Germany is the beauty-cocktail! The nation is an intersection point of enchanting panoramas, glorious antiquities, praise-worthy architectural crafts, and majestic natural ambiance. The sunset view from the hilltop looks like a glamorous light show held in the sky. The aura of Germany's extravagance treats you with a deep-seated feeling of solace and happiness just like the happy-endings of a rom-com. "We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us", that being said, walk on the curvy alleys, connect to the stories of each place you visit and mark the stupendous highlights of your travels with Germany tourism. The deities have blessed the German land with the uncompromising subset of magnificence. Every frame looks like a new chapter of a fascinating fictional novel with a pronounced depiction of dreamy substance. The scenery appears surreal when the crystal-clear lakes reflect the mirror image of bona fide forested mountains that house utterly ravishing bygone stone structures. So, come to Germany and get an amazing insight into the wonders of life and nature.
USEFUL INFO. ABOUT GERMANY
OFFICIAL NAME: Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesrepublik Deutschland, in German)
FORM OF GOVERNMENT: Federal Parliamentary Republic
CAPITAL & LARGEST CITY: Berlin
POPULATION: 8.3 crores (est. 2019)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE(S): German
LANGUAGES SPOKEN: Sorbian (0.09%), North Frisian (0.01%)
ETHNICITY: Germans, Sorbs, Turks, Frisians,
CURRENCY: Euro (€) (EUR)
AREA: 357,022 km2
MAP REFERRED: Europe
REGION: Central and Western Europe
COASTLINE: 2,389 km (1,484 mi)
HIGHEST POINT: Zugspitze (2,963 m)
LOWEST POINT: Neuendorf bei Wilster (-3.54 m)
NEIGHBORING PLACES: Denmark (140 km), Poland (467 km), Czech Republic (704 km), Austria (801 km), Switzerland (348 km), France (418 km), Luxembourg (128 km), Belgium (133 km)
NATIONAL SYMBOL: The Weimar eagle (also known as the Bundesadler ("federal eagle"))
NATIONAL COLOURS: Black, Red, and Gold (as in German flag)
FAMOUS FOR: Historical Architecture | Natural Vistas | Flora | Music and Food | Oktoberfest | Car Brands | Football, and many other things
TIME ZONE: UTC+1 (CET) (Summer (DST): UTC+2 (CEST))
DRIVING SIDE: Right
LITERACY RATE: 99.0%
MAJOR AIRPORTS IN GERMANY:
AVG. COST PER DAY: $62 per day approximately
NETWORK / CONNECTIVITY
The network and connectivity in Germany are highly developed. The major three network providers are T-Mobile, Vodafone, and O2. There are several towers built across the nation to keep up the good connection and network coverage range.
Germany is one-of-the-top digitally operating nations. It is always updated with the latest technologies. The first internet service provider of Germany was DSL, it was introduced by Deutsche Telekom on July 1, 1999, under the brand name T-DSL. The internet speed then was 768 kbit/s downstream and 128 kbit/s upstream.
The internet access was provided to over 30 million users or subscribers, the number kept on increasing over the period of years. Today, almost every household, office, school, and hospital use internet services.
The internet is a bit costly in Germany as compared to other European nations, so, it is recommended to not get the local sim and take full advantage of the public internet portals like free Wi-Fi services in the train station, airports, public squares, malls, and many other places. The connection range is quite fantastic so purchasing a local card is not required.
It is a well-known fact that being in touch in today's date is very important. Voice call from phones and mobiles can be anti-wallet-friendly, so, make use of the digital platforms for connectivity like online applications (Facebook, Instagram, skype, and many other applications). These come in handy when you want to communicate with our loved ones, even when you are on an International trip.
Country Calling Code: +49 Embassy of UAE: (+49) 30 51 65 16 | Click for more info here
Iran country code: 98
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Official German currency is the Euro. Germany had a total number of 13 currencies over a period. The latest currency was introduced in 2002 and it was created in 1999. Euro is the common European money and the official currency of 23 countries.
1 Euro = 100 cent
German Currency to AED:
1 German Euro = 3.98 United Arab Emirates Dirham (AED) (as on 20 April 2020)
Euro notes can be found in denominations of €5, €10, €20, €50, €100 (frequently used), €200 and €500 (rarely used).
