Germany

Germany is the largest and most powerful European economy and is considered to be the third most developed country in the world after USA and Japan. For a number of economic indicators, however, the country serious rival and in some respects even outpaced both the U.S. and Japan. It is known as a clean, tidy and beautiful country with high living standards, where the population enjoys many benefits. It is a member of the European Union and the Euro area and is often described as “the engine of Europe”. Germany is among the best places to live, work and study in the world.

berlin night viewAccording to several studies in recent years it appears that the German city of Munich is the best city to live in the world, and even the biggest critics, however, do not fail to put it in the top 10. Today Germany serves as an example for the other European economies.

Geographic location, boundaries and size of Germany. Germany is located in the central parts of mainland Europe. On the north it bordered by Denmark and has an outlet on the northwest to the North Sea and on the northeast to the Baltic Sea.

On the west it borders with the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France, on the south – with Switzerland and Austria, and on the east – the Czech Republic and Poland.

It is located between 47 and 54° north latitude and between 6 and 14° east longitude. It occupies an area of 357,021 sq.km. This makes it one of the European countries with larger territory.

Germany has a very strategic geographic location. It is located at the crossroads between Western and Eastern Europe and between Scandinavia and the Mediterranean. The location of the country has always been crucial.

During the Iron Curtain the border between capitalist Western countries and the Eastern communist countries passed through the territory of Germany.

berlin wall germanyRelief of Germany. The relief of Germany is varied. It changes from low planes in the northern parts of the country to mountainous in the southernmost parts.

The largest part of the territory is occupied by hilly plain relief. The highest peak in Germany is Zugspitze. It rises about 2962 meters in the Alps on the border with Austria.

The relief of Germany strongly favours the development of land transport. The reason is the lack of major geographical barriers within the country.

Only Turingenwald diversify the terrain of central Germany. The coastline is more indented with numerous small coastal lakes.

Waters of Germany. Germany has considerable water resources. On the territory of the country there are several large navigable rivers, most of which are connected together by waterways.

Some of the larger rivers in Germany are Elbe, Mosel, Rhine and Ems. From the mountain Schwarzwald in southern Germany springs also one of Europe’s largest rivers – the Danube.

Most of the rivers run to the North Sea, Baltic Sea or the Atlantic Ocean. An exception is the Danube River, which crosses almost the entire Europe on the south-east and flows into the Black Sea in Romania.

The reason is the high mountain ranges in southern Europe, which do not allow the river to flow into the near Mediterranean Sea.

Climate in Germany. Germany falls entirely within the temperate climate zone. Most of the country has a continental climate and only the northern most parts of the state have oceanic features.

Overall, the climate can be summarized as follows – cold winters, cool to mild springs and autumns and warm to hot summers.

Weather in Germany is significantly influenced by the Atlantic Ocean, although in France, the Netherlands, Belgium or England the influence is stronger.

Because of the vast territory, however, the climatic conditions in Germany are very different in depending on which part of the country you are.

For example, in northern Germany near the sea coast climate is cool in summer, cold and humid in winter, but still a little softer than it is the normal for these latitudes.

In the southern parts of the country there is a continental climate character – the summer is quite warm, sometimes it’s even hot, and winters are relatively mild, but quite snowy.

Due to the weaker influence of the Atlantic in comparison with England and the large area of Germany, the country knows a number of temperature records ranging from +40 to -45°C.

Although Germany is considered to be a northern country, it is far sunnier in comparison with other states such as Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands or Belgium.

For example, summers in Germany are significantly warmer than those in Britain.

The climate varies strongly in depending if you are in the northern parts of the country near by Denmark, which is considered for a Nordic country or if you are into the southern parts that are located at about 350 kilometers from the hot and sunny Mediterranean.

Here are few examples of how climate varies in different parts of Germany:

City of Rostock is located in northern Germany on the Baltic coast. In winter, the weather is strongly influenced from the cold air masses masses which come from the north.

Temperatures in January and February are very low – about 0 – 2°C. Summers are cool. Warmest is the weather in June, July and August. The peak of the temperatures is in July when the daily average are about 21 – 22 degrees.

– In Essen, which is located in the central parts of the country near the border with the Netherlands the climate is a quite softer. Summers are a bit warmer – around 23 – 24°C.

