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What to take for a trip to Germany?
- Travel information
- Most useful items
- Packing list
- What to eat when visiting Germany?
- How much money should you take with you?
- Useful information
Germany is an interesting travel destination that will appeal to all those who are looking for bustling cities, interesting history, architecture, and beautiful landscapes. This country is very diverse - it will be perfect for both a short city break and a longer trip, which will allow us to get to know different parts of Germany better. Check what to pack when planning a trip to Germany, what to eat, and what to remember when traveling!
Leisure and sightseeing
The most useful items
What we pack for a trip to Germany largely depends on where we plan to go and how we want to spend our time. Our backpack should be packed differently when we want to go to Berlin for the weekend, and differently - when we want to go on a week-long trip around small Bavarian towns.
- Masks and antibacterial gel - during the coronavirus pandemic, remember to have a supply of disposable masks and an antibacterial gel with which you can disinfect your hands.
- ID card - when crossing the German border, the only document that is required from EU citizens is an ID card. If you plan to rent a car on-site, don't forget your driving license.
- Health and life insurance - because Germany is a member state of the European Union, you are usually entitled to free insurance if you have health insurance in your country.
- Comfortable, proven shoes - no matter how you plan to spend your time in Germany, this country is full of beautiful landscapes and architectural gems. You will spend a lot of time traveling on foot, so comfortable shoes are a must!
- Rain jacket and warm sweatshirt - the weather in Germany can surprise you. Cool evenings and unexpected rainfall can appear even in the middle of summer. It is worth being prepared for such a situation.
LUGGAGE TYPE: Suitcase
- Travel insurance
- Health insurance
- ID card
- Credit card
- House keys
- Socks x3
- Pants x3
- Sleepwear / Pajamas
- Flip-flops / slippers
- Comfortable shoes
- T-Shirt x2
- Trouser belt
- Summer jacket
- Shower gel
- Prescription drugs
- An anti-diarrheal drug
- Pills for sore throat
- Power bank
- Glasses box
- Cotton mask
- Phone charger
What should you eat when visiting Germany?
When you think of German cuisine, the famous sausages and delicious beer probably come to your mind first. Of course, they are worth trying if you are going to those regions, but these are not all German delicacies worth testing! German cuisine is quite greasy and heavy - especially with its love for potatoes and pork.
- Viennese Schnitzel - despite its name, it is a well-known classic of German cuisine with a strong influence of Austrian cuisine. It's worth trying it in a local restaurant!
- Baked sausage with curry sauce - if you are going to Berlin, you must try the legendary fast food dish. Berliners love this dish, and its history dates back to 1949!
- White sausage - an obligatory element of a gastronomic journey if you are going to Munich, the capital of this specialty. Every year competitions for the best white sausage are held there!
- Pretzels - freshly baked, served with salt and mustard, perfect as a snack or breakfast, and in the afternoon with a glass of light beer. You will find them all over Germany.
- Kebab - although this dish does not come from Germany, it has settled for good in larger cities. Many people think that German kebab is the tastiest! It is definitely worth trying and comparing it with the one known from other countries.
- Apfelstrudel - another dish inspired by Austrian cuisine. Delicious, crispy apple pie, usually served with ice cream.
- Fish - If you are going to the Franconia region, be sure to try the local fish specialties. The most famous and popular is the carp season - from December to April.
- Pork knuckle - especially the Berlin style, served with sauerkraut, pea puree, and potatoes. Real German “comfort food”!
- Flammkuchen - a popular delicacy, somewhat reminiscent of a pizza. Instead of cheese, the top is usually sour cream, bacon, and onion.
How much money should you take with you?
Germany, as a country of Western Europe, is kinda expensive. Nevertheless, you can find affordable accommodation, food, and attractions.
- Accommodation is relatively expensive - we will pay about EUR 30 per night in a dormitory room in a hostel in Berlin. The price increases proportionally to the conditions and will be lower when choosing accommodation outside a large city or in the countryside.
- We will pay a minimum of EUR 5 for a fast food meal in a large city. The cost of a meal in a restaurant is EUR 12 and up.
- A bottle of beer in a pub costs about EUR 3-4.
- A liter of gasoline in Germany costs about EUR 1.5.
- Many German clubs have a policy according to which we pay for admission to the club once, and we can enter it any number of times during the weekend with the club’s stamp or armband.
- Despite the fact that Germans are usually quite friendly and obey the law, in big cities we have to be especially careful with pickpockets and scammers.
- Driving in Germany is usually pure pleasure - the highways are in perfect condition, and Germans are not in the habit of driving recklessly.
- Beware! Recently, in Germany, for exceeding the speed limit in built-up areas by more than 21 km / h, we may lose our driving license.
- Germany is a well-connected country in terms of public transport. Before leaving, it is worth finding out what districts the city is divided into, and whether it is possible to buy profitable tickets, for example for several days, to save a bit.
- Be careful not to leave trash behind, for example when walking in the park. The Germans are very sensitive to this!
- In Germany, it is allowed to drink alcohol in public places. Interestingly, you can buy wine or beer from the age of 16.
Germany is a large and diverse country - depending on where and for what purpose you are going, you will need to pack other luggage. So, in order not to forget anything, install the MyLuggage app and let us take care of preparing a packing list for you!
3 September 2020