start of summertime (clocks are put forward one hour)
Daylight Saving End last Sunday in October:
end of summertime (clocks are put backward one hour)
34% Protestant, 34% Catholic, 4% Muslim, 28% unaffiliated or other
Country Dialling Code
112 for medical emergencies and fires
110 for police emergencies
Electric Plug Details
European plug with two circular metal pins
Weights & Measures
WHEN TO GO / WEATHER OVERVIEW
As Germany is not prey to dramatic climatic extremes - although there are regional differences it is a fine destination year-round.
From May to September the most reliably good weather appears, with shorts-and-t-shirt conditions in high summer (mid 20°C / low 70°F), even in the north. Most people visit Germany when sunny skies are most likely and much of life moves outdoors. Beer gardens and cafes bustle at all hours; outdoor events and festivals enliven cities and villages. But please remember that rain is a possibility in any month….
In April and May, when flowers and fruit trees are in bloom, it can be mild and sunny. Also autumn is a good time to visit Germany, when Indian summers, that stretch well into autumn, are not uncommon.
Wintertime is frosty and wet, with snow rarely settling for long except in the high country. With the exception of winter sports, activities between November and early March are likely to focus more on culture and city life. Just pack the right clothes and keep in mind that there are only six to eight hours of daylight.
EU citizens can enter on an official identity card. Americans, Australians, Canadians, New Zealanders, Japanese and Israelis just need a valid passport (no visa).
Large shops, petrol stations and hotels usually accept major credit cards (Visa / Master Card, AMEX, Diners) but you should also keep a supply of cash on hand.
Currency Notes and Coins
Euro notes come in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500. It is often difficult to get change for a € 200.00 or € 500.00 note. One Euro is divided into 100 cents.
Department stores and most shops are open from:
Monday Friday 10:00h 20:00h (small shops are often closed from 13:00h 15:00h)
Saturday 10:00h 16:00h (big department stores until 20:00h)
Banks are open from:
Monday Friday 09:00h 16:00h (Thursday until 18:00h)
Saturday and Sunday closed
Pharmacies are open from:
Monday Friday 09:00h 18:30h (small pharmacies are often closed from 13:00h 15:00h)
Saturday 09:00h 13:00h
(All are closed on public holidays.)
Restaurants are open from:
Every day 11:30h 23:00h, sometimes longer (many closed during afternoon, some have a day off once a week)
The GSM 900/1800 system is the network standard for Germany; it is not compatible with North American or Japanese systems, with a few exceptions. GSM coverage by all major carriers is comprehensive.