The same goes for the winter months. Temperatures reach up to about 4-5°C. Interesting here is that winter temperatures vary more, because the city is more remote from the stabilizing influence of the North and Baltic Seas.

In southern Germany is the city of Freiburg. It is one of the warmest and sunniest cities in the country. In January and February daytime temperatures are in the range of 5 to 7°C.

In July and August is the warmest weather. The daily temperatures are around 25 – 26°C but under appropriate conditions could become quite warmer.

Five months of the year daytime temperatures are above 18°C. With its mild climate Freiburg shows a very different Germany than that which we have accustomed to imagine.
bonn germanyAnimal world. For Germany are typical European species such as wolves, foxes, deer, squirrels, wild boars, wild cats, various birds (woodpecker, eagle, falcon, owl and many others).

It is interesting to note that in Germany do not actually occur wild bears, although this animal normally inhabits many parts of mainland Europe.

In practice in Western Europe bears are extinct as a result of human intervention in the past. In Germany, the last bear was seen in the first half of the 19th century.

Although the principal blame for the disappearance of bears are the people, today it should be noted that Germans are among the most worried about the nature and one of the biggest defenders of the environment.

Economy of Germany. Germany is the heart of the Euro zone. The Euro is the official currency in this country. Before the Euro the official currency of Germany was the German mark, which remained in circulation until 2002.

The country has very well developed economy, competing for the second place with Japan, although in recent years it is suggests that China’s economy has become stronger than the German.

The economy of Germany has some features such as extremely highly developed industry, which is considered to be the backbone of German economy.

It produces world-famous car brands, different types of electronic equipment, cosmetics and what not. In practice, the country is a developed and modern society that produces almost everything you need from a technological point of view.

Everyone has heard names like Mercedes, BMW, Opel, Nivea, Siemens and so on. Today the phrase “Made in Germany” is a synonymous with high quality. In fact, German industry excels in a number of indicators, even the United States!

For that reason Germany is often called “the factory of the world.” One of the most remarkable achievements of Germany in the international economy is that the country has become the largest exporter of goods in the world!

Highly developed economy has ensured to the German society one of the highest standards of living. The German social model is a dream for hundreds of countries worldwide.

Known fact for example is that German citizens are the biggest tourists and travellers in the world today. Because of this reason, the German tour operator TUI has become the largest in the world and has many offices in different parts of the planet.

Needless is to say, that this may be a reality not only if the population has sufficient financial resources, but also with sufficient free time to travel.

For example, for German society is something usual to spend its vacation somewhere abroad. The local social system makes even the impossible for the Germans and because of this reason they can afford it.

It is believed that in this way the Germans will be more workable when they return to work and with larger productivity. Of course Germany is not relying only on industry.

The service sector is also very well developed. Here we have to pay attention to education, tourism, finance and others. Can not miss also and agriculture.

It is very well developed and mechanized. This allows from small areas to obtain good harvests. From the plant-growing most important are cereals and forage crops, as well as cool loving plants such as potatoes.

In the southwestern parts of the country where climatic conditions are much better and feels the warming influence of the Mediterranean thrive also and vineyards.

However, from the sectors of agriculture best developed is the livestock breeding. It produces high quality meat and dairy products.

Germany and globalization. Today Germany is not only a member of the European Union, but also a member of the Schengen Agreement.

This means that the country has no border controls at its borders to other Schengen member countries. Border Checkpoint are replaced by marking plates, as it is in the United States.

Celebrities in Germany. This is one of the countries in the world who have given most to the modern humanity, whether we talk about culture, art or science.

In the German city of Ulm was born Albert Einstein, who is considered to be one of the smartest people ever lived. In 1921 he received the Nobel Prize for Physics.

In Germany was born also and one of the most popular in the world, economists and sociologists – Max Weber. For his most important work is considered “The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism“.

In Trier, Germany, was born Karl Marx – one of the biggest critics of capitalism. In practice it is may be impossible to list out the thousands of people who have left their imprint on world history.

We should note, however, Germany has given many famous names not only in science, but also in the world of art, sport and show business. In 1770 in Bonn was born Ludwig van Beethoven, considered to be one of the greatest composers who have ever lived.

German is also Johann Sebastian Bach. He was born in 1685 in the town of Eisenach.

