the Ausländeramt (Alien Authorities) in the nearest large town: addresses are in the phone books. For embassies in Berlin. Some countries have consulates in major cities elsewhere in Germany.

German embassies abroad

UK 23 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PZ, 020 7824 1300, london.diplo.de.

Ireland 31 Trimelston Ave, Booterstown, Blackrock, Co Dublin, 01 269 3011, dublin.diplo.de.

US 2300 M St. NW, Washington, DC 20037, 202/298-4000.

Canada 1 Waverley St, Ottawa, ON K2P 0T8 , 613/232-1101, ottawa.diplo.de.

Australia 119 Empire Circuit, Yarralumla, Canberra 2600, 02 6270 1911, canberra.diplo.de.

New Zealand 90–92 Hobson St, 6011 Wellington, 04 473 6063, wellington.diplo.de.

South Africa 180 Blackwood St, Arcadia, Pretoria 0083, 012 427 8900, pretoria.diplo.de.

Germany has a legendary gay and lesbian culture in its major cities and gay pride event Christopher Street Day is celebrated throughout the nation. Along with the two metropolises of Berlin and Hamburg, Cologne is one of the world’s great gay cities, with one in ten of the population either gay or lesbian. The scene in Berlin – home to the world’s first gay organization in 1897 and ruled by openly gay mayor, Klaus Wowereit – centres around the districts of Schöneberg, Kreuzberg and Prenzlauer Berg. That of Hamburg is in St Georg, and in Cologne there are two main gay districts – around Rudolfplatz and close to the river around Alter Markt and Heumarkt. Other thriving gay centres are in Munich and Frankfurt. Details of local scenes are provided in the sections on relevant destinations. Otherwise newsstand listings magazines have information on gay and lesbian clubnights and events.

Small-town Germany is inevitably more socially conservative – staunch Catholic towns of Bavaria can be hostile and physical assaults are not unknown in depressed towns of eastern Germany.

The standards of healthcare in Germany are world-class. For immediate medical attention, head for the 24-hour emergency room of a major hospital ; details are provided in major destination listings. In the event of an emergency , phone 112 for an ambulance ( Krankenwagen ). If you simply need a doctor call 01805 32 13 03 ( calladoc.com ; calls cost €0.14 per minute) for an English-language service that will discuss your symptoms and refer you or send an English-speaking doctor. Doctor surgery hours are 9am to midday and 3 to 6pm weekdays except on Wednesday afternoon.

As a European Union member, Germany has free reciprocal health agreements with other member states, whose citizens can apply for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC; www.ehic.org.uk), which will give you free, or cut-rate treatment, but will not pay for repatriation. The EHIC is available from post offices in the UK. Without this you’ll have to pay in full for all medical treatment, which is expensive – currently €30 for a visit to the doctor. Non-EU residents will need to insure themselves against all eventualities, including medical costs, and are strongly advised to take out some travel insurance.

Staff at Apotheken (pharmacies) provide over-the-counter advice, often in English, and basic medicines for minor health upsets. Marked by a green cross, pharmacies are generally open on weekdays 8.30am to 6.30pm and on Saturday mornings. They also operate late opening hours (24hr in cities) by rota – a list of the current incumbent and its address is displayed in windows. For prescription medicines you must provide a Rezept (prescription) from either your home doctor or a local one.

Since pre-Roman days, Germany has sworn by the curative powers of spa waters , a fixation which peaked in the mid-1800s. Towns with a “Bad” prefix to their names, or which include Baden (baths) in their titles (spa doyenne Baden-Baden or Wiesbaden) still offer extensive spa facilities.

Even though EU healthcare privileges apply in Germany, an insurance policy is a wise precaution to cover against theft, loss and illness or injury.

If buying a policy check small print for waivers on “danger sports” – common activities such as mountain biking can be classed among the likes of skiing and rock climbing. A supplemental payment provides cover. If you need to make a claim, keep receipts for medicines and medical treatment, and in the event you have something stolen, obtain an official statement ( Anzeige ) from the police.

Germany has fully embraced the internet. Most German towns operate a municipal website with good tourism information and helpful databases of festivals and events as well as accommodation booking engines. Larger cities provide an English-language version. Many museums, hotels and even restaurants also have a web presence. Be aware when hunting addresses that letters with an umlaut are rendered with an e – ä becomes ae, ü becomes ue and ö becomes oe.

Online access is good in medium-sized towns and cities, where internet cafés cost about €1–4 per half-hour. “Callshops” – discount international call centres – often in the streets around the main train station, usually have computers. Most backpacker hostels also provide a connection, often free. Larger hotels and a growing number of cafés have free wi-fi hotspots. Even a national laundry chain has started offering free wi-fi .

Larger hotels generally provide a laundry service – but at a cost. Most hostels offer a cheaper wash-and-dry service for around €5 a load. Launderettes are a little cheaper still, with an average load costing around €4 to wash and dry.

Hours tend to be daily 7am to 10pm; addresses can be found listed under “Waschsalon” in the Yellow Pages ( GelbeSeiten ). One popular nationwide chain is Schnell und Sauber which sometimes have bars and free wi-fi.

Left-luggage lockers at the large main train stations allow storage for time periods of 24 to 72 hours. Charges for lockers are around €2 for 24 hours. Many hostels provide free storage for a few days if you have stayed or intend to.

