Information about the driving rules in Germany can be found on our Road rules page
|Driving on the left hand side||Driving on the right hand side. Right before left rule|
|Speed limits||The general speed limit (Tempolimit) on highways (autobahn) is 130 km/h. On most highways, the speed limit is dynamically controlled depending on the traffic conditions. It can also be unlimited.|
|Pass vehicles on the right and left||No passing on the right. It is illegal to pass a vehicle on the right. You must move into a left lane in order to pass. The pass-on-the-left-only rule is one of the things that make the autobahn work.|
|Traffic circles yield to the right|| Traffic circles (Kreis) yield to the left, a vehicle already in the circle has right of way. You only use your turn signals when you leave the circle, and not when entering. When there is no sign to indicate it is a traffic circle, you handle it like a normal intersection and the right before left rule applies
|Main roads have priority and side streets must yield|| Side roads, unless you have a right of way sign on the main road, have right of way from the right.
For more information visit our page on Shopping in Germany
|Shopping on Sunday||Shops are closed on Sundays. There are special Sunday Shopping days in certain cities and towns. Shops at Petrol stations, Trains stations and Airports are open|
|Someone bags your grocery shopping||You have top bring your own shopping bags and pack your own items at lightning speed|
|Clothing and shoe sizes according to the UK sizes||Clothing and shoe sizes according to EU sizes. Children’s clothing sizes are according to their length|
|Fresh produce is available irrespective of whether they are in season||Fresh produce is very seasonal. Out of season items are very expensive when available|
|Salespeople most have no clue about the products in the shops||Salespeople are very well informed and can give professional assistance|
|Waiting to be seated||You can choose a table and sit down|
|Tip usually 10%||Round off to the nearest 5|
|Paying for everyone or split the bill||Everyone pays for themselves, unless you are “invited/eingeladen”, then the host normally pays.
Be very careful to use the words “ich lade dich ein” if you want to invite someone to join you in a restaurant, it implies you are paying for the meal.
|Academic year is from Jan to Dec||Academic year is from September to August|
House and home
For more information visit our Beds, mattresses and duvets page
|Pillow Size 45×70 cm||Square 80 x 80 cm pillows|
|Double bed mattress||Two single mattress on the bed|
|Double bed duvet||Two Single duvets|