Other significant names are the German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the pilot of Formula-1 Michael Schumacher, the tennis players Boris Becker and Steffi Graf, the supermodels Claudia Schiffer and Heidi Klum and many others.

brandenburg gate berlin germanyHigher education in Germany. Germany is a world leader in higher education. This is not surprising, given that the country invest huge resources in the development of science, healthcare and new technologies.

One of the features of the German education is more typical for the United States than for the other European countries. This is the fact that many Germans prefer to study in colleges, giving them a greater degree of practical skills in comparison with a classic university.

This is understandable having on mind that in Germany has very well developed industry and practical skills could give to the young people the chance to be more competitive on the labour markets.

Among the names of German universities in the country stand out those of the universities in Heidelberg, Freiburg, Göttingen, University of Munich, Technical University in Munich, Berlin’s Free University and many others.

Transportation. German infrastructure is developed in a way to ensures maximum advantage of the local economy. Germany is considered to be the country with best-developed transport network in Europe and the world.

Much of its territory is crossed by highways, which not only link the major cities of the country, but also play an important role as a transport corridor between Eastern and Western Europe, and between northern and southern parts of the continent.

High-speed trains are another element of German highly developed infrastructure. They provide a competitive rate and speed of about 280 km / h and all this in combination with high security and accuracy.

Germany has a very well-developed air transport between cities, and abroad. This is not a surprise to anyone having on mind that Germany is known as the country of which departure the largest flow of tourists in the world.

Frankfurt airport is considered to be one of the best equipped and major airports on the planet.
An interesting fact about Germany is that the country has very well developed river transportation. Many large German rivers are connected together by waterways.

This reflects well on the German economy, thereby providing affordable transport. The system of canals in Germany makes it possible to reach by ship from the North Sea to the Black Sea.

What facilitates the development of channels is the relief in Germany. But in this strongly developed country there are not just dig river channel.

In the 19 century was completed Kilsk‘s channel which crosses Jutland Peninsula (peninsula, on which is located Denmark) and shortens the way between the North and Baltic Seas.

Population of Germany. The population of Germany is about 82 million people. Typical feature is the even distribution of population throughout the country.

Here, unlike other European countries like France and Britain there is no such a large concentration of population in one place in Mega-cities such as Paris or London.

For the largest city in Germany is considered Berlin, which has a population of about 3.5 million people and suffer from overcrowding much lesser in comparison with other European capitals or American cities.

Ethnic diversity. Today the population of Germany is characterized by great ethnic diversity. The country has become the permanent home of millions of foreigners.

Today the foreigners are nearly 13% of the total population and live mainly in larger cities, where the chances of finding better paid jobs and creating their own business are greatest.

Today on the streets of Germany one of every 7-8 people is a foreigner. In big cities the percentage is higher. Much of the foreigners are Turks who have settled here permanently.

forest in germanyCities in Germany. Largest and most important cities in Germany are Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Bremen, Hanover, Braunschweig, Magdeburg, Munich, Bielefeld, Leipzig, Halle, Dortmund, Bochum, Essen, Duisburg, Krefeld, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Bonn , Vulertal, Mönchengladbach, Frankfurt, Wiesbaden, Nuremberg, Mannheim, Heidelberg, Karlsruhe, Stuttgart. All these cities have a population of over 300,000 people.

The largest urban agglomerations in the country are those of Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Bonn, Cologne, Bremen, Hamburg and Dusseldorf.

At one point in Germany where the large agglomerations of Dortmund, Essen, Duisburg and Bochum have merged into one was formed the largest German megalopolis.

Culture of Germany. In cultural point of view, Germany has a great influence worldwide. For example, German is the official language of nearly 100 million people.

Except in Germany, it is spoken in Austria and Switzerland, and is spoken by tens of millions of people worldwide. German culture itself also extends far beyond Germany’s borders.

It is easy to find its fingerprints for example in northern Italy, where some residents have German roots. Furthermore, in most of Central Europe traces of German culture could be found across the Atlantic.

For example, in the United States and Argentina in the past, have emigrated millions of Germans. They undoubtedly have influenced the culture, traditions and understandings in their new home.

Realistically, however, the term “German culture“ is quite elastic, because Germany is one of the countries with most rapidly changing culture.

The reason you could find in the habit of many Germans to travel abroad. So they have the opportunity to see new things that they sometimes accept in their own everyday life.

