We always shop for small and handy souvenirs, guide book and postcards to take home when we travel in a foreign country since our travel motto is to take nothing but souvenir snapshots and to leave nothing but shoeprints. Berlin is no exception. Picture location and attraction plate, several refrigerators magnets and replica of famous beer glass are what we purchased from the city of Berlin beside the several postcards we sent to friends and relatives. You may shop from many souvenir shops in the city especially at Kurfürstendamm shopping district. They even open until late at night.
We bought also a Berlin guide book in Swedish, viz Berlin och Potsdam, published by Schöning GmbH & Co (as depicted on our second photograph). This guide book has more than 170 beautiful photographs including several city maps and a map of metro and subway network in the city of Berlin - wonderful to keep, merely for our reading pleasure and to add to our growing travel guide book collections!
Luggage and bags:
A rucksack or a light travelling bag for you to carry along with you when touring Germany. It will become handy when you pruchase some small items such as postcards and small souvenirs.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Summer can be quite hot in Germany, therefore light clothing may be necessary. But please bring along a light jacket in case it becomes chilly with lower temperature. It can be quite cold in the evening. You definitely need thick winter jacket if you decide to visit Germany during winter.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Don't forget to bring along with you your daily supplies of medicines if you are on medication. We would suggest painkillers and headache tablets in case you fall sick during your vacation! Other items you may consider are plasters for minor cuts, nail-creeper and small scissors.
Photo Equipment: You are not supposed to forget to bring along your digital camera, camcorder plus accessories such as battery, battery charger and memory cards.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring along an umbrella or a raincoat in case it rains as it rains quite a lot during spring and autumn. Also bring along your swim wear if you decide to swim along the coast such as in Kiel.
Miscellaneous: Miscellaneous items to be brought with you include mobile phone and its battery charger, mp3 player, iPod, maps of Germany and guide books etc.
Luggage and bags:
Plastic boxes with lid's ,keep thing's dry as does black bin liner's.
Always make a list
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You need, water-proof's, good strong footwear.
A pair of jogging trouser's for ease around the campsite.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Always remember to take a little more than you need. Have a couple of hook's to stick on the door to hang thing's on. When going to the toilet block, keep your toiletries in a carrier bag stops then getting wet. Always take a First aid Kit, suntan Lotion and insect repellent
Photo Equipment: Nothing special ,just what you would normally take.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Take enough gas to last your trip, if possible. Camping gas it available, but not Calor gas. Have a supply of tin's for emergency's. Keep matches in a container to keep dry. Don't camp under tree's or near water. Make sure you are well pegged down
guy rope's as well. Take spare batteries, toilet paper, torch, tent peg's to suit all types of ground, some can be hard and stony. Bottled water, always have some on board. Always make a list, including all your camping equipment.
Miscellaneous: Always camp in safe place's. Take purifying table's to put in your water container. Keep all food of the ground, I use plastic box's with lid's. Ant powder and insect repellent are a must. Most thing's can easily be found in Germany, there campsite's are usually of a good standard.
Don't forget your Camping Carnet from your travel club or insures many site's give you a reduction if you have one.
The speed limit when towing is 55mph.
Luggage and bags:
I stress - bring light-weight luggage and bags, and leave half the stuff you want to pack at home. The reason for this is that many will be staying in hotels and guest houses, where they:
a) don't have parking near the accomodation
b) are not anywhere near the train station
c) do not have elevators, even though they have multiple stories.
Murphy's law says that your hotel is going to be located the farthest point away from the train station, on the top floor, on the most swealtering day, and you're exhausted on that day.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable clothing is best for travel. Bring a few changes for hot and cold weather.
It rains a lot in Germany, so bring appropriate rain gear. Germany is located in a temperature zone, so you should always bring a coat - even in summer.
Bring at least 2 pair of comfortable walking shoes, to change, so that you won't get blisters from walking. Ladies, leave your high-heels at home, because high heels and cobble stones just don't mix.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You should just bring basic toiletries. If you need something else, I can't think of any toiletries that aren't readily available in Germany.
You should bring an adequate amount of prescription drugs you think you will need to cover your trip. Although Germany has a very good standard of medicine, you may not always be able to obtain your brand of medication in Germany. Bring a copy of your prescription, so that a drug store can help you get your medication if you lose it.
Photo Equipment: Bring whatever you like - chemical film, tapes and digital chips are readily available in Germany.
I suggest you select photo equipment that have regular size batteries (AA or AAA), because you can purchase an inexpensive battery recharger for 220 V/50 Hz in any electronic shop.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you are going on a sports trip in Germany, the airlines are accommodating if you want to bring special outdoor equipment, such as diving tanks, skiis, and bicycles.
If you need something special, but forgot it at home, you can but it there - Germany is one of the world's leading consumers for outdoor gear.
Miscellaneous: If you want to use your cell phone in Germany, talk to your provider first before you come, so they will switch you "on" outside of your country.
If you are coming from North America, you will have to talk to your network provider for arranging an exchange cell phone, because your phone won't work in Germany. Germany is on the GSM standard (Global Standard for Mobile telephones). Most North American providers have cell phone exchange services for the duration of your stay in Germany.
Luggage and bags:
Pack lightly. My daughters learnt this tip recently. Hahah, this luggage is for 4 people.....still too much.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: For those not used to cold weather, i recommend (at the least) thermal under garments. These are so effective and reduced my need for extra heavy layers of clothing.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you go in the autumn and you’re from a warm country be prepared for cold weather. Germans say that the winter starts in October. Take an umbrella and warm clothes cause the weather could be very windy especially along a river.
