Ever since the fall of the Berlin wall, tourism in Germany has flourished. The country enthusiastically revived its cherished traditions of hospitality with amazing results. Today, almost 25 million people take a flight to Germany each year to enjoy the gorgeous diversity of its vibrant culture, enchanting landscapes, and historical treasures.
Flights to Germany
Your first stop in Germany is likely to be Frankfurt Airport (FRA).The busiest airport in Germany handles 58 million passengers a year and approximately 1365 flights a day. It acts as a hub for Germany’s national airline, Lufthansa, as well as AeroLogic and Condor, and it’s also a focus city for SunExpress Deutschland and TUIfly. Overall, more than 100 airlines operate out of FRA.
Munich Airport (MUC) runs a close second, with more than 37 million passengers served each year. Located a few miles from the capital of Bavaria, MUC is also a hub for Lufthansa, Air Dolomiti, and Condor and a focus city for Air Berlin, SunExpress Deutschland, and TUIfly. Germany is also served by more than 20 other major airports, including Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Cologne, and Berlin, which each welcome millions of passengers annually.
What to do in Germany
If you really want to enjoy your trip to Germany, bring your biggest pants. With incredible sausages, excellent beer, hearty noodles, crisp sweet pastries and chocolate cakes rich and dense enough to feed a dancing bear for a year, German cuisine was never designed for the diet-conscious. Neuschwanstein Castle is located in Hohenschwangau, Germany. It is a beautiful 18th century castle which is open for the public to visit, hosting 1.3 million visitors a year. It is situated on a rugged hill that overlooks views such as the Alpine foothills and the historic village. Europa-Park is located in Rust in the southwestern Germany. It’s the second most popular theme park in all of Europe, featuring intense rides such as the Euro-Mir, a spinning steel track roller coaster inspired by Russian space missions!
Advice for Tourists Visiting Germany
The best time to fly to Germany will rely entirely on the type of vacation you’re looking for. Both spring and fall are great for hiking and walking tours. Summer is crowded, but the sun is shining, and the beer gardens are open and lively. (Tip: Oktoberfest actually begins in September!) The winter months are filled with skiers, and many major cities also host beautiful Christmas Markets in November and December, with handmade crafts and warming spiced Glühwein.
You’ll need a passport to visit Germany. Most visitors can stay for up to 90 days, though that restriction applies to the EU as a whole, and you may be asked to show proof of booked onward tickets and sufficient funds.
Especially in large cities and heavily visited tourist areas, many Germans speak excellent English. It’s still worth your time to learn a few useful phrases, if only for the joy of watching a straight-faced German crack a smile at your attempts.
Germany’s sole currency is the Euro. Very few shops or restaurants will accept foreign currencies or be willing to exchange currency, and anybody who does will likely only be located in airports and major train stations.
Renting a car is a great way to see more of the exquisite German countryside while you’re there, and they drive on the right, which makes it easy for North Americans. Skyscanner can sort you out with a set of wheels: our car rental search is great for finding deals, and totally free to use. Wherever you’re staying in Germany, we can also get you a good price on your hotel. Just use our free hotel search service.
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