Planning a Visit With Us Here in Germany?

Yay!!  So you are planning to come visit us here in Germany?  We are going to have a great time!!  Many of you have asked what you should bring, what to expect, and what kinds of things are there to do here.  So, I have put together a short list of tidbits about visiting our area of Germany.

Packing and Preparing for the Visit

  • Pack clothes for layering.  Often it is a bit cool in the morning, but by afternoon it may be very toasty.  (April through October).  In the cooler months be sure you have a warm, waterproof jacket and comfortable rain wear shoes.  An umbrella is also a must year round, it may rain for an hour and then sunshine the rest of the day, but you don’t want that rain to ruin your day out.
  • Bring comfortable shoes!  You will be doing a LOT of walking and you don’t want to ruin your trip because your feet are hurting.  There is great public transportation, but much of getting around is done on foot.
  • Remember to convert your spending cash to Euros.  You can do this before you leave, or in the Airport when you arrive.  Many places in Germany will only accept cash!  Some of the larger stores and businesses in larger cities will accept a credit card, but many do not!
  • Be sure to bring your medications.  All medications are sold in pharmacies here in Germany.  You even need to get Tylenol and Ibuprofen at the pharmacy!(no script required)  You can’t just pick up some Pepto at the gas station, or get an Excedrin in the grocery store here.

Just a Few Things to Mention

  • Germans usually drink bubbly water.  Some places will serve Stilles Wasser (non-carbonated water), but not all.  Also, in Germany you pay for water, and each drink you order.  No free refills like in the USA.
  • Be sure to keep a Euro coin or two in your pocket where ever you go.  Many of the public toilets here cost 0.50 cent or a Euro to use.  We don’t want any “accidents” because you didn’t have any change available.
  • Many if not most buildings here in Germany do not use air conditioning.  So, for many Americans that are used to the arctic blast of the air conditioner, it feels very hot and sticky in the summer months.  Most places keep the shades down to keep the sun from warming the house, use fans or open the window for a nice breeze.
  • Very few places are open on Sundays in Germany.  Most stores are closed.  You will find a gas station here or there that is open.  Also, many bars and restaurants are open for business. But do not plan a big shopping trip for a Sunday, or you will be very disappointed.

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Things to do and see

These are just a few of the fun things to do while visiting our area of Germany.  There are many more places to see that are just a short train ride away.

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58 thoughts on “Planning a Visit With Us Here in Germany?

  1. I didn’t realise how close to you we had got on our Rhine cycle ride, we finished our time riding by ending up in the centre of Bonn before heading homeward via Bruges.

    It really is a lovely place, I have visited Koln before another time (the photographic trade has a bi-annual exhibition at the Masse) and although the weather wasn’t playing nice it was a great visit.

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      1. It was good, we started at the Rhine’s source in the Alps and made our way up the river to see how far towards it coming out at the coast we could get… must go back and finish it off one day!

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      2. Amazing. We just got some used bikes. I am really good at riding down the hills, but I usually have to push the bike up the hills. My husband wants to do a few bike trips this summer….but I think it may take me a bit before I could consider any type of trip. My legs feel like spaghetti noodles when we get home from a short ride to the local lake!

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    1. My 12 year old son will be visiting the Eifel region of Germany in July as part of his german school trip 😊 He studies both German & Spanish at school (not French, funnily enough). When I visited Germany I visited Lake Titisee area & the Black Forest. It was lovely.

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  2. I thought things might have changed about only accepting cash in shops in the ten years since I lived there. I once got stuck in a queue behind a tourist who refused to believe that her credit card was no use to her.

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  3. Seems like Germany is very similar to Norway. We can’t buy pharmacy goods in stores either, nor are stores open on sundays. Aircons are not common and the weather is just as unpredictable. It’s probably not too noticeable for me though since I’ve lived this way my whole life. Great post x

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  4. Wow! I had no idea about some of this stuff. Paying to use the toilet and the predominance of cash is definitely interesting. Also, the love of bubbly water! Lucky for me I recently began loving the mineral kind, but otherwise I’d be in trouble!

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  5. These are great tips for any travel in Europe, and can be adjusted for anywhere in the world…the key is to do some research first so you aren’t caught short by local customs and cultural differences

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      1. I have heard wonderful things…my dad is from Austria but his dads family from Germany. One day I will get there and find some relatives

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  6. I remember visiting my best friend in Berlin, and it was so much warmer than Dublin- I appreciated the warmth haha! There are certainly some European quirks that take North Americans by surprise, especially paying to use the washroom. I was lucky when I visited though, it was one of three or four Sundays things were open!

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  7. We would love to get back to Germany, Bry would love to revisit his old haunts bore me to… no sorry tell me all about his amazing adventures. Meanwhile I would like to visit Klotsë (think that’s how you spell it) outside Wolfsburg – where my Mums Family came from originally

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  8. I know I already commented on this but I still can’t get over the cash thing. Some places in Europe are virtually cashless, like Sweden and the other Nordic countries—its so interesting that Germany is the opposite.
    I really wonder why. You guys own a business, do you take cash only?

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    1. I have read a few article that discuss the reasons for cash only here. Many remember the war times(really no so long ago) and they hold on to their money. German’s are also very opposed to any debt, so much so that many will not even buy a home to avoid having a mortgage. Another reason is German’s are very keen on their privacy, and this is another way to maintain that.
      We do have a business, and yes, it is cash only.

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      1. That’s all great perspective! I wondered if maybe it was the cost of accepting cards that had an impact. But those other reasons make sense too. The evolution of how payments are made doesn’t sound particularly exciting–but I think it’s very interesting!

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  9. Wait, is this an invitation? You might end up with everyone from the bloggers bash popping over to see you tomorrow! 😉

    This is all good advice though. I’d love to visit your area of Germany! ❤

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