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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
Friday
HRS
16
16
MINS
56
56
Current Time
GMT +2

Money and costs

Currency
Euro (€)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated May 15, 2019 11:47AM 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
€120–200
  • Private apartment or double room: €60–120
  • Three-course dinner at a good 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

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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.

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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