5 Best VPNs for Germany in 2019

Germany’s government has handed its intelligence agency, Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), unprecedented powers to spy on citizens. German authorities have also made data retention mandatory for a period of ten weeks. What's more, Germany has previously worked with the NSA to spy on citizens. For Germans who want to protect their online privacy, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is the only solution.

VPN Germany

Germany takes a harsh stance on copyright piracy. As such, it is dangerous for Germans to stream or download content online. For citizens who believe strongly in digital privacy and want to be able to do what they want online (without fear of being watched), a VPN is the perfect solution.

A VPN is also the best personal cybersecurity service available. You should always use a VPN when connecting to both home and public WiFi, particularly due to the Krack vulnerability.

To compare our favourite VPNs for Germany, check out the table below:

  1. CyberGhost
  2. ExpressVPN
  3. NordVPN
  4. PrivateVPN
  5. VPNArea

For more information on any of the German VPN services featured on this page, take a look at our in-depth list:

1. CyberGhost

Cyberghost is an absolutely excellent choice for German residents or tourists. It is secure thanks to OpenVPN encryption and has a strong privacy policy that keeps no logs. Servers are fast and are located in over 60 countries, this makes it perfect for unblocking content and streaming in HD.

The software is easy to use and is available for all popular platforms. It also has all the pro features you would expect to see from a top-end VPN service. What's more, it can be used on five simultaneous devices. Why not give it a go using the 30-day money back guarantee?

2. ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN is a great VPN for Germany for a number of reasons. It has strong OpenVPN encryption implemented at the highest standards. It is fully-featured with DNS leak protection and a kill switch. Servers are located in 94 countries and all provide lightning fast speeds for streaming in HD.

The software is fantastic and is very easy to use. In addition, it is available for all platforms and can be installed on three simultaneous devices. The VPN will keep your data private from the German government and will keep you secure from hackers on public WiFi. Try the 30 day free trial now!

3. NordVPN

NordVPN is an excellent VPN for Germans that want lots of security features. It is based in Panama and has a zero logs policy. The VPN is fully featured with DNS leak protection, a kill switch, stealth mode, double encryption, shared IPs, and VPN into Tor.

This VPN provides 256-bit AES OpenVPN encryption and accepts Bitcoins. The software is outstanding, is easy to use, and will keep you secure on public WiFi. Finally, it has a 30-day money-back guarantee so that you can test it thoroughly before investing.

4. PrivateVPN

PrivateVPN is a zero-logs Swedish provider with 80+ servers in 52 countries around the world. It features both a firewall-based system kill switch and a per-app kill switch, which pretty neat. Full IPv4 and IPv6 DNS leak protection is also built-in to its client.

We have been particularly impressed by PrivateVPN’s high level of customer service, which even features remote installation for technophobes! Up to a generous 6 simultaneous devices are permitted, and port forwarding plus HTTPS and SOCKS5 proxies are a nice bonus.

5. VPNArea

VPNArea is an excellent Bulgarian VPN that has servers located in over 60 countries around the world It is a reliable and trusted VPN that provides fantastic speeds for gaming and streaming in HD.

Customer service is among the best we have ever encountered and is available 24/7. The software is easy to use, can be used on five simultaneous devices and provides strong OpenVPN encryption. In addition, VPNArea has a strong privacy policy and keeps zero logs. Finally, this VPN has a seven-day money back guarantee so that you can test it risk-free.

Why do I need a VPN in Germany?

As soon as you connect to a VPN server, it conceals your real IP address and you appear to be abroad (with a foreign IP address). The result is that censored or geographically-restricted content becomes available.

Additionally, using VPN features to encrypt all of the internet traffic coming and going from your device. This means no one can tell what you're doing online. Encryption also provides security and stops hackers.

Note: For anybody wanting to unblock the free TV streaming service Zattoo, the VPNs in this guide will all work fine.

Can I get a free VPN service for Germany?

Not many free VPN services are recommended, this is because the vast majority make money from their users by selling their data. This can make getting a free VPN for Germany pretty risky, so please take great care when choosing! The good news is that there are some free VPNs on the market that can be trusted. Please follow the link for more information.

