Wednesday, 10 April 2013

All about Germany

Germany, officially known as the Federal Republic of Germany, is a federal parliamentary republic in west central Europe. This beautiful country consists of 16 states.  Germany’s capital and the largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 square kilometers or 197,847 square miles and has a largely temperate seasonal climate. Germany has 81.8 million inhabitants, and considered as the most populous member state in the European Union. It is also one of the major political powers of the European continent and is also considered as a technological leader in many fields.
Germany is not a very homogeneous country as is mainly thought. The country is made up of 16 different states for locals and international tourists to visit. Depending on where you will visit, surely these states can offer you a unique cultural experience. Germany is very famous to many tourists because of Oktoberfest and another large drinking festival that occurs every year for the wine lovers of the world. The country is also popular for its extensive, generally safe road system, which in some areas has no speed limit (so fast drivers love this part).
Another source of national pride in Germany are cars. In fact, manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche and Volkswagen (VW) are known worldwide.
If you are planning to visit the beautiful country of Germany, the same passport and visa requirements are in place as all the other members of the EU and Schengen Agreement with the only exception being for US military persons, who will need to posses only a copy of their duty orders and their ID card to be allowed to enter Germany. But if you wish to enter Germany from outside of Europe, you will probably enter via the Frankfurt International Airport, where most of the intercontinental flights arrive. If you are traveling within the country, locals and international tourists will most likely be traveling via Germany’s very affordable, excellent and reliable train system. If you drive your own car, however, it is very important to keep in mind that Germans drive more aggressively and quite a bit faster than most people are used to.
If you want to get around, you should know that the official language of Germany is German, called Hochdeutsh which means high German and has less of an accent. The English language is also a required subject in school, so you should be able to get around with just that, however, there are some German phrases that would probably be very useful for your travel and various transactions. Tourists should also keep in mind that Germany is a part of the Eu, so the main currency is the Euro and you will need to have this form of money to pay for things in most places.
There are a lot of things you can do in Germany, top cities to visit, and tourist attractions that you should not miss. Germany’s top cities are Baden-Baden, Berlin, Cologne, Dresden, Frankfurt, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Hamburg, Heidelber, Munich and Nuremberg. While Germany’s wonders include: Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Neue Pinakothek in Munich, Heidelberg Castle, Town of Goslar in Saxony, Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria, Dresden Frauenkirche, Maulbronn and Its Monastery, Deutsches Museum in Munich, Cologne Cathedral, Munich Residence, Hofbrauhaus in Munich, Nymphenburg Palace in Munich, Pergamon Museum in Berlin, Moselle Valley, Oktoberfest in Munich, Berchtesgaden in Bavaria, Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, Reichstag Building in Berlin, The Rhine Gorge in the Rhine Valley, Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Ansbach, Romantic Road between Wurzburg and Fussen, Zwinger Palace in Dresden and the Alte Pinakothek in Munich.