Your first Purchases when staying in a Germany Holiday Apartment

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Abenteuer im Supermarkt
Abenteuer im Supermarkt

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Arrive and feel at home. This also includes the first purchases, which one must take when staying in a Germany holiday apartment.

If you have unpacked your luggage and explored the apartment, you must first of all go shopping - otherwise in the next morning, an empty fridge is waiting for you.

You need to start with only two shops - a drugstore and a grocery store.

The most important advice - in Germany you can pay in the normal supermarkets only cash - no credit card, unless you need in one of the major shopping centers go out of town. But the baker or butcher in the neighborhood offer a chance to pay with a credit card - so keep enough ready cash!

The first € coin you already need to get to the shopping cart from the chain.

What are the most important things to get started with?

First of all, water, juice, lemonade, cola, beer, wine - which you will find in the "Getränke" or "Getränkemarkt," then coffee or tea "Kaffee" or "Tee" for breakfast. The milk or cream "Milch" or "Sahne" you find on the shelves. Then there are sugar, salt, pepper, crackers, chips, butter, jam, Cheese, bread, sausages etc.

Almost anything you can buy packaged

When buying fruits or vegetables, you can usually choose them yourself. Just put those you chose into one of the small plastic bags provided and put them in your cart; they will be weighed at the checkout. (Check if there are self-service scales, though.)

Near the checkout, you will also find large, sturdy plastic or paper bags. These usually cost one euro, and you will need a bag like this for your next shopping, anyways.

No one will help you pack your bag - this is something you'll need to do yourself.

You may also want to go to a drugstore (Drogerie), as mentioned. There, you can get soap, a brush for washing the dishes, dishwashing detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenexes, trash bags, a notepad (!), a few candles and matches.

And on the way back to your new temporary home ... Buy yourself a small bouquet of flowers - any apartment looks a lot more comfortable with some flowers on the table, don't you think?

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Gaby Leeser

This travel guide has been written by Gaby Leeser.

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