Germany is one of the countries that truly surprised me the most these past years. I never really cared for visiting our neighboring country to be completely honest. But I sure am happy that I did!
The first time I visited Germany was as part of a road trip where I made it my mission to see as many fairytale castles and fairytale places as possible!
But to be completely honest it’s not the spectacular castles that make me want to return to Germany every now and then. It’s the nature!
There are so many stunning regions and national parks in Germany that it feels nearly impossible to see them all.
My personal favorite is the region of Berchtesgaden. This small town is nestled between the Bavarian mountains and is home to some of the most crystal clear emerald lakes.
Another close favorite is the area of Garmisch Partenkirchen. I’ve visited this particular region now 3 times and I always discover new things to do.
Germany is also home to some incredibly cool cities such as Berlin, Munich and Cologne. But you know me, I’m more of an outdoorsy gal. I am however a complete sucker for Christmas markets so if this is your thing I highly recommend you to visit the different Christmas markets in Düsseldorf!
Germany can be an incredible travel destination year round, it just depends on what exactly you want to do!
Are you a beer fan?! Then September and October are your months! This time of year you can participate in the world famous Oktoberfesten.
For big city trips it’s best to visit during either spring or fall. The temperature is still okay and hotel prices are lower than during the summer months.
If you want to go on epic hiking adventures in the Bavarian Alps then the months from June to September are the best time to go.
If you want to see Germany in all its Christmas glory then the start of December is the best time to go.
Language – The official language of Germany is German, with over 95% of the population speaking German as their first language. The second most spoken language is English and in the bigger cities you won’t have any problem communicating. I can’t say the same for the small towns. Menus are usually only in German but you’ll manage!
Currency – The official currency in Germany is EUR (€)
Credit Cards & ATM’s – Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted in Germany. You can also use American Express and Diners Club credit cards; however, they’re accepted in fewer locations. Some businesses may not accept cards for purchases below a certain amount and some supermarkets won’t take credit cards at all. In Germany, ATMs are called Geldautomat. They’re normally located inside or just outside bank branches. You’ll also find them at most major airports. They’re less common in places such as shopping malls and petrol stations.
Safety – In the 2020 Global Peace Index, Germany is ranked 16 out of 163 countries when it comes to safety and peace in the country. Travelers should take usual precautions to avoid being a victim of theft, bag snatching or pickpocketing in Germany, like you would anywhere else.
When it comes to choosing a rental car company things can get a little confusing cause there’s a lot of companies out there ready to rip you off.
Horror Story: In South Africa the rental car company that I booked with actually copied my credit card details and 1 day later my card was blocked. So there I was, in the middle of South Africa and without a credit card. Luckily we would switch to a different company the next day for the further duration of our trip but you really don’t want this to happen on your holiday.
You also don’t want any hidden costs added to your bill.
A good rental car company should include the following in your rental price: unlimited mileage and a fair fuel arrangement, third-party insurance of at least €7.5 million, damage insurance, theft insurance, towing cost if your car breaks down and cancel or change your reservation without any hassle.
For my road trips I always prefer booking with SunnyCars. Here you can already rent a car for as little as €27 per day and every single cost is included upon check out. Oh, and all of the things that I mentioned above that should be included are also included with them!
💡 TIP – Sometimes the local rental company will try to make you pay for additional insurance. This is in no way necessary cause SunnyCars offers you full coverage.
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