Germany

Officially the Federal Republic of Germany, located at the border between Central and Western Europe.

Germany

Germany

Located in between the Baltic and North seas, with the Alps to the south of the country. Germany has a population of around 83.9 million and is the second most-populated country in Europe. Germany’s major cities include Berlin, Hamburg and Munich.

Visit the www.gov.uk website for more helpful information when visiting Germany.
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Details


Before visiting any country make sure you know the basics. General details and important information.

  • Emergency Services: 112
  • Language: German
  • Currency: Euro
  • Capital City: Berlin
  • Country Code: DE
  • Travel Visa: None required
  • Population: 83,931,720
  • Driving: Right hand side

Risk Level


Researching various official sources, we perceive the risk to holiday makers and travellers are as follows;

Overall Risk 30%
Pickpickets 40%
Mugging 20%
Common Crimes 25%

Travellers Tips


Top travel advice and interesting tip bits of information from experienced travellers.

Germany

  • What’s the best way to travel around Germany?

    Train – Trains are probably the fastest method of transport, but are not always the cheapest. The country’s rail system, the Deutsche Barn, has both regular trains and high-speed trains. Regular trains are cheaper, but naturally have longer journeys. Before you book your ticket, plan out which type of train will be best for you.

    Bus – Buses are the cheapest public transport in Germany. Despite not being as efficient as trains, buses are almost always on time and offer a comfortable passenger experience with air conditioning, plenty of legroom and sometimes even free Wi-Fi.

    Car – You will have likely heard about Germany’s main road network, the Autobahn, which is famous for not having concrete speed limits in certain areas. Whether or not the allure of the Autobahn terrifies you or excites you as a driver, check out this helpful website so that you know what to expect before your drive.

  • Festivals and Events in Germany

    Perhaps the most well-known German festival is Oktoberfest. Running from mid-September to the beginning of October, more than 6 million people attend this massive beer festival. Aside from alcohol, there are many other great attractions to enjoy, including traditional German food stall and amusement rides. Many visitors will also dress up in traditional German outfits, called Tracht. The women wear special dressed called dirdnl and the men wear leather shorts called lederhosen.

    Unity Day, October 3rd. The largest national holiday in Germany, on this day the Germans celebrate the reunification of East and West Germany after the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Naturally, most of the celebrations are held across the city in Berlin – but the entire country holds official celebrations.

  • What are some top safety tips for visiting Germany?

    Germany is considered one of the safer countries to visit in Europe, but you should still exercise the same amount of caution when visiting any popular tourist destination. This includes keeping an eye on your belongings and being careful when walking the streets at night.

    As you’re planning your visit, you should also be aware of some of the recent issues Germany has faced involving terrorism. In 2016 there were two terror attacks, however you should not let this deter you from visiting this beautiful country. The German government have committed themselves to combatting terrorism in all forms and have dedicated police departments to do so.

  • When is the best time of year to visit Germany?

    If you want to avoid the crowds, the best time to visit would be between April-June and mid-October-November. Germany is famous for its Oktoberfest festival and Christmas markets, so even during the colder months it can still be very busy.

    As we mentioned above, Oktoberfest is held from mid-September through to mid-October and attracts around 6 million visitors every year. If you’re a fan of traditions German beer and food, or just looking for a great atmosphere, we recommend coming over during this festival.

    The whole month of December in the build up to Christmas is generally quite busy, as the Germans are famed for their magical Christmas markets. The decorations and lights combine with traditional German architecture to create some truly fairy tale-inspired scenes.

Improve Your Safety

Knowledge The more you have the better equipped you are.

Research is always number one. Any place you choose to visit usually has something about it that makes us want to find out more, ultimately the more you know the better your experience.

Awareness The more you see the safer you become.

Armed with the knowledge of the possible risks, common crimes and safety advice, your raised awareness and enables you to spot possible hazardous situations before they unfold.

Response The right reaction can change a situation.

How you handle a situation is very important and can dramatically change the outcome. If you have recognised the potential dangers early enough it will give you time to process and decide on the best course of action… Find Out More

For more country specific travel & safety information, please visit the Travel Aware website by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

Towns & Cities

  • Saarbrücken

    Saarbrücken is a city located near the French border on the edge of Germany. The modern city was founded in 1903 after three smaller towns merged into one. Saarbrücken is a popular sport culture, with several different football clubs residing inside, as well as other sports.

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  • Düsseldorf

    Düsseldorf is the capital of the North Rhine-Westphalia region, which is the most populated region in Germany. The city is located where the Rhine and Düssel rivers meet and is a global hub for many different types of businesses. It is also home to many different universities, meaning that you can always find something to do here.

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  • Dresden

    Dresden is the capital city of the state of Saxony and is one of the most-visited cities consistently each year. It is one of the greenest cities in the world, with, with 62% of the city areas green and woodland areas, and also contains four nature reserves.

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  • Cologne

    Cologne is the largest city in Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia region. Cologne sits along the river Rhine and the city’s cathedral, Kölner Dom, is the third-tallest church and tallest cathedral in the world. The city has a strong rivalry with neighbouring city Düsseldorf and displays this through various sporting and cultural events.

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  • Hamburg

    Hamburg, officially known as the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany after Berlin. Hamburg is home to over 40 theatres, 60 museums and a whopping 100+ music venues, meaning that you’re never far away from something to do.

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  • Frankfurt

    Frankfurt is a city located in west Germany with the Main river running alongside it. It has a population of around 753,056 that is very culturally diverse, with residents coming from a variety of different backgrounds. The city has several prestigious educational institutions and a wide range of attractions, including museums and zoos.

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  • Birdseye view of Munich

    Munich

    Munich is the capital and most populated city of the state of Bavaria, with over 1.5 million people living there in July 2020. Running along the banks of the River Isar, Munich is a global hub for art, science and culture, and is home to two prestigious universities.

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  • Overlooking a road to Berlin

    Berlin

    Berlin is both the capital of and the largest city in Germany. It has a population of just over 3.7 million, which also makes it one of the most-population cities within the European Union as well. Berlin is home to several notable buildings, including the Berliner Fernsehturm, which is a large telecommunications tower that visitors can go up to experience stunning views across the city.

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