Hotels are the most popular accommodations in Germany and you can find everything from a budget motel that offers the bare minimum in amenities to a five-star resort with swimming pools, luggage service and an on-site restaurant. Many higher-end hotels offer a morning buffet with eggs, yogurt, cheese, fruits and more. You may need to request a non-smoking room as smoking indoors is not banned in Germany. Because the climate in Germany rarely requires air conditioning, many older hotels do not have it installed.
Small country inns can be found throughout the German countryside. Many offer breakfast or another meal as part of your stay. You can find quaint country inns at wineries, on farms and more. In fact, Bavaria alone lists more than 1,000 countryside lodging options.
Germany pioneered the youth hostel, and they are still popular in the country among backpackers or student travelers. Most still have the bunk rooms that hostels are known for, some now offer private double rooms or family rooms. Most include breakfast in the cost of the stay.
You must have a passport that will be valid three months beyond your stay. You may also need to provide proof of a return plane ticket and sufficient proof of funds for your trip. While in Germany, always carry identification with you. Your passport must have two blank pages for an entry stamp. A tourist visa is not required as long as you will be in Germany for less than 90 days. Credit cards are not widely accepted in Germany but there are ATMs at almost every location.