Travel to Germany to visit modern cities, picture-postcard towns and villages, pagan-inspired festivals and romantic castles. It’s a fascinating land to explore any time of year and offers endless things to do. In the summer, visitors head into the mountains for hiking and climbing experiences. In the winter, the Bavarian Alps set the scene for exciting adventures.
Germany’s capital, Berlin, is a thriving modern metropolis and an exciting destination to visit, with a legendary nightlife and numerous historical attractions including the remains of the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate. Munich, capital of Bavaria, is full of museums, galleries and beautiful churches to explore. In the summer, visitors head into the mountains for hiking and climbing adventures.Frankfurt, the country’s financial hub, is home to one of Europe’s largest stock exchanges as well as a rich selection of museums and nightlife as good as Berlin’s.
Why visit Germany
German beer is known for being some of the best in the world.
Berlin’s museums are legendary.
It’s rich in historical attractions including castles, medieval architecture – and the Berlin Wall.
It boasts diverse landscapes, from the Bavarian Alps and the Black Forest to the Baltic Sea and the River Rhine.
Many of its age-old traditions are still alive today – like Oktoberfest!
The Christmas markets in Germany are magical.
Germans are known for their Gemütlichkeit (warmth and friendliness), and the country is an extension of this. There is plenty to celebrate year-round, a fabulous nightlife, welcoming hotels and resorts, and so much fun to be had while sightseeing, swimming or hiking. Germany is ideal for a family holiday, for friends wanting to have fun together, couples on a romantic getaway, or those who prefer to travel alone. Let Thompsons Holidays arrange your holiday package to Germany.
What to do in Germany
With its diverse landscapes and holiday offerings, rich culture and history, fabulous food and famous beer, Germany is an excellent place for a holiday. Its location in the heart of Europe is a major drawcard, as visitors can holiday here en route to another destination if they wish.
There’s so much to see – tiny traditional villages, the stunning snow-capped mountains in the Bavarian Alps, miles of glorious golden beaches along the coastline and on various islands close by, plus lush forests full of legends of fairies and goblins. Exploring the cities is another adventure – Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne and Frankfurt all have their own unique charms.
Things to do in Germany
Cycle through Black Forest National Park.
Go skiing and snowboarding in the Bavarian Alps.
Step back in time when you explore the walled town of Rothenburg.
Take the cable car up the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain.
Discover Schloss Neuschwanstein, a castle built in the 19th century by Mad King Ludwig.
Visit Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin.
Explore the Porsche and Mercedes Benz museums in Stuttgart.
Shop till you drop in traditional Christmas markets.
Cruise along the Rhine River.
See some of the countries incredible Doms (cathedrals) including Cologne Dom.
Be rejuvenated in the spa town of Baden-Baden.
These are just the start of the exciting adventures that await on a trip to Germany with Thompsons Holidays. We can put together all sorts of holiday packages to suit you, from a holiday with the family, to exploring cities with friends, a romantic spa break with your partner, or a gourmet discovery on your own. Book your memorable trip now.
South African passport holders require a Schengen visa to enter Germany. If you are planning to visit Germany for a short stay trip (up to 90 days), then you have to apply for a Schengen short-stay visa to Germany, also known as a C-type visa, and if you plan to stay in Germany longer than 90 days, you will have to apply for a German long-stay visa, also known a D-type visa.
Do note that there are certain requirements for minors and the spouse of a German citizen. Make sure to chat to your travel consultant to get the most updated information.
Passports should be valid for at least 6 months after travel and have blank pages.
Germany is on Central European time, one hour behind South Africa during the winter (November to March) and the same time as South Africa in the summer months (last Sunday in March to last Saturday in October).
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