👥 Population: 83 million
🌍 Region: Europe
🗣 Languages: German
🚙 Drive on the: Right
💵 Currency: Euro, EUR, €
☎️ Calling Code: +49
🟢 Internet Speed: Is generally good at 65 Mbps on average
Germany, a country at the intersection of western and central Europe features a wide variety of landscapes, from mountains, to forests, expansive, modern urban areas, and more. It is an economic powerhouse within the EU and features a very high standard of living.
🇪🇺 It is the most populous country in the EU.
🍺 There are over 1,500 different beers in Germany.
💰 It has the 4th largest economy in the world.
Blue: Schengen Area
Green: Visa-free access to the Schengen states
Light blue: Outside of Schengen area but has same access to it
Grey: Visa required
Schengen Area is an area of 26 European countries that have no border control between them as well as a unified visa policy when it comes to international travel. Germany is part of this area.
If you're a non-Schengen EU member state or are part of the Schengen area you have full, unrestricted access to the Schengen Area as well as other EU member states.
If you require a visit visa, they are valid for up to 90 days. They are applied for online.
Germany has a visa specifically designed to attract remote workers called the "Freiberufler Visa". We've covered the details of it in our resource for Remote work visas around the world, which you can access here.
There is no limit to the amount of cash you take into Germany but you do have to declare anything over €10,000. Make sure to find out whether you need to tell your bank of your travels as many, as a security feature, will freeze your account.
You can withdraw cash at any ATM in Germany by using your local bank card. Bear in mind that these often have high fees and your bank may also charge you.
Consider opening an e-money/digital money account such as Wise or Revolut as you can save a considerable amount in withdrawal, conversion and transfer fees.
You can pay with your credit or debit card in most establishments. VISA or MasterCard are accepted everywhere that accepts card payments. Even though American Express and Diners Club are accepted widely, they will most likely not be accepted by small businesses such as restaurants, corner shops etc.
There are 3 main mobile network providers:
O2 has the smallest network coverage. Vodafone and T-Mobile have similar coverage and offering, but Vodafone wins on price, so is recommended for most people.
You can find SIM cards in official Vodafone stores, supermarkets, and mobile phone stores also called "handy shop" in Germany, since "handy" is the word for mobile phone.
As of July 2021, 10GB of data will cost you €20 every 4 weeks.