Germany: Travel Tips

Germany runs the gamut from breathtaking nature to pulsating nightlife. The dramatic Schwarzwald, or Black Forest, is an adventurer’s dream come true. Germany’s capital city is an international gathering place. Berlin’s architectural highlights include the 19th century Reichstag building and the new National Art Gallery. Be sure to visit the 18th-century Brandenburg Gate, and stroll past the elegant shops on the Kurfürstendamm.

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Getting To Germany

Germany has two peak seasons: the warm summer months and the snowy winter season in the Bavarian Alps. Early fall and spring offer ideal weather and beautiful landscapes. Drive along the "Romantic Road" and explore the many castles of Füssen. Visit Munich for the unforgettable Oktoberfest activities.

Flight Times

To Munich

  • 8.5 hours from New York
  • 11 hours from Chicago
  • 13 hours from Los Angeles.

To Frankfurt

  • 7.5 hours from New York
  • 12 hours from Los Angeles
  • 1.5 hours from London

Staying In Germany

Dense forests and bustling cities coexist in Germany, Europe’s economic and cultural powerhouse. Neuschwanstein Castle in picturesque Bavaria, near Munich, continues to delight visitors with its fairy-tale turrets, and urban travelers are lured to the prodigious energy and modern chic of Berlin.

Must-see sights

  • The “Secret Capital” — Munich — and the Marienplatz, the heart and soul of the city.
  • The Spreewald, a unique meadow landscape formed by the glacial rivers from the last Ice Age.
  • The Bavarian Forest National Park.

Things to do

  • Visit Munich in September for the annual Oktoberfest celebration.
  • Visit one of the oldest towns in Germany, Augsburg, followed by a stop in romantic Rothenburg, the best-preserved medieval city in all of Europe.
  • Climb to the top of Hauptkirche St. Michaelis tower for a sweeping view over Hamburg.
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Traveling In Germany

Classic Vacations offers a variety of transportation options throughout Europe in order to make your Europe vacation truly spectacular. While limousines are a fun and private way to see many of the sights in Europe, private jets, rental cars, and shuttle transfers are also available.

While traveling in the Germany we recommend :

  • Private transfers at time of booking - All transfers include a meet-and-greet by English-speaking drivers, luggage assistance, and bottled water in modern vehicles to and from all points of entry as well as between cities.
  • Luxury trains, river barges, and cruises – A stress free way to explore Europe. There’s no need for maps, and no need to pack and unpack between destinations. This is travel the way it’s meant to be: carefree and full of discovery.
  • Rental cars - In some countries you may want to rent a car and explore on your own. Classic Europe proudly features Hertz cars in most countries.

Things to Know

Entry Requirements

  • To enter and leave Europe, all U.S. citizens must carry a valid passport.
  • It is the traveler’s responsibility to obtain the proper documents.


  • The Euro is the official currency of the European union and its member countries. Other European Currencies include the Swiss Franc and the British pound. Exchange rates vary by currency and economic seasonality.

Time Difference

Europe spans three time zones:

Germany is GMT + 1

  • Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) which is 5 hours ahead of Eastern standard Time.
  • Central Standard Time which is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
  • Eastern European Time which is 7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.

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