One of the closest example is the Mediterranean, with which the Germans have a special relationship. In many German families one could feel the influence of Mediterranean cuisine and lifestyle.

Another reason is that the Mediterranean traditions and way of life are very interesting about Germans. It is not uncommon for Germans to remain to live permanently in other countries, especially on the Mediterranean coast.

This is because they like the better sunny climate of Southern Europe. For example, the Spanish island of Mallorca has a very large number of German resident. Thus the culture of Germany quickly spread around the world and mix with the cultural peculiarities of other nations.

History of Germany. Germany was founded in 962. Before that these lands were inhabited by German and Celtic tribes, which have left perhaps the strongest traces of human presence in these lands.

Because of its strategic location Germany has often been in a war with its neighbours. One of the most famous controversial areas in the country’s history are Alsace and Lorraine, who are now within the borders of France.

Germany has not always been one country as it is today. For example, in the period 1815 – 1871 year, it consisted of 39 independent countries and after 1871 it became fully integrated and unified.

That did not last long. Because of the participation of Germany in WWII (its partners are Japan and Italy), the country suffered heavy losses and was divided into two parts – German Democratic Republic, known as East Germany and Federal Republic of Germany, known as West Germany.

The division of Germany took place in 1949. After that date, West Germany took a democratic and capitalist development model, while East Germany became a communist economy such as most of the countries in Eastern Europe.

After the war, and since Germany was already divided, the United States decided to help the destroyed European economy.

They allocated billions of dollars between their allies and West Germany was among the most supported countries. The division continued until October 3, 1990, when West Germany and East Germany became one country for the last time.

Meanwhile, in 1957 West Germany became one of the founders of today’s European Union. After German reunification in 1990 the East Germany (GDR) automatically joined the EU.

One of the most dramatic moments in the history of Germany was the division of Berlin into two parts. In 1961 the Berlin Wall was built and became the symbol of the division of Germany.

Its purpose was to stop the residents of East Germany to flee to the west. The 166 kilometers long wall was destroyed in November, 1989.

Tourism in Germany

Here is what say few people who have been in Germany for some reason:
D. is 26 years old girl. She says: ” I visited Germany for the first time in the summer of 2007. I was a student and really wished to work in a foreign country.

My goal was to save some money, but also to explore the culture of such a developed and modern European country. University where I learned then helped me to start working in a hotel as a trainee.

Arriving in Germany I quickly noticed that people are very organized, dynamic and very quickly orient themselves in all kind situations.

Furthermore, the people there were very polite. Actually I have not seen more polite people somewhere else. Once people learned that I am not a German all began to talk to me in English.

It was very nice, although I can speak German very well. I spent a wonderful summer. In Germany people are great professionalists. My work day was not long, but on behalf of that my duties were planned to the last minute.

It does not matter on how long you work, but rather on what you do while you’re there. The only thing I did not like was the weather. I worked on the island of Rügen, which is located in the Baltic Sea.

Even in July, It was too cool. I must say that temperatures of 22 – 23°C were rare occurrence. I really liked this country and hope to visit it again, but this time as a tourist. ”

frankfurt skylineM. says: “For the first time I visited Germany with my parents in the 90’s, when we was on a visit to our relatives in Cologne for several months.

I was just amazed by my stay in this wonderful country – pure, ancient architecture, cathedrals, squares, cafes and what not. It was just amazing! People were very friendly and greeted us quite often, even people who I saw for the first time.

In the neighbourhood where we lived had a lot of greenery. Feeling to walk the streets was like a walk in the park. There are many excellent places for shopping and entertainment.

Later I had the pleasure to visit this beautiful country several times during different seasons of the year. My impression is that Cologne has a very nice weather – summer is warm and sunny and there is fluffy snowy in winter.

And yet, believe me, there are so many things to do and to see that the weather would be the last thing you will remember.”

V. Businessman, 51 years old shares his impressions: “I was in Germany once and I visited the capital Berlin. I can say that this city is really amazing.

Architecture, cultural and linguistic diversity, shopping centers – all that makes this city incredible! I had a great desire to see the city from high, so I got on the television tower.

The first time I went up it was a cloudy and I could not see anything because the television tower is very high and everything was covered with clouds. So after two days I went up again.

