What To Wear In Germany
To sum it up - go for tailored clothing
- 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.
- A smart pashmina shawl will transform any day outfit into stylish evening wear.
- Clothes in dark colours 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.
- Most women wear trousers or jeans rather than skirts or dresses
- 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 trainers. We love Hotter shoes, and also 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.
- Keep to low key but quality jewellery.
- Dressing in layers will help you with the temperature changes during the day, whatever time of year you visit.
- In winter (November - March) wrap up warmer, with layers and a warm smart coat, hat, gloves, warm scarf and warm waterproof boots.
- A light raincoat and umbrella are useful all year round.
- 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 - take a set of foldable water bottles for the family and fill them up before you go.
- See our Blog post about what we packed for a walking holiday in Germany.
- Click on our Facebook page for pictures of what people are wearing in southern Germany.
- For more pictures and ideas, see our Pinterest board: What to Wear in Germany.
- If you're in Germany for the skiing, you may also like to check out our skiing packing guide.
- Stay healthy on your trip - travellers' diarrhoea can affect as many as 50% of people travelling abroad. We've tried and recommend Bimuno Travel Aid pastilles to help support your digestive health. And WhatToWearOnHoliday readers can claim a great 10% discount on Bimuno using code WHBIMUA at their checkout.
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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