Berlin and to a lesser extent Hamburg are magnets for young people from Germany and all over Europe. The capital’s reputation as a politicized, happening city with a dynamic arts scene and tolerant attitudes means there is a large English-speaking community: something that will work to your advantage for jobs and housing, and to your disadvantage in competition. Work permits ( Arbeitserlaubnis ) aren’t required for EU nationals working in Germany, though everyone else will need one – and, theoretically, should not even look for a job without one. Long-term permits are a world of complicated and tedious bureaucracy. It’s essential to seek advice from an experienced friend, especially when completing official forms. The best official place for advice is the Auswärtiges Amt (German Federal Foreign Office; auswaertiges-amt.de), whose website has the latest information – in English – on entry into Germany and local contact details.

All those who want to stay in Germany for longer than three months – including EU citizens – must technically first register their residence ( Anmeldung ) at an Einwohnermeldeamt . For non-EU nationals – North Americans, Australasians and everybody else – finding legal work is extremely difficult, unless you’ve secured the job before arriving in Germany. The best advice is to approach the German embassy or consulate in your own country. Citizens of Australia, New Zealand and Canada between 18 and 30 can apply for a working holiday visa, enabling legal work in Germany for 90 days in a twelve-month period: contact German embassies for details.

For long-term accommodation , while newspapers advertise apartments and rooms, it’s much quicker and less traumatic to sign on at one of the several Mitwohnzentralen , accommodation agencies that specialize in long-term sublets in apartments. When you find a place to live, you need to register your residence as explained earlier. The form for this requires a signature from your landlord.

Post offices of Deutsche Post (deutschepost.de) and their unmissable bright yellow postboxes pep up the streetscape. Post offices are often located near (or with a branch inside) the main train station. Standard post office opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm, although the main office will operate longer hours. These often have separate parcel offices (marked Pakete ), usually a block or so away; and you can also buy stamps from the small yellow machines next to some postboxes and at some newsagents.

Mail to the UK usually takes three days; to North America one week; and to Australasia two weeks. A postcard or letter under 50g costs €0.75 to send worldwide. When posting a letter, make sure you distinguish between the slots marked for various postal codes. Boxes marked with a red circle indicate collections late in the day and on Sunday.

Your best bet for a country map is the companion edition to this guide: the Rough Guides Map: Germany (£5.99/US$9.99/CAN$13.99) produced on rip- and waterproof paper. Town maps are available from tourist information offices, usually free of charge, otherwise for a nominal sum. Larger bureaux in cities or tourist regions – the Rhine valley, Harz mountains or Black Forest, for example – also provide free regional maps. Both are generally adequate for orientation, though don’t rely on the latter for touring. Commercially produced maps available at larger bookshops are a joy. Falkplan and motor organization Allegmeiner Deutscher Automobil Club (ADAC) are consistently excellent, with distances indicated for the smallest lanes and clear town plans. Kompass (kompass.at) publish a full range of walking and cycling maps.

Germany uses the euro as its currency, which divides into 100 cents. There are seven euro notes – in denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 euros, each a different colour and size – and eight different coin denominations, including 2 and 1 euros, then 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents. Euro coins feature a common EU design on one face, but different country-specific designs on the other. All euro coins and notes can be used in twelve countries that share the currency (Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain and the Netherlands). At the time of writing, €1 was worth £0.88/$US1.44/AUS$1.32/ZAR9.70; for current rates go to xe.com.

Banks are plentiful and their hours usually weekdays 8.30am to 5pm and no later than 6pm. It may be worth shopping around several banks, as the rates of exchange vary, as can the rate of commission. The latter tends to be a flat rate, meaning that small-scale transactions should be avoided. In any case, the Wechselstuben (bureaux de change) at the main train stations in cities, offer better rates, as well as being open outside normal banking hours and weekends, usually daily 8am to 8pm, a couple of hours longer on either side in the nation’s principal travel hubs.

Debit and credit cards , once a foreign concept, are becoming a part of everyday life, though their use is not as widespread as in the UK or North America. Cash is still the currency of choice, particularly in bars and restaurants. Major credit and debit cards (such as American Express, MasterCard and Visa) are good in department stores, mid- to up-market restaurants, and an increasing number of shops and petrol stations. Should you want to get cash on your plastic, the best way is from the many ATMs . You can withdraw as little as €20; however they do charge a minimum fee, often around €2.50, and charge two to four percent of the withdrawal as commission. In addition to credit cards, most bank debit cards, part of either the Cirrus or Plus systems, can be used for withdrawing cash, and carry lower fees than credit cards; your home bank will almost certainly levy a commission for use of the card abroad. Various banks will also give an advance against your credit card, subject to a minimum of the equivalent of £60/$100 – stickers in bank windows indicate which cards they’re associated with. Make sure your personal identification number (PIN) will work overseas.

Shops and markets : Business hours are generally Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 2pm, although some bakeries open on Sunday mornings, and department and chain stores will stay open till 8pm on weekdays and till 4pm on Saturday, both legal closing times. Conversely, many shops in smaller towns still close for lunch, generally from midday to 2pm. Outside of trading hours, small supermarkets in train and petrol stations supply the basics. Produce markets (usually weekdays in towns) operate between 9am and 1pm.

Tourist information : Typically Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 2pm, closed Sunday; but consult relevant chapters.

Museums and tourist attractions : Tend to open Tuesday to Sunday 9am to 6pm, though occasionally some open on Mondays too. Many museums close from November to March, particularly in very tourist-orientated regions like the Rhine and Mosel.

Restaurants : Generally 10am to midnight, although smarter restaurants tend to take Sunday or Monday as Ruhetag (closing day).

Churches : Access is generally excellent, usually open all day and all week, though respect services.

