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      Welcome to your Germany guide!

      Start planning your Germany getaway today with this free vacation guide. Inside you will learn all that you need to know to prepare for the ultimate German adventure.

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    All About Germany

    Germany is a large country that borders nine other European destinations.

    Its moderate climate allows for tourists any time of year. Whether you’re looking for historical and political significance, marvelous Baroque cities or sleepy villages with spectacular scenery, Germany has a bit of everything.

    Transportation throughout the country is relatively easy whether you choose to travel by car, rail or air.

    Capital of Germany:

    Berlin

    Official Language:

    German & English

    Major Airports:

    Frankfurt, Berlin Brandenburg, Munich, Dusseldorf, Berlin-Tegel, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Cologne, Nuremberg, Dresden

    Time Zone:

    +6 Ahead of U.S. Eastern Time Zone

    Currency:

    Euros (€)

    Entry Requirements:

    Valid Passport, vaccination certificate

    Voltage:

    230 volt (Type F plug, also works with plugs C and E)

    Best Time to Visit:

    The moderate climate allows for visitors all year round

    Old Town Hall at Marienplatz Square in Munich, Germany
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    Regions & Areas

    From forested hills and mountains to scenic rivers and villages, there are many regions and cities of interest to visit.

    Baden-Wurttemberg

    • Stuttgart
    • Mannheim
    • Heidelberg
    • Baden-Baden

    Bavaria

    • Munich
    • Wurzburg
    • Babmberg
    • Muremberg

    Berlin

    Brandenburg

    • Potsdam
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    Regions & Areas

    Bremen

    Hamburg

    Rhineland-Palatinate

    • Mainz
    • Ludwigshafen

    North Rhine-Westphalia

    • Dusseldorf

    Hessen

    • Wiesbaden
    • Frankfurt
    View on the Market square with city hall, old church and beautiful buildings during the morning light in Bremen city, Germany
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    Regions & Areas

    Lower Saxony

    • Hannover

    Mecklemburg-West Pomerania

    • Schwerin
    • Rostock

    Saarland

    • Saarbrucken

    Saxony

    • Dresden
    • Leipzig
    Image of New City Hall of Hannover, Germany, during sunny spring day.
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    Regions & Areas

    Saxony-Anhalt

    • Magdeburg

    Schleswig Holstein

    • Kiel
    • Lubeck

    Thuringia

    • Erfurt
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      Accommodations

      Hotels

      German hotels range from modern and luxurious to modest and traditional. Even the most modest of hotels offer modern amenities such as TVs and Wi-Fi to stay connected with friends and family. Many German hotels also offer spa and wellness services.

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      Food & Drink

      Germany’s cuisine is influenced by its many regions and, of course, its history. When traveling to Germany, there are many traditional foods you’ll come across. Here are some that we recommend trying while visiting.

      Real German Pretzels
      What could be better than an authentic German pretzel? You’ll have to try it for yourself to find out what the fuss is all about.

      Currywurst
      A common street food. Made of pork sausage and served with ketchup topped with curry powder.

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      Food & Drink

      Black Forest Cake
      A chocolate sponge cake with cherry liqueur.

      German Beer
      There are quite a few to choose from, but the most popular type of beer in Germany is Pilsner, or “Pils.”

      The Meats
      Bratwurst, Wiener Schnitzel and Leberkäse to name but a few.

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    Insider Tips

    • Best Time To Visit

      Best Time To Visit

      Its moderate climate makes it pleasant any time of year. Visit in the summer to enjoy any number of beer fests, fall brings Oktoberfest, and in winter, delight in the nostalgic Christmas markets.

    • What To Pack

      What To Pack

      Germany’s climate is moderate.

    • Language

      Language

      Germany’s official languages are German and English

    • Travel

      Travel

      A valid passport is required to travel to Germany, as well as a vaccination certificate.

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    Getting Around

    You’ll have a few transportation options to choose from when traveling around Germany.

    • Car Rentals

      Car Rentals

      A popular option for our travelers is our customized self-drive packages. This package includes your own rental car so that you can explore Germany at your leisure. A current valid driver’s license is required to rent a car in Germany. If you plan on driving into neighboring countries, an International Driving Permit (IDP) may be required.

    • Train

      Train

      Trains are an easy and fast way to travel through Germany and can help connect some of the longer distances. Ask a Personal Travel Specialist for more information when you request a quote.

    • Private Driver

      Private Driver

      Our Chauffeur packages offer an added element of luxury for those who want to experience Germany without the hassle of driving themselves. You will have the option to book a private driver for a portion of your trip, or for the entire duration. Private driver and chauffeured services are recommended when taking wine tours.

  • Special Events

    Germany is well-known for its festivals and special events. These are a few to take note of when planning your trip, especially if you are looking to attend one!

    • Berlin International Film Festival – Every February
    • Cologne Carnival – The week before Lent
    • Rhine in Flames – Every July
    • Oktoberfest in Bavaria – Mid-September through October
    • Christmas Markets – Late November through December
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