Cent and Euro coins can be found in denominations of 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, €1, €2 (frequently used), 1c, 2c (rarely used).
German Currency Conversions (as of April 2020):
German currency to Indian Rupees (INR): 83.15 Indian Rupee
German currency to PKR: 177.35 Pakistani Rupee
German currency to Naira: 421.96 Nigerian Naira
**Please note that Travelers Cheques are NOT accepted in certain places.
Germany as a district region in Central Europe can be traced back to the times of Julius Caesar. The rich history is a sum of several wars, rulers, annexations, and political diplomacies. The victory of the early German people over the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest prevented the invasion of the Roman empire.
In Roman provinces, Germans were divided into Germania superior and Germania inferior but later due to the fall of the Roman empire Germanic people conquered over much of the land. Later the post-Roman barbarian kingdom also known as the Frankish Empire was divided between the heirs of Charles the Great in 843.
The late middle ages (1250 to 1500 AD), the princes, dukes, and bishops gained powers due to the ruling emperors. But, after 1517, a protest was held against the Roman Catholic Churches which was led by Martin Luther. The Northern states were the protestants whereas the Southern states remained Catholic.
After the French revolution and several conflicts, it was time for liberalism. The German economy was modernized by the Industrial revolution. Soon there was the rapid growth of cities, socialist movements, acceleration in job opportunities, vast foreign trade, and prominence in the trading industry of Europe.
Since then, Germany never looked back. In 1900, it became the dominant power on the European continent. Then, Adolf Hitler, the popular dictator became the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. He promoted racism, discriminatory activities against others, and all this led to WWII and a genocide program that killed over 17 million, including Jews, German dissidents, disabled people, Poles, Romanies, Soviets (Russian and non-Russian), and others.
Now, Germany is one of the major economic powerhouses of Europe. In 1998-1999, Germany was one of the founding countries of the eurozone. Today, the nation is one of the main European exploring centers worldwide due to its trading practices, industrialization, and historical prominence.
Germany is a west-Central European country. The German stretch starts from the Northern Alps to the Baltic sea. Germany's Geography comprises a total area of 357,021 km2 (137,847 sq mi) in which land is 97.66% and water is 2.34%.
Germany is the seventh-largest country in Europe and the 63rd largest in the world in terms of area. Germany is composed of sixteen states. It is divided into 403 districts (Kreise), of which 301 are rural districts and 102 urban districts. Bavaria is the largest state.
The central European country borders with 9 other European gems like Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the Netherlands. The nation also shares a maritime border with Sweden from the Baltic Sea and a maritime border with the United Kingdom from the North Sea.
The maximum parts of Germany are the forest areas and the woodlands. Lakes and mountains can be spotted in almost every part. The highest point in Germany is Zugspitze (2,962.06 m (9,718 ft)) and the lowest point is - 3.54 m. The German terrains include lowlands in north, uplands in the center, and the Alps in the South.
German culture has been modified and shaped over a long period of time. The major initiatives were taken by the popular intellectuals and philosophers. Germany has been called the country of poets and thinkers (Das Land der Dichter und Denker). In fact, the best time to travel to Germany is in the months of August to October as it is the German festive season. So, step out on the streets and witness the laughter and celebrations.
The carnivals, Christmas customs, and celebrations are a major part of the German culture. Since 1990, 3rd October is marked as the National Day of Germany. As per the timeline of Germany, it is a multi-cultural nation with many influences from Poland, Austria, France, and many other countries due to its varied history.
The mind-blowing nature of Germany brings out the best of everyone. The thoughts, desires, and emotions, when written on a piece of paper, compose a poetic and soulful literature. Inspiration can be found anywhere and the personification and metaphors used by writers are what stand out completely.
German visual art is a completely distinguished tradition. The initial evidence of figurative artwork is a solid inspiration for today's contemporary artwork. Some of the renowned German Renaissance painters are Albrecht Altdorfer, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Matthias Grunewald, and many more. The artistic approach behind most of the work is the use of patterns for expression, it can be either color patterns, structure patterns, or an abstract pattern.
German architecture is one of the treasures the land has. The castles, palaces, museums, ancient houses, old towns depict the truest talent of the creators. Every design, formation holds a uniqueness and when each detail is summed, the result is simply WOW.
