Business Travel in Germany
- Passport and Visa Service
Consult the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (Auswärtiges Amt)
- Diplomatic Representations
Consult the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs website
Organizing Your Trip
Means of Transport Recommended in Town
- Taxis are very easily available day and night at reasonable rates. You can ask your hotel or restaurant to order a taxi for you. To get a receipt, ask for "eine Quittung, bitte." Drivers can usually speak English. In large cities, the tramway network (Strassenbahn), metros (U-Bahn), the express metro network (S-Bahn) and buses are less expensive alternatives to taxis.
- Maps of Urban Networks
Map of the Berlin subway and simulation of itineraries
Map of the Munich subway
Map of the Hamburg subway
Map of the Frankfurt subway
Maps of other German subways
Transportation From Airport to City Centre:
| Essen - Mülheim (ESS) (in German)
||7 km / 4 miles of Essen, 5 km / 3 miles of Mülhein, 24 km / 15 miles of Dusseldorf||-||Available to Essen||-||-|
|Berlin - Schönefeld (SXF)||16 km / 10 miles||EUR 30-35 / 25-40||EUR 2.80||EUR 2.80||Available|
|Berlin - Tegel (TXL)||9 km / 6 miles||EUR 15 / 20-30 min||EUR 2.1 / 20 min||-||Available|
|Berlin - Tempelhof (THF)||5 km / 3 miles||EUR 15-20 / 20 mimnutes||EUR 2.2 / 30 min||-||Available|
|Stuttgart - Echterdingen (STR)||10 km / 6 miles||EUR 22-28 / 20-30 min||Available||EUR 3 / 27 min||Available|
|Hamburg Intl (HAM)||10 km / 6 miles||EUR 20-25 / 20-30 min||EUR 5 / 15-25 min||-||Available|
|Munich (MUC)||30 km / 19 miles||EUR 55-65 / 35-45 min||EUR 9.5 / 40 min||EUR 8.8 / 45 min||Available|
|Frankfurt - Main (FRA)||9 km / 6 miles||EUR 20-30 / 20-30 min||Available||EUR 3.30 / 12 min||Available|
Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country
- Choose the ICE (InterCity Express) train between the main cities: Frankfurt - Berlin (4 hours), Frankfurt - Cologne (1 hour 15mn), Berlin - Leipzig (1 hour), Berlin - Hamburg (1 hour 30 mn). On these links, the motorway network, often saturated, cannot compete with the train. Do not hesitate to take the plane for the trips between Munich - Hamburg, Munich - Berlin or Stuttgart - Berlin.
- Rail Companies
The Deutsche Bahn website
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You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Traveling By Yourself
- The motorway network (Bundesautobahn) is practical because it is free for cars. There is no speed limit but a lot of maintenance work slows down traffice frequently. Allow extra time to be sure to arrive at your appointment in good time. There is no problem refuelling.
- Road Maps
- Find an Itinerary
Different Forms of Tourism
- There are many places for tourists to visit:
- historic city centers: Regensburg, Würzburg, Goerlitz;
- museums: Pinakothek in Munich, museum island in Berlin;
- palaces : Sans-Souci at Potsdam, Charlottenburg in Berlin;
- cathedrals : Cologne, Berlin, Aachen;
- the banks of the Elbe;
- the remains of the Berlin wall.
- Operas, concert halls, theaters, festivals, museums, art galleries, open air cinema.
Castles, parks and gardens
Near Berlin, at Potsdam, the park of Sans-Souci palace covers nearly 300 hectares. Also worth visiting is the zoological garden (Zoologischer Garten) in Berlin, the park of the palace of Nymphenburg in Munich and the Herrenhausen royal gardens in Hanover.
Altmühltal, Eifel, Saar Hunsrück, Schiefergebirge, the Swabian and Franconian forest, Schwalm-Nette, the Black Forest Center/North, Südeifel, the island of Usedom.
Eifel, Kellerwald-Edersee, Lakes of Schleswig-Holstein, Lakes of Hamburg, Lakes of Lower Saxony, Jasmund, Western Pomeranian Bodden Landscape Park, Müritz, Unteres Odertal, Harz, Hainich, Saxony Switzerland, Bavarian forest, Berchtesgaden.
- Aachen, Cologne Cathedral, Berliner Dom.
- Aquatic parks, health resorts and spas.