Opening hours on public holidays generally follow Sunday hours: most shops will be closed and museums and other attractions will follow their Sunday schedules. Public holidays fall on January 1, Good Friday, Easter Monday, May 1, Ascension Day (40 days after Easter), Whitsun, October 3, November 3, and December 25 and 26.

You can make local and international calls from most phone boxes in the city – marked international – which are generally equipped with basic instructions in English. Another option is to use one of the many phone shops offering cheap international calls and calling cards, usually alongside internet services, which can be found throughout the city. The cheapest time to call abroad is between 9pm and 8am.

Most British mobile phones should work in Germany, but if you haven’t used your phone abroad before, check with your phone provider whether it will work in Germany, and what call charges are. Unless you have a tri-band phone, it is unlikely that a mobile bought for use in the US will work outside North America.

If you are in Germany for a while, consider buying a local SIM card for your mobile phone. These are available through the phone shops and even corner stores and tend to cost around €15, often including some credit. Technically German SIM cards are only available to German residents and you will be required to register it at an address in Germany. In practice you can supply the address of your accommodation for this.

To use a different SIM card in your phone, it will need to be unlocked, if it isn’t already, to accept the cards of different providers. The phone shops will be able to advise where this is possible locally. Expect to pay around €10 for this instant service. Top-up cards can be bought in supermarkets, kiosks and phone shops.

Calling Germany from abroad the international code is 49. For directory enquiries in English call118 37; the service costs an initial €0.20, then €1 per minute.

Germany is in the Central European Time Zone, one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time: one hour ahead of British time, nine hours ahead of US Pacific Standard Time and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. Daylight savings time (summer time) applies from the end of March to the end of October, when clocks are put forward one hour.

In a word, excellent. The national tourist board (germany.travel) produces stacks of brochures on regions and holiday themes; its website is great for ideas and planning and you can order a range of free brochures. Most regional tourist boards, cities and small towns also maintain an online presence, the majority with pages in English. On the ground, you’ll find a walk-in tourist office almost wherever you go, even in many villages; details are provided in the guide. These typically stock a good spread of pamphlets and brochures – usually in English in larger towns and cities, where one member of staff will be near-fluent. Tourist information offices will reserve accommodation, either for free or for a nominal charge.

Access and facilities for the disabled ( Behinderte ) are fair to good in large towns and cities: most major museums, public buildings and much of the public-transport system are wheelchair-friendly, and an active disabled community is on hand for helpful advice. Nearly four hundred Deutsche Bahn train stations have lifting aides or ramps. The company also offers assistance to travellers with disabilities upon reservation; call 01805 99 66 33, daily 8am to 10pm. Under certain conditions, the disabled and their escorts travel by train free or at reduced rates. For full information check on their English-language website, bahn.co.uk, under “Services” and “Barrier-Free Travel”.

The German Tourist Board website has links to dedicated state providers. NatKo (Nationale Koordiationsstelle Tourismus für Alle; National Tourism Coordination Agency for All; natko.de) handles enquiries concerning accessibility issues, supported by the main German disabled associations. Its German-language website publishes information and addresses for state travel-advice centres for tourists with disabilities as well as a list of tour operators with suitable programmes. For formal, in-depth information in Berlin, try disability activist group Mobidat (mobidat.net). They provide information on wheelchair-accessible hotels, restaurants, city tours and local transport services. Finally if you speak German, you might like to browse the online version of quarterly magazine Handicap (i-motio.de), for its hundreds of articles and active forums.

Travel anywhere in Germany by train and you’ll see an array of coloured bins on the platform, evidence that Germany takes recycling seriously. The recycling industry turns over around €50 million annually and Germans, who have a long tradition of social consciousness, recycle more of their rubbish than most other European nations. Using the Grüne Punkt (Green Dot) icon that indicates material can be recycled, they now recycle up to seventy percent of some materials, including 41 percent of plastics. In Bavaria, only one percent of rubbish goes to landfill. Visitors are expected to do their bit – novices placing items in the wrong container may be quietly reprimanded.

Bins – of which there are up to five – are colour-coded. One, usually green or blue, is for paper ( Papier ) and cardboard, including waxed cartons; boxes should be flattened and emptied of any plastic wrappers. Plastic goes into the yellow bin, along with milk cartons, cans, polystyrene and aluminium (marked with the Green Dot icon of two interlocking arrows). Straightforward enough, so long as you don‘t stuff different materials inside each other; this stuff gets sorted by hand, so a plastic cup hidden inside a tin is strictly verboten . There’s no need to rinse items but most Germans empty cans and plastics. Glass is usually collected in hostels to be taken to bottle banks, commonly in supermarket car parks. However, most bottles – glass and plastic – usually have a deposit ( Pfand ) on them of around €0.30–0.50 per item to be cashed at specified re-collection centres, most conveniently supermarkets. It’s standard practice to return items in bulk rather than singly. Biodegradables – including coffee grounds and teabags – go in another bin, usually brown, after which there‘s hardly anything left over. What is goes in the one bin that takes genuine Müll (rubbish) – grey or black and usually empty.

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Diving into the unique personas and breathtaking sites of Germany, there is no surprise why it is one of the most visited countries in the world. From its storied past and traditional landmarks to its modern sites, there is something enchanting about its majestic landscape. There are many reasons why you should take the time to explore it, and this guide will give you all the information you need to do just that.

Whether you want to tour a castle, sample Oktoberfest beer, or hike through a pristine forest, Germany offers a plethora of activities to fill even the most jam-packed travel itinerary. Germany offers endless cultural attractions, from the bustling cities to the rich forests of the Black Forest. You can spend your days exploring bustling cities such as Munich, Berlin, Frankfurt, or Hamburg – all world cities with their own distinct character.

