Germany: Trip Preparation & Destination Information

About Germany

Overview

Germany, in Western Europe, with its colorful and ancient architecture, scenic landscapes, mountain ranges and endless white sand beaches is said to be one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the world, covering more than 2 thousand years of history. There are more than 20,000 castles in Germany, as well as the breathtaking Cologne Cathedral, the largest Gothic church in northern Europe, whose twin towers stand 515 feet tall. Construction on this magnificent structure began in 1248 and it was declared a World Heritage site in 1996. The capital city of Berlin, dating back to the 13th century, is home to iconic monuments, like the Brandenburg Gate, as well as reminders of its more infamous recent past, including graffitied remnants of the Berlin wall and many other sites relating to WWII. 

 

Capital City: Berlin

Population: 84.17 Million (2022 est.)

Currency: Euro (Є)

Time Zone: Central European Summer Time - CEST (GMT+2)

Emergency Number: 110 / 112

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Packing List

Speak the Language

Language: The official language of Germany is German.

 

  • Good morning - Guten Morgen
  • Good afternoon - Guten Tag
  • Good night - Guten Nacht
  • Goodbye - Auf Wiedersehen
  • See you soon - She dich später
  • Thank you - Danke
  • How are you? - Wie get es dir?
  • I’m fine - Es geht mir gut
  • I’m sorry - Es tut mir Leid
  • Where is... - Wo ist...
       
    • The bathroom - die toilette?
    • An ATM - ein geldautomat?

 

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Weather

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Fun Facts

  • Munich is the second most punctual large airport in the world – out of the category of large airports, only Tokyo is more punctual
  • You can thank the Germans for the light bulb, the automated calculator, and the automobile. That’s not all – the Germans are also credited for the discovery of insulin, the invention of the clarinet, the pocket watch, television (partly), paraffin, petrol/gasoline & Diesel engines, the automobile engine, differential gear and other important devices, the motorcycle, the jet engine, the LCD screen and the Walkman.
  • Germany has more cultural activities and places than any other country – it’s a cultured place, with 6,200 museums, 820 theaters, 130 professional orchestras and 8,800 libraries in 2013. There are more museums, exhibition halls and art galleries than any other country (and not only in the big cities), with more people going to exhibitions than to soccer matches.
  • Beer plays a big role in German life, and it has done for generations. In fact, the world's oldest brewery is German. Weihenstephan Abbey has been brewing up its own varieties since 1040. Germans also consume 104 liters of beer every year – ranking them 4th in the world.
  • Despite its name, Munich's massive beer festival Oktoberfest actually starts in September and is over by the first few days of October.
  • People often associate canals with Amsterdam or Venice, but Berlin outdoes both of them. No city in the world has more canals than the German capital, which hosts 120 miles of waterways. 
  • Germans famously love cars, and they love to set them free to show what they can do. As a result, there are no speed limits on around 65% of the Autobahn network.
  • There are over 1,000 varieties of sausage and over 300 kinds of bread in Germany.
  • In Germany, it is considered a basic human instinct to do whatever you can to be free. So, if a prisoner attempts to escape from prison, they will not receive additional punishment for the act itself. However, if the prisoner damages any property, hurts anyone, murders anyone, or commits any other crimes while they’re attempting to escape, they will be charged for those crimes. 

Tipping

Tipping Suggestions: Tips for Guides, drivers and restaurants are not included. Tips provide supplemental income, and, while not mandatory, are greatly appreciated. If the local teams have added to the experience, please reward them.

Guides USD $5-10 per person/per day
Drivers USD $3-4 per person/per day
Restaurants  10% of total bill

 

FAQ

Where can I find information on travel safety? Check out the US Department of State's website for the most up-to-date information on safety while traveling.

 

Is the water safe to drink? Yes, you can safely drink tap water in Germany. The quality of German tap water is strictly regulated by the government, making it one of the cleanest tap waters in the world. 

 

Do I need a Visa? For Visa information, visit click here. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after you return home and has two or more blank pages. Otherwise, some countries may not let you enter.

 

What about vaccines? For vaccination information, click here.

 

Do you recommend travel insurance? While not required, we highly recommend all travelers get travel insurance for their trip to protect themselves from the unknown! Check out travel insurance options from our partner, worldnomads.com or from a provider of your choice.

 

What does public transportation look like? Public Transport in Germany and Europe is usually excellent. It is very practical to live in any large German city or metropolitan area without owning a car. Even medium-sized cities have good public transportation networks that use buses, trams, and urban/suburban rail lines to move people around.

 

How much should I pack? As we will be using shared transfers and spaces throughout our tour we recommend all travelers pack as lightly as possible. Please review our luggage restrictions below.

 

Is Uber or Lyft available? Uber is available.

Luggage Restrictions

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