Destination Guide - Germany

The blend of neo-gothic architecture and modern design across Germany is an example of the country’s eternal progression – and it’s worth visiting many cities including Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt and Hamburg to compare their unique aesthetics. Short of time? Get out on the autobahn and see Germany at the speed of light, or, if time is a luxury, chug through some of the country on a boat along the Rhine River. If festivals float your boat, you’re in the right place – head to Oktoberfest for music, beer, performances and more beer. If you’re in Germany at Christmas, visit the beautiful Nuremberg Christmas Markets (most cities have their own but Nuremberg’s is widely recognised as the most grand) or embrace the carnival spirit during Fasching.

The Basics

Currency: Euro (€)
Population: 82,000,000
Time zone: +1 Central European Time
Daylight savings: End of March to end of October
Language: German
Country code: +49
Electricity voltage: 230-240V
Electricity hz: 50Hz
Electrical plugs: European socket with two round pins
Mobile network: GSM

Highlights

  • Berlin
  • The Rhine River
  • Munich

Events

  • September/October
    Oktoberfest

Weather

In summer (June to August) Germany generally experiences temperate conditions between 20-25°C. Winters (December to February) can be long and cold with plenty of rain and snow and temperatures around 0-5°C.


Getting there and around

With speeds of up to 300km per hour, train travel between cities is efficient and economical. A car can be a good way to see the countryside at your leisure although parking in many cities can be difficult.

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See & Do

Germany: Market lieder
Germany: Market lieder

Dating back to the 16th century, Nuremberg’s colourful Christkindlesmarkt is a goldmine of arts and crafts, toys, jewellery and festive performances. With beer and sausages on the side.

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Berlin essay: The fall of the wall
Berlin essay: The fall of the wall

As Berlin celebrates 20 years since the collapse of both the Berlin Wall and communism, award-winning author Anna Funder reflects on the conflict between remembering and forgetting what this symbol of Cold War division stood for.

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Shopping

Sandra Siewert shop, Berlin
Berlin: Paradise Ost

Why Germany's once divided capital is now Europe's design muse.

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Further reading

Here are some suggestions for other travel destinations around Europe.

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