Germany Vacations

Deep in the heart of Europe, Germany has molded the whole continent like no other, and its history is both varied and vast. A great destination year round, most people tend to visit between May and September, when outdoor events and festivals enliven the cities, nature is ready for hikers and cyclists, and the beer gardens and caf├ęs bustle at all hours.

Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich are among the country's big cities, with Berlin being the most modern and fashionable of the three. Other regions of note include the Rhine Valley, the Black Forest, and the Romantic Road (Romantische Strasse). Of the many castles spread across the country, Schloss Neuschwanstein, conceived by Ludwig II with the help of a stage designer rather than an architect, is the world's best known.

Things to know about Germany Vacations

Capital: Berlin.
Currency: Euro.
Electricity: 230 V.
Time Zone: GMT +1 hr. Daylight savings time is applied.
Government: Federal parliamentary republic.
Land size: 357,022 km2 approx.
Language: German.
Population: 82,000,000 approx.
Religion: Protestant 32%, Roman Catholic 31%, Islam 5%, other 2%, unaffiliated 30%.
A valid passport is required for Canadians intending to visit Germany. The passport should be valid for at least the expected duration of stay in the country.

Driver's License
An International Driving Permit is required.

Germany Vacation Tips

Transportation within Germany is easy and comfortable but not necessarily expensive. The country's dense highway network - the famous "Autobahn" - is toll-free for passenger cars. Traveling by train or bus is also an easy and fun way to discover Germany's charm, history, or trendy hotspots. Check out rail passes and find inexpensive travel tips. makes every effort to ensure that information on this page is current, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice.