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    The gateway to the World

    Germany’s second largest city is a brilliant, diverse metropolis. Its huge port means it’s been a magnet for people from all over the world for centuries, bringing cutting-edge culture and cuisine. From baroque architecture to The Beatles, this city has seen much and has so much to offer anyone popping over for a quick city break.

    Its status as Germany’s media capital means new trends and cool events are always happening, while it maintains an edge thanks to the seedy Reeperbahn red light district. Whether you want to drink in first-rate art or just drink a few beers in some excellent bars, Hamburg has it covered.

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    Port of Hamburg

    Hamburger Hafen
    Hamburg
    Germany
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    A working port on the Elbe with a memorable history. Take a boat trip around the docks to witness the scale of the operation with millions of tonnes of goods constantly on the move. Be sure to hope aboard one of the museum ships too, especially the amazing U-Boat 434.

    Hamburg Kunsthalle

    Glockengießerwall
    20095 Hamburg
    Germany
    Tel: (040) 4281 31200
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    Opening times: Tues-Wed and Fri-Sun 1000-1800, Thurs 1000-2100

    This major gallery comprises two buildings connected by an underground passage and is one of the largest in Germany. Works include paintings by Rembrandt, Klee and Munch and some wonderful landscapes by Caspar David Friedrich.

    Deichtorhallen

    Deichtorstraße 1-2
    20095 Hamburg
    Germany
    Tel: (040) 321 030
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    Opening times: Tues-Sun 1100-1800 (first Thurs of the month 1100-2100)

    For something more contemporary, get down to the Deichtorhallen House of Photography and Modern Art. Some great permanent works and regular cutting-edge exhibitions are well worth checking out in these stylish former market halls.

    Alster

    Alster
    Hamburg
    Germany
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    Take a break from touring the city by visiting these delightful, centrally situated lakes (inner and outer) which provide the perfect location for boating, jogging or just strolling. The lakes freeze over in some winters, with locals taking to the ice with skates and sledges.

    Mahnmal St Nikolai

    Willy-Brandt-Straße 60
    20457 Hamburg
    Germany
    Tel: (040) 371 125
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    Opening times: Daily 1000-1800 (May-Sep); 1000-1700 (Oct-Apr)

    It’s worth searching out the remains of the St Nikolai church, seriously damaged during WWII. It serves now as an anti-war memorial. Displays and information situated in a new museum in the crypt give you a sobering reminder of wartime Hamburg.

    Reeperbahn

    Reeperbahn
    Hamburg
    Germany
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    It’s difficult to resist a night-time visit to the celebrated, neon-lit Reeperbahn, and although it’s very much part of the red light district, there are restaurants, nightclubs, music venues and theatres, and the site of the once-great 1960s rock scene.

    Hamburg Fischmarkt

    Große Elbstraße 137
    22767 Hamburg
    Germany
    Tel: (040) 380 120
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    Opening times: Sun 0500-0930 (Apr-Oct); Sun 0700-0930 (Nov-Mar)

    For a good number of tourists the highlight of their visit to Hamburg is the Fishmarket. Be sure to get there early, around 0530, to see it in full swing. There’s a lively auction and even live bands out entertaining the early morning crowds.

    Hamburg Rathaus

    Rathausmarkt 1
    20095 Hamburg
    Germany
    Tel: (040) 4283 12409
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    Opening times: Mon-Thurs 1000-1500, Fri 1000-1300, Sat 1000-1700, Sun 1000-1600 (guided tours)

    This impressive building houses the Hamburg Parliament. Take a guided tour and browse through its exhibitions; also check dates for major events in the large market square in front of this building.

    Internationales Maritimes Museum

    Koreastraße 1
    20457 Hamburg
    Germany
    Tel: (040) 3009 2300
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    Opening times: Tues-Sun 1000-1800

    Housed in a huge converted warehouse, this fantastic museum details the maritime history of the city. Prepare to spend a long time here. There are more than 26,000 model ships on show, and that’s before you’ve even looked at future plans for the port.

    St Michaelis

    Englische Planke 1
    20459 Hamburg
    Germany
    Tel: (040) 376 780
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    Opening times: Daily 0900-1930 (May-Oct); 1000-1730 (Nov-Apr)

    The largest baroque Protestant church in Germany is one of Hamburg’s most recognisable buildings. Be sure to clamber the tower for sweeping city views.

