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GERMANY            Europe Enquiry Form
   
     
 
                                                           

Germany with its fairy tale castles and the romantic Rhine of the fabled Valkyries is a legend in its own right. From its Roman roots to modern times, German culture has many facets. Migration over the centuries has brought with it many traditions and culture now engraved in day-to-day life. Germany offers a diversity of attractions for the visitor. Throughout the country various festivals take place from spring to autumn. Art and music cultural programmes take place throughout the year in cities such as Berlin, Leipzig, Cologne and the annual Wagner Festival in Bayreuth is world renowned. Enjoying an enormous international reputation is the Oberammergau Passion Play, held every 10 years.

Germany holiday
                                                           
Germany holiday
 

Highlights of natural beauty include the Black Forest, the Rhine and Moselle valleys, the Bavarian Alps and Lake Constance along with other areas of truly breathtaking scenery.

Main Regions & Cities

Berlin                               Frankfurt
Hamburg                          Munich
The Black Forest

                                                           

WEATHER    Back to top

Coastal regions of Germany have a temperate climate with warm summers and mild cloudy winters. Inland, the climate is more continental with warmer summers and colder winters. The Alpine and upland regions have cooler weather and more rain. Rain can be expected throughout the country all year round.

Berlin

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Rainfall (mm)

43

38

39

41

49

64

71

62

44

44

45

48

Rainfall (inches)

1.7

1.5

1.5

1.6

1.9

2.5

2.8

2.4

1.7

1.7

1.8

1.9

Min Temp (°C)

-3

-2

0

4

8

11

13

12

9

6

2

-1

Max Temp (°C)

2

3

8

13

18

22

23

23

18

13

7

3

Min Temp (°F)

27

28

32

39

46

52

55

54

48

43

36

30

Max Temp (°F)

36

37

46

55

64

72

73

73

64

55

45

37


Munich

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Rainfall (mm)

46

43

48

56

89

109

99

99

69

48

56

48

Rainfall (inches)

2.3

2.1

1.9

2.4

4.3

4.9

5.5

4.2

3.3

2.6

2.2

1.9

Min Temp (°C)

-5

-4

0

3

7

10

12

12

8

4

0

-4

Max Temp (°C)

1

3

8

13

18

21

23

23

19

13

6

2

Min Temp (°F)

23

25

32

37

45

50

54

54

46

39

32

25

Max Temp (°F)

34

37

46

55

64

70

73

73

66

55

43

36


Frankfurt

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Rainfall (mm)

47

38

40

41

53

69

69

71

51

53

54

52

Rainfall (inches)

1.9

1.5

1.6

1.6

2.1

2.7

2.7

2.8

2.0

2.1

2.1

2.0

Min Temp (°C)

-3

-3

0

4

8

12

13

13

10

6

2

-2

Max Temp (°C)

1

3

8

13

19

22

23

23

19

13

7

3

Min Temp (°F)

27

27

32

39

46

54

55

55

50

43

36

28

Max Temp (°F)

34

37

46

55

66

72

73

73

66

55

45

37



                                                           
GOOD TO KNOW    Back to top

Time: GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in April).

Electricity: 220 volts, 50Hz. European-style two-pin plugs are standard.

Money: The unit of currency is the Euro (EUR), divided into 100 cents. ATMs and exchange bureaux are widely available. The major credit cards are becoming more widely accepted in many large shops, hotels and restaurants, although Germans themselves prefer to carry cash. Travellers cheques are best cashed at exchange bureaux, as banks often won't change them. The quickest and most convenient way to change money is to obtain cash from one of the ATM machines that are ubiquitous features of all German streets. Banks are closed on weekends, but exchange bureaux at airports and main railway stations are open daily from 6am to 10pm.

Approximate Currency Exchange Rates

EUR 1.00 =

USD 1.27

GBP 0.69

CAD 1.44

AUD 1.70

ZAR 9.08

EUR 1.00

NZD 2.08

Note: These rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only. Please go to our Currency Converter for the latest rates.

Germany holiday
Germany holiday


Language: German is the official language. English is also widely spoken and understood.

Passport/Visa Note: The borderless region known as the Schengen area includes the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. All these countries issue a standard Schengen visa that, in principal, allows the holder to travel freely within the borders of all. Also required are onward or return tickets, sufficient funds to provide financial support, and documents for further travel.

Health: There are no serious health risks in Germany, although there have been recent outbreaks of measles in Bavaria, Lower Saxony, and North Rhine Westphalia. The German health service is excellent. There is a reciprocal health agreement with the UK and most EU countries, whose citizens are entitled to free medical and dental treatment on presentation of a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Nationals of other countries should take out medical insurance. Cases of bird flu have been reported throughout the country, but no human infections have been found. The deadly virus has also been found in cats. The risk is low for travellers to Germany, but all close contact with wild, caged or domestic birds should be avoided, and all poultry and egg dishes should be well cooked as a precaution.

Tipping: Some restaurant bills already have a service charge added, but if this is not the case add 5-10%. Hotel porters expect around €1, and cleaning staff, hairdressers, taxi drivers etc expect small tips.

Safety: A visit to Germany should be trouble free, but take normal precautions to avoid mugging, bag-snatching and pick-pocketing, especially at airports and railway stations in the large cities.

Communications: The international access code for Germany is +49. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom). Note that telephone numbers in Germany can range from four to nine digits. There are surcharges on international calls made from hotels; it is often cheaper to use public telephone boxes in post offices, which use phone cards. The local mobile phone operators use GSM networks and have roaming agreements with most international operators. Internet cafes are available in the main towns.

Duty Free: Passengers arriving from non-EU countries can enter Germany without paying duty on 200 cigarettes, or 100 cigarillos, or 50 cigars, or 250g smoking tobacco, or a proportional mix of these products; 1 litre of spirits with 22% alcohol volume, or 2 litres of spirits or aperitifs made of wine or similar beverages with alcohol content lower than 22% or sparkling, still or liqueur wines, or a proportional mix of these; perfume up to 50g or 250ml eau de toilette; 500g coffee; and other goods to the value of €175 for personal consumption. Prohibited items include any poultry or pet birds from poultry and derived products coming from Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Pakistan, Thailand and Vietnam. Providing goods are bought for personal use, there are no restrictions on carrying tobacco and alcohol between the 15 original countries of the EU (including the UK), with the exception of Finland, Denmark and Sweden.

                                                           
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