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Germany

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capital

Berlin

population

81 799 600

area

357 021 km²

languages

German

currency

Euro

GDP

$3.197 trillion

Int'l organizations

IMF, WTO, OECD, EU, G-8, G-20, UNIDO

There are many famous tourist attractions in Germany. Germany is a magnet for an increasing number of tourists from all over the world. Although it covers an area smaller than France, it's with about 82 million inhabitants one of the most densely populated countries in Europe. Visitors are attracted by small picture-postcard towns with half-timbered houses, big city charm and the wealth of arts and culture. Most of the visitors are amazed by the historical past, that comes alive in presence of delightful castles and palaces.

Though it remains far less well-known or understood by foreigners than some other European countries, since reunification Germany has gained a higher profile as a travel destination. The most popular destination is Berlin, one of the most fascinating capitals in Europe. Many of Germany’s other major cities have proud histories as independent city states or as capitals of kingdoms in their own right.

Buses are the most ubiquitous form of public transportation and practically all towns have their own comprehensive network. Buses run at regular intervals, with restricted service in the evenings and at weekends. Some cities operate night buses along the most popular routes to get night owls safely back home. Occasionally, buses are supplemented by trams, which are usually faster because they travel on their own tracks, largely independent of other traffic. Germany has a world-famous network of excellent roads and motorway with no toll or fees for cars. Germany offers a fast and, if booked in advance, affordable railway system that reaches most parts of the country. The German rail system is justifiably known as the most efficient in Europe. A wide range of services and ticket options is available. Unless you travel by car, rail is likely to be your major mode of transport. Most large and many smaller German cities have their own airports and numerous carriers operate domestic flights within Germany. Lufthansa, of course, has the most dense route network. Other airlines offering domestic flights include Air Berlin, Cirrus Air and Germanwings. Domestic flights are mainly used for business, with the train being a simpler and often (but not always) cheaper alternative for other travel.

Germany provides almost all options for accommodation, including hotels, B&B's, hostels, and camping. You might also consider staying with members of a hospitality exchange network. Most international hotel chains have franchises in the major German cities, and a large variety of local hotels exist. All hotels in Germany are ranked by stars (1 to 5 stars). The rankings are made independently and are therefore reliable. B&Bs provide less comfort than hotels for cheaper prices. The advantage is that you are likely to meet Germans and get a touch of the German way of living. Hostels provide simple, budget accommodation primarily in shared rooms. They are good places to get to know other travelers.

Germany has a thriving nightlife, with bars and clubs that often don't close until dawn. The best spots in Germany include elegant cocktail bars,  underground clubs, hip music venues, and old-world theaters. Berlin is famous for its outstanding nightlife: countless bars, pubs and events, combined with one of the best club scenes of the world. The best areas for clubbing are Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain. All of these districts are in the eastern part of the city.  

 

Trade shows in Germany:

 

AIRTEC

Ambiente Frankfurt

Analytica

Anuga

Automechanika

Avionics Expo Europe

Berlin Fashion Week

BIOFACH

Biotechnica

Boot Dusseldorf

Bremen Classic Motorshow

CeBit

Compamed

DrinkTec

Ethical Fashion Show

Euregia

EuroShop

ExpoLingua Berlin

Expo Real

ExpoPharm

Fensterbau Frontale

Frankfurt Book Fair

Gamescom

Germany Travel Mart

Hannover Messe

IAA

IFA

ILA

IMEX

imm Cologne

Intersolar Europe

ISM Sweets & Snacks

Light + Building

Online Educa Berlin

Prowein

Studyworld

Sudback

 

 

Additional Info

  • flag file: de.png
  • coat of arms file: de.png
  • capital: Berlin
  • population: 81 799 600
  • area: 357 021 km²
  • languages: German
  • currency: Euro
  • GDP: $3.197 trillion
  • Int'l organizations: IMF, WTO, OECD, EU, G-8, G-20, UNIDO

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