Germany is an exciting and interesting country offering a wide range of cultural and cosmopolitan experiences for the visiting holidaymaker.
If you are planning a trip to Germany then you will want to make the most of your visit, for this reason we have put together a helpful guide for those heading for the country.
Germany – Entry Requirements
If you are a resident of the European Union then you will not need a visa to enter Germany. Travellers from other countries may be eligible for entry on the visa waiver scheme but should check with their agent before travelling as not all nations’ residents are eligible and certain conditions apply.
Germany – What to See
Germany has a wide array of attractions and entertainment – from the traditional mountain villages of Bavaria to the cosmopolitan charms of unified Berlin, with its tragic past and streets that still bear the scars.
Why not head for Munich in the early autumn to experience the amazing and world renowned Oktoberfest for yourself, or head for the Christmas markets which are held in cities across the country in the run up to the festive season..
Cologne is a stunning city dominated by its imposing Cathedral, while Dresden, despite its decimation by air raids during the Second World War offers an interesting day out as well. Old castles can be found at Heidelberg and Nuremburg, while reminders of WWII atrocities remain at sites such as Dachau for those who wish to pay their respects.
If you want to head off the beaten track, head north to the Baltic Coast where amazing uncrowded beaches are waiting to be discovered.
Germany – Things to Know Before You Go
If you are travelling to Germany there are a few things to bear in mind. For example, if hire cars are your preferred means of transport then you will need to be aware that no speed limits apply on certain sections of the Autobahn or motorways. Fuel prices in Germany can be high, so take sufficient fund to cover your travel. Alternatively you may wish to make use of the country’s comprehensive public transport network that is very reliable and can get you to most places as long as you have the necessary timetables and patience.
If you are travelling with older children you should understand that drinking beer and wine is allowed from 16 in the country – so set the necessary boundaries in advance.
Shops in Germany open six days a week and most close in or before the early evening. If you need supplies outside of these times, some service stations will carry groceries and essentials.
When eating out, don’t wait to be seated unless immediately greeted by a host – seating yourself is common practice and will usually be expected. Tipping is practiced, but only as a reward for good service – leave what you think your experience was worth – or nothing if service was lacking.
Germans will appreciate attempts to speak the language, but if you are unable don’t fret too much as a large proportion of the population also speaks good English so it should be easy to make yourself understood.