Traveling is fun. Exploring other country’s tradition and culture is fulfilling. But as a first timer in another’s land, it is important that you know their basic customs, laws, and practices. Like in Germany, there are certain things that you should observe. It would be helpful to learn them first to avoid violating their culture and tradition. Below are five travel tips for first-timers in Germany:
Recycling is a must
As we all know, Germany is a green country. They always advocate for environmental protection. As a direct response, everyone practices recycling. In every corner, you can find recycling bins where you are encouraged to segregate your garbage and wastes. Moreover, when you purchase drinks, you need to deposit from 6 to 25 cents for the beer or plastic bottle.
Sunday is rest day
In some countries, they find Sunday as a day for extra work, shopping, and other routines. In Germany, most grocery stores, malls, and establishments are closed. What shall you do? Rest! It’s either you can go for a walk in the streets or with nature, bring your favorite book, read it on the benches while you drink your favorite tea.
Bag your own items
Germans are also known to be frugal. They always practice cost reduction. So, if you went for grocery shopping, be aware that it is you who will bag your own grocery items. In addition, make it quick! Of course, you do not want to have a long queue behind you. It is also advisable to bring your own bag. Remember, Germany is green.
Water is precious
Again, Germany is for sustainability. For them, water is not an infinite resource. It is very rare to see water fountains in Germany. Moreover, bars and restaurants always charge you for asking some water. Instead, you are expected to buy your own water in shops.
Avoid being drunk
Drinking is alright in Germany. As a matter of fact, they have some of the best beers in the world. But be responsible. Avoid being drunk especially in public because it is really distasteful and disrespectful for the locals
Have a happy day!