Having just returned from a great trip to Germany, we’re excited to welcome some new partners into the Dark Horse family and took in some great new places whilst exploring Hamburg,Berlin and Cologne among many other gems.
A few key tips:
- Always have cash on you – Many places don’t accept credit cards
- When booking a train ride – pay extra to reserve a seat
- Ensure your laptop plug has a Two Prong connection
- The average coffee is terrible – Hold out for a Starbucks
- You can drink beer in the streets – Drink some whilst exploring
- Always be seen with your Dark Horse gear
Ensure you get online as soon as possible, either have someone get you a prepaid sim or pay the inflated price at the airport – Regardless, don’t be caught offline.
Coffee shops aplenty, we found that Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne all various coffee shops that you can pop into but are very busy, we preferred the better coffee at Starbucks.
If you’re in Hamburg check out the Schanze district for the great street art and some great nighlife, Berlin for the laid back bars, international vibe?? – Whilst friends took us to a few interesting places, it seems as tho it’s a safe bet to stick to Mitte or Kreuzberg. Cologne is on the Rhine and boasts the Museum Ludwig, the Cathedral and of course the Kolsch beer which is served in 200ml servings.
However one of our highlights was Heidelberg in the South West, a university town that wasn’t affected by the war and has some beautiful buildings and a great buzz.
Wanting to book train tickets, we used DBahn constantly and prices are often cheaper a day or two prior.
Try avoid a train trip on a Friday – We found all trains are packed to the rafters and if you don’t reserve a seat your mood will change quickly over a long journey.
Other things to look ot for is the red wine or Rotwein – Having sampled some in the wine valley, we are truly blessed in the Cape – Skip it and enjoy the delicious Riesling.
Business Travel- Pack light and effectively.
When heading on an international business trip, we like to ensure that it’s as painless as possible and after every trip there are always new tips and tricks that we’ve learn’t.
Documents, Cards and Cash
- Ensure that you have opened all your bank cards for international spend
- Have local currency available – We usually stick to around 100 Euro / Dollar value.
- Don’t exchange at the airport if you can avoid it – You pay a criminal amount more.
- Scan or have on file all your required business documents, travel documents and important information – We use Dropbox for this and means that it’s easy to access on the go. Everyone in Germany accepted digital copies.
- Have a main wallet and a slim daily wallet – We love our Card Holder and Don wallet combinations for this.
Carry on luggage
All Dark Horse bags are plane carry on friendly – It mean’s no hassle when wanting to pack a few extra comfortable items. Here are a few things that we like to pack in:
- Change of clothes
- Extra warm top
- Travel toothbrush and cologne spray
- Socks [ Do it ]
This trip saw the Dark Horse leather duffel put to great use. The logic applied is, if they loose my luggage – I can survive a day or two in a new city without a major upset.
Computer / Daily Bag:
Your daily commuter bag, laptop or personal go to defines how you travel, the ease of use and is often your most trusted tool. The Dark Horse leather backpack is great for constant travel and daily trips.
- Small enough to work as a carry on.
- Goes through check points swiftly
- Great size, houses personal items such as laptop, camera, essentials
- Light weight, easy to carry
- Allows for you to use and have both hands free
- An option to use on day trips
Thinking of something a little different? Have you seen our utility tote? It’s an absolute gem and super versatile.