About Germany

Germany is a country located in Western and Central Europe.  It was founded on January 18, 1871.

History [Founded on January 18, 1871] • Capital [Berlin] • Government [Federal Republic] • Currency [Euro (€)] • Language [German(official)] • Religion [Christianity] • Electricity [230V,50Hz (Europlug, Type F, & Schuko plugs)] • Time Zone [UTC +1] • Country Code [+49] • Internet TLD [.de] • Emergencies [Dial 112]

Germany Travel Guide

This local travel guide below will provide you with travel information & tips to plan your trip to Germany and find the best things to see, do and experience in Germany even  before you arrive here.

Local Attractions

Colonel Cathedral

Colonel CathedralDay view of Cologne Cathedral from the Rhine river, Germany.

Neuschwanstein

NeuschwansteinNeuschwanstein, Lovely Autumn Landscape Panorama Picture of the fairy tale castle near Munich in Bavaria, Germany in the morning hours on a foggy day.

Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg GateBRANDENBURG GATE, Berlin, Germany at night. Road side view.

Frauenkirche

FrauenkircheDresden, Germany. Very beautiful and famous church Frauenkirche.

Heidelberg Old City

Heidelberg Old CityView on Heidelberg, Germany.

Holstentor

HolstentorHolstentor at Luebeck Germany.

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest Bucchi Francesco / Shutterstock.com
Bucchi Francesco / Shutterstock.com

Celebration at the Oktoberfest inside a bavarian tent. Oktoberfest is a festival celebrating beer in Munich.  (Bucchi Francesco / Shutterstock.com)

Lindau harbour

Lindau harbourPort of Lindau island, Germany.

Romantic Rhine

Romantic RhineHouses on the coast of the river Rhine in Germany.

Rugen cliffs

Rugen cliffsRockfalls chalk cliffs Island Rugen, Germany.

Map

Tipping

Hotel –  Porters 1 – 3 Euro per bag, Housekeepers 1 – 5 Euro per day
Restaurant – 10% of the bill.
Tour Guide – 10% of the bill.
Taxi Driver – Fare will be round up
Spas – 5% of the bill.

Money & Duty Free

Currency

Euro with symbol: € = 100 cents
Euro Notes denominations (€):5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500
Euro Coin denominations(€): 2, 1
Euro Coin denominations(Cents):1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50

Credit cards

MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted in hotels, shops and restaurants.  It is advisable to have more smaller US dollar notes for easy spending as locals prefer dollars.

ATM

ATMs are available in many places and accept cards from overseas banks such as MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus, Plus, Maestro.

Travellers cheques

Not widely accepted. In Euros, Pounds Sterling or US Dollars

Banking hours

Mon to Fri: 0830-1300 and 1400-1600
Thurs: 0830-1300 and 1430-1730

Keep yourself insured

  1. Ensure you buy travel insurance before you come as admitting to local hospitals for tourists will be expensive.

Keep yourself safe

  1. Do not walk alone late at night.
  2. Avoid unlit areas.
  3. Do not leave your drink unattended.
  4. Do not carry a lot of valuables and cash.
  5. Avoid cash counting in public.
  6. Do not accept offer of rides from stranger.

Keep belongings safe

  1. Ensure your cars and accommodation are locked when leaving for other destinations.
  2. Do not leave your wallets, mobile phones, bags, backpacks,  or cameras unattended in public places.
  3. Report lost or stolen possessions to local police stations. Get a report from them if you are claiming travel insurance.

Keeping safe with alcohol

  1. If you drink alcohol in designated ban area could lead to fine or being arrested.
  2. You can be fined for drinking alcohol on public transport, including taxis.
  3. If you drink, take cab back to your accommodation. Best if your friend can accompany.

Keeping your credit cards and identity safe

  1. Do not show your credit card number and PIN that will let people capture with a camera.
  2. Do not bring too many credit cards.
  3. Report lost or stolen credit cards immediately.