WHY I'M AFRAID TO TRAVEL TO GERMANY #Germany #travel

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  1. When you go to Germany and use publick download Öffi Verbindungen. It will show you all connections of trains and busses in Germany but I think of is only available in german and not englisch.

  2. Honestly there is no amount of money you need to take to germany. Just take as much as you want to spend. I was a few times in germany for vacation for months alone but it was one my best times also 🙂 Good luck

  3. Here just a sample: Munich in August (most expensive place at most expensive time):
    Ganze Wohnung in Sendling – Westpark

    CLOSE TO OKTOBERFEST,2 Room, COZY,FRIENDLY,ZENTRAL

    3 Gäste · 1 Schlafzimmer · 2 Betten · 1 Badezimmer

    WLAN · Küche · Kostenloser Parkplatz · Haustiere erlaubt

    Sehr beliebt

    · Diese Unterkunft ist normalerweise ausgebucht.

    4,75

    (21)

    73€

    65€

    / Nacht

    65€ pro Nacht, ursprünglich 73€

    Gesamtpreis: 453€

    Preisaufschlüsselung ansehen

    Insgesamt 453€

  4. I understand your problem about how many money you should bring to germany.. Make sure your credid card is valid in Germany, i dont know much about this but i know that some German CreditCards wont work in the states, so maybe this could be a problem for you too..
    You can easily travel with puplic transport all over Germany, even the smallest villages have puplic transport. But you also could rent a car and use google maps for navigation. I, personally, wouldnt rely on puplic transport, it takes ages to travel from A to B especially in the rural areas.. Like, when you miss the Ubahn in berlin you have to wait for 10 minutes to catch the next one, but if i miss the bus in my village, i have to wait 2 hours…
    Dont worry about germans not understanding you.. even my 82 year old dad speaks a little bit english.. even though he says he cant speak a word 🙂

    About the costs… A hotel with breakfast included costs about 30 – 120 Euros, it depents on the region. fresh food is cheap, one kilo of bananas will costs about 2 euros, sometimes even less. a meal at mcdonalds costs about 7-8 Euros, a sandwich (belegtes Brötchen) at a bakery will be 2-4 Euros, you will have to pay for most puplic toilets too.. the costs are here between 0,70 and 1 Euro.. so keep this in your mind and bring some coins 🙂
    And, as you already know, cash is king in germany, most big grocerystores like edeka, rewe, real will accept your credit card, the small bakery or butcher at the corner will only accept cash.

  5. Travelling now is for Babys! You have Google, Wikipedia, etc. When I travelled to Thailand in the 80´s I just have a planeticket and a travellers guide (book)!

  6. Hi – I just find your channel. As a native German from Berlin I can assure you – you don‘t have be afraid to travel to Germany, as long you can handle the cultural differences. I don‘t know what your plan is to do, but with 10k US$ you can live comfortly in any German City for at least 3 Months – as long you have not too fancy expectations. Depending to the city (e.g. Munich is much more expensive than Leipzig, or the most rural areas). Groceries are about 20-30% less expensive than in American cities, a Dinner in a normal Restaurant will be 15-40€ (+5-10% tips – we tip much less than you over in the States, and it is not uncommon at all that some customers don‘t tip at all), a quick Lunch at a fast food restaurant 3-8€. I don‘t know about any special programs for foreign tourists, but you can travel very cheap, if you are able to plan some days ahead and if you are flexible. The German Railways are (agains its reputation) very reliable, and if you are able to plan ahead not so expensive. Low Cost Carriers like Ryan Air and Easy Jet operates in Germany. Many locals in the City don‘t have an own car, but use Bicycles or use public Transport – many don‘t even have a drivers license (like me). A month of public transport costs you about 60-100€ depending on the region and at least in the cities, you can use it even at late night.
    Yes, we germans (or European as general) don‘t like small talk and if you talk to a random person at the street and want to talk about the weather or something like that – this could be pretty creepy. But if you need help or if you are lost – you‘ll find help, just ask. Even we don‘t talk randomly to strangers, if there is a reason to ask for help, we are very friendly to help you.

  7. Hi James, don't break your head about that money to much, we have ATM's here as well and you may just pay a small fee for taking off money from your american bank account. I think a huge question about your trip is, where are you going/atempting to stay? of course some places are more expensive in all than others because they are just a "hotspot" where more wealthier people live or some things like that.

