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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Stroll through the historic Marienplatz
The official capital of Bavaria, Munich is home to leafy gardens and rambunctious beer halls. Look past the charming Alpine clichés and you’ll also find a modern city filled with museums, galleries and markets.
Built by King Ludwig II in 1886, this stunning Romanesque Revival palace perched on a hill near Hohenschwangu is believed to be the inspiration behind the Disney castle.
Dresden's reconstructed old town was rebuilt after the Second World War and is one of the best places in Germany to see classic architecture and visit galleries and museums.
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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
- New Zealand
- United States
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.
For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Germany/public-holidays