Germany Practical information
To enter Germany, you need a passport valid for at least four months after arrival.
For nationals of countries in the European Union, an identity card is enough; you don’t need a visa.
Outside the EU
Nationals of other countries need a visa, unless their country is exempt (for stays of up to three months). Check with the consular services.
No vaccinations are required to enter the country.
You are however advised to make sure all your boosters are up to date: Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and diphtheria-tetanus-poliomyelitis (DTP).
A rabies vaccination is also recommended:
- if your trip involves a number of outdoor activities.
- in the case of activities close to wild animals like bats.
Nationals of the European Union are advised to get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) on the Internet. It allows you to receive medical care abroad. For nationals of countries outside the European Union, check with your insurance company. To prevent transmission of disease by ticks (Lyme disease, encephalitis), take protective clothes for outdoor activities.
Plugs have two round pins.
Plug type F/C
Frequency: 50 Hz
Take an adapter for European countries
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The currency in Germany is the euro.
1 EUR = 1.1 USD*
* Exchange rate provided as a guideline only
Where can you change your money?
You can change your money in banks and airports.
It’s customary to give about 15% of the total amount of the bill in restaurants if you’re happy with the service. You mustn’t leave the tip on the table.
The train is the most convenient and most economical way to get about in Germany, travelling between major cities or in the provinces. Reservations are not required, except for some night journeys. The InterRail Germany Pass lets you travel at discount prices and provides free access to the underground network in large cities.
Some areas with poor connections are accessible by bus.
In the city, there are numerous forms of public transport: bus, train, tram ... A train ticket is also valid for the bus or tram. You can buy your tickets from the driver or station ticket machines. Some tickets allow unlimited travel for a day, as well as passes which include admission to museums.
In Europe, 112 is the number to call for emergencies of all types.
The official language of Germany is German.
A few phrases to remember :
Goodbye: Auf Wiedersehen or Tschüss
Thank you: Danke
I don't understand: Ich verstehe nicht
Doctor: der Arzt ou der Doktor
The bill: die Rechnung
How much is this?: Wie viel kostet das?
Toilets: die Toilette
How do I get to…?: Wie komme ich zum… ?
Where is…?: Wo ist… ?
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