THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE GOING TO GERMANY

We share these things to know before going to Germany so you can visit Germany with ease. We cover what to expect, planning a trip & more.

Germany is a popular country to visit all year round. With an interesting history, rich culture, delicious food and incredible nightlife, there is a reason that Germany is one of the most visited countries in Europe.

things to know before going to Germany

Things to know before going to Germany

  • Bring Cash

Whilst you are in Germany, you will need to have cash on you. Most restaurants, bars, shops and stalls do not accept card so bring cash or use the ATM’s. 

  • Get out of the cities

Germany has some amazing cities to explore but there are some wondrous sites outside to the cities too. Make sure to explore the Bavarian Alps, Black Forest and Moselle Valley. 

  • Keep your voice down

Germans like everyone who follows the rules and keeping your voices down is one of those rules. That’s not to say you can’t talk but when you are o bus or tram ride, keep your voice low. 

  • Don’t Jaywalk

Talking about rules, another one is not to jaywalk. Wait for the light to change before crossing a road to avoid upsetting other walkers or drivers. It is actually against the law in Germany so just avoid it. Also, whilst you are out walking, avoid the bike lanes. Along sidewalks, you will see a coloured lane and a grey lane; stick to the grey lane. 

things to know before going to Germany
  • Learn some German

If you intend on spending a considerable amount of time in Germany, make sure you learn a few important phrases. Many people in restaurants and shops in the big cities will speak some English but don’t expect everyone to be able to speak fluent English across the country. 

  • Expect to sit with others

Heading to a beer garden or public space? These venues in Germany do not have as much seating as they perhaps need, but instead have long benches to accommodate big groups. If you sit on a large table, expect others to join you who may stop for a chat. 

  • You can drink in public

Unlike many other countries in Europe, drinking in public is legal in Germany. This makes festivals and Christmas Markets a wonderful experience for those that like a drink but just make sure to know your limit. 

things to know before going to Germany

Places to visit in Germany

These are some of the best places to visit in Germany:

  1. Berlin – With an amazing food scene, interesting history and plenty of things to see and do, Berlin should be the first place you visit on your Germany trip. 
  2. Munich – The Bavarian capital is everything you would expect from a German city and more. Head here for Oktoberfest and enjoy the cultural and music scenes. 
  3. Hamburg – With striking architecture and plenty of world class nightlife, Hamburg is the perfect place for younger travellers to visit. Enjoy the many museums, parks and make sure to head to the Chocolate museum too. 
Rhine Valley Germany

4. The Rhine River – The Rhine River, one of Germany’s many natural gems, stretches over 1,200km with a large section winding its way across the country. There are plenty of beautiful towns along its waterfront, so make sure to visit at least one of these towns; Rudesheim is a tiny little town but a  great option.

5. Cologne – Visiting Cologne at Christmas makes for a wonderful and festive trip, you can find impressive Christmas markets and amazing food at this time of the year. In addition, you can visit some of the best conserved Roman gates in the country and plenty of historic monuments. If you visit in the summer, the city has the typical beach-vibe that most German cities have and cafés pop up everywhere!

6. Fussen – This is a stunning German town, located in the state of Bavaria. It is located just north of the Austrian border, at an elevation of 808 metres and is characterised by greenery, hills, stunning castles and quaint neighbourhoods. The town is also known for its famous castle; known as castle that inspired Disneyland’s Sleeping beauty castle. 

7. Nuremberg – A city often associated with its dark history and the war trials, Nuremberg is a city steeped in elegance and charm, boasting medieval architecture, numerous museums, and characterful beer cellars. It’s compact old town makes it easy to walk between sights, and the public transport efficient and affordable if venturing further afield.

Things to know before you go to Germany
Where to visit in Germany

8. Frankfurt – This is a city packed with history and was nearly totally rebuilt after WWII. The best way to discover the city is doing a free walking tour, you will see the main points of interest and discover the history behind them. You should definitely visit the old town square where you will find the typical half-timbered houses and visit the old city hall.

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