tipping in Germany

With a mix of new and old, Germany has stunning cities, countryside, culture, along with world famous beer. It's no surprise then that this country is a popular travel destination. However, it is a surprise that many people don't know what the tipping etiquette is in Germany.

tipping etiquette for hotels in Germany

In Germany tip Good Service at hotels

In Germany tipping is expected in hotels. If you receive good service you should tip your porter 1-3 Euros per bag and your housekeeper 3-5 Euros per night (you can leave the tip on the bed or nightstand). If your concierge provides good service, you can tip up to 10-20 Euros.

tipping etiquette for restaurants in Germany

In Germany tip 10% or round up for good service

Simply round up to the next Euro. Or add a few Euros (5% - 10% for good service). No need to over-tip, don’t overdo it. Give the tip directly to the waiter, or just add it to the bill. Most restaurants and stores, and even hotels, only accept cash in Germany. Don’t tip if you receive bad service.

Paying the bill

You will generally not get a check/bill, the waiter will tell you how much you owe instead. Then you tell the waiter how much you want to pay: if the bill is 8 Euros, you can just say 10 when handing over the money. If you give a 20 Euro bill, the waiter will give you 10 Euros change. Do not leave your tip on the table.

tipping etiquette for spas in Germany

At German spas Tip 5% but it's optional

Most don’t tip, however you can leave 5% to the attendant, if you wish.

Spa Etiquette

The norm in saunas and steam rooms is to be nude. Look out for ‘towel only’ areas (FKK Bereich or Freikörperkultur). This means no flip-flops too. Like in all spas, don’t talk loudly.

tipping etiquette for tour guides in Germany

for tour guides Tip 10% or leave a review

Its quite common for tourists to give tips of 10% to tour guides in Germany. This is true for all types of tours, wether they be group tours on foot, tours by bus or a private tour. A notable exception is that some tour guides may instead ask for a review on a site like Trip Advisor. This is because they will be paid a bonus for every review they receive.

tipping etiquette for taxis in Germany

for taxis Round Up the fare but don't tip

Tipping isn’t necessary, but most round-up the fare to the nearest Euro. Don’t tip more than 10%.

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