    To be honest, don't be afraid coming to germany with your german skills! people live here since a few – many years who are not as good as you in speaking german.
    I'm not quite sure if 95% of the young people speak "decent" english here in germany but you can be sure that most of the younger people can help you out because
    they know some basics of english as we teach english in school.

    If there are any questions you have that you need answered, don't hesitate to ask.

    best regards!

  8. Currently most things cultural are closed due to the pandemic, so it would make sense to postpone a visit. But nevertheless you would be welcome even now. Maybe ask for locations on the channel? This way you might get away without any hotel bill ;-).

  9. Sooo here is a Tipp: in Germany there are also KARENS DO NOT THINK THEIR JUST IN AMERICA these Karens would probably tell you stuff like “IN DEUTSCHLAND SOLLTE MAN DEUTSCH SPRECHEN” ore “GO BACK FROM WERE YOUR COMING FROM” but just ignore them

  10. 3:37 You can travel in Germany not speaking a word of German. There will always be someone not to far off who speaks English and can help you out. English occasionally complain that they don't get to practice their German because the Germans love to practice their English.

    Besides I've been in Europe not speaking a word or hardly a word in the foreign language and even when the person didn't speak English we found a way to communicate with improvised hand and foot signaling and having a map in your pocket in the pre mobile phone era. These days with GPS and Google map this isn't a problem at all.

    $10,000 approx 8.000€

    Flights US – Germany are available for ~400-600€ if it is more expensive in the US book in Europe.
    Normal decent Hostels/hotels with breakfast is between 50 and 200€ a day depending on your preferences
    You could also use the sofa of Germans in their homes aka couchsurfing which is an initiativ of travelers short on money but rich in hospitality.
    https://www.travelbook.de/uebernachten/fuer-gast-und-gastgeber-die-besten-tipps-fuers-couchsurfing
    Renting a short term furnished vacation apartment starts at 70€ a day. You could cook meals and save money
    Eating out
    Vesper vom Bäcker 5€ – 8€ depending on your choices
    Fast food like Kebap, Currywurst or Burger + beverage again 5€ to 10€
    Vesper vom Fleischer again 5€ to 10€ depending on your appetite and choices
    Chunkfood from the super market stating at 3€ beverage included
    Eating in a restaurant starting at 15€ one beverage included. I usually spend 40€ when I'm out with friends and wie pay Dutch.

    Hope that helps.

  11. yeah, those cold people are a thing here. but: the next person can be the total opposite. Be open, once the ice is broken it's easy. And visit hamburg, they are so used to beeing with international people, open minded and really funny.

  12. Travel Tip: Please come visit in late spring or summer!! So many tourists travel here in the winter months and everything is just so ugly. Well if you want to do a week learning about WW2 and visit all the museums and important cities than it's fine cause with our cloudy and cold weather Germany looks like you're walking in a nazi movie.
    If you want to visit the castles and rivers, the sea and mountains, cities like Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Leipzig etc you have to visit in springtime or summertime. Everything will be green and warm and will look MUCH more friendly! Autumn is also beautiful here although the time when the trees are colorful is very short.

  13. Glaub mir das kann dir nicht passieren das du dich so verirrst das du nicht zurück findest 🙂 Ich war schon in Sweden und Kroatien und hatte nie probleme… Mein Kroatisch war bestimmt schlechter als dein Deutsch.

  14. Passiert das mit der Angst ,wenn man Deutsch lernt ? ! ? 😀 Du sprichst schon wie ein Deutscher ,der alles negativ sieht … haha

    Das wird schon ,alles wird gut. Ich werde ….. nein, WIR werden uns bei deinen Videos aus Deutschland alle prächtig amüsieren.

    Ich habe absichtlich in Deutsch geantwortet ,um dir noch ein wenig beim lernen zu helfen 😉

  15. 10k? What are you shitting me? Never ever will you need that much. Just if you wonna stay in those 10 star top of the notch hotels no one else goes to xD

    Keep in minde that food in stores is much cheaper in Germany than in the US.

  16. Germans DO like open minded people and some even do smalltalk. It's just give them room. Give them space to get to know you. Don''t expect it to be free. Be decent and they'll love your attitude. It's often refreshing for Germans when Americans meet them with their open mindset. Just keep it straight. Don't ACT, BE YOU!

