Germany Travel Guide

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Germany is bordered by Denmark to the north, the Czech Republic and Poland to the east, Austria and Switzerland to the south, Luxembourg and France to the southwest, and the Netherlands and Belgium to the northwest.  Germany also borders the Baltic Sea and North Sea in the north of the country.  

Germany is a member of the European Union and the eurozone and the European Health Insurance Card is valid. (Currency is the euro).


Berlin is the capital city of Germany, which is located in the northeast.  Other major cities include Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich. Major rivers of Germany include the Danube, Rhine and Elbe. 


Berlin is a very popular tourist destination.  It has a rich cultural history and a lively nightlife. Alexanderplatz is a popular meeting place and the Friedrichstrasse is the place to go for shopping. Sites such as the Brandenburg Gate and remains of the Berlin Wall are popular tourist sites. Berlin also has many museums and galleries, a zoo, botanical gardens, theatres, castles, and beer gardens.


Munich is a beautiful city, and also famous for its annual Oktoberfest celebration which takes place from mid September to the beginning of October.  The Cannstatter Volksfest is held in Stuttgart around the same time. Stuttgart is also the home of Mercedes Benz. 


While visiting Germany why not try some of the traditional regional cuisine which includes beer, wine and sausages.  Black Forest Gateaux (schwarzwalder kirschtorte) is always a winner.


Germany has much to offer for all kinds of holidays and visits, from cosmopolitan cities to natural health spas, forests and lakes, to mountain ranges and world-class ski resorts.  Germany has many scenic areas and fairytale castles, such as Neuschwanstein in the Bavarian Alps. One trip will never be enough to see it all!


Germany is renowned for its efficient and reliable public transportation systems, from the autobahns (motorways) to high speed trains.  Major international airports include those at Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Cologne and Leipzig.


The Black Forest (Schwarzwald) covers an enormous area of the country. It is very popular with visitors, especially for its health resorts and natural mineral spas, such as the famous ones at Freiburg and Baden-Baden. The Black Forest is also the place to find many traditional craft items such as music boxes and cuckoo clocks.  


For skiers and winter sports enthusiasts there is a wide choice of destinations to suit every taste and level, including the Bvarian Black Forest area, Allgau Alps, and Garmisch-Partenkirchen.  Check our Ski Guide for tips and information and don’t forget ski insurance


To get in the festive mood why not visit one of the famous German Christmas Markets.

Other places of interest include the birthplace of Beethoven in the city of Bonn in the west of the country.  Bonn has a lovely Old Town with pedestrian streets.


European Health Insurance Card


Visitors with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are entitled to free emergency medical care, but this should never be used in place of comprehensive travel insurance.  For example, the EHIC does not cover travel problems such as lost or stolen luggage or property, cancellation and curtailment, and expensive matters like personal liability, legal costs, ongoing or non-urgent medical care, air ambulance and medical repatriation.




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Inclusion in this Travel Guide does not guarantee travel insurance is available in any country at any given time. Travel Insurance is not available in countries where the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued an advisory against travel.

We strongly advise a visit to the FCO website for updated travel information and general travel advice before you book and pay for any travel.