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For lovers of food, culture and architecture, Germany is the perfect place to explore. Explore off the well-trodden path in Munich, where you’ll spend hours admiring the beauty of Nymphenburg Palace and its surrounding parklands, before wandering over to Marienplatz for a pretzel. Fuel your knowledge of German luxury cars at BMW world and wash it all down with a stein in one of the city’s many beer gardens. Visit the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin before making your way to Brandenburg Gate. Discover East Berlin, where the art murals on the old Berlin Wall will take your breath away. Create your own adventure with Monograms in Germany.

Snapshot: Germany
Capital
Berlin
Currency
Euro
Official Language
German
Time Zone
GMT+2
Population
83 million
Drives on the
Right
Travelling in Germany
Best time to visit
Germany's summers are warm and sunny, often extending well into October. Winters are relatively mild, apart from the mountainous regions. Layers are your best option while travelling here, as weather can be unpredictable, especially in spring and autumn. Rain gear is recommended year-round.
Culture and customs
Germany's territory covers over 360, 000 square kilometres and represents one of the heartlands of Central Europe. For 44 years after WWII, both Europe and Germany were divided by the Iron Curtain, symbolised and carried to the extreme by the construction of the Berlin Wall, which enclosed the western part of Berlin and split the former German capital in half. Nevertheless, West Germany experienced an economic miracle after 1945 and its prosperous industries gained a reputation of reliability and quality. November 9, 1989 found the Berliners in happy turmoil; the wall, the infamous symbol of the Cold War, had fallen as a consequence of peaceful protest throughout East Germany. The country was politically unified within a year, although the daily groundwork of growing together again still continues.

Today, visitors love Germany's romantic images: dense forests, ancient fairytale castles, timber-framed architecture, lakes and mountains, cliffs, ruins and elaborate gardens. In contrast, large cities like Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Munich and Frankfurt offer vitality, modern urbanity and avant-garde styles.

Traditional German foods are hearty and comforting, with pork meat and potatoes being a staple. Outstanding beer is produced in over 1200 breweries and excellent wines thrive on the slopes of the southwest, in the Rhine Valley and Franconia. The most famous event is the annual Munich Oktoberfest, which attracts 6 million visitors every year for a two-week period ending on the first Sunday in October.
Language and Useful Phrases
Good Morning: Guten Morgen
Good Day: Guten Tag
Good Evening:  Guten Abend
Please/You're Welcome: Bitte
Thank You: Danke
Yes: Ja
No: Nein
Do you speak English? Sprechen Sie Englisch?
How much? Wieviel kostet das?
1: Eins
2: Zwei
3: Drei
4: Vier
5: Fünf
6: Sechs
7: Sieben
8: Acht
9: Neun
10: Zehn
Health and Safety
Consult your local doctor for general immunisations and visit http://smartraveller.gov.au for current safety and travel information.
Electronics and Devices
Germany uses a round, 2-prong plug.
Money and Costs
The official currency of Germany is the Euro.
Bank hours are 8:30am - 4pm Monday to Friday. Some branches stay open until 5:30pm on Thursdays.
1 Euro (€) = 100 Cents (c)
Banknote denominations: €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500
Coin denominations: 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, €1, €2

Credit cards are widely accepted (mostly Visa and Mastercard), and youshould have no problems using them in larger shops and restaurants. Smaller shops may ask you to pay in cash or have a minimum amount required to use a credit card.

Average costs:
Soft Drink/Mineral Water/Coffee = €3-4
Salad/Sandwhich lunch with drink = €8-15
Dinner at a mid-range restaurant = €30-40
Visas and Insurances
Germany is part of the Schengen area, which allows Australians and New Zealanders to enter Germany without a visa in some circumstances.
If you're travelling for reasons other than tourism, or for more than 90 days, you will need to get a visa from German authorities before departing Australia or New Zealand.
Fun Facts
Berlin became home to the biggest train station in Europe in 2006
The tallest church in the world, Ulm Cathedral is in Germany. It is 161 metres high.
Germans are the second-biggest consumers of beer in the world.
How Monograms is Different

Monograms is independent travel that takes all the hassles out of planning and organising your dream holiday. We’ve done all the work to build just the right all-in-one package for you – your choice of the right hotels in the heart of the action, sightseeing, transportation around cities, a Local Host at your destination and much more. We handle all the details so you can enjoy your destination like a local.

Roam with local insight
Discover new places at your own pace. You'll have all the space and time to enjoy your adventure, with as much or as little help from your Local Host as you want, so you never have to miss a minute!
Independent travel made easy
With Monograms, we take all the hours of organising trips away from you. We handle the details so that you can feel comfortable and confident in your destination - even if it's your first time there!
Your perfect space
Whether you prefer hotels that are close to shopping and sightseeing, surrounded by natural beauty, part of the city's artistic heritage or that offer contemporary styling, our holidays put you at the heart of your destination.
YourWay
Enjoy freedom and flexibility that comes with a personalised holiday! Choose how many nights you stay in select European cities.