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How To Plan Your Budget When You Visit Germany

By Jess, published on 05/04/2019 Blog > Languages > German > Plan Your Budget For Your Trip To Germany

If you plan to visit Germany, you know that you will need to make sure that you have enough money to cover your entire trip. When you are travelling to a new place, this can be challenging because you don’t have any idea about the costs that are you will find at your destination. Leaving you to guess and estimate which may leave you short especially if your money isn’t organised into some kind of Financial Plan. To make sure that you have enough money not only to cover your trip but also to cover the things that you want to do during your trip.

The choices are endless for an interesting stay in Germany, However, no matter which town or city in Germany you visit. You will need a good budget to allow you to enjoy your trip and make sure that you have the money to cover the entirety of your trip. Germany offers many attractions:

  1. Berlin (the capital city) and its museums,
  2. Rothenburg and its fairytale architecture,
  3. Dresden and its classical architecture
  4. Bremen as the link between the sea and river
  5. Hamburg and its bridges
  6. Cologne and its cathedral
  7. Hannover and its markets
  8. Munich and Oktoberfest

Bear in mind that at some point you will likely visit or stay in one or more German cities or tourist towns. Where the prices for tourists are generally much more than you might be used to and if you are using a currency other than the Euro it may also be confusing to calculate how much you are actually spending.

But although the cost of travelling in German is not cheap, it is also not too outrageous either. So there’s no need to panic as the cost of travelling in Germany is only slightly above average when compared to tourism in European countries. This article will help you know what to add to your budget and give you an estimation of how many euros you need to travel in Germany.

So you will be able to go sightseeing in Germany with peace of mind, leaving your only focus to taste German food, drink German wine/German beer, and enjoy the attractions of the country without breaking the bank.  Let’s Prepare your wallet for your visit to Germany!

If you travel to Germany, it is essential to go to this city German culture and a wonderful selection of historical and modern attractions. Photo Source: Unsplash

The Costs Of Accommodation In Germany

Cheap Accommodation

Prices are not excessive in Germany once your accommodation is out of the way, especially in the countryside, where you can enjoy a room for 2 with breakfast included at 30-35 €. Expect to pay a little more in the cities. However, options like short term work exchange programs and Couchsurfing are free and so overall you can expect to budget between €0 – €35 per night.

Medium Or Higher-Priced Accommodation And Hotels

If your budget is a little higher, you can spend more to allow yourself much more comfort, more convenience and access to more services. Mid-range options like Airbnb where you can rent an apartment or room from locals. Can be found for excellent prices plus you may have access to a kitchen which can save you money on eating out.

For hotels, you will pay a high price but have more privacy. However, it must be made clear if you want a double room (Doppelzimmer) if that is important to you. Overall, a 2-3 star hotel in Germany could cost around €87 while a mid-range 4-star hotel could cost around €120 per night. A 5-star hotel could cost around €208 a night.

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Towns with a magical fairytale atmosphere. You certainly will not run out of places to see on your visit to Germany. Photo Source: Unsplash

The Price Of German Food And Restaurants

On average, food is very fairly priced in Germany especially if you are happy to buy food at supermarkets and cook for yourself during your stay.

Supermarket Prices

Here is a list of the average prices you can find for general food in the supermarket:

  1. A loaf of Bread: 1,3 €,
  2. Cheese: 9.9 € per kg,
  3. Prepared packaged Salad: 0,9 €,
  4. Bottle of Alps mineral water: 0,4 € (1,5 l),
  5. Bottle of German beer: 0,7 €,
  6. Bottle of German wine: 4 €.

Restaurants In Germany

If your budget is larger, you prefer to eat German foods in restaurants or if you are just not a good cook. You can eat in the traditional restaurants in all German cities and towns; like Nuremberg, Leipzig, Stuttgart, Frankfurt or Dusseldorf. The food is well priced, and you get very good portions.

