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Destination: Germany. An essential travel guide.

WHY TO VISIT GERMANY

Berlin, the capital represents the best of Germany; you will be seduced by this vibrant town with its renowned night life, great green spaces for relaxing, its numerous buildings splendid in their architectural style and museums filled with a huge variety of treasures.

Munich is the other must-see during your visit to Germany; very cosmopolitan, vivacious with its numerous picturesque cafes and various museums dedicated to different fields of art and technology. Do not miss the memorial to Dachau Concentration Camp, your visit there will make a lasting impression.

The whole of Bavaria is a great place to tour round; Oberammergau with its painted houses, the castles of Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein and also Linderhof, the medieval town of Nurembur and its museum, Ratisbonne Cathedral and the Bayreuth Opera House are just a few examples of the marvellous places you will find along the way.

Those who are feeling energetic may wish to go the Frise Islands, criss-crossed by hiking paths and ideal to practice cycling or horse riding in a natural and light filled landscape.

Source: http://www.thebesttimetovisit.com/

WHAT TO SEE IN GERMANY

Top destinations in Germany are:

  • Berlin
  • Hamburg
  • Munich
  • Frankfurt
  • Dresden
  • Cologne
  • Germich
  • Stuttgart
  • Heldelberg
  • Potsdam
  • Leipzig
  • Düsseldorf

WHEN TO GO TO GERMANY

Weather in Germany

Best period to visit Germany is from June to September.

Much of the country receives its maximum rainfall in midsummer, so although the weather in June, July and August can be very warm, it can also be unpredictable. For more settled weather with sunshine and comfortable temperatures, late spring and early autumn – May, September and early October – are the best time to visit: the Germans don’t call the harvest season “goldener Oktober” for nothing.

The ski season in the Alps runs between Christmas and the end of March. Germany’s climate straddles the maritime climates of the western European seaboard and the more extreme conditions found further east. The prevailing wind is from the west, so that the mild climate of the Rhineland and North Sea coast quite closely resembles that of the UK or Ireland.

Winters are more severe further east, while heading south the effects of steadily increasing altitude ensure Munich’s summers are no warmer than those of Berlin. The balmiest climate in Germany is found in the wine-growing southwest, where it’s not unusual to see lavender, Mediterranean pine, almond and even lemon trees.

Following a list of typical festival and celebrations of Germany

Source: http://www.roughguides.com/

HOW TO REACH AND TRAVEL THROUGH GERMANY

To travel inside the country, the train is the ideal solution: Cheap, reliable, it serves numerous towns. The road network is also very efficient.

by plane, main airports are:

by train

by car

GENERAL INFORMATION ON GERMANY

country entry requirements: for not EU nationals, passport + visa

health tips & vaccination: none

local currency: European euro

local time zone: GMT+1 (+2)

electricity: type C and F (230 V - 50 Hz)

mobile phone operators:

WHAT TO DO IN GERMANY

typical food in Germany

  • Bratwurst: grilled sausage typically made from a combination of pork, beef and/or veal.
  • Eisbein mit sauerkraut: cured and boiled leg of pork accompanied by mashed potatoes.
  • Schwäbische maultaschen: large savoury meat-stuffed ravioli from Stuttgart.
  • Butterbrez’n: soft pretzel sliced in two and slathered with butter.
  • Käsespätzle: hot egg noodles tossed with cheese.
  • Eintopf: a hearty, warming stew made by cooking vegetables, pulses and meat in a broth.
  • Eierpfannkuchen: pancakes commonly served with jam and sprinkled sugar, fruit or cream.
  • Schwarzwälder kirschtorte: a cake with layers of chocolate sponge, cherries and whipped cream and lashings of cherry liqueur.
  • Lebkuchen: gingerbread biscuits typically eaten around Christmas.
  • Ebbelwoi: an apple wine from Hessen.
  • Schnapps: clear fruit-flavoured brandies available in hundreds of varieties.
  • Kirschwasser: a colourless cherry-flavoured spirit that originates from the Black Forest region.
  • Bier: there are thousands of varieties of German beer from Weissbier (a cloudy light-coloured wheat brew) to Kölsch (a top-fermented beer brewed exclusively in the Cologne region) to Altbier (a dark copper coloured pour most popular in Düsseldorf).

souvenirs from Germany

  • Meissen porcelain;
  • Silk scarves;
  • Hand-made Christmast ornaments or Lebkuchen Hearts, gingerbread cookies made in the shape of a heart;
  • Räuchermann, wooden toys used to burn down cone incense;
  • Wooden Nutcrackers;
  • Lederhosen and Dirndl, the Bavarian typical costumes, not without the Bavarian Gambart;
  • Concrete pieces of the Berlin wall;
  • Porcelain beer steins or beer glasses or Das Boot, a beer glass in the shape of a boot;
  • Cuckoo clocks from the black forest;
  • Hummel figurines;
  • Beer, Bauchspeck (thick slab of skin-on pork belly, smoked and vacuum packed), Knackwurst, Pastrima (air-dried and cured beef, covered in a thick layer of spices), Senft (spicy mustard with a sharp, nasal horseradish bite);

SIMPLE DICTIONARY

Hello: Hallo

Goodbye: Auf Wiedersehen

How are you?: Wie geht es Ihnen?

Thank you: Danke

What is your name?: Wie heissen sie?

How much is it?: Wie viel kostet es?

Sorry: Entschuldigung

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