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    Country Information

    Country overview

    Still misunderstood by many, Germany stands as one of the most endlessly engaging countries on the continent. Anyone expecting a homogenous nation conforming to rigid Teutonic stereotypes is in for a shock. As a travel destination it’s somewhere with huge personality, notable for a clutch of truly lovable cities, culture served up in hefty portions and rural scenery so heart-melting you’ll be left bemused why some people still think of the place as lacking allure.

    It’s the country’s urban highlights that tend to draw the attention first. Berlin is the very definition of a dynamic city, having forged a goodtime reputation for ground-breaking creativity while still keeping sight of it’s past. Elsewhere, the likes of Cologne, Munich and Hamburg are rich in historical buildings, eyes-to-the-future nightlife and excellent gastronomy.

    Geography

    Germany borders Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland. The northwest has a coastline on the North Sea while the Baltic coastline in the northeast stretches from the Danish to the Polish border.

    The country is divided into 16 states (Bundesländer) and has an exceedingly varied landscape. In what was once known as West Germany, the Rhine, Bavaria and the Black Forest stand as the three most famous features, while in the east, the country is lake-studded with undulating lowlands.

    River basins extend over a large percentage of the region, and some of Europe’s most prominent rivers flow through the country. These include the Elbe, the Danube and the Rhine.

    The highest point in the country is the 2,962m (9,718ft) peak of Zugspitze Mountain in the Bavarian Alps. Cable cars run to the summit – it can also be climbed.

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    Key facts

    Population: 81.147.265

    Population Density (per sq km): 227

    Capital: Berlin.

    Language

    German is the official language. Regional dialects often differ markedly from standard German. Minority languages include Danish and Sorbic, while some English and French is also spoken.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. European-style round two-pin plugs are in use.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0800-1600 (many close earlier on Fridays).

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.
    Note: Regional observation only.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2014
    Epiphany: 06. January 2014
    Good Friday: 18. April 2014
    Easter Monday: 21. April 2014
    Labour Day: 01. May 2014
    Ascension Day: 29. May 2014
    Whit Monday: 09. June 2014
    Corpus Christi: 19. June 2014
    Assumption: 15. August 2014
    Day of German Unity: 03. October 2014
    Day of Reformation: 25. October 2014
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2014
    Repentance Day: 19. November 2014
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2014

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Epiphany: 06. January 2015
    Good Friday: 03. April 2015
    Easter Monday: 06. April 2015
    Labour Day: 01. May 2015
    Ascension Day: 14. May 2015
    Whit Monday: 25. May 2015
    Corpus Christi: 04. June 2015
    Assumption: 15. August 2015
    Day of German Unity: 03. October 2015
    Day of Reformation: 31. October 2015
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2015
    Repentance Day: 18. November 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015

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    Getting around

    Public Transport

    Like other German cities, Hamburg has a peerless public transport system. Its underground (U-Bahn), trains (S-Bahn), buses, and ferry services are run by the Hamburg Transport Association (www.hvv.de). Tickets work across all forms of transport. Get a Hamburg Card, for one, three or five days and you’ll get discounts at key sights and on city tours.

    Taxis

    Cream-coloured cabs can easily be found throughout the city, either driving around or at taxi ranks marked by green posts. You can also call a car. Good services include Hansa Taxo (tel: (040) 211 211).

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    Nightlife in Hamburg

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    The thriving port has gifted Hamburg a reputation as one of Europe’s wildest nightspots. The Reeperbahn and nearby Herbertstraße

    can be very seedy, but there are plenty of great bars and clubs for those not so keen on seeing the city’s red light district.

    Fabrik

    Barnerstraße 36
    22765 Hamburg
    Germany
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    A cultural centre hosting gigs and theatre in a converted machine parts factory.

    Golden Pudel Club

    St Pauli Fischmarkt 27
    20359 Hamburg
    Germany
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    One of Hamburg’s hottest nightspots, with local DJs and some of Berlin’s coolest artists on the decks.

    Kaiserkeller

    Große Freiheit 36
    20359 Hamburg
    Germany
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    The Beatles played here regularly in the early 1960s and today this venue hosts major international bands.

    Amphore

    St Pauli Hafenstraße 140
    20359 Hamburg
    Germany
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    With a superb view of the Elbe River, this bar makes the perfect spot for an early sundowner.