- Many lakes: Constance, Müritzsee, Chiemsee, Schwerin, Starnberg ; very big rivers: Rhine, Danube, Main, Weser and Elbe; the Baltic and North Sea coasts; the canals in Brandenburg and in Mecklenburg.
- Winter Sports
- The Bavarian Alps, Allgäu, Black Forest, Harz, Thuringe forest, and Saxony are all skiing areas. The highest summit is the Zugspitze 2962 m in the Bavarian Alps.
- Outdoor Activities
- Cycling, walking, canoeing, climbing, rollerblading.
- The biggest store in Germany is in Berlin: KaDeWe Kaufhaus of the West. Also in Berlin, do not miss Friedrichstrasse. All the large cities in Germany have pedestrian areas which offer a wide choice of stores.
|Top Highlights of the Capital City|
|Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church|
- Tourism Organizations
German Tourism Board
Health and Safety
- Health Precautions
- No vaccination requirements.
- International Hospitals
- In general you can communicate in English in German hospitals (in Berlin, for example, the university hospital La Charité).
- For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
German Ministry of Health
- For Further Information on Safety Conditions
The Current Travel Warnings of the US State Department
The advice of the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
|Fire services and assistance||112|
|Credit card loss||116 116|
Time Difference and Climate
- Time and Time Difference
- It is %T:%M %A In Berlin (GMT+1 in winter, GMT+2 in summer)
- Summer Time Period
- Summer time from March (last Sunday) to October (last Sunday)
Map of the Time Zone
- Type of Climate
- The country has a continental climate with wide variations in temperature between the seasons. The northern regions have a milder oceanic type climate. The southern regions have a continental climate with more rain. In the summer, the anticylones bring hot, sunny days, but the nights are cool. In winter, the days are short.
- For Further Information
German Meteorological Agency (Deutscher Wetterdienst)
Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall
- Food Specialties
- German culinary specialties vary according to regions:- Wurst (the famous sausages), Schinken (an immense variety of pork meats, about 1 500 kinds); - Brot (the famous German breads, more than 200 kinds); - Sauerkraut : sauerkraut garnished, for example, with ham hock "Eisbein mit Sauerkraut"
Also to be noted the Spätzle (a type of pasta) a specialty of Bade Wurtenberg, Meatballs (a Berlin specialty) and desserts (Apfelstrudel, Stollen, Mohnkuchen - poppyseed cake)
- Germany is naturally famous for its wide variety of beers. As the world's second producer and first exporter of beers (to about 140 countries) and with 1 800 breweries, it produces about 5 000 different beers. Germans drink little still water and prefer sparkling water. Another favorite drink is Apfelschorle, apple juice diluted with lemonade. Another refreshing drink is Radler, beer diluted with lemonade.
- Dietary Restrictions
- There are no dietary restrictions in the country. Nevertheless, a certain number of Germans are vegetarians.
- Domestic Currency
- ISO Code
- To Obtain Domestic Currency
- ATMs take most credit cards. In addition, there are plenty of them and easily accessible, in airports, town centers and all over the country.
- Possible Means of Payment
- Cash payments are very widespread, and credit cards are increasingly accepted although some restaurants will only take cash. Likewise, some restaurants only take the "EC" card (a payment card, issued by German banks, which is not a credit card). Moreover, payment by cheque in shops or restaurants is not possible.
- Official Language
- Other Languages Spoken
- Most Germans have a very good knowledge of English. Quite a few of them speak French. Additionally, though less frequently, Italian, Spanish and Russian are also spoken.
- Business Language
- The business languages are German and English.
- Getting Some Knowledge
- Use the travlang website. For a translation service, visit ContexTrans. To take lessons, consult the Goethe Institutes website.
- Free Translation Tools
Dico Leo : Translation and pronunciation.
- To Find an Accommodation
Apartments, sublets and sharing (German only).
- To Find an Apartment
Short term furnished appartment agency
Immobilien scout 24 - private individuals' adverts
Adverts of the regional newspaper Berliner Zeitung
Adverts of the regional newspaper Tagesspiegel
Adverts of the national newspaper FAZ
- To Find a Job
National Daily FAZ
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This is an inventory of non-stop transatlantic flights from Germany to the United States, based on information received from the airlines in November 2011.
U.S. Commercial Service Germany on 16 Jan 2012 related to Business Travel in Germany
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