Luggage and bags: If we go out for a small holiday within Germany we alway take along "onion-style clothing" which means one skin over the other... So you can get rid off one after the other. Even in summer you can be in need of a light jacket. It can rain in summer as well as it even can hail (those little icy balls...). My relatives from the States where very confused when this happened once when they where on a visit in summer. So take along a rain jacket or an umrella, as well as sunglasses. Be prepared for everything;-) Also a sweater and a pair of jeans in the middle of the summer should not be missed in your suitcase.
Yes you do need rain gear - any time of the year. Any season. Rain occurs all year round. If there is a rainy season here, it lasts from January to December. Statistically winter and summer get more rain than spring and autumn, but you cannot rely on that. Weather statistics are useless because every year is different, and weather forecasts are not reliable for more than three, maybe four days in advance. Anything further has the value of a prediction by Sybil Trelawney.
Rule of thumb: In summer the rain is usually warmer than in winter.
Never ever, not even in highest summer, travel in Germany (and the rest of Central Europe) without a rainproof jacket, at least one warm fleece or sweater that fits underneath the jacket, and at least one pair of closed shoes that are suitable for walking in the rain.
Also take a folding umbrella unless you either absolutely hate them, or spend your holidays mountain hiking or by the seaside - in both latter cases an umbrella is useless because of the wind.
"Onion System" describes how Germans pack and dress when travelling in changeable weather conditions. Layers, layers, layers, like an onion, that can be put on or peeled off according to current conditions and needs.
The weather cannot be predicted for more than a couple of days in advance and changes quickly, so you never know. Especially in spring and autumn "Zwiebelsystem" is the only way to go. You wll have warm sunny days and you will have chilly overcast or rainy days. If you want to pack light but have something suitable for all conditions, bring clothes that can be worn in layers.
Emergency motto: "Today I will wear all my clothes..."
Don't worry about carrying film rolls, there are many shops where you can buy them.
If you have a digi camera and wanna get prints or a photo CD of your photos, look for stores like 'Photo Porst', 'Wegert' etc. You can give them your card and get them developed. Also many drugstores or other stores offer that service. Many work with Kodak. Well, keep your eyes open and you should be able to find a place to get also prints or a CD from your digital camera pics.
Photo Equipment: Lens filters for overcast and foggy/humid haze.
Miscellaneous: Marling Menu Master: Have you ever seen a real German menu with no English? Yikes. To avoid being stuck in tourist restaurants with menus in English, take a Marling menumaster with you to decode German menus and open up the world of great German cuisine. I never leave for Europe without one in German, French, and Italian. Get 'em at Amazon and lots of other online travel stores.
HAMBURG (north): Summers average maximum is about 22°C (72°F) minimum around 12°C (54°F). Winters average maximum is about 4°C (39°F) minimum around 0°C (32°F).
LEIPZIG (east): Summers average maximum is about 25°C (77°F) minimum around 15°C (59°F). Winters average maximum is about 4°C (39°F) minimum around -1°C (30°F).
COLOGNE (west): Summers average maximum is about 23°C (73°F) minimum around 12°C (54°F). Winters average maximum is about 6°C (43°F) minimum around 2°C (36°F).
MUNICH (south): Summers average maximum is about 25°C (77°F) minimum around 12°C (54°F). Winters average maximum is about 2°C (36°F) minimum around -3°C (26°F).
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an UMBRELLA. self explanatory.
If you plan for staying in Germany especially long (like, more than 4 days) you might invest in a solar light bulb. these have certain rays that help simulate sunlight, so that when July--oops, I mean winter rather--hits, you will be able to chemically be happy by pretending that you have been frolicking in sunlight instead of hiding away in your apartment because of all the rain. seasonal affective disorder is a very REAL and DANGEROUS affliction and must be treated as soon as possible!
sunglasses are not needed for obvious reasons, but people seem to wear them anyway
Photo Equipment: make sure to get film that compensates for the pitch black noon skies!
Luggage and bags:
DON'T OVER PACK...TRAVEL LIGHT...AFTER THEY DO HAVE
LAUNDRYMATS AND DRY CLEANERS IN GERMANY.ONE OF THESE AND A CARRY-ON AND YOU'LL BE FINE.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I WENT IN THE SUMMER....SO I TOOK JEANS, SHORTS, SHORT SLEEVE SHIRTS, A DRESS OUTFIT...JUST IN CASE....A LIGHT JACKET...JUST IN CASE...WHICH I USED AND A GOOD PAIR OF WALKING SHOES...YOU'LL NEED THEM...BELIEVE ME.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: YOU CAN BUY ALL THAT THERE.
Photo Equipment: TAKE A GOOD CAMERA...IF YOU WANT GOOD PICTURES...THOSE
THROW AWAYS AREN'T VERY GOOD.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: DIDN'T DO THAT....SORRY!!
Miscellaneous: IF YOUR SMOKE...TAKE ENOUGH OF YOUR OWN BRAND OF AMERICAN CIGARETTES....THE ONES THERE ARE O.K. BUT I PREFER MY OWN BRAND.
Even in the summer there are a lot of rainfalls. 10 years ago it didn't rain in July - but that changed.
Nowadays its sometimes so cold you have to wear a jacket. So be prepared!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Everything available in shops and pharmacies.
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