It is not customary to haggle over prices in shops in Germany, as retailers generally have no scope to offer individual discounts to their customers. Incidentally, the same applies to most services, including medical treatment offered by hospitals.
Taxis can be found throughout the city – they will either be parked at designated taxi ranks or can simply be flagged down. Your hotel or hospital will also be happy to call a cab for you to suit your specific needs. The “mytaxi” app also allows you to order a taxi online and find out what the trip will cost.
As in all European countries, people are free to wear whatever they choose, their clothing merely expressing their individual personality. Unfortunately, this means that it cannot be ruled out that some people will feel offended for reasons of taste or religion by what others are wearing – however, this is of course not the intention of those wearing the items in question.
If you are planning to do some shopping in Hamburg, it is important to note that most shops, department stores and supermarkets in Germany – unlike in many other countries – are only open Mondays to Saturdays between 9.00 am and 8.00 pm. Most shops are closed in the late evenings and on Sundays – with the exception of shops at railway stations and airports, and on certain “shopping Sundays” such as before Christmas or other public holidays. The dates of shopping Sundays are published in good time on the Internet.
Generally speaking, you can pay for goods and services in all shops by cash or in most cases by credit card. That said, it is not customary to pay cash for sums exceeding 500 € or to use a credit card for items costing below 10 € – if you attempt to do so, you may find that a retailer refuses the transaction. Services in the area of health and wellness are not normally paid for in cash.
Men and women have equal rights in Germany and are equally free to go to work or go about their business. It is therefore usual for women to be treated in just the same way as men, so you should not be surprised to find that women in public act with the same self-confidence as men do.