Its deep heritage dates back to the roots of the mighty Roman Empire, which left its mark on German architecture. The nation is home to some of the world’s grandest castles, such as Rhineland’s fairytale castle, Neuschwanstein, which served as the prototype for the Disney castle. You can wander through the rolling vineyards of the Moselle River Valley and its vast forests. The country is teeming with history that will spark your imagination and move you.

If you prefer exploring natural sceneries, Germany offers incredible outdoor activities. Hikers, cyclists, and anyone wanting an escape from the cityscape could also aim for the Black Forest and enjoy mesmerizing gorges. What’s more, the south of Germany is full of grand lakes such as Lake Constance. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty, an area of breath-taking views, and variety. Along the way, you could treat yourself to some of the world-famous German beer, sample some wurst, and sample some of the region’s freshly-baked bread, pretzel, and sweet pastries.

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Germany natives take their social lifestyles seriously, and you’ll find plenty of opportunities to mingle with the locals in the street festivals, beer gardens, and other gathering spots. From the decadent Berlin Fairs & Festivals to the countryside village festivals, there are countless festivals to immerse yourself in and experience the culture from all angles.

Germany’s culture is truly one of a kind and includes numerous delicious dish that can tantalize the taste buds of food connoisseurs and novices. You can discover some iconic traditional dishes, from schnitzel to Bratwurst. Germany is known for its beer, and you could find award-winning beer from hundreds of pubs.

This is just the beginning of what you can find in Germany. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore its grandeur and culture for yourself. From its beautiful scenery to its cultural centers, its grandeur and beauty are waiting to be uncovered.

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When you’re not admiring the culture and natural wonders, you can enjoy unparalleled shopping in the country’s most renowned shopping districts. Munich has fashionable shopping centres like the Neuhauser Strasse, while Hamburg has the upscale Schanzenviertel district. You can also find luxury stores and chic boutiques in historic buildings throughout Berlin.

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In addition to these famous shopping districts, Germany has many niche markets that boast unique and handmade items. Whether you’re looking for traditional crafts, exquisite jewelry, or vintage finds, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to hunt around these local shops. The country also has extraordinary flea markets and Christmas markets, which attract visitors in the winter.

No matter what type of shopping experience you’re looking for, there’s sure to be something to bring home and remember your German adventure. Plus, you can sample regional delicacies and get an intimate glimpse into the exciting German culture.

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Germany is known for free experiences, from the open-air theatre performances in Munich to the free concerts in Berlin. The vibrant nightlight throughout Germany offers plenty of cultural experiences for little to no cost. If you plan your visit for the winter, you can stay in one of the villages and enjoy the gorgeous Christmas markets, all without breaking the bank.

Not only can you enjoy a variety of free cultural activities throughout Germany, but you can also take advantage of numerous discounts available for travellers. Taking the train is a great way to see the country and get to the spots you want to experience the most, and you can find plenty of opportunities to save money while you travel.

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You can even take a break from sightseeing and explore the vibrant cafe culture. From the chic cafes in Berlin to the traditional beer gardens located throughout Germany, there’s something for every type of traveller. Not to mention, you can stay in many of Germany’s cities and towns for a fraction of the cost of larger cities.

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To ensure you get the most out of your German adventure, there are a few tips to follow when getting ready for your trip. From researching your destinations to packing, there are ways to stay ahead of the crowds. Pick up a travel guide written in English so you can take advantage of the nation’s wealth of information and get off the beaten path. Don’t forget to look up the various tips for discounts available to travellers.

Booking flights and accommodations in advance is essential for a successful vacation, but you might also want to find the best way to get around the country. Many German cities offer car-share services, while others have excellent public transportation. You can also rent a bike to explore many cities, which can be a great way to feel the pulse of the city.

Hiring a local guide could also be helpful if you want a hands-on introduction to the attractions and culture. Whether you’re looking for natural beauty, historical culture, concerts, or local food, hiring a guide is the way to go. Taking advantage of the opportunity to learn about Germany’s culture and history from a local can be an invaluable experience.

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Despite the country’s storied past, Germany is a modern nation, and you won’t have trouble staying connected. You’ll be able to access the internet from anywhere in the country, and cafes in cities and countryside towns have free Wi-Fi. If you want to stay online while travelling, be sure to bring your own device and a secure VPN.

You don’t have to worry about being closely monitored in Germany either. Privacy laws make it illegal for telecommunications providers to record any customer data. Additionally, Germany is one of the safest countries in Europe, and you won’t have to worry about pickpockets and scammers.

The combination of the country’s storied past and modern comforts makes Germany an amazing place to explore. From its magnificent architecture to its lively cafes, you’ll find there’s something for everyone in the country. Whether you’re looking for a unique cultural experience or just want to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life, Germany is the ideal place.

Remarkable Sights and Experiences

There are so many things to see and experience in Germany that it can be hard to keep track of them all. From the snow-tipped Bavarian Alps in the south to the amber shores of the Baltic Sea in the north, the country has something for everyone. Between the diverse landscapes and the innumerable cultural sites and attractions, you’ll find there’s no shortage of things to do.

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From the ancient ruins of the Roman Empire to the breathtaking landscape of the Rhine Valley, Germany contains some of the most remarkable sights in all of Europe. Plus, with its extensive train network and numerous airports, getting around is convenient and comfortable. You can easily travel from one end of the country to the other and be met with exciting surprises along the way.

