The Federal Republic of Germany is located in Western and Central Europe and has the largest economy in the European Union, making it a major political power. Germany today is known for having a high level of gender equality, promotes disability rights, and is legally and socially tolerant towards homosexuals. The BBC stated that Germany is recognized from having the most positive influence in the world in 2011!
Germany’s major cities are renowned for being impeccably organized and clean. Everything appears a bit brighter and crisp in Germany and you’ll find that the transportation systems are complex, but very systematic and easy to use. Berlin is the capital and known as a culturally diverse city thriving in the political, media and science arenas. Located on the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps, Munich is no slouch either. Munich’s motto is “Munich likes you” and we’re sure you will like Munich. Cologne and Hamburg are also must sees if you have the time! If you want to get away from the big city, Germany also has incredible countryside and breathtaking mountains where you can hike and ski. Central Germany is where the highlands are located, while Northern Germany has lowlands and is boarded by both the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. Germany values its plants and animals, and has the largest number of registered zoos and animal parks with the most comprehensive selection of species in the world.
Germany is also known for its innovation in science and technology. For most of the 20th century German laureates had more awards than those of any other nation, particularly in the sciences such as physics, chemistry and medicine. You may have heard of Albert Einstein?
Germany was historically known as “the land of poets and thinkers” and there is an impressive number of theaters, orchestras, museums and libraries across the country.
Beer, sausage and sauerkraut! Germans are one of the leading beer drinkers in the world and for good reason, their beer is just that good! But don’t let this beer intake fool you; Germany is growing as a leader in culinary creativity and quality. You won’t be disappointed with their unique approach to culinary excellence. Wine production and quality is also on the rise and there are many gorgeous vine-covered valleys in the countryside.
Germany is also well known for hosting one of the largest parties in the world, Oktoberfest! Germans definitely enjoy a good party and have an eclectic interest in modern music. You will hear people listening to everything from hip-hop, to rock, to punk and of course electronic music. Germany’s major cities have an impressive club scene where you could easily end up dancing until dawn.
High tourist season is from May to September when the weather is warmer and festivals are abundant. But this four-seasoned country has something to see all year round. Ski and enjoy city life in the winter, enjoy the wildflowers and meadows in the spring, and brisk, tinted trees in the fall.
You can fly into any major city and learn the local metro and bus station, or you can arrive by train from surrounding countries.
Germany uses the Euro. You can exchange money at many banks and post offices as well as foreign-exchange offices. Rates are quite good and service swift and unbureaucratic at Reisebank offices at large train stations.