You know those awkward moments you experience in a foreign country when you have no idea what the hell is going on? Well, look no further ’cause we’ve got you covered. Here’s what you need to know before traveling to Germany!
Always carry cash with you
Other than in the UK, you can’t pay by credit- order debit card in many restaurants and bars. That’s why carrying cash is always an advantage in Germany.
Deutsche Bahn offer a wide range of regional tickets that can be used by up to 5 people with a reduced price. With this ticket you can take the Regionalbahn the whole day and travel whenever and wherever you want to go within the state.
Nothing’s open on Sundays
Good luck if you want to go shopping on a Sunday. In Germany, Sunday is the day of rest and most shops aren’t open, though bakeries and restaurants are in bigger cities. So when in Germany, you better do your food shop on a Saturday to avoid starvation.
Recycling is key
When buying drink in plastic or glass bottles in Germany, you don’t just throw them away after, you keep them and return them at your local supermarket and get a refund, called Pfand. In bigger cities, people usually leave their empty bottles next to a bin for a homeless person to return the bottles and then receiving the Pfand.
Germans love their breakfast
In other countries, breakfast consists of either a coffee and a croissant or a massive fry up, but not in Germany! Germans love a big breakfast buffet, almost a bit like brunch, with rolls, a cheese platter, sausage plate (duh!), loads of jam and other spreads.
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