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Traveling To Germany For the First Time

  1. By John
  2. On Oct 25, 2018
  3. Europe
  4. Travel Tips

Known for their efficiency and engineering, the Germans know how to make a country. A stunning blend of historical significance and futuristic drive, Germany is a powerhouse of modern life. Get inspired by the power of Berlin, the passion of Munich and the tranquility of Germany’s vast expanse of forest. Enjoy the festive culture of the Germans as you engage in social drinking in the beer houses and gorge yourself on all the sausages and pretzels you could ever desire. Our guide about Germany for the first time as below.

Everything is recycled…and carefully!

The Germans are famously green—and that’s a good thing. Recycling is so ingrained into the culture here, even if you’re just visiting for a few days, it’s easy to pick up the habit. You’ll find large recycling bins on the street for glass containers sorted by color (green, brown, white) which are used collectively by the local community.

This is where you’ll recycle wine bottles. Beer and plastic bottles get returned for pfand—a deposit paid when you initially purchase the drink. Pfand can range from 6 to 25 cents. Just look for the pfand returns inside grocery stores, usually near the cash register. Also: don’t forget to sort your biodegradable products, too – there’s a separate bin for that!

Sundays are for relaxation

In many countries, Sundays are for shopping—but not so in Germany! Here, it’s all about the Sunday stroll. Almost all shops are closed, including grocery stores, which essentially forces you to simply enjoy the day. Go for brunch, read a book, take a walk or go out to explore the nature. There are some exceptions with occasional Shopping Sundays when stores are legally allowed to open – it’s every few months. You can also always find at least one grocery store open in a city – it’ll be the one located in the large train stations.

Square pillows

Sleep with a German and you’ll quickly learn that there is a unique style to the German bed. Large mattresses are increasingly common, but more often than not you’ll find two smaller mattresses pushed up against one another with separate duvets. For just that extra bit of quirkiness, German pillows are obnoxiously large square shapes – about three times the size of a normal head and far too wide for normal comfort. It’s a unique German trait and if you’re staying in an Airbnb, you’re sure to have square-sized pillows.