Facts for the Visitor
required, visitors permitted to stay 3 months.
visa required, visitors permitted to stay 3 months.
Language Skills Needed
sufficient to get around as a tourist.
|Available everywhere. Most are on the Plus
and Cirrus networks.
|US$ 1 = 2.22
Deutschmarks (DM) on October 15, 2000. Currency will change to the Euro on
January 1, 2002.
|220V, 50Hz. Plugs have
2 round pins.
|International Certificates of Vaccination are not required.
is the only official language, but almost everyone in the service industry speaks English.
are not required, though most people round up larger bills to
the next 5 or 10 DM and round up smaller bills to the next 1 DM.
For instance, for a DM37 bill, DM40 would typically be paid.
in Germany is primarily hotels and youth hostels. Apartments and
rooms at private houses aren't readily available. We were told
that they're advertised in newspaper classifieds, but we didn't
make the effort to look. Tourist information offered no
|Most public telephones
only accept Deutsch Telecom pre-paid telephone cards. Some only
accept coins. Phone cards for DM12 or DM50 can be purchased at
post offices, some news kiosks, tourist offices, and banks.
transport in Germany is expensive. We compared prices from
Berlin to Munich. The 9 hour train one-way was DM199/person, the
7 hour train one-way was DM249/person, and a round-trip plane
ticket was DM263/person. We chose the 1 hour plane ride. In
retrospect, I'm sure we could have found an even cheaper flight
had we shopped at a last-minute discount ticket broker.
Day Pass / Week Pass:
Berlin ticket machine offers a day pass valid for a single day
(as opposed to 24 hours) at a cost just above 2 single-direction
tickets. The week pass is valid for 7 consecutive days and costs
the equivalent of 5½ day passes.
|Munich Day Pass /
has a day pass and 3-day pass similar in structure to the Berlin
Partner Day Pass / Partner 3-Day Pass:
Munich partner pass is unique. The cost is less than 2
individual passes of the same duration and allows the joint
travel of up to 5 adults, where 2 children are counted at 1
adult. We frequently saw mobs of kids riding the Munich trains
together - the pricing of this pass must be the reason.
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