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Discover the culture, history, and beauty of this incredible country. Raise a stein of beer at Oktoberfest, learn about World War II history, or float down the Rhine River on guided tours of Germany.

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Germany, Switzerland & Austria
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What travelers are saying about our Germany tours

Germany Austria and Switzerland
03/22/22 by 1st-time traveler Robert
My wife and I had a great time. This is an Awesome tour as you get to see so much and so many places. Our guide Paula was AWSOME. She was a pleasure to be around. Highly recommend this tour.
Germany, Switzerland & Austria
Wonderful European Experience
03/22/22 by 2nd-time traveler Jorge
We had a wonderful time with our new friends and our tour director, Paula, who was awesome! It was great to see the sites, but even better, was the opportunity we had to learn so much about the culture and history of the countries we visited. As always, a great experience with Go Ahead Tours!
Germany, Switzerland & Austria
Absolutely fabulous and fun!!
09/04/21 by 1st-time traveler Claudia
The tour director,Jens, was excellent. He truly is living his calling. The venues were really good. The hotel Ibis had really small rooms but the beds were really comfortable. Let’s go again!
Food & Wine: Beers of Belgium & Germany
Beautiful Trip of our Dreams
09/28/21 by 1st-time traveler Deli
This trip exceeded our expectations. We were awestruck by the beauty of Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The people were friendly and our beautiful guide Paula was informative and fun.
Germany, Switzerland & Austria
Absolutely incredible!
09/07/2018 by First-time traveler Seth R.
The Germany, Switzerland, Austria tour was amazing. This was our first time taking an organized tour type of vacation and from top to bottom it was absolutely incredible. From the communication with Go-Ahead, to the accommodations, food, tours, and excursions, everything exceeded our expectations.
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Great Glimpse of Germany!
11/02/2015 by First-time traveler Linda B.
This was our first GoAhead tour. Attending the Oktoberfest was on our bucket list, and we were not disappointed in the fun-filled, authentic Oktoberfest or in the entire tour from Berlin to Dresden to Bamberg to Munich. Our very knowledgeable tour director, Alex, added so much
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Travel tips for Germany trips

When to visit Germany

Germany is beautiful any time of year, but the off-season most certainly shines. It's during the fall and winter months that some of the country's most famous festivities kick off. While you may need to contend with some crowds hoping to take in the seasonal ambiance, it's the best time to visit Germany if you're looking for a real peek into German culture.

Of all the places to see in Germany, the Christmas markets are some of the most breathtaking. These stunning events can be found in almost every city during late November and December. Set off on one of our Christmas market tours to pick up authentic souvenirs like cuckoo clocks and ornaments, try traditional food and drinks like Glühwein, and see festive winter displays at these seasonal celebrations.

If you're planning to visit Germany a bit earlier, reserve your spot on any of our Oktoberfest tours in September and early October to take part in Munich's world-renowned Oktoberfest celebrations. Think that Oktoberfest is all about beer? That's a big part of it, but the food, music, games, and dancing are all part of the fun, too!

While a winter trip to Germany may be relatively cold, the spring and summer are mild—there's a good reason why May through October are the most popular times to go on tours of Germany! The warmer months are ideal times to book Germany tour packages if you'd like to drink local beers and eat authentic dishes at the many outdoor biergartens, or beer gardens, throughout the country. Plus, the famous Passion Play hits the stage in Oberammergau once every 10 years during these peak travel months. Check out our Oberammergau tours if you'd like to attend this historic performance in 2020.

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Where to go in Germany

Interested in Germany guided tour packages? Good news: There are countless places to visit in Germany that are brimming with amazing history and culture. One of the country's most storied destinations include the fabled Black Forest. Legends come to life as you explore this hilly area, which served as the setting for many of the Grimm brothers’ fairy tales and is where the cuckoo clock and Black Forest cake came into being.

Along with the Black Forest, other historic places in the Bavaria region include the city of Munich (especially during autumn's lively Oktoberfest celebrations!), the Bavarian Alps, and the town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Plus, visiting the fairy-tale Neuschwanstein Castle is one of our 5 favorite moments in historic Germany. These spots are the highlight of any Germany vacation package.

Other popular stops include Hamburg, Berlin, and the Rhine River Valley. If you're looking to experience one of the world-renowned Christmas Markets, some of the most famous celebrations pop up in Dresden, Nuremberg, Heidelberg, and Freiburg–although any German Christmas market is sure to impress. These seasonal celebrations could be considered some of the most famous tourist attractions in Germany.

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Dining tips for Germany

A highlight of all Germany tours is authentic German food, which is typically synonymous with comfort food. Among the country's hearty, substantial specialties you'll find rich dumpling stews, sauerkraut, Wienerschnitzel, a variety of sausages, smoked cheeses, and dark breads.

While most of the country's typical dishes can be found year-round, don't miss out on the classic seasonal treats that fill the stalls of Germany's Christmas markets. Here are some seasonal culinary moments worth seeking out:

  • Sip Glühwein, an iconic German tipple of hot mulled wine brewed with spices and citrus.
  • In Dresden, snack on the city’s sweet holiday invention, Dresdener Stollen, a traditional cake made with dried fruit and marzipan.
  • Look for giant circles of flourless gingerbread called Elisenlebkuchen in Nuremberg.

Visiting Germany during Oktoberfest in Munich? It may come as a surprise, but this annual festival is just as much about the food as it is about the steins of beer. Visit any tent during the Oktoberfest celebrations and you're sure to find:

  • Bavarian pretzels, Brezen, dipped in a spicy beer cheese called Obatzda
  • Cheese-covered noodles called Käksespätzle
  • Potato dumplings called Knödel
  • Hendl, which is spit-roasted chicken
  • All types of sausage! Bratwurst and white Weisswurst are popular

Of Germany's many traditional products, beer is one of the most important—and for good reason. Germany produces over 5,000 brands of beer in 1,300 breweries. In fact, the highest density of breweries in the world is reportedly found just outside Bamberg in Bavaria. On tours of Germany, it's a must to sip Bavarian-style white and wheat beers, Kölsch from Cologne, Oktoberfest Märzen, and dark, malty lagers called Dunkel. Set off on our Food & Wine: Beers of Belgium & Germany tour to try them all!

The thought of classic German drinks may immediately call strong lagers to mind, but don’t count the country’s wines out. Crisp, citrusy Rieslings full of minerality thrive in Mosel, Pinot Noir can be found in Rheingau, and lightbodied reds and white varietals made from Silvaner grapes from Rheinhessen are worth a try.

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Packing tips for Germany

While preparing for tours of Germany, remember that temperatures can vary depending on the season and region. Bring rainwear so you're ready in the event of unexpected rain showers, and have a light jacket on hand in case temperatures drop near the Alps. It's best to stick to simple basics–Germans often wear casual yet fashionable clothing.

Winters in Germany are generally cold. Bring a warm coat, hat, and gloves for outdoor sightseeing and Christmas market visits. On the other hand, you can't go wrong with T-shirts and shorts during Germany's warm summers, and a light scarf always comes in handy when you need to dress up an outfit. Keep in mind that it's best to wear sneakers or sturdy boots during a trip to Germany; the cobblestone streets found in many historic cities and towns aren't well-suited for high heels or flimsy footwear.

Once you've reserved one of our Germany tour packages, we'll send you detailed information about what to bring with you. Don't forget to download the Go Ahead Tour Companion app before you take off, so you’ll have all the info you need about your trip right in your pocket. That includes a detailed packing list you can check off so you don’t leave anything behind!

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