|Entry, Visa and Animals
|Emergency phone numbers, medical care
Currency, Credit Cards, Money
Orientation and Getting About
Public and School Holidays
Firearms and Hunting
Electricity and Water
Information about entry requirements for Germany can be obtained from the German Foreign Office or German embassies (list) and consulates abroad.
List of countries, whose residents are permitted a temporary stay of up to 3 months in Germany, without a visa.
List of countries, whose resindents require a visa prior to entry
Visas will be issued from embassies and consulates (list) of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Entry requirements are controlled by Ausländergesetz (AuslG).
Permissable take in products and animals
The German brochure "Traveltime - your way through Customsl" covers the following to pics:
- Europe and customs
- Your staet on holiday
- Travel outside the EU
- Travel inside the EU
- Important information about souvenirs subject to import ban or restriction (Plants and animals, drugs, Firearms, cash control)
- Further information materials
- Addresses of the customs checkpoints
The brochure is available in PDF fotmat
zip-compressed (0,6 MB) and as EXE-File (0,8 MB).
The Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded here free.
Entry requirements for dogs and cats: Rabies immunization (must at least 30 days, may maximal 1 year be old)
Standard emergency number: 112
emergency call by mobile phone: 112
Emergency call number for medical help in Stuttgart: 0711 / 2628012
Reserve service and ambulance service: 19222
Dental emergency service: 0711 / 7877-711
Veterinary emergency service: 0711 / 7657477
Pharmacy emergency service premier-pharmacy.com
Roadside service for cars, campers, motorcycles: ADAC: 01802 / 22 22 22
Roadside service for commercial vehicles over 2,8 t allowable total weight:
SERVICE 24: 0800 87825435 (24 hours)
Kappler: 0711 / 513041 or 0711 / 951908-0 (7 am to 8 pm)
Emergency locksmith service
Map of Germany
Routefinder Routeplaning with street-search Publik Transport Road Traffic
Car-Pooling / Get A Lift Agencies
German for Travelers
In an average restaurant
Maindishes 7 - 12 EUR
Pizza: 7 EUR
No-alcoholic drink: 0,2l : 2 - 3 EUR
A glass of Beer: 0,5 l : 3 EUR
A glass of wine: 0,25 l: 3 EUR
Singelroom / one night: from 30 EUR
Doubleroom / one night: from 50 EUR
1 kg Bread: 3 EUR
1 liter Milk: 0,6 EUR
1 kg Meat: 5 - 12 EUR
1 kg Fruit: 1,50 - 4 EUR
Fruitjuice 0,7 l: 1 EUR
1 pack cigarettes: 3 EUR
Film 36 Pictures 3,5 EUR
Transportation and Traffic:
1 l regular unleaded gasoline: ?,?? EUR, 1 l Superpremium unleaded gasoline: ?,?? EUR,1 l Diesel: ?,?? EUR (view update)
One way railroad travel over 100 km, per kilometer standard rate: 0,272 DM
ICE train trip from Hamburg to Stuttgart (approx. 680 km) : 125 EUR
Underground / municipal rail system, city center area: 2 EUR
Taxi ride: 10 km - 18 EUR
Rental car: one day over 45 EUR
Meter parking 1 - 2 EUR / hour
Fine for parking violation: 10 - 40 EUR
Current global currency exchange rates
1 Euro = 1,95583 DM 1 DM = 0,511291881 Euro
Conversions for measurments
The international dialing code for Germany is 49.
The dialing code for Stuttgart is 0711
For telephone calls from abroad to Stuttgart, first dial + 49 711 . "+ " is the international access code of the country where the call originates for Germany,
most of which are 00. The 0 bevore the city or mobile phone dialing code is dropped if calling from abroad .
Dialing codes from abroad area dialing codes by name area dialing codes by number
for foreign calls first dial 00.
When telephoning from Germany it is possible to choose between diferent long distance telephone companies.
The selection is made by dialing the company access coe before the international access code or the area dialing code.
For example: San Fransisco, USA, with "Teldafax" 01030 001 415...
When no special long distance provider number is dialed the call will be completed by "Deutsche Telekom" (telephone company)
Most public telephones belong to Deutsche Telekom. It st not possible to choose another telephone company from these telephones.
Public phones need for charging an fee-imulse that is only supported by Deutsche Telekom
but normally not by private phone companies.
Therefore from most hotel telephones private provider cannot be selected usually.
Most public phones work with Telephoncards (Bonuscards), available for 12 or 50 DM e.g. at all Post offices.
Coin-phones accepting coins exist, but are hard to find.
|Rates for all provider||Rates of German Telekom|
to other countries
|Regio-Calls||Long-Distance-Calls||Calls to Mobilphones||other countries|
|Rates for Special-Service-Nrs.|
|Calling to other countries: lokal time at Destination|
|City Codes by Name||City-Codes by Numbers||Predialcodes for other countries|
Telephoncostcalculator (Germany, Mobilphone, other Countries, Special-Service-Nrs.)
