In Western Europe, Germany is a country of natural beauty and thousands of years of history. The capital city of Berlin is a destination for history buffs for its many sites related to the Second World War. Tour Munich. You will see the colorful face of German life at its many beer halls and at the Oktoberfest. The Danube River runs across the country. The mountain views and river valleys of the country will reconnect you with Nature.
Best Time to Visit
If you are planning your next vacation in Germany, choose the summer months of June, July and August. The days are pleasant and sunny. The temperature rarely rises above 23 degrees Celsius. Flowers bloom at the vast gardens of castles or ‘schloss’ during this time. They make for lovely photographs.
How To Get There
In Germany, all major cities are served by international airports. Certain Indian cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, New Delhi, Chennai and Jaipur do not have direct flights to Berlin. For your convenience, several international airlines like Air India, Jet Airways, British Airways
, Emirates, Lufthansa and Etihad Airways
have indirect flights from Mumbai to Berlin - the capital city. Over 1,800 hopping flights connect to Berlin from Mumbai every week. Additionally, Lufthansa and Air India operate direct flights to Frankfurt from Mumbai, Bangalore and New Delhi.
Places to Stay
Depending upon your budget allocation and the time of the year, accommodations are available in Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt or any German city of your choice. The rent per night at Berlin varies from about Rs. 1,500 to above Rs. 31,000.
Must- See Places
When you travel to Trier, you will discover the region’s Roman heritage. Mainz is Germany’s wine capital. The Gothic architecture of Rostock is rather beautiful. It is laid in brick. The Hanseatic Town of Lubeck is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Berlin Museum Island is another one, located at the center of the city. The classical archway of the Brandenburg Gate and the glass-dome of the historical Reichstag building - these are some of the things to view in the capital. The Neuschwanstein castle in Munich is perched on a hilltop - another must-visit.
Shopping in Germany
There are shopping malls like Europa Passage in Hamburg and The Mall of Berlin in Berlin. The Wolfsburg Outlet Mall offers exciting discounts. Head to Schildergasse at Cologne for more departmental stores. Marienplatz in Munich’s Old City sits at the heart of the shopping district. The open-air food market at Viktualienmarkt is a venue which will appeal to your senses. At Frankfurt, head to Veil. It is also called the ‘Fifth Avenue’ of Germany. Ku’damm is Berlin’s most popular shopping destination.
Local food in Germany is protein-laden. Try the sausages like ‘currywurst’ and ‘bratwurst’. ‘Sauerbraten’ that are prepared from beef. ‘Schnitzels’ are slices of meat on a breadcrumb crust. These are deep-fried. ‘Spatzle’ is a kind of pasta that is prepared with eggs, flour and fizzy water. If you wish to try out other kinds of cuisines, you will also find French, Italian, Indian and American food in all major cities.
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to Germany from India. The flight schedules
of airlines keep changing from time to time. You will receive constant updates on Yatra.