When visiting a foreign country, it is always beneficial to find out some basic facts about the country you intend to spend some time in. For this reason, Corona Holidays have put together an overview on the European country of Germany.
Come to Germany during the months of July and August and this will be an ideal time to spend at the coast, lakes and mountainous areas where it will be cooler than in the cities. In late September and early October you are likely to become involved in what is called Oktoberfest, which is Germany’s annual beer festival open to all visitors.
Of course, during the December your best places to visit will be the main cities where you will undoubtedly come across a typical German Christmas Markets [one of the most famous ones being in Cologne] where you will be able to do some early Christmas shopping for that unusual gift.
Visitors from the EU, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand will not need a visa as long as the stay is not to be longer than 3 months. You will, however, still need your passport or national ID card.
Whilst in Germany, you may like to visit one of the many tourist centres to obtain advise on where to stay, places to visit and tourist attractions in the area. Germany has an excellent network of such centres.
The currency of Germany is the Euro [it was the Deutschmark until 2002] and currency can be changed at banks, hotels, or a bureau de change [Wechselstube]. Banks are normally open from 09:00 – 15:30 Monday to Friday with an hour for lunch.
If you intend to do some shopping, opening hours will vary depending on the size of the town or city you are in. The larger cities’ shops are normally open fro 09:00 – 20:00 weekdays and until 18:00 on Saturdays. If you are in a smaller town, don’t expect shops to open before 10:00 and then closed for an hour at lunchtime.