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This guide provides useful information and links to resources on Germany.

At A Glance


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This video gives a brief introduction and the top things to do while you are in Germany.


Learn more about Germany and its capitals through this educational video.

This video is a summary of the history of the European Union, in which Germany is a member country.


These videos introduce places and food you should explore when in Munich, Germany

Need To Know

This section helps prepare an individual before visiting Germany such as learning the cultural etiquette, basic conversational phrases, and even some useful local contact numbers.

Cultural Dos and Don’ts

Germany has its own customs, traditions, and rules for manners. Observe the following etiquette for a great experience:

  • DO bring Cash around 
  • DO Be on Time
  • DO plan ahead
  • DO take back your empty bottle to the supermarket or the shop
  • DON'T stand in the cycle lane
  • DON'T congratulate someone in advance

Basic Conversational Language

Some phrases in German that are handy to know when visiting Germany.

  • Thank you very much (Danke Sehr)
  • You're welcome (Bitteschon)
  • Hello (Hallo)
  • Good Day (Guten Tag)
  • Good Morning (Guten Morgen)
  • Good Evening (Guten Abend)
  • Good-bye (Auf Wiedersehen)

Phone Apps

  • mytaxi
    mytaxi is the leading provider of a ride-hailing solution in Germany.
  • DB Navigator
    Are you on the move and would like to know when the next S-Bahn train is leaving, how you can get to the other end of the city the fastest or when you have to pick up your friends or family at the station? Then the DB Navigator is your perfect companion! From city buses to ICE trains, from information to arrival - the DB Navigator has the right service for you in every situation.



More details on the exchange rate.

Dialing Code


Useful Numbers

  • Nationwide Emergency Number (medical, fire or crime related emergencies): 911
  • Non-emergencies: 311
  • Poison control center: 1-800-222-1222
  • Singapore Embassy in Germany (Berlin): +49-(30) 2263-430
    • Emergency Tel (after hours): +49-152-2341-2182
  • Singapore Embassy in Germany (Hamburg): +49-40-30299-290
    • Emergency Tel (after hours): +65-6379-8000
  • Singapore Embassy in Germany (Munich): +49-89-58801-0380
    • Emergency Tel (after hours): +65-6379-8000

Local Media Source

This section links to the various local news media in Germany


RSS News Feed

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What To Look Out

This section informs the common scams and crimes to look out for when visiting Germany.


Crime & Security

  • Alerts and Travel Advisories
    Find out more information on the common crime threats, areas of concerns, transportation-road safety, and even terrorism threat.


This section lists some recommended readings about Germany.


Useful Links

This section provides useful links to Germany's social media.

Social Media

Germany Tourism


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