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Welcome to Germany

Germany

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

Within easy reach of the UK and yet with a flavour all of its own, Germany offers something for every visitor, young and old. From beaches to mountains the country has vibrant cosmopolitan cities, fairy tale castles and vineyards aplenty, with so much more besides.
Millions of visitors travel to Germany every year to soak up the culture, discover a little of the country’s history and partake of some of the legendary hospitality. Forget about sauerkraut and sausages, German food is a gastronomic delight. When you choose JiveHippo for your holiday in Germany you not only get the chance to explore some of the more off-the-beaten-track destinations as well as the traditional favourites, but you also get to do so at some of the keenest prices to be found, thanks to a generous program of membership rewards.
Visit Hamburg, onetime choice of The Beatles and famed throughout the world for its cosmopolitan vibe, thanks to its port. Explore the harbour area on one of the sightseeing boats before visiting the city art gallery, then head for the modern city centre to try some of the fine dining establishments.
Munich is a shopper’s paradise offering superb retail therapy alongside peaceful parks and gardens where you can really kick back and relax. Marienplatz Square is reputed to be the most beautiful town square in the country, so be sure to stop for some refreshments as you watch the world go by, perhaps before heading into the Alps for some invigorating exercise.
Cologne gave its name to a famous perfume and is also the place to visit for its spectacular cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Close by is the Ludwig Museum, guaranteed to appeal to art lovers, which boasts a fine selection of original pop art. If art is not your thing then you are certain to find something of interest at the city’s famous Chocolate Museum, complete with three-metre high chocolate fountain!
Nuremberg is the place to head for lovers of history. The famous fortress is just one of the city’s architectural masterpieces. The Old Town is breathtakingly lovely and a great place for a stroll to soak up some of the atmosphere before exploring the toy museum - the city was once famed for its toy manufacturing industry.
Frankfurt has a modern vibe and is famously the centre of the country’s banking industry, but it’s also well known for being the ‘museum capital’ of Germany. Head for the south bank of the River Main to find thirteen museums covering everything from modern and traditional art to museums dedicated to Art and Crafts and even Films.
Berlin is the capital city and offers an incredible choice of attractions. Most visitors will want to visit the Brandenburg Gate and the memorial to the Berlin Wall. The Checkpoint Charlie Museum is just one of the places dedicated to the city’s chequered past, but there is so much more to this vibrant part of Germany than its war-torn history. Home to some of the country’s most famous shopping areas, visit the Kurfurstendamm for a glimpse into some seriously luxurious boutique shops. Elsewhere in the city there are plenty of upmarket shops to browse through as well as a thriving nightlife scene.
If towns and cities aren’t your thing, Germany still has plenty of tricks up its sleeve. Whether you enjoy a gentle stroll, a more vigorous hike or a bike ride, head for the Black Forest to experience outstanding scenery, amazing views and a glimpse of the country’s wildlife. This is where you are likely to find the ubiquitous cuckoo clock, and you might even manage to track down the chocolate and cherry dessert which this region is justly famous for, but there is so much more to this spectacular part of Europe. 
Sports and outdoor enthusiasts should head for the Alps which offer superb skiing and snowboarding opportunities during the winter months, with stunning walks and treks during the warmer parts of the year.

 

Climate

Germany’s climate is similar to that in Britain, although to the north the temperature only rarely tends to dip below freezing. Further south the winters can be chilly, particularly in and around the Alps, but this contributes to a thriving winter sports scene. Summers tend to be mild with no great extremes of temperature. The country is renowned for its wine growing, which requires plenty of sunshine, so good weather tends to be a feature of many parts of the country.

Getting Around

Germany´s larger towns have efficient public transport. The main cities have many more transport systems such as buses, trams, U-Bahn, trains and S-Bah.

Buses and trams run very regular and most services will run through the night.

The S-Bahn are suburban trains, they are faster and cover a wide area that the buses and trams can not meet. This service is generally less frequent than buses and trains.

The U-Bahn are underground trains, and is the fastest way to travel in any big city. These trains are very frequent, more frequent during the rush hours of the day.

Most Germans love to cycle. many cities have a dedicated bus lane and bicycles must only be ridden here.

 

Health

Germany accept the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), this card will give you entitlement to state provided medical treatments if needed while you are on holiday.

If you are not able to get the EHIC then make sure that you have your travel insurance and accessible funds, in case any treatment is needed.

Language

German is the main language although many people in the major towns and cities also speak English. It can be helpful to learn a few simple phrases of the language before you go, as even a cursory attempt to speak the language can generate a lot of goodwill. 

Money

As with much of Europe the currency in Germany is the Euro. Currency can be obtained at most hotels, banks, stations and airports, and ATM machines are widely available. Travellers should be aware that credit cards are not widely accepted in Germany and some smaller establishments require cash transactions only.

Safety

Crime levels are very similar to those of the UK. While you are visiting Germany take the same precautions as you would in the UK, make sure that your belongings are close to you and avoid bog gangs to minus the risk of bag snatching and pickpockets.

Time

Germany is under the Central European Time Zone (UTC+01:00).

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