Here is a list of the average prices for eating German food in regular restaurants:

  1. around 10 € per person for lunch
  2. only 23 € for a 3-course dinner
  3. The world’s best-known fast food will cost you € 7.
  4. Overall, the alcohols sold during the meal are cheaper: count € 3.50 for a pint of German beer and only € 1.10 for a foreign beer bottled.
  5. Strangely the bottles of water you consume at the table are more expensive, about € 90 so you can drink beer cheaper than water.

Whether you are in Bavaria, Rhineland or southern Germany, you should be able to fill your belly cheaply while a. Finally, if you visit Munich, the Bavarian capital, at the Oktoberfest beer festival, then you can drink the best beers in the world at unbeatable prices: € 9.90 per litre of beer!

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Transport In Germany

By Air

Flights into Germany from most established routes in Europe can be as low as €10 with airlines like Ryanair and EasyJet at the forefront of low-cost flights. For less regular routes you can expect to pay around €60 from within Europe. To find cheap flights have a look on Skyscanner for your route; Tip: you will save money if you can be flexible with your dates.

Getting to Germany By train or bus

Trains and buses into Germany are frequent high quality and give you a lot of choice for destinations. If you are able to plan in advance, then you will save money with advance purchase discounts. The price of train tickets depends on where you are going, but you can check the German railway website for prices. You can also buy a rail pass (Eurail) should you want to tour around Germany and Europe. Bus companies offer hugely discounted tickets (even €1 tickets can be found) for even long distances or international services.

Prices, of course, may vary depending on your destination: Bonn, Potsdam, Charlottenburg, Saarbrücken or Mannheim will not be available at the same price as Berlin for example. The best way to save money on this mandatory leg of the trip is to compare prices according to your departure or to choose another way: go by ferry, hitchhike or consider driving in Germany.

Transport Within Germany

Transport is more expensive in Germany, but the transportation is of superior quality, transport runs on time, and it is clean and comfortable.

Here is a list of the average prices for transport in Germany:

  • Bus ticket: 2,7 €,
  • Metro ticket (Berlin): 1.70 – 2.80 €
  • Taxi (kilometer): 2 €,
  • Uber (kilometre): € 1.6,
  • Petrol (liter): 1,4 €,
  • Car rental (24h): 24 €.

So remember to make a large transport budget if you want to travel around a lot especially if you plan to do so within the bustling cities of Germany. You could save money by buying travel passes like a day bus pass in Berlin city, rail passes or a ferry pass if you want to take a river cruise.

One of the most beautiful buildings. It is true that Germany is overflowing with attractions, events and destinations for you to explore and discover. Photo Source: Unsplash

Attractions In Germany

The main reason for your trip to Germany is to have fun and experience the culture and a new environment. The attractions of Germany or a huge part of your visit to the country and taking part in the attractions and visiting the beautiful places in Germany will help you to enjoy the German culture.

There is a lot of things to do in Germany! Between your visit to the Gothic cathedral, contemplation of the Brandenburg Gate, stroll in the Black Forest, a souvenir in front of the remains of the Berlin Wall, discovery of the famous Reichstag Palace or other UNESCO World Heritage monuments. You may find your pockets are getting lighter, but it will be worth it, and if you plan for the costs you will be able to relax and just enjoy Germany.

Here is a sample of some costs of museums and places to visit in Germany:

  1. Musée de Pergame in Berlin costs €19
  2. Museum of German History in Berlin costs €8
  3. Miniature Wonderland in Hamburg costs €15
  4. Cologne Cathedral in Cologne costs €4 (guided tour)
  5. Neuschwanstein Castle in Schwangau costs €13

For your holidays in Germany, plan a large enough budget so that you can freely enjoy the rich and diverse German culture. I hope that this gets your German budget in order so that you can discover everything needed to prepare your budget for your visit to Germany.  Discover all that there is to see in Europe’s leading economic powerhouse!

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