Before You Go to Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle
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Ready to plan your Germany travel? Before you go, check out these useful resources that will help you prepare your trip, especially if this is your first time in Germany. From visa requirements, and budget tips, to advice on when to go and what to see, these Germany planning resources will get you started.

Do You Need a Visa For Germany?

If you are a US citizen and don’t want to stay longer than 90 days, then you don’t need a visa, only a valid US passport. In case you are planning on staying longer, or want to study or work in Germany, you have to apply for a visa.

When to Go to Germany

When is the best time to visit Germany? That mostly depends on you - do you love warm, sunny days and don't mind long lines in front of sights and attractions? Or can you cope with cold temperatures in order to be rewarded with low airfares and fewer crowds? Check out the overview of Germany in all four seasons, compare flights, and find out what’s the best time of year for you to visit Germany.

Where to Go in Germany

Do you already know where you want to go in Germany? There is a lot to see and do, and deciding on a destination can seem a bit overwhelming. Here is an overview of German cities, regions, and sights that will help you find the perfect destination for your Germany trip.

How to Get Around in Germany

There are many ways of getting around and exploring Germany, depending on your itinerary, personal taste, and budget. Find out what options you have, from renting a car and flying down the Autobahn, to enjoying a relaxing train ride.

Money Matters

You have different options of accessing money and paying in Germany; use one of the ubiquitous ATM machines, bring traveler checks, or pay with a credit card. Here is a helpful round-up of all things money for Germany travelers.

Speaking German

Most Germans speak English, so you probably won't have any difficulties getting around. Still, a little German can go a long way and is always appreciated. So why not try to learn some easy German greetings? Here are useful German phrases that will be helpful for any traveler.

What to Pack

Ready to pack your suitcase but not sure what you really need in Germany? Have a look at this helpful packing list that features essential travel-musts for your Germany vacation.

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