Beer, art and baroque castles, Germany has culture to suit any taste.

Germany might well be the arts capital of the world. Dotted with masterful castles, and flecked with modern museums, everywhere you turn there seems to be art to feast your senses. Try the Nymphenburg Palace, an opulent and incredibly ornate baroque treasure, or the Munich Residenz, a daunting palace filled with gold. Even the Berlin Wall has been beautified with colourful murals and street art. 

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  Capital city Berlin Populatio...

Local culture of Germany

Germany is a the second most populous European country after Russia, and over 90% of th...

Geography & environment

Germany sits in the heart of Europe, sharing borders with nine different European count...

Shopping guide to Germany

Germany has all the shopping opportunities a highly developed European country has to o...

Germany festival calendar

Karneval Like other carnival events around the world, Germans come out of the woodwo...

Food & drink in Germany

Germans are famous for their hearty foods and thickly brewed beverages. Try some of the...

Further reading

The Dark Room by Rachel Seiffert Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall by...

Germany travel FAQs

Germany is part of the Schengen Area for travel and visa purposes. The following nationals have visa-free access to Germany:

  • Nationals of EU member states
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • United States
  • Canada

Although restaurants include a surcharge in the bill, it’s still common to round up the bill, or add 5-10% to make a neat number. In Germany, the wait staff usually tell you the total at the end of your meal. This is the time to tell them the amount you will pay including the tip. 

Germany has good internet access and plenty of Wi-Fi spots in major cities and towns. 

Mobile phone coverage is good in urban areas and major towns. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while traveling. 

Germany has western-style toilets. Many public toilets require a small fee to use. 

  • City public transport ride = 2 Euro
  • Stein of beer = 2.5-4 Euro
  • Simple cafe lunch = 10 Euro 
  • Nice meal in a restaurant = 20-30 Euro

Drinking tap water is safe in Germany unless otherwise stated. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a refillable bottle or canteen with you. 

You can use your credit card in Germany, however for general shopping purposes, many shops and vendors prefer cash. 

There are plenty of ATMs in Germany.

Yes. All peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.

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