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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘guten tag’
(goo-ten tahk)
German
Plug combo cf
Electricity
230V/50hz
Nov-Apr
Best time to go
Summer

Money and costs

Currency
Euro (€)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated July 19, 2018 9:52AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
€120
  • Hostel, camping or private room: €15–30
  • Low-cost meal or self-catering: up to €8
  • Day ticket on public transport: €5–7
Midrange
  • Private apartment or double room: €60–120
  • Three-course dinner at a nice restaurant: €30–40
  • Couple of beers in a pub or beer garden: €8
Top end (more than)
€200
  • Fancy loft apartment or double in top-end hotel: from €150
  • Sit-down lunch or dinner at top-rated restaurant: €100
  • Concert or opera tickets: €50–150

Visas

Generally not required for tourist stays up to 90 days (or at all for EU nationals); some nationalities need a Schengen Visa.

Get the latest visa advice for Germany from our community.

When to go and weather

°C°F
mmin
DEU
Stuttgart
Go Jan–Dec
Mar – May
1555841
0.13
0.0
Jun – Aug
22127153
0.33
0.01
Sep – Nov
1565742
0.17
0.01
Dec – Feb
4-23928
0.1
0.01
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Hamburg
Go Jan–Dec
Mar – May
1265343
Jun – Aug
21147058
Sep – Nov
1495748
Dec – Feb
413934
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Dresden
Go May–OctDec
Mar – May
1455641
0.2
0.01
Jun – Aug
1594837
0.27
0.01
Sep – Nov
1164131
0.13
0.01
Dec – Feb
3-23729
0.1
0.0
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Cologne
Go Jan–Dec
Mar – May
1555942
0.03
0.0
Jun – Aug
23137354
0.13
0.01
Sep – Nov
1586046
0.03
0.0
Dec – Feb
614333
0.0
0.0
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Berlin
Go May–Oct
Mar – May
1445740
0.13
0.0
Jun – Aug
23147457
0.27
0.01
Sep – Nov
1475845
0.1
0.0
Dec – Feb
4-13930
0.1
0.0
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season

Getting to Germany

Most travellers arrive in Germany by air, or by rail and road connections from neighbouring countries. Flights and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Flights to Germany

The best price found from United States to Germany is on January 31st, 2019, travelling with WOW air. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

BWI
Baltimore Washington International
from $190.00
SXF
Berlin Schoenefeld

Getting around Germany

Germans are whizzes at moving people around, and the public transport network is one of the best in Europe. The best ways of getting around the country are by car and by train.

Train Extensive network of long-distance and regional trains with frequent departures; fairly expensive but numerous deals available.

Car Useful for travelling at your own pace or for visiting regions with no or minimal public transport. Cars can be hired in every town and city. Drive on the right.

Bus Cheaper and slower than trains and with a growing long-haul network. Regional bus services fill the gaps in areas not served by rail.

Air Only useful for longer distances, eg Hamburg to Munich or Berlin to Munich.

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