Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Help! Final Questions on Western Liguria (Riviera Ponente) & Menton!
  2. 2 How many days in the cities of Bordeaux and la Rochelle?
  3. 3 Norway holiday locations
  4. 4 tablet
  5. 5 Munich restaurant recs
  6. 6 Auber metro station incident 27.08.16
  7. 7 Tour ideas for Malaga, Spain
  8. 8 Munich Travel Guide
  9. 9 21 Days Family Trip Croatia-Budapest-Vienna-Prague-Munich
  10. 10 Milan / Venice / Tuscany/ Barcelona
  11. 11 Croatia-Slovenia- 30 days Road trip itinerary-2017
  12. 12 Age requirement for hotels in Europe
  13. 13 Trip 6 to Rome and Amalfi
  14. 14 Flamenco -Seville 8/18 to 8/24/16
  15. 15 Stu Dudley's Provence and French Riviera Itinerary
  16. 16 Calling Flamenco fans including Kimhe
  17. 17 Barcelona completely overrated
  18. 18 Just booked Athens & Santorini
  19. 19 Greece in 15 Days
  20. 20 Trip Report Trip report (Lisbon, Doura valley, Marvao, Evora, Algarve)
  21. 21 Help with itinerary
  22. 22 Flamenco in Cordoba - 8/29 to 8/30/16
  23. 23 Flamenco in Granada - 8/25 to 8/28/16
  24. 24 Berlin restaurant recs
  25. 25 TRAVEL COMPANION WANTED
View next 25 » Back to the top

OTC drugs in Germany

Jump to last reply

There is a thread in the fodorite lounge that had me thinking about differences in my country and others. I am a season traveler so am usually not surprised at much but this had me scratching my head on a recent trip to Germany.
I was looking for some alcohol as I could hear water sloshing in my eardrum. I think the shower was positioned strangely and in rinsing my hair got water in my ear, that and sinus problems. I am good about bringing an assortment of otc stuff but had no rubbing alcohol so off I went to the pharmacy.

There is no rubbing alcohol for sale in Germany. I think they are the hardest country to even buy something for a headache over the weekend but no alcohol was weird in my view. I explained and explained to the pharmacist and he came up with a solution for me. He put some in a tiny 10 ml bottle and charged me 3 euro. He said there is a huge tax on alcohol so they don't carry it to sell. I will bring swimmer ear solution next trip. I must say I think the pines got to me and asked for something for my sinus and was given a total herbal pill for 18 euro. It really did not help the headache but was interesting concoction of herbs. I later saw the muscinex ads in a window and should have pointed to that!
My question is if beer is cheaper to buy than a cup of coffee why is rubbing alcohol so expensive?

23 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement