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We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to travelling in Germany. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to Germany.
Tipping: Not seen as obligatory, but most people in Germany consider tipping to be good manners as well as a way to express gratitude for good service. Rounding up the bill in Germany is commonplace.
Corruption: Germany has a corruption score of 20/100.
If your itinerary runs through Germany, you're pretty safe. According to Transparency International, Germany is one of the least corrupt nations around the world.
Germany is not concidered to be a dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 1.55 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.
Tap Water: It's safe to drink tap water.
Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Aachen is 16.
On- and off-premise age minimum is 16 for beer and wine/18 for spirits.
Age of Consent: 14 years.
At the age of 14, an individual is considered mature enough in Germany to consent to sex. Sexual relations with someone under the Age of Consent are considered statutory rape.
Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is legalized in Germany since 2017.
Germany scores a 7/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Please note: Certain cities, tourist areas and resorts can sometimes be LGBTQ+ friendly even when the laws in Germany are very anti-LGBTQ+. In all cases, do your research, check official government data for up-to-date news and if you feel apprehensive consider travelling to a more LGBTQ+ friendly country.
Driving: Right-hand traffic.
Power adapters and converters: 230 V (50 Hz), Plug C / F
Weather: Currently light rain, with a temperature between 18.9 and 20.6°C (66 and 69°F)
Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 12.03 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So you have nothing to worry about when travelling to Germany.