You can also obtain good telephone rates from Call
|Provider||DeTe Mobil GmbH||Mannesmann Mobilfunk GmbH||E-Plus Mobilfunk GmbH||Viag Interkom|
|Network||T - D1||D2 PRIVAT||E-Plus||E2|
|Networkstandard||GSM 900||GSM 900||GSM 1800||GSM 1800|
|Networkcode||262 01||262 02||262 03||262 07|
Since 01.01.2002 the natinal currency is the EUR ( € ) it
has replaced the Deutsche Mark (DM), ISO-Code:
1 EUR = 100 Cent (Ct)
1 Euro= 1,95583 DM 1 DM=0,511291881 Euro
Banknotes: 5 EUR, 10 EUR, 20 EUR, 50 EUR, 100 EUR, 200 EUR, 500 EUR
Coins: 0,01 EUR, 0,02 EUR, 0,05 EUR, 0,10EUR, 0,20 EUR, 0,50 EUR, 1,00 EUR, 2,00 EUR
Banknotes and verification-marks Coins
aktuelle exchange rates for worldwide foreign currencies
|The 01.01.99 fixed rates of exchange between the currencies of the Euro - zone countries|
the resulting DM-exchange rate
|Belgium||Belgian Franc||1 Euro = 40,3399 bfrs||1 bfrs = 0,04848376 DM||1 DM = 20,625463 bfrs|
|Germany||German Mark||1 Euro = 1,95583 DM||1 DM = 0,511291881 Euro|
|Finnland||Finnmark||1 Euro = 5,94573 Fmk||1 Fmk = 0,32895 DM||1 DM = 3,0400 Fmk|
|France||French Franc||1 Euro = 6,55957 FF||1 FF = 0,298164 DM||1 DM = 3,3533855 FF|
|Ireland||Irish Pfund||1 Euro = 0,787564 Ir.£||1 Ir.£ = 2,48339 DM||1 DM = 0,402675 Ir.£|
|Italy||Italian Lira||1 Euro = 1936,27 Lit||1000 Lit = 1,01010 DM||1 DM = 990,000 Lit|
|Luxemburg||Luxemburger Franc||1 Euro = 40,3399 lfrs||1 lfrs = 0,048484 DM||1 DM = 20,6255 lfrs|
|The Netherlands||Dutch Guilder||1 Euro = 2,20371 hfl||1 hfl = 0,887517 DM||1 DM = 1,126739 hfl|
|Austria||Austrian Schilling||1 Euro = 13,7603 S||1 S = 0,1421357 DM||1 DM = 7,0355297 S|
|Portugal||Portugese Escudo||1 Euro = 200,482 Esc.||1000 Esc. = 9,75564 DM||1 DM = 102,505 Esc.|
|Spain||Spanish Peseta||1 Euro = 166,386 Ptas.||1000 Ptas. = 11,754775 DM||1 DM = 85,07181 Ptas.|
In many stores the following credit cards are accepted:
EC, VISA, MASTERCARD, American Express, Eurocard
The locations of Cash machines for EC-cards, VISA, etc.con be obtained here by town/street or zipcode (postcode).
Driving ist to the right on roadways.
All distances are measured in kilometers.
No driving with parking-lights.
No driving and phoning wthout handsfree-kit.
Road Traffic Act
A definite maximum speed limit is set for cortain vehicles.
These speed limits will not be permitted to be exceeded, even under the mast favorable conditions.
Allowable speeds according to § 3. Abs. 3 StVO in km.
|1. Vehicles with a maximum loaded weight of 2,8 metric tons to 7,5 t
- except automobiles
|2. Cars with trailer||50||80|
|3. Trucks with a max. loaded weight up to 2,8 with a trailer||50||80|
|4. Busses without a trailer||50||80*)|
|5. Busses with a baggage trailer||50||80|
|6. Vehicles with a max. loaded weigth over 7,5 t||50||60|
|7. Vehicles with a trailer, except automobiles, as well as trucks with a max. loaded weight to 2,8 t||50||60|
|8. Busses at full seated capacity with standing passengers||50||60|
|9. Automobiles without a trailer||50||100*)|
|10. Vehicles with a maximum loaded weight of up to 2,8 t without a trailer||50||100*)|
|11. Motorcycles without a trailer||50||100*)|
|12. Motorcycles with a trailer||50||60|
The maximum spped limit for motor vehicles with snow chains, also under
the most favorable conditions is 50 km/h
KOM = busses
zGG = maximum loaded weight
PKW = Personenkraftwagen
LKW = trucks
KFZ = automobiles
*) For these vehicles is a voluntary recommended speed of 130 km/h in force on super highways and motorroads.
Busses are permitted a maximum of 100 km/h, in so far as they are built and licensed for this speed.
