With this selection of tips for traveling to Germany We want to help you prepare your trip to one of the most diverse and incredible countries in the world, which is also very easy to move around.
Known by many for its fairytale landscapes, charming villages, romantic palaces and its multicultural Berlin, Germany is a country that we recommend to know, whether making a roadtrip or different getaways from your place of origin.
Based on the different trips we have made such as the trip to Bavaria, the couple of occasions we have made a trip to Berlin and the trip to Bremen and Hamburg, we want to leave you a selection of those that are for us the 10 essential tips for traveling to Germany. We start!
1. What is the best time?
Although as it happens in other countries we could say that any time is good to visit Germany, taking into account the weather, we can divide the year into three quite different eras.
- High season (July and August): these two months of the year are the busiest and also, since the last two years, the hottest. Although it is a perfect time if you want to enjoy festivals and outdoor activities, it is worth taking into account the overcrowding and high temperatures in some areas of the country such as Berlin.
- Mid season (from April to June and September and October): according to our experience, the best time to make a trip to Germany would be during these months when the tourist places are not so crowded and the weather is much more benign.
- Low season (from November to March): normally these months are the coldest of the year as well as the rainiest. Except for the option that you want to travel on Christmas to enjoy some charming area like the Black Forest or practice winter sports, it would be the least recommended time.
Remember that in case of traveling in high season or at Christmas, it is highly recommended to book flights and accommodation with enough time to have the maximum options and find more affordable prices.
2. Entry requirements
For travel to Germany Being a Spanish citizen or of the European Union (EU), you will only need to carry your ID or passport as an entry requirement. In case you have another place of origin, we recommend you to inform yourself on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country or at the German Embassy, to have clear and updated procedures for entering the country.
In addition to the documentation discussed above and although this is not an indispensable requirement, it is important to bring the European Health Card to receive medical assistance if necessary. Regardless of this and if you want to have the best coverage and that extras are included as a repatriation, it is highly recommended to have the best travel insurance for Europe, with which you will receive the best medical care.
We always travel insured with Mondo, with whom we carry a totally adequate insurance to the needs that we will have on the trip. Hiring your insurance here with Mondo, just for being a Street Travelers reader, you have a 5% discount.
10. More tips for traveling to Germany
Other of the best tips for traveling to Germany are:
- Although most Germans speak English, if you want to get on the right foot it is highly recommended to learn some German words such as hallo (hello), good morning (guten morgen), good afternoon (guten abend), good night (guten nacht), even then / see you soon (auf wiedersehen), yes (ja), no (nein), thanks (danke) and you're welcome (bitte).
- Use the N26 card to pay and the BNEXT card to get money, they will not charge you commission and you will always have the current change. You can find many more details about these cards in the post of the best cards to travel without commissions.
- Remember that in Germany, in some sections, there is no speed limit on motorways. In spite of that, he always drives with caution and respecting the signage and rules.
- In Germany, breakfast times are usually from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., lunch from 12 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Although in large cities there are restaurants that usually have continuous hours, in many small towns they close between services. Keep it in mind so you don't run out of food.
- In Germany the voltage is 230V, the frequency 50 Hz and the plugs are of type F.
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