Germany Travel Guide
2019

In our Germany Travel Guide for Kids you will find some interesting travel information for children and families that was chosen and researched by kids, especially for kids. Enjoy! 

Germany Travel Guide

Where is Germany?

Germany is located on the European continent. The country has 83 million inhabitants. Germany's capital city is Berlin with over 3.5 million inhabitants. The country has a coastline in the North and mountains in the South.

Which language do people speak in Germany?

German. But most young people also can understand and speak English as it is taught in schools. There are various dialects spoken from Bavaria and Swabian in the South to Plattdeutsch (Low German) in the North.

German Alps in snow with skiers

Best time to visit?

Of course, you can visit all year round! If you love the outdoors, then spring and autumn are best! The famous festivals in spring (Frühlingsfest) and Oktoberfest in autumn are lots of fun. The climate is continental and mild along the coast. Winter in Germany usually brings rain and snow, mainly in the South. Germany's sunniest city is Freiburg im Breisgau. 

Schengen Visa

Do you need a visa for Germany?

Germany is a Schengen state, which means that all non-European visitors to Germany need a Schengen Visa which has to be applied for before travels. Travellers with European passports do not need a visa. However, the passport must be at least valid for 6-months beyond your travels! Read more about the Schengen Visa here.

Euro coins and bank notes

What is the currency of Germany?

In Germany, you pay in Euro as the country is part of the European monetary union. Before 2002, the country's currency was the German Mark 'Deutsche Mark' (1 DM equaled 100 Pfenning.) The Euro is amongst the world's ten strongest currencies.

Typical German breakfast with Brötchen and Coffee

How much does a trip to Germany cost?

Germany travel costs vary widely depending on your style of travel. Book a room in a youth hostel or Jugendherberge and opt for self-catering to save some money. Due to the strong Euro travelling in Germany is not the cheapest but so worth it! Read more on Germany travel expenses here.

Germany Travel Ideas

Brandenburg Gate

Berlin 

The Brandenburg Gate is Germany's most famous landmark along with the partly preserved Berlin Wall and the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche (Memorial church) which all are striking reminders of Germany's troubled past.  

Bavarian Alps mountainscape with lake

Bavarian Alps

The highest peak in Germany is called Zugspitze. Germany's tallest mountain stands at the German-Austrian border and is 2,963 metres/9,721 ft. high. Here you can experience snow also in summer!

Wartburg Germany

Castles of Germany

The Wartburg castle is as prominent in German history books as the Bavarian castles of the 'Mad King' Ludwig II. Make sure to explore several of the castles to learn about German history and culture. More about German castles here.

Germany Frankfurt Christmas market at Roemer

Christmas in Germany

The festive season is celebrated in Germany with many markets and Christmas decorations adorn the towns and cities. Did you know that the tradition of putting up a Christmas tree originates from Germany? More about Christmas in Germany.

Germany for Kids

Rhine Valley with Rhine river

Rhine Valley 

This region in western Germany is a must for history fans as well as for lovers of nature walks. Hike or ride your bike through pristine forests, sunny vineyards or along the river promenades. Landmarks include the Loreley Rock and the Germania statue. The fireworks at the 'Rhine in Flames' festival are a major attraction.

Europapark in Rust - image credit: gevison/shutterstock.com

Theme Parks in Germany

In Germany there is not only Europe's second biggest theme park Europapark, after Disneyland Paris, but also the shows and rides at Phantasialand near Cologne and Legoland in Bavaria (or a smaller indoor Legoland venue next to Germany's biggest shopping centre in Oberhausen) are well worth a visit.

Fabulous German attractions

Germany Neuschwanstein castle

Neuschwanstein

Neuschwanstein castle in southern Germany is probably the most famous castle in the world as it was used as a blueprint by Walt Disney when the Cinderella Castle of the Magic Kingdom was designed.

Cliffs in Ruegen, Germany

Rügen

Germany's biggest island Rügen is located in  northeastern Germany in the Baltic Sea. The chalk cliffs on the island have been awarded UNESCO world heritage status. Read more here.

Germany Travel Tips

German Bahncards

Get a BahnCard

The German rail network (Deutsche Bahn) will help you reach the main tourist destinations in Germany. With the BahnCard you will get discounts and save on your travels. Get more info on routes and ticket prices here.

Oktoberfest for children - image credit: Oktoberfest.de

Oktoberfest

The world's biggest beer festival takes place from 19 September to 4 October in 2020. However, it's not all about beer and huge beer tents, children will enjoy the numerous fun activities, rides, carousels and shows as well. 

German spaetzle dish - traditional food in Germany

Mahlzeit - Guten Appetit

Enjoy the typical German food such as Brezeln (pretzels), sourdough bread, Schweinshaxen (pork knuckles), Bratwurst or Currywurst (sausages), Swabian Käse Spätzle (egg noodles with cheese) or Apfelkuchen (apple cake)

Lohr am Main by Blue Crayola/Shutterstock.com

Fairy tales galore!

Read up on the German fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm before your trip and enjoy a trip along the famous Märchenstrasse (fairy tale route) even more. Maybe visit Lohr am Main which claims to be the home town of Schneewittchen (Snow White) or Hanau, the birth place of the Brothers Grimm. Both places are an easy day trip from Frankfurt! Read more.

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