Germany

Take in Germany as fast as the Autobahn or as slow as a bike ride along the Rhine. Life is as traditional as a sing-along in a beer garden or as sophisticated as Berlin’s palaces and opera houses.

Tours & Packages to Germany

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Treasures of the Rhine River Cruise
Cruise the Rhine through Switzerland, Germany, France & the Netherlands; see Basel, Strasbourg, Cologne, Amsterdam & more
10 days  •  from $4399 $3899
per person, double occupancy*
dates cruise + flights

Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to Germany? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capital: Berlin
Population:  82.67 million
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Languages: German
Drives on the: Right
Time zone: CET (UTC +1)

Weather

June-September are the best months to visit Germany when days are warm and nights are cool. It does rain during the summer, so take a jacket and an umbrella. If you like wildflowers, the months of April and May are gorgeous, but cool. Late fall and early winter can also be more moderate with southern winds keeping temps warmer in Bavaria.

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least 90 days after your return date, though we strongly recommend at least six months.

U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to enter Germany for stays up to 90 days. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

Booked on one of our packages with Scheduled Dates? If you do not hold a U.S. passport, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

More information about passports & visas.

Shopping

In southern Germany, shop for cuckoo clocks, thermometers, Hummel figurines, wood carvings, cameras, china, porcelain, antiques, stainless steelware, toys and dolls, wines, cheese and local handcrafts. In eastern Germany, shop for Lauscha glass, wood carvings, Leipzig tiles, porcelain, Russian and eastern European phonograph records, pottery, and wooden nutcrackers.

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

There are no health precautions or requirements to enter Germany.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Power & Adapters

230 volts. C & F. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Tipping

Round up bills in restaurants and taxis, and give the tip directly to the waiter or driver.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I take my cell phone?

    See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.

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