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Germany Arrival

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Oktoberfest in Munich

European Union nationals need only a valid national identification card to enter Germany. All other nationals require a passport valid for at least 3 months beyond the intended length of stay. Many foreign nationals do not require a visa for stays not exceeding 3 months. Check with the German embassy or consulate in your country of origin. Under the Schengen Agreement, Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Greece, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain will respect any visa granted by Germany. There are no restrictions on the import or export of either local or foreign currency.

Germany Climate

Temperate climatic conditions exist throughout the country. Warm summers and cold winters are the norm. Extended periods of frost or snow are rare. Precipitation is regular throughout the year.

Germany Currency

The Euro is now the official currency of 12 EU member states (including Germany). Euro (EUR) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of EUR500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of EUR2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

Foreign currencies and traveller's cheques can be exchanged at banks, exchange bureaus, post offices, airports, railway stations, ports and major hotels at the official exchange rates. All major credit cards are accepted in shops, petrol stations, restaurants and hotels. However, nationals of other Western European countries and North America will find less credit card availability than they are used to at home. It is therefore advisable to carry cash or a Eurocheque card in addition to your credit cards. Travellers' cheques generally provide the best rate of exchange. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take travellers cheques in Euros, Pounds Sterling or US Dollars.

Germany Time

UTC / GMT (+ 1) Add one hour during daylight savings from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October.

Germany Business Hours

Post office hours: Mon. - Fri. 9 am - 6 pm and Sat. 9 am - 12 noon. Smaller branches may close for lunch. Banking hours are Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri 8:30 am to 1 pm and 2:30 pm to 4 pm, staying open until 6 pm on Thursdays (in major cities). Main branches do not close for lunch. Drugstores are open Mon. - Fri. 9 am to 6 pm and Sat. 9 am until noon. Office hours are normally Mon. - Fri. 8 am to 4 pm. Most shops close Sundays.

Germany Communication

IDD is widely available. National and international calls can be made from coin- or card-operated telephone booths or from post offices. Economical rates apply Mon. - Fri. 6 pm - 8 am and all day Saturday and Sunday. Discount phone-cards from private companies can be bought from shops and kiosks. GSM 900 and 1800 networks cover the whole country. It is illegal to use a hand-held mobile telephone while driving. There are many Internet cafes countrywide. Large Internet access centres are opening in main cities. Many hotels also provide facilities. Most major English newspapers and international magazines are also available in Germany.

Germany Electricity

220 volts AC, 50Hz European-style round two-pin plugs are in use. Check with the concierge at your Germany hotel.

Germany Language

German is the official language. English is widely spoken. Certain regions have minority French and Danish speakers. Regional dialects often differ markedly from standard German.

Germany Dress Code

Businesspeople are expected to dress smartly. Check with dining or entertainment establishments for dress requirements if you are uncertain.

Germany Transport

Internal air services are operated by Lufthansa and several regional airlines. All airports in Germany can be reached in an average of 50 minutes flying time. Regular scheduled boat and ferry services operate on most rivers, lakes and coastal waters. Special tourist-oriented excursions are available on all navigable waters. German National Railways (Deutsche Bahn) operates some 32,684 passenger trains each day over a 40,800km (25,500-mile) network and many international through services. More than 50 cities, including Berlin, Leipzig, and Dresden, are served hourly by InterCity trains and by Express trains. There are a host of special discount ticket options and travelers are advised to check for a suitable arrangement. Germany is covered by a modern network of motorways (Autobahnen) covering every part of the country. In the event of a breakdown, use emergency telephones located along the motorway. Although motorways in eastern Germany are reasonably good, many secondary roads are still being improved to match West German standards. Buses normally serve villages and small towns, especially those without railway stations; there are few long-distance services. Europabus/Deutsche Touring runs services on special scenic routes such as the Romantic Road (Wiesbaden / Frankfurt to Munich) and the Castle Road between Mannheim / Heidelberg to Rothenburg and Nuremberg. Metered taxis are available everywhere. Visitors should watch out for waiting-period charges and surcharges. Rental cars are widely available from major companies such as Avis, Europcar, and Hertz. Fines can be imposed for running out of petrol on a motorway. The warning triangle and a first-aid box are compulsory. Excellent public transport services are available in all towns. Timetables and brochures are available at stations. Pedestrians should note that it is an offence to cross a road when the pedestrian crossing lights are red, even if there is no traffic on the road. On-the-spot fines for offenders are common.

Germany Health Facilities

The emergency telephone number is 112. Germany has a reciprocal health agreement with the UK. On presentation of the form E111 (obtainable from post offices in the UK), UK citizens are entitled to free medical and dental treatment. Comprehensive health insurance is advisable for travelers visiting Germany as specialist medical treatment can be very expensive. All pharmacies give alternative addresses of services available outside the normal opening hours. There are 350 officially recognised medical spas with modern equipment providing therapeutic treatment and recreational facilities for visitors seeking rest and relaxation.

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