Germany is a country located in central-western Europe, and it’s comprised of 16 constituent states, with about 82 million inhabitants. It is a top tourist destination, because it offers a mix of tradition and modernity. In Bavaria, you can visit its breathtaking baroque palaces while in Berlin you can explore famous historic sites such as the Brandenburg Gate and contemporary art galleries. It is this mix of historic and contemporary that makes Germany such an appealing tourist destination.
However, it’s not just castles, art and beer in Germany. It is much more than that, and apart from its cultural heritage, Germany boasts a large variety of different landscapes. In the north, it has a coastline along the North Sea and the Baltic Seas in an area called the North German Plain. The East Frisian Islands just off the coast are also gorgeous, even though mostly visited by the local Germans themselves. There are even white sand resorts along the Baltic Sea, including Rügen and Usedom.
Warnings & Dangers in Germany
OVERALL RISK : LOW
Germany is very safe to travel to. Your biggest worry, when traveling to Germany, should be the pickpockets and scammers. If you apply basic precaution rules, that should minimize the risk of something going wrong.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
Transportation and taxis are generally safe and reliable in Germany, but do be careful in public transport, as it's a place where pickpockets operate.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM
As in any European top destination, there are pickpockets at popular tourist landmarks. Follow your common sense and remain vigilant at all times, especially in public transportation and at crowded stations.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW
There is no particular threat of natural disasters in Germany, except for some earthquakes that happen every now and then.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
There are low chances of getting mugged or kidnapped in this country, although it is advised to remain cautious and avoid poorly lit and deserted streets and areas. If you find yourself in such a situation, hand over your belongings immediately.
TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM
There have been terrorist attacks in Germany's recent history, but, thankfully, they resulted in only a few casualties. No tourists have been targeted, but extreme vigilance is advised.
SCAMS RISK : LOW
As in any country, especially a top tourist destination, there is risk of getting scammed. Be wary of people trying to distract you or offering you unwanted help, check your change twice and always negotiate every service beforehand.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Germany is very safe to travel to, if you are a female traveling solo. Apart from a few general precaution rules you should apply, such as not walking alone in poorly lit and deserted areas, not finding yourself in strange company at night, etc, you can relax because Germany is very safe in this respect.
So... How Safe Is Germany Really?
Germany is a very safe country to travel to. Its crimes rates are low and the law is strictly respected. The most common form of crime you’ll probably encounter is pickpocketing or bicycle theft. Violent crimes such as homicide, robberies, rape or assaults are also not an issue in this country, especially not compared to most African and American countries. You might encounter pickpockets in large cities or at events with large crowds. Avoid crowded places, and apply extreme precaution when in public transportation or on bus or railway stations (airports, too).
You should also keep in mind that begging exists in some larger cities, and even though it’s not a serious issue, be careful and avoid getting into altercations with aggressive beggars, should they cross your paths. Some beggars are organized in groups. Bear in mind that flashing any cardboard sign very near to your body could be a pickpocket trick, as well as attempts to distract you in any way.
You should also expect street demonstrations if your accommodation is in Berlin or Hamburg and if you’re traveling somewhere around the first of May. These demonstrations occasionally evolve into clashes between the police and a minority of the demonstrators.
- Visas - Most countries do not need a visa for any stays shorter than 90 days. Any longer than that, you might need to acquire a visa. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months past your planned date of return. If you are not sure about your visa status, visit www.doyouneedvisa.com which will let you know whether or not you need visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.
- Currency - Euro is the official currency in Germany. ATMs are widely available throughout the country, in cities and towns, rarely in villages. Credit cards however are not widely accepted, only in larger establishments such as restaurants and hotels.
- Weather - Germany's has moderate climate and has no longer periods of cold or hot weather. Coastal part of Germany has a maritime influenced climate and mostly has warm summers and mild winters.
- Airports - Frankfurt Airport is the busiest airport in Germany as well as the fourth busiest airport by passenger traffic in Europe after London Heathrow Airport, Paris–Charles de Gaulle Airport and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. It is located 12 km southwest of central Frankfurt.
- Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Germany, since it covers not only medical problems, but also theft and loss of valuables.