Basic Travel Tips for Germany
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Over many centuries German has witnessed the most controversial facts of history like Nazism, Holy Roman Empire and the building and demolition of the Berlin (Berlin vacation rentals | Berlin travel guide) wall. With many magnificent castles it has wealth of art and culture. German is the widely spoken language in German, but outsiders can find many English speaking locals especially in the common tourist destinations.
The weather here is very unpredictable as there is a possibility of rain almost all months, so carry clothes accordingly. April and May are the months of spring which brings in full bloom of fruits and flowers. Months from May to September have very fine weather with sunny skies and offers the best time for traveling and site-seeing. People who have a passion for sports like swimming, hiking, and cycling can have the best time here during these months. Winter sports can be enjoyed at the resorts in the months from November to late March. The temperatures are below freezing and the days are too short (comprise of only six to eight months) in winter.
Locals greet each other by handshaking and saying "Guten Tag." To say goodbye, people use "Auf Wiedersehen." Guests are expected to bring uncovered and odd number of flowers, especially roses, when visiting someone's home. The guests are welcomed with either food or refreshments. At the table, hosts say ‘Guten Appetit' to which the guests should reply with ‘Ebenfalls'. Smoking should be better avoided in public areas. Locals dress informally but certain occasions like opera, theatre, certain restaurants and social functions call for formal wear.
The best way to get around is to buy the Welcome cards or the city passes which allows the customer to access unlimited bus facility in many cities of Germany. It also gives special offer on certain tourist attractions. For flexibility one can rent-a-car or go for chauffer driven cars. Along with the rent, VAT of 19 percent is payable. Car insurance should be available before hand in case of any accident. The speed limit within the cities is mostly 50kph and 100kph on the highways (on the "Autobahn" some even don't have speed limits - so you can speed!)
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