Located in western Europe, Germany has a rich history that dates back 2 millennia. With beautiful scenery, a great mix between medieval and modern and one of the biggest beer industries and festivals in the world, here you have many reasons why to visit Germany: 

Why Visit Germany

CULTURE & HISTORY

The area that is now Germany was inhabited by Germanic tribes for many centuries. They later became part of the Frankish Empire and then the Roman Empire. Its culture is known for its rich history, helping to shape the culture of Europe itself. 

LANDSCAPES

Germany is a beautiful country with a wealth of natural landscapes to explore: forested hills and mountains, the Danube, Main and Rhine rivers, the Wadden Sea, alpine peaks, mysterious forests, a country full of variety.

BEER

Germans are renowned for their beer, however, they did not invent it (middle easterns did around 13,000 years ago), but german monasteries starting producing this heavenly drink a millenia ago, when drinking beer was safer than drinking water. With the pass of years, the beer industry revolutionized (they even have a purity law for it), and Germany has set global standards and created more than 7,000 varieties of beer. Nowadays, the country hosts the largest beer festival in the world, the Oktoberfest. 

ARCHITECTURE

The architecture of Germany has a long, rich and diverse history, combining influences from elsewhere in Europe with its own national character, and characterized by a high degree of regional diversity, caused by centuries of fragmentation. Every major European style from Roman to Postmodern is represented, including Medieval RomanesqueGothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and the later Neo-Classical and Neo-Renaissance, with still standing representations of each period in different cities of the country. 

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Located in western Europe, Germany has a rich history that dates back 2 millennia. With beautiful scenery, a great mix between medieval and modern and one of the biggest beer industries and festivals in the world, here you have many reasons why to visit Germany: 

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Why Visit Germany

CULTURE & HISTORY

The area that is now Germany was inhabited by Germanic tribes for many centuries. They later became part of the Frankish Empire and then the Roman Empire. Its culture is known for its rich history, helping to shape the culture of Europe itself. 

LANDSCAPES

Germany is a beautiful country with a wealth of natural landscapes to explore: forested hills and mountains, the Danube, Main and Rhine rivers, the Wadden Sea, alpine peaks, mysterious forests, a country full of variety.

BEER

Germans are renowned for their beer, however, they did not invent it (middle easterns did around 13,000 years ago), but german monasteries starting producing this heavenly drink a millenia ago, when drinking beer was safer than drinking water. With the pass of years, the beer industry revolutionized (they even have a purity law for it), and Germany has set global standards and created more than 7,000 varieties of beer. Nowadays, the country hosts the largest beer festival in the world, the Oktoberfest. 

ARCHITECTURE

The architecture of Germany has a long, rich and diverse history, combining influences from elsewhere in Europe with its own national character, and characterized by a high degree of regional diversity, caused by centuries of fragmentation. Every major European style from Roman to Postmodern is represented, including Medieval RomanesqueGothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and the later Neo-Classical and Neo-Renaissance, with still standing representations of each period in different cities of the country. 

  • Name: Federal Republic of Germany 
  • Capital: Berlin
  • Official Languages: German
  • Currency: Euro
  • Time Zone: UTC+1:00
  • Name: Federal Republic of Germany
  • Capital: Berlin
  • Official Languages: German
  • Currency: Euro
  • Time Zone: UTC+1:00

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What to expect

LANGUAGE

Germain is the official language. The majority of germans would speak at least a little english, however, some people, especially older generations, don’t like to speak it.

ELECTRICITY

In Germany the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa; If you are traveling from the US you will need an adaptor.

CURRENCY

Euro is the official currency in Germany. Other foreign currencies, like dollars, might be accepted at tourist attractions and hotels, but they won’t be accepted at other establishments. Credit cards are widely accepted, and you can exchange your money at any bank.

SAFETY

Germany is very safe, with low crime rates overall, although the crime right might shift a little if you visit the big cities. Petty crime, such as pickpocketing, is the most common offense with rare occurrences of violent crime. Be cautious and use your common sense.

How to get around Germany

By plane

Germany is a very big country with 117 airports, most large and many small cities have their own airports. Flying is a really good way to get around quickly and to cover big distances. There are a couple budget airlines like Ryanair and EasyJet that offer affordable rates. Lufthansa and Eurowings are the main german airlines offering domestic flights. 

By Car

Driving is a very efficient way to move around, as it gives you freedom and allow you to admire the stunning landscape. Germany has some of the best highways in the world, and traffic is very good if you avoid rush hour.

By Public Transportation

Germany has one of the best public transportation in the world. It is reliable and efficient. In the main cities, you can buy a ticket that can give you access to the subway, the buses and the trams. 

By Bus

Buses are an alternative if you want to save some money. They are widely used for short-distance travel, especially in rural areas with relatively few train lines. They tend to be punctual and reliable. 

By Train

Germany has an extensive train network, connecting almost every town with big cities and other countries. It is an incredibly punctual, reliable and efficient way to get around. However, it is not the cheapest. They offer both regular and high speed trains. 


Visa Policy

Nationals of the following countries do not need a visa to enter Germany for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period:

Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macao, Macedonia, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Taiwan, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, USA, Uruguay and Vanuatu.

Citizens from all other countries (except, of course, european citizens) need to request a visa in advance through the embassy.


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