Germany is home to a variety of cultural sites, from the Brandenburg Gate to the Unter den Linden. Whether you’re looking for vibrant nightlife or a peaceful walk in nature, Germany has something for everyone. And, no matter what kind of experience you’re looking for, you’ll be met with a warm welcome from the locals.

Wellness and Relaxation

If you’re looking for a place to relax, you’ll find plenty of places in Germany. From wellness resorts to spas, Germany has many places to wind down and unwind. Plus, its natural scenery and nature filled landscapes make it a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

The vineyards in the Moselle River Valley provide a perfect backdrop for a tranquil retreat. You can also take a break in the lake regions of Southern Germany, where charming villages come alive in the summer. Spa towns like Heidelberg and Baden-Baden have breath-taking mountain backdrops and offer hundreds of luxurious treatments.

If you’re looking for an unforgettable getaway, the Bavarian Alps offer world-class skiing and scenic hiking trails. Plus, its quaint villages have plenty of restaurants, pubs, and cafes to enjoy in between sightseeing.

Something for Everyone

Whether you’re a culture buff, a nature lover, an adrenaline junkie, or just looking for a relaxing vacation, Germany has something for everyone. Its diverse landscape, cultural attractions, and remarkable history make it an ideal destination for travellers of all ages. Plus, its friendly locals, active night

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Annie D. McKenna is a journalist and travel writer specializing in German culture and lifestyle. She has been to Germany numerous times, and has written extensively about the country, its people, and its culture. She has written for various publications, including The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and The Telegraph. She is passionate about exploring the world and sharing her experiences with others.

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The Republic of Germany is the largest country in Central Europe and is bordered to the north by Denmark , to the east by Poland and the Czech Republic , to the south by Austria and Switzerland and to the west by France , Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands . Germany is one of the most influential European nations culturally , and one of the world's main economic powers. It is known for its old-world charm and "Gemütlichkeit" (coziness). If you perceive Germany as simply homogeneous, it will surprise you with its many historical regions and local diversity. 

Some of the main tourist areas include the following. The Rhine is the longest river in Germany. Between Bingen and Bonn, the Rhine flows through the Rhine Gorge, a stretch of the river known for its many castles and vineyards and its many quaint and lovely villages. The Romantic Road is a famous scenic route along which one can experience romantic castles and picturesque villages. This includes  fairy-tale like Neuschwanstein Castle, the walled city of Rothenburg which has a beautiful mediaeval centre that seems untouched by the passage of time and similar typical German towns can be found elsewhere in the country.

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Ultimate Travel Guide to Heidelberg

Summer 2020 was the summer I fell in love with Germany as a travel destination.

Yes it’s pretty hard to believe now, but I really had overlooked this massive nation in the heart of Europe (aside from a fun-filled frenzy in Berlin), as a place lacking pzazz!

But with Covid keeping us all closer to home this year, and my French trip to the Alsace region becoming increasingly difficult due to travel restrictions, I made the executive choice to abandon my desire to explore more of France and hopped over the border to Germany instead … and boy/girl was I glad!

The prices were better, the people were friendlier (sorry!) and the beer was better.

What more could this girl ask for?!

But seriously, exploring the west of Germany, I was really bowled away by how lovely this country was – how culturally authentic, as well as scenically stunning.

And there’s no question, amongst it all, my time in the city of Heidelberg was a definite highlight.

So if you’re thinking of heading to this wonderfully historic and picturesque place too, here’s my ultimate travel guide if you want to travel Heidelberg.

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Why Visit Heidelberg?

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Famed for its wonderful university, Heidelberg is a historic town, set along a river with beautifully quaint streets, relaxed country town feels and some epic walks and views around.

Founded in 1386, the university here is Germany’s oldest and is world-renowned thanks to its prestigious research facilities, particularly in the realms of science and literature.

The city is also famous for its castle, which looms above the streets below and can be seen for miles around.

The Baroque Old Town itself is incredibly picturesque and has inspired artists, as well as leading German thinkers, for years.

In essence, Heidelberg is a little like the Oxford of Germany!

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Where is Heidelberg?

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Located in the southwest of Germany, incredibly close to the French border in the state of Baden-Württemberg, Heidelberg sits along the River Neckar.

It’s a small city, with just over 150,00 people – a lot of whom are students at its famous university.

Despite being small, Heidelberg sits in quite a densely populated part of Germany and is only around 75km south from the large, industrial city of Frankfurt .

Despite this, Heidelberg occupies a fairly rural setting, surrounded by forest and nestled in the Rhine Rift Valley.

When to Visit?

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In my mind, there are 2 key times to visit Heidelberg.

One is during the summer months, like I did, and the other is during December for the wonderful Christmas markets… this is Germany after all!

The summer months provide the ideal time for Heidelberg travel, with long days and perfect walking weather – crucial if you’re scrambling up to the Castle for those epic views.

The weather is clear and hot, and the outside eateries around the Cathedral can be enjoyed with a refreshing stein of beer, or you can SUP or kayak along the river.

Just beware of the heat in the summer however – it can get really hot in Heidelberg in July and August, with temperatures readily exceeding 30 degrees.

If you love the sun like me, then these hot, blue sky days are ideal, but I do understand they’re not everyone’s cup of tea, especially if the place you’re staying in doesn’t have aircon!

If this is the case for you, you may prefer to travel Heidelberg during the winter months – with the best option being December when the beautiful Christmas markets of this historic town are in full force.

Awash with fairy lights and that magic wintery feel, this is a superb time to visit the city.

Needless to say, during both the high summer and winter seasons, the tourist crowds are heaviest in Heidelberg, but, in my opinion, they are worth it!

