Mobile phones
Getting around

Part 1: Introduction

Map of trip across Germany 6.6: Munich -> Hamburg
7.6: Hamburg
8.6: Hamburg -> Lübeck -> Puttgarden -> Copenhagen
14.6: Copenhagen -> Malmö -> Trelleborg -> Binz (Rügen island, Germany)
15.6: Binz, Sellin (Rügen island)
16.6: Königsstuhl and Stralsund
17.6: Binz
18.6: Binz -> Stralsund -> Berlin
19.6: Berlin
20.6: Berlin -> Potsdam -> Berlin
21.6: Berlin -> Wittenberg -> Dessau -> Bayreuth -> Munich

Overview and overall impression
We usually don't travel much in Germany, choosing instead to visit far away places, even if Germany has a lot to offer in terms of natural sights and cultural/historical sites. This year we therefore decided to do a trip across Germany to have a look at some of the more interesting places in northern Germany. We were rewarded by beautiful cities with a rich history, impressive architecture and cultural heritage and very scenic landscapes in the north of Germany at a relatively moderate cost of travelling.

The travel expense in Germany is moderate if compared with the cost of travelling in other European countries. Hotels are not cheap, but not as pricey as for instance in Denmark or the Netherlands. The cost of food in supermarkets is also relatively low and there are many discounters.

We ate in a number of restaurants, cafes and food courts and self-catered in the apartment in Binz (Rügen island), sometimes at odd times because we were busy sightseeing or travelling.

We chose moderately priced, but quality accomodation in Hamburg, Berlin and Binz. That would translate in costs of around 100 Euro/night, given that we were a group of two adults and two kids. The hotel in Hamburg was too far away from the city centre, but on those dates it was difficult to find moderately priced accomodation in central Hamburg. The apartment in Binz was beautiful and in an idyllic setting.

Money  / Exchange rate (June 2014)
1 Euro = 1.35 USD
For current exchange rates check the Universal Currency Converter.

ATMs are everywhere, so that you can easily get cash with a Cirrus/Maestro ATM card. You won't need traveller cheques.

Mobile phones and prepaid cards
Like everywhere else it is possible to buy prepaid SIM cards to avoid roaming surcharges. Germany has four operators of nationwide networks and several discounters reselling airtime.


Internet access
I didn't use WLAN in the hotels because either it wasn't available or it wasn't free. There I set up the 3G phone as a mobile hotspot. The apartment in Binz had a good WLAN connection included in the price.


We were lucky with the weather, because it was most of the time warm, and sunny with a blue sky. Especially in Hamburg it makes a big difference if the sun shines or not.

Health / Vaccinations
None required for Germany.

VISA / Entry requirements
Visitors from developed countries can enter Germany without a visa or get a visa on arrival. Visitors of other countries need to get a Schengen visa.

No issues here. Germeny is a safe place where to travel.

Getting around
We drove across Germeny by car, even in the big cities. It was easy to find parkings, even free ones, everywhere. But generally speaking, public transportation is good.

Copyright 2014 Alfred Molon