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Germany is a country rich with culture, history, food, and friendly people. From the coast of the Black and North Seas to the deep wilderness of the Black Forest, and all the cities in between, Germany has a little something for everyone. Here’s all you need to know about traveling to the ‘land of thinkers and poets.’
getting to germany
Germany is a major international business hub, meaning there are plenty of accessible international airports, no matter where in the world you are traveling from. Munich, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, and Stuttgart are all common international airports in the country.
If you’re coming from within Europe, you can get to Germany via any number of railways. The rail system in Germany is very advanced and well-connected.
If you happen to be coming from the Baltic states, you can even hop a ferry!
when to go
Germany is in central Europe, so it’s got all seasons. The summers are popular for tourism, as this is when many fellow Europeans get their holiday time. Christmas markets in Germany are among the most popular in the world (if not THE most popular), so expect to see higher prices and less availability in terms of accommodation.
The best times to visit (in my humble opinion) are late spring and early fall, where the prices are lower and the crowds are more sparse. Oktoberfest in Munich is a highly popular time, so plan your visit accordingly!
what to see
|Berlin||Cold War History, WWII History, Nightlife, Street Art|
|Munich||Oktoberfest, Bavarian Capital, Residenz|
|Frankfurt||Museums, Goethe House|
|Cologne||Cologne Cathedral, Museums, Art Galleries|
|Dresden||Saxon Capital, Art Galleries, Baroque Architecture|
|Hamburg||Port City, Nightlife, Canals and Lakes, Art Galleries|
|Nuremberg||WWII History, Kaiserberg Castle, Handcrafted Goods|
|Düsseldorf||Medieval City, High Fashion, Pub Culture|
|Black Forest||Thermal Spas, Hiking & Nature, Castles, Cuckoo Clocks, Winter Sports|
|Rothenburg ob der Tauer||Medieval Houses, Beautiful Town Center|
|Stuttgart||Mercedes-Benz & Porsche Museums, Contemporary Art|
|Heidelberg||River Town, Old Town, Renaissance-Era Heidelberg Castle Ruins|
|Füssen||Tegelberg Skiing, Neuschwanstein Castle|
|Trier||Wine, Karl Marx Birthplace, Roman Ruins|
|Rügen||Island Vibes, Chalk Cliffs, National Park, Seaside Resort|
traveling within germany
Germany’s towns and cities are well-connected via rail or long-distance bus (fernbus). The trains are modern, efficient, and reliable.
Flixbus is a great bus company within Europe, but it’s worth noting that they are not pet-friendly.
On the other hand, if you want to road trip (or if you’re traveling with a furry friend or lots of luggage), renting a car is also an option. This will definitely allow you more independence and freedom of schedule. Be sure to get an International Driving Permit in your home country, they are required to rent a car!
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Money-saving tip: Don’t input any dates to scan the best available times to go OR simply input ‘Germany’ instead of a specific airport – you may get a much cheaper flight!
When I travel, I personally prefer to use Airbnb. I book an entire apartment, giving me my privacy and the comfort of home amenities, such as a kitchen and washing machine. Since my dog(s) travel with me, it also allows me to filter based on pet-friendliness without the stress of disturbing hotel guests.
If you’re travelling long-term, Airbnb usually offers discounts for stays of a month or more – the discounts are significant, sometimes 50-60%! It winds up being cheaper than what I would have paid for my apartment rent back in the USA.
If you’ve never used Airbnb before, you can get a discount by using my link below.
If you’re a budget-conscious traveler and not travelling long-term, hostels are a great option and are abundant in Italy.
For standard hotel stays, Booking.com usually offers the best deals.
Germany consistently ranks as one of the top 20 countries in the world in terms of safety. Still, one of my favorite sayings in the travel community is ‘Every place is safe. Every place is dangerous’. Simply stated, you can find danger in even the safest of places, so it’s always wise to trust your judgement and remove yourself from situations that feel unsafe.
It’s also wise to be aware of the most common scams in Germany, as it is a popular tourist destination and there are always people who will take advantage of tourists. Also, I never accept unsolicited help when traveling.
money saving tips
While Germany certainly isn’t the most expensive country out there, it’s definitely not the cheapest, either. Still, you can still find a couple of ways to save a bit during your travels in Germany.
Keep an eye out for trade fairs and exhibitions if traveling to a city that commonly hosts them, such as Frankfurt or Leipzig. Accommodation will be much more expensive during these events (and scarce).
As popular as it is, if you don’t have an interest in Oktoberfest, it’s best to steer clear of Munich during this time. Everything will be more expensive – that being said, it’s totally worth it and an a super-fun thing to experience, if it’s up your alley.
If you’re taking the train in Germany, book your ICE tickets as far in advance as possible to save. And book them directly from the site – no need for third party fees.
Eat out for lunch and stay in for dinner, as many times lunch menus will be less expensive. If you’re in a major city, stay away from restaurants on the main roads. Opt instead for places on side streets. A general rule of thumb I have is not to eat at places that have pictures of the food outside – these are generally tourist traps and prices are super-inflated.
Purchase city passes if you plan on hitting a lot of tourist sites.
Search on Pinterest: ‘Free Things To Do In….’ There are a ton of great resources out there from travel bloggers, and Pinterest is where you want to search.
Take a free walking tour or self-guided walking tour.
covid resources for germany
Before making any travel reservations, be sure to check the COVID restrictions currently implemented in Germany. Be aware that things are subject to change with no notice and that most travel insurance companies do not cover COVID-19 for cancellations or treatment. Travel safely, wear a mask, socially distance, and follow all local regulations.