Travel Information Germany
- FLAG 🇩🇪
- CAPITAL Berlin
- GOVERNMENT Federal Republic
- CURRENCY Euro (€)
- POPULATION 81,799,600 (2010 estimate)
- TOTAL AREA 357,022km² water: 8,350km² land: 348,672km²
- LANGUAGES German
- DECIMAL SYSTEM Germany uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C)
- TIME ZONE Time zone is UTC+01:00 with daylight saving time
- LOCATION Germany is located in Western Europe
Most popular cities in Germany
- Berlin — the reunified and re-invigorated capital of Germany; known for its division during the Cold War by the Berlin Wall. Today, it’s a metropolis of diversity with plenty of nightclubs, elegant shops, galleries and restaurants
- Bremen — one of the most important cities in northern Germany, its old town is a slice of hanseatic history
- Cologne — city founded by the Romans 2000 years ago with a huge cathedral, Romanesque churches, and archaeological sites
- Dresden — once called ‘Florence on the Elbe’ and world-famous for its Frauenkirche and rebuilt historic centre destroyed during World War II
- Düsseldorf — Germany’s capital of fashion also offers fascinating new architecture and a vibrant nightlife
- Frankfurt — seat of the European Central Bank (ECB), with a skyline reminiscent of Manhattan (“Mainhattan”)
- Hamburg — Germany’s second-largest city is famous for its harbour, its liberal and tolerant culture, and the Reeperbahn with its nightclubs and casinos
- Munich — Bavaria’s capital and economic powerhouse combines high tech with fine arts, world class shopping, a vibrant nightlife and the Oktoberfest, and is the gateway to the Alps
- Nuremberg‘s old town has been reconstructed, including the Gothic Kaiserburg Castle. Visit the Nazi party rally grounds, the Documentation Centre and Courtroom 600 (the venue of the Nuremberg Trials)
Sockets & Plugs
Germany uses 230V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C and Type F.
Germany uses the euro (symbol: €), code EUR.
Banknotes come in denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 euro. Euro is subdivided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 2 and 1 euros and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.
Credit & debit cards
Credit cards are widely accepted within Germany (at hotels, shops, and restaurants, travel agencies, car-rental agencies etc.). Visa, MasterCard and Maestro are the most widely accepted. American Express is less common. Diners Club is pretty rare. Discover, JCB, UnionPay and RuPay are unknown.
Automatic teller machines (local name: Geldautomat) are very common in Germany. You can find them in both large & small cities, tourist areas etc.
You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Expected to tip
Tipping is quite common in Germany and it’s good etiquette to leave one. How much money you leave depends on the service and how happy you were with it.
Internet speed in Germany is on average 12.9 Mbps.
WiFi coverage in Germany is very high. Most hotels, hostels, cafes, restaurants and bars have it.
You can buy a SIM card for about €16.50, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 4 telecoms: Vodafone, T-Mobile, E-Plus or O2.
Germany uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800.
If you don’t want to buy SIM card in Germany upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Germany, dial +, then 49 (the country code for Germany), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number.
Low crime rate
Germany has a low crime rate . It is a generally a safe place to live and travel. Exercise normal security precautions.
It’s recommended to follow essential security precautions like wearing a money belt, securing your bag and staying vigilant in crowds.
In Germany you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).
Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 100 km/h (62 mph) on undivided highways, 30 km/h (18 mph) in residential areas, 50 km/h (31 mph) in all built-up areas, unlimited on motorways and unlimited on expressways.
IDP is required
An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required alongside your original license. IDP can be issued by your local automobile association before you leave home.
Rent a car
In order to rent a car:
- you must be over 25
- must hold a full license for at least a 1 year
- almost always have a credit card (Visa & MasterCard are the best)
Alcohol, drugs & prostitution
Minimum age to purchase and drink beer and wine is 16 years old, while to purchase and drink spirits is 18 years old.
Prostitution is legal (in a way of exchanging sex for money). Brothels are legal.
Cannabis is illegal & criminalized
Drugs (including cannabis/marijuana) are illegal & criminalized which means you are risking jail time with other penalties (fine, community service, rehabilitation) if you are caught.
- Police 112 110
- Ambulance 112
- Fire department 112
No vaccinations are required to enter this country
No vaccinations are required to enter the country, but it is recommended to perform routine immunizations for your protection and to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
These apply only to select travelers or persons on work assignments.
- Tick-borne Encephalitis
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