Germany, known during the Renaissance as ‘the land of poets and thinkers’, has had a significant cultural impact on the Western world.
It’s a popular destination that presents travellers with storybook scenery, famous historical sites, good food and trendy places to party. The deep forests, rivers and mountain ranges provide wide-ranging activities for adventurers, and the romantic vineyards and beaches in the north are ideal for a laid-back European getaway.
Germany shares a border with 9 European countries — Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Austria, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Germany is on Central European Time (CET) UTC+1 but also participates in daylight savings known as ‘Summer Time’, which is UTC+2.
Spring is a lively time to visit Germany. After the cold winter, the country comes alive with Spring fairs and Easter celebrations, and it’s also less busy than in Summer months. If you are after a party, however, visit in late September as this is when the annual Oktoberfest celebration is held in Munich.
Germany has four main seasons throughout the year which match well with its beautiful scenery. Summer temperatures can be wonderful but they don’t last for very long. Temperatures below are averages for Berlin:
Germany has excellent public transport. Big cities have buses, trams, underground and overground trains. There are also bicycles, which are popular with the locals, and electric cars that can be hired directly from charging stations on the street. Between cities there is an extensive network of trains, planes and even boats to get you from A to B.
National icons are the Black Eagle, Brandenburg Gate and Lederhosen.
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