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Basic Facts

Official Country Name: Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Capital: Berlin
Population: 82,2 Mio.
Telephone Code: 0049
Time Zone: Middle European Time
Area: 357,022 sq km
Language(s): German
Ethnic Groups: Germans (91,1%), Turks (2,5%)
Highest Mountain: Zugspitze (2963m)
President/Head of State: Joachim Gauck
Government: democracy
Currency: Euro (€)
Exchange Rate: US$1=0,83€
Health Risks: none
Electricity: 220 V
Weights & Measures: 1kilogram=1000grams
Country Name in other languages:
Deutschland (german)
Allemagne (french)

Attractions and Things to See and Do

Unescos List of world heritage - Germany

30 locations and monuments in germany are regarded as world heritage by UNESCO. The international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, was adopted by UNESCO in 1972. This convention is the most important international Instrument to save cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. The list consists in the moment of 788 places in 134 countries. (in the brackets is the date when it was listed)

[I am still working on this stuff and I plan to list furthermore informations directly under the regions travelguide as this would take to much space over here I guess.
If anyone wants to help, especially with more information on the sights, please feel free to do so.
And if anyone wants to make such a list as well for his/her own country please look at the hp of the UNESCO you'll find there all the information you need and you can of course copy and paste the structure i already developed (pls feel free to improve this as well)
- Papaya / Berit]

1) Aachen Cathedral (1978)

Region:
Nordrhein-Westfalen

City:
Aachen

The cathedral was the first german sight listed as world heritage.

2) Speyerer Cathedral (1981)

Region:
Rheinland-Pfalz

City:
Speyer

3) Würzburg Residence with the Court Gardens and Residence Square (1981)

Region:
Bayern

City:
Würzburg

4) Pilgrimage Church of Wies (1983)

Region:
Bayern

City:
It is not really a city but located close to Murnau and Oberammergau in the south-western part of Bavaria

5) Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl (1984)

Region:
Nordrhein-Westfalen

City:
Brühl

6) St. Marys Cathedral and St. Michaels Church at Hildesheim (1985)

Region:
Niedersachsen

City:
Hildesheim

7) Roman Monuments, Cathedral of St. Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier (1986)

Region:
Rheinland-Pfalz

City:
Trier

8) Hanseatic City of Lübeck (1987)

Region:
Schleswig-Holstein

City:
Lübeck

9) Palaces and Parks von Potsdam-Sanssouci und Berlin (Glienicke und Pfaueninsel) (1990)

10) Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch (1991)

Region:
Hessen

City:
Lorsch

11) Mines of Rammelsberg and Historic Town of Goslar (1992)

12) Town of Bamberg (1993)

Region:
Bayern

City:
Bamberg

13) Maulbronn Monastery Complex (1993)

14) Collegiate Church, Castle, and Old Town of Quedlinburg (1994)

15) Völklingen Ironworks (1994)

16) Messel Pit Fossil Site (1995)

17) Cologne Cathedral (1996)

18) Bauhaus and its Sites in Weimar and Dessau (1996)

19) Luther Memorials in Eisleben and Wittenberg (1996)

20) Classical Weimar (1998)

21) Wartburg Castle (1999)

22) Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin (1999)

23) Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz (2000)

24) Monastic Island of Reichenau (2000)

25) Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen (2001)

26) Historic Centres of Stralsund and Wismar (2002)

27) Upper Middle Rhine Valley (2002)

28) Dresden Elbe Valley (2004)

29) Town Hall and Roland on the Marketplace of Bremen (2004)

30) Muskauer Park / Park Muzakowski (2004)


Cities

Berlin:

Capital of Germany,has to offer a rich variety of culture, history, architecture, nightlife and shopping.

Maps

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Stadtplandienst.net - Very good city-maps online.
Google Maps Germany - Search routes/ cities and view satellite version
Multimap Germany - Interactive Germany map with some topography

Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

Suggested Itineraries

1 Day, 1 Week, 2 Weeks, 1 Month ...

Transport

Getting there and away:

Getting around by:

Train:Some 4.5 million people travel on more than 30,000 passengers trains operated daily, around the clock, on a 35,000 km (22,000 mi) network. So hop on and off just as you wish and enjoy the amnesties of the train ride!

German long-distance trains are amongst the fastest and most convenient in the world, travelling at speeds up to 300 km/h (190 mph). The InterCity InterCity Express (ICE) trains usually provide an hourly (or more frequent) service between cities. There are also EuroCity (EC) and ICE International trains that travel from within Germany to the neighboring countries (and even further).

Regional trains provide services within cities, to suburban areas or to smaller towns. There is a variety of trains:

  • Regional Express and InterRegio Express trains usually connect cities and large towns with rather little stops in between
  • RegionalBahn trains also serve smaller towns and usually serve all stops on the track
  • S-Bahn suburban train services provide fast transportation within the cities and to suburban areas with very frequent stops in between

There are plenty of good railway ticket deals to make railway travel even more affordable. If you'd like to go a bit on long-distance trains, one of the numerous RailPass offers might be worth a look. You will get a 25 or even 50 percent discount just if you book at least three days in advance (subject to availability, some conditions apply). Any further traveller on that ticket will only pay half of the first person. And if you travel in a group of six or more, there are group ticket deals, saving you up to 70 percent off the regular price! You could also travel on regional trains with the Happy Weekend Ticket. Up to five people can travel on this 30-Euro ticket on all regional trains in Germany on Saturday or Sunday. If you don't mind to travel about twice the time you'd need on a long-distance train, without its amnesties, this is your thing. Similar tickets are available for most of the 16 states for travelling within a state.

