Germany offers a unique blend of historical landmarks, modern art, and vibrant culture. It’s a country where you can explore castles, enjoy the natural beauty of the Black Forest, and participate in world-famous festivals like Oktoberfest. The blend of old-world charm and contemporary life makes Germany a fascinating destination for travelers. Plan your trip to Germany and test your knowledge about Germany with a Travel to Germany Quiz at For more information, visit the official tourism website at


Public Transit

Germany’s public transit system is extensive and reliable, covering buses, trams, U-Bahn (subway), and S-Bahn (suburban trains). Major cities like Berlin, Munich, and Hamburg have comprehensive networks. A single ticket can often be used across different modes of transport within the same city. Costs vary by city but are generally affordable, with options for daily, weekly, or monthly passes. The system is considered safe to use at all hours.


Taxis are reliable and can be hailed on the street or ordered via phone or app. They are metered, with initial charges around €3.50-€4.00 and about €2.00 per kilometer thereafter. Taxis are safe, but more expensive compared to public transportation.


Driving in Germany is on the right-hand side. The country is famous for its Autobahn, where many sections have no speed limit. However, the recommended speed is 130 km/h (about 81 mph). Alcohol limit is 0.05% BAC. An International Driving Permit is recommended for non-EU drivers.

Attractions and Shopping

Shops typically open from 10 am to 8 pm, Monday to Saturday. Sunday shopping is rare except for certain Sundays declared open by cities. Museums are usually closed on Mondays. Lunch is typically from 12 pm to 2 pm, and dinner from 6 pm to 8 pm. Some restaurants may close in the afternoon.

Tipping Culture

Tipping is customary in Germany, with a usual 5-10% of the bill in restaurants, rounded up to the nearest euro for taxis. It’s not required but appreciated for good service.

Duty Free

Non-EU residents are eligible for a VAT refund on purchases over €25 made in a single store on the same day. Keep your receipts and look for the “Tax-Free Shopping” sticker in store windows. Claim your refund at the airport upon departure.


Germany is generally safe. Emergency numbers are 112 for the general emergency and 110 for the police.

Water & Food Quality

Tap water is safe to drink. Food safety standards are high, with strict regulations in place.


Watch out for pickpocketing in crowded areas and tourist spots. Scams targeting tourists can occur. Exercise the usual precautions.


Healthcare in Germany is of high quality but can be expensive for tourists. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

General Tips


German is the official language. English is widely spoken, especially in tourist areas and among younger people.


The Euro (€) is the currency. Credit cards are widely accepted, but carrying some cash is advisable as smaller establishments might not accept cards.

Electrical Outlets

Type C and F, with a standard voltage of 230 V and frequency of 50 Hz.


Germany has a temperate seasonal climate. Summers (June-August) are warm, with temperatures around 20-30°C (68-86°F). Winters (December-February) can be cold, with temperatures often dropping below 0°C (32°F). Rain is distributed throughout the year.