GERMANY TRAVEL GUIDE

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INTRODUCTION

Germany, situated at the heart of Europe, has been the fountainhead of many ideas, people and movements throughout the ages. A trip through Germany leaves one with an overwhelming sense of history reconciled with imminent modernity. From the businesslike atmosphere of Frankfurt to the strip joints of Hamburg, feel the charming flamboyancy of Munich or walk through the historic treasures of Berlin, go back in time through castles of Heidelberg or go wine tasting in the vineyards of the Rhine Valley. Or simply relax in a mountainside inn in the Bavarian Alps and breathe in the crisp air and savour the scenery.

 

Germany is a Western European country with a landscape of forests, rivers, mountain ranges and the North Sea beaches. It has over 2 millennia of history. Berlin, its capital, is home to art and nightlife scenes, the Brandenburg Gate and many sites relating to WWII. Munich is known for its Oktoberfest and beer halls, including the 16th-century Hofbräuhaus. Frankfurt, with its skyscrapers, houses the European Central Bank.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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Germany has restricted the entry of travelers who are arriving from outside the European Economic Area, except for nationals of Germany, residents with a residence permit, and D-Visa holders, and certain exceptions (detailed below).As of June 25, travelers arriving from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or the United Kingdom may enter Germany.Germany has also lifted restrictions on entry for travelers coming from the following countries: Australia, Canada, Georgia, New Zealand, Thailand and Uruguay. Travelers must have spent at least 2 weeks in the above-listed countries prior to their flight to Germany. Restrictions will also be lifted for entry from South Korea, China and Japan if this can be agreed on a reciprocal basis. The list will be reviewed every two weeks.Entry from any third country is possible for travelers who can demonstrate an important reason for their travel. The list of important reasons covers German and EU citizens and any third-country nationals with a right of residency in Germany. It also includes healthcare and social care personnel and health researchers, skilled workers whose economic activity is necessary and cannot be postponed or performed from abroad, freight and transport staff, seasonal workers, students who cannot continue their studies from abroad, travelers making visits for urgent family reasons, diplomats and staff at international organisations, and persons transiting Germany.Travelers entering Germany after staying in a designated risk area abroad during the previous 14 days must undergo mandatory testing for Covid-19. The German government regularly updates its list of designated risk areas. See the "English archive" at the bottom of the Robert Koch Institute page for the latest updated list.Travelers who need to be tested have the choice to either present a valid test taken within 48 hours prior to arrival, take a test on arrival at the airport, or take a test after returning to their place of residence in Germany, by reporting to the local health office. The test is free of charge if taken within 72 hours of arrival. Travelers with a negative test may be exempted from the 14-day self-isolation requirement, but some German states require a second negative test before granting an exemption from quarantine.Quarantine requirements in Germany differ depending on the German state. All travelers arriving from high-risk areas (over 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants) are required to stay in quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Germany. More information can be found here.

 

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Capital: Berlin

Currency: Euro (€)

Area: 357,022 km²

Population: 83,02 million (2019)

Language: German

Electricity: 230V,50Hz (Europlug, Type F, & Schuko plugs)

 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 6 January, Epiphany (regional)
  • 1 May, May Day
  • 15 August, Assumption of the Virgin Mary (in predominantly Catholic areas)
  • 3 October, Day of German Unity
  • 31 October, Reformation Day (predominantly Evangelical areas only)
  • 1 November, All Saints Day (predominantly Catholic areas only)

Also, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Ascension Day, Whit Monday, and Corpus Christi (in predominantly Catholic areas).

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WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Germany is part of the temperate, rainy climate zone of the mid-latitudes. Prevailing westerly winds carry moist air masses in from the Atlantic throughout the year. The maritime influence generally keeps winters mild and ensures that summers are not too hot.

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Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

SNOW:

The snow sports season in Germany starts in December and lasts until the end of March. The busiest period is from mid December through to February, with the lesser crowded times in the beginning of December and March.

HIKE & CYCLE:

The best time for outdoor activities in Germany is from June to September. In most regions, May and October are also feasible, but the temperatures can be rather low and the days are also shorter.

BEACH:

While the south of Germany has its lakes, the north of Germany has a stunning sandy coast with the best beaches being: Utersum Beach at F�hr, Langeoog Beach, Lubmin Beach at Greifswald, Binz Beach at R�gen, Westerland Beach at Sylt, Ahlbeck Beach at Usedom, West Beach at Dar�, Falkensteiner Ufer at Hamburg, Amrum Island beach and Timmendorfer Beach at Niendorf.

WIND:

From April to October, these are some of the best spots for kitesurfing and other wind sports in Germany: St. Peter Ording, Fehmarn, Sylt, Norddeich, Lubeck Bay, R�gen & Norderney.

SURFING:

Germany's west-facing coast has a few opportunities for commited surfers, such as at Sylt, but conditions are unpredictable. Germany also has something called "River Surfing" on the Eisbach River.

 

LGBTQ

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in Germany have evolved significantly over the course of the last decades. Same-sex marriage in Germany has been legal since 1 October 2017, after the Bundestag passed legislation giving same-sex couples full marital and adoption rights on 30 June 2017. Prior to that, registered partnerships were available to same-sex couples, having been legalised in 2001.

 

Germany has frequently been seen as one of the most gay-friendly countries in the world with Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich in particular having an open and vibrant LGBT scene. The most popular annual Gay Pride Parade is in Cologne, but there are also annual festivals in the cities of Munich, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Berlin and Hamburg.

 

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