Music is in the veins of Germany. You can also say that Germans are melomaniacs. The old shops still tune in to their golden classics. Evolution means updating and the evolution of German music is simply astounding. The inclusion of sound effects, instruments, electro-sounds, and whatnot make it distinguished yet popular.
FOOD & DRINK
The appetizing German food is the amalgamation of a variety of products, cooking techniques, flavors, and authentic ingredients. Since the early days, sensational street foods have been the center of attraction for the localities and now tourists too. As a fun fact, potato is the staple food of Germany and it is used differently in various German cuisine from region to region. It is mostly served with pear, bacon, bread, and bean.
Germans are hearty meat-eaters. In fact, the average annual meat consumption is 59.7 kg per person. The meat virtues include pork, beef, and chicken. The meat is usually braised, the style is originally from France and Austria. There are approximately 1,500 virtues of sausages available in Germany and been a part of German cuisine for a long time.
Next, freshwater fishes are a major source of energy in the German food. Germans are not a big fan of vegetables but carrots, cauliflower, spinach, etc., are served as side dishes or used in soup. Grilling and roasting are some of the major cooking styles appreciated in Germany. You can witness it in many cooking and food festivals or local house parties.
The popular herbs used in the preparation of the National food of Germany, i.e, Sauerbraten (Roast Beef Stew), are parsley, thyme, laurel, chives, black pepper (used in small amounts), juniper berries, nutmeg, and caraway to give it a traditional and authentic taste. Also, mustard is widely used in German cuisine, but it is slightly different from the other mustards available over the world.
A wide variety of cakes, tarts, and pastries are served throughout the country. Sweet and fresh fruits (apples, plums, strawberries, and cherries) are used in the preparation of desserts. Cheesecake, black forest cakes are also renowned all over the world. You can call Germans the sweet lovers.
Germans are crazy about beer; any local and regional breweries produce a wide variety of beers. German wine is also a popular alcoholic beverage consumed on a large scale all over the country. Non-alcoholic beverages include coffee and bottled sodas.
Must-Try Delicacies: Kebabs, Schweinshaxe (Pork Knuckle), Rinderroulade (Beef Roll), Bratwurst (Grilled Sausage), Kartoffelpuffer (Potato Pancake), Kartoffelkloesse (Potato Dumplings), Sauerkraut (Fermented Cabbage), Spatzle (Egg Noodles) and many more.
Must-Try Drinks: Beer, Wine, Coffee, and many more.
WHY SHOULD YOU VISIT GERMANY?
Germany is the heart of Europe and a prominent tourist destination.
The country also lies in proximity to other European gems like Poland, Switzerland, France, and many more.
Visit the top attractions in Germany such as museums and unique architectural creations.
Relish German dishes that are like taste bombs.
Attend the carnival season in Germany, the best time to have fun and enjoy to the fullest in the colorful and lively atmosphere.
To be a part of the Berlin Film Festival, the most glamorous events in the global cinematographic calendar.
To discover famous places in Germany, like the cities, Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, and many more are the places with mesmerizing attractions.
Enjoy the German beer, a must-try drink.
Germany is the hub of the automobile sector. The country gave birth to brands like Mercedes, Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen, Ford, and BMW.
Soak in the picturesque beauty to Germany with its fantastic elements of lush green spaces, palaces, and countryside magnificence.
The book fair in Germany is renowned for its amazing collection of fiction, drama, science fiction, sciences, technology, and many genres; a one-stop spot for the booklovers.
The culture and history in Germany go together. The palatial monuments, WWII, music, literature, and whatnot.
Germany is an all-time favorite country for meat lovers.
BEST TIME TO VISIT GERMANY
GERMANY CLIMATE | GERMANY WEATHER
Germany experiences pleasant weather all through the year. But, Germany's best time to visit is between the months of May and September (weather-wise) when the weather is slightly warm. The current weather in Germany is moderately continental.
Winter lovers can visit Germany to frolic in the snow and take part in varied snow activities. As a record, Germany's weather in December and January is the coolest with a temperature falling up to -5℃ approximately. But there are no longer periods of hot or cold weather.
The west-Central nation experiences varied contrast with different seasons. Winter, spring, summer, rain, and fall are like the new chapters with new stories of this German book.
