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The Hospitality Club is the world's largest hospitality exchange organization. We are thousands of friendly members world wide who offer each other free accommodation when traveling. Membership is free and joining just takes a minute - we would love to have you onboard!

Travel Guide for Germany

Here you will find travel information and insider tips about Germany that has been cooperatively contributed by other friendly Hospitality Club members. Please become active as well, and share your vast budget travel and backpacking knowledge with other members and the internet community - it is very easy to edit any information here (more info in the Help File). We hope that these Travel Guides will quickly become a great and fun resource. If you want to print this guide out to take with you, we have prepared this Printer Friendly Travel Guide for you. Enjoy!
For Introduction, Top Things to See and Do, Neighboring Countries, Who is coming?, Want more guests!, Hospitality Club Meetings and the geographic navigation please see the main Germany Page.

Basic Facts

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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 (€)
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Attractions and Things to See and Do

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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 ... more

Maps

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Here you can include references to maps that are somewhere on the internet. Two conditions apply: they cannot be protected by copyright, (or you have to make sure that we are allowed to use them), and you have to make sure that it is ok if we call them up from here. If that is a problem, you can also send us the image file and we will upload it to our server.

Stadtplandienst.net - Very good city-maps online.
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Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

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Suggested Itineraries

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

Transport

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

Events and Holidays

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Festivals, Sports, Concerts, Public Holidays...

Climate and When to Go

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Geography

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Environment and Flora and Fauna

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Dangers and Warnings

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Tourist Traps

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Health

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History

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Government and Politics

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Economy

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

Arts

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Music, Literature, Theater, Movies ...

Media

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Newspapers, Radio and TV, Magazines ...

Religion

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Volunteer Opportunities and Work

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Organized Tours

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What to Bring or Packing List

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Shopping

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Books and Further Reading

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Please enter Amazon links to the books - we will put info on how to do this here shortly. This way we hope to get a bit of funding for the running of the club, if someone buys the books you recommend.

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 ... more

Other Information

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Could not fit it into any of the categories above? Put it here...:-)

External Links

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Germany Travel Guide by German Places (L) - Germany travel portal with information, sights, pictures and tips for tourists with destination Germany

Official Country Website: German National Tourist Board (L)

Hitchhiking Germany - www.digihitch.com/world/Europe/Germany (L)
Travel resource for hitchhikers a ... more

Offtopic Messages

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Here you can add messages that are not exactly related to the aims of the Hospitality Club (but related to the country). Do you need a visa invitation? Looking for an internship, job or a flat to rent? Just add this here, and if you are lucky other members will read it and contact you. Remember: do not send messages like this directly to members - after giving you this space here, we will fight spam even more strictly!
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