Everyone is just excited to travel the world. And one of the famous destinations these days is Germany, one of the best known European countries attractive to tourists and travelers. Not too long ago, we had a chance to visit so we are sharing with you what we think you need to know about your planned trip.
We were required to apply for a schengen visa, which took us less than 2 weeks to get approved, before we made it to Germany. All applications are processed through VFS Global, located in Wafi Mall in Dubai, in which applicants are asked to have their personal appearances. Visit VFS Global for more information on how to apply.
Medium of exchange in Germany is EUR. Make an estimate of how much you need for your vacation or business travel and buy the necessary amount of EUR. You may also bring with you USD and have them exchanged to EUR when you arrived at the airport of destination. It is expensive in Europe so make sure to bring extra money with you.
There are 4 seasons in Germany, that is winter, spring, summer, and fall. The best time to visit are the summer months of June, July, and August. We went in June and had an amazing time there.
After 6 hours of flight from Dubai, we arrived in Frankfurt International Airport safe and sound. People in Germany speaks the German language. We were grateful that someone picked and dropped us to our hotel as only some of them can speak English.
It is quiet expensive that staying in a hotel in Germany could cost a fortune. We spent around EUR 90 to EUR 110 per night in Mainz. Big thanks to a friend who helped us stay on budget by booking Guest House Mainz (see our blog 5 Reasons Why You Should Stay At Guest House Mainz In Germany) and Park Inn by Radisson Mainz (6 Key Benefits Of Choosing Park Inn by Radisson Mainz). Of course, the price depends on where you are planning to go and which city you stay.
Though the spring season ended and it was the beginning of summer, we still brought with us some jackets, scarfs, and coats. Coming from a tropical country, you would never expect us not to feel so cold with 11 to 20 degree climate! Mind you, we learned how to do a layering! It was great that we wore 3 layers of clothes each time as the weather is completely unpredictable. It could rain, feel warm, or get colder anytime during the day.
Germans are known to be so strict that when they say its 10.05 am, it is really 10.05 am. We were too impressed with how they managed their being “on time” well.
We noticed that most Germans lived a quiet and simple life. They are self-served, cleaning their own messes and they do everything their own. We clearly remembered when we arrived at Guest House Mainz. There was no one to assist us with our luggage. Also, when we requested an ironing board in one of the nights at Park Inn by Radisson, we were asked to get it from the reception and bring it to our room ourselves. A completely different culture that amazed us! We hope that all of us could follow that.
Another culture shock of a lifetime is the huge portion of food served per order. Do take note, it is good for one person only! The way we looked at them, it is already good for 3 people. Also, we noticed that they don’t order varieties. One viand is enough.
Looking at those mercedenz-benz roaming around the streets, we only realized that they are actually public transports when we saw their taxi head lights. As getting a cab is expensive, we spent most of our sightseeing by walking and taking buses and trains. By the way, bicycles are also a means of transportation in the country.
Almost every drink served is sparkling. Even in kiosks and stores. We didn’t really like it. One may get a still water from your nearby supermarket or you may request from your hotel’s reception.
Germany’s population is dominated by Christians, half of which are Evangelicals. Though few minorities exist in the land.