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  Practical Info  Required Clothing European clothes according to season with light- to mediumweight insummer, medium- to heavyweights in winter. If you're intending to visitthe mountains – and particularly if you're planning a long-distance hike– it's best to take waterproof gear and extra layers with you, no matterwhat the time of year.  Electricity 230 volts AC, 50Hz. European-style round two-pin plugs are in use.  Social Conventions Handshaking is customary, and it is considered rude to address peopleby their first name unless invited to do so. Normal courtesies should beobserved. Before eating, it is normal to say guten    Appetit  to the otherpeople at the table to which the correct reply is danke, gleichfalls  (   “Thank you, the same to you”   ) . If you’ve been invited to eat at aGerman house, it is customary to present the hostess with unwrappedflowers (according to tradition, you should always give an unevennumber, and it is worth noting that red roses are exclusively a lover'sgift). In shops and other businesses, courtesy dictates that visitors shouldutter a greeting such as guten   tag    (or grüss   gott    in Bavaria) beforesaying what it is that they want; to leave without saying auf wiedersehen or tschüss    can also cause offence. Similarly, whenmaking a telephone call, asking for the person you want to speak towithout stating first who you are is impolite. Casual wear is widelyacceptable, but more formal dress is required for some restaurants, theopera, theatre, casinos and important social functions. Smoking isprohibited where notified and on public transport and in most publicbuildings.  Phrases Germany  Beer = BierClosed = GeschlossenDanger = Gefahr / VorsichtDo you speak English? = Sprechen Sie Englisch?(polite) / Sprichst du Englisch? (informal)Doctor = Arzt / Ärztin (female)Eight = AchtEighty = AchtzigEntrance = Eingang / Einfahrt (vehicles)Exit = Ausgang / Ausfahrt (vehicles)Fifty = FünfzigFive = Fünf Forty = VierzigFour = VierFriday = FreitagGoodbye = Auf Wiedersehen / Tschüs (informal)Hello = Guten TagHotel = HotelHow are you? = Wie geht es Ihnen? (polite) / Wiegeht es dir? (informal)How much does it cost? = Wieviel kostet das?I'm very well = Mir geht es gutI don't understand = Ich verstehe nichtI feel ill = Ich fühle mich unwohlMenu = SpeisekarteMonday = MontagMy name is = Mein Name ist  Nine = NeunNinety = NeunzigNo = NeinOne = EinsOne Hundred = HundertOne Thousand = TausendOpen = GeöffnetPlease = BitteRestaurant = RestaurantSaturday = SamstagSeven = SiebenSeventy = SiebzigSix = SechsSixty = SechzigSunday = SonntagTen = ZehnThank you = DankeThirty = DreissigThree = DreiThursday = DonnerstagToday = HeuteToilets = Toiletten / WCTomorrow = MorgenTuesday = DienstagTwenty = Zwanzig  Two = ZweiWednesday = MittwochWhere is ? = Wo befindet sich ?Wine = WeinYes = Ja  Language German is the official language. Regional dialects often differ markedlyfrom standard German. Minority languages include Danish and Sorbic,while some English and French is also spoken. Eating  Regional Specialities ã Bratwurst   (grilled sausage). ã Eisbein mit sauerkraut   (leg of pork) andmashed potatoes. ã Schwäbische maultaschen  (large savouryravioli from Stuttgart). ã Eierpfannkuchen  (pancakes). ã Schwarzwälder kirschtorte  (Black Forestgateau). Tipping It is customary to tip taxi drivers,hairdressers, cloakroom attendants, bar andrestaurant staff; a 10% tip is standard.  Drinking Age 18.  Food Drink There's nothing to mark out Germanproduce as particularly risky to generalhealth (although it has a partly foundedreputation for being fatty). Tap water issafe to drink. Shopping Opening Hours Most large shops are open Mon-Fri 0900-2000 andSat 0900-2000. All shops, except a few bakeries,are closed on Sunday. Credit Cards These are widely accepted in most shops, petrolstations, mid- to upmarket restaurants andhotels. All major credit cards are accepted, but itis advisable to carry cash as well. Cheques arevery rarely used. Travellers Cheques To avoid additional exchange rate charges,travellers are advised to take traveller's chequesin Euros, Pounds Sterling or US Dollars. Visitorsare advised to have their traveller's chequesexchanged at bureaux de change (called Wechselstuben ) as banks often refuse to changethem and they are not accepted as payment instores.  Exchange Rates AUD 1 = EUR 0.71EUR 1 = EUR 1.00GBP 1 = EUR 1.19USD 1 = EUR 0.75
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