How Long to Spend There?

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I’d say 2-3 nights is enough time to enjoy Heidelberg to a pretty decent level.

As it’s a small city, you can easily arrive on Day 1, settle into your accommodation and then quickly orientate yourself in the city. Perhaps enjoying dinner and a drink out in the evening.

The second day you can sightsee your way around all the main attractions, including the Philosopher’s Way walk and the Castle up on the hill and perhaps pluck up the courage for a Spooky Tour of the city’s history in the evening.

With a third day in this city, you could venture out on a day trip either to Frankfurt , Stuttgart or the Black Forest spa destination of Baden-Baden.

How to Travel to Heidelberg?

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The closest international airports to Heidelberg are in Frankfurt and Stuttgart, from where you can catch a train easily and quickly to Heidelberg in around 1 hour.

Learn more in this post I wrote about travelling from Frankfurt to Heidelberg .

As always, I use Skyscanner to find the best deals on flights.

That said, I am not trying to limit my flying due to the climate emergency and really recommend you use the train or bus if you’re travelling to this city from elsewhere in mainland Europe.

When it comes to catching the train to Heidelberg, services arrive here from many destinations across Germany and other neighbouring European countries.

The main train station in this city is Heidelberg’s main station – Heidelberg Hbf.

This station makes use of the high-speed (ICE) inter-city express trains on Germany’s excellent De Bahn train network.

You can get to Berlin in just over 5 hours from Heidelberg, as well as other major European capitals, such as Paris, in 3.5 hours.

Some of these services require you to change trains, likely either in Frankfurt or Mannheim, but it’s not a big hassle.

As always, I recommend booking all your European train journeys in advance through Trainline .

Booking online in advance is going to give you the best-priced tickets and with Trainline’s handy app you can arrange e-tickets, meaning you don’t have to mess around with collecting any passes at the station.

Trainline also makes navigating trains in Europe easy, with everything converted into English in one easy-to-read format. You can also pay in multiple currencies and booking online with them is totally secure – winning!

If budget is a big issue for you, and you’re perhaps booking late in the day (meaning the cheapest train tickets aren’t available), then you may want to consider catching the bus to Heidelberg instead.

Again, you’re most likely to be doing this from either Frankfurt or Stuttgart, from where Flixbus runs direct services to Heidelberg.

Flixbus also runs services to other parts of Germany including Nuremberg, Munich and Cologne , as well as to other European cities such as Zurich, Reims and Prague .

Flixbus has free wifi, free power sockets, as well as free luggage allowances, onboard toilets and their app is great for storing eTickets and checking the location of your bus live.

I’ve used Flixbus as a budget traveller across Europe and can I highly recommend their efficient and safe services.

Book your journey to or from Heidelberg with FlixBus at the best rates here .

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And finally, you can also cycle or drive to Heidelberg.

There’s too many routes to go into here, but suffice to say there are both good cycle trails and vehicle highways connecting Heidelberg to other parts of Germany.

How to Get Around Heidelberg?

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Heidelberg really is a small city, especially its centre, which is easy to navigate on foot.

If you’re staying in or near the centre, then you shouldn’t struggle to get to most places by walking.

If you’re staying further out, then there is an excellent tram system you can use to get into the centre from different suburbs.

And last but not least, because this is Germany, you can also hire bicycles to get around the city easily too if you want.

Segway tours of Heidelberg can also be arranged if you can’t be bothered to walk! They actually get some pretty good reviews!

Top Things to Do in Heidelberg

The main things to do in Heidelberg are, wander around and enjoy the pretty Baroque streets of the city, as well as pick up on the student atmosphere whilst enjoying a beer and some sauerkraut in the centre around the Cathedral.

For the more adventurous, there are a few stand-out things to do in Heidelberg to talk about!

Here they are…

#1 Snap the Bridge & Monkey Statue

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The famous Old Bridge in Heidelberg and, at its entrance, the massive metal statue of a Monkey, called Bruckenaffe in German, are 2 Heidelberg icons you can’t miss – snapping both of them is definitely one of the top things to do in this city.

Personally, I think the statue looks more like a cat, but that’s beside the point!

Strolling along the bridge to admire its ancient architecture and the views of the river that run under it, makes for a beautiful amble that captures both Heidelberg’s beautiful scenery and history at its best.

#2 SUP on the River

And while we’re by the river, I can’t help mentioning that enjoying this beautiful forest waterway is absolutely one of the top things to do in Heidelberg too.

Kayaking and SUP-ing along it are some of the best ways to take in the heart of Heidelberg, otherwise, cycling or walking alongside this waterway is delightful too.

#3 Have a Drink at Max Bar

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Located right next to the Church of the Holy Spirit in one of Heidelberg’s central squares, Max Bar is a popular student hangout that seemed rammed every time I visited.

So, of course, I couldn’t help joining the crowds too and settled myself at a table most nights I was in this city to enjoy a delicious stein on a warm summer evening with the amazing views of the city around me.

For something a bit more upmarket, you may want to head to the excellent Kulturbrauerei Heidelberg at Leyergasse, 6.

#4 Admire the Ancient Churches

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And while you’re sat at Max Bar, you’ll have already checked out Heidelberg’s main church, but in a city seemingly full of them – you can blame those Baroque kids – there’s a couple of others to tick off your list too.

Top of the pile is the Jesuitenkirche , which is one of the most iconic historic buildings in this city and certainly needs to be on your list of things to do in Heidelberg.

The streets around here are gorgeous too and there is delicious Middle Eastern food to be found nearby at Mahmoud’s as well… just saying!

