By Admin | Last Updated October 31, 2019
Germany is a western European country between the Baltic and North Seas to the North. The Alps is in the South. The country shares its boundary with Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands. With an area of 357,022 square kilometers and population of 81.7 million people, Germany is the 7th largest country by size in Europe.
Germany is one of the most visited countries in the world. 37.5 million international tourists visited the country in 2017 according to World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) data, up from the 35.6 million of 2016, which is an increase of 5.2%. This makes Germany the world’s 9th most popular country for tourists. France tops this list, followed by Spain, United States and China.
Germany with its 16 states is a perfect blend of time-honored nationalism and tradition, multi-cultural modernism and self-confidence. The country offers almost everything – the majestic Alps, miles of river, forest and vineyards, beaches, spectacular castles, rejuvenating spas, art treasures, holiday markets, fine dining and irresistible shops. The beautiful Alps have world-class skiing in winter and the mountains and forests in summer is a delight for hikers and cyclists. Some of Europe's top museums including the Ludwig Museum with a splendid Picasso collection are in Germany.
Some of the most visited cities of Germany include Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt, Hamburg and Cologne. Berlin, the capital, is not only the largest city in Germany, but also one of the cheapest European cities. Berlin is known for its spectacular architecture, art and music scene, hip vibes, world class museum, amazing cafe culture, pocket friendly food and fantastic night life.
Distances between the major cities in Germany while traveling in trains –
If you are planning to visit Germany, you will have to apply for a Schengen visa. Germany is one of the 26 European countries forming the Schengen Area where there is no border controls. These countries also issue a common visa – the Schengen visa for up to 90 days.
You must apply 6 weeks before your travel date. The normal processing time for a visa is 24 to 48 hours. However, it can take as long as 14 to 21 days for citizens of certain countries.
With the visa, you can visit all the other members of the Schengen Zone: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
Free import to passengers arriving with goods purchased within the EU which are for personal use only:
Products of animal origin, not originating from an EU Member state, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino or Switzerland cannot be imported into an EU Member State, with the exception of limited amounts from Andorra, Faroe Isl., Greenland, Iceland and small amounts of specific products from other countries. Potatoes and vines cannot be imported into Germany.
If you are traveling with pets it is important to note that cats and dogs are subject to Regulation.
There is no airport tax levied on passengers on embarkation at the airport.
In Germany, vaccination isn’t compulsory, but strongly advised by all health authorities. If you are unsure what to do, you can ask your doctor for help, or base your decision on the German vaccination system and its specific recommendations.
Depending on the country you grew up in, you might already have been vaccinated against certain diseases. However, these illnesses might not be prevalent in Germany at all. Instead, German doctors might recommend vaccinations against other diseases. Even if you are an adult, you might, therefore, have to get vaccinated again.
Germany is popular for its night life. It does not matter whether you are a party animal, barhound or music lover, Germany has plenty of options to fulfill your needs. Berlin is the place to be if you’re after an eclectic range of bars. Munich has a similar range of stylish venues, while Leipzig is better known for its slightly low-key pubs perfect for sampling authentic German beer.
If you are in one of the major cities, you will find a plethora of bars, night clubs and musical events. Germany’s nightlife scene is remarkably tolerant. Wherever you are in the country, you’ll find bars and clubs that cater to LGBTQ clients.
The best time to visit Germany is May when the weather has finally warmed, tourists start flooding in, cherry blossoms start blooming, and Berlin gets decked up for the festival season. Although there really is no bad time to visit Germany there are several factors that can influence when you visit Germany. Germany's four seasons are clearly marked by changes in weather and special events and festivals.
|Winter||Officially begins in late December, temperatures have already dropped by November. Average lows dip down to 23 degrees F with highs only hitting the low 40s. Snow is fairly common.||Christmas, Berlin Fashion Week, Carnival in Cologne and winter sports.|
|Spring||The air is still cool, but sunshine breaks between the clouds and the temperatures rises to 40 to 65 degrees F. Rain is still frequent. With the warmer weather in late spring, there can be epic storms of thunder and lightning.||Spring festivals, Walpurgisnacht, Easter parties.|
|Summer||Temperatures are usually between 65 to 75 degrees F, but can get downright hot. There are days that peak 100 degrees F with high humidity.||Ertser Mai's chaotic celebrations of labor, the fireworks of the Rhine in Flames, rowdy parties for Father's Day, and the foodie delights of white asparagus (spargel) and fruit wines.|
|Fall||Temperatures range from the low 40s to high 50s till late November when the temperatures really start to fall. Be prepared for early snow, windy days and rains.||Oktoberfest, Wurstmarkt, the world's largest wine festival, Festivals of light in Berlin and the Frankfurt Book Fair.|
|1.||Berlin's Brandenburg Gate||This was the city's first neoclassical structure resembling the Acropolis in Athens. It is 26 meters high including the four-horse chariot on top and six huge columns forming impressive passage way.|
|2.||Cologne Cathedral||This Gothic architecture is one of the largest cathedrals in Europe. The highlights include the panoramic views from the South Towers, the 12th and 13th century stained glass in the Three Kings Chapel, and the Treasury with its many precious objects.|
|3.||Black Forest||This region of dense forest, beautiful villages and Gothic landscapes in South West Germany is one of the most visited regions of Germany. Other highlights in this region includes spectacular Black Forest Railway centered on Triberg with its famous falls, and Triberg itself, home to the Black Forest Open Air Museum.|
|4.||Neuschwanstein Castle||This is the ultimate fairytale castle that inspired Walt Disney's famous theme park castles.|
|5.||Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg||The world's largest model railway in Hamburg appeals to both young and old.|
|6.||The Rhine Valley||One of Germany's most dramatic landscapes. Rhine cuts deeply through the Rhenish slate mountains, meandering between hillside castles and steep fields of wine-producing grapes.|
|7.||The Romantic Road||The Romantic Road is Germany's best scenic route. It takes you through a region with splendid German scenery and culture, castles, charming medieval towns surrounded by walls, half-timbered houses, popular hotels and restaurants that offer great German food and beer.|
|8.||Dresden Frauenkirche||A spectacular church with its history of the Second World War when it collapsed into 42 piles of rubble. The piles were left untouched for 40 years to denote the devastating effects of the war and were reconstructed in 1994.|