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You might think that Germany is a little dull compared to its Eastern neighbors. But travelers to Germany know this isn't the case. Munich is a modern city in the Western mold. It has a reputation for big industries, but there's still Old World charm here. Munich provides a great starting point for a tour of the major cities of Central and Eastern Europe. And there are plenty of direct flights to the US. There's also quite a lot to do and see in and around Munich, like the BMW plant and museum, and the fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle. Traveling in Germany is very popular, and for good reason.

Germany's best cities

Berlin is uber-cool, artsy and funky. The capital of Germany in every sense of the word, Berlin draws creative types of all disciplines. It also has a large startup community, which has helped make it one of Europe's most cosmopolitan cities. Berlin's museums, cafés, street art, nightlife, and joie de vivre is infectious. If you're looking for a good time during your holiday in Germany, Berlin is the place.

Dresden's markets and museums

Both Berlin and Munich are good places to start or end a tour of Central and Eastern Europe. They have good road and rail connections. They are surrounded by Schengen countries so there's minimal hassle crossing borders. Plenty of low-cost intra-European airlines make bridging longer distances possible. We also recommend that travelers in Germany visit Dresden. This city has amazing museums, and some of Germany's oldest and most famous Christmas markets (Dresden is home to many traditional Christmas gifts and decorations). If you're traveling in Germany during the holidays, you'll definitely want to stay overnight here.

Explore Bavaria

Germany's largest state, Bavaria is where many German stereotypes, from lederhosen and dirndls, to beer halls and polka, actually come from and apply. Lederhosen turns as many heads in Berlin as a cowboy hat and spurs in New York! Munich is the capital of Bavaria, but while down there, we recommend visiting two very traditional, but quite different, places: Rothenburg ob der Tauber, and Nuremberg. Romantic Rothenburg is the type of idyllic small town that people often come to Germany seeking. Little has changed within its preserved walls since its zenith of prosperity in the Middle Ages. Bavaria's second largest city, Nuremberg has a different feel at first sight, but once you visit its massive old town and castle, you'll understand why it's seen as the most German of cities. The Nazis took advantage of this reputation, holding some of their biggest rallies here, and the Allies held Nazi elites on trial here after World War II for similar reasons.

Germany's travel specialists

There is a wide range of accommodation in Germany. Our local guides will be on-hand to assist all vacationers. Wherever you want to travel in Germany, we can make it happen. Visit Munich, Berlin, Dresden, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, or any combination of the five. Contact us for a free travel consultation. We'll start planning the perfect German vacation, just for you.

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Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

4.9 / 5

Average of our Guest's Ratings of our German vacation packages
Based on 29 reviews
Review by Tami & Joseph

Tami & Joseph

Wisconsin

I highly recommend using JayWay Travel! It made our customized trip planning extremely easy!

I highly recommend using JayWay Travel! It made our customized trip planning extremely easy!

Year : 2019
Visited : Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary
Itinerary : Berlin, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary
Itinerary : Berlin, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Alan & Vivian

Alan & Vivian

Delaware

All our needs were well taken care of. The people involved with JayWay Travel were professional, knowledgeable and often exceeding expectations.

All our needs were well taken care of. The people involved with JayWay Travel were professional, knowledgeable and often exceeding expectations.

Year : 2019
Visited : Hungary, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic
Itinerary : Budapest, Vienna, Passau, Prague
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Hungary, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic
Itinerary : Budapest, Vienna, Passau, Prague
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Brenda & Natalie

Brenda & Natalie

Colorado

JayWay Travel was perfect. They gave a structure to our trip which catered to exactly what we wanted without being part of a group, but also provided the economies that we would have gotten from being in a group.

JayWay Travel was perfect. They gave a structure to our trip which catered to exactly what we wanted without being part of a group, but also provided the economies that we would have gotten from being in a group.

Year : 2018
Visited : Germany
Itinerary : Berlin
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Germany
Itinerary : Berlin
Rating :
5 / 5

Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Germany

When is the best time to visit Germany?

Unless you’re planning to visit the country’s atmospheric Christmas markets, it's best to visit Germany between mid-April and early October, keeping in mind that May and September are peak season. Highs in July and August tend to be in the 70s, save for the cooler southern border, but temperatures in the 80s are normal, and air conditioning remains rare outside of higher-end hotels.

Is Germany safe?

Despite fears to the contrary, Germany remains one of Europe's safest countries, with a murder rate less than 1/6 of the US'. Some cities, such as Munich, rank as among the safest in Europe. Although large German cities are very cosmopolitan, certain parts of East Germany have a reputation for racism. Not coincidentally, these are also the isolated areas that receive the least tourism. Theft is rare, but pickpockets are a concern in some major train stations, especially in Frankfurt. Making the Hitler salute, even as a joke, is not tolerated, and every year a few drunken tourists are arrested for making this mistake.

What is German cuisine like?

Although stereotyped as heavy, German cuisine is as remarkably diverse as the country itself. Germany is at the center of Europe’s organic foods movement, and food for vegans and other people with special dietary needs is common. Only France has more Michelin-starred restaurants than Germany. In Berlin, all eateries must label all allergens present in food. Fish burgers are most popular in northern Germany, which is also home to Lübeck, the world capital of marzipan. While Berlin is associated with Currywurst, a hotdog in ketchup with curry powder, we recommend the city’s most popular food, the Döner Kebab, a fusion of Turkish and German cuisines similar to Shawarma, a cheap and filling form of fast food. Bavaria in the south is famous for pretzels and Weisswurst, a white veal and pork sausage whose skin is removed before eating, traditionally served with sweet mustard and pretzels. Germans abroad often say they miss their bakeries more than anything else, and we recommend visiting a bakery in each region you visit, to soak up their varied bread and pastries. Sausages are popular street food, and sandwiches are popular for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Germany is rightfully famous for its beers, which demonstrate remarkable diversity. Although every region has its take on the drink, most breweries still follow a Bavarian law passed in 1516 limiting beer ingredients to water, barley, and hops. While vineyards are found in much of the country, the upper and middle Rhine, and its tributaries, are home to the country's most famous wineries. Schnapps, a hard spirit, can refer to the Korn distilled from malt in the north, or Obstler, made from fruit in the south. Germany has a strong coffee culture, and cafes are common everywhere. German tap water is universally high quality, although Germans tend to drink sparkling water “with gas.”

What is transportation like in Germany?

German transportation in all its many forms is modern and effective, although the rail system has more delays than it used to thanks to failed cost-cutting measures. Cities generally have useful transport apps, ticket machines in English, and allow you to use one ticket to take all forms of transport (including regional trains making stops within a city) for a certain amount of time. In Berlin, a one-time transit ticket covers travel in one direction for two hours. Cities generally have large streetcar networks, as well as subways (“U-Bahn”) and light rail (“S-Bahn”). Major cities are linked by regular, high-speed trains. Recent efforts to introduce speed limits on the Autobahn failed spectacularly, although a large proportion of the expressways do have speed limits. We tend to recommend against using rental cars in Germany, as Central European rental agencies charge steep fees for drivers picking up a car in one country and leaving it in another, and German city centers are not designed for cars. If renting, take seriously the advice given by a rental agency for driving on the Autobahn. Stay out of the leftmost lane, and if you encounter a traffic jam, join the other cars in driving onto the dotted lines between lanes to create emergency lanes for first responders.
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