On superhighway and motorways only motorized vehicles are permitted , that are built to a minimum speed limit of 60 km/h
traffic signs exemplary fine catalogue fine catalogue
The superhighway charge for
trucks and truck tractor-trailer rigs 12 t maximum loaded weight must be resolved at
gasoline stations or other facilities hearing
the - Symbol before entrance on the superhighway.
A driving ban on commercial trucks exists on Sundays and holidays from midnight to 10:00 pm.
During peak travel times in July and August exists a driving ban on trucks over 7,5 t max. loaded weight and truck tractor-trailer rigs with dual trailers on
certain superhighway segments..
In Germany and the majority of European countries the metric system (based on the meter and the kilogram) is utilized.
Distances- und linear measures
|1 km = 0,6213717 Meilen (landmiles)||1 Meile (landmiles) = 1,6093426 km|
|1 km = 0,539593 Seemeilen (nautical mile NM)||1 Seemiles (nautical mile NM) = 1,853248 km|
|1 meter = 3,2808 fuß (foot bzw. feet)||1 foot (foot bzw. feet) = 12 inches = 0,3048 meter|
|1 cm = 0,3937 zoll (inch)||1 zoll (inch) = 1/12 fuss = 2,54 cm|
|1 liter = 1000 cm3 = 0,22 imperial gallon||1 imperial gallon = 4,546 liter = 4546 cm3|
|1 liter = 1000 cm3 = 0,2642 US gal||US gal = 3,785 liter = 3785 cm3|
|1 liter = fl oz (fluid ounce) GB||GB: 1 fl oz (fluid ounce) = 1/160 imp. gal = 28,4131 cm3|
|1 liter = 33,80696 fl oz (fluid ounce) USA||USA: 1 fl oz (fluid ounce) = 1/128 US gal = 29,573707 cm3|
|1 kg = 35,2746 oz avdp (avoirdupois ounce)||1 oz avdp (ounce) = 28,349 g|
|1 kg = 32,1507 oz tr. (troy ounce, feinunze)||1 tr. oz (troy ounce, feinunze) = 31,1035 g|
|1 kg = 2,2046 lbs (pounds)||1 lb (pound) = 0,4536 kg|
|1 bar = 14,50 psi (pound/sqare-inch)||1 psi (pound/sqare-inch) = 0,06895 bar|
|°C (Degrees Celsius) in °F (Fahrenheit)
Formula: ( xxx °C : 0,555 ) + 32 = °F
100 °C : 0,555 = 180,18 + 32 = 212,18 °F
|°F (Fahrenheit) in °C (Degrees Celsius)
Formula: ( xxx °F - 32 ) x 0,555 = °C
212 °F - 32 = 180 x 0,555 = 100 °C
|1. January:||New Year`s Day|
|6. Januar:||Epiphany - in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria und Saxony-Anhalt|
|1. May:||Labor Day|
|15. August:||Assumption - only in Bavaria (predominantly catholic areas) and Saarland|
|3. Oktober:||German Unity Day|
|31. Oktober:||Reformation Day - only in Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Pommerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thüringia (predominantly lutheran areas)|
|1. November:||All Saint`s Day - only in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria Northrhine-Westphalia, Rhineland Palatinate, Saarland und Thüringia (predominantly catholic areas)|
|24. Dezember:||Christmas Eve (commercial businesses opened half-day only, government offices closed)|
|25. Dezember:||Christmas Day|
|26. Dezember:||2nd Christmas Day|
|31. Dezember:||New Year`s Eve (commercial businesses opened half-day only, government offices closed)|
Holidays and School Vacation Periods in the individual federal States
|Movable religious (Christian) holidays:|
|Good Friday||13. April||29. März||18. April|
|Easter||15. April||31. März||20. April|
|Easter Monday||16. April||01. April||21. April|
|Ascension Day||24. Mai||09. Mai||29. Mai|
|Pentecost||3. Juni||19. Mai||08. Juni|
|Pfingstmontag||4. Juni||20. Mai||09. Juni|
|Corpus Christi||14. Juni||30. Mai||19. Juni|
Climate diagrams for Germany
Climate diagram for Stuttgart with average monthly temperatures and precipitation (Niederschlag):
Electricity 220 Votl AC, 50 Hz grounded return circuit, 3rd wire: ground
Tapwater: Drinking water
Post offices in Stuttgart Postal rates
Campinggrounds Germany sorted by Towns Campinggrounds Germany sorted by Postcodes
The use of campsites is obligatory.
A license is required. Information possible from the Württemberger Fishing Club
A license is required. Information available from the Public Order Bureau Tel. 0711 / 216-2012 oder -2015
German Center for Tourism with links to lokal Tourist Guides
Telephoninformation for Numbers in Germany: 11833
Telephoninformation for Numbers out of Germany 11834
Price: 0,97 DM for the first 30 Sek., than 12,1 Pfg. per 3,8 Sek.
Yellow Pages / Companielists
D- Info Phonenumbers and Addresses in Germany with several search options and Routefinder. CD-ROM
(Yellow Pages) Germany, Company Database, CD- ROM