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Introducing Germany

Discover Germany, both old and new.
To say that Germany has a historical legacy is an understatement—this is a European nation with more than 2,000 years of upheaval under its belt, from the Saxon Dynasty through the global wars of the 20th century. In the past few decades, Germany has reemerged as a progressive, industrious nation and cultural powerhouse, with one of the best-loved capital cities in the world. 

When is the best time to visit?
Like most nations in Europe, Germany’s high season is in the summer. Beat the crowds in spring when the weather is pleasant and the cherry blossoms are at their prettiest (the blooms are best seen in the city of Bonn). Throughout Germany, spring is also the time to enjoy music, dance, and beer festivals—in Hamburg, there's even a celebration of the aforementioned cherry blossoms each May.

Late September and early October coincide with Germany’s world-famous Oktoberfest beer fest in Munich and throughout Bavaria. And if you visit during the snowy holiday months, you'll enjoy the quintessential Christmas markets of Hamburg, Dresden, Cologne, and Berlin.  

Where should you go?
Start your trip in Berlin, and stay for a while—it's a city filled with culture and history. This is where you'll find great restaurants, incredible nightlife in the Kreuzberg district, sites of interest like the Reichstag building and Brandenburg Gate, and important memorials and museums related to the Holocaust. For museums and medieval history, visit the historic Old Town districts of Cologne, Munich, and Hamburg. Outside the capital, travelers can encounter WWII-era history in Nuremberg, the Eagle’s Nest (Hitler’s bunker complex in the Bavarian Alps), and at the concentration camp at the town of Dachau. 

How many days do you need?
You can see the major sites of Berlin in a day or two, though you can spend much more time getting to know its many distinct neighborhoods and attractions. If you have at least a week, you can pair the capital with another major city: eat and drink your way through Munich, see the tony Elbe River port town of Hamburg, or visit the cathedrals and bridges of charming Cologne. Spend two weeks and add some time in the Rhine Valley, or road trip through the forests of Bavaria.

Germany Travel Insights

Munich's Christmas market in the courtyard of the Rathaus is one of many
Germany in December: Travel Tips, Weather & More

December in Germany is that special time of year when charming outdoor markets, or Christkindelsmarkt, pop up across the country. You won't have to travel far to find gingerbread and Glühwein from Hamburg down to the Austrian border in the shadow of the mighty Zugspitze (Germany's tallest peak). While you're in the Bavarian Alps, head to the lively ski resorts, which open this month just in time for the holidays.

The Berlin Cathedral in late autumn
Germany in November: Travel Tips, Weather & More

November is a quieter, colder time in Germany, but that doesn't deter intrepid visitors who put on an extra layer to explore uncrowded cities and historic sights on foot. By the end of the month, things start picking up again when Christmas markets open all over the country (especially Berlin) for warm mugs of Glühwein.

Visit the Eltz Castle in October for prime autumn colors
Germany in October: Travel Tips, Weather & More

Fall in Germany quiets down after Oktoberfest—a great time for scenic road trips that prioritize leaf-peeping and outdoor activities that may combine hiking and wine tasting. The cities, for their part, have plenty going on, from Berlin's festival of lights to an international book fair in Frankfurt. Read on for more on what to expect in Germany in October.

Harvest time in the vineyards around Stuttgart, Germany
Germany in September: Travel Tips, Weather & More

There's more to early autumn in Germany than liters of beer and oompah bands. September is a lovely time to explore the country's quieter natural environs once the summer crowds have dissipated, with meandering drives in the Black Forest and 13 wine regions and activities in the Alps before the snow arrives.

Hohenschwangau Castle in the Bavarian Alps
Germany in July: Travel Tips, Weather & More

In July, summer is in full force in Germany, beckoning visitors with warm sunshine and fun activities. This is a great time to plan a city break, while those looking to skip the crowds can head for smaller towns and lesser-known destinations—especially those near beaches and lakes (and there are plenty of both).

Head to Leipzig this month for classical music at the Bach Festival
Germany in June: Travel Tips, Weather & More

June is a spectacular time to visit Germany, with great weather and the longest days of the year—which means more time for exploring city attractions and scenery in the form of mountains, rivers, forests, and lakes. Summer tourists begin to trickle in this month, but you're still ahead of the peak crowds, especially in the first half of the month.

