If you are a budget traveler and still want to see Germany – you are in luck. The reason is because Germany is a relatively cheap country to visit. Furthermore, arguably the best town in Germany to visit (Berlin) is one of the most inexpensive big cities in Europe.
In order to make sure that you can stretch your budget even further – without taking the fun out of your vacation – we have come up with the following tips/pieces of advice that are going to help you. These tips range from sightseeing to public transportation, from flights and hotels, our Germany budget travel tips are going to help you.
Save on your flight to Germany
Granted, you can always catch a good deal if you are lucky, but the basic rule of thumb is straightforward – the earlier you book, the cheaper your flight is going to be. Visiting Germany during the tourist ‘off-season’ is another way to lower your airfare even more. This means going outside of the times that it is most expensive to travel to Germany.
The most expensive times to travel to Germany include during the holiday season (December) and during the summer (June through August). Perhaps you can make time to visit Germany between January and May. Alternatively, between October and November. You will notice that the overall travel prices are down while the crowds for some of the more famous sights are significantly lower.
Rental cars and train passes on a budget
Perhaps you want to cruise alongside the German autobahn yourself, perhaps you just want to have the mobility of having a car. Regardless of why you might want a rental car, it would be much easier to reserve this online while you are still home. Booking your rental car in advance is going to guarantee that you get a much better price than if you just show up, hoping to find a car.
If you want to travel by train and enjoy the German landscape in a relaxing manner, you can stretch your budget even further with special discount tickets or passes. One example would be the Schönes-Wochenende-Ticket, which translates into ‘happy or good weekend ticket’. This allows you to travel as much as you want for the entire weekend, for only 35 Euros. An absolute steal if you plan your trip ahead of time.
Dinner does not have to cost a great deal
Dinnertime in Germany is usually marked by two things – relatively affordable, and plenty. There are some “Imbiss” throughout Germany – delicious eateries that are inexpensive. You want to make sure to try some of the affordable German specialties such as Currywurst, a pork sausage that is topped off with curry sauce and cut into slices, the Kartoffelsalat (potato salad) or the world-famous Bratwurst.
Yet if you want to be a little more adventurous, there are also Falafel and Döner Kebab options. The kebab is a rotisserie chicken or lamb that is carved into very thin slices and comes with toasted Turkish bread, a sauce of your choice, tomatoes, and some greens.
If you want some fresh pastries, rolls, or sandwiches, you can stop near the nearest local “Bäckerei” (bakery) and find out why German bread is considered amongst the best in Europe.
The city card can save you some money
There are discount city cards available in most German cities. These are special passes that might get you discounts or free entry into events, museums, landmarks but also allow for unlimited travel on the public transportation system in that particular city. If you have not asked about it yet, you can ask about a potential city card at the reception of your hotel/hostel or the local Tourism Office
If you have a student ID, bring it
Now granted, this does not necessarily apply to everyone, but even if you are traveling with teenagers who have a student ID, it is a good idea to bring it. You will find that the Germans are very good about offering discounts from everything ranging to swimming pools, movie theatres, museums, shows, and sights.
You can get into German museums for free
If you want to visit a German museum, do not simply pay for the ticket right away without doing some research. There is an entry-free day in a number of German museums. Granted, this might only be one day out of the month, but you do not want to miss the opportunity to save some money if you can.
The best things in Germany are free
Many of the most popular sites, attractions, and landmarks throughout Germany are free of charge. You can see the best sights of Berlin with a free Berlin walking tour, you can swim in the Baltic Sea, hike in the Black Forest, climb the Alps, celebrate at local wine festivals and traditional Christmas Markets, visit the Hamburg Harbor, and stroll through the Old Town of Munich without having to pay a penny.