The German temperature in various months:
The temperature of weather in Germany in February: 7℃ (avg. temp. approximately)
The temperature of weather in Germany in March: 12℃ (avg. temp. approximately)
The temperature of weather in Germany in April: 15℃ (avg. temp. approximately)
The temperature of weather in Germany in May: 18℃ (avg. temp. approximately)
The temperature of weather in Germany in June: 21℃ (avg. temp. approximately)
The temperature of weather in Germany in July: 23℃ (avg. temp. approximately)
The temperature of weather in Germany in August: 25℃ (avg. temp. approximately)
The temperature of weather in Germany in September: 20℃ (avg. temp. approximately)
The temperature of weather in Germany in October: 15℃ (avg. temp. approximately)
The temperature of weather in Germany in November: 12℃ (avg. temp. approximately) TOP THINGS TO DO IN GERMANY
Visit Germany with Family
Neuschwanstein Castle, the hilltop fairytale castle from the 19th century
Brandenburg Gate, the grand classical monument
Reichstag Building, the historical glass-domed building
Marienplatz, the architectural central square and the amazing historical building
Visit Germany as a Couple
Western Pomerania Lagoon Area National Park, the sprawling park with mesmerizing sunset view along the Baltic region
Grober Arber, the scenic mountain for hiking and motorbiking
Europa-Park, expansive amusement park with irresistible rides
Herrenchiemsee New Palace, the opulent palace with historical significance
Visit Germany with Friends
Brauneck, a popular skiing site with a gondola lift to the top of the hill
Binzer Strand, a long white sand beach with scenic views to capture
Phantasialand, a theme park with thrilling rides to ride on
Pergamonmuseum, numerous antiquities and ancient art collection for you and your art-admiring friends
Visit Germany with Kids
Erlebnispark Tripsdrill, an amazing amusement park with wildlife and rides that give goosebumps
English Garden, a huge urban park with numerous colorful blossoms and eye-catching views
Hellabrunn Zoo, the animal reserve style zoo with amazing wildlife
Movie Park Germany, an amusement park with movie-themed rides
What to Buy?
Cute little handmade Christmas ornaments sold on the streets and shops like Santa caps, Santa socks, bells, and a lot more.
Authentic pieces of the Berlin wall
Ampelmannchen (Little Light Men)
Feuerzangebowle Set to prepare mulled wine
Dirndl for women and Lederhosen for women, the traditional clothing in Bavaria
Handcrafted wooden toys for kids
German Wine from Saxony (the small wine region)
Birkenstock, comfortable cork sandals
BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN GERMANY
Bavarian Forest National Park
The national park is located in the Eastern Bavarian Forest. The site is renowned and prominent as Germany's tourist attraction. Enjoy an exciting guided tour in the lush green spaces of the wild forest. Explore the pure unadulterated nature with a unique wilderness. Timing: 24 hours Price: 10.9283 USD (Adult), 8.68055 USD (child 6-14 years), and Free for Child below 6 years
The landmark cathedral is Germany's top tourist attractions, renowned for its unique Gothic architectural style, palatial presence, and German Catholicism. In 1996, the monument was declared as the World Heritage site. It is a building of superlatives that is the center and hallmark of this city of Cologne. Timing: Monday to Saturday: 06:00 am to 07:30 pm, Sunday: 01:00 pm to 04:30 pm Price: 4.33 USD
Herrenchiemsee New Palace
The structure is a complex and a royal building which is a renowned German attraction across the globe. The detailed architectural craft is truly magnificent and is surrounded by a lush green park to add up to its beauty and serenity. Timing: 09:00 am to 06:00 pm every day Price: NA
It is an amazing museum and one of the best tourist places in Germany with historic design and architecture. The monumental highlights are truly breathtaking to behold. It is one of the major landmarks of Germany. Timing: Monday to Sunday 10:00 am to 06:00 pm, Thursday 10:00 am to 08:00 pm Price: 12.98 USD per adult
It is a tourist mountain with a height of 2,224 meters. It is a top attraction in Germany renowned for its skiing and snowboarding activities. As you ride the cable car and reach the hilltop, the mesmerizing view you get is truly enchanting. Timing: 08:30 am to 04:30 pm Price: Free!