What can I say? The view just take my breath away! That was an amazing view that everyone must see! Walking the streets of Berlin I noticed that there is missing that feeling of chaos, which can be seen in cities on the Mediterranean.

In Berlin everything was somehow very tidy, people was more relaxed, restrained and patient. I have travelled in many countries, but I must say that from Germany I’m most impressed. I do not know what is due, but in Germany you have a very strong sense of civilization. ”

A. 37 years old tells about her trip to Germany: “I travelled in the German province for business in 2007 and have excellent impressions of the country.

In my opinion most noticeable is, of course, the highly developed infrastructure, perhaps because I travelled by car. You very quickly get from one place to another, as the highways network in the country is impressive.

We travelled through many small towns and villages whose names I even did not remember, but even there was an excellent infrastructure. In every sphere of the everyday life German society has reached a very high level of development.

Furthermore, Germans are excellent colleagues and employers. Whenever I had difficulties with the German language I could speak with everyone in English. ”

Today Germany is not only the largest sender of tourists worldwide but also an important tourist destination of international significance. There are many things worth seeing.

The fact that many Germans travel abroad really contributes heavily to the modern image of the country and today Germany is an incredible mix of cultures and nationalities.

Today about 25 million foreign tourists visit annually Germany. People come here for different reasons – a holiday, on business, visit, etc. Here are some events and sights that contribute most to the development of tourism in the country.

1. Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is the largest and most important event related to beer in the world. The event held in Munich each year from 1810.

This is one of the most attractive events in the country and attracts millions of tourists. It usually begins in late September and lasts until early October, from where its name comes.

The scale of the Oktoberfest are really enormous. This event is among the most significant entertainment events in the world like a carnival of samba in Rio de Janeiro.

germany beach2. Brandenburg Gate. Brandenburg Gate is fully completed in 1791. Today is considered to be the greatest architectural landmark in the country.

It is a symbol of reunification between East and West Germany, but it should be noted that in fact the building was built in a completely different occasion and with another purpose.

In fact, the Brandenburg Gate has served as one of the gates to Berlin. Today remained only it, and for young Germans symbolizes the unity.

3. Berlin Wall. If you visit Germany one of the things you must see is the Berlin Wall, or rather what is remained of it. Berlin is a city of art and the wall is no exception.

Parts of the wall are left deliberately to remind the division, but also as a decorative element that serves to enrich the diversity of attractions of this rich and beautiful city. The history of the wall began in 1961 and ended in 1989.

The Berlin Wall played the role of barrier between East and West Berlin, which aimed to stop the escapes from east to west Germany.

4. Potsdamer Platz. Potsdamer Platz is to Germany what is Time Square for America. This is one of the busiest and key points in the German capital Berlin.

Today it is a modern place where there are many modern office buildings. Here you will see the modern face and spirit of Germany. In closeness there is a great variety of comfortable city hotels, where you could stay.

5. The center of Frankfurt. The central parts of Frankfurt should not be missed! Skyline is very impressive! Here dominate sleek, modern skyscrapers.

The city center has incredible cosmopolitan spirit and radiated wealth. In fact, Frankfurt is probably the city that has the most impressive skyline in Europe.

Since much of Frankfurt was destroyed during the war, it takes an entirely new direction of development. So today Frankfurt has a typical American face. Here we must mention the building of the European Central Bank, which is one of the most impressive in Germany.

6. Cologne Cathedral. Cathedral in Cologne is into the list of World Heritage by UNESCO. The construction of this marvel of architecture lasted more than 6 centuries, which speaks about its indescribable value as a cultural object.

The structure was begun in the first half of 13 century and was fully completed in 1880. Today over Cologne skyline you can see its two towers with a height of about 157 meters!

7. Bundestag. The building of the German Parliament, known as the Bundestag is located next to the beautiful city park Tiergarten in central Berlin.

This historical monument is also known as the Reichstag building. This architectural piece of art was completed in 1894. The building is the most beautiful seen from the facade, where its architectural ornaments resemble the Acropolis in the Greek capital Athens.

8. Bode Museum. Bode Museum is located in the German capital Berlin and is considered to be one of the best museums in Germany. The first thing that we have to note is its location.

