Facts about Germany
The Federal Republic of Germany is the largest country in Central Europe and borders to the north to Denmark, to the east to Poland and the Czech Republic, to the south to Austria and Switzerland and to the west to France, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Germany is one of the most influential European countries culturally and one of the world’s most important economies. If you have perceptions of Germany as a homogeneous country, it will surprise you with the many historical regions and the local diversity.
What to see in Germany?
Some of the most important tourist areas are the Rhine which is the longest river in Germany. Between Bingen and Bonn is a stretch of river which is known for its many castles and vineyards as well as its many picturesque and cozy villages. The Romantic Road is a famous scenic route, along which you can experience romantic castles and picturesque villages such as the fortified city of Rothenburg, which has a beautiful medieval center that seems untouched by the passage of time.
Hamburg is an economic powerhouse with the second busiest port in Europe. Frankfurt is the financial center of Germany and Europe as a whole. The fashion city of Düsseldorf, the media industry in Cologne and the car industry in Stuttgart each represent a thriving sector of the German economic miracle.
A completely different experience can be found in Berlin, a city that can hardly be found anywhere else in the world. Although architecturally it is a strange mismatch between sterilized apartment blocks, postmodernist glass and steel structures and some historic sites. The city’s turbulent history has given rise to a wide range of historical attractions such as the Berlin Wall, the Brandenburg Gate, the Bundestag, Checkpoint Charlie, the Fernsehturm and the Holocaust Memorial.
Questions and answers
The language in Germany?
What language do you speak in Germany?
The official language of Germany is German, 95 percent of the inhabitants speak standard German or German dialects. There are recognized minority languages that have official status in the respective regions.
Danish in Schleswig-Holstein
Sorbian in Saxony and Brandenburg
North Frisian in Schleswig-Holstein
Frisian in Lower Saxony
Low German in Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein
How many inhabitants does Germany have?
The total population of Germany is approximately 83,100,000
What is the capital of Germany?
The capital and largest city of Germany is Berlin
When did Germany join the EU?
Germany is a member of the EU, the country was admitted on 1 January 1958
Is Germany part of Schengen?
Yes, Germany has been a member of the Schengen cooperation since 26 March 1995
Is Germany a member of NATO?
Yes, Germany has been a member of the NATO Alliance since 1955
What time is it in Germany?
Germany has a time zone of UTC +1. So no matter where you are in the country, the time is the same.
Can you drink tap water in Germany?
There are generally no problems with drinking the water from the taps. Those who want to be on the safe side buy bottled water, it is not very expensive and it can be bought in kiosks everywhere.
When is the best time to travel to Germany?
When is the best time to holiday in Germany?
Germany has a temperate climate. Spring is a good time to visit Germany, here there is some rainfall and the outdoor Biergarten opens up. May is generally considered to be one of the best months to visit Germany.
Summer is the highlight of the tourist season in Germany, here warm temperatures are combined with long, sunny days. However, it may rain a little during the summer months.
Autumn is another very pleasant time for trips to Germany. It is also at the time when there are local wine festivals. The months of September and October are good times to visit Germany where the temperatures are comfortable and there is not much rainfall.
Winter can be cold and some regions experience snow, fog and rain. Christmas markets are prevalent in November and December. For skiers, this is of course high season in the Alps.
Is it safe to travel in Germany?
Germany is very safe to travel to. Your biggest concern on a trip to Germany is being the pickpockets and scammers. Taking basic precautions will minimize the risk of something going wrong.
As in any top European destination, there are pickpockets at popular sights. Follow your common sense and be vigilant especially in public transport and at crowded stations.
There have been terrorist attacks in recent times, No tourists have been targeted for the attack, but general vigilance is advised.
Family holiday with children in Germany
If you need to take children on holiday to Germany, here is a link to experiences for children and families.
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