Other Popular Places to Visit
East Side Gallery
Jewish Museum Berlin
Trier Saint Peter's Cathedral....and many more
Most Popular Regions and Cities To Visit In Germany Berlin, Germany
The city is the capital of Germany and Berlin's weather is like a contrast of different color palettes. It is one of the amazing cities to visit in Germany as you get many top things to do in Berlin like roam in its ancient alleys or admire the pristine gifts. Places to visit in Berlin: Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag Building, East Side Gallery, and many more
Munich weather is favorable all year round and it is home to centuries-old buildings and numerous museums too. Places to Visit in Munich: Marienplatz, Munich Residenz, Nymphenburg Palace and many more
Frankfurt weather is cheery on top of its major attractions that remind us of the medieval times and old-age glories. Places to Visit in Frankfurt: Romer, Main Tower, Palmengarten and many more
The city is located in western Germany and is truly mesmerizing with its amazing eye-catching views. Places to Visit in Dusseldorf: Altstadt, Konigsallee, Rhine Tower and many more
It is a major port city of Germany and a melody of nature. It is favorable and soothing which makes it one of the best places to see in Germany. Places to visit in Hamburg: Speicherstadt, Miniatur Wunderland, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, and many more.
It is a 2000-year-old city that houses some of the ancient rivers which look ravishing. Cologne's weather is mildly warm, perfect for a day outing. Places to visit in Cologne: Cologne Cathedral, Cologne Chocolate Museum, Museum Ludwig, and many more.
It is the manufacturing hub of Germany and Stuttgart's weather is favorable all year round. The top things to do in Stuttgart are to explore its museums and headquarters. Places to visit in Stuttgart: Mercedes-Benz Museum, Wilhelma, Porsche Museum
It is a vibrant city and a hiking destination in Germany. Freiburg's weather is known for its temperate climate and reconstructed medieval old town, crisscrossed by picturesque brooks (bachle). Places to visit in Freiburg: Freiburger Munster, Europa-Park, Schauinsland, and many more.
It is the second-largest city in Germany. Nuremberg's weather is slightly like the continental climate. Top things to do in Nuremberg is to explore its old-age magnificence. Places to visit in Nuremberg: Imperial Castle of Nuremberg, Albrecht Durer's House, Frauenkirche, Nuremberg, and many more
One of the top things to do in Germany is to explore Garmisch city. Garmisch's weather is mainly cold and chilly, undoubtedly the place for winter activities. Places to visit in Garmisch: Linderhof Palace, Zugspitze, Eibsee, and many more.
It is an amazing German city that straddles the Rhine river. Bonn's weather is really astounding with blossoms most part of the year. Places to visit in Bonn: Schloss Drachenburg, Drachenfels, Beethoven-Haus Bonn, and many more.
The German spa town is famous amongst the tourists. Baden-Baden's weather is cool and calm with being surrounded by forests and rivers. Places to visit in Baden-Baden: Caracalla Spa, Hohenbaden Castle, Lichtentaler Allee, and many more.
The German city shares its borders with Belgium and the Netherlands which makes it an amazing spot for an international getaway. Aachen's weather is really pleasant due to lush green spaces. Places to visit in Achen: Aachen Cathedral, Aachen Town Hall, Elisenbrunnen, and many more.
The city is renowned for its massive football stadium. One of the fun things to do in Germany with kids is to go and watch the thrilling games. Dortmund's weather is warm and breezy, perfect for a day out. Places to visit in Dortmund: Signal Iduna Park, Westfalenpark, Dortmund Zoo, and many more.
The German town is a top tourist destination with amazing automobile museums. Hockenheim's weather is neither too hot nor too cold. Places to visit in Hockenheim: SEA LIFE Centre Speyer, Museum Autovision, Gartenschau Park, and many more.
It is an amazing German city that houses much ancient magnificence. The weather is slightly humid as compared to the other cities. Places to visit in Hannover: Herrenhausen Gardens, New Town Hall, Hanover Zoo, and many more.
The city straddles the Weser River and it is one of the exquisite cities of Germany with ancient medieval structures and Gothic towns. Bremen's weather is as amazing as it could be. Places to visit in Bremen: Bremen Roland, Bremen Town Hall, Bottcherstrabe and, many more.
