A country where half-timbered houses sit alongside fairytale castles, and rolling vineyards can be reached through ultra-modern cities; Germany is as beautiful as it is historic. Birthplace of the Brothers Grimm, Beethoven and Albert Einstein, this destination has stories waiting at every turn. Wander among UNESCO-listed Roman remains, savour a traditional pint at one of the world’s most historic beer halls and even head underground to explore tunnels that played a significant part in the war.
For the archaeology lovers, Germany is filled with sites to explore. In Trier, you’ll find the impressive Roman Porta Nigra gate, built in grey sandstone in the 2nd century AD. In Xanten, the Roman town of Colonia Ulpia Traiana – built by the army in order to service the legion and auxiliary troops stationed there – has been reconstructed. Then, in Mainz, stand before the Temple of Isis, which shows how cosmopolitan the province was in the Roman period.
Culturally, this country is just as rich. From world-famous philosophers like Immanuel Kant to composers such as Bach and Handel, and from literary greats like Wolfgang von Goethe to artists that include Max Ernst and Paul Klee – Germany is home to some celebrated talent.
11 August 2022
If you’re travelling to Germany from the UK, you won’t require a visa for your stay. For American guests visiting Germany, you have 90 days to enjoy a holiday in the country, but you must ensure that all passports are valid for at least three months beyond the end of your stay.
Germany uses the Euro, which is widely available.
Germany tends to have fairly hot summers with mild winters and generally temperate weather during the other seasons. Rain can appear unexpectedly, so packing layered clothing is ideal. Comfortable shoes are always a good idea as many streets are cobbled and any tour comes with a degree of walking.
Clothing in the country is very western and traditional dress is only usually worn during festivals or special cultural events. Cleanliness and order are preferred in Germany, so don’t be surprised by well-kept street and neat public areas.
German is the main language spoken here, although many people will be familiar with English, so communication should be fairly straightforward most of the time.
Most restaurants, cafés and bars will include service charges on their receipts, but it is still considered polite to round up any bills or to add between 5-10% to your total.