Top tips for travelling to Germany
As the summer weather makes way for blustery autumn days, shorter evenings and nights in by the fire, it can be tempting to escape it all and head for the sunshine. But at this time of year, there are lots of cooler destinations that are well worth a visit, so if you’re the type who enjoys a day out in the snow followed by a cosy evening in with some mulled wine and luxurious scented candles, then you might want to consider going somewhere a little closer to home.
Just a short hop by plane from the UK, Germany is a great choice during the autumn and winter months, and from Oktoberfest to its legendary Christmas markets, there’s lots to see, do and experience.
Whether it’s a few nights spent in luxury in trendy Berlin, or a lavish escape to pretty Munich, the options are many. Here’s how to make the most of a winter trip to Germany, avoid any bumps in the road, and of course, enjoy it in style.
Respect German laws
Let’s start with the boring stuff – it might not be exciting, but it’s certainly important. You may have heard that Germany is a country that prides itself on the rule of law, and this certainly rings true. If you fail to abide by German law, you can find yourself in a rather sticky situation, and you may also be hit with some very hefty fines.
It’s easier than you think to fall foul of the law, so be sure to acquaint yourself with the expectations before you travel. Do not cross the street when the traffic sign clearly says stop, avoid dropping litter and don’t go above the recommended speed limit when driving. If your origin is outside the EU, be sure to get your passport and travel documents in order before you set off to the airport.
Get to know the country
The best way to get to know a city or a country is to avoid staying in one place alone. Instead, move around and see as much of it as you can. A walking tour is a great way to see the sights when you first arrive in a new destination – and it’s also the best way to find the hidden gems in Germany. Since Germany has changed a lot in recent years, your best bet is to find yourself an experienced tour guide to show you around the cities you visit whilst explaining the significance of statues, streets and certain buildings. In Berlin, you’ll find some great street art tours that are a great way to learn more about graffiti and the history of the city.
Enjoy five-star accommodation
One of the best things about Germany is that it’s a country that really knows how to do luxury. Berlin, in particular, is awash with a range of lavish five-star hotel to choose from, including the opulent Sofitel Berlin Kurfurstendamm and the beautiful Pullman Berlin Schweizerhorf. Our advice? Check in, kick back and enjoy the royal treatment. With sumptuous facilities ranging from luxury spas to trendy cocktail bars, there’s no better way to unwind after a busy day’s sight-seeing.
Eat like royalty
Germany is home to a long list of some of the world’s very finest fine dining chefs, and as a result boasts numerous Michelin-starred eateries for foodie visitors to choose from. Not only that, but the traditional local cuisine is pretty great, too – so wherever you choose to eat, you can count on being served up a meal that is fit for a king or queen.
Carry cash over card
Most of the entertainment spots such as clubs, restaurants and pubs in Germany do not accept credit cards, favouring cash instead – something that is somewhat surprising in a country as modern as this.
To avoid any tricky situations, be sure to carry plenty of cash on you when headed out for the night – but be discrete in doing so, and don’t take more than you’ll need.
Stay within the city limits
German cities are typically huge and the public transportation systems on offer are second to none. However, if you are staying outside the city limits, you might find yourself feeling isolated, lonely or a little cut off.
To really stay connected and get around with ease, splurge on a private car with your own personal chauffeur. After all, it’s the only way to travel, and will make your German adventure a seamless and enjoyable experience. Taxis in Germany are also easy to find, and are another good option for comfortable travel.
Avoid making big plans on Sundays
It is a well-known fact that many establishments – from supermarkets and shops to pharmacies and clubs – remain closed on Sundays, so be sure to plan around this. If you’re looking to hit up some of the country’s many designer stores and boutiques, then aim to do so on a Saturday or during the week to avoid disappointment.
Don’t forget to make sure you have travel insurance
Although the country is widely regarded as one of the safest on the planet to visit, it’s still crucial to have travel health insurance coverage while travelling to Germany. In an event of a medical emergency, your insurance policy will have you covered and Germany has one of the best healthcare systems in the world, so if you find yourself in need of medical help, you will have access to top-notch care without having to worry about huge medical bills. Besides, if you lose your passport or luggage, you will be covered by your travel insurance policy. After all, the best way to enjoy a trip is to travel with peace of mind.
Germany is a truly spectacular country, offering lively cities, beautiful scenery and much more. If you’re planning a luxury winter break, then add this fascinating country to the top of your list – it’s guaranteed not to disappoint.