It is one of the most populous cities in Germany and Leipzig's weather is slightly humid as compared to the other places. It is one of the best cities to visit in Germany due to its palatial structures and ancient complexes. Places to visit in Leipzig: Monument to the Battle of the Nations, Zoo Leipzig, St. Thomas Church and, many more places.
The German city is a hub of Art and Media. Most of the broadcasting stations are situated here. Karlsruhe's weather is slightly humid and perfect for an outing. Places to visit in Karlsruhe: Karlsruhe Palace, ZKM, Center for Art and Media, Zoological Gardens Karlsruhe, and many more.
The city is located in western Germany and a sprawling land of industrial complexes. Essen's weather is a bit humid due to the rise in industrial productions. Places to visit in Essen: Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex, Botanischer Garten Grugapark, Villa Hugel, and many more.
It is an ancient German city and situated on both banks of the Rhine where it is joined by the Moselle. Koblenz's weather is quite favorable in the evening when the cool wind blows. Places to visit in Koblenz: Deutsches Eck, Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, Marksburg, and many more.
If you can make time.... More Places to Explore in Germany
Heidelburg, Germany....and many other cities, towns, and villages
Major Festivals and Events in Germany Oktoberfest
It is the most iconic and awaited German festival. Millions of people show up to enjoy Bavarian food and beer. Everyone becomes a part of the lively parade by riding carriages, floats, and wearing traditional costumes, before congregating at the Theresienwiese fairground. Location: Munich Date: September to early October
It is an amazing festival of pumped-up music and vibrant lights. Enjoy a variety of genres and up-and-coming artists from across the world. Be a part of more than 300 music concerts, art exhibitions, conferences, and film screenings. Location: Hamburg Date: September
You can consider Karneval as the most amazing traditional costume party with lively street parades taking place. This festival is one of the fun things to do In Germany as you share laughter and make memories. Witness a lot of traditional music, dance, and live performances during the day followed by more parties and street shows. Location: Cologne Date: February
The festival invites a huge group of people on streets who walk along with the crowd and enjoy the party moments to the fullest. The street parades showcase horse-drawn brewery wagons, locals dressed in traditional costumes, and marching bands. Location: Stuttgart Date: September to October
It is a German festival organized to celebrate the most popular exports of Germany, wine, and sausage (wurst). Today, it's a fair-like event with hundreds of food stalls, carnival rides, fireworks display, and wine halls. Location: Bad Durkheim Date: September
Your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond your period of stay. This regulation is strictly enforced in Germany. You will be denied admittance into Germany and returned to your point of origin if your passport has less than 90 days of validity.
Around 188 countries can travel to Germany without any visa. Germany is a party to the Schengen Agreement. U.S. citizens may enter Germany for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Apply at least a month before for a Germany visa before traveling to Germany.
Visa-Free Travel List of Countries that can travel visa-free to Germany:
Andorra, Israel, Jordan, Monaco, San Marino, and Vatican City.
Visa-free entry/Visa-on-arrival (3 months)
Turkey, Seychelles, Saint Kitts, and Nevis, Namibia, Malaysia, Honduras, Guyana, Grenada, and El Salvador.
Visa-free entry/Visa-on-arrival (90 days)
Albania, Argentina, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Gambia, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Japan, Kiribati, South Korea, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Nicaragua, Palau, Paraguay, Peru, Qatar, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad, and Tobago, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Vanuatu, and Venezuela.
Visa-free entry/Visa-on-arrival (1 month)
Visa-free entry/Visa-on-arrival (30 days)
Belarus, Cape Verde, Eswatini, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Philippines, Thailand, and Uzbekistan.
Visa-free entry/Visa-on-arrival (15 days)
Vietnam and Sao Tome and Principe
A German Transit Visa enables its holder to switch their flight in Germany, to a non-Schengen country. A holder of a German transit visa can stay in the airport international transit area for up to 24 hours. Leaving the international transit area of the airport with this visa is strictly prohibited and illegal.
Get more information on 'How to get a visa to Germany' through the Official website of Germany.
**Please note that the information is subject to change. For the latest information and updates, please contact your embassy.
GETTING AROUND THE PLACE Rent-A-Car
You can rent or book a car to travel at your own pace and desired time. It is convenient and you are picked up from your exact location unless you want to walk up to the renting car station. Cost varies from distance to the size of the car. An international driver's license is mandatory for this.
