• Germans are generally very law-abiding, and when you’re on their turf, so should you be. Always wait for the traffic light to go green before crossing the road. People will disapprove and shake their heads at jaywalking, so practice a little discipline and respect the code of conduct (as well as your life and safety.)
  • Always be punctual! Being on time for social and business appointments is part of the German etiquette; there is no such thing as being ‘fashionably late’ here.
  • If you’re planning to ride a bicycle (and you should) you always need to have a back and front light for safety reasons. Being caught in the dark or running red lights both result in hefty fines and the Police don’t let Tourists off!
  • Don’t be fooled that there is no security gate or person checking tickets as you enter the train stations. This is not a free pass to ride the underground, as ticket checkers (wearing plain clothes) are also riding the subway and could pounce at any moment, costing you at least a €60 fine and a lot of embarrassment. Forgetting to validate your ticket before jumping on the train is just as big an offense!  The ticket checkers have absolutely no sympathy, and you will still be fined if found with an unvalidated ticket.
  • Everywhere in Germany, shops, supermarkets and pharmacies are closed on Sundays, so make sure you have all you need before Sunday rolls around. Cafés and restaurants, however, are normally open all weekend.
  • Road signs, shop signs and business names are written in German, so get to know your common words like pharmacy (Apotheke) and the police station (Polizeistation), as well as a polite “please” and “thank you”.