A land of legends, captivating scenic beauty, majestic palaces, and castles, heritage art & culture, soul stirring music, traditional food and a turbulent history is what defines Europe’s largest city. The Classical musical capital of the World offers you the holiday of your dreams. The country with photogenic beauty beckons you! So pack your bags and go on your leisurely holiday. You will get to see numerous mesmerizing places of natural beauty, old charm architecture,Iconic landmarks and unique history on your trip to Germany.
Experience the countryside, forests and mountains of Bavaria on Germanys Romantic Road which winds its way through the vineyards leading you into the Fairyworld of Neuschwanstein Castle at the foothills of the Alps. Go for the hot thermal spa at Baden Baden to rejuvenate yourself. Germany’s un-paralledphilharmonic orchestra can ring a few notes for the classical music lover in you. Don’t miss to watch a thrilling game of football amidst the cacophony of the football club supporters with that big mug of Beer.
Population: 82.11 million
Time Zone: CET
Area: 357,114 km2
Official Language: German
Capital’s calling code: +49
Germany has tourists coming from all the over world and is second only to Spain in terms of annual tourism. Year after year, millions of travelers and tourists come here to see it is historical monuments, royal palaces and the majestic castles which are known for their history and splendid architecture, numerous cultural and literary events and festivals. There is a lot to be explored and experienced in Germany. UNESCO has accredited 27 sites in Germany as World Heritage Sites
Their love for food drinks and shopping is well-known shop, so on your holiday do as the Germans do, grab that beer, eat Currywest and sip on the Riesling .Indulge in some endless shopping on the promenade and shopping street.
Germany has everything that makes a holiday perfect, totally friendly and safe. Relish the local traditional food or some International cuisines whatever works for you.
Berlin the Political and cultural capital of Germany famous for it is art and culture boasts of a Nightlife with an exciting beat to it. While in the Capital, a walk around Brandenburg Gate, The Berlin Wall and a visit to the Museum Island is not to be missed.
The Bavarian Woods, the Romantic Road, Black Forest, Baden Baden and Neuschwanstein Castle are must to be packed in your itinerary.
Germany has varied landscape made up of five main land regions they are:
It lies in Central Europe, borders France, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg, has a short coastline on the north and Baltic seas. Northern part of the country is flat whereas the central and southern regions are hilly.
The unconquered territory east of the Rhine was named Germania by Julius Caesar, the Roman Commander thus came Germany into existence.
The history of Europe’s largest Country spans over 18 centuries 3rd to the 21st.
Outlined by wars,battles, dark upheavals and divisions it has emerged as the largest economy today.
17th century saw the end of the Roman Empire and the emergence of independent states.
After French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars in the 18th Century (1803-1815) Feudalism fell apart giving way to Liberalism and Nationalism. The Industrial Revolution led to economic modernization and emergence of the Socialist Movement. TheGerman empire was formed in 1871 with unification of most of the German states under the leadershipof Chancellor Otto Von Bismarck.
By 1900 it had surpassed the economy of Great Britain becoming a dominant power. The Central Powers were led by Germany in WWI (1914-1918) against France, Great Britain, Russia and the US .Its defeat forced Germany to pay war reparations, losingits colonies .1918-1919 saw the formation of Weimer Republic.
Germany was hit by The Great Depression in the early 1930’s resulting in huge unemployment and a distrust in the government, giving way to rise of Nazi party led by Adolf Hitler in 1933. Germany’s totalitarian regime and ruthless foreign policy led to the opponents being killed, Rhineland re militarized ,Austria and parts of Czechoslovakia annexed with the Munich agreement .The Invasion of Poland led to WW11 in 1939 .By 1940 Germany had control over most of Western Europe. It invaded Soviet Union in 1941. Jews and others like Russians, polish in Germany were killed in the Holocaust. Germany was defeated in 1945 by the allied forces led by the US and Great Britain.
Despite the Cold War dividing the Country into East and West, its economy grew due to the influx of Germans from the East to the West making it the most dominant economies in Western Europe. East and West Germany entered the United Nations in 1973.
Western Europe got integrated in the European Union. The Berlin wall was brought down in 1989, Soviet Union collapsed and Germany was united in 1990.Germany was one of the strategic countries in forming the Eurozone 1998-1999.
Germany has a population of 82.11 million in 2017 of which 95% of the population comprises of Germans having born there and the rest 5% of other Europeans who have migrated here or are working here.
Majority of the Germans follow Christianity as their religion of which 34.2% are Protestants and 31.9% are Catholics. 28.2% are Atheists, 2.5% Muslims and 2.7% follow other religionshere.
The official language is Standard German .In the past High German was spoken in the South and Low German in the North, however today the official language is Standard German. Local dialects are spoken in certain regions or cities. English is usually studied at the first foreign language followed by French and Latin.
For budget travellers, Germany offers good options ranging from INR 2300 to INR 7000 in the famous hostels with private baths. Good Hotels on an average charge around INR 6000 to 13000. Town Hotels or guesthouses charge around INR 4000 to 6000 per day. Street food here is quite cheap, starting at around Rs. 400 for Bratwurst and Currywurst. Dinner at a restaurant costs around Rs. 4500 for two. On an average a budget of Rs. 7000 for two for meals and miscellaneous expenses around EUR 40 is ideal.
Discount cards are available at most German Cities. They allow unlimited travel on public transport, as well as free entry into landmark places, museums and so on.