Germany’s diverse delights of music, culture, history and contemporary ‘cool,’ are tailor-made for customized guided tours. With your private guide in Berlin, discover former Soviet-style towers and the art-embellished Berlin Wall. Then, fast forward to cutting-edge and traditional museums, world monuments and renowned art galleries. At the famous Ch ...ristmas markets in Dresden, Munich, Cologne or Nuremburg, immerse yourself in the cheery atmosphere of brass bands and Alpine choirs, wooden toys and hand-blown glass baubles amidst twinkling lights. Or choose our Christmas Time River Cruise, stopping at numerous cities to visit fairy tale castles on the Rhine and shop at trendy fashion boutiques. Savor all manner of scrumptious delicacies such as gingerbread (sticky and sweet), icing-sugared stollen cake and spicy sausages. Or revel in every musical note written by Bach as you listen with headphones to superlatively recorded music at Leipzig’s Bach Museum. Whatever your desire, whether it’s joining Octoberfest’s festivities or touring Dresden’s hip urban neighborhood of cafés and art studios, let our experts plan your unforgettable Germany tour—your way and your pace.Show More
American and Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 90 days beyond the intended return date in order to enter and depart the country. Tourists must also provide proof of return or onward travel. Each traveler is responsible for ensuring that his/her passport is up to date. Citizens of other nationalities should check with respective authorities before departure.
Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.
Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from your original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed up the replacement process should you lose your passport.
A visa is not required for citizens of the U.S. and Canada for trips of up to 90 days. Citizens from other countries may require a valid visa. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Irish Embassy for the most up-to-date visa information.
Cancelation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against the expenses associated with in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Medical facilities in Germany are comparable to North American facilities. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty medical bill. Insurance can be purchased through us.
We always recommend that you see a doctor or health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. They will best determine your vaccination and medication needs based on your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, planned activities and up-to-the-minute requirement changes. For all vaccinations and health requirements, we also recommend that you consult the World Health Organization (WHO): http://www.who.int or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://wwwnc.cdc.gov.
If there are any medical items that are essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.
The weather in Germany can vary depending on which part of the country you are visiting. Overall, there are generally warm summers and mild, cloudy winters. The difference in temperature from season to season can be extreme in the south, and much less extreme in the north. The Alpine regions experience cooler temperatures as a result of the higher elevation. Fall and winter can bring uncomfortable weather in the form of showers, thunderstorms, and heavy rain. For up-to-date forecasts, check weather.com.
Electricity in Germany is supplied at 230 volts. Circular, two-pronged sockets are standard in Germany. A multi-adaptor with different plug configurations can be very useful. We advise not to bring a hair dryer as it could blow a fuse.
Phone: Roaming charges vary between carriers, but tend to be quite costly. Consult your phone provider prior to departure to discuss overseas rates and international package options. It is also possible to purchase a SIM card locally to avoid international charges when calling numbers within Germany. (You should check to see that your cell phone is SIM card compatible.)
Internet: There are a variety of internet cafes and centers in most urban areas.
Generally speaking, we advise bringing €70-100 per day, per person, for spending money. Be sure to bring lots of small bills for porters, wait staff and housekeeping (not obligatory and based on your satisfaction). Euro paper money comes in different colors and denominations (5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 notes). There are also Eurocent coins: 1 cent, 2 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, 1 and 2 Euro. Your largest bills should be 50 Euros, with a combination of 5’s, 10’s and 20’s. We recommend that you bring approximately 100 Euros of spare cash in small denominations to have ready for tips and expenses when you first arrive.
We recommend that you get local currency from your bank before you leave home or from a bank machine in-country which is much cheaper than an exchange service at the airport or in tourist areas. Your bank card may work, but Visa or MasterCard are more widely accepted. You will need a 4-digit PIN to be able to use your cards in Europe.
Currency: Euro (€)
Time Zone: UTC +1
Electricity: 230 volts/50Hz
Telephone: Country code for calling you from outside Germany is +49
Calling North America: Dial 001 and your 10 digit number
Emergency numbers in Germany: 112 or 110 for any type of emergency.