How to Choose a VPN for Germany

When it comes to selecting a VPN for Germany, there are several considerations:

  1. Privacy

    First and foremost, the VPN must provide privacy and security. A VPN with poor privacy is like an umbrella that's full of holes: useless. We've selected the VPNs in this guide because they're reliable and trusted services that have excellent privacy policies and the very best VPN protocols for keeping your data private.

  2. Server locations

    A useful VPN must also have plenty of servers located around the world. We've chosen all of the VPNs in this guide because they have large networks of servers spread around the globe. ExpressVPN, for example, has servers in 94 countries. You can pretend to be in any one of them.

  3. Speeds

    To ensure the performance of your devices doesn't suffer, you will need a high speed VPN. The vast majority of VPNs on the market (there are over 850) provide sluggish speeds. Our recommendations all have networks of lightning fast servers located all over the world. This means you can do anything you wish online using your VPN.


Quick view

In this article, we've provided information about the best VPN for Germany in 2019 (and four close runner-ups). With data retention and surveillance so prolific in their country, Germans are strongly advised to consider signing up to a VPN.

All of the VPNs in this guide provide reliable, trusted services that will keep you secure. In addition, all the services that we've selected offer the very best server locations, speeds, and encryption protocols available in 2019. We're confident there's something for everyone in the top five. So go ahead and choose a VPN without all the stress usually associated with it.

  1. CyberGhost
  2. ExpressVPN
  3. NordVPN
  4. PrivateVPN
  5. VPNArea

Written by: Ray Walsh

Digital privacy expert with 4+ years experience testing and reviewing VPNs. He's been quoted in The Express, Barrons, the Scottish Herald, ThreatPost, CNET & many more. Ray is currently rated number 1 VPN authority by Agilience.com.

4 Comments

  1. Thomas

    on May 2, 2017
    Reply

    According to the website https://www.expressvpn.com/tos the laws of BVI are applied, so it seems in contradiction with your statement that ExpressVPN is based in Hongkong. Am I correct if I think that their data retention will be according to the laws of UK?

    1. Douglas Crawford replied to Thomas

      on May 3, 2017
      Reply

      Hi Thomas, Ray has clearly made a mistake in this article (now corrected). ExpressVPN is indeed based in the BVI. In a recent interview with ExpresVPN I asked about just this issue... "(Me) ExpressVPN is incorporated in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). I understand that the legal situation is very murky (at best!), and that the BVI regulates its own internal affairs and has no mandatory data retention laws. But it is a British overseas territory and therefore operates under the jurisdiction and sovereignty of the UK government. It seems reasonable to me, then, to assume that the UK government, which is extremely hostile to privacy and is a key member of the NSA-led Five Eyes spying alliance, can put pressure on the BVI government and businesses. What are your thoughts on this? (ExpressVPN) I would say the situation is very clear: Although BVI has the word “British” in it, the government of the BVI effectively operates with full sovereign powers and little oversight from the UK. BVI legislators are democratically elected by BVI citizens, and the judicial system is also independent from the UK. Unlike many countries which infringe on individuals’ right to privacy, the BVI is an offshore jurisdiction renowned for data protection laws. We carefully took our users’ privacy into consideration when we chose this jurisdiction. There are no data retention laws in the BVI and for us to consider a court order legally binding, it would need to come from a BVI court. The British Virgin Islands don’t have any foreign intelligence operations and therefore are also not part of the Five Eyes spying alliance. We also are aware of zero incidents of the UK government directly pressuring BVI companies to cough up data on their customers, as they simply lack jurisdiction for making such requests. A BVI company can produce records or evidence about its customers only if ordered to do so by the BVI High Court. And fortunately, because we don’t log or monitor traffic data on our VPN servers, we don’t possess information that would be useful for us to produce were such an order to be made."

  2. jack Forester

    on March 27, 2017
    Reply

    Please add Astrill on your list. It pretty works in Germany.

    1. Douglas Crawford replied to jack Forester

      on March 27, 2017
      Reply

      Hi jack, Any half-way decent VPN should work just fine in Germany, but in our view Astrill is not a good enough service to make this list.

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