Ride a bus
Riding a bus in Germany is one of the cheapest means of transportation available. It is frequently available and there is huge connectivity from cities to towns and all over Germany.
Trains are the best for the extensive connection of long-distances and regional areas. There are frequent departures taking place from time to time with numerous deals available. The ticket prices vary as per your destination and coach service.
Air travel services
Germany is the seventh-largest European country and has many domestic airlines for fast tour and convenience. The airlines serve 18 German cities. The tickets can be expensive but in the case of emergency and short-time journeys, domestic airline service is the best.
HOW TO GET THERE? Via Road Route
You can reach Germany via road route as many bus services are available with the cooperation of European bus companies, sells tickets to and from almost any other European country.
Via Water Route
You can reach Germany via the water route. International ferry services can be availed to reach Germany due to its coastal ports and services.
Via Air Route
Germany has 7 airport terminals and serves more than 180 international destinations worldwide.
Do carry cash with you if traveling or shopping. In many places, credit cards are not accepted.
Keep notes in fewer denominations like Euro 20 or Euro 50. It is recommended to not exceed more than Euro 100 as it is difficult to get changes easily. Better if you also keep coins with you.
It is difficult to spot any free-pee area, mainly you must pay to pee.
In Germany, Sundays are usually closed also termed as the 'rest day' and very few restaurants and shopping complexes are available. It is better to take a note of the availability beforehand.
Germans are not 'on-my-way-type', they are punctual. So, if you have reservations or bookings, make sure to reach on time or at least 5-min ahead of the discussed time.
Make sure to keep the tone of your voice soft and subtle. Being loud is accounted for being disrespectful and inconsiderate.
There are many discounts available on the travel tickets to Germany, so, make full use of it.
You must pay the cost for water in Germany, even many restaurants charge you for that.
It is better to keep track of German words; English is not spoken in many parts of Germany.
Bike lanes are quite busy, so, it is recommended to avoid them.
Never try to do jaywalking. It is a serious offense in Germany.
Germans are a bit introverted and do not entertain small talks. Though they are very hospitable.
Grocery stores can be as competitive as the Olympic games, where everyone is behind making their way first to the cashier section.
German words could sound like some funny English words, make sure not to laugh on any, it looks unethical.
Keep your pronunciation tab always open while traveling as it might be hard to pronounce several names of the places.
Pack weather favorable clothes.
Make use of public charging spots in case of emergencies.
Do not reveal the location of your accommodation to strangers.
Do carry some local currency at all times.
Make sure to visit the top tourist locations of Germany as the nation is renowned for its amazing city breaks.
Do make a note of the traffic rules and regulations of Germany before self-driving.
Tipping is common at restaurants.
Signing for travel insurance is highly recommended.
Do not indulge in any sort of photography in the prohibited areas.
It is recommended to hook onto the Wi-Fi as much as possible for better connectivity.
It is highly recommended to use public transport for an amazing travel experience.
Make sure to taste the traditional cuisines of Germany.
Make sure to buy the handmade home decors.
Germany is the place of rules and regulations and driving speed limits are taken very seriously. So, abide by the traffic rules.
Pickpocketing and begging can be witnessed in many areas so be aware of your bags, cash, and important items.
You might see the old ball and cup game, one of the oldest scams out there.
Lock hotel rooms before leaving for the outings.
Nights can be a bit uncomfortable for tourists in less crowded areas.
Keep your luggage and bags safe to avoid any mishappening.
DO install the translation app of the German language.
Be cautious in the mountains while hiking.
DO NOT reveal your address or room number to any stranger.
Always keep printed proof of all the pre-bookings or online bookings you make.
DO keep your visa and passport in your bag before heading out.
Obtain a valid tourist driving license before renting a car.
DO NOT click pictures of the restricted areas.
Always keep the emergency numbers of Germany (112) on speed dial.
Never violate any rules and regulations in Germany to avoid heavy penalties.
Give respect to others and do not speak ill of anyone.
Park vehicles in the legit parking places only.
Some vaccinations required are:
Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis)
Must carry a first aid.
Do take mosquito repellents to avoid mosquito-borne diseases.
Get medical insurance before traveling to Germany.
Obtain an eye-cooling drop to protect the eyes from being strained.
It is recommended to keep face masks to avoid tiny dust particles.
