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

What to Wear in Germany

The Reichstag, Berlin in April

The Reichstag, Berlin in April

Bamberg, in June

Bamberg, in June

Miltenberg, in June

Miltenberg, in June

Nuremberg in June

Nuremberg in June

Dusseldorf in Summer

Dusseldorf in Summer

Rostock in July

Rostock in July

Berlin Cathedral Church, in August

Berlin Cathedral Church, in August

Warnemunde market square in August

Warnemunde market square in August

Dresden Frauenkirche, September

Dresden Frauenkirche, September

Konstanz square in September

Konstanz square in September

A dull day in Meersburg, September

A dull day in Meersburg, September

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, in October

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, in October

General Packing Tips

  • Germans dress quite formally and stylishly.
  • Very smart casual or smart business orientated clothes will carry you through for business, sightseeing 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.

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 jewelry.

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 travel 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 warmly, with layers and a warm smart coat, warm hat, gloves, scarf and warm waterproof boots.

Regions of Germany

  • 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, or consider carrying a Go! Filtered Water Bottle.

Other Things To Pack

  • Although many people speak English, most tourists are German-speaking so a phrase book is useful to understand signs and menus etc.
  • A lightweight day sack or shoulder bag will come in handy to carry your sightseeing essentials.
  • If you tend to buy bottled water, consider carrying a Go! Filtered Water Bottle - fill up from any source and get clean, safe drinking water without wasting plastic bottles.
  • To use electrical gadgets you may need a travel adapter plug, and also a step down voltage converter if your devices are not designed for European voltage (230V).
  • Look after your mobile phone with a phone bunjee - it protects against loss, theft and damage.
  • If you're aiming to travel with just carry-on baggage, try the CabinMax soft-sided rucksack - it's light, roomy and has plenty of pockets to keep your stuff organized.
  • Avoid paying unexpected baggage fees - use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home! Haribo Gummy Bears were invented in Germany, or look for Brothers Grimm books. Christmas ornaments are also popular, especially if you're visiting the festive markets.

Last updated 01 September 2015.

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  • Suitable outfits for all occasions

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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