What to See in Germany for First Time Travelers?
Germany consists of 16 states, and each state will present you different side of this country. The cities of Berlin and Munich as well as the 'Romantic Road' from Wurzburg to Fussen are the most popular tourist destinations for the first time travelers.
As the capital and the largest city in Germany, Berlin has many important historical landmarks to visit, like Memorial of the Berlin Wall, Brandenburg Gate, Germany Reichstag Building and Potsdamer Platz.
Munich is a great cultural city with beautiful churches, outstanding museums and palaces. The Marienplatz and the Wittelsbacher Residenz in the city center are the must-see spots for your Germany Tours. It is also famous for seasonal festivals, especially the beer festival, Oktoberfest, from late September to early October. Many travelers come to visit during this period to experience the exuberant atmosphere and vitality of Munich.
In the south of Germany, along the famous 'Romantic Road' from Wurzburg to Fussen, you will visit many medieval towns, picturesque villages and heritage castles. The representative of Germany castle - Schloss Neuschwanstein and the masterpiece of Bavarian Rococo style architecture - Pilgrimage Church of Wies, are the two most famous sites on this Germany's oldest and most popular tourist route.
What is the Best Time to Plan Germany Vacations?
Generally, late spring (the month of May) and early autumn (September to early October) are the best time to visit Germany. Due to the mild climate during these periods, it is cool with comfortable temperatures and suitable for both indoor and outdoor activities. However, with distinctive seasons, Germany is also a perfect place for travelling all year around.
The Munich Oktoberfest in October and the famous Christmas Markets in December are the grandest festivals in Germany. If you want to experience the passion in Germany, you could consider your visit during the festival period. For fewer crowds, lower prices from hotels, please choose other times.
How to Get to and Travel around Germany?
If you are flying to Germany from outside Europe, the Frankfurt Airport will be your best choice for landing. It is the largest international airport in Germany with non-stop flights from USA, UK, Canada, Mexico etc. As the traffic hub of Germany, you could connect flight, train or bus easily from the Frankfurt Airport to more destinations of the country.
While for domestic travel throughout Germany, besides the flights, the speed trains and private cars are also very popular.
Do I Need a Visa for My Germany Vacations?
As a member of the Schengen agreement country, Germany allows the citizens of 62 countries to enter its territory without a visa for the tourism purpose, and the stay is no more than 90 days in any 180-day period.
The 62 countries are:
Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macao, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Taiwan, Timor Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Venezuela.
If you are not a national of these 62 countries, you will need to obtain a Germany visa or Schengen visa.
Is Tipping Customary in Germany?
Tipping is certainly a polite way to express your satisfaction of the service received. Generally, 5% - 10% of the total bill is a reasonable amount in restaurant and bars. For your tour guide, the amount depends on your group size, service hour, and experience, etc.