    Ego

    Talstraße 9
    20359 Hamburg
    Germany
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    Another one for the late night crowd. A laid-back, casual vibe with big-name DJs every week.

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    Restaurants in Hamburg

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    Being a port town, Hamburg has a thriving seafood scene. Whether you want German classics, super fresh sushi or Lebanese food, you

    Whether you want German classics, super fresh sushi or Lebanese food, you won’t struggle to find an excellent meal that utilises the boundless resources that come onto the docks each day.

    Fischereihafen

    Große Elbstraße 143
    22767 Hamburg
    Germany
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    Price: Expensive

    A port institution in an old warehouse. Oysters, caviar and seafood dominate the superb menu.

    Haerlin

    Neuer Jungfernstieg 9-14
    20354 Hamburg
    Germany
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    Price: Expensive

    A double Michelin-starred gem. The tasting menu will bowl you over.

    Békaa

    Rentzelstraße 50
    20146 Hamburg
    Germany
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    Price: Moderate

    Small plates dominate at this renowned Lebanese restaurant. A must for foodies.

    Echt Asien

    Alsterdorfer Straße 85
    22299 Hamburg
    Germany
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    Price: Moderate

    Some of the best sushi and sashimi you’ll find outside of East Asia. A creative take on a Japanese classic.

    Von Der Motte

    Mottenburger Twiete 14
    22765 Hamburg
    Germany
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    Price: Cheap

    A highly rated lunch spot, serving stunning salads and excellent cakes for those who love afternoon tea.

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    Calendar of events

    Hamburger Dom (Sommerdom)

    25 July – 24 August 2014
    Website

    Venue: Just off the Reeperbahn, St Pauli.

    With over 3km of carousels, a big-wheel, booths and stalls, as well as hi-tech white-knuckle rides, Hamburger Dom is the largest fair in northern Germany with plenty on offer for all to enjoy. Open until 2300 from Monday to Thursday, the fair comes to town for a full month three times a year (in April, August and November), bringing a welcome splash of vibrancy and colour to Hamburg.

    Alstervergnügen

    28 – 31 August 2014
    Website

    Venue: Alster Lake.

    This is Hamburg’s summer festival, taking place every year over and around the picturesque location of Alster Lake. Several live music stages, countless food stalls and everyone from acrobats to athletes will be out for the four-day event. The highlight each day is a spectacular evening firework display taking place over the lake at twilight as the lights flash and glimmer on the water.

    Reeperbahn Festival

    17 – 20 September 2014
    Website

    Venue: Cafés, bars and clubs in St Pauli.

    Hamburg’s most salacious area, once known commonly as ‘The Wicked Mile’, must be one of the few red-light districts in the world to host its own annual festival. Nevertheless, since its inception in 2005, this music festival has been going from strength to strength, using the profusion of cafés, bars and clubs in the area to showcase nearly 400 different up-and-coming new music acts. This event is proving so popular amongst locals and visitors (and industry insiders) that capacity has recently been increased to 30,000.

    Hamburger Dom (Winterdom)

    7 November – 7 December 2014
    Website

    Venue: Just off the Reeperbahn, St Pauli.

    With over 3km of carousels, a big-wheel, booths and stalls, as well as hi-tech white-knuckle rides, Hamburger Dom is the largest fair in northern Germany with plenty on offer for all to enjoy. Open until 2300 from Monday to Thursday, the fair comes to town for a full month three times a year (in April, August and November), bringing a welcome splash of vibrancy and colour to Hamburg.

    Weihnachtsmärkte (Christmas Market)

    25 November – 23 December 2014
    Website

    Venue: Squares and streets of Hamburg.

    With Germany being home to so many key Christmas traditions, the festive season is a big deal here, and Hamburg is no exception. From the end of November onwards, the city hosts a number of picturesque Christmas markets. A favourite is the one held in the square against the perfect backdrop of the Old Town hall, but all sell traditional gifts, such as handmade wooden toys, and a warming mug of mulled wine. Meanwhile, the whole of Hamburg dons festive decorations, and the Christmas parade comes through town every Saturday during advent, combining to create a magical atmosphere for young and old alike.

    Hamburger Dom (Frühlingsdom)

    20 March – 19 April 2015
    Website

    Venue: Just off the Reeperbahn, St Pauli.

