Temperature: Averages low 20s (°C) in summer, 0-3 (°C) in winter.
Best time to visit: June to September.
Berlin has four distinct seasons, with weeks of snow in winter and hot and muggy temperatures in summer. It can rain year-round, but June and September are drier.
Families: Marvel at Miniatur Wunderland, the world’s largest model railway, in Hamburg. Nearly 900 trains pass through models of the Alps, America, Scandinavia and other locales.
Football fans: Watch FC Bayern München, one of Europe’s top football teams, play a home match in Munich’s Allianz Arena.
Festive Shoppers: Starting in November, explore Germany’s traditional Christmas markets for unique handmade gifts and mulled wine.
Language: The language spoken in Germany is German.
Currency: The currency used in Germany is the Euro (€).
Local time: Germany is one hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly: Tegel International Airport (TXL) is 8km northwest of Berlin. The Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel (HAM) airport is 8km north of the city. Munich Airport (MUC) is 40km from the city centre.
Flight time from UK: Under 2 hours.
Tourist information: Further Germany tourist information can be found at
Visa / health: Before your holiday to Germany, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/germany for recommendations and advice on visas and health.
By train: The country has a sophisticated and affordable rail network that includes high-speed trains.
By public transport: All major cities have extensive light rail, underground metro and bus networks.
By bicycle: Most German cities have a traffic layout designed to be bicycle-friendly, and Cologne and Berlin have multiple cycle lanes.
Munich Oktoberfest: The 17-day festival opens with a parade in late September. More than six million people arrive for the Oktoberfest beer, Bavarian delicacies and fairground amusements.
Gay pride: Cologne hosts one of Europe’s largest LGBT events each year. A week of festivals, parties and political forums ends with a Sunday parade across the city.
Cinema spectacular: The film industry’s elite gather every February for the Berlinale International Film Festival, the worlds largest, which shows more than 400 films and sells 300,000 tickets.