Tip for a Family Vacation to Germany

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Family Vacation to Germany
Family Vacation to Germany

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Whether you have German ancestry in your family tree, want to practice your newly-learned German language skills or simply plan to explore the land of strudel, schnitzel and sausages, a family vacation to Germany offers a plethora of sights and activities for everyone. Before hitting the road, however, there are a few preparations you'll need to make.

Practical Aspects

Before booking your flights, ensure that you have a passport for everyone who's going on the trip. Check the expiration dates to make sure your passports are valid for the duration for your trip. American citizens traveling to Germany do not need a visa for entry to or exit from the country. A passport will enable you to stay in Germany for up to 90 days on a pleasure trip.

While many Germans speak fluent English, you may encounter those who do not, particularly in more remote areas. Arm yourself with a good German phrase book that includes a pronunciation key that will allow you to converse in German when necessary.

Remember to purchase plug adapters and voltage converters for the appliances and electronics you plan to take with you on a family vacation to Germany. German electrical outlets put out a whopping 220-240 volts of electricity, rather than the 110-120 volts found in the United States.

Sights and Activities

Once you've covered the basic necessities, you'll want to plan an itinerary that includes several sights and activities that appeal to the members of your group.

Germany contains many castles that are sure to astound and amaze you and your group. Neuschwanstein Castle, Wartburg Castle, Eltz Castle and the Palace of Heidelberg (Heidelberg vacation rentals | Heidelberg travel guide) are just a few of the top royal homes you may want to check out.

The Steiff Bear Factory & Museum near Ulm (Ulm vacation rentals | Ulm travel guide), Germany is a fun outing for kids and adults. Tours are given in German and English, and a hands-on activities is offered at the end of the exploration.

The Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide) Zoo offers 89 acres of animals, an aquarium and grounds that will take an entire day to see. Many cageless enclosures allow you to view the animals settings that mimic their natural habitats.

Visit one of the many biergartens, German for beer garden, where children are welcome, as well as adults, and enjoy a meal of bratwurst, sauerkraut and apple strudel. Try a variety of German beers, and let the youngsters play on the playgrounds that are often a part of German biergartens.

No matter where you go in Germany, you'll find that it's a family-friendly country that makes it an ideal European location for your family vacation.

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