Germany

Germany officially called Federal Republic of Germany is the most important and influential country of Europe.It has witnessed the most controversial facts of history like Nazism, Holy Roman Empire and the building and demolition of the Berlin wall. The official language spoken in Germany is German but travelers can find many English speaking locals, especially in the common tourist destinations. Germany has beautiful castles and it has wealth of art and culture.

Weather

Rain is possible almost all months and the weather in general is very unpredictable, so carry clothes accordingly. Months from May to September have very fine weather with sunny skies and offers the best time for traveling and sight-seeing. During summer people who have a passion for sports like swimming, hiking and cycling can have the best time here. From November to early March winter sports can be enjoyed at the resorts. During winters the temperatures are below freezing and the days are short (comprise of only six to eight month).


Opera at night, Hanover, Germany

Local Customs

Handshaking and saying ‚Guten Tag‘ is customary here for greeting. Use ‚Auf Wiedersehn‘ or ‚Tschüss‘ to say goodbye. When invited to someones house carry a small gift, flowers are most common in this case. Guests are welcomed with food or refreshments and at the table the host says ‚Guten Appetit‘ to which the guests should reply with ‚Gleichfalls‘. Smoking is forbidden in public buildings and tolerated in most public areas. One can dress informally but certain occasions like opera, certain restaurants or theatre call for formal wear.

Electricity

Germany has a Voltage of 220 V and a frequency of 50 Hz.

Moving Around

Welcome cards or the city passes which allows the customer to access unlimited bus facility in many cities of Germany are the best way to get around. One can also rent a car for flexibility or go for a chauffer driven car. Along with the rent, VAT of 19% is payable. The speedlimit within the cities is mostly 50kph, 100kph on highways and 120kph on the Autobahn. Cities you should visit are Hamburg, Bremen, Hannover, Berlin, Dresden, Cologne, Munich.

While traveling you you can check for offers in Berlin via internet, which will allow you to get short term deals and keep you flexible.


Castle Neuschwanstein, Baveria, Germany

Travel

Lufthansa is the national airline that serves Germany. The major airport of Germany is Frankfurt airport which is 13km away from the citiy. Taxis and Buses are available in front of the airport and buses take about 20 minutes to reach the city. Other facillities provided are duty free shops, banks, post office, eateries, conference hall, and car hire and tourism information for the passengers.

Other Airports are the Hannover airport, the Franz Josef Strauss airport in Munich and Berlin Tegel which are all connected by train with the cities. The Intercity railway network provides inernational services to nearly all countries bordering Germany from the airports.All airports provide the following facilities: duty free shops, left luggage, restaurants, banks, conference halls, post office, car hire and tourism information. Departure tax depend on the airport.


Frankfurt skyline at night, Germany

When planning to travel by sea you can avail ferry connections to Finland, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Latvia, Norway and Great Britain.

Railway services to and from Belgium, France and the UK are provided by Eurostar. While traveling by train one should check the Inter-Rail offers which allow unlimited second class train travel within 29 European countries. The Eurailpass ( Eurail Saver Pass ) offers unlimited first class train travel within 17 European countries.

When traveling with the Deutsche Bahn InterCity and EuroCity as well as ICE trains will have a board restaurant providing food and drinks. The ICE (InterCity Express) trains are the fastest way to travel by train in Germany.

Tourist with an age about 17 are allowed to carry alcohol and tobacco within permissible limits.