    With over 3km of carousels, a big-wheel, booths and stalls, as well as hi-tech white-knuckle rides, Hamburger Dom is the largest fair in northern Germany with plenty on offer for all to enjoy. Open until 2300 from Monday to Thursday, the fair comes to town for a full month three times a year (in April, August and November), bringing a welcome splash of vibrancy and colour to Hamburg.

    Haspa Marathon Hamburg

    26 April 2015
    Website

    Venue: Along Elbe River and Alster Lake.

    This popular race in Hamburg is well attended yearly by nearly a million spectators and a mass of participants, both professional and amateurs alike. Much of what makes this race such a draw each April or May is the largely flat and incredibly scenic course, running in part along the side of the Elbe River and the edge of Alster Lake.

    Hafengeburtstag Hamburg (Port anniversary)

    8 – 10 May 2015
    Website

    Venue: Around Hamburg harbour.

    This is the big annual celebration of Hamburg, its status as a free port since 1189 and its maritime tradition, all rolled into a kind of citywide birthday party. Centred around the harbour, this event has become the world’s largest port festival and is marked out on the water with the arrival of all manner of historic vessels; tall ships, frigates and steamboats come from as far afield as Spain and the USA to participate. This festival has been going strong for over 800 years and is still a favourite in the calendar with locals and visitors alike.

    German Open Tennis Tournament

    12 – 20 July 2015
    Website

    Venue: Rothenbaum.

    Since being established in 1892, this annual tennis tournament has been a fixture of the international tennis circuit. Although still held for male players only, this tournament is one of the highlights of the summer clay-court circuit, and for a week in mid-July, the greatest exponents of the game come here to compete, with recent winners including the sport’s biggest names, such as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Hamburg

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    Hamburg has an excellent selection of hotels, from blow-the-budget, five-star wonders to cosy, locally-owned pensions.

    You’ll also find an array of decent, affordable business hotels if you want something in between.

    Steigenberger

    Heiligengeistbrücke 4
    20459 Hamburg
    Germany
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    Category: Expensive

    One of Hamburg’s hottest five-star hotels, the Steigenberger offers luxurious rooms and a superb restaurant.

    Park Hyatt Hamburg

    Bugenhagenstraße 8
    20095 Hamburg
    Germany
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    Category: Expensive

    The Hamburg outpost of this luxury chain has spacious rooms and first-rate facilities.

    Novum Style Accord

    Steindamm 68
    20099 Hamburg
    Germany
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    Category: Moderate

    Modern, minimalist rooms with a great location, this business hotel does not disappoint.

    Aussen Alster Hotel

    Schmilinskystraße 11
    20099 Hamburg
    Germany
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    Category: Moderate

    An excellent three-star place, with free boat hire for the nearby Alster Lake and a pretty garden for relaxing after a day’s sightseeing.

    Hotel Mercedes

    Steindamm 51
    20099 Hamburg
    Germany
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    Category: Cheap

    This homely spot is perfect for those who want a place to rest up before taking in the city’s key sights.

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    Climate and best time to visit Hamburg

    Hamburg looks pretty in deep winter, especially when Inner Alster Lake freezes over. The only problem is that bitingly low Baltic temperatures will force you indoors before long. Instead, aim to visit during the summer, when the mercury soars and locals try and spend as much time outdoors as possible. Warmer days mean more time spent sitting outside a café, enjoying city life without having to wrap up in countless layers. As with all of northern Europe, remember that clouds and rain are never far away. Pack a brolly and a waterproof to be on the safe side.

    Climate & best time to visit Germany

    As with most European countries, Germany is a year-round destination but not especially dependable weather-wise. In general terms though, it’s temperate throughout the country with warm summers and cold winters – prolonged periods of frost or snow are rare. Rain falls throughout the year, with much of Germany experiencing its maximum rainfall over the high summer months. Unpredictability, then, is a major factor. The average January daytime temperature is 3°C (38°F) and in July is 22°C (72°F). Extremes commonly reach -10°C (5°F) in winter and 35°C (95°F) in the summer months.

    While Munich might be considerably further south than Berlin, the fact that the Bavarian capital sits at a much higher altitude means the two cities have broadly comparable summers. The highest annual temperatures tend to be in the southwest, where there’s almost a Mediterranean feel to the landscape at times. Unsurprisingly, this is where much of Germany’s wine is grown.

