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WILLKOMMEN IN SINGAPUR: PART 2

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 17 Sep 2021  

 

The pandemic has fundamentally changed the way we live, work, and of course, travel. After months of travel restrictions, lockdowns, and general uncertainty, making plans has been all but impossible…until now. The Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) between Germany and Singapore is a great opportunity to rediscover the sunny island and travel once again.

Whether you’re travelling for business or leisure, this guide is sure to have everything you need for a trip to Singapore. For more information on Singapore travel restrictions and travelling via the VTL, you can refer to part 1 of our Willkommen in Singapur guide.

In part 2, we’ve prepared a list with our top recommendations of where to go in Singapore for all the best attractions and experiences to see and do.

 

COVID Travel

 

Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL)

In case you missed Part 1 of our travel guide, here’s a brief summary of VTL and the necessary steps to take before you plan your trip to Singapore.

The VTL allows fully vaccinated visitors to travel to Singapore from Germany without the need for quarantine. To travel via the VTL, you will first need to do the following:

  • Ensure your eligibility for travel before applying for the Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP)
  • Between 7 and 30 days before arriving in Singapore: Apply for the VTP
  • Book a designated VTL flight (operated by Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa)
  • Purchase COVID-19 travel insurance
  • 48 hours before your flight: Take a COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test and obtain a test result in English
  • Download Singapore's TraceTogether app for contact tracing purposes

 

Arrival in Singapore

 

Upon arriving in Singapore, do note the following:

  • You will directed to take an on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test at Changi Airport 
  • After clearing immigration, proceed to your declared accommodation via private transport 
  • You will need to self-isolate until you receive the results of your on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test, which should arrive within 24 hours
  • After receiving a negative result, you can activate your TraceTogether app and start exploring the city 
  • On Day 3 and Day 7 after your arrival in Singapore, you’ll have to take a COVID-19 PCR test at a designated clinic.

 

You can find more information about the VTL at this link, or plan your trip with Part 1 of our guide.

 

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Places to Visit in Singapore

With the paperwork and processes out of the way, it’s time to officially begin your trip to Singapore. There are a variety of activities to do and attractions to see, so we’ve prepared a handy guide of places to visit in Singapore.

 

Marina Bay Sands

 

Marina Bay Sands

A must-visit location is the iconic Marina Bay Sands (if you’ve not already booked a room). Set against the backdrop of Singapore’s skyline with its prominent façade, Marina Bay Sands is an essential part of any trip to Singapore. The all-in-one destination features the hotel, the Shoppes, the Sands theatre, and the ArtScience Museum.

With over 170 luxury brands and 45 restaurants, The Shoppes is the ultimate shopping paradise. Explore a mix of high-end international designer brands and emerging Singaporean concepts to keep your wardrobe happy for seasons to come. If you’re looking for the latest fashion, gadgets, or luxury gifts as souvenirs for family and friends, look no further than The Shoppes.

Browse the latest tech with a visit to the floating Apple Store or enjoy a leisurely cruise around the mall with a Sampan ride. With the numerous food and drink options available at The Shoppes, there’s something for everyone.

 

Black Tap

 

Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer

Head down to Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer for hearty Western cuisine and quality beers. Originating from New York City, expect to find tantalizing burgers, towering milkshakes, and craft beers while an old-school hip-hop soundtrack plays in the background. With their extensive range of burgers, it’s hard to choose just one. If you’re not sure where to start, try the award-winning Greg Norman Burger (S$27++) — wagyu beef topped with house buttermilk-dill, blue cheese and arugula served on a soft potato bun.

For drinks (or dessert), be sure to try one of Black Tap’s over-the-top CrazyShake milkshakes often accompanied by copious amounts of toppings; flavours include Cotton Candy, The CakeShake, Churro Choco Taco, and more. Black Tap also lives up to the ‘craft beer’ in its name, offering a selection of 19 craft beers (12 available on tap) from the United States, Singapore, Australia and France.

 

Spago Bar & Lounge

 

Spago Bar & Lounge

Located on the 57th floor of Marina Bay Sands, Spago Bar & Lounge offers a delicious celebration of east-meets-west with their Asian fusion and Western flavours. Experience Singaporean flavours with the Chicken “Laksa” Spring Roll (S$22++) and “Kaya Toast” Foie Gras Terrine (S$28++), or try the famous Big Eye Tuna Tartare Cones (S$32++), a staple at Spago.

