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What You Should Know More About Germany

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    The legal age for drinking in Germany is 16 years.


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    The Rhine Valley

    One of the most important waterway of Europe, Rhine, is simply beautiful. Spanning over a length of 1320 km, this beautiful river stretches from Switzerland while passing through Germany and finally entering Netherlands. There are a number of places in Germany from where you can catch a glimpse of this river however the Upper Middle Rhine Valley region is indeed the best place to enjoy the majestic river. Often dramatic, the river sprawls over a 65 km stretch and boasts of 60 picturesque medieval towns and 40 castles that are all waiting for you to explore on a river cruise. You can even explore the area via car. One of the best places to start your cruise is Bingen. It is the place where the river cuts through deep gorge before finally coming to the Bacharach valley.


    Rothenburg ob der Tauber

    Rothenburg is an old Franconian imperial city. It is indeed one of the most fascinating cities of Germany. The romantic Road tourist route lies on the steep banks of the magnificent River Tauber. Its towers and walls have been untouched every since the 1618’s, Thirty Years War. The place has neatly preserved the ideal medieval town vibe with its endless charm. Some of the individual buildings here that demand your attention include the St.-Georgs-Brunnen fountain, Town Hall, Ratstrinkstube, Imperial City Museum and St. James's Church. Taking a stroll along the streets can be one timeless experience.


    The Black Forest

    The Black Forest is undoubtedly one of the most frequented landmarks of Germany. Situated in the south western corner of Germany, the forest extends to over 160 km from High Rhine in the south to Pforzheim in the north. Indeed, a paradise for the hikers, this place is a must visit during your holiday to Germany. On the western end, the forest descends steeply to the Rhine that is brimming with the lush valleys. In the eastern end, there are slopes which are gentle down to the Danube valleys and upper Neckar. The oldest ski region of Germany, Todtnau is a great spot for adventure lovers. You can also come here for the magnificent spa facilities available here at Baden-Baden. Other things that demand your attention include the beautiful resort of Bad Liebenzell, Black Forest Railway, Triberg and Black Forest Open Air Museum.


    Sanssouci Park and Palace, Potsdam

    Beautiful Sanssouci Park was laid out in the period spanning from 1744 to 1756. It is indeed one of the most celebrated examples of Potsdam Rococo. The park presents the personal influence of Frederick the Great. Inclusive of the numerous greenhouses, Baroque flower garden and than 3,000 fruit trees, strolling around the park is indeed one of the best things to do in Germany. Known for its two-and-a-half-kilometer-long avenue, gorgeous gardens, perfect lawns and protected by trimmed hedges, nature lovers will enjoy being here. Here there are a variety of park buildings that demand your attention. One such building is the Picture Gallery that houses a vast collection of art. Other places to see include the Roman Baths complex and Chinese House.    


    Insel Mainau: the Flower Island of Lake Constance

    Insel Mainau is a magnificent Flower Island found on the alluring lake Constance. Spread over an area of 110 acres, the island attracts several visitors who come here to see the different parks and gardens that are located here. Most of these gardens are brimming with tropical and semi tropical vegetation. You can access the island via boat. Another means to reach the island is via a pedestrian bridge that connects the island to the mainland. Be assured to spend some additional time apart from the two hours that will be need to explore the landmark properly. Another sightseeing attraction here is the 18th-century Schloss, which is known for its beautiful gatehouse, White Hall and old defensive tower.


    The Berlin Wall

    The Berlin Wall may not be the most picturesque places to see in Germany however The Berlin Wall and what lies left to it is something that every visitor to Berlin must visit. Built in the year 1961, The Berlin Wall has the most remarkable manifestation of the Cold war mentality which existed after WWII and by the period it was torn down, it further extended to about 155 kms. Thankfully, almost all the remains of the wall today are tiny graffiti-covered sections which put forth a stark reminder of over 70 people who died here when trying to escape from the East.   


