Germany Quick Guide

It is difficult to describe Germany without using some language terms. Although widely known for its automobiles and tall buildings, Germany is also the birth place of the Eiffel Tower. While widely associated with tall beers, brats and tight-fitting leather clothing, Germany is also a land filled with delightful treasures that extend way beyond the conventional stereotypes. From awe-inspiring medieval towns and romantic castles to expansive, sun-drenched cities and spectacular nature, Deutschland has something for everyone. In addition to a plethora of world-class attractions, Germany boasts some of the most affordable travel fares in the world. And if you're looking for great values on European travel, you can't beat a German trip.

Known as the "Green Mountain," Germany is chock full of stunning German towns. Munchen, the largest city in Germany, is a jewel in the crown. Surrounded by icy Alps, lush forests and picturesque lakes, Munchen is perfect for taking in the sights of the German Alps. For those interested in seeing authentic German culture and history, Munchens offers an array of cultural events and museums; you'll be sure to not only enjoy Munchen and all it has to offer, but also take back wonderful memories of your Germany travel guide.

Berlin, likewise referred to as the "ethene," is another must-see stop on any Germany travel guide. Considered as the European capital, Berlin is home to some of the most eminent German Americans and Europeans in the world. Famous for its skyscrapers and imposing concrete walls, Berlin offers an unforgettable glimpse into the history and culture of Europe. You can visit the famous Brandenburg Gate, Castle Church or St. Peter's Cathedral, and view the breathtaking European sky at nights.

Travellers interested in historical cities, there are plenty of these cities to choose from in Germany. Berlin is home to countless historic landmarks, such as The Matterhorn, The National Gallery, The Dietrich Museum and The National Theater. Other popular public transport cities in Germany include Munich, where there are train stations that run to all major cities in Germany, as well as hundreds of cheap hotels and restaurants.

Bavaria is considered the heart of German art and culture. With its abundance of lakes and castles, this state is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Germany. While there are many different tourist attractions in Bavaria, visitors often choose to stay at one of the many rustic inns around the area. The best time to visit here is between May and September.

Although most towns in and around Germany are flat, some are more suitable for travelling in summer than others. Cities like Wurtenberg, Gluckstadt, Mauken, Elster, Mauken, Bremen, Offenbach, Kirchwerder, Giessen, Grossari, Gemeindorf, Burgenland, Heidelberg, Maupa, Thuringen, Kirchwerder, Wachau, Ingolheim, Moseley, Westerhusen, Elster, Belgern, Neilsen, Elster, Velsungand, Elster, Segovia, Stratford-upon-Avon and Vienna are considered to be great places to see in summer. Some towns in the Cotswolds in central England are also popular with tourists. These towns are Glastonbury, Laycock, Cheddar, Chipping Campden, Stone, Great Cornard, Stourbridge, Reigate and Greenwich. Summer is generally a good time to experience some of these towns, although other towns can have equally pleasant climates.

Berlin has one of the best reputations for its public transport system, so if you start planning your trip to Germany early enough, it's possible to reach many of the main tourist attractions before you even leave town. If you start planning in autumn, you'll find that your choices for accommodation are much better than if you arrive in the spring. You will be able to book a place to stay in one of the many fabulous bed and breakfasts around Berlin, or look for private rent apartments, self catering apartments or hotels. As for sights to see in Germany, the Berlin skyline is particularly striking, as are the art galleries, grand opera houses, palaces and castles. Other great museums to visit include the National Gallery, the Saatchi Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art, the National Languages Museum, the Museum of History and Germanicum, amongst others.

Germany is famous for its green scenery, and cities like Kaiserschloss, Passau, Frankfurt and Tubingen are particularly famous for their beautiful landscape. However, if you really want to see and experience the vibrant life and bustling city life of Germany, you should probably visit Munich, Germany's capital and the largest city in all of Europe. From here you can soak up the local culture, shop at some of the amazing shopping streets and historical buildings, and enjoy one of the best night life experiences in the world. Germany is an extremely diverse country, with a population that includes hundreds of different ethnic groups, and the different cultures represented throughout Germany only enhance this fact. No matter which part of Germany you choose to visit, it will be a once in a lifetime experience.

What vaccinations do I need?

Up to date information for vaccinations before you travel to Germany are available from the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Is it safe to travel?

Best time to visit?

The best time to visit Germany is from May through September, when the weather is pleasantly warm, with temperatures typically in the low to mid-20s. Especially during the peak of summer, expect thick tourist crowds and accommodation and airfare rates to be at the highest prices of the year.

Do I need a Visa?

If you hold a British Citizen passport, you don't need a visa to enter Germany

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What currency do i need?

The official currency of Germany is the Euro (EUR). If you're looking to transfer or spend money in Germany you can grab amazing Euro deals via (GBP to EUR).

What about the wildlife?

The most common wild animal in Germany is the red squirrel, found throughout all regions in the country. Also common throughout Germany are weasels, beavers, and badgers. The majority of animals found in Germany are also found throughout all of Europe; however, there are a few freshwater species unique to Germany.

What is the traditional food?

German food? A popular German dish is Sauerbraten and is considered one of the country's national dishes. It is essentially a German pot roast and is made with beef, veal or venison as the main meat.

What Languages are spoken?

The official language of Germany is German, with over 95% of the population speaking German as their first language. Minority languages include Sorbian, spoken by 0.09% in the east of Germany and North Frisian spoken in Nordfriesland by around 10,000 people, or 0.01%, who also speak German. You can learn some basic German before you travel to Germany and really impress the locals!

How much do you tip?

The currency in Germany is the Euro (At casual restaurants, tips are around 3 to 5 percent of your total. If your bill is 30 Euros, leave between 1 and 2 Euros. At fancier restaurants, regardless of whether it is lunch or dinner, Germans usually tip up to 10 percent of the total. If your bill is around 100 Euros, give between 7 and 10 Euros as tip.).

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