Why go to Germany? The transportation system, from the speedy autobahn to the high speed trains, means you won't waste time getting from place to place. Then there's the history, the arts, and the castles, often connected by special roads like the Castle Road or the Romantic Road.
There's even a road you can "race" on, called the Nurburgring.
Summer weather in many of the main tourist cities tends to be milder than others. The July and August temperatures in Cologne peak at around 75 degrees F.
And there is also, of course, beer. Quite a bit of it actually.
Germany Cities Map
Getting Around Germany: Typical Journey Times Via German Trains
- Munich-Berlin: 3 - 4.5 hours [schedules & tickets]
- Cologne-Munich 4:30 [schedules & tickets]
- Hamburg-Berlin: 1:43 [schedules & tickets]
- Dresden-Leipzig: 1:09 [schedules & tickets]
Travel on weekends is usually quite a bit cheaper than during the weekdays. Off-peak trains are cheaper than morning and evening trains taking people to work or to meetings in other cities.
Germany's main hub stations are Berlin Hbf, Köln Hbf (Cologne), München Hbf (Munich) and Frankfurt Hbf. HBF stands for Hauptbahnhof, the central, main station.
Germany Weather and Climate: When to Go
Germany's weather is primarily temperate. Berlin's temperature, for example, is more moderate than you might expect, the lowest average low occurs in January at 26 degrees F. The highest high occurs in July and August at 73 degrees F. There is measurable precipitation (wet days) more than half the days of the year. [Berlin historic averages]
Germany is a good place to go in summer, when Italy, France and Spain swelter. But the best time to go to southern Germany may well be autumn, when the colors are brightest and the wine is being harvested. This is the time for festivals celebrating wine and the harvest.
Click on a destination on the Germany Weather and Climate Map to find historic temperatures, rainfall, and tourism suggestions for Germany's top destinations.
Travel Tips for Germany
About getting around on Germany's fast roads, the German Way has some ovservations.
The autobahn has a “suggested” speed limit of 130 km/h (80 mph), a suggestion widely ignored by many Mercedes and Porsche drivers. They may suddenly appear out of nowhere, close behind, blinking their brights to move you out of their way. Not even gasoline priced at double the North American rate can make most German drivers slow down. -- Driving in Germany
While service is included in the bill and three percent of Germans don't tip at all, waiters and pother providers of service are generally tipped 5-10% for good service. Far an informal meal, Germans might round up the bill to the nearest euro and add a couple of euros more.