Before travelling to Germany

Before traveling to Germany

Germany is known for creating and manufacturing vehicles. In each city in Germany, there is always so much history ready to engulf you such as the Berlin Wall in Berlin, or there are many breweries all over the country. So why fly past this country, when you can stop and take in all the country has to offer.

When to travel

The best time to go is during the summer and autumn months for the warmer climates. The winters months are generally cold and icy. In some areas in Germany during winter, there is often snow.

When we visited Cologne in July 2017 it was warm but rained for about 2 days out of the 4 days we were there. So expect rain and take wet weather gear with you.

Cologne Germany

Booking the tickets

The first thing you need to think about is when you will be looking to visit Germany, once this has been decided, you then need to book the tickers to get to Germany. There are a few ways to get to Germany and it all depends on where you are travelling too.

Fly

There are many budget airlines travelling all over Europe, such as Ryanair, Easyjet, Jet2, Lufthansa etc. When we visited Cologne we flew via Ryanair, to read our honest review on Ryanair, then click the link. We flew out from London Stansted to Cologne Bonn, and it is very easy quick and simple way to get to Germany.

Drive

It is possible to drive to Germany, but depending on where you are driving from, this can be tiring and can be slow and a long process. It also depends on if you are looking to stop off at different countries as you make your way to Germany, as this would be ideal if you have some extra time. As we come from the UK, we would have to catch a ferry or the Eurotunnel before travelling through France to get to Germany by car.

Bus

Depending on where you are travelling from, you may possibly be able to get a public bus, which may require a number of changes. Alternatively, there are many tour buses who will often offer a package deal, taking you to Germany which will include any tours and accommodation.

Ferry

This is another great way to drive to Germany if you come from Scandinavia or the UK to get across the waters to Germany.

Health

There are no specific health requirements to visit France, however, it might be worth visiting your local doctor/nurse 6 weeks before you travel to make sure you are all topped up on the standard vaccinations such as tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella etc.

Visas

Depending on what passport you hold, you may require a visa to enter France. Many countries such as the EU, Australia, New Zealand, USA etc passport holders may not require a visa to visit for a short stay. If you are planning to stay longer, you will require a visa. For more information on visa’s then please visit the country website or embassy.

Money

The currency in Germany is the euro. It is advisable to take some cash and debit and credit cards to Germany with you. By using a debit or credit card, there is often a fee when travelling abroad. We personally took cash out there with us and took approximately 200-300 Euros with us for 3 nights. This doesn’t sound like a lot, but we had debit and credit cards if needed, but also we were staying with a family member who cooked for us most nights, and therefore found we didn’t need so much money. We did, of course, eat some traditional German food from restaurants or take ways, but again this wasn’t often so didn’t spend as much money. It is often better to take more especially if you don’t need it. If you don’t take enough, then you could risk being without money and stranded until you can get some finances arranged.

Packing

When we visited Cologne in July, about 2 out of 4 days it rained, so will be a good idea to take waterproof clothing where possible. When we visited Cologne, we took trousers and T-shirt, and just a jumper, as the weather was warm enough during the day and evening. In the summer months, you can wear shorts, t-shirt, trousers, skirts, dresses and a jumper, yet winter time you will require jumpers, jackets, woolly hat and gloves.

Should you require any help or advise when travelling to Germany, then please do not hesitate to contact us.


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