Visiting

Business hours

Businesses are usually open from 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, but may close earlier on Fridays. Some government offices may have different business hours.

Shops are generally open from 9.00am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday, some to 8.00pm or later. Some may have limited opening hours on Saturdays and very few are open Sunday.

Public holidays

January 1 – New Year's Day
May 1 – Labour Day
Ascension Day
Whit Monday
October 3 – German Reunification Day
November 1 – All Saints Day
December 25-26 – Christmas

Climate

The German climate is variable, so it is best to be prepared for all types of weather throughout the year. The most reliable weather is from May to October. 
Winter temperatures from December to February are generally around 0ºC and colder in the east and south where snow is common.

For weather details in Germany, please visit the World Meteorological Organization.

Currency

Oanda currency converter

The official currency is the Euro (€).

Banks and Money

ATM machines, called “Geldautomat”, are widespread. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are usually accepted, but not everywhere, most Germans still prefer to pay cash. Some shops and cafes do not accept credit cards, especially in smaller cities.

Banks are usually open from 8.30am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday. They are closed on the weekend, but ATM machines are accessible 24 hours.

Time zones and time differences

Germany is eight hours in summer and 10 hours in winter behind Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

To find out the current time in Berlin, view the World Clock.

Dialling codes

Germany's country code is +49.

For calls to Germany from Australia dial: 0011 + 49 + area code + telephone number.

For calls from Germany to Australia dial: 00 + 61 + area code + telephone number.

For further information (eg. area codes) please visit the White Pages - international dialling codes.

Electricity and water

Germany’s power supply is 220 volts, 50Hz 1, 3 phases, 2, 4 wires. The round two-prong plugs are the most common.

European round pin adaptors will work in Germany.

Tap water is safe to drink in Germany.

Links and resources

Germany is a major tourist destination. For more information, visit the German Tourism Board.

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