Germany is a country of many contradictions. A modern economy powerhouse generously filled with old-school and traditional thinking. An extremely privacy conscious place and yet open and welcoming once you break the ice. It’s a place for reflection, for amazing hikes, great historical tours, and a lot in between. Here are my ten things you should definitely know before you travel (and travel to Germany you should).
10. Cash is still king
Bar, restaurant, boutique, or bottle of soda at the train station — chances are you won’t be able to use that shiny credit card of yours. Germans are still very much using cash for most transactions, going as far as buying even big ticket items (TVs, beds, that stuff) with paper bills. Though there is a widely used electronic exchange format called EC, your credit card likely won’t support it.
Most tourist areas will have Credit Card options but that won’t get you coffee at that quaint restaurant or admission to museums or castles. Germany isn’t the most dangerous place on earth but muggings do happen from time to time so I’d recommend taking out maybe 100€ and using your cards whenever possible. Read More