According to experts, Germany is by far the safest tourist destination for tourists. According to statistics, this is the third country in Europe in terms of the number of visits, and the income from the tourism industry amounted to 3.5% of the country’s total GDP. So what attracts tourists from all over the world so much to a seemingly ordinary European country? Germany is rich in magnificent landscapes of the Rhine River valley and the Baltic