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Travelling to Germany – what you need to know

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Essential information for your trip to Germany.

Neuschwanstein Castle

Wie gehts?

Germany is culturally diverse and rich in history, and it has certainly made its mark on the world, being the birthplace of Albert Einstein, Beethoven, and BMW.

It's host to the famous Oktoberfest in Munich, with over 6 million visitors each year - perfect for beer lovers! 

Germany is also known for some of the best Christmas markets in Europe, a tradition that’s been running since the early 17th century. 

Some information before you travel to Germany

Germany

Travel information

Travel insurance

Germany is typically a safe country to visit.

Your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) can get you state-provided healthcare at the same cost as locals get it.

This card doesn't cover the costs of repatriation or emergency accommodation like travel insurance would. 

Currency 

Euro

Money info

Credit/debit cards are accepted all over Germany.

ATMs can be found in all major cities and towns

Official language

German

Capital

Berlin

Time difference

GMT +1

Visa requirements

British citizens and EU citizens can enter Germany without a visa. All that's required is a valid passport.

Other nationalities may require a visa. Check for visa regulations before travelling.

Vaccinations

There are no vaccinations required for Germany. Yay!

British embassy

The British Embassy can be found in the capital city Berlin.

Driving in Germany

If you intend to drive in Germany, you'll need the following documents:

- Full driving licence

- Identification (Passport)

- Proof of insurance

- Proof of owndership

For a full list of driving rules visit RAC, or take a look at our guide to driving in Germany.

Climate

Temperate Climate

Average temperature in summer is 22°C - 35°

Average temperature in winter is -10° - 3°

Main attractions

Everywhere you go in Germany you're sure to find something fun and interesting to do.

Favourites among travellers are:

The Berlin Wall, Cologne Catherdral, Neuschwanstein Castle, and of course The Hofbrauhaus beer hall in Munich.

National dish

Germans are massive fans of meat.

A popular dish is sauerbraten (a pot roast).

Also famous for wurst (sausage) which can be found in many markets across the country.

Other things to consider

While in Germany you're legally required to carry identification with you at all times. You can be arrested if you can't provide it on the spot.

Local information site

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