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about your stay at Frankfurt am Main

Climate

Overall, Frankfurt has a warm and temperate climate with westerly winds. Extreme fluctuations in temperature are rare. Rain falls throughout the year.

The latest weather information can be found at www.dwd.de/EN

 
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Credit cards

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Major credit cards can be used for payment in stores, hotels and restaurants. American Express, Diners Club, and in particular MasterCard and Visa are the cards most widely accepted. For more information, please contact your credit card company.

Please mind that small amounts (up to 20,00 €) often cannot be payed with credit cards. Be sure to take cash with you.

Currency/exchange

The official currency is the EURO (€, EUR):

  • 1 euro = 100 cents
  • Coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 cents, 1, 2 euros
  • Notes: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500

It is not common to pay with 100, 200 and 500 € banknotes.

If you need foreign exchange, cash or traveler's checks, you will find ATMs, Currency Exchanges and Tax Free Services everywhere in Frankfurt.

 
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Customs

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Goods from other EU countries do not incur duty as long as you carry them with you and they are intended for your own personal use.

Goods imported into Germany from a non-EU country are duty-free up to a value of a certain amount. There are restrictions for specific goods, such as tobacco, alcohol and perfume: http://www.zoll.de/EN

Electricity supply

Electrical sockets in Germany match the Type C and Type F plugs, illustrated at www.iec.ch/worldplugs.  The European standard for voltage and frequency is 220-240 volts at 50 Hz. If necessary you should bring along a suitable adaptor.  
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Entry requirements

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To enter Germany you need a passport that is valid for at least four months from your date of arrival. For citizens of EU countries a valid identity card is sufficient.
EU citizens do not require a visa. Citizens of all other countries will generally need a visa, with the exception of some countries for which the European Community has abolished the visa requirement. Nationals of those countries do not require a visa for visits to Germany lasting no longer than three months in a six-month period.

You will find further information at: www.auswaertiges-amt.de/EN.

Language

The main language is German.

Many Germans also speak good English, so there should not be any language barriers for foreign visitors.

 
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Postal service

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  Postage stamps can be purchased in post offices, from stamp machines, in hotels and in tourist areas.

Shopping hours

Shops and department stores generally open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 20:00 pm. Most supermarkets open from 07:00 am to 22:00 pm.

All shops are closed on Sundays and bank holidays.

You will find further information about Shopping in Frankfurt at: www.frankfurt-tourismus.de/shopping

 
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Smoking

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Throughout Germany smoking is banned in public buildings and on public transportation.

The state of Hesse is one of the forerunners of non-smoking laws, being enforced here as early as October of 2007 for restaurants and public facilities. Smoking is only permitted in adjoining rooms provided that these are separate from non-smoking areas and the same condition applies for special events.

SOS

Important telephone numbers:

  • Police: 110
  • Fire brigade/ ambulance service: 112

In case of an emergency, it is free to call from landlines and from any mobile network at any time.

 
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Tipping

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Service is generally included in the price of meals or drinks. If you are satisfied with your meal or drinks and with the service, a tip of approximately 5 to 10 % of the total amount is usual. Tipping is at your own discretion.

For taxi services a tip of approx. 10 % of the total amount is usual, depending on your individual trip (short or long distance, driver´s service).

Time zone

Germany is in the Central European Time Zone (GMT/UTC+1)

  • Germany is GMT/UTC + 1h during Standard Time (October-March)
  • Germany is GMT/UTC + 2h during Daylight Saving Time (March-October)

In Europe, daylight saving time is often referred to as "Summer Time".

 
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Vaccination

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  For entry into Germany no compulsory vaccination is required.

 

WIFI

Free WIFI is available in selected areas in Germany (e.g. cafés, restaurants, hotel lobbies).  
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