Information for young people about Germany
You're interested in spending some time in Germany, learning the German language or you're simply looking for some information on the country? Then you have come to the right place!
In this section of the website, we're providing you with information about youth mobility, international meetings and programmes in Germany. Besides basic information on topics such as travelling and accomodation, we're also introducing German organisations that are active in the areas of international exchange, information on sponsorship opportunities, on German language courses and on jobs and internships.
More Information links about studying, working, voluntary work and travelling in Germany (and the other European countries) can be found in the information box below!
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Information on Travelling and Accommodation
Before you come to Germany, you should inform yourself about the exact entry regulations. This information is available from the respective German embassies and consulates in your home country or on the website of the German Foreign Ministry.
Tourist information about Germany can be found at the Central German Tourism Office: www.germany.travel/en. It provides information about travelling and accomodation in Germany as well as an info-special for young people on fashion, architecture, entertainment and much more.
If you want to travel to Germany by rail, you may want to look at the many attractive offers, e.g. EURO DOMINO, a low-cost European Rail Ticket. Within Germany the German train system (Deutsche Bahn AG) offers several other discounts for young people and groups. Their sales agents and their website at www.bahn.de inform about schedules and other services.
You can also travel in Germany by car, even if you don’t have one yourself. There are several websites where people offer a place in their car for a small fee. Two websites in English are www.blablacar.co.uk and www.drive2day.com.
Another option you have to get to your travel destination is by bus. On the website www.busradar.com you can find schedules and prices of different long distant bus routes.
Reductions while travelling can be obtained using a student identity card. When travelling abroad buying an International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is worthwhile. It allows for several reductions before and while travelling and can be obtained from student's offices or student travel agencies. For further information turn to www.isic.de.
You want to travel to Germany, but you don't know where to go yet? Check out the website "HotSpots in Germany" and find out which places other travellers recommend! After your travels, you can even add your own HotSpots. This is the link: www.germany.travel/en/map-of-germany.html.
Presently more than 600 Youth Hostels in Germany offer reasonably priced accommodation. You need a membership card to be admitted. Many youth hostels now accept pre-bookings from other hostels or via the Internet using the International Booking Network (IBN). Further information is provided by the International Youth Hostel Federation (www.hihostels.com) or the German Youth Hostel Association (www.jugendherberge.de/en).
Hostels you do not need a membership card for are the "Schullandheime" (primarily for school groups, but you can also book individual stays). You can find these hostels on www.schullandheim.de (only in German; choose "PLZ Karten Suche" to see a map of Germany).
More hostels can be found on www.gomio.com.
In Germany there is a closely-knit net of Naturfreunde-Häuser (houses of friends of nature) where cheap accommodation is available: www.naturfreundejugend.de/ueber_uns/english.
In university cities the Studentenwerk (student administration) often helps with lodging or exchanging apartments: www.studentenwerke.de.
Long and short term temporary accommodation can be arranged by the Mitwohnzentralen (temporary accommodation offices). The Ring of Temporary Accommodation Offices in Europe offers the same service on a European basis. The German office can be found at www.mitwohnzentrale.de.
For further information on travelling and accomodation see: europa.eu/youth/UK/travelling/accommodation_de.
Further general information for young people interested in coming to Germany is available on: www.young-germany.de.
All information was carefully researched. Nevertheless a guarantee for correctness cannot be given.