TRAVEL GUIDE to GERMANY
This is your ultimate travel guide to Germany!
They say Germany is the heart of Europe. Not only because of its geography but also due to its role in shaping European history. I could agree with this term, maybe because of its role in the European Union as a founding member.
When you say Germany, you immediately think of bratwursts and beer, as their gastronomy is one of the poorest ones in Europe.
Despite its poor gastronomy and turbulent past, Germany has a lot to offer, if you decide to visit it.
Berlin is among the most cosmopolitan European capitals, where you have a very animated nightlife, and the most preferred capital for the LGBTQ+ community. Berlin also offers a rich history and you can find Museum Island here: five world-famous museum buildings from the time of the Prussian rulers, together with the modern James Simon Gallery, awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1999.
Bavaria is my favorite Land in Germany. Here you can find the most amazing castles, it is also home to the automotive industry and the land of Oktoberfest.
A large part of the population speaks English, so if you are not a german speaking traveler, it will make your life easier!
I go to Germany a lot, it’s like my second home because I have friends living there, in Cologne and Dusseldorf and I’ve also been traveling for work every month in Hamburg and Munich.
SAY HELLO IN GERMANY:
Hallo = Hello (the easiest way of greeting in Austria)
Tschüss = the informal way of saying bye, very popular
GOOD TO KNOW
When in GERMANY
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European Union: Germany is one of the 6 founding members of the European Union to establish a Customs Union.
Language: The official language in Germany is german.
Currency: Germany is one of the 19 states member that has EURO currency.
Card Payments and Cash Withdrawals:
In Germany, they accept only credit cards. If you have a debit card, with no credit line attached, you cannot use it in Germany. REVOLUT works very well in Germany.
You might struggle to find places that accept American Express around the country, so Visa or Mastercard with a credit line is preferred.
ATM: they are known as Bankomat and are typically located inside or outside of bank branches. They are easy to find everywhere in the country, you just look around you and you will find a Bankomat for sure.
Connexion: The Internet is at a very good speed, with 5G. Wi-Fi connection everywhere you go, free or on demand in some restaurants or hotels.
If you are from the EU, roaming is free of charge. You can call and connect to your mobile data as if you were in your country of origin without extra costs.
Railroads: You will have connections through the country and connecting other important cities in Europe, easily accessible. For instance, THALYS is a very good option, that connects France, Belgium, Germany, and Netherland.
Plugs: Plugs are Type F. The standard voltage is 230V, and the standard frequency is 50Hz.
Best Time to visit
Despite the big climate differences within Germany, the best travel time I would say runs from May to September. This period does not guarantee pleasant weather, but it does offer the highest chance of good travel weather. This is why this is also the high-peak season for travel in Germany.
Weather: Expect many rainy days with a grey sky and lots of dark clouds and cold autumn. Very cold winters, with average daily temperatures around 0 °C (32 °F) or slightly above, and slightly warm summers, with maximum temperatures around 23/26 °C (73/79 °F) in July.
Oktoberfest in Munich from late September until end of October and Christmas Markets in December all over Germany are not to be missed if you want a taste of german’s culture.
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Germany is a wonderland of mountains, castles, and ancient cities. Visit them in winter, and the landscapes change dramatically, turning into fairy-tale scenery, all covered in snow.
Christmas markets in Germany are very famous and among the first ones in Europe. Their origins trace as far back as the 15th and 16th centuries.
Christmas markets received a big boost in the 16th century when the teachings of German protestant reformer Martin Luther suggested that the birth of Christ was a more appropriate gift-giving day than other saints’ days.