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Introduction to Germany

Expect classical architecture, ample amounts of forestry and charming boulevards on your holiday to Germany. The country has managed to establish itself as a hotspot for family holidays, with plenty of theme parks and attractions for younger visitors, including more than 800 zoos.

Best Places to Visit

Known for its underground scene, which famously served to inspire artists such as Bowie and Iggy Pop, Berlin still has its finger on the creative pulse. You will find this best reflected in the Berghain nightclub: as far as clubs go, this is one of the most famous, and most exclusive.

Clubs aside, Berlin is also home to historical monuments such as the Brandenburg Gate, an 18th century neoclassical monument and, of course, the remains of the Berlin Wall.

If you want to visit a city that has more of a traditional feel, Hamburg ought to be on the list. Made up of charming squares and fine-dining restaurants, you can enjoy modern German cuisine while overlooking the River Elbe.

See Also: Weekend & City Breaks in Germany

Top Attractions

Couples going on Germany breaks ought to take a stroll along the aptly-named Romantic Road through Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. The route winds through tiny, medieval villages, with stunning, Gothic cathedrals and castles peeking out from behind the hills. Stretching over 350km, it is a route, rather than a road, which is why many prefer to cycle along its path.

Head over to southern Bavaria and you will come across Neuschwanstein Castle, a fine example of classic German architecture. Rising out from behind a pine forest, its soaring spires and whitewashed parapets are immediately inspiring to all who visit.

Entertainment in Germany

If you are travelling with children on your package holiday to Germany, you will need some entertainment to keep youngsters amused. Europa-Park is the largest theme park in Germany and is a premier family tourist attraction. Packed with rides, shows, water playgrounds and boats, there is something for everyone, from even the most hardened rollercoaster-addicts to much gentler rides for timid toddlers.

For adults, a holiday to Germany isn’t complete without a visit to one of their infamous festivals. Oktoberfest, in Munich, can last over two weeks, and the streets are filled with the sounds of traditional folk music, perfumed with the smell of blistering wursts and, of course, there is the world-famous beer to sample.

Entertainment in Germany

If you are travelling with children on your package holiday to Germany, you will need some entertainment to keep youngsters amused. Europa-Park is the largest theme park in Germany and is a premier family tourist attraction. Packed with rides, shows, water playgrounds and boats, there is something for everyone, from even the most hardened rollercoaster-addicts to much gentler rides for timid toddlers.

For adults, a holiday to Germany isn’t complete without a visit to one of their infamous festivals. Oktoberfest, in Munich, can last over two weeks, and the streets are filled with the sounds of traditional folk music, perfumed with the smell of blistering wursts and, of course, there is the world-famous beer to sample.

Need to know

Language

The official language of Germany is German, which is spoken by 95 per cent of the population. However, fly to Germany and you will discover a country comprised of diverse subcultures. This is reflected in the minority languages spoken, such as Sorbian, Romani, Danish and North Frisian.

English is widely spoken in the larger cities, although a German phrasebook is always a useful thing to pack.

Currency

The official currency is the euro. For the best rates, change up your GBP before flying to Germany. If you do run low on cash, there are ATMs almost everywhere, known as ‘Geldautomats’. You will find the majority of ATMs at bank branches, but they are much less common at petrol stations and shopping malls.

While cash is always king, credit and debit cards are accepted by nearly all vendors.

Visas

If you have a British passport, then currently you will not need a visa to take your holiday in Germany. However, your passport must be valid for the length of your visit.

Those looking for work or study in Germany must register with the appropriate authorities within three months of arriving.

Climate

The climate in Germany is similar to England’s, with warm summers and rainfall throughout the year. If you are taking your holidays in Germany and want a bit of sunshine then head to the southwest, where new heat records are regularly reached.

The north of the country is slightly cooler than the south, but only by a degree or two. July is generally the warmest month and, as a result, you will find the price of airfares increases accordingly.

Main Airports

If you are flying to Germany for your holidays, you will likely land at one of the five largest airports: Frankfurt Airport, Munich Airport, Düsseldorf Airport, Berlin Tegel, and Hamburg Airport. Frankfurt Airport is by far the busiest in Germany, welcoming more than 60 million passengers each year.

Frankfurt Airport has two vast terminals for international flights, as well as a first-class terminal. You will find the check-in desk on the top floor of Terminal 1, which is divided into three levels.

The airport is well served by both train and bus routes, making it quick and convenient to get to.

Frankfurt Airport boasts a large shopping area, where you will find everything from perfume and jewellery, to electrical goods and designer clothes. There is also an extensive range of cafés, bars, and restaurants to visit as you wait for your flight.

Flight Options

Direct flights to Germany are available from most major UK airports. A typical flight should take under two hours, while a flight with stop-overs can take over three hours.

Other Advice

Frankfurt Airport is located on the outskirts of the city and is less than 15 minutes drive away from the city centre. There are plenty of taxis to be found at the airport but, if you would rather drive yourself, there are car hire companies on hand.

The airport recommends that you check in at least three hours before your flight is due to depart, but it is always worth checking with your chosen airline.

Bus

Buses are a popular form of transport in Germany and each town has its own network, serving the local area. Generally, German buses are clean, punctual, and not too crowded.

Bus stops are easy to spot, featuring a yellow circle, with a green ‘H’ in the middle of it. These often have electronic displays, telling which bus is coming next, where it is going, and when it is due.

Taxi

German taxis are easily recognisable: the majority are cream in colour and sport a black-and-yellow ‘Taxi’ sign on the roof.

Tram

There is an extensive tram network in Germany. Ticket machines for trams are installed in each carriage, but it is advised that you buy your tickets before getting on a tram.

Rail Services

German trains are renowned for their punctuality, speed, and sheer luxury. If you feel like treating yourself on your holiday to Germany, book a seat in First Class.

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FACTS

  1. The vineyards around the Saale and Unstrut rivers are the most northerly in Europe.
  2. Germany is home to the world’s narrowest street: Spreuerhofstrasse, in Reutlingen, at under 50 centimentres wide.
  3. Over 30 per cent of Germany is woodland or forest.
  4. Germany shares its borders with nine countries.
  5. Although a blanket speed limit of 135 km/h is on parts of the autobahn, many have no speed limit.

FACTS

  1. The vineyards around the Saale and Unstrut rivers are the most northerly in Europe.
  2. Germany is home to the world’s narrowest street: Spreuerhofstrasse, in Reutlingen, at under 50 centimentres wide.
  3. Over 30 per cent of Germany is woodland or forest.
  4. Germany shares its borders with nine countries.
  5. Although a blanket speed limit of 135 km/h is on parts of the autobahn, many have no speed limit.

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