Facts about Germany 2015 2015 - Page 179

TRAVEL INFORMATION GETTING AROUND IN GERMANY From visa to voltage: Useful information and important telephone numbers for travellers in Germany Passports and visas: Foreigners need a valid passport or passport replacement documents to enter Germany. A valid identity card is sufficient for nationals of most West-European states. As a rule children require their own travel documents. Citizens of certain countries require a visa to enter Germany. German diplomatic missions (embassies and consulates) provide more information. → auswaertiges-amt.de By bus: Long-distance coaches are likewise a good way to travel around Germany. There are now more than 250 long-distance bus lines. Inter-city options are particularly numerous, with coaches serving every major German city. There are even stops for long-distance coaches in some towns with less than 10,000 inhabitants. Eight large providers compete for customers in Germany. For information on connections → busliniensuche.de By air: Germany is served by more than → fernbusse.de 100 international airlines. The global route network links 22 international By car: Germany has an ultra-modern airports in Germany with all regions of road network. Over 700 service stathe world. The largest airports are in tions, petrol stations, motels and snack Frankfurt am Main, Munich and Düs- stands are open around the clock on seldorf. All airports have good links to the approx. 13,000 kilometre-long the respective transport network. motorway network. The following → frankfurt-airport.de unleaded fuel types are available at → munich-airport.de petrol stations: Super (95 octane), → dus.com Super E10 (95 octane), Super Plus (98 octane), and diesel. There is no speed By rail: Germany has an extensive rail limit on German motorways, unless network of a good 33,000 kilometres speed limit signs dictate otherwise, of track. Long-distance and local but a general recommended speed of transport systems are well coordinated 130km/h is in place. In built-up areas and offer good connections. Every the speed limit is 50km/h, and outday there are more than 250 direct side such areas 100km/h. There are no connections from Germany to around motorway tolls. It is compulsory to 120 European cities. wear seat belts and children under Deutsche Bahn AG hotline: 150 cm in height must use child seats. Tel.: +49 18 06 99 66 33 Emergency or breakdown services can → bahn.com be requested using SOS telephones found along the motorways. The major automobile clubs (ADAC, AvD) provide information for car tourists. ADAC breakdown service Tel.: +49 18 02 22 22 22, → adac.de AvD emergency phone number Tel.: +49 80 09 90 99 09, → avd.de Accommodation: All categories of accommodation are available, from private rooms to holiday homes to luxury hotels. Standards are set and are monitored also in the lower price classes. Tourism associations and tourist offices provide special accommodation directories. → germany.travel Youth hostels: More than 500 youth hostels in Germany are open to members of every youth hostel association belonging to Hostelling International. An international membership card is available for a fee. German Youth Hostel Association Tel.: +49 52 31 74 01-0 → djh.de Money and currency: Legal tender is the Euro (1 Euro = 100 cents). Cash is available around the clock from cash machines using an EC card or international credit card; all major credit cards are accepted. Stated prices are inclusive of charges. Emergency phone numbers: Tel.: 110 for emergency services: police Tel.: 112 for emergency services: fire and ambulance services Time zone: The time zone in Germany is Central European Time (CET). The clocks go forward by one hour between late March and late October (summer time). Electricity: The voltage is 230 volts.