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Things to Know Before Visiting Germany - John B. Wilson

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John B. Wilson discusses things to know before visiting Germany in this in-depth presentational blog. For more information, please visit JohnBWilson.info!

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Things to Know Before Visiting Germany - John B. Wilson

  1. 1. THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE VISITING GERMANY John B. Wilson
  2. 2. WHEN VISITING FOREIGN COUNTRIES, IT’S IMPORTANT VISITORS PREPARE FOR THEIR TRAVELS. HERE ARE SOME THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE VISITING GERMANY.
  3. 3. VALIDATE YOUR TRAIN TICKETS In Germany, there is typically no security gate at train station entries. There is, however, ticket checkers who wear typical street clothes and can check tickets at any moment. When it comes to preparing for the train—in Berlin, especially—it’s important travelers validate their train tickets to ensure they are able to board the underground. Without a purchased and validated ticket, travelers can be charged €60.
  4. 4. REMAIN DILIGENT WITH TRANSPORT ZONES In addition to ensuring tickets are validated, travelers must remain diligent in knowing their transport zones. Farther distances may mean travelers cross into other ones. Zones require different tickets and prices, which can result in fines and additional ticket purchases.
  5. 5. CARRY CASH While cards are compact and convenient, they can prove troublesome for travelers. Smaller businesses may not have card machines to accept payment, and if they do, may only accept German cards. Having euros readily available can provide travelers with peace of mind when purchasing goods and food and prevent expensive ATM fees. If you’re not carrying cash, make sure you research which ATMs in the area charge the least for a withdrawal.
  6. 6. BE AWARE OF SUNDAY CLOSURES Though cafes and restaurants may remain open all weekend, shops, pharmacies, and supermarkets are closed on Sundays in Germany. Travelers should ensure they have all the necessities before Sunday to avoid important store closures.
  7. 7. KNOW GERMAN STAPLES Though people in Germany may speak English, travelers shouldn’t expect it. It’s recommended travelers have a grasp on basic German phrases to get them by. Since storefronts are written in German, travelers should understand staples, such as hospital (Krankenhaus), police station (Polizeistation), and pharmacy (Apotheke). In addition to knowing basic phrases and signs, there are also books and phone apps that can help with translation.
  8. 8. Thank you. For more, visit johnbwilson.info

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