Know Before You Go: Germany

Know Before You Go: Germany

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Travelers from the US, Canada, Australia and the EU must bring a passport valid for at least four months after their departure date from Germany. Those planning to stay more than three months need a visa before leaving for Germany. Make a few copies of your travel documents, and leave a copy at home. Visitors can easily withdraw cash using a major debit or credit card at any of Germany’s ATMs, especially in large cities. Or, exchange cash at Reisebank offices at train stations or airports. Although Germany is generally safe, travelers should carry valuables in a money belt, especially when squeezing through crowded train stations or tourist sites.


Pack at least a disposable camera for your trip so you’ll have some photographic souvenirs, but know that developing film in Germany can be expensive and take up room. Better yet, bring a smaller digital camera or one with a detachable zoom lens. (Just make sure to insure more expensive cameras). A portable music device can be a sanity saver during long cross-country trips. Unless traveling for work or school, leave the laptop at home. Germany has plenty of inexpensive internet cafes. Finally, you’ll need a two-pinned, rounded, 230-volt, 50-Hertz electrical adapter and converter for any gadgets you plan to charge in Germany.


The Euro is legal currency in Germany. One euro is equivalent to 100 cents.

A nationwide network of ATMs at various banks and savings banks enable cash to be withdrawn at your convenience 24/7. In addition, most shops and restaurants accept various electronic payment methods such as Girocard, Mastercard and Visa as well as other current credit cards.

In restaurants and shops the display prices are strictly the asking prices. Tips to the amount of 10% of the prices are common, but not necessary.

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