Pack with confidence and avoid baggage fees - clothing tips and packing checklists for your vacation

What to Wear in Germany

Konstanz square in September

Konstanz square in September

Cobbled streets in Konstanz, September

Cobbled streets in Konstanz, September

A dull day in Meersburg, September

A dull day in Meersburg, September

Warnemunde in August

Warnemunde in August

Warnemunde market square in August

Warnemunde market square in August

General Packing Tips

  • Germans dress quite formally and stylishly.
  • Very smart casual or smart business orientated clothes will carry you through for business, sight seeing and for eating out.
  • Clothes in dark colors are always popular.
  • Jeans are very popular especially with younger people but they are always smart and clean. Black tailored jeans would be a good choice.
  • Although many people speak English, most tourists are German-speaking so a phrase book is useful to understand signs and menus etc.
  • If visiting Europa-Park (Germany's answer to Disneyland) note that there is no free drinking water available; restaurants do not serve tap water (even to children). Be prepared.
  • A lightweight day sack will come in handy to carry your sightseeing essentials.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • In many German towns there are cobbled streets, so it's best to avoid high heels. But wear comfortable stylish shoes or sandals rather than sneakers. We love Hotter shoes, for total comfort along with style. Or why not try the Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops range - using interchangeable shoe and flip-flop bases with snap-on decorations, you can change your look from day to evening in an instant whilst still packing light.
  • Most women wear pants or jeans rather than skirts or dresses.
  • A pashmina is a versatile piece that will dress up any outfit.
  • Keep to low key but quality jewellery.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • There are no specific things to bring to your attention, check out our packing list for our suggested capsule wardrobe.

Pack for the Weather

  • It can rain at any time and our advice would be to pack a lightweight raincoat and small umbrella even in the summer.
  • Dressing in layers will help you with the temperature changes during the day, whatever time of year you visit.
  • In winter; November, December, January, February and March wrap up warmer, with layers and a warm smart coat, hat, gloves, warm scarf and warm waterproof boots.

Last updated 14 November 2014.

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Being a native German, living in the States and organizing small group travel to Europe I find your site accurate and very helpful. My clients often ask what to pack when visiting Europe and I loved your motto: Dress smart! Nice job guys:)

- Russ and Elke, USA