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Germany at a Glance

Germany gets a lot of visitors, but those who explore the country in depth might find themselves wondering why it statistically stands in the tourism shadow of its neighbors. True, its reputation often leans more toward "economic powerhouse" than "vacation wonderland" but that's a perception that is easily unraveled: all it takes is a drive along the Romantic Road, a night on the town in Berlin or a hike through the mountainous forests of Bavaria. Go deeper than what's on the surface and you'll discover a country that rewards visitors again and again - and in countless different ways.

Germany is equally rich in scenery and culture, and any traveler would do well to take in some of both during a visit. If you love beaches, you can try the North Sea islands, but if your preference runs to mountains, head to the southern part of the country, where the Alps rear in majestic grandeur. Urban adventurers have an enticing array of cities from which to choose, including innovative Berlin, genteel Dresden, finance-focused Frankfurt and unpretentious Munich. Even smaller cities, like Heidelberg, Ulm and Koblenz (among dozens more) provide unique and character-filled experiences.

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Popular Places
  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber Rothenburg ob der Tauber
  • Munich Munich
  • Berlin Berlin
  • Frankfurt Frankfurt
  • Heidelberg Heidelberg
  • Nuremberg Nuremberg
  • Hamburg Hamburg
  • Cologne Cologne
  • Dresden Dresden
  • Oberammergau Oberammergau
Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Berlin Tegel International Airport
  • Major Airport Flughafen Frankfurt

Passport / Visa Requirements

U.S. citizens must have a passport that is valid three months beyond the date of departure from Germany, but can stay in in the country as tourists for 90 days without a visa. American citizens can find out more information by using the U.S State Department website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather Severe thunderstorms and flooding are the biggest weather threats in the summer, but neither is excessively common. During the winter, snow storms can cause delays and temperatures can dip to dangerously low levels in some rare cases.

Safety Concerns By and large, Germany is a safe place, but caution and attentiveness are never a bad idea. In large cities, take the same precautions as you would in America's metropolises: avoid dark areas at night, don't flash cash and valuables and so on. Pickpocketing can be an issue in larger cities.

Health Concerns Germany's water is safe to drink. Tick-borne diseases are found in the country, so check yourself over if you've been out in the wilderness. Wildlife encounters are incredibly rare and dangerous ones even more so; all the same, be aware that in some parts of the country there are foxes, bears, wolves and wild pigs.

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