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Germany

Germany Germany

Population: 81.770.900 people
Region: Western Europe (Search on Google maps)
Capital: Berlin
Country Code: DE

Money in Germany

Currencie(s): Euro

  • 1 Euro = 1.1 $
  • 1 Euro = 0.9 £

Should I exchange money before I travel? Although this depends on many factors, including which currencies you want to convert and which country you are travelling from, generally speaking exchanging your money AFTER you travel will provide you with a more favourable exchange rate.

The rule is simple: the more common the currency is, the cheaper it will be. So, for example, if you are travelling from the UK to Germany and want to buy some Euro here, you will pay less for it in Germany, as this is the currency that you will find everywhere. At the same time your GBP will become rare and valuable, which means that you will get more money for them.

Looking for advice about exchanging Euro? Discover our tips in our article about currency exchange.

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.

Language in Germany

Language(s): German
You may find that there are some English speaking residents at your place of stay; especially if you are going to a highly populated tourist area. This doesn’t mean that you should speak English however; It's always appreciated when tourists know a few words or sentences in German. It just shows that you’re interested in the culture, that you’re willing to put effort into it and it will guarantee you a smile from the waiter/waitress when ordering food.

Here are a few basic lines to get you started:

  • Yes = Ja
  • No = Nein
  • Thank You = Danke
  • Hello = Hallo
  • Do you speak English? = Sprichst du Englisch?
  • Please = Bitte
  • Bye = Tschüss
  • Excuse Me = Entschuldigen Sie mich
  • Where is the Bathroom? = Wo ist die Toilette?
  • What is your Name? (My Name Is) = Wie ist dein Name? (Mein Name ist)

TIP: You can use wordhippo.com to learn how to pronounce a sentence in German. Are you Interested to learn more phrases that might help you during your travel? Learn about them in our article with the most used phrases used while travelling.

Food & Drinks in Germany

Experiencing the local culture is a huge part of travelling and trying traditional food is largely connected with that cultural experience. Visitors to the UK always want to eat fish and chips, Vietnamese pho is the big pull for travellers in Vietnam, and here in Belgium it’s all about fries. Supporting the local community is a really important aspect of travel. So please make sure you taste at least 1 of the 3 National dishes: Sauerbraten, Bratwurst & Eisbein

Tap Water: It's safe to drink tap water.

Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Germany is 16. On- and off-premise age minimum is 16 for beer and wine/18 for spirits.

Religion in Germany

Germany contains a few regions that are considered as a religious. According to the Gallup Poll in 2009 research, only 40% of the population thinks religion is important in their daily life. More info about this study can be found here. The religous adherents are Protestant 34%, Roman Catholic 34%, Muslim 3.7%, unaffiliated or other 28.3%

From beautiful cathedrals in Italy to majestic temples in India, the world is filled with holy places that are important to the religions of the world. Maybe you are not religious yourself, or maybe you are visiting places where people celebrate different religions. Learning to look without gawking, see without ogling can be the difference between being accepted as a visitor, and being resented as an intruder. That's why we've written an article about the impact of religion on your travel plans.

This article also mentions how tattoo's, some style of clothing and other religous simbols can be extremely taboo.

Sex & Relationships in Germany

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 ANTI-LGBTQ+ even when the laws in Germany are LGBTQ+ friendly. 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.

Other practical tips for Germany

Timezone: UTC+01:00
TIP: Think about the time difference before planning your trip. Imagine you’re finally in Germany – but all you want to do is sleep! Travelling into a different time zone can be a real burden. The only way to truly adjust in 24 hours or less is to prepare before you go, so check out our tips that outline how to quickly adjust to a new time zone.

Driving: Right-hand traffic.

Remember: this country uses the metric system. Depending where you're from - distances, speed, and liquid quantities might be differend from the system you're used to. Find out how you should convert this unit system.

Power adapters and converters: 230 V (50 Hz), Plug C / F
When travelling to Germany, electronic devices might be necessary to document the incredible sights or to stay in contact with friends and family members back home. Most electronics like Phones, laptop computers and hair tools do not come cheap, so it's incredibly important to make sure your device is compatible with this type of outlets - 230 V (50 Hz), Plug C / F. You can read our guide about travel adapters and converters to determine which types you need for your next trip!

Weather: Currently overcast clouds, with a temperature between 17.8 and 20°C (64 and 68°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.

Fly to Germany

Planning a trip to Germany? We have a list of 83 airports you can fly to. You can find the closest one to your destination by clicking on a city below!

List of cities in Germany