Germany is a fascinating fusion of old and new. The bohemian streets of Berlin act as a fertile breeding ground for hip art, unique design and innovative ideas, while heritage-filled Munich boasts historic architecture in the form of impressive Baroque and Rococo buildings. In between, travellers will find stretches of idyllic countryside, impossibly gorgeous castles, charming university towns and boisterous Bavarian beer halls. Be introduced to the progressive cities and romantic splendour of Germany and never look back.
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Pfannkuchen pilgrimage through Europe
Posted on Thu, 21 Apr 2011 by Sue Elliot
Intrepid's Christian Schoberl is a self-confessed sugar addict and chocoholic, so it was no surprise to find him on a pfannkuchen pilgrimage from Berlin to Venice.Read more
Bright future for Berlin
Posted on Wed, 22 Jul 2009 by Sue Elliot
Many cities have reinvented themselves over the centuries, but few have had to rebuild as much as Berlin. With nearly four million residents from over 190 countries now living in [...]Read more
At a glance
|Capital city:||Berlin (population 3.5 million)|
|Time zone:||(GMT+01:00) Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna|
|Electricity:||Type C (European 2-pin) Type F (German 2-pin, side clip earth)|
Best time to visit Germany
July and August are the busiest months for tourists in Europe, so outside of these times you will generally encounter fewer tourists. May, June and September are considered pleasant times to travel as there are less crowds and the climate is comfortable. During these months, beer gardens and cafes bustle at all hours, outdoor events and festivals enliven cities and villages and hiking, cycling and swimming are popular pursuits. Snow usually starts to fall in December, and winter travel to Germany is becoming increasingly popular, especially to the ski areas in the Bavarian Alps. Autumn is the optimal time to enjoy romantic Germany. The foliage is turning golden and the climate is still agreeably mild for getting out and about.
Geography and environment
Top 3 Contemporary Art Spots of Berlin
Centrally located and well-serviced by several public transport hubs, historic Mitte is one of the easiest places to view Berlin's killer art scene. See run-down buildings that have been transformed into galleries and hotels, wander down gritty laneways full of vibrant graffiti and feel the urban buzz of Berlin.
Berlin's counter-culture is evident in the streets of this East Berlin borough, which is full of an eclectic range of hip galleries, innovative hotels, bohemian bars and vintage flea markets. This is the perfect place to gallery-hop, take snapshots and view the handiwork of some of the world's most iconic street artists.
3. Berlin Wall - East Side Gallery
After the triumphant fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 this section of the wall was adorned with colourful paintings and political murals, many reflecting the tone of this iconic time in Germany's history. A visit here reveals history in a way that no museum or book can.
FAQs on Germany
Stein of beer = 2.5-4 Euro
Simple cafe lunch = 10 Euro
Nice meal in a restaurant = 20-30 Euro
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Jan 6 Epiphany*
Mar 29 Good Friday
Apr 1 Easter Monday
May 1 Labour Day
May 9 Ascension
May 20 Whit Monday
May 30 Corpus Christi*
Aug 15 Assumption*
Oct 3 Day of Germany Unity
Oct 31 Day of Reformation*
Nov 1 All Saints' Day
Nov 20 Repentance Day*
Dec 25 Christmas Day
* Not observed in all areas of Germany
Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Germany/public-holidays
Health and Safety
Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:
From New Zealand?
Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/
Go to: http://travel.state.gov/
Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/
The World Health Organisation
also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/
Germany Travel Tips
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Germany
1. Be considerate of Germany’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with tap water.
3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
4. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
5. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
6. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
7. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
|The Dark Room||Rachel Seiffert|
|Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall||Anna Funder|
|The Book Thief||Markus Zusak|
|The Reader||Bernard Schlink|
|Berlin Noir: March Violets; The Pale Criminal; A German Requiem||Philip Kerr|