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Tourism

According to Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Reports, Germany is rated as one of the safest travel destinations worldwide. Germany is also the third most visited country in Europe, with a total of 369.6 million overnights during 2010.

Visas

Most EU nationals only need their national identity card or passport to enter, stay and work in Germany. Citizens of Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, NewZealand, Poland, Switzerland and the US are among those countries that need only a valid passport but no visa if entering Germany as tourists for up to three months within a six-month period. Passports should be valid for at least another four months from the planned date of departure from Germany. Nationals from most other countries need a so-called Schengen Visa.

For more information visit www.auswaertiges-amt.de

Major cities

Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Cologne, Stuttgart, Dresden

Top tourist attractions

  • Berlin
  • The Black Forest (located in the Southwestern Germany)
  • The castle Neuschwanstein
  • Weimar
  • The Frisian Island
  • Munich
  • The Lake Constance
  • The Romantic Road
  • Cologne
  • Heidelberg

Activities

Germany is a tourist country of inexhaustible variety, with an ever-changing pattern of scenery extending from the sea to the mountains, from the lowland regions along the Baltic and North Sea coasts by the way of rolling forest-covered uplands to the Bavarian Alps.

Relief

Lowlands in north, uplands in center, Bavarian Alps in south

Climate

Germany's climate is almost as varied as its countryside but is mostly temperate. Extreme lows and highs in temperatures are rare. Winter temperatures vary from east to west, with around freezing temperatures in the west and well below freezing in eastern Germany. Summer temperatures in Germany are typically between 20 and 30°C, with more rainfall during the summer months.

Taxes

Standard Rate 19%. Reduced Rate 7%.

Public holidays

  • 1 January – New Year's Day
  • Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday – variable dates
  • 1 May – LabourDay
  • Ascension Day – 39 days after Easter Sunday
  • Whit Sunday and Whit Monday – 50 days after Easter Sunday
  • 3 October – German Unity Day
  • 25 December – Christmas Day
  • 26 December – St Stephen's Day

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Source: www.wikipedia.org