Have a look at www.bahn.de/international for Prices and Timetables (available in German, English, French, Italian and Spanish). If you have any questions on railway travel in Germany, just talk to HC member bigbug21

Hitchhiking: Hitchhiking is a good way to travel in Germany. (hitchbase.com might help you to find good locations in cities.) On the highway "Raststätten" (service areas) with petrol stations are best.

If you are willing to share the fuel expenses with the driver, then you can go by "Mitfahrgelegenheit" (agency for arranged lifts). It became very common in the last years and is a very easy and cheap way to travel between cities. There is no service charge for the agency and everyhting is done by internet and phone directly between the people. mitfahrgelegenheit.de .(less used and less user friendly is mitfahrzentrale.de.)

Air Several cheap airlines are operating across europe, but booking in advance is essential to get the bargains. See the according websites: Air Berlin, Germanwings, Hapag Lloyd Express, Ryan Air.
For a list of the airports to which the cheap airlines are flying to and coming from. CheapFlightsMap This is an interactive flash, which lets you combine destination and departure place and vice versa.

Bus Due to the extensive rail network, travelling by bus is not so common in Germany.

Car, Motorcycle, Boat, , Bicycle ...

Accommodation

If you do not want to stay with other HC members, or noone is available, here is what other members suggest. Hostels Hotels Camping Other Options

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

Restaurants, Street Food, Local Specialties ...

Supermarkets:
You will find the cheapest prices at the discounters Aldi, Lidl, Plus and Norma with branches nearly everywhere throughout Germany.

Bavaria:
If you visit Bavaria don't miss to try the bavarian beer. It is famous all around the world. You should try the traditional bavarian breakfast which consist of white sausage, white beer (a beer which is brewed by using yeast and has a strong but sweet taste) brezel (pretzel; the brown winded kind of bread) and sweet mustard and the typicall bavarian cheese spread called "Obatzter".

Northern Germany:
If you come to visit the North of Germany don't miss the famous marzipan which is made in Lübeck. The firm that offers the traditional and best marzipan in Lübeck is called "Niederegger." Actually marzipan was invented in Lübeck.
If you visit the west coast of germany buy some fresh shrimps, peel them and eat them with fresh bread while bathing your feets in the ocean...

Southern Germany:
Some examples of famous southern German food are Maultaschen, which are kind of a big Suebian ravioli. A Maultasche is a pasta cushion filled with meat and herbs, which is the traditional filling. There are also fillings like salmon, cheese and spinach to be found. Another kind of noodles are the Suebian Spätzle, a kind of thick noodles made of egg and flour, which can be found as a side dish to meat or sausages and sour lentils. They are also offered as a dish called Kässpätzle which are Spätzle baked with cheese and fried onions.

In the region Hesse, especially Odenwald you can eat Handkäs mit Musik, which is a cheese accompanied by onions and vinegar. The onions and vinegar are called Musik, which means music, because eating this combination can cause music out of your belly. There is also Kochkäs mit Musik which is a cooked soft cheese with onions and vinegar. Both cheese dishes usually come with bread and butter. Try also Äppelwoi, the famous apple wine. You can drink it sour mixed with sparkling water, sweet mixed with lemonade or just pure.

Money and Costs

Currency, Exchanging Money, Credit Cards, , Bargaining, Costs...

Tipping is quite common in bars and restaurants, a rough orientation is about 10%, but it should depend on the quality of service. On parties or other big events tipping is less usual.

Visa and Documents and Embassies

Who needs a visa? How to get it? Embassies & Consulates, of the country abroad and in the country ineed a visa to Germany! I`m 17. abdukarim90@hotmail.com
For informations on Visa please visit this Website: http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/diplo/en/WillkommeninD/EinreiseUndAufenthalt/StaatenlisteVisumpflicht.html

Borders and Customs

Post and Communications and Internet

Post, Telephone, Fax, Internet Access ...

Questions and Answers or Forum

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Hospitality Club Meetings

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Travelogues

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Photos

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Activities and Sports

Nightlife and Entertainment

Bars, Cafes, Discos, Cinemas...

Population and People

Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

Language and Useful Phrases

  • thank you - Danke
  • yes - Ja
  • no - Nein
  • I love you - Ich liebe dich
  • cheers - Prost
Resources:

dict.leo.org - fast English German online dictionary with 400.000+ entries.

Events and Holidays

Festivals, Sports, Concerts, Public Holidays...

Climate and When to Go

Geography

Environment and Flora and Fauna

Dangers and Warnings

Tourist Traps

Health

History

Government and Politics

Economy

GDP, GDP per head, Annual growth, inflation, Major Industries, Major trading partners...

Arts

Music, Literature, Theater, Movies ...

Media

Newspapers, Radio and TV, Magazines ...

Religion

Volunteer Opportunities and Work

Organized Tours

What to Bring or Packing List

Umbrella

Shopping

Books and Further Reading

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Guidebooks:

Culture Shock! Germany by Richard Lord. This book is an excellent guide for exchange students, businessmen, and anyone else that will be in Germany for a longer period of time. It explains the modern day Germany, its culture and how to survive there. It is very helpful! But this book is not for people wanting to know the best sites to see, it is more about the culture.

Travel:

History and Politics:

Other Information

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External Links

Everything Everywhere (L) Germany Travel Guide

Official Country Website: German National Tourist Board (L)

Hitchhiking Germany - www.digihitch.com/world/Europe/Germany (L)
Travel resource for hitchhikers and budget travelers in Germany. View related stories, tips, links and discussion -or add your own.

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