Walking Across Europe is superb so get on your walking boots to see the region at its very best and really get away from it all.
Did you know that there is much more in Germany than King Ludwig´s Castle Neuschwanstein and the romantic city scenery of Heidelberg?
Germany is abundant in important historical and cultural sites and great landscapes. Many of these, that can best be conquered on foot, lie alongside splendid long distance trails which make hiking in Germany an extraordinary experience.
Talking about the climate in Germany, it can get chilly in winter with temperatures as low as -20 degrees Celsius. But it can also get very hot in summer. Especially the south of Germany which is blessed with a lot of sunshine in the summer and temperatures can rise to more than 40 degrees Celsius.
Anytime! Every season has its charm, so when to go depends on your holiday type: do you love warm, sunny days and don’t mind long queues in front of sights and attractions? Or can you cope with cold temperatures in order to be rewarded with low airfares and fewer crowds?
Here is an overview of Germany in all four seasons that will help you decide which time of year is the best for you to visit Germany.
Spring is a wonderful time to visit Germany; after a long, cold winter, the country welcomes the beginning of the warm season with traditional Easter celebrations and spring fairs. However, more rural places (although excellent) that are visited by small numbers of tourists may be closed in the colder months between March and April or have reduced opening hours. Even some accommodations in summer tourist destinations such as Lake Constance may be closed then. So, if you‘re planning to come to Germany in spring, choose May. The weather is warm and the chestnut trees will be in bloom in the beer gardens. At the beginning of May, the world’s largest Spring beer festival, Frühlingsfest ( www.stuttgarter-fruehlingsfest.de ) will be in Stuttgart.
Summer is the height of the travel season in Germany. You’ll enjoy warm temperatures, long and sunny days, colorful open-air festivals, and many outdoor activities. These summer pleasures will cost you high airfares and hotel rates. Also, lines in front of popular tourist attractions can become very long. So, make sure to book early!
Autumn is a great time to visit Germany: the summer crowds are back home, local wine festivals are in full swing, and as temperatures drop, so do airfares and hotel rates. In Stuttgart there are two large events from late August to early September, the Weindorf ( www.stuttgarter-weindorf.de ) – Germany’s most attended wine festival; and the Cannstatter Volksfest ( www.cannstatter-volksfest.de ) from late September to early October, the world’s second largest beer festival and at the same time largest fun festival. From about the beginning of September to the first weekend in November, the excellent palace at Ludwigsburg hosts the world’s largest pumpkin exhibition ( www.blueba.de ). You’ll see over 450 varieties of pumpkins including Europe’s largest pumpkins; there are large themed sculptures made out of these vegetables. The only disadvantage to travel to Germany in autumn is that you should carry an umbrella with yourself, as it can often rain in autumn.
German winters are cold, with temperatures often below freezing, which results in some great winter sport and skiing possibilities in Germany. Besides, before Christmas, December is nice for Stuttgart’s Christmas Market, one of Germany’s largest, oldest, most visited and most beautiful with all of the rooftops of the booths highly decorated, probably better than anywhere else in Germany. With the exception of winter sports, activities between November and early March are likely to focus more on culture and city life. Just pack the right clothes and keep in mind that there are only six to eight hours of daylight.
All in all, any time is a good time to be somewhere in Germany, depending on your holiday activity. As for walking, we recommend going to Germany between May and September when much of life moves outdoors, beer gardens are in full swing, and festivals and outdoor events enliven cities and villages.
Don’t forget to take cash with you, as many small towns or villages won’t accept your credit card. The national currency in Germany is euro.
Without any surprise, an official language in Germany is German . Moreover, it’s one of the most widely spoken native languages in Europe. For example, if you know German, you won’t have problems with communicating with locals not only in Germany, but in Austria and Switzerland as well. Besides, German is a very similar language to Luxembourgish, Yiddish, Dutch, the Frisian and the Scandinavian languages. So these are the reason why you should start learning German.
If you don’t know this language, don’t get upset. Many native speakers in Germany was taught English as a foreign language, so go ahead and ask a German person if he can speak English and what do you know, maybe you’ll find a friend from Germany.