There are many stereotypes about Germany and Germans, but once you take time to get to know the country, you will learn that it has so much to offer.

Most travellers are attracted by the main cities, such as Berlin, Munich, Cologne and Hamburg, for their interesting mix of history, art and culture. Historic towns with magnificent cathedrals and typical traditional buildings co-exist with modern cities and their skyscrapers, lively music scenes and vibrant nightlife. Traditional Christmas Markets are on many people’s bucket lists for their magical atmosphere.

But there is so much more to see and do outside of the main cities and towns – from thousands of romantic castles all over the country to the beaches of the north, wine valleys of the west, and forests and mountains of the south… Due to the size of the country, the landscape is so diverse, making Germany a great destination for outdoor activities.

Germans are renowned for their efficiency and punctuality, but they are also friendly and helpful people who can be passionate about their country and culture, their hearty food – and, of course, their beer.

Quick Facts

Population:              81.4 million

Area:                         357,376 km2

Capital:                     Berlin

Currency:                 Euro (EUR)

Language:               German

Electricity:                Plug type C, F (two round pins), voltage 230V/50Hz

Driving:                     On the right-hand side of the road

Time:                        Central European Time Zone (UTC +01:00), Summer (Daylight Saving) Time is observed in Germany

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