When planning a trip abroad it is good to be aware of any requirements that the country you are visiting has in place, such as driving regulations and what type of passport or visas you might need in order to enter. On these pages you will find useful information about travelling to Germany to help you prepare for your trip.

CULTURE

When you visit Germany you will find the locals really helpful to campers and caravanners. Germans enjoy the great outdoors with cycling being the choice of many. This is a country that embraces forward thinking, so it is no surprise that most services run on time and people are punctual as a rule, making this a great place to visit.

The official language of Germany is German, and some of the most common greetings you may find useful to know when visiting are:

• Hallo – Hello
• Guten Tag – Good day
• Tschüss – Bye
• Ja – Yes
• Nein – No
• Bitte – Please
• Danke – Thanks
• Entschuldigung – Excuse me
• Sprechen Sie Englisch? – Do you speak English?
• Campinplatz – Campsite
• Herren / Damen – Gents / Ladies
• Geöffnet / Geschlossen – Open / Closed

Germany is definitely a country that you can travel to without being able to speak the language. Most people will be able to understand a certain level of English and can often speak it too, varying from just a few words to more fluent in the bigger cities and tourist areas. We recommend investing in a phrase book to help you get stuck in during your stay, although you’re sure to find someone that will help you out if you are struggling with the pronunciations.

CURRENCY

The currency of Germany is the Euro.

Banking Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 0830hrs – 1230hrs and 1330hrs – 1530hrs
Thursday: 0830hrs – 1230hrs and 1330hrs – 1700/1800hrs

Credit Cards & ATM
The major credit cards (Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club and Visa) are widely accepted by shops, hotels, restaurants and petrol stations. However, some small shops and restaurants still refuse payments by credit card.

There are cash dispenser machines (ATMs) throughout the country which accept debit and credit cards.

Travellers' cheques are generally accepted and can be exchanged at major banks, post offices, travel bureaux and hotels.