Germany: Post-Lockdown Guide
With a countryside that stretches for miles and a lively coastline battered by both the North and the Baltic Seas, Germany is an ideal destination for your post-lockdown travels! With a rich history and an abundance of world heritage sites, you will never run out of things to explore in the country. Below, we have all the information you need to know before visiting, such as the new rules and regulations, COVID-19 testing, safety measures in place, as well as some hidden treasures to get you excited about your holiday.
International Travel to Germany
Currently, the government cautions Irish nationals against all but essential international travel. However, travel to some countries and territories are now exempted, including Germany.
Germany welcomes Irish tourists as there are now no COVID-19-related restrictions on arrival from the UK or the EU. Travellers Ireland are no longer obliged to have a compelling motivation to enter Germany. However, if you are travelling to Germany and have been in a high-risk area, you can opt to either:
- Present a negative COVID-19 test that has been taken within 48 hours prior to arrival;
- Take a test on arrival;
- Or take a test after you reach your place of residence in Germany, which must be reported to the local health office.
Safety Measures and Rules in Germany
Face masks are mandatory on public transportation and when shopping. Hotels, shops, bars and restaurants are open, but public health regulations must be adhered to. Most places have restrictions on the number of people that can enter at a time, and due to this, most shopping centres only grant access with a shopping cart.
Playgrounds and zoos have reopened, but social distancing of 1.5 metres must be maintained at all times. Different states have different rules and regulations, so depending on where you are travelling to, certain rules must be followed.
Frequently Asked Questions about travelling to Germany
1. Where can I go for the latest information on travelling to Germany?
Travellers who are considering visiting Germany should keep an eye on the Foreign Interior Ministry website as well as the Federal Foreign Office website for up to date information on travel rules and regulations.
2. If I'm in Germany and develop symptoms, what should I do?
First, you should inform the Health Authority. If your symptoms are severe, dial the coronavirus hotline: Tel. 116117.
3. I want to go to Germany but the country I want to enter from is different from my citizenship. How do I know if I can travel?
You can enter Germany if you have a valid residence permit or visa for Germany or the Schengen Area, if you are travelling from any of the following countries:
- EU member states
- Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein
- The United Kingdom
- New Zealand
- Other countries, from which entry is possible due to the epidemiological evaluation by the EU. Travellers from these countries may only enter in exceptional cases, when there is urgent need.
Hidden Gems in Germany
With so many places to explore in Germany, we narrowed it down to four destinations especially attractive for a weekend escape away from hustle and bustle of big cities.
Before World War II destroyed much of the city, Dresden was known as the Florence of the North. Now, having rebuilt itself with exquisite Baroque architecture and castles that dot the shoreline, the city is more striking than ever. A must-visit in Dresden is the Brühlsche Terrasse, located in the old town of Dresden above the Elbe. The structure has been given the nickname ‘the balcony of Europe’, and rightfully so, as it has some of the most spectacular views of the city.
Located on the Rhine, nestled in between Bonn and Düsseldorf is the beautiful city Cologne. Known for its magnificent cathedral and Christmas markets, Cologne is full of rich history and stunning architecture. Highlights of the city include the Ludwig Museum, which features an extensive collection of Picasso’s works, and Hans Imhoff’s Chocolate Museum (for the sweet tooths!). The spectacular views from the top of the cathedral are also not to be missed. It’s well worth the climb!
Rakotzbrücke Devil’s Bridge
Found in the Kromlauer Park in Gablenz, Saxony is Rakotzbrücke: a devil’s bridge that was specially built to form a circle when reflected in the water below it. Like many similar European bridges, the Rakotzbrücke is known as a ‘devil’s bridge’; the idea being that the structure is so dangerous, that it must have been built by the devil. Although travellers are prohibited from climbing the 150-year-old bridge, you can still enjoy the view and the hike!
The picturesque Lake Königssee (King’s Lake) is a striking glacial lake in Bavaria, that is an easy day trip to make from Salzburg. Surrounded by beautiful mountains and the alpine National Park, it is the ultimate destination for nature lovers! Visitors can enjoy a relaxing boat ride to enjoy the scenery.
So there you have it! We trust we have informed you sufficiently about the new travel regulations and safety measures in place in Germany. Hopefully, our list of some of the treasures in the country has reignited your passion for travel. Want to go? You can find flights down below!
Flights from Ireland to Germany
For more travel inspiration, check out our other post-lockdown guides on travelling to Greece, Portugal, Italy, and more. No matter where you go, make sure to wash your hands, maintain social distancing and wear a mask when necessary. Safe travels!
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