Germany

Germany is a dream destination for those wishing to attend lively festivals, indulge in delicious food, taste mouth-watering beer, and see fairytale castles. This country is also known for its famous Oktoberfest which occurs every year where visitors feast on scrumptious bratwurst and guzzle mugs of beer.

Cities of Interest

There are so many amazing places to explore in Germany. To see more about individual cities, click here.

Best Time to Visit

Let me begin by saying that there is not a bad time to visit this country. With that being said, there are times that are more ideal than others to book a flight to Germany. Late spring, March-May, and early autumn, September-October, offer the best weather and the cheapest rates of flights and hotels.

If skiing is more your thing then consider going between Christmas and the end of March. Christmas is a great time to check out the fairytale towns that have been decorated to the hilt and have stalls sprinkled throughout the town. These markets are world-renowned and a great thing to get you in a holiday mood.

I also love visiting during the Easter celebrations! There are sweet little animal decorations and branches of fresh willows where you’ll find tiny little painted wooden eggs hung.

Weather

Spring

This season can be a crapshoot. Some years it is significantly warmer and other years it is still snowing and chilly. Spring begins in April when the flowers start blooming and May temperatures start bringing tourists.

            March average temps: high +8 °C (46.4 °F); low 0 °C (32 °F)

            April average temps: high +13 °C (55.4 °F); low +4 °C (39.2 °F)

            May average temps: high +19 °C (66.2 °F); low +8 °C (46.4 °F)

Summer

This is peak tourist season! Keep this in mind! Temperatures are quite warm, and prices are higher for hotels and flights.

            June average temps: high +22 °C (71.6 °F); low +11 °C (51.8 °F)

            July average temps: high +23 °C (73.4 °F); low +13 °C (55.4 °F)

            August average temps: high +22 °C (71.6 °F); low +13 °C (55.4 °F)

Fall

This is the rainiest season but also is when the famous Oktoberfest is held. Temperatures start dropping and the climate becomes a little bit more palatable to those that dislike the heat (me). Prices, however, don’t drop very much because of the massive festivals that are happening during this time.

            September average temps: high +19 °C (66.2 °F); low +10 °C (50 °F)

            October average temps: high +13 °C (55.4 °F); low +6 °C (42.8 °F)

            November average temps: high +7 °C (44.6 °F); low +2 °C (35.6 °F)

Winter

The northern section of the country usually stays green and doesn’t get a lot of snow. However, the southern part receives a good deal of snow and colder temperatures.

            December average temps: high +3 °C (37.4 °F); low -1 °C (30.2 °F)

            January average temps: high +2 °C (35.6 °F); low -3 °C (26.6 °F)

            February average temps: high +4 °C (39 °F); low -2 °C (28.4 °F)

Here is a map of some of the places I visited during my time in this amazing country. For downloadable itineraries for each city, head over to Downloadable Guides.

Flag, Time Zone, Currency

Flag: black, red, and gold represent the national colors and symbolize unity and freedom

Time Zone: CET (Central European Standard Time)

Currency: Euro €

Cuisine

There are over 1500 types of sausages and bratwurst in German culture. That’s a lot of wieners! These obscene and delicious morsels of tubular meat are usually accompanied by sauerkraut and potato salad.

Not to be outdone, the bread offerings are immense with hundreds of choices. While brötchen is my family’s favorite, there are many other options. Baurenbrot is also a good choice. It is known as a farmer’s bread that is made from rye flour and a mix of spices, including caraway and fennel. This gives the bread a sweeter flavor. Vollkornbort is a brown whole-grain bread that usually includes wheat berries and a variety of seeds. Now the fun part – BEER!  This is not my area of expertise; however, Nerd Wallet has come up with a great list of beers you should try when visiting. I just enjoy trying different local brews while traveling around the country.

Here are some other things to try during your visit:

  • Bratwurst (grilled sausage): Try it with mustard
  • Schnitzel (breaded meat usually veal, pork, or chicken): This is a thin piece of meal that is beat until it is flattened. It is then breaded and fried and can come with a lemon slice, cream sauce, and/or lingenberry sauce
  • Brezeln (pretzel): These are soft and baked. They usually come with cinnamon sugar or salt
  • Cabbage in every way is common throughout the country. It is usually served as sauerkraut and has a vinegar flavor.
  • Kartoffel salat (potato salad): Do not think this is the same as the American version that is usually served at barbeques and family gatherings. This is better, at least in my opinion. Now, depending on where you are in Germany will determine what is included in your potato salad, but the typical ingredients are bacon, sugar, and white vinegar.
  • Kartoffelknödel (potato dumplings): These potato balls are usually boiled and served in a gravy or broth.
  • Reibekuchen (potato pancake): You must try these! Especially if you are visiting during the Christmas holidays. Many of the stalls sell these very filling pancakes alongside a garlic sauce, applesauce, or other condiment.
  • Spargel (asparagus): Don’t expect the green kind of vegetation. This is a white asparagus variety that packs a milder flavor and is usually served with a sauce or seasonings.

Keep in mind that Germans believe in giving you enough food on each plate to fill you to the point of gagging and making you feel guilty for eating so much. Enjoy it!  A food coma is necessary when visiting this country.

Fun Facts about Germany

  1. Autobahn: no doubt you have heard of this… well make sure your seatbelt is securely fastened and stay in the righthand lane. Over 65% of interstates (autobahn) do not have a speed limit and cars seem to fly by at the speed of, well, sound.
  2. The first book ever printed was in Germany
  3. There are over 1200 breweries that produce over 5,000 different brands of beer.
  4. Haribo, the gummy candy maker, offers children the ability to collect acorns and exchange them for sweet treats. The acorns then get sent to nature reserves to feed the animals.
  5. German is the third most popular language that is taught in the world and is the most common native language in countries in Europe.
  6. If you see a ß in a sentence it is called an “Eszett” and is pronounced like a double ‘S’.
  7. Over 2100 castles can be found in both ruin and original form throughout the country
  8. Europe’s largest train station is in Berlin
  9. Germany is one of the largest car producers in the world, pushing out over 6 million a year. The largest companies are Volkswagen, Daimler, BMW, and Mercedes.
  10. Escaping prison in Germany is not a crime. They consider it a basic human instinct to want freedom and do not prosecute those who escape with an additional crime.

I hope you have found this information helpful and are excited to explore this incredible country! For downloadable itineraries for each city, head over to Downloadable Guides.

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