Generally, Germany is a picture of health: the tap water is safe to drink
, and there are no nasty diseases lurking about. You don’t need vaccinations, although the WHO does recommend that all travellers to every destination be covered for diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella and polio.
Pharmacies are called "Apotheke" and are marked by a big, red "A" symbol
. As medicine is often expensive, ask the pharmacist for "Generika" (generic drugs), brand free and a lot cheaper.
Always wear sun cream when cycling and hiking.
Even when there is cloud cover.
Take plenty of water with you when hiking.
And don’t mix rambling or bike riding with Riesling. Never a happy marriage. Thirsty bikers can always order a “Radler” – or cyclist’s beer – which is a shandy.
For European citizens, holding a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
will ensure reduced-cost state-provided healthcare cover for any medical treatment that you may need in Germany, but each family member will need a separate card. UK residents can download an application form here
. But it is always advisable to get comprehensive travel insurance to cover medical problems as well.
Be wary of ticks when hiking as they carry Lyme disease
. Make sure you carry tweezers so that you can remove them and inspect your body carefully at the end of the day. Always apply a deterrent (a good natural one is lemon eucalyptus) and then sun cream.