    Berlin's Brandenburg Gate

    Berlin's Brandenburg Gate was built in the year 1791 for the King Frederick William II. Modeled on the Athens’s Acropolis, the gate is a monumental sandstone located in the Berlin's Mitte district. It is the first example of Neo classical architecture in the city. Being 26 meters in height, the gate has a beautiful four horse chariot nestled on the top.


    Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom)

    Situated on the banks of River Rhine, the towering Cathedral of Kölner Dom and St. Mary is an interesting tourist attraction of Germany. This beautiful masterpiece is known for its high Gothic architecture and is also one of the largest landmarks of Europe. The construction for the cathedral began in the year 1248 and it is indeed one of the most ambitious building project of the Middle Ages. Spanning over an area of 6166 square meters, the cathedral boasts of 56 huge pillars.  


    Königssee (King's Lake)

    King’s Lake also known as the Bavarian lake is indeed one of the most important tourist attractions of the Berchtesgadener Land. Located in proximity to Salzburg which is a haven for hikers, you definitely must visit the lake to relax and unwind. Another attractive sightseeing option is the boat trip which will lead you to the northern end’s Pilgrimage Chapel of St. Bartholomew that has been in existence since the 17th century. From here, you can take a walk to the Obersee.


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    Museums of Berlin

    In the heart of Berlin lies the Museum Island. It is a strip of land lying in the Spree River where a number of the most impressive museums of the country are located. Pergamon Museum is known to have the most incredible building that has been carefully deconstructed, shipped to Berlin from round the globe. Thereafter, it has reconstructed here. One of the best places to see is the Pergamon Altar.


    Driving Romantic Road

    Take a beautiful road trip that passes through the Bavaria. It takes in few of the most beautiful and interesting traditional towns of Germany. The place is also known for a series of beautiful castles that you can explore along your way.


    Enjoying a Drink During Oktoberfest

    Oktoberfest is a party that is celebrated all across the Germany and the world. However, the biggest celebration of the fest takes place in Munich. Here the beer halls fill to bursting. Several huge drinking tents are also erected all around the city. You have a number of beers to try along with the wonderful camaraderie that is shared by all.


    Explore the Historic Sights of Nuremberg

    Nuremberg is known majorly for its medieval architecture. All this make it a magnificent tourist attraction. Be it exploring of the state theatre or the old city walls, churches or castle, this magnificent city has a lot for you to see. You also have a few surprises waiting to be unfolded when you come across the modern architecture which is on display in the city.


    Snow Sports in the Bavarian Alps

    The Alps Mountains are a stunning range which shares its border with Austria. During the winter months, you can carry out a range of adventure activities such as snowboarding and skiing here. Besides the other winter sports, sightseeing is also a great thing to do to explore the local rural Bavarian culture.


    Germany is a Safe and Secure Country

    Germany is known to one of the safest countries of Europe. The crime rate in Germany is very low. There is a very little risk for the travelers who visit this beautiful country. You may also not have to face any risk of threat or pick pockets in Germany. Moreover, the locals of Germany are incredibly humble, generous and polite. They make for great hosts and will try their best to help you if you find yourself in any difficulty.


    Transportation in Germany

    One of the most significant aspect of German transportation is the autobahn which is a complex highway system. Besides this, a good network of bus and efficient train systems will also help you travel around the country with absolute ease.


    Visiting the Old and the New in Frankfurt

    Frankfurt is one city that is known for its interesting contrasts. It is a financial powerhouse of the country that is also a home to some of the most interesting range skyscrapers. You can also find a vast variety of historic architecture here. For those who are interested in architecture and history of the city, Saint Bartholomew’s Cathedral and old City Hall are believed to be the most magnificent examples.


    See the Amazing Surroundings of the Black Forest

    Black Forest, lies in the south western end of the country. It has long been a vital resource for Germany both in terms of mines and the forestry in this region. This area offers scenic surroundings for mountain biking and hiking in summer and spring months. Skiing is a great water sport for you to enjoy in the winter.


    English is a Common Language

    In case your skills in the local language is limited, your knowledge of English can be extremely helpful. Germany has a vast population that known how to speak English that to fluently. So, if you face hassles in communicating, try English and you have you way easy.

