Planning on visiting Germany? Everything starting from their high quality education and facilities to their breathtaking landscapes makes Germany one of the most popular destinations in the world to continue their studies or even just to travel. However, it’s important to note that the culture of Germans is very different than that of Indonesians. Interested? The following is a list of things you have to keep in mind, aside from the visa, that will make it easier for you to adapt once you arrive in Germany.
Finding the right time to travel to Germany
Germany has 4 seasons which include: Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. Therefore it’s very important to check the weather forecast if you’re planning to travel to Germany, so that you know what clothes to bring for each specific season. Moreover, the price of flight tickets may differ during different seasons. The most comfortable temperatures in Germany for most Indonesians are in April until November.
- Low Season (Nov – Mar) Cold and snows in many regions.
- Mid Seasons ( Apr – Jun, Sep – Oct) – Sunny weather like this means that this is the perfect weather to come and visit with lower ticket prices in comparison to other seasons, except for public holidays.
- High Season (Jul & Aug) – Beautiful weather which means that ticket prices are higher than usual. At this time of the year a lot of festivals and concerts would be taking place.
Don’t break the rules!
Germans very highly uphold their rules and won’t hesitate letting you know when you’ve made a mistake. One of the more obvious examples is when you’re travelling with public transport. It’s strictly prohibited for you to eat, drink and smoke in any form of public transport. If you break this rule, you’ll get a fine of 40 Euros.
Other than that, don’t forget to buy the ticket for the transportation. Using the train, for example, without having a ticket that’s been stamped with the date of the day of its use will get you fined for as much as 60 Euros. Therefore you should always pay attention to where the ticket booths for public transports that you need are. And always mark the date and time of departure so that you never miss it because public transport is always punctual in Germany unless there’s been an announcement. In order to be wary of those things, now all types of public transport in Germany have applications. Each region in Germany has different applications where you can also buy the tickets online.
Paying and Tipping In Germany
The currency used in Germany is the Euro. Most of the restaurants and cafes in Germany only accept cash, however, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to pay with credit cards in Germany.
You still need to keep in mind that not all Indonesian credit cards can be used in Germany, so check in advance whether your credit card is eligible for use internationally.
Giving tips when you eat at a restaurant, café, bar, clubs or even going to the salon is a common thing people do in Germany. The total amount that’s written on bills usually already includes service and VAT, yet it’s not uncommon to leave a tip of around 5 – 10% of the total amount you spent there.
Sort out your garbage!
Germans take sorting their trash out very seriously. That’s the reason why they’re amongst the top 10 countries with the highest recycling rates in the world. In Germany waste is separated into four kinds, all with corresponding waste bins. Fortunately these bins are colored to make it easier for us not to mess it up. The blue waste bin is reserved specifically for paper-related wastes while the brown (or sometimes green) bin is for biodegradable waste. The yellow bins (or sometimes yellow garbage bags) are used to dispose of all types of plastic waste and packaging. Everything else or as it’s called in German, Restmüll, goes into the black or grey bin.
Pay attention to quiet hours!
In Germany there are restrictions at specific hours and days to blast out your music or to make any distinct loud noises or even use the vacuum cleaner. These apply at certain hours: from 1pm to 3 pm and 10pm to 7am on Sundays.
Sundays happen to be a calm day for Germans. Germans really appreciate the separation of their work and private lives, so that they get to make time to spend with their families and loved ones. Therefore, on Sundays only restaurants, bars and cinemas are open until 7pm. Supermarkets, stores and malls are generally closed on Sundays.
Don’t expect that your groceries will be packed up by the cashier!
Usually in Indonesia when you go grocery shopping, your items will be automatically be put in order and packed up into plastic bags by the cashier at the checkout. This is different in Germany, where you have to pack up your own items at the checkout.
In supermarkets there isn’t anyone to help you with the groceries like they do in Indonesia. What they don’t have either are online grocery shopping services like go–shop. Germans are also very punctual and like to use their time efficiently so don’t be slow when packing up your groceries at the checkout. A longer queue will make other customers more likely to stare at you.
Where in Germany do you want to travel to?
Now to find the answers to that question,you can find out more about all the different popular holiday destinations in Germany on the GNTB website.
What is GNTB actually? GNTB is short for the German National Tourist Board. They’re a national marketing organization, working together with the Federal Government of Germany to promote tourism in and to Germany. They represent Germany throughout the world as a destination for holidays, business travel and visits to friends and family.
Understand at least a few German words
Despite being a country inhabited by many International citizens, quite a lot of people in Germany aren’t able to speak English, especially if you’re planning on visiting smaller cities. So don’t forget to bring a small dictionary or even better, memorize a few important words before going to Germany.
Want to learn German on your own? Visit the Deutsche Welle website below:
To be able to even get into Germany, you need to have a Schengen Visa. Any type of requirements needed you can find on the link below:
Live TV from Germany
Want to know how Germany is right now? Click the link from Deutsche Welle below