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Destination Information

Germany is Europe’s most populous nation and has its largest economy. For decades, the aberrations of the Nazi era obscured the achievements of Das Land der Dichter und Denker (“The Land of Poets and Thinkers”), but today, the great cities of Berlin, Hamburg and Munich are once more magnets for commerce and centers of cultural sophistication. During summer, the country comes alive with cafés and beer gardens. Even in the high season, most destinations do not yet suffer from overtourism (Neuschwanstein Castle and Rothenburg ob der Tauber being notable exceptions). With excellent roads, this is an ideal country for a driving tour. The Romantic Road stretches 217 miles from Würzburg to Neuschwanstein in Füssen; originally a Roman trade route, it wends its way through dozens of medieval villages in Bavaria. Germany is the country of the Brothers Grimm, and when the mist wreaths around the forested hills crowned with crumbling castles, the landscape resembles a scene from a fairy tale. 

Direct Dial Codes

To phone hotels and restaurants in Germany, dial 011 (international access) + 49 (Germany code) + city code and local numbers in listings.


Five hours ahead of New York (EST).

U.S. Embassy

Berlin, Tel. (49) 30-8305-0. Consulates: Frankfurt, Tel. (49) 69-7535-0; Munich, Tel. (49) 89-2888-0; Hamburg, Tel. (49) 40-4117-1100; Düsseldorf, Tel. (49) 211-788-8927; Leipzig, Tel. (49) 341-213-840.


Euro (€). Fluctuating rate valued at €1.00 = US$1.17 as of August 2021. 

Entry Requirements

Passport (valid for three months beyond end of stay and containing at least two unstamped pages). Visit, and for travelers’ health information,