Best known for Oktoberfest, brats, scenic landscapes, rich culture and traditions, and one really famous castle, Germany is located in the heart of Europe and home to 82 million people -- the most populous country on the continent. Visit Germany and grab a beer and bratwurst or head to one of many museums and historical towns, for travelers interested in food and culture. If you have time for more exploration and unique adventure, hike a trail along the Alps or cruise down the Rhine River.
Whichever you choose, there is much to explore in Germany and you’ll enjoy any of their many popular activities. Use this guide to help you choose tours to Germany, as well as confirm logistics and information needed to plan your trip.
Germany is a prime destination for adventure sport. From the Alps to Rhine River and across the small coast with towering chalk cliffs, you’ll fall in love with the abundance of tour choices in Germany. Go rock climbing, trekking, diving in the Baltic Sea, and of course: skiing. For a mix of sport and history, try riding the bike trail along the path of the Berlin Wall.
The “land of poets and thinkers” is the home of many historical greats, like Beethoven, Bach, and Brahms. Celebrate art with a visit to the Berlin Film Festival or one of the many art museums around the nation. If channeling musical classics (or vibing at Lollapalooza) isn’t your thing, go shopping in Prague, or visit the Munich Christmas market and castles in Rhine.
There are a number of fortresses, cathedrals, and historic towns to explore, including Roman monuments, Neuschwanstein Castle, and the charming town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
Food and Drink Tours
Don’t leave Germany without a food tour of their most iconic national staples. From currywurst, bratwursts, pretzels, and a variety of cheeses to gingerbread and schwarzwälder kirschtorte (Black Forest gateau), you’ll be surprised at how much Germany’s gastronomic scene has to offer.
Beer, of course, is ingrained in German culture and it’ll be difficult to explore the country without at least learning about it. If you can handle large-scale crowds, then you’ve got to experience the world’s biggest fair, Oktoberfest in Munich: a folk festival filled with beer tastings, carnival activities, and traditional garb. For other, equally flavorful events that don’t boast 6 million attendees, sign up for Wurstmarkt (actually a wine festival) and The Cannstatter Volkfest (a beer festival).
Organizing a trip to one (or all) of Germany’s 16 states may feel overwhelming. It'll feel like there is so much to see yet so little time! Make the most out of your trip and use these planning tips to prepare adequately.
Best Time to Visit Germany
June through October is the best time to visit Germany. The months are mostly warm and pleasant, and offer plenty of events and festivals. Note that advance booking is required during this time, as inflated peak prices don’t deter tourists from flocking to the destination during high season.
What to Look For in a Tour to Germany
Germany is a vast country with something to see and learn about in every corner. That said, when booking tours in Germany, you should seek out multi-day trips that offer transportation, multiple site visits, and accommodations. While these all-inclusive tours may run a higher price tag, they'll eliminate the stress and confusion that comes with planning a trip to towns and sites with names you may or may not be able to pronounce.
Typical Tour Costs
Tour expenses in Germany can vary greatly, with averages ranging from as low as $100 to $5,000. These tours only sometimes cover transportation, meals, and accommodation so be sure to inquire about inclusions in order to accurately plan your tour budget.
Packing Tips & Gear Rental
Rainfall tends to be more frequent in the summer, so pack a poncho or waterproof windbreaker just in case. If you are visiting during peak season, bring swimwear and plan to bathe in the Baltic Sea or visit the lakes.
Other Tips for Travel in Germany
- Currency and visas: Germany uses the Euro and is part of the Schengen area. Visitors from most countries can visit Germany without a visa for up to 90 days.
- Transportation: Rental cars that don’t require international licenses for valid US drivers, dedicated bike lanes, and extensive public transportation all make getting around Germany quite easy. Most cities also have metered taxi services, though the tour you book may also provide transport.
- Accommodations: Depending on the style of accommodation, hotel costs can range from $15 - $150 per night. You can choose from shared dorm hostels or camping, mid-range lodging, or high-end hotels and short-term apartment rentals.
Vaccinations aren’t generally required for tours to Germany, though it is recommended to have routine vaccines up-to-date if visiting. If you are traveling from a country other than the United States, you may need to show proof of Hepatitis A and B, and Rabies vaccinations. Be sure to check the CDC website at least six weeks before your trip to confirm.
Before you go, also check that your insurance provides international coverage. If they don’t and you are not a Germany resident, expect to pay for healthcare costs upfront in cash, as many institutions do not accept credit card payments.
Germany has a complex history and has worked hard to restore its image since WWII. You’ll find the majority of people in Germany to be kind, with most towns being safe, and German government to be intolerant of hate speech and symbols. Be mindful of activist demonstrations and extremist rallies, however, as they may occur often depending on the city you visit.
Though violence is rare in Germany, it is also important to note that some areas (especially larger cities) have a higher petty crime rate -- most of which include pickpocketing and theft, as with most countries.