Over the past few years, Germany has reverted back into the old powerhouse it used to be. Not only has the country enhanced its economy, but the tourism sector has boomed. This is no coincidence considering the fact that the country is full of amazing sights and attractions. Whether traveling to Berlin, Munich or Frankfurt, you’ll want to make sure you prepare properly, so your trip can be as smooth and enjoyable as possible. You’ll need to familiarize yourself with the documents needed, climate, and currency.
First and foremost, it is impossible to enter the country of Germany without a passport. The specifics will depend entirely on where you’re traveling from, but United States citizens will need a passport, which has been valid for the minimum of four months. Americans traveling to Germany are not required to hold a visa, as long as they stay for less than 90 days or for business related purposes. The official website of Germany will have additional information regarding the country’s entry requirements. If you want to visit the Berlin Wall or join Oktoberfest, you’ll need the passport, so don’t neglect it.
Next, it is vital to learn about the country’s climate. The climate is fairly similar to that of the United States, since the country experiences four individual seasons. During the winter, temperature fluctuate between 21 and 35 degrees Fahrenheit. Summer usually brings temperatures around 60 degrees Fahrenheit. If you plan on visiting the Reichstag building during the summer, you should wear shorts and a comfortable t-shirt. However, if you visit the country during the winter, you’ll need to bundle up properly.
It is truly impossible to visit and enjoy Germany, without bringing along an ample amount of money. Germany is a little bit different from many western countries, since the use of credit cards is seldom. Instead, it is recommended that travels bring along Euros or travelers checks. Although ATMs are widespread throughout the country, it is generally best to utilize the services of a foreign exchange, FX, company to save on fees. Companies, such as Moneycorp, WorldFirst and many others will make it possible to transfer money to Germany at a minimum cost. Many of these companies offer unlimited transfers and gives consumers the ability to make the transfer directly online or through the phone.
Remember that it is best to avoid using Deutsche Bank and PayPal, since their transfer and exchange fees are more expensive than the rest.
Things To Buy In Germany
Once you’ve finally arrived in Germany and have used one of the companies above to acquire the appropriate currency, you’ll want to explore the shops within the country. They’re plentiful and you will be able to find plenty of things to squander your money on. Experiencing the amazing chocolate of Germany is highly recommended! Also, be sure to check out some of the local shops that offer beer mugs and handmade wooden Christmas gifts! Remember to take home a souvenir and snap a few photographs, so you’ll never forget your amazing trip to Cologne or Munich!