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  • When is the best time to visit Germany?

    The best time to visit Germany is in the summer months of June to August.

    • The spring months of March to may is also a good option when there is little or no rainfall and the temperature is agreeable.
    • The winter months of December to February must be avoided as the German fall weather is very wet, the temperature drops to several degrees and features sudden cold snaps.
    • Visit it in October to witness the grand Oktoberfest or in May to take part in the multicultural festival, Karneval der Kulturen.

  • How to reach Germany?

    The easiest way to reach Germany from India is by flight. Germany has over 60 international Airports in all the major cities including Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Berlin, Düsseldorf and Stuttgart. Almost all the major airlines including Lufthansa, Emirates, Jet Airways, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, United, Air China, British Airways, South African Airways and Qatar Airways fly to Germany on a daily basis from all the major cities of India. You can take a connecting flight that will have stopover in International hubs like Amsterdam, Dubai or Singapore. You can also consider taking a Europe tour package that includes Germany in the Itinerary.

  • Do I need a visa for Germany? How does one get a German visa?

    Yes, you need a Schengen visa for Germany. You are required to download the visa application form and send a hard copy of it to one of the VFS visa application centres in New Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Gurgaon, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Jalandhar. Take a prior appointment for the submission of the visa application form and documents that include two passport size photographs, travel visa insurance, passport with validity of at least 3 months beyond return date, and 2 blank pages, flight and hotel reservation itinerary specifying the entry and exit dates, and a bank statement that specifies proof of sufficient funds for your travel to Germany. In addition to this you require documents specifying leave permission from your employer and a copy of your Income Tax return. The visa is valid for 90 days from the date of issuance and costs you a total of INR 13,266 which includes an embassy fee of INR 4300, service fee and GST.

  • What is the currency of Germany and where can I get my money exchanged?

    The currency of Germany is Euro. Germany is a predominantly cash focused country. Exchanging money at an ATM is the fairest deal on quick cash as it gives you the actual mid market exchange rate. You can also exchange your money at the currency exchange desks of Airports and Hotels but they might charge hidden fees thereby giving you less than the mid market exchange rate. As mentioned earlier, the germans are not much into credit cards but Visa and MasterCard are most widely accepted at hotels and popular tourist locations. Try withdrawing money from main bank ATMs to save you withdrawal fees. Also ATMs located in a bank lobby is a safer choice to exchange your money.

  • What are the things to do in Germany?

    Germany is a perfect blend of nature at its best with picturesque mountain ranges and stunning North sea beaches and art and nightlife scenes with an excellent cosmopolitan vibe. Here is a list of things to do in Germany.

    • Relive your childhood at the fairy tale castle of Neuschwanstein Castle, Schwangau.
    • Take a walk along the graffiti covered Berlin Wall, Berlin.
    • Visit the jaw-dropping Rakotzbrücke Devil's Bridge, Gablenz.
    • Take a tour to Spreepark, An abandoned dinosaur amusement park, Berlin.
    • Get spooked at Monster Kabinett, Part Haunted house, Part Art Gallery, Berlin.
    • Hike to the ruins of The Bastai, a german castle on the top of a towering stone pillar, Lohmen.
    • Dine in a classic mirror clad room at the Hall of Mirrors in Clärchens Ballhaus, Berlin.
    • Check out the most visited and most controversial museum in Germany, Pergamon Museum, Berlin.
    • Indulge in a futuristic spa at the Liquidroom and zone out in a underwater techno, Berlin.
    • Experience a unique live music at the Kunsthofpassage Singing Drain Pipes, Dresden, where the colorful drain and gutter system turns into a musical instrument when the rain falls.
    • Take a hike to the Bavarian Alps soaring 6,000 feet above at Berchtesgaden.
    • Hop on to Floating railway, Schwebebahn Wuppertal.

  • What is the local food of Germany? Which are the best places to taste this food?

    The local German cuisine is as varied as its landscapes. The most popular german dishes include Spätzle, Bratwurst, Schnitzel, pretzel, Bratkartoffeln, Sauerbraten and Bagels to name a few.

