WHY TO VISIT GERMANY
Berlin, the capital represents the best of Germany; you will be seduced by this vibrant town with its renowned night life, great green spaces for relaxing, its numerous buildings splendid in their architectural style and museums filled with a huge variety of treasures.
Munich is the other must-see during your visit to Germany; very cosmopolitan, vivacious with its numerous picturesque cafes and various museums dedicated to different fields of art and technology. Do not miss the memorial to Dachau Concentration Camp, your visit there will make a lasting impression.
The whole of Bavaria is a great place to tour round; Oberammergau with its painted houses, the castles of Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein and also Linderhof, the medieval town of Nurembur and its museum, Ratisbonne Cathedral and the Bayreuth Opera House are just a few examples of the marvellous places you will find along the way.
Those who are feeling energetic may wish to go the Frise Islands, criss-crossed by hiking paths and ideal to practice cycling or horse riding in a natural and light filled landscape.
WHAT TO SEE IN GERMANY
Top destinations in Germany are:
WHEN TO GO TO GERMANY
Weather in Germany
Best period to visit Germany is from June to September.
Much of the country receives its maximum rainfall in midsummer, so although the weather in June, July and August can be very warm, it can also be unpredictable. For more settled weather with sunshine and comfortable temperatures, late spring and early autumn – May, September and early October – are the best time to visit: the Germans don’t call the harvest season “goldener Oktober” for nothing.
The ski season in the Alps runs between Christmas and the end of March. Germany’s climate straddles the maritime climates of the western European seaboard and the more extreme conditions found further east. The prevailing wind is from the west, so that the mild climate of the Rhineland and North Sea coast quite closely resembles that of the UK or Ireland.
Winters are more severe further east, while heading south the effects of steadily increasing altitude ensure Munich’s summers are no warmer than those of Berlin. The balmiest climate in Germany is found in the wine-growing southwest, where it’s not unusual to see lavender, Mediterranean pine, almond and even lemon trees.
Following a list of typical festival and celebrations of Germany
HOW TO REACH AND TRAVEL THROUGH GERMANY
To travel inside the country, the train is the ideal solution: Cheap, reliable, it serves numerous towns. The road network is also very efficient.
by plane, main airports are:
- Berlin Tegel
- Berlin Schönefeld
- Frankfurt - Hahn
GENERAL INFORMATION ON GERMANY
country entry requirements: for not EU nationals, passport + visa
health tips & vaccination: none
local currency: European euro
local time zone: GMT+1 (+2)
electricity: type C and F (230 V - 50 Hz)
mobile phone operators:
WHAT TO DO IN GERMANY
typical food in Germany
- Bratwurst: grilled sausage typically made from a combination of pork, beef and/or veal.
- Eisbein mit sauerkraut: cured and boiled leg of pork accompanied by fermented cabbage.
- Schwäbische maultaschen: large savoury meat-stuffed ravioli from Stuttgart.
- Brezel: a type of baked bread product made from dough most commonly shaped into a twisted knot.
- Butterbrez’n: soft bretzel sliced in two and slathered with butter.
- Käsespätzle: hot egg noodles tossed with cheese.
- Kartoffelknödel or Kartoffelklöße: dumplings made from a dough consisting of raw or a combination of raw and cooked potatoes.
- Eintopf: a hearty, warming stew made by cooking vegetables, pulses and meat in a broth.
- Wienerschnitzel: thin, breaded, pan-fried veal cutlet.
- Currywurst: boiled and subsequently fried sausage, served whole or sliced, and a smooth and rich curry-spiced tomato sauce.
- Kartoffelsuppe: thick soup made with potatoes, cooked with onions, celery, butter, and milk.
- Leberwurst: paste of ground pork liver, onions, and spices. Usually consumed with sauerkraut, or spread on bread.
- Eierpfannkuchen: pancakes commonly served with jam and sprinkled sugar, fruit or cream.
- Schwarzwälder kirschtorte: a cake with layers of chocolate sponge, cherries and whipped cream and lashings of cherry liqueur.
- Lebkuchen: gingerbread biscuits typically eaten around Christmas.
- Ebbelwoi: an apple wine from Hessen.
- Apfelstrudel: apple strudel.
- Schnapps: clear fruit-flavoured brandies available in hundreds of varieties.
- Kirschwasser: a colourless cherry-flavoured spirit that originates from the Black Forest region.
- Bier: there are thousands of varieties of German beer from Weissbier (a cloudy light-coloured wheat brew) to Kölsch (a top-fermented beer brewed exclusively in the Cologne region) to Altbier (a dark copper coloured pour most popular in Düsseldorf).
- Jägermeister: a digestive made with 56 herbs and spices at a strength of 35% alcohol.
souvenirs from Germany
- Meissen porcelain;
- Silk scarves;
- Hand-made Christmast ornaments or Lebkuchen Hearts, gingerbread cookies made in the shape of a heart;
- Räuchermann, wooden toys used to burn down cone incense;
- Wooden Nutcrackers;
- Lederhosen and Dirndl, the Bavarian typical costumes, not without the Bavarian Gambart;
- Concrete pieces of the Berlin wall;
- Porcelain beer steins or beer glasses or Das Boot, a beer glass in the shape of a boot;
- Cuckoo clocks from the black forest;
- Hummel figurines;
- Beer, Bauchspeck (thick slab of skin-on pork belly, smoked and vacuum packed), Knackwurst, Pastrima (air-dried and cured beef, covered in a thick layer of spices), Senft (spicy mustard with a sharp, nasal horseradish bite);
Goodbye: Auf Wiedersehen
How are you?: Wie geht es Ihnen?
Thank you: Danke
What is your name?: Wie heissen sie?
How much is it?: Wie viel kostet es?