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What to expect when visiting Germany

Germany has been the backdrop for some of the most significant events in modern political history. From its iconic capital to the laidback charm of its outer Bavarian cities, you can trace a line from the past to the future of a nation constantly evolving.

Packed with learning opportunities, our bespoke German tours are ideal for sixth form, college or university students.  The unique culture of Germany means wherever you go you will encounter a mix of old traditions and a fresh cosmopolitan feel. We’ve prepared this handy guide for first time visitors.

 

Transport

Germany’s public transport networks are some of the most efficient in Europe, with a number of options for getting around. If you’re arriving into Berlin Schönefeld airport the easiest way to get to the city centre is via the airport express train, but our travel experts will organise transport links for you in advance.

Between the U-Bahn (metro), S-Bahn (train), Strassenbahn (tram) and bus services that run through the cities, travel is regular and uncomplicated. You can purchase tickets from a vending machine at the station. Be careful to validate any tickets before you board any train or bus though, as failure to do so will result in a fine.

Food and Accommodation

From currywurst to sauerkraut, German cuisine is all about big flavours and even bigger portions. Your FHT bespoke itinerary can incorporate a broad range of traditional restaurants and local markets. To ensure your trip runs like clockwork, it’s worth keeping cash on you as a number of smaller stalls and shops don’t accept card payments. Additionally, it’s considered courtesy to tip 10% of your bill when dining out.

We hand-pick accommodation to ensure that your stay is comfortable and convenient for visits and excursions. All we’d advise bringing is an electrical adapter, Germany uses European plug types C & F, so you’ll need one to charge your phone and other devices. Just be aware that not all accommodation will offer free WIFI.

 

Safety

Germany has one of the lowest crime rates in Europe and is an extremely safe place to visit but there are standard safety measures tourists should always be aware of when travelling in big groups. Built up areas, particularly in capital cities, always present the risk of pickpocketing. For this reason, put your valuables somewhere secure and keep an eye on bags and rucksacks.

As far as crossing the street is concerned, make sure to keep to dedicated pedestrian crossings and be patient. Cyclists and pedestrians each have dedicated paths alongside the road so take note of which you are using at all times.

 

Parks and Recreation

AT FHT we are passionate about all our destinations and your German student tour will be packed with exciting excursions. In the cities you’ll find a fantastic range of open spaces, museums and galleries, many of which you’ll find are free or just a few Euros. A number of popular galleries and museums in Berlin are open till as late as 10 p.m. on selected week nights, which is a great option for making the most of your stay. Wherever you go, you’ll see monuments, buildings and street names that are photographed in Germany’s well documented history. 

In Germany, many shops will be closed on Sundays, so please plan for this when you visit.

Whether you are visiting Berlin or Munich you’ll find both cities offer a plethora of educational experiences for sixth form, college and university group tours. There are so many ways to take in all a city has to offer, but we always advise you start with a walking tour. Our expert guides will guide your group around the city focusing on a theme to tie in with your learning objectives. 

Whatever the destination, we tailor an itinerary to complement your learning objectives specifically.

 

At FHT, our team of travel specialists are experts at delivering trips guaranteed to educate and inspire sixth form, college and university students. Every journey is different, and it all starts with you. What kind of adventure are you looking for? What do you want to see? What do you want your class to take away from the experience? We want to hear from you! Get in touch today to find out more about bespoke tours to Germany, or any of our other destinations.