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1) The number one greatest concern you need to have during your visit in Germany is ticks, especially throughout most of southern Germany. The ticks here carry two potentially serious diseases (borealis and meningitis) and they need to be completely and competently removed within 8 hours of biting. If you don't manage to remove them within that window, go see a doctor. If you see a ring around the bite, definitely go immediately to a doctor. Better yet, get a tick immunization prior to your visit.
2a) Poisonous animals: There are two minor poisonous snakes in Germany, the Kreuzotter and the Aspisviper. Neither are agressive, nor is it even likely that you'll even see one. The Aspisviper is only possibly found in the Black Forest (southwestern) region of Germany, but its numbers are very few. It is more dangerous than the Kreuzotter, whose bite would cause sickness but wouldn't lead to death other than in extreme cases.
As for poisonous spiders, there are three potential species which could manage to actually bite you, but nothing worse than a garden spider bite would result. This means, the symptoms would be similar to a wasp sting.
2b) Not really a topic of its own, but nonetheless relevant: you're more likely to (though still extremely unlikely) be bitten by a rabid fox than a poisonous snake in Germany. If you've got kids, just make sure they're not completely out of sight while you're climbing and you'll be fine.
3) Poisonous plants: Not such a danger for adults but kids put all kinds of stuff in their mouths. The following are some plants you should keep away from during your visit:
Yew Treeen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taxus… , Oleanderen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nerium , Belladonnaen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atrop… , Hemlocken.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coniu… , Meadow Saffronen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colch… , Water Dropworten.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water… , Mandrakeen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandrake , Ragworten.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob… , Giant Hogweeden.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herac… , Castorbeanen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricinus , Dwarf Honeysuckleen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lonic… , Brackenen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pteri… , White Helleboreen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veratrum , Foxgloveen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digit… , Golden Chainen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laburnum , German Greenweedspecies.wikimedia.org/wiki/… , Aconiteen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aconi… , Daphneen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daphn…
There's also plenty of climbing history in Germany. Harder free climbing got its impetus in the 1970's from a man by the name of Kurt Albert, who invented the redpoint at the Frankenjura area. Also, if you're super-badass and looking for a decent 5.14+, check out Action Directe put up by Wolfgang Güllich.
Please respect local ethics. Some areas prohibit chalk and metal protection.
For a bit of cultural flavor, some of the pre-existing information has been organized under Archive pages.
The approach can be rather long if you start on a different continent.
Here's a handy map with a good overview of major climbing areas (in German): dav-felsinfo.de/ajaxdav/
The Germans have a saying for April: "April, April, er weiß nicht was er will." Directly translated, the saying means "April, April, he doesn't know what he wants." You can have sunshine immediately followed by rain/snow, warmth and then a drop in temps, or just solid sunshine for a week followed by solid rain.
November has generally crappier weather than April.
Having said that, you can plan a visit to Germany despite the rain. If it's raining for a week, go to the Frankenjura or further South in Bavaria. You can't climb in Saxony at all unless the rain has ceased for at least 2 days, making this region as difficult to plan as a trip to England, weather-wise. In the Pfalz, you can also climb on the rock no matter what the conditions, just because the sandstone is so much harder than in the Sächsische Schweiz.
Most likely, Germany is a foreign country for you and thus, unfamiliar. If you would like to contribute routes or areas, please first perform a search to assure it doesn't already exist. If you don't find it, feel free to add whatever you've personally done (refer to Contribution Guidelines). For the areas I've created, I usually do them based on the parking lot if more than one crag is accessible from it. From there, I create sub-areas for the crags themselves. Here is an example: Kleinziegenfelder Tal. You can use this method for your contribution, or another if you think it makes more sense.
Classic Climbing Routes at Germany
Days w Precip