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Trip Reviews for Germany

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Excellent Service from Kim Kim
Germany | Sep 8 - Sep 17, 2022

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Robert B.
Manhattan, NY | Reviewed on Sep 24, 2022

We were very pleased with the service we received from Tomasz and others. You arranged for hotels and guides that fit our requests, and we had a wonderful trip. One minor matter was that on our rental car return to Sixt in Munich, we were given the address of the office for Sizt and it should have been their rental return in a nearby (but hard to get to) location. The local manager made the problem go away for us. read more

We were very pleased with the service we received from Tomasz and others. You arranged for hotels and guides that fit our requests, and we had a wonderful trip. One minor matter was that on our rental car return to Sixt in Munich, we were given the address of the office for Sizt and it should have been their rental return in a nearby (but hard to get to) location. The local manager made the problem go away for us.

Hotel Review
Hotel Mercure Munich City Centre
Munich

Great location and outstanding breakfast. We received very helpful information from the front desk staff, especially Loretta. Small but cozy room.

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Very helpful front desk staff.
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Activity Reviews
Guided tour of Bremen
Bremen

Our guide was super and very knowledgeable. We had a fine tour. She was a native English speaker, which helps.

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Old town tour
Heidelberg

Our guide, a young man who was a student was knowledgeable and friendly. He gave us a great "inside information" restaurant recommendation and set us up for a wonderful visit to Heidelberg.

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We had fun with our youngish guide
Tour to Wissembourg, Alsace, France
Heidelberg

We had a wonderful and memorable day in Alsace. The guide tailored the tour to our interests and adapted well when we encountered a charity run that caused plans to be changed.

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Guide with excellent communication skills.
Private Nuremberg nazi party rally grounds and old town tour
Nuremberg

Natsha is a marvel. She is knowledgeable, charming and fun to be with. She cared for us well along the way and was great at both providing information and answering questions. It felt like having a good friend guide you around their city.

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Natasha
Local specialist: Tomaz Martinek

Nice trip. Had wonderful time.
Germany | Aug 26 - Sep 6, 2022

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Joseph K.
Alexandria, MN | Reviewed on Sep 09, 2022

Nice trip. Had wonderful time. read more

Nice trip. Had wonderful time.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Kaiserin Elisabeth
Vienna

Very nice. Convenient. No bar or outside sitting area.

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IMLAUER HOTEL PITTER Salzburg
Salzburg
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Dachau Concentration Camp
Munich
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Guided walking tour of Salzburg
Salzburg

Had Peter, he was AMAZING!!!

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Castle with fortress above Salzburg
Salzburg

Self tour.

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Biking in Wachau Valley
Vienna

Good ride. Great guide.

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Small-group Nuremberg nazi party rally grounds and old town tour
Germany

Really not a small group. Like 16.

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Train great but tour longer then scheduled so missed train. Had to rebook which is difficult when you don’t know the system.
Segway tour
Munich
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Visit Eagle's nest
Salzburg

Leopold out driver guide was AMAZING.

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Guided private walking tour of Hallstatt
Austria

ANNA from Atlanta was amazing. Great tour.

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LEOPOLD!!!
Hallstatt Salt Mine
Austria

Private tour with LEOPOLD again.

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Guided walking tour of Vienna City Highlights
Vienna
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Schönbrunn Palace & Gardens
Vienna

Self tour.

Guided tour of Spanish Riding School
Vienna

Self tour.

Concert at Kursalon
Vienna
Local specialist: Tomaz Martinek
Tomaz
Tomaz Martinek
Local specialist in Slovenia | Reviewed on Sep 09, 2022

Hi Joseph, thank you for your wonderful review, I hope to see you soon travelling with us. Tomaz

Private walking tour guides
Germany | May 27 - Jun 9, 2022

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Polly M.
Security-Widefield, CO | Reviewed on Jun 13, 2022

Our guides were outstanding. Lucy in Prauge provided a detailed history of her country. We learned so much from her . Bernie in Salzburg was very informative as well and recommended many things to see and do as well as places to avoid. Our guide in Vienna was very excellent too. She spent extensive time with us and made sure we were comfortable with the transportation in the city. She was super smart on all of the history of Vienna. Our guide Alice in Budapest was very kind and took lots of time with us . All of them were so very good!!!

Local specialist: Cecilia Soares