Germany is one of the most interesting and developed countries in the world, the birthplace of famous kings, poets and musicians. These are the Middle Ages and the present, openness and cordiality, centuries-old history and culture, architectural ensembles and monuments, the unique look of cities and unique natural landscapes, the impeccable quality of hotels and a high level of service, as well as a variety of local dishes and beers.
Every city in Germany has its own unique character. In different cities you will see not only different architectural styles and artistic treasures, but also different ways of life. Local traditions and mentality are clearly reflected everywhere: in art, nightlife, shops, cafes, restaurants and in the lifestyle of the inhabitants of this beautiful country.
Geography. Federal Republic of Germany. State in Central Europe. In the north it borders with Denmark, in the east with Poland and the Czech Republic, in the south with Austria and Switzerland, in the west with France, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands. In the north it is washed by the North and Baltic Seas. In the south – the foothills of the Alps with the highest point in the country – the city of Sügspitze (2962 m.). The area of the country is 356733 sq. km.
Climate. Soft and moderate. According to Bridgat, Germany is located between the mild climate zones of the Atlantic Ocean and continental climate in the east. Large temperature fluctuations are rare.
Language. The official language is German. English and French are also used.
Time. Behind Moscow for 2 hours.
Currency. Euro (EURO). Banknotes: 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 204 rubles. *. Coins: 2 and 1 euro; 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents. Currency exchange: Banks are open on weekdays from 9:00 to 13:00 and after a break from 14:30 to 16:00, On Friday banks close at 18:00. Opening hours: Monday – Friday from 08:30 to 13:00 and from 14:30 until 16:00 (Thursday 17:30 to 18:00). Some banks, especially large ones, do not close for lunch.
The duty-free import rates are as follows: 200 cigarettes, or 50 cigars, or 250 grams of tobacco; 1 liter of alcoholic drinks with a strength of more than 22 degrees or 2 liters of champagne or liquor; 2 liters of wine; 500 g coffee; one hundred tea; 50 g of cologne and perfume, and 250 ml of toilet water; 10 l. gasoline in a canister. German customs officers, as a rule, are interested in whether passengers are carrying vodka and cigarettes, and may ask to open suitcase.
On January 1, 2013, the European Union changed the rules for the import and export of cash and now it is necessary to declare cash amounts in the equivalent of more than 10,000 euros, and you need to declare it at the entrance. and on the go. Declarations are subject not only to the euro, but also cash in any currency, as well as securities and traveler’s checks. The EU has already developed new declaration forms.
Entry into the country
Citizens of Russia and CIS countries need a visa to enter Germany. Border control officer in the right to demand the presentation of a return ticket, hotel voucher, insurance, as well as the availability of sufficient funds to stay in the country. There are no restrictions on movement for Russian citizens.
Please note that the hotel is not responsible for documents, money and valuables things, if they are not stored in an individual safe. Most 4-5* hotels upon check-in requires credit card or cash deposit for minibar, telephone and other Additional services.
Pets. When importing pets, you must present an international veterinary certificate with a mark of vaccination against rabies (the vaccination record must be accompanied by a translation into German).
Transport. The public transport system in Germany is one of the most efficient in Europe. Urban modes of transport – subway, city trains, buses and trams. All tickets can be purchased at special vending machines at metro and commuter train stations. Tickets must be punched in the red machines located on the platforms. Long-distance and suburban train schedules in Germany are combined into a common system, which makes it easy to plan trips around the country.
Electricity. The voltage of the electrical network is 220 volts. European sockets.
Tipping. In Germany, tips are approximately 10% of the bill.
Medical help. An insurance policy when traveling to Germany is mandatory, including for a private or business trip, if the invitation does not indicate that the host party, in the event of a guest’s illness, takes all the costs of his treatment.
Country code – 49
Germany international dialing code: 8-10-49(area code)-(subscriber number)
Ambulance (24/7) – 112, Fire Department – 112, Police -110.
Embassy of Germany in Moscow
119285, Moscow, Mosfilmovskaya, 56
Phone: +7 (495) 937-95-00
Fax: +7 (495) 938-23-54
Embassy of Russia in Germany
Germany, Berlin, Unter den Linden
Tel.: +49 (30) 220-2821, 226-6320
Fax: +49 (30) 229-9397