Germany: the eclectic destination where modernity meets history
Germany is a popular holiday destination in western Europe. Home to 81.41 million residents, it is one of those rare nations that has made a considerable impact on the world. Germany offers you historic and contemporary architecture, enchanting forests and a lively culture. Popular tourist attractions include Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, the Cologne Cathedral and the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.
Start packing your bags because cheap flights to Germany are now available for a limited time! Germany’s hub airport is Frankfurt Airport (FRA), a 15-minute drive or a quick 10-minute train ride from the Frankfurt city centre. Frankfurt Airport serves several airlines, including Lufthansa, South African Airways and Swiss International Airlines. Direct flights are available to Frankfurt from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Frankfurt is approximately 10 hours, 40 minutes.
Popular flights to Germany
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Why visit Germany
Germany’s cities are well known for their historic castles, palaces and other architectural structures from various periods, including Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque.
Visiting any of the destinations in Germany will treat you to lovely gardens, forests and parks, such as the Saxon Switzerland National Park, Harz National Park and the Black Forest.
Delicious German Treats
Treat your taste buds to the many traditional, tasty delights that originated in Germany, such as the gugelhopf (a marble cake) and stollen (fruit bread covered with powdered sugar or icing sugar).
Essential details you need to know before your trip
The most popular times to visit Germany include the summer (May – September), when the weather is finest, and around Christmas in December (the beginning of the winter). If you do not mind crowded attractions, book your flight tickets and accommodation well in advance to ensure you get a good deal. A popular event at the end of the summer is Oktoberfest, which normally runs from late September to early October. Between May and September, you can enjoy Rhein in Flammen, a fireworks spectacle that takes place on five dates along the breath-taking banks of the Rhine.
Would you rather beat the crowds? Visit Germany between March and May (spring) and between late October and November (autumn). The weather might be somewhat chilly at times, but you’ll get the benefit of lower hotel costs and a reduction in the volume of tourists. Major events that take place around these months include Maifest in May.
Weather & Climate in Germany (Berlin)
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Prepare to discover one of the most visited countries in Europe – Germany. This vibrant nation offers you amazing cities that include breath-taking scenery, magnificent architectural creations, elegant castles and palaces, alluring cuisine and a lively culture.
Berlin – Germany’s capital and largest city – is best known for its cultural flair, including the world-famous Berlin Opera and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, a distinctive art scene, a vast array of galleries and museums, and an energetic nightlife.
Cologne provides exquisite opportunities for scenic walks along the amazing River Rhine and through the historic Altstadt. Make sure to discover this destination’s lovely 12 Romanesque Cathedrals.
The city of Hamburg is Germany’s biggest port destination, boasting the historic title of ‘The gateway to the world’. Exploring this European destination will reward you with amazing views, thanks to Hamburg’s sweeping collection of scenic canals.
Munich is famous for the lively Oktoberfest, fantastic landscapes and high-class performances at the National Theatre. Admire the city’s elegant Baroque architecture and the various works at many art galleries and museums.
Experience more of Germany’s culture in Frankfurt. Try out the satisfying regional food at a selection of quaint wine taverns and outdoor cafés, while admiring the street art and beautiful greenery, including Palmengarten and the Frankfurt Zoo.
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You will need a Schengen visa to visit Germany. You can make your applications for this visa at the institutes representing Germany in Pretoria (phone: +2712 427 8900) and Cape Town (phone: +2721 405 3000). You will need to produce documentation that includes ticket purchases, flight details and proof of accommodation bookings. Passports may not be older than 10 years, must have 2 blank pages and be valid for at least 3 months beyond your date of departure from Germany.
The South African Embassy is in Berlin.
Address: Tiergartenstrasse 18, 10785, Berlin
Phone: + 49 30 22 0730
Make sure you receive all the routine vaccinations before you depart for Germany. Additionally, you may need vaccines and medication for the following diseases:
• Hepatitis A (transmitted through contaminated food and water)
• Hepatitis B (transmitted through sexual contact, contaminated needles and blood products)
• Rabies (transmitted through the bites of infected bats, dogs and other mammals)
While the rate for violent crimes in Germany is down, beware of pickpocketing, which is a problem in most destinations around the world. Make sure your valuables and important documents are in a safe and secure place on your person, and well out of sight. Most of the larger German cities have beggars. Watch out for beggars that try to flash cardboard signs close to you, as this is a pickpocketing trick.
The cities of Berlin and Hamburg usually experience demonstrations around the first of May, which often escalate into violent clashes between the police and some of the demonstrators.
Other than that, stay alert and avoid exploring any parks on your own, and you will have a trouble-free holiday in Germany.