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Traveler Infos 15: How to shop Tax Free in Germany – easy ways for a safe refund: Shopping in Germany is something just too good to miss. And with TAX FREE SHOPPING it is even more economic shopping. All visitors residing outside of the European Union are entitled to claim back the tax in Germany. It works in 3 steps: Shop - Stamp - Refund... (more: see PDF)   

Travel Infos 14: Flea Markets in Germany - A Treasure Chamber:
Aside the fun shopping at boutique retail stores, there is another entirely different shopping experience for everyone who is looking for collectible, antiques, books, clothes, jewelry, art, handcrafts and many odd items: Flea Markets (more: see PDF) 

Travel Infos 13: Getting around in Germany – Driving a car: Germany has a great variety of “Scenic Routes”. In order to truly enjoy a relaxed ride you should know the basics about driving in Germany: Citizens of non-EU states with a valid driver's license may drive in Germany for the length of their stay up to six months. Though speed limit signs aren't posted everywhere, that doesn't mean there aren't any (more: see PDF)

Car Rental in Germany (PDF)

Road Traffic Regulations in Germany (PDF)

Traveler Infos 12: Local tourist offices - an information source of value for independent travelers: It's impossible - and not even necessary - to know everything about a travel destination before you get there. In Germany, you can take advantage of a network of local tourist information offices which provide current and helpful information, maps, material, tickets... (more: see PDF)

Traveler Infos 11:
Local public events - an insider's tip for independent travelers: Germany's calendar is loaded with annual fairs, festivals, concerts and parties and most of them don't cost a cent. Germany is also famous for it's town and theme festivals where artisans and craftsmen show their handmade products. Another tip are the countless summer concerts in churches, abbeys, palaces, gardens... (more: see PDF)

Traveler Infos 10: Do you like to travel independently or do you want to host a group trip to Germany?: No matter where in Germany you want to go, when you want to travel and what are your personal interests, we lay-out individual itineraries and organize your trip for you - and with you. We have a very broad and personal knowledge of hidden pearls in Germany - off the beaten tourism tracks. We plan exciting trips for every budget - we can even save you money... (more: see PDF)

Traveler Infos 08: Private Rooms, Pensions, Inns and Vacation Apartments in Germany – from moneys avers to exclusive luxury accommodation:  Especially for individual travelers, families and small groups, Inns, Bed and Breakfast, Private Rooms or Vacation Apartments are a worth-wile alternate to regular Hotels in Germany and can often be found in small towns and villages off the beaten tourist track. An insider tip for couples and families, who want to stay more than longer at one place, are private Vacation Apartments... (more: see PDF)

Traveler Infos 07: Visiting restaurants, cafes and bars in Germany:  No doubt that you will figure out how it works by yourself – it even might be amusing, but a few tips can be helpful to enjoy a relaxed time visiting Germany... (more: see PDF) 

Traveler Infos 06: Public Holidays in Germany:  Germany has many public holidays. Some of them are federal holidays, others vary from state to state. Since most attractions, shops, museums, galleries, grocery stores and sometimes even restaurants are closed then, it's best to check dates before you make any individual travel plans... (more: see PDF)  

Traveler Infos 05: Getting around in Germany – traveling by Train: Getting around by train is not only a very exciting way of traveling through the beautiful landscapes of German regions, it is also quick, convenient, “green” and can be a distinct money saver if you plan your trip in advance. Germany has a very comprehensive and efficient railroad traffic network – long distance and locally. Especially on long distance journeys you can save a lot of money and take advantage of seasonal and regional discount programs, if you purchase your tickets in advance online (more: see PDF)

Travel Infos 04: Getting around
in Germany
– Driving a car:
Germany has a great variety of “Scenic Routes”. In order to truly enjoy a relaxed ride you should know the basics about driving in Germany:
Citizens of non-EU states with a valid driver's license may drive in Germany for the length of their stay up to six months. Though speed limit signs aren't posted everywhere, that doesn't mean there aren't any (more: see PDF)

Travel Infos 03: Electrical devices and communication: Electrical appliances in Germany run on 220 - 240 volts. Sockets take round-pronged plugs. Running your American electrical toothbrush or hair-dryer could result in serious damage. Hi-Fi Internet Access "Hot Spots" became more common within the last 10 years in Germany, but don't rely on it - especially in small towns and rural areas... (more: see PDF)

Traveler Infos 02: Berlin WelcomeCard – Your explorer ticket for Berlin and Potsdam : There is absolutely no doubt – the best way for independent travelers to discover Berlin and Potsdam is to take advantage of the comprehensive public transportation network. Fortunately there is a perfect solution: the Berlin WelcomeCard - an unlimited ticket for the entire public transportation network for 48 or 72 hours... (more: see PDF) 

Traveler Infos 01: Introduction of Environmental Zones in major German cities starting January 2008: German cities such as Berlin, Hanover, Munich and Cologne started setting up “Environmental Zones” in order to reduce air pollution by traffic. Within the zones, only those vehicles may travel that adhere to certain exhaust standards and that carry the proper badges on the windshield... (more: see PDF)

 

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Car Rental in Germany (PDF)

Road Traffic Regulations in Germany (PDF)

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