#5 Hike the Philosopher’s Way

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But now we get onto the big numbers on this Heidelberg to do list, with something you absolutely can’t miss and that is the Philosopher’s Way.

Essentially a lovely walk that takes you up the hill on the opposite side of the river to the city centre, this trail takes you through some lovely gardens where famous students (in years gone by) came to ponder their existential questions.

Take time to enjoy the views from here, but I then suggesting continuing up to the top of the hill if you can, which will lead you through some beautiful forest views to several abandoned towers and ruins, some wonderful observation points and even an amphitheatre constructed and used by the Third Reich.

It’s a fascinating, if not chilling, walk through history punctuated by marvellous views and woodland solitude.

#6 Visit Heidelberg Castle

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And last, but not least on this list of the top things to do in Heidelberg, it’s the most famous entry of them all – yes, the thing this city really is renowned for – and this is, of course, the amazing Heidelberg Castle.

A huge Renaissance structure, and something of an icon in Germany, over 11 million people a year usually visit this great fortification, which sits on a hill overlooking the city.

You can reach the castle, to take in its amazing grounds, views and history, either via your 2 feet and a steep climb, or via the oldest funicular in the country!

Yes, more history!

This is absolutely one you can’t miss when you travel Heidelberg. and don’t forget to take your camera for the amazing snaps over the city, the river and the forest too.

If you want to take a guided tour of the castle, then check out this top option .

Where to Stay?

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Personally, I’d always opt to stay in a rental apartment in any German city.

Generally speaking, it’s a great way to be close to the centre without having to spend a fortune.

Most rental properties also include excellent wifi (essential for bloggers like me!), as well as some sort of kitchen facilities that can save you a lot of money. They also just make your travel adventures a bit cosier and easier – especially if you drink as much tea as me!

Check out this list of the best Heidelberg Airbnb’s I compiled, or have a peek at my top picks from the great accommodation website VRBO and find one that suits your price range and travel needs.

Sadly, the place where I stayed in Heidleberg seems to have come offline, but there’s still some great ones to be found, especially if you’re travelling in a group, a couple, or as a family.

  • Central and stylish 1 bedroom modern apartment with a balcony that is ideal for couples
  • Old Town apartment with epic castle views and aircon that is perfect for groups or families of up to 6 people

Alternatively, there’s also a great selection of hostels in Heidelberg, which are ideal for solo budget travellers.

The following options all get rave reviews:

  • Steffi’s Hostel Heidelberg
  • Lotte – The Backpackers
  • MEININGER Heidelberg Hauptbahnhof

Otherwise, if you would rather stay in a hotel, the Rafaela Hotel in central Heidelberg gets rave reviews thanks to its great location and service.

What to Pack for Your Heidelberg Travels?

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And finally, here’s my list of the top 5 packing essentials you shouldn’t travel Heidelberg without.

#1 A Good Camera

No doubt you’re going to be snapping like crazy with these amazing Cathedral views and need to ensure you have a good camera to do this city justice. I love my Sony A6000 , which is light, compact and great for travel.

#2 Decent Walking Shoes

No point coming to Heidelberg and not being able to enjoy this beautiful historic city on 2 feet. Get prepared therefore and ensure you have a decent pair of walking shoes – these cross trainers from New Balance are ideal (and totally stylish) for the job.

#3 Light Waterproof Jacket

Whatever the time of year, you have to remember this is Germany after all, a country in which the heavens can open at any point! Don’t get caught out therefore and ensure you have a good lightweight and waterproof jacket with you. This North Face one is perfect.

#4 Compact Hiking Day Pack

I never go on any day trip without a sturdy backpack to ensure I’ve got room to carry everything I need and that the weight is equally distributed across my back and shoulders, This super featherweight backpack from Marmot is my go-to, because it folds down to nothing and is water-resistant.

#5 Travel Water Bottle

With all that sightseeing and walking in Heidelberg, there’s no doubt you’ll work up a thirst. So stay hydrated and healthy (and avoid having to buy more plastic bottles the earth doesn’t need) by travelling with a reusable guy in your day bag. This flat one , the same size as an A5 pad of paper, always turns heads!

Where to Travel After Heidelberg?

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If you’re continuing your travels on after Heidelberg, and lucky you, then you’ve got a few good choices.

Either you can stick in Germany, where my advice would be to head south to the beautiful Black Forest area and the wonderfully historic city of Freiburg for hiking, views, cathedrals and more beer!

Or you could push north instead to the wonderful German city of Cologne, or east to the castle-surrounded area around Nuremberg.

Alternatively, you can hop over the border, where the best choice (in my opinion) would be the wonderful Alsace region of France with its Medieval fairytale villages, UNESCO-listed Strasbourg Cathedral , wonderful wine route and perfect cycling opportunities.

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Complete Travel Guide to Heidelberg in Germany

So there is it, my ultimate guide for those who want to travel Heidelberg in Germany.

There’s no question this cute-as-a-button town is an amazing place to get into German culture as well as to soak up some nature, history and beautiful views.

And enjoy a beer of course!

All the best parts of visiting Germany in a nutshell in my opinion!

What do you reckon?!

