Germany

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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Christmas Markets of Central Europe

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Experience the festive markets of Central Europe. Go Christmas crazy in the market mayhem of Munich, savour delicious...

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Articles on Germany

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.

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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 [...]

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About Germany

At a glance

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Capital city: Berlin (population 3.5 million)
Population: 82.3 million
Language: German
Currency: EUR
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)
Dialing code: +49

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.

Germany Weather chart

Geography and environment

Bavarian Forest
Located in Central Europe, Germany is bordered by Denmark, Poland, Belgium, France, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Netherlands and the Czech Republic. The terrain found in the north of Germany is relatively flat, with the topography growing increasingly hilly moving south. Southern Germany is characterised by mountain ranges and thick forest, with the Black Forest (on the French border) and the Bavarian Forest (on the Czech border) being the most well known forests in the south. Germany has small pockets of alpine terrain with the Alps being Germany's highest mountains.

Top Picks

Bar in Mitte, Germany Berlin wall - East Side Gallery

Top 3 Contemporary Art Spots of Berlin

1. Mitte

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.

2. Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg

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 colorful 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

When dining out, service charges and taxes are usually included in the bill. Rounding up to the nearest euro or adding 5-10% is customary, although optional.
Internet access is good in Germany, with Internet cafes and Wi-Fi hotspots easily found in most cities and major towns.
Mobile phone coverage is generally very good in most parts of Germany. Ensure global roaming is activated before you arrive.
Modern, flushable toilets are the standard in Germany.
City public transport ride = 2 Euro
Stein of beer = 2.5-4 Euro
Simple cafe lunch = 10 Euro
Nice meal in a restaurant = 20-30 Euro
Tap water is considered safe to drink unless otherwise marked.
Major credit cards are widely accepted by stores and hotels in Germany. Smaller cafes and shops may not accept credit cards, so ensure you carry enough cash to cover small purchases.
ATMs are very common in Germany, so finding one won't be a problem in most towns and cities.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

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Jan 1 New Year's Day
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:

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The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Responsible Travel

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.

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
The Dark RoomRachel Seiffert
Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin WallAnna Funder
The Book ThiefMarkus Zusak
The ReaderBernard Schlink
Berlin Noir: March Violets; The Pale Criminal; A German RequiemPhilip Kerr