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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.
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Top destinations in Germany

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.
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 tours & experiences

From historical heavyweights, to sweeping fairytale forest, Germany is anything but Grimm. Berlin is sure making up for lost time, now famed for its ridiculously cool bars and ruthless nightlife. Feeling peckish? Munich crackles for the legendary booze fair Oktoberfest, where millions of revellers eat their weight in pretzels, dance to Bavarian music and, of course, drink beer. Book one of our fantastic Germany tours and fall in love with this beautiful country. View all Germany tours.
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Oktoberfest in Munich

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. 5,6 & 7 days options to Oktoberfest tours are available.
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Eastern Europe, Croatia & the Balkans

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.
28 days
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Cheap flights to Germany

Find cheap flights to Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich, Hamburg and more. Book online or contact us today if you can't find your preferred flight online.
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Europe Bus Passes

Busabout's Coach Travel Network was created for independent travellers making their way around Europe. Get the ultimate freedom with a flexible Travel Pass and explore the network at your own pace or confirm everything before you go by creating your own customised fixed itinerary. Visit Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart and more.

Frequently asked questions about travelling to Germany

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 Germany. 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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