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Creator of Big World Small Pockets, Stephanie Parker is a travel addict! Originally from Jersey in the Channel Islands, Stephanie adventures the world collecting tips, advice and stories, to share with a smile

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The “OEG” street cars can connect you to the “tri cities” Mannheim, filled with history and museums, and Weinheim which has two castles, one a ruin and the other built by college fraternities

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Hi Gordon, this is a great tip. Thanks so much for the feedback 🙂

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Great article! Planning a trip to Heidelberg this summer and this article made me really excited. Just a quick note… I believe the statue is a monkey (not a cat)… since ‘Brueckenaffe’ means bridge monkey 😉

Ha Ha Yvonne, well-spotted and thanks for the heads up… you are right about the monkey and I’ve corrected it in the article! Enjoy Heidelberg, it’s such a wonderful city. Best, Steph 🙂

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Neuschwanstein Castle

Mecklenburg lake plateau, lake constance.

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Bavarian Forest

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Spreewald – Picturesque Woodlands

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The Ore Mountains

Berchtesgadener land.

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Black Forest

Braunlage: beauty in the harz mountains.

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Gorgeous Harz Mountains

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Sylt

Sylt – The Largest Island in North Frisia

Poel Island Beach

Poel Island – A Beauty in the Baltic Sea

Kühlungsborn – the charming sea side town.

Gromitz

Grömitz: The Baltic’s Peaceful Coastline

Cuxhaven

Cuxhaven – The Small Shining Pearl of Northern Germany

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Heiligendamm – The White Town by the Sea

Doberan Minster

Bad Doberan – Relaxing near the Baltic Sea

Timmendorfer Strand Pier

Timmendorfer Strand – Enjoying the Beach Life

Norderney

Norderney – Stunning Coastal Vistas

Hiddensee Lighthouse

Hiddensee – The Feel-Good Island

Rugen Kreidefelsen

Rügen Island – The Jewel of Germany’s Baltic Coast

Heringsdorf

Heringsdorf – The Imperial Spa and Seaside Resort Town

Busum

Büsum – Home of the North Sea Shrimps

Scharbeutz Beach

Scharbeutz – Sun, Sand and Stew

Heiligenhafen

Heiligenhafen – Gorgeous place at the Coast

Stralsund

Stralsund – A Gothic Seaside Town

Juist Beach

Juist – Cozy island in the North Sea

Binz Bay

Binz – A georgeous seaside resort

Usedom – the sunny island, borkum – a lovely seaside health resort.

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Amrum – Pearl of the North Sea

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Wismar – City with outstanding architecture

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Sankt Peter-Ording

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Warnemunde – Peaceful Seaside Resort Town

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Heligoland – The Unique Island

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Langeoog: The Island for life

Travemunde – lovely town at the baltic sea, föhr – the green island, by the river.

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LEGOLAND Munich – Visit the Brick Kingdom

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Discover the Enchantment of Bavarian Castles

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The Untold Chronicles of Buchenwald Concentration Camp

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Getting there and around accessibly

Thanks to its central location in Europe, it’s easy to reach Germany from all over the world. One of the best transport infrastructures on the continent awaits you here. Special services make travel easier for visitors with disabilities.

Germans certainly love their cars! If you’re looking to travel across Germany in your own car, you’ll be able to make the most of the country’s superb infrastructure. If you’re not travelling with your own car, contact your local rental car company. Renting vehicles is usually possible for customers with disabilities, but you should find out as early as possible which vehicle can be made available at your travel destination and make a firm booking.

Parking spaces for disabled travellers are available outside most places where tourists convene, such as attractions, museums, and accommodation providers. In the database for the “Tourism for All” labelling system, you’ll find information on the parking spaces for every option featured (see “Tourism for All” ).

While the arrangement with the establishment in question is usually fine for in-house car parks, you’ll need a special permit for public parking spaces for people with disabilities. EU citizens can apply to the relevant authority in their home country for the necessary blue EU parking permit. For non-EU citizens, the road traffic office of the destination may, if necessary, issue an exemption for the duration of the visitor’s stay in Germany.

Rest areas on motorways usually have both parking spaces and toilets for disabled travellers. A Euro Key may be required for people with disabilities to access the toilets. For information on this, see Practicalities /toilets.

In major train stations in Germany, the platforms are usually step-free and equipped with guidance systems. Getting on and off trains is often impossible without steps. Technical aids that can only be used by Deutsche Bahn employees are available. Seats for disabled passengers are specially highlighted on Deutsche Bahn trains. Prior booking is recommended.

You can get assistance with getting on, changing and alighting from the Deutsche Bahn mobility service centre. The contact details and all information about accessible travel by rail in Germany can be found under the following link:

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Local transport companies also offer assistance services, especially in large cities and metropolitan areas. You can find detailed information about the local services on the websites for the cities and regions linked to under Accessible travel destinations .

Discounts may be available for disabled travellers and/or their companions. Just ask!

Long-distance buses connect the major German cities and specific destinations. The stops are often near the train station, thus guaranteeing public transport connections. However, bus platforms are not fully accessible and wheelchair spaces are currently not available in every bus. It’s essential to book early, giving details of your specific needs.

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You should inform your airline as early as possible about any needs in terms of assistance, seating and transporting aids.

Many airlines are geared towards guests with reduced mobility and offer custom services. For instance, Deutsche Lufthansa has set up the service number 0800 8384267, which is toll-free for calls from the German landline network, and provides information online about the most important issues in accessible travel.

More information about the Lufthansa service for plane passengers with particular needs

You can request assistance at international airports in Germany in order to be accompanied to check-in, the security check and gate, and driven if necessary. Prior booking is advised. More information – on the accessibility of airport shuttles, for instance – can be found on the website of the relevant airport.

You can find further useful information on the subject bundled in the information brochure "Accessible air travel". They range from booking a flight and registering the need for assistance to the day of travel and further information. Click here (PDF, 0.3 MB) to download the brochure!

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