Our route takes you through the south of Germany. We have selected some of the most interesting cities and most beautiful nature spots in the region, giving you the best of both worlds, with a wealth of culture and history. From hiking and other outdoor activities to sightseeing and culinary delights, there is something for almost every type of traveller on our tour.
We will be travelling with a campervan during this time, which we’ll pick up at our first destination (Munich). Depending on the situation, we can then stay overnight at campsites or park it and book a hotel.
In general, you can visit these cities any time. While the summer months of June, July and August are festival time, late November and December has the advantage of the Christmas markets.
The south of Germany in particular experiences lots of snowfall, in the winter months, from December to March. Perfect for winter sports! The temperatures here sometimes drop below 0°C (32°F).
April to October is the best time for hiking, but in high summer it can get up to 30°C (86°F) or more.
Since Germany is one of the safest countries in the world, we never felt uneasy.
We travelled with the Freeway Camper and so had our accommodation with us at the same time. In the cities, we usually parked the camper on the outskirts and took the metro, buses or trams, to avoid congested traffic and pricey parking spots.
In Germany, you can get by very well with German and English. In the cities, many people even speak Spanish.
Tip: In Bavaria, greet people with ‘Servus’ 😉
Since June 2022, it is no longer necessary in Germany to prove that you have been vaccinated, recovered or tested negative. It’s nevertheless a good idea to bring at least one mask with you on your travels.
There are hardly any restrictions in public areas of life. Testing or wearing a mask is usually only compulsory for the protection of specifically vulnerable groups, e.g. in health facilities. Proof of vaccination or recovery can be provided in paper or digital form. It’s best to carry digital proof or a printed QR code, as some facilities only accept this format.
A mask mandate continues to apply for long-distance travel, in health care facilities (e.g. nursing homes and hospitals) and in certain shared accommodation. In Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, a medical face mask or FFP2 mask must be worn. More extensive measures such as social distancing, proof of vaccination/recovery and hygiene requirements may also still be in force in places and situations with a higher risk of infection.
Retail, gastronomy, hotels and events remain without restrictions. However, establishments retain their domiciliary rights to impose a mask requirement for indoor areas. Leisure and cultural facilities are also open without restrictions, and there are no guidelines or regulations in place any regarding private gatherings.
The following documents are accepted on site:
Proof of vaccination is not compulsory.
There is freedom of expression in Germany. Demonstrations and other rallies may take place in all parts of the country.
Germany is a safe country to travel to. But don’t tempt fate – theft and pickpocketing still happens, so take care of your valuables in large cities.
Germany has a good infrastructure with city and long-distance buses, trams, underground trains and trains.
Getting around by public transport is also easy across countries.
Travel Expert from the Backpacker Trail Tribe