FAQ- German Travel and Tourism
Are you planning a trip to Germany but don’t have any idea how to go about it? You have got a lot of queries regarding your travel but don’t know whom to ask? Don’t worry, your search ends here!
Our German travel guide will help you in planning your trip and getting acquainted with all the necessary information.
We have compiled some FAQ of tourists. However, you won’t find a clear-cut answer as this would depend on your preferences, plans, and itineraries. By clarifying these queries, we can offer you guidance to avoid unexpected problems.
1. How do I reach Germany?
Being centrally located in Europe, you can easily reach there by any mode of transportation.
BY AIR: – This would depend on as per the country of your origin, the airline and your destination in Germany. Generally, your flight may land in any of the below 3 major airports:-
- Frankfurt International Airport (FRA) is the largest airport in Germany and Frankfurt-Hahn airport (which is 120km far away from Frankfurt) is generally used by low-cost air carriers like Ryan Air.
- Munich Airport (MUC) is the 2nd
- Düsseldorf International Airport (DUS)
- Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL). This will soon be closed in few years. Upcoming one is Berlin-Brandenburg Airport
BY TRAIN: – European citizens can directly travel to Germany as the German Rail Network is well connected with other European cities.
2. What about VISA?
Traveling within Europe is hassle-free with Schengen Agreement. Hence, EU citizens don’t need any VISA and there won’t be any border controls. However, non-Schengen countries citizens do need to apply for VISA.
3. How to get around in Germany?
- By Train: The hi-speed trains (up to 300km/h) like InterCityExpress or ICE of Deutsche Bahn connect all major cities.
- By Road: Germany is world famous for its road network especially the motorways or Autobahn. On the Autobahn, you won’t find any general speed limit. Your inter-city drive (by car or by bus) will be quick and comfortable.
- Guided Tours: You can opt for private guided tours, in case you are unable to plan sightseeing trips yourself. These guides will also help you discover hidden sites and can give the best advice in terms of local culture and accommodations.
4. Must-see attractions?
We have already compiled a lot of travel blogs with regard to famous attractions in Germany. You can select a city and see the related sightseeing spots. Don’t forget to read our separate lists where its mentioned- what all activities you can do to enrich your trip e.g. “Weird things-to-do in Berlin” etc.
5. Best season to travel?
Although we cant exactly specify you the best season for your visit. Every season has its own charm. And don’t expect a good weather all-day-long in any of the seasons.
The main travel season is often seen around April until October. The weather is generally mild, sunny and cloudy. It is best suited for all outdoor activities like boating, picnics, sightseeing and festivals.
In the winter season, you might find some restrictions during your trip. It can be like limited opening hours for museums, castles and less visibility due to fog, snow. Also, many sightseeing and tourist sites get opened only during summers.
Besides that, who can forget the most famous German Christmas markets (Weihnachtsmarkt) and Mulled wine (Glühwine)? This calls for a trip in December. You can visit all the mountainous regions in any season. If you are looking for winter-sports or skiing, then the Alps and the black forest are highly recommended.
6. Is Germany expensive for a tourist?
It cannot be said that it’s the most expensive country or the cheapest one. Still, you can keep your spending under your planned budget in many ways like:
- Accommodation– You can save a good amount of money here if you do the hotel bookings in advance. Last minute bookings upon arrival indeed cost too much. Try considering hostels or Ferienwohnung (holiday apartments) rather than hotels for lowering costs. You would most likely get a big breakfast menu, its cost is included in the accommodation fee. Apartments won’t have this facility.
- Food– You can cut unnecessary spending on your eating. Every time restaurant visits will be very expensive. Instead go for small bistros like- Döner kebab, Bratwursts or take-away snacks. Moreover, you can opt for “Mittagstisch”, which is a cheaper version of lunch.
- Public Transport– Instead of hiring Taxi, we suggest you go for buses and local trains with day tickets and City/Welcome Cards, which are meant especially for tourists. Plan your inter-city train tickets in advance otherwise, you will end up paying high prices.
7. Language problem?
You will seldom find troubles dealing with people in travel and tourism sectors, as they know English, more or less. But you may experience language problems in village areas. You would probably feel helpless in the middle of the street if the other person fails to guide you with directions.
It is always beneficial to get yourself acquainted with few basic words and phrases of the local language. This way you would be able to read sign boards.
8. Any suggestions for good German travel guide books?
You will find many travel guides in book shops or online. I have found below two (in English), which are highly rated online:-
- Lonely Planet Germany (Travel Guide)
- Rick Steves Germany 2017
You can also choose region or city wise travel guides like-
- Lonely Planet Munich, Bavaria & the Black Forest
- Frommer’s Berlin day by day