  17. The thing with the being cold is not as hard as you might think. People will be friendly if you are to them. It's just don't overdo it. Be polite, be friendly and you'll get in touch with people quite easily. It''s just don't act like you know everybody for years. Ask for help. Germans like to feel respeceted and they like to help others out. It's not really harder to make friends it's just a bit slower.

  18. You cannot get lost in Germany. Just call a Taxi and speak to them in english or ask somebody on the street. It's not like in America you can talk to everybody at night theres no danger.

  19. A few thoughts regarding what you said:
    1) Do some YT research: There's a lot of US expats living in and traveling across Germany that document ltheir life on their YT channel.
    2) Money … hmm. The cost of lodging is your single biggest item. Just coming for a month, the best thing would probably find a guest family, so you at least have a base. If people offer you a place to stay, they aren't just being polite … so consider their offer. Food in general is cheaper and of better quality than the US. Remember to factor in travel costs (You might want to get a "bahncard" if you plan on using the train to vist a lot of places – it's like a discount card for train travel, but you'll have to calculate whether it's worth it)
    3) Communication. Hardly anyone will criticize you for your German (There's always some rude people anywhere in the world). Germans are more likely to compliment you for making the effort to actually learn the languge. They will try to switch to english often though (that's them trying to be polite and make things easier for you. Ask them to speak German with you, so you can actually practice yours. (Of course sometimes they will be selfconscious about their "bad english" and rather be rude by not talking to you than embarass themselves … hopefully that'll be the xeception). Depending on where you are in Germany, there will almost always be a degree of reservation, until they get to know you a bit. Having some contact beforehand or any kind of common interest structure (clubs, culture, sports) will make things easier.
    – As a general rule, Germans dislike smalltalk – they view it as disingenious, as someone faking interest in you. When you do get into a real conversation, don't worry too much about taboos: Unlike Americans Germans have very little inhibitions discussing politics, religion etc. I seem to recall you mentioning in a video that you were warned about not bringing up certain parts of history – whoever gave that advice frankly didn't know what they were talking about. Unlike cióuntries like Japan or Austria for example, Germans are very open when talking about the Nazi past – the topic is very much alive in high school, university, museums, movies etc. The name for it is "Erinnerungskultur" (culture of remembrance) and the idea behind it to discuss it and remember it so it may never happen again. So unless you meet some people from the extreme end of the political spectrum (think rural Kentucky 😉 ), feel free to ask about anything you are interested in.
    (If you are indeed interested in that topic, travel to Nürnberg. Not only is it a beautiful city with great food and even greater beer as well as lots of medieval sights, it also is the site of the documentation center of the Nazi party rally grounds. There are few better places to get a real, almost physical sense of the Nazi megalomania … and I say that as someone who has specialized in history for 30 years now.
    – Expect them to be frank and open (to the point many American might consider rude).
    – Expect them to mean what they say – if they say "sure, let's meet up soon", nine out of ten times they actually mean it.
    – Try to be punctual: Not being punctual is generally considered quite rude – it's viewed as robbing the other person off some time of their life.

  20. You will never experience "small talk" at the groceries or other public spaces like in USA. Not because germans are rude, it is not part of german culture to do this to people they dont know.
    If you talking to german people in some kind of "poor" german in public, many germans will start to talk in some kind of pidgin german.
    If they recognize you are native english speaker, they will instandly start to talk a kind of pidgin english, or mix both of it.
    But you will get your information you ask for.
    You dont have to have "Angst" to travel to and through germany, you will not get lost.
    Due to the "no small talk" culture you will have your difficulties to start a speech to german people, if you are alone. But there are tricks to "force" them to a little small talk.

    But be prepared for the real "little differences".

  21. I don’t know if this helps but last time I went to Japan for 3 weeks I spent around 3000€ there and we were traveling around, stayed in Tokyo (way expensive) and in hotels and I went shopping and everything and that was quite an expensive trip.
    And hotels in Tokyo are more expensive than in Germany.
    With that experience in mind I would say 5k€ depending on how much the flight is should be way more than enough for a comfortable trip.

    I would also recommend Airbnb or holiday apartments because we don’t have Convenience stores here and having to go out to restaurants for all meals is gonna be unnecessary expensive and also annoying.

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