    Here is a list of best places to taste this food.

     

    • Bagels with Sausage and beer at cafes and restaurants in Munich
    • Kebabs at Schlappen tavern in Freiburg
    • Delicious cheese, German wines and varieties of milk at Pfunds Molkerei, Dresden
    • Berliner or German Donuts at Bäckerei Siebert, Berlin.
    • Classic Berlin Schnitzel at Borchardt, Berlin.
    • Ethnic German cuisine and seafood at Niederegger, Movenpick restaurant or Luebecker Hanse restaurant at Lubeck.
    • Cocktail of schnapps and beer at Luett in Lubeck.
    • Wurstkuchl at the sausage kitchen in Regensburg.
    • Würstel and schnitzel at Schmitz Fine Food in Frankfurt.

  • What is the best public transport to commute around Germany?

    The best public transport to travel around Germany is certainly the U-Bahn (underground railway) and S-Bahn (Stadtschnellbahn or city rapid railway). German cities and towns have efficient public transport systems with cities like Berlin and Munich having buses and Trams apart from the usual S-Bahn and U-Bahn. You can consider getting a single ride ticket or a multi ticket strip that needs to be stamped before boarding. Some cities also offers bicycles to commute. Germany has dedicated bicycle lanes to allow for an unobstructed cycle travel. Germany has an ubiquitous network of buses and Trams that run at regular intervals. They also operate at night. The U-Bahn and S-Bahn runs in the metropolitan cities of Berlin and Munich, are faster and excellent means to travel.

  • What is the local language in Germany and which are the most commonly used greetings? (mention at least 4) (Hello, Thank you, Good morning/night, What is the price of ____?, How far is _____?)

    The local language of Germany is German.

    Here is a list of most commonly used phrases in German that will help you in communicating with the locals.

    • Hello- Hallo
    • Thank You- Danke
    • Good morning- Guten Morgen
    • Good Night- Gute Nacht
    • What is the price of __? - Was ist der Preis von __?
    • How far is __?- wie weit ist__?

  • Which are the best shopping places in Germany and what are they famous for?

    The Germans love to shop. it is probably for the same reason that you will find huge shopping malls as well as amazing street shops in Germany.

     

    • Ludgeristraße, Munster famous for Bright, stylish and unconventional outfits.
    • Kaufingerstraße, Munich famous for major brand stores and designer boutiques.
    • Mönckebergstraße, Hamburg famous for chic women's fashion stores and electronics.
    • Hohe Straße, Cologne famous for souvenir shops, clothes, shoes cafes and restaurants.
    • Zeil, Frankfurt famous for famous department stores, retail chains, and designer brands.
    • Kirchgasse, Wiesbaden famous for expensive boutiques, jewellery stores and restaurants.
    • Schildergasse, Cologne famous for German Department stores.
    • Karolinenstraße, Nuremberg famous for affordable shops and boutiques.
    • Königstraße, Stuttgart famous for popular boutiques and the Museum of Fine arts.
    • Spitaler Straße, Hamburg famous for annual Christmas market.

  • Here are the best tips Thrillophilia has to offer for your trip to Germany.

    Thrillophilia has compiled a list of tips you need to keep in mind while travelling to Germany to make your trip hassle free.

     

    • Germans are predominantly cash focused and plastic has little power in Germany. So it is advisable to always carry cash with you.

     

    • Pick up some Germany before travelling. Almost 95% of the population speaks German and it will be easy to strike up a conversation if you know basic words.

     

    • Get a medical insurance before traveling to Germany especially if you are planning to stay for long. The medical care is expensive in Germany.

     

    • Avoid Jaywalking. You might get fined for it.

     

    • Drink responsibly. Public drunkenness is not taken lightly.

     

    • Shake hands when getting introduced to someone to avoid coming out as being impolite.

     

    • It is important to validate your ticket before taking a U-Bahn or S-Bahn. Failing to do so can cause you to pay heavy fine.

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