The museum is located on an island in the middle of the river Spree. And if the outside architecture and location are a joy to the eye, the inside with certainly will not leave you indifferent. The museum offer exhibits of mummified human bodies that can make you feel scared.

9. Lowenburg Castle. In translation from German means “lion’s Palace”. It is situated in the western outskirts of the small town of Kassel, which is located in central Germany.

This architectural masterpiece was built in very short period. Eight years it took to complete this magnificent castle. It was completed in 1801 at the beginning of the 19th century.

It was built by Earl William 9th, known for his extensive knowledge of architecture. The area of Lowenburg is covered with dense deciduous vegetation, and the north of the castle has a beautiful garden with shady paths for walk.

10. Liechtenstein Palace. Located in a picturesque area south of Reutlingen in southern Germany, Liechtenstein Palace impresses with its magnificent location on the edge of a cliff.

It really looks like the castles from the fairy tales and many people say it is one of the most beautiful places in Germany. The castle is located at this place since the early 13 th century, although it was twice destroyed and rebuilt anew.

Nothing can compare to the feeling man to pass over the wooden bridge to the castle gate. Here you will experience the historical spirit of medieval Europe.

munich architecture11. Isle of Rügen. Rügen is a large irregularly shaped island situated in the Baltic Sea near the coast of the continent. It is unusual, but really innovative solution for summer holidays with beautiful scenery and relaxed rural atmosphere.

The environment is clean and saved with cool and fresh climate. You might even bathe into the sea and sunbathe on one of its beautiful beaches in the warmer summer months.

12. Marienplatz. Located in the heart of Munich, Marienplatz is considered to be one of the most beautiful squares in Germany. All around you everything radiates refinement and culture.

Most impressive is the building of the municipality or, as Germans call it – Rathaus. In its highest part the building rises to about 79 meters. Opposite the City Hall is located the column of St. Mary. On the top of the column you can see a statue of the saint, which was made in 1590.

13. Regensburg (city in UNESCO list). If you visit Regensburg once you will never wonder again why the city is in the list of World Heritage by UNESCO.

Many city streets are too narrow and therefore through them can move only pedestrians. This is one of those towns where the streets seem to have no direction and are designed not to reach any place, but rather to confuse the walkers.

But this will only help you to get to know this magical place. As people say “The best way to know a city is being lost in it”.

14. The museum and the tower of BMW. Being in Munich you have to visit the attractive Tower of BMW also famous as “the four-cylinders”. The building is an original, well designed and will not leave indifferent the curious visitors.

Adjacent to the tower is located the museum of BMW, where you’ll learn everything you want about the famous German auto mobiles.

15. National Theatre Munich. As it is with many other buildings in the country, the facade of the German National Theatre in Munich is similar to the Acropolis in the Greek capital Athens.

The building was completed in 1901, at the beginning of the 20th century. The theatre is located at an beautiful circus, which you can enjoy sitting in one of the nearby cafes.

16. National Park “Bavarian Forest”. Located near the border with the Czech Republic, National Park “Bavarian Forest” is something you should not miss in Germany.

Here is perhaps the most beautiful forest in Europe. The frontier forests between Germany and the Czech Republic are always considered to be among the most beautiful in Europe.

Here the visitors can enjoy great biological diversity. The vegetation is mixed – there are both deciduous and coniferous forests. And although the territory of the country posses a great variety of national parks, this is maybe one of the most attractive.

17. Nuremberg. This is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Ancient buildings, narrow streets, European atmosphere and small, charming cafes, make together the city an excellent place for recreation and cultural enrichment.

People often say about Nuremberg that a walk along its ancient streets is actually a walk in the past. Nuremberg is where you meet history and future. You’ll be amazed to see how ancient buildings and modern architecture coexist in perfect harmony.

18. Cathedral of Aachen. Aachen Cathedral is considered to be one of the largest and most valuable landmarks of Germany. The cathedral is into the UNESCO list of world heritage.

This building was completed in 1531. The cathedral was under construction almost 600 years! Among the Germans it is known as the Kayzerdom.

19. Garmisch Parterkirchen (ski resort). Garmisch Parterkirhen is extremely nice and friendly resort town in southern Germany. It is located near the Austrian border.

This is one of the best places in Germany where one can feel the Alpine spirit of the country.

