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Germany Travel Guide

Germany is a destination filled with marvelous contrasts. Start with a visit to the romantic countryside dotted with fairytale castles. Then, you can explore the trendy, yet grungy capital where all-night parties rule the streets. Later, don’t forget to visit the powerful museums and monuments dedicated to the events of the 20th-century. It’s time to experience Germany. 

The Highlights

The Basics

When to Visit

when to visit
  1. Peak Season

    July to September

    It goes without saying that summer is when Europe sparkles, and of course, this is when destinations like Germany see a spike in prices and a significant increase in the number of visitors. From July through September, the roads will be busy and major tourist attractions like museums and galleries will experience longer lines and larger crowds. However, if this is the only time you can travel, if you book in advance, you may be able to avoid the steep prices. Notable events during this time include many local wine festivals, the Berlin Marathon in September and of course, Oktoberfest. 

  2. Low Season

    November to March

    Don’t be deterred by the winter months in Germany. There will be snowfall, however, in larger capital cities you will still be able to enjoy the main sights and attractions as long as you pack a few extra layers. On the plus side, from November through March is the best time to explore Germany’s many museums without having to line up for hours. If you are an avid skier or snowboarder, you will be pleased to know that January and February are the best months to hit the slopes and across the country, festive activities over Christmas add a special warmth to cold, winter days. 

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FAQs about Germany

  • Do you tip in Germany?

    There isn’t a formal tipping culture in Germany, however, it is suggested to round up the amount of your restaurant bill or add 10-15%, generally ending with a full Euro amount. Tipping in hotels is expected and tipping the porter at least 1-2 euros per bag is acceptable. 
  • What is the internet access like?

    Internet connection can range in quality, but you should have no problem with day-to-day tasks like emailing or surfing the web in Germany. WiFi is available in many cafes, hostels and hotels for free, but outside urban areas, this is not as common.
  • Is the tap water safe to drink?

    Tap water in Germany is most certainly drinkable, however, if you do not enjoy the taste, you can boil it or buy bottled water. 
  • Can I use my credit cards?

    Yes, credit cards are widely accepted throughout Germany. Please check with your bank about any foreign transaction charges.
  • What are the public holidays?

    Along with common public holidays such as New Year’s Day, Christmas and Good Friday, Germany has Ascension Day 40 days after Easter, Labour Day on May 1, Whit Monday 50 days after Easter and Day of German Unity on October 3. 
  • Is it safe to visit Germany?

    Germany is known as one of the safest places to visit in the world, however, that doesn't mean you should drop your guard at any time. Pickpocketing is a frequent occurrence, so it is best to keep your wits about you and pay attention to your surroundings. 
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