Germany

Germany

Travel Guide

Germany. Lots of beer, plenty of sausages and miles of speed-limit free motorways.

Oh, and Oktoberfest in Munich, bold Bavarian culture and buzzing, pounding, gritty Berlin - one of the coolest cities in Europe. Whatever you’re into, make sure you get off the beaten track and really experience Germany, a country which is fast shaking its traditional stereotypes.

Germany: Fast Facts

language in germany

Languages Spoken

German. Guten tag!

germany currency

Currency

Name: Euro
Code: EU
Symbol: €
€25 is approx £22

time zone in germany

Time Zone

GMT + 1 (Central Europe Time)

Germany's must-visit destinations

Berlin
Berlin
A cosmopolitan city with a turbulent past, gritty Berlin now attracts visitors for its festivals, non-stop nightlife, diverse architecture, fashion and contemporary arts. The art-covered Berlin Wall still stands in places - the last remaining evidence of the city's historical divide. Get cultured on Museum Island, spend a day soaking up the trendy boutiques and coffee shops of Mitte, or eat, drink and party in edgy Kreuzberg.
Munich
Munich
Crying out “Ozapft is!", the Mayor opens the Oktoberfest – the world's biggest festival - at 12 noon every Autumn. For two whole weeks, visitors flock to Munich to enjoy beer, food, rides and old-fashioned Bavarian music in the beer tents. Munich is a pretty cool city all year round too, with nearby Neuschwanstein Castle being one of the most beautiful in Europe.
Cologne
Cologne
As well as the legacy from Roman times and the Middle Ages, Cologne has an extremely lively arts and culture scene and lots of influence from nearby France. Visit the Cologne Cathedral, the world’s largest, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It took 632 years to complete and is one of the most important pilgrimage churches in Europe, attracting visitors from all over the world.
Hamburg
Hamburg
Hamburg has it all – a great lcoation on the Elbe and Alster rivers, pumping nightlife in St Pauli, fab musicals and the theatre, and Hamburg’s most famous landmark; the 'Michel' church.  Climb the 453 steps to the viewing platform and be rewarded by fabulous views over Hamburg and the harbour.

Germany: travel costs

cost of beer in germany

Drinks

A pint (or stein) of beer in Germany is usually around €3 but can be up to €5 in restaurants or clubs in the cities. Coffee is around €2.
Here's a tip: after you've finished with your empty drinks bottles, take it back to the another shop. They'll buy it back off you or give you money off your next purchase! Germany efficiency at its finest.

cost of food in germany

Meals

A bratwurst and soft drink can cost well under €5 in an inexpensive local eatery, whereas a main course somewhere a little fancier will be around €10. To save money on food in Berlin, head to one of the thousand Turkish joints where you'll get a delicious doner for under a fiver.

cost of transport in germany

Transport

The prices of transport in Germany differ depending on where you are, but on average a one-way ticket on local transport is under €1.50 (approx £1.33). The train and bus network is extensive and efficient - especially the underground train in cities such as Berlin.

cost of cab in germany

Taxis

Taxi tariffs start at around €5 (approx £4.44) with around €1.50 added for every km your travel. Be sure to stay safe use licensed taxis or Uber on your way home after late nights in cities like Berlin.

hostels in germany

Hostels

Hostel prices fluctuate depending on the season; expect higher rates during summer or over Oktoberfest. A dorm bed in Berlin or Munich will cost you around €10 per night, but you can find cheaper ones, and slightly more 'flashpacker' ones for around €15.

hotels in germany

Hotels

A 3-4* private hotel room will cost around €30 per person, per night. These can book up fast over weekends, especially in the summer months. The same applies to Munich over Oktoberfest so book ahead to get the best deal.

Germany & Central Europe

Adventure Tours

Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest | 4 days
So much more than a beer fest (no, really), Munich's two-week extravaganza is one huge party, full of fairground rides, music, great food from all over Europe and very silly hats. This Contiki tour also takes you on a guided walking tour of the city, and comes with accommodation, breakfast and a guide included.
From £235
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Sziget festival Budapest
Sziget Festival | 10 days
City hop Contiki-style from Berlin to Budapest via Vienna and Prague this August, en-route to Sziget Festival. Soak up three full days and nights at one of Europe's biggest multicultural festivals,with accommodation, transport and performances from Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar, Gorillaz and dozens more huge bands and artists all included.
From £1,025 | Was £1,185 | Save 15%!​
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Eastern Europe, Croatia & the Balkans
Eastern Europe, Croatia & the Balkans | 28 days
Get ready for the summer. Of. Your. Life. Austria's incredile scenery, Berlin's gritty art and nightlife, and every beautiful Eastern European city you could dream of - Krakow? Yep. Prague? Check. Budapest? You bet. That's before you even reach the Balkans. We'll then whizz you through Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, through Montenegro's beautiful fjords, to Dubrovnik. You'll end in the party capital of Hvar - a stunning Croatian island.
From £2,549 | Was £2,999 - up to 15% off!
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When's the best time to visit Germany?

German summers are hot and the winters are cold and snowy, but it can rain during any season so make sure you pack an umbrella!  In winter the temperature can fall as low as -10°C (although the average sits around 3°C) and in summer it can get as hot as 35°C (with the average around 22°C).

Head over between May and October to experience the best of the German climate. The cities come alive during summer, with long hot nights that scream out to be partied in, and heaps of parks, canals and alfresco areas that sun worshippers make the most of. Autumn means one thing: Oktoberfest! Hotels will be more expensive and could book out quickly at this time of year so plan ahead for the best deals.

Christmas in Germany, especially in Bavaria, is magical - hell, they invented the concept of the Christmas market!

Do I need a visa to visit Germany?

All that is required from an EU citizen is a valid passport or ID card, regardless of your purpose or length of stay in Gemany.

It's the same for every European country, meaning there's so much ease of travel when you're Interrailing or bussing around the continent!

Can I work or study in Germany?

Currently, it is possible for British citizens to work or study in Germany. Berlin is considered a very cheap place to live and work, making it a mecca for expat freelancers and creatives. You could learn German in any one of it's cities, soaking up the local culture and practising your new vocab with people you meet. Another popular option is au pairing or teaching - visit our Study Abroad page to find out more.

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