Germany

Germany

Travel Guide

What do you go travelling for, the cuisine? Germany is known for it's sausages and huge steins of beer. The culture? Just look at edgy Berlin, or the rest of the country's bold Bavarian lifestyle. Or how about the Insta potential? You'll find a huge variation of architectural styles across Germany, beaut countryside, graffiti-covered walls and quaint villages. Whatever your vibe, Germany has got you.

Germany: Fast facts

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Languages Spoken

The official language in Germany is German.

germany currency

Currency

Name: Euro
Code: EU
Symbol: €
€25 is approx $39

time zone in germany

Time Zone

The time zone in Germany is Central European Time (UTC +1:00)

Our favourite cities in Germany

Berlin
Berlin
Shaking off its stormy past, Berlin is now seen as one of the coolest cities in Europe - with quirky urban spaces, street art filled streets, underground music scenes, vibrant nightlife and tons of art galleries and museums to get lost in. See the mighty Brandenburg Gate or go to the East Side Gallery - the largest remaining evidence of the city’s historical division - where you’ll find an open-air exhibition of art painted directly on the last existing portions of the Berlin wall.
Munich
Munich
Home to the famous Oktoberfest, Munich is where travellers flock to in order to enjoy an infinite amount of beer, thrilling fairground rides, currywurst, and dance to old-fashioned Bavarian music while dressing themselves up in lederhosen (and looking great).
Cologne
Cologne
If it's arts and history you're looking for, then 2000-year-old medieval Cologne offers this up on a platter (with a side of sausages, obviously). You've got a mixture of French and German culture, a bustling arts scene - the Ludwig Museum showcases Picasso, and some impressive feats of architecture. The landmark of the city is the gothic cathedral, which is the world's largest, as well as being a UNESCO World Heritage Site - it only took a mere 632 years to complete! 
stuttgart
Stuttgart
A stroll through Stuttgart's city centre is like taking a journey back through the history of architecture, with masterpieces such as the medieval Old Palace, the baroque New Palace, the beautiful Art Nouveau market hall and the Bauhaus-style Weissenhof housing estate giving the city its distinctive feel.  Sample the wine at the many vineyards and lap up the great scenery.

Germany: travel costs

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Drinks

A pint (or stein) of beer in Germany is usually around €3 ($4.66) but can be up to €5 in restaurants or clubs in the cities. Coffee is around €2 ($3).

cost of food in germany

Meals

A bratwurst and soft drink can cost well under €5 (approx $7.77) in an inexpensive local place, whereas a main course somewhere a little fancier will be around €10 (approx $15).

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Transport

The prices of transport in Germany differ depending on where you are, but on average a one-way ticket on local transport is under €1.50 (approx $2.33). The train and bus network is extensive and efficient - especially the underground train in cities such as Berlin.

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Taxis

Taxi tariffs start at around €5 (approx $7.77) with around €1.50 added for every km your travel.

hostels in germany

Hostels

Hostel prices fluctuate depending on the season; expect higher rates during summer or over Oktoberfest. A dorm bed in Berlin or Munich will cost you around €10 per night (approx $15).

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Hotels

A 3-4* private hotel room will cost around €30 per person, per night (approx $46). Book ahead to get the best deal - especially over Oktoberfest or in Christmas market season.

Germany & Central Europe

Adventure Tours

Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest | 4 days
So much more than a beer fest (no, really), Munich's two-week extravaganza is one huge party, full of fairground rides, music, great food from all over Europe and very silly hats. This Contiki tour also takes you on a guided walking tour of the city, and comes with accommodation, breakfast and a guide included.
From $385
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Sziget festival Budapest
Sziget Festival | 10 days
City hop Contiki-style from Berlin to Budapest via Vienna and Prague this August, en-route to Sziget Festival. Soak up three full days and nights at one of Europe's biggest multicultural festivals,with accommodation, transport and performances from Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar, Gorillaz and dozens more huge bands and artists all included.
From $1,955
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Eastern Europe, Croatia & the Balkans
Eastern Europe, Croatia & the Balkans | 28 days
Get ready for the summer. Of. Your. Life. Austria's incredile scenery, Berlin's gritty art and nightlife, and every beautiful Eastern European city you could dream of - Krakow? Yep. Prague? Check. Budapest? You bet. That's before you even reach the Balkans. We'll then whizz you through Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, through Montenegro's beautiful fjords, to Dubrovnik. You'll end in the party capital of Hvar - a stunning Croatian island.
From $1,955
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Germany weather: when's the best time to visit?

Like the rest of Europe, Germany's summers are hot (reaching as high as 35°C - but usually around 22°C) and the winters are cold (on average, the temp sits at around 3°C). Head to Germany between May and October to experience the best weather – put be prepared for the possibility of rain!  Autumn is great for getting out and about since the climate is mild, and winter sport fanatics will want to visit Germany from December to March.

Do I need a visa to visit Germany?

Australian citizens can enter the Schengen area for a maximum of 90 days without a visa, within a period of six months. You will need to show that you have enough funds to cover your trip, and that you have an outward flight.

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