Always keep hand sanitizers.
Keep wet tissues.
Frequently use germ-kill sprays.
Carry your medications for a considerable period.
Do keep valid prescriptions in case of emergencies.
Do carry painkillers and pain relief sprays.
Make sure to have the German emergency ambulance number (112) in your contact.
WHAT TO PACK?
Cash (coins too)
Eye protection mask
Currency converter application in Phone
Tank tops and t-shirts
Shorts or a skirt
Warm socks (winter wear)
Pair of gloves, if traveling in winters
Pair of goggles
Battery charger and power bank
Camera with extra batteries
A light jacket or pullovers
Waterproof jackets or umbrella
Passport and Visa
Printed travel documents and tickets
Sport shoes or hiking shoes
Small backpack to carry essentials
DRESS CODE & ETIQUETTE
The business clothing styles depend on the companies and their corporate cultures.
You can wear solid-colored suits on formal occasions.
Men can wear comfortable and pronounced clothes during your day tours like chinos and t-shirts.
Keep your shoes clean, it is one of the major German etiquettes.
Be at ease with what you wear, it adds to the statement of confidence to your personality through your attire.
Keep a hat or cap to save yourself from the heat.
A thin shawl or scarf is always recommended to wear in Germany, it adds elegance to the whole attire.
Pack clothes as per the weather in Germany, always be updated about the weather.
Keep a jacket with you for the evening as it might get cold.
If visiting any religious place in Germany, make sure to cover your shoulders and legs.
Wear swimsuits only when near a swimming pool at your resort or the beach area.
NEARBY PLACES PLACES TO VISIT NEAR GERMANY Denmark (571 km)
Denmark is a Scandinavian country that comprises of numerous islands, royal palaces, and colorful natural extravagance. The nation is filled with a medieval core of cobbled streets and half-timbered houses.
Poland (605 km)
Poland is located in Central Europe and borders with Germany. The country has a rich aura and is filled with fantastic fairytale-like structures and grand castles. The landscape magnificence of Poland is mind-blowing.
Austria (650.7 km)
It is a landlocked Alpine nation that showcases numerous forests hills, crystal clear lakes, and old towns that narrate the tales of its old-age glory.
Switzerland (510 km)
The European nation is home to numerous lakes, villages, and high Alpine peaks. The landmark medieval quarters in the old cities with extravagant nature appreciating its every length is truly marvelous.
Belgium (539.3 km)
The European gem is an evident holder of medieval towns, Renaissance architecture, and old-age headquarters. The distinctive regions tell a lot about its rich history. The nation has diverse linguistic groups in every part.
Distance Between Places Of Importance In And Around Germany
Germany to France: 1,033.9 km
Germany to Luxembourg: 457.6 km
Germany to the Czech Republic: 505.5 km
Germany to the Netherlands: 446.0 km
Munich to Berlin: 584.7 km
Frankfurt to Berlin: 550.3 km
Hamburg to Berlin: 289.1 km
Cologne to Berlin: 573.4 km
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT GERMANY
Anything related to the Nazis is illegal in Germany.
Germany's population falls in terms of Crores, approximately 81 million.
Forests and woodlands cover one-third of the German land.
Germany is one of the prominent parts of the European Union.
There is no speed limit in 65% of the highways of Germany.
University is free for everyone (even non-Germans).
There are over 2100 castles in Germany.
There are over 1,500 different beers in Germany.
Europe's seventh-largest country is Germany.
Germany borders 09 European nations.
In Europe, the largest number of train stations are in Berlin.
Berlin is 9 times bigger than Paris and has more bridges than Venice.
Germany is the EU's largest economy.
Germany is one of the world's largest car producers.
Germany provides one of the most fantastic city breaks.
The first printed book was in German.
The huge number of readers all over the world are found in Germany.
In 1663, the first-ever magazine was launched in Germany.
German is the third widely taught language all over the world.
There are thirty-five dialects of the German language.
There are over 300 different kinds of bread in Germany.
There are over 1,000 kinds of sausages in Germany.
Beer is considered a food in Bavaria officially.
Germany has over 400 zoos, the most in the world.
Germany holds the maximum number of football fan clubs all over the world.
Drinking alcohol in public places is legal.
Most taxis in Germany are Mercedes.
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