Things to know before your German adventure

Germany is a wonderful self-catering holiday destination, inviting you to explore a range of exciting opportunities during your stay. Why travel halfway around the globe searching for something we can find closer to home? Germany offers coastlines, mountains, cities that never sleep - and much more. Each of the 16 provinces (or Bundesländer) has beautiful landscapes, city sights, culinary delicacies, and much more. So, here we take the time to let you know some quick facts about the geography, culture and practical information that might be useful to you during your self-catering holiday in Germany!

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Quick facts about Germany

Germany has a size of 357,021 km² and almost a third of the country consists of forests and woodland. There is a population of around 82,057,000 million and if you want to visit the capital, rent an apartment in Berlin, which is famed for landmarks like the Brandenburg Tor. German is the country’s national language, although in most big cities, English is also spoken generally to a good standard. Expect to pay in the local currency – Euros, and for the socket voltage to be 230 watts.

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Geographical facts about Germany

There is almost 900 km from Germany's northernmost point on the island of Sylt to the southernmost point in the Allgäuer Alps, and 640 km from the Dutch border in the west to the Neisse River by the Polish border in the east. Rent a holiday home near Germany's tallest mountains, Zugspitze, at 2962 metres, and Watzmann at 2713 metres, in Berchtesgardener Land. Mittelgebirge, the North-German flatland and the Alps provide many of the most exciting things to do in Germany. Whether you choose to take a walk in the autumn forest, go on an excursion to Brocken - the peak of Harzen Mountain.

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Climate in Germany

Germany is in the middle of Europe and is the bridge between Europe’s maritime west and continental east, between the cool north and the warm south. The country is divided into the flat northern areas, the hilly central regions and the mountainous south. From Denmark, the trip starts at the North or Baltic Sea, continues through Mittelgebirge and ends in the high Alps. Germany’s climate is moderate and for chances of good weather, you are advised to rent your holiday cottages in Germany between May and October. The average temperature in the summer is between 20 and 30°C, and around 0°C in the winter, making the perfect environment for both summer holidays, and winter holidays.

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Traffic regulations in Germany

Please remember to bring a valid registration certificate and driver's license with you if reaching your villas in Germany by car. Also remember to bring mandatory high-vis vest in case you have to stop and get out of the car on a motorway or highway. If renting a car, these should be provided. Winter tires are not mandatory in Germany. But if you cause an accident in the winter period while driving on summer tires, you may run into insurance problems. Winter tire chains are only mandatory in places where it is indicated on the road signs. If you rent a holiday letting in a German mountain region, there may be snow on the ground until April, and winter equipment may be useful.

  • 130 km/h on motorways
  • 100 km/h on highways
  • 50 km/h in cities.

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Seaside holidays in Germany

Germany's landscapes are very varied and worth visiting at all times of the year. You will love the picturesque beaches on the North and Baltic Sea coasts, and be impressed by the many islands you can explore whilst self-catering in Germany. Stroll along the beach promenades by the Baltic Sea, where you can look forward to unforgettable experiences, or come to understand more about German history in one of Germany’s Hanseatic towns.

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Explore German culture – national holidays

Germany enjoys a vast and varied culture, enjoying many traditions and customs on special national holidays throughout the year. Take a family holiday in our German accommodation over one of the following celebrations and experience German culture at its finest:

  • 1 January: New Year’s Day
  • 6 January: Epiphany
  • March-April: Easter
  • April-May: Ascension Day
  • 1 May: Labour Day
  • May-June: Whitsun
  • May-June: Corpus Christi
  • 15 August: Assumption of Mary
  • 3 October: German Unity Day
  • 31 October: Reformation Day
  • 1 November: All Saints
  • 2 November: All Souls
  • 25-26 December: Christmas

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Service – Why NOVASOL?

The pulsating metropolises Berlin, Hamburg and Munich are well-known, but the cities' green surroundings attract visitors in search of calm and recreation. Or on your self-catering holiday in Germany, why not venture into the peace and quiet of one of Germany’s many national parks, or towards the coast? With several thousand holiday homes to choose from in Germany in so many different locations, you are bound to find exactly what you need with NOVASOL. Read up on our top facts and things to know and either book online, order a brochure or contact our customer service team who would be happy to help.