The town is quiet and from almost every part are visible the jagged peaks of the Alps. If you visit this charm resort town in winter do not forget to take advantage of the excellent opportunities for skiing.

regensburg germany20. Centro in Oberhausen. Centro in the city of Oberhausen is the largest mall in Europe. It stretches over a huge area and it is not accidental.

Oberhausen is part of the largest urban area in Germany. In this part of the country there is a large concentration of population, as several major German cities are located in close proximity to each other. These include Cologne, Essen and Dusseldorf.

21. Television Tower in Berlin. Television Tower in Berlin is the tallest building in the city. It rises to a height of 320 meters and is visible from almost the entire city.

It is located on Alexander Platz and offers stunning views of the German capital. The most pleasant is that on the top there is a rotating restaurant that will offer you the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful view while having dinner and drinking your beverage.

Beaches in Germany. It’s hard to believe how big it is actually the difference between the German North Sea coast and that of the Baltic Sea.

On the coast of the North Sea beaches virtually absent or at least the kind imagined by the tourist point of view. The coasts have a dark brownish colour and because of the very slight relief vast areas are flooded by the sea during high tide.

Accordingly, at low tide North Sea retreats and left behind open silt seabed. All this appears to be a haven for birds. Here they can find much food as the biodiversity is significant.

Baltic coast is quite different. There are numerous sandy beaches. The most beautiful of them are located near by the Polish border.

Although few people associate Germany with a vacation at sea, in fact it should be noted that in some places the beaches are really quite attractive and with very bright and fine sand.

And if there were not the much lower temperatures one would probably felt as he is in Spain.

Well, we can not expect that there will be hot as it is on the Mediterranean, but there are not few days that are pretty nice for the beach at least for people who are not too chilly.

Best beaches in Germany you can find between cities of Karlshagen and Heringsdorf. We could call this place the German Riviera because of its beautiful beaches and great opportunities for tourism. Another place which has attractive beaches in Germany is the island of Rügen.

German cuisine is an important part of the travelling in this amazing country. Popular is the fact that the cuisine is the best way to get to know the lifestyle and traditions of one country.

If you need a brief description of the German cuisine you have to note that it is quite nutritious, and sometimes even heavy.

There are no many spices and most important is the natural taste of the food. Speaking of the most used products, we must put few emphasis. The first is the potatoes.

They are one of the most consumed foods in Germany. The Germans prepare potatoes in different ways – boiled, baked, fried. Potatoes could be used as a main dish or as a garnish.

Germans love to combine the potatoes with meat, preferably pork. Similar is the situations with the frankfurters and sausages, which are traditional German products.

Germans are known for their huge variety of pastries, which they usually prepare. Here the choice is indescribable. Desserts range from fruit sweets such as the classic German strudel to a great variety of chocolate delights.

Germany is a paradise for all who love to eat cake, shtolen and other tempting sweets. The country is also popular with its diversity of breads, cakes, croissants, bagels and so on.

Unlike Frenchmen and other Mediterranean peoples, who are sworn fans of the wine here in Germany the most respected drinks are coffee and beer.

Both are consumed in large quantities and are an important part of the everyday life of the average German, so these are the best solutions about what drink to put on the table if you want to immerse yourself completely in the atmosphere of Germany.

rugen island forestWhen is the best time for tourism in Germany? As the country falls within the temperate latitudes best time for tourism in general is the summer, when temperatures are most pleasant and nature is in its hight.

Best for tourism are June, July and August. Another appropriate time for tourism in Germany is the end of September and early October, when it held the notorious Oktoberfest.

But if your goal is to skiing in the German Alps, then it is best to choice the winter months.

Overall the time for tourism depends mainly on what part of the country you have chosen and what is the purpose of your visit. Germany is one of the few countries in the world that offers something interesting in every part of the year.

What clothes to wear for tourism in Germany? Although conditions in the country vary a lot depending on whether you are in the Alps or near to the Baltic Sea, however, can summarize the overall conditions as follows:

In June, July and August in most of Germany the weather is warm and sunny. Summer clothes are best, but it’s still good to have a thin anorak or jacket, especially if you’re in the northern parts of the country.

In September and October weather is typical of autumn and sometimes can become quite cool. The most suitable clothes are with long sleeves and lighter coat.

From November to March, wear warm winter clothing. In April and May, comply with spring temperatures and do not take too warm clothes with you.