Located in western Europe, Germany has a rich history that dates back 2 millennia. With beautiful scenery, a great mix between medieval and modern and one of the biggest beer industries and festivals in the world, here you have many reasons why to visit Germany:
Why Visit Germany
CULTURE & HISTORY
The area that is now Germany was inhabited by Germanic tribes for many centuries. They later became part of the Frankish Empire and then the Roman Empire. Its culture is known for its rich history, helping to shape the culture of Europe itself.
Germany is a beautiful country with a wealth of natural landscapes to explore: forested hills and mountains, the Danube, Main and Rhine rivers, the Wadden Sea, alpine peaks, mysterious forests, a country full of variety.
Germans are renowned for their beer, however, they did not invent it (middle easterns did around 13,000 years ago), but german monasteries starting producing this heavenly drink a millenia ago, when drinking beer was safer than drinking water. With the pass of years, the beer industry revolutionized (they even have a purity law for it), and Germany has set global standards and created more than 7,000 varieties of beer. Nowadays, the country hosts the largest beer festival in the world, the Oktoberfest.
The architecture of Germany has a long, rich and diverse history, combining influences from elsewhere in Europe with its own national character, and characterized by a high degree of regional diversity, caused by centuries of fragmentation. Every major European style from Roman to Postmodern is represented, including Medieval Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and the later Neo-Classical and Neo-Renaissance, with still standing representations of each period in different cities of the country.
What to expect
Germain is the official language. The majority of germans would speak at least a little english, however, some people, especially older generations, don’t like to speak it.
In Germany the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa; If you are traveling from the US you will need an adaptor.
Euro is the official currency in Germany. Other foreign currencies, like dollars, might be accepted at tourist attractions and hotels, but they won’t be accepted at other establishments. Credit cards are widely accepted, and you can exchange your money at any bank.
Germany is very safe, with low crime rates overall, although the crime right might shift a little if you visit the big cities. Petty crime, such as pickpocketing, is the most common offense with rare occurrences of violent crime. Be cautious and use your common sense.
Nationals of the following countries do not need a visa to enter Germany for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period:
Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macao, Macedonia, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Taiwan, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, USA, Uruguay and Vanuatu.
Citizens from all other countries (except, of course, european citizens) need to request a visa in advance through the embassy.
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