Useful travel tips to Germany

Gasthof sign WolfgangM/Flickr

Gasthof sign ©WolfgangM/Flickr

Are you a first-traveler to Germany? Well, if the answer is “yes”, the following guide might help you. It will include useful travel tips to Germany relating to accommodation, visas and passports, money, health and so on. If you don’t know much about this country, I suggest you to read this guide.

You are surely interested in how to get there, too. Well, if you are a US citizen, I have good news for you! There are direct flies from New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. If you are traveling from the UK, you can get a flight from London. It takes only an hour and a half to get to Frankfurt. Getting to Germany by ship is also possible, as Hamburg is connected by ferries with Russia, Scandinavia and the Baltics. Read on to find out even more useful travel information.

Entering the country

For EU citizens entering the country is very simple, they have to have only a national identity card or a passport. Citizens of the United States and Canada are required to have passports. Other countries exempted of visa are: Australia, Japan, Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, New Zealand and Israel. If you a citizen of any other country, you need to obtain a visa to Germany. In spite of being no passport controls at the country’s land borders, customs checks are frequent. If you are a single parent traveling with your child, don’t be surprised if the border guards ask the child about his relationship with the other parent.

German border Hardo/Flickr

German border ©Hardo/Flickr

Accommodation

It is very important to mention that German hotels’ standards are very high. The rooms are usually very clean and comfortable and the service is polite. There are numerous types of accommodation in Germany, including hotels, hostels, apartments, castle-hotels, Gasthöfe or Gasthäuser which are practically country inns, B&Bs, farms and so on. Whatever you prefer, you will surely be satisfied by the services and facilities on offer. The personnel will surely be very polite and kind, willing to help you. The only problem might be the language, as some employees do not speak English well. Be prepared for this and get an English-German dictionary.

Gasthof sign WolfgangM/Flickr

Gasthof sign ©WolfgangM/Flickr

Money

Germany uses the currency of the EU, the euro. Exchanging currency is no problem in Germany. There are numerous exchange offices and banks all around the country’s towns and cities. Whether you visit a small village, you will also find a way to exchange currency. As for the credit cards, all major US cards are accepted, including Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

Euro bills Tax Credits/Flickr

Euro bills ©Tax Credits/Flickr

Health

Lyme disease is quite frequent disease in Germany. If you are planning to practice hiking, be aware of ticks. As there is no vaccination against them, use insect repellents. Other disease which could appear is measles. Before traveling, make sure to get vaccinated against it. The most common medicines like aspirin are available at the “Apotheke” (pharmacy).

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