Their extensive cocktail menu is not to be missed; standouts are Rough Love (S$27++), a zesty and potent combination of flavours composed of Tanqueray No. Ten Gin, Champagne, Shiso Umeshu, Lime, and Love You Long Time (S$27++), a refreshing mix of Ketel One Vodka, Tangerine, Thai Basil and Sparkling Sake. Enjoy their Sundowners menu – available Mondays to Thursdays, 2.30pm – 7pm – while you soak in the sunset from 57 floors up.

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Gardens by the Bay

 

Gardens by the Bay

Rediscover nature at the magical Gardens by the Bay. Voted as the world’s largest greenhouse, explore over 100 hectares of richly diverse flora and fauna. Look out for the beautiful Flower Dome with ever-its changing displays of unique and native flowers, the ethereal Cloud Forest with its misty, rainforest-like atmosphere, and the Instagram-worthy Supertree Grove.

Find out more with our guide to Gardens by the Bay.

 

ArtScience Museum

 

Museums in Singapore

There’s no better way to get to know a city by visiting its museums and galleries. These museums are not to be missed if you would like a deeper insight into the story of the Lion City.

 

ArtScience Museum

The ArtScience Museum is the ultimate mind-opening journey of wonder. Housed in a futuristic building modeled after a Lotus flower, the museum spans almost 5,000m² and is packed with immersive installations and exhilarating exhibitions that blend science, tech, and a whole lot of fun. Future World, ArtScience Museum’s permanent exhibition, is an illuminating digital show of art, light, and interactivity that is sure to wow visitors of all ages.

Find out more about the ongoing exhibitions at ArtScience Museum.

 

National Gallery Singapore

 

National Gallery Singapore

Located in two landmark monument buildings - the former the Supreme Court and City Hall, the National Gallery Singapore is a fascinating opportunity to appreciate art while admiring the historical architecture. It houses an extensive collection of Singaporean and Southeast Asian works.

 

National Museum of Singapore

Take the opportunity to do some time traveling with a visit to the National Museum of Singapore. Previously a library in 1849, the city’s oldest museum is an emotional and inspirational experience that brings Singapore’s story to life through a curated collection of colourful exhibitions, artworks, and other important installations.

 

Find out more about Singapore’s museums with our guide to the best museums and galleries in Singapore.

 

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

 

Culture and heritage

Nestled amongst modern architecture, Singapore’s neighbourhoods, markets and hawker centres are where you can enjoy authentic local cuisine while learning more about Singapore’s heritage.

 

Chinatown

Stroll down any street in Chinatown and be surrounded by a delightful celebration of heritage.  Find out more about the lives and history of the district’s earliest inhabitants at Chinatown Heritage Centre, located in three beautifully restored shophouses. It features interactive galleries, sprawling exhibits, and engaging workshops for a spectacular storytelling experience. Take your tastebuds on a flavourful journey with the hodgepodge of food stalls at Food Street and pick up souvenirs from a mixture of slick shopping malls and bustling market stalls in the area.

 

Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

 

Kampong Glam

Feast on Middle Eastern cuisine, shop for beautiful textiles, and admire the Sultan Mosque while you navigate the busy streets of Kampong Glam. Dive into the history of the area at the Malay Heritage Centre, which is located on the premises of a former palace and comprises six galleries with an array of cultural activities. Find local and global flavours along the numerous dining options at Arab Street, which features a variety of Lebanese, Turkish, and Egyptian restaurants surrounded by local casual dining spots.

 

Little India

A captivating brew of old-world heritage and contemporary ideas, this vibrant destination is a multi-sensory experience with the power to transport you away to the colourful chaos of Mumbai, Delhi, and back again. Surround yourself in the atmosphere of this historic district and celebrate Indian culture at the Indian Heritage Centre. Pay a visit to Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, one of the local Hindu community's oldest and most sacred temples, for a truly memorable trip and dig into the fragrant spices of Indian curries at Tekka Centre.

 

For more activities to do in Singapore, check out our articles on places to visit in Singapore.

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