Germany is not just the land of poets and philosophers, but also a place of impressive beauty and varied nature. From enormous mountain ranges to seemingly endless flatlands, from wide ranging seascapes to impressive coasts on the North and Baltic seas, you can find it all in Germany. The rich and traditional culture, as well as the many historic and sometimes lordly cities make it an attractive and interesting holiday destination. True to the German stereotype of discipline and desire for perfection, the country’s wellness and health hospitality is second to none here. With countless Spa and beauty offers, everything is done to make sure the holiday is an unforgettable and relaxing experience.
Facts & Figures
Official name: Federal Republic of Germany Location: Central Europe, located between France and Poland on the Baltic Sea and the North Sea Area: 357,022 km² Capital: Berlin Population: 80.9 million Religious and ethnic groups: 34% Protestants, 34% Roman Catholics, 4% Muslims / 92% Germans, 3% Turks Language: German (official language), several recognized regional languages Geography: North lowlands, highlands in the center and Alpine mountains in the south. Highest point: Zugspitze (2963m) Time zone: Central European Time (UTC + 01:00) Political and Economic: Parliamentary Democracy, GDP: EUR 3,132.7 billion (2016) Currency: Euro (since 2002)
Arrival and departure
The journey to Germany can be made by land, car, bus, train, by sea or by air. Flight duration: Visa: Vaccinations: For longer stays vaccinations against hepatitis A, rabies, tetanus and tick-borne encephalitis are recommended. Locally: The road and rail network throughout the whole of Germany is very well developed and public transport is widespread.
Climate and best time to travel
The climate in Germany is temperate continental to Atlantic with mild to warm summers and cool to cold winters.
Winter average temperature: 1 ° C (lows around -7 ° C in January) Summer average temperature: 20 ° C (maximum temperatures around 30 ° C in July) Water temperature: Baltic Sea: max. 18 ° C in August
The beach season is mainly in midsummer, but a trip to Germany is great all year round. In the winter, especially in the south of Germany, many visitors are attracted to the numerous winter sports activities on offer. In the transitional seasons, the south and west of the country are the most attractive, offering milder temperatures.
The most beautiful holiday regions
South - Bavarian Alps and beer culture Westen - Historic area and cuisine with a French flair East - Castles and lake landscapes North - Wadden Sea and Hanseatic cities
Public holidays and celebrations
New Year (January 1), Good Friday (March / April), Easter Monday (April), Labor Day (May 1), Ascension Day (May), Whit Monday (May / June), Day of German Unity (October 3) , Christmas (25./26.December) Please note that this is only the nationwide public holidays and there are further bank holidays in the individual federal states.
DOs and DON'Ts
DO • Experience diversity. Germany has many different regions and cultures and they are all worth experiencing • Sample culinary delights. Whether Bavarian beer or fish at the lake, your taste buds will collect many delicious experiences. DON'Ts • Don't ignore traffic rules. There is a 0.5 % limit, violations are punished according to the Flensburg points catalog. In addition, there are environmental zones in many German cities, which may only be used by cars with the appropriate fine dust sticker. It is also strictly illegal to cross as a pedestrian on red lights. • Don't forget to carry ID. You must always be able to identify yourself in Germany as soon as possible.
Can you drink the tap water? German tap water generally has drinking water quality. If you want to be sure, go back to bottled water. Do I need an adapter? Yes, if you are coming from outside continental Europe. In Germany there are European plugs. What about medical care? Medical care in Germany is widely regarded as good.
Top tips and discoveries
Amrum The third largest of the North Frisian Islands is seen by many as an island of freedom, with long sandy beaches, green forests and picturesque villages, altogether creating a very special atmosphere. Though there are many sights to see on the island itself, the mudflats invite you to cross over to the neighboring island of Föhr at low tide, making the trip into something very special.
Berlin Berlin, the city where East and West once met, is full of exciting contrasts, creating charm and inviting one to ever new discoveries. From modern business districts full of glass and steel to abandoned factories where artists' communities have found a new home, Berlin has everything, peacefully living side by side. The historic touch of the place is impressive and on every corner there is a piece of living history. Berlin offers a colorful and exciting nightlife with clubs open into the small hours, but those looking for peace and quiet will find what they are looking for in and around the city, with its many lakes, forests and green landscapes.
Bamberg If you would like to take a holiday in a typical Bavarian picture book town, then Bamberg is exactly the right place. The old town with its small, colorful buildings and narrow cobblestone streets looks like a fairy tale, and there is always a relaxed atmosphere, even amongst the hustle and bustle. Everywhere between the bridge of the Old Town Hall and the cathedral you will also find small restaurants, which in addition to a rich menu usually come with their own house beer, so you can collect a variety of culinary impressions on a tour of the city center. If you want to take a look at the surroundings of Bamberg, you can do it beautifully on a river cruise.
Partnachklamm The Partnach Gorge at Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a true wealth of natural spectacles. Thundering deep through the rock for over hundreds of years, the Partnach River has created a unique landscape. Behind each bend, new rock formations appear in the gorge, always creating different impressions, both visually and acoustically. In winter, the Partnachklamm gorge turns into an enchanting icy landscape with ever-changing figures made of crystal-clear frozen water. Experience the sheer force of the Partnach as she carves her icey way down the gorge.