How Safe Is Germany for Travel?

Germany
Safety Index:
85

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 a 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.

Useful Information

  • 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.
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Germany Weather Averages (Temperatures)

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Mar 5° C
Apr 9° C
May 14° C
Jun 17° C
Jul 19° C
Aug 19° C
Sep 15° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

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11 Reviews on Germany

  1. W
    William says:

    Nice country

    There are two reasons you go to Germany. One is for the food and the other is for the alcohol. The place is pretty amazing. It is not ideal to go if this is your first trip outside your home country. You have to be wise to the area and make sure you don’t offend people because they are not shy to call you out on it!

  2. R
    Ryan Wright says:

    I'm going!

    My father was born in Germany and moved to the US when he was 11 with his family. Needless to say, I too was born in the US but I have always wanted to go to Germany to get in touch with my roots. I am planning a trip now to go next year with my dad as a surprise gift for his 50th. Glad to see it is overall safe to visit still.

  3. 🥰
    🥰 says:

    I was born here and I can say it’s pretty peaceful here and nothing really bad happened ofc sometimes there are people with drugs and stuff but it’s not as bad as shooting in every single part. I love Germany a lot even if it got boring for me because I’m loving here my whole life.

    I’m planning to move but not out of it because it’s really safe and I don’t want to leave a safe country. I’ll mention a few cities you could visit because I liked them a lot.

    Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Trier, Saarbrücken, Munich, Nuremberg and Cologne. They’re all amazing. Germany is actually pretty safe and I even think it’s safer than they showed it.

    Only 2 times after the Nazis a shooting happened and it wasn’t even that bad. (Of course, it was bad, but it’s not that 3 or more people died.) If you have never been there, go, it’s gonna be a beautiful experience. There are many quiet cities which I prefer but it’s your choice.

    Also, the food is great and if you go you should really visit a beer garden. The best time to go is in June or August. It’s not too hot and not too cold. I hope you enjoy your trip! Love, German Girl.

    1. gez, you havent been groped yet ?

      women are being raped and stabbed on a daily basis in Germany by your beloved refugee men that you have welcomed

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        timdervergewaltigerflüchtling says:

        goar net woahr

  4. NIT SAFE

    especially NOT SAFE FOR WOMEN

    due to „refugees „

  5. R
    Reza Inkiriwang says:

    You should add Bremen, Heidelberg, Leipzig and Augsburg on your list of the cities.

  6. T
    Tom Rieg says:

    To provide perspective for non-Germans: the user with the handle “hana” is part of a far-right, xenophobic minority, based mainly in former East Germany. They object to Germany’s generous policy of hosting refugees, and they even go as far as denying the Holocaust (denial is a crime in Germany) and other well-documented German-led atrocities during the Third Reich.

    Sadly, my advice would have to be this: if you are a person of colour, if you somehow look like a refugee, stay clear of former East Germany. You’d run the risk of being physically attacked by gangs of neo-nazi thugs.

    Former West Germany incl. West Berlin is safe.

    Another heads-up: we are not really the most warm, welcoming, chatty people; conversation is often to the point; friendly chit-chat exists, but people are less talkative than in other parts of Western Europe. Don’t worry, that’s perfectly normal.

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    Al Smith says:

    I was stationed in Goeppengen in 1972 and thought Bavaria was the most fantastic and beautiful area I had lived in. Nothing has has changed. I was also in Berlin in the 70sand found it to be interesting and educational. While in Bavaria, the Bader Mi Haif gang went to Muchen, the Olymphics, and had a field day killing. Sorry for the spelling and not referencing.

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