    May through to September are the most popular months in terms of tourist numbers, and certainly hold the most appeal for visitors aiming to spend significant periods of time outdoors. However, the spring and autumn shoulder seasons also hold real attraction for those who want the promise of decent(ish) weather without the tourist levels. The winter holidays are also a big draw in their way, due in no small part to their attendant Christmas markets. Peak season for ski areas is from December through to the end of March.

    Away from the mountains, January through to April will appeal to those who enjoy the benefits of uncrowded attractions, although be aware that cities like Berlin rarely witness "slow" periods at any time of year. Prices tend to be slightly higher over the summer months. One other thing to bear in mind is that hotel rates can increase when large trade shows are in town (potentially a problem in Frankfurt, for example).

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +49

    Telephone

    Local and international calls can be made from phone boxes in towns and cities. These usually accept both coins and pre-paid cards (available at post offices and other outlets). In larger cities, you’ll often be able to make international calls from internet cafes too.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with many international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good. It is illegal to use a hand-held mobile telephone while driving. If you’re going to be in Germany for a long period of time, consider obtaining a local SIM card.

    Internet

    Internet is readily available; there are many Internet cafes all over the country. Large Internet access centres exist in most main cities. Most hotels also provide facilities, either included in the room rate or charged separately.

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    Shopping in Hamburg

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    Key Areas

    Hamburg’s shopping scene covers all bases, from luxury clothes to unique antiques. Neuer Wall is great for high-end treats, while you can pick up more affordable, high-street brands on Spitalerstrasse and Mönckebergstrasse. The Sternschanze and the Karolinenviertel is excellent for younger shoppers after the latest fashions.

    Markets

    Fischmarkt is an early morning must for foodies and is open from 5.30am on Sundays. Flohschanze Flea Market, held every Saturday, is the place to head for one-off treasures, antiques and vintage clothing. Perfect for souvenirs.

    Shopping Centres

    Hanse-Viertel Galerie Passage is Hamburg’s hottest shopping centre. A pretty arcade, head here for local and international designer gear. Karstadt and Kaufhof department stores stock all the usual global brands, the latter being especially good for bargains.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Handshaking is customary, and it is considered rude to address people by their first name unless invited to do so. Normal courtesies should be observed. Before eating, it is normal to say “guten Appetit” to the other people at the table to which the correct reply is “danke, gleichfalls” (“Thank you, the same to you”). If you’ve been invited to eat at a German house, it is customary to present the hostess with unwrapped flowers (according to tradition, you should always give an uneven number, and it is worth noting that red roses are exclusively a lover’s gift).

    In shops and other businesses, courtesy dictates that visitors should utter a greeting such as “guten tag”

    (or “grüss gott” in Bavaria) before saying what it is that they want; to leave without saying “auf wiedersehen” or “tschüss” can also cause offence.

    Similarly, when making a telephone call, asking for the person you want to speak to without stating first who you are is impolite. Casual wear is widely acceptable, but more formal dress is required for some restaurants, the opera, theatre, casinos and important social functions. Smoking is prohibited where notified and on public transport and in most public buildings.

    Good to know

    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    There’s nothing to mark out German produce as particularly risky to general health (although it has a partly founded reputation for being fatty). Tap water is safe to drink.

    Other Risks

    Tick-borne encephalitis is present in forested areas of southern Germany; vaccination is advisable. Rabies is present; look out for ‘Tollwut’ signs. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered.

    During the summer months, sunburn can be a problem. The southwest generally draws the highest temperatures. The usual precautions apply: use a generous amount of sunscreen and be sensible about how long you spend in direct sunlight. Be aware that a breezy day can sometimes mask high temperatures.

    If walking over a long distance in warm weather, it’s advisable to drink – and carry – plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing, including a sun hat. Blisters can be another problem for hikers. These can often occur if new walking shoes are being worn across a long distance. Ideally footwear should be worn in before the trip.

    As a counterpoint to the balminess of the summer, German winters can be fairly severe. This is generally truer the further east you travel. If you’re arriving during the coldest months of the year, ensure you have adequate clothing. At any time of year, in fact, temperatures can be unpredictable – even in July and August, it makes sense to have a sweater (and maybe a brolly too) to hand.

    Other health problems that inexperienced travellers might reasonably encounter are the various knock-on effects of too much alcohol consumption. The risk, unsurprisingly, is particularly prevalent among those attending Munich’s Oktoberfest. Be aware that some beer’s ABV levels can be 6 or 7%, so should be treated with respect.

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