Germany

Capital Berlin

Population 81,770,900

Area 357,114 km2

Key facts

Germany is a member state of the European Union located in Western Europe. There are 9 countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland) that Germany shares its borders with. The official language of Germany is German. Although English isn't the official language, the majority of people in Germany are good English speakers.

EF EPI's 2021 rankings placed Germany 11th among 100 nations out of non-native English-speaking countries.

The national currency in Germany is Euro (EUR). The euro (€) is subdivided into 100 cent (c).

With today's currency rate, 1 USD is worth 1.03 EUR.

German
Banknotes

€5€10€20€50€100€200€500

German
Coins

€1€25c10c20c50c1c2c

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Germany is 152.03 Mbps and mobile is 99.1 Mbs.The global average is 139.19 Mbps and 77.74 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density Germany has more ATMs than most other countries.129.95 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Germany, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in Germany. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries.

Type C 230 V, 50 Hz  Type F 230 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets' shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2022, Germany will celebrate 9 national public holidays. Furthermore, there are 10 holidays that are only celebrated in certain parts of Germany. The next one German Unity Day will take place on October 3.

DateHoliday name
January 1, 2022New Year's DayNeujahr
January 6, 2022EpiphanyHeilige Drei KönigeRegional holiday
March 8, 2022International Women's DayInternationaler FrauentagRegional holiday
April 15, 2022Moving holidayGood FridayKarfreitag
April 17, 2022Moving holidayEaster SundayOstersonntagRegional holiday
April 18, 2022Moving holidayEaster MondayOstermontag
May 1, 2022Labour DayTag der Arbeit
May 26, 2022Moving holidayAscension DayChristi Himmelfahrt
June 5, 2022Moving holidayPentecostPfingstsonntagRegional holiday
June 6, 2022Moving holidayWhit MondayPfingstmontag
June 16, 2022Moving holidayCorpus ChristiFronleichnamRegional holiday
August 15, 2022Assumption DayMariä HimmelfahrtRegional holiday
September 20, 2022World Children's DayWeltkindertagRegional holiday
October 3, 2022German Unity DayTag der Deutschen Einheit
October 31, 2022Reformation DayReformationstagRegional holiday
November 1, 2022All Saints' DayAllerheiligenRegional holiday
November 16, 2022Moving holidayRepentance and Prayer DayBuß- und BettagRegional holiday
December 25, 2022Christmas DayErster Weihnachtstag
December 26, 2022St. Stephen's DayZweiter Weihnachtstag

Food & Hotels

What hotel chains are present in Germany?

There are Mariott hotels in 11 cities.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Germany.

The IHG hotel chain operates in Germany.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in Germany.

There are Radisson hotels in 28 cities.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Germany.

What fast food chains are present in Germany?

Currywurst, Sauerbraten, Bratwurst are some of the most well-known delicacies to come out of Germany. If none of these foods appeal to you, check out the list of fast-food restaurants in Germany below.

The McDonald's chain operates in Germany.

The KFC chain operates in Germany.

The Burger King chain operates in Germany.

The Subway chain operates in Germany.

The Domino's Pizza chain operates in Germany.

The Starbucks chain operates in Germany.

Weather

Today the sun in Berlin, rises at 7:02 AM and sets at 6:50 PM. The climate of Berlin may be categorized as a Marine west coast (Cfb), according to Koppen's classification system.
TodaySep 29FogLow: 7.2°C (44.96°F)High: 13.9°C (57.02°F)
FridaySep 30OvercastLow: 5.9°C (42.62°F)High: 16.5°C (61.7°F)
SaturdayOct 1RainLow: 8.1°C (46.58°F)High: 12.9°C (55.22°F)
SundayOct 2Rain showersLow: 10.1°C (50.18°F)High: 15.1°C (59.18°F)
MondayOct 3OvercastLow: 11.6°C (52.88°F)High: 16.1°C (60.98°F)
TuesdayOct 4OvercastLow: 9.3°C (48.74°F)High: 16.4°C (61.52°F)

Weather data for Berlin (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains, and some of them are high-speed trains.

Subway Systems The subway system is available in 4 cities.

Taxi Apps You can use Uber in 8 cities. Bolt is available in 56 cities.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Germany.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 6.6, Germany is placed 6th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Germany traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  1,112.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 3.80 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 2: Exercise increased caution. 

Emergency phones in Germany

112 Police
112 Ambulance
112 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is prohibited in all public places excluding entertainment and restaurants. Local limitations may apply in some areas.

Cananbis legality Recreational usage: Illegal
Medical usage: Legal in certain circumstances

You are not entitled to a duty-free allowance for tobacco or alcohol if you are under the age of 17.

Alcohol allowance

Travellers from EU countries:

  • 90L of still wine (60L of sparkling wine)
  • 110L of beer
  • 10L of alcoholic beverages stronger than 22%
  • 20L of fortified or sparkling wine or other liqueurs up to 22%.

Travellers from non-EU countries:

  • 4L of wine
  • 16L of beer
  • 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume

Tobacco allowance

Travellers from EU countries:

  • 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco

Travellers from non-EU countries:

  • 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco

Visa

What are visa requirements to enter Germany?

Currently, citizens of 92 countries can enter Germany without obtaining a visa. This figure includes nationals who can acquire a visa on arrival.

Use the list below to check visa requirements for your country to enter Germany.

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