Germany is one of those European nations that have had a long historical past. The rich cultural heritage as well as the excellent historical background makes this country very popular among the tourists and there are hordes of them traveling several kilometers to visit here. This is also one of the most advanced nations in the world as per as technology is concerned and there are several amazing music festivals that take place here too. So the wanderlust inside you is slowly rising isn't it?
Or has it absolutely grasped your senses so much that you wish you would have just packed your bags and went off for Germany? In both the cases you do need to know a few things about traveling here and a few necessary tips are surely going to help you. First and foremost you got to decide as to when you wish to travel here. We are talking about the climatic conditions and the weather.
It's best to travel to a foreign nation when there is a perfect weather there which benefits the tourist. There are a few things apart from that which are to be kept in mind by the traveler. The basic essentials have to be kept in mind and the factors of moving, eating and sleeping need to be promptly taken care of.
Restaurants and Bars Note that water is not complimentary. If you order water you will get carbonated bottled water. In most restaurants you can request tap water and they may or may not charge you but it is most likely straight from the sink. In some American fast food restaurants, (i.e. McDonalds) you must pay for ketchup as well. Be aware that the menus at most fast food restaurants in Germany are not exactly the same. You may also notice that a sandwich that you recognize from back home may taste a little different or it could be smaller. When you enter a restaurant you will not be seated, just walk right in and pick the table of your choice. Tips-wise, the amount should be much smaller than you would give in the States (this is because the waiters/waitresses get paid more than in the States) A tip of two or three EUR would be considered a good tip for very good service.
Supermarkets If you shop for groceries in Germany you will notice the supermarkets have all of their large rolling carts outside in a designated area and they are locked to one another. In order to utilize a cart you must place one EUR in the cart itself, you will see the slot on the handle. Upon leaving the supermarket you latch the cart back to the other carts and pull the device out where you placed the coin, now you can retrieve your coin. When you have all of the groceries you want, proceed to the check-out counter. You will have to purchase plastic bags to put the groceries in or you can take one in yourself. If you decide to purchase one they are usually visible at the counter and normally only cost a few cents. If there is a long line do not put all of your groceries in the bag, put them back into the cart and bag them away from the line.
Closing hours On Sunday everything is closed except for some restaurants, bars, gas stations and shops at the main train station and bigger airports. Some bigger stores are realizing that they can make much more money if they open on Sunday so they are doing just that, but I would not rely on it. During the week shops in bigger cities close at 8 PM at the latest. You may see shops in smaller cities closing even earlier.
Public Phones Public phones are very rare in Germany . If you find one you will notice that they only take telephone cards. You can buy a telephone card in different shops like 'T-Punkt', 'Telekom', 'Post', and 'Vodafone',or you can go to an Internet cafe.
Miscellaneous 'Bad'in front of a town's name, for example ' Bad Homburg ', does not carry a negative connotation as would be your first inclination. On the contrary, “Bad" in front of a town's name normally means that the town is designated as a healthy location with very clean air and water.
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- Guest 8 years ago
Germany is always my personal favorite destination for traveling...It has many things to offer to the visitors...It is famous for its beautiful landscapes,amazing views and rich history too...I am a guy who love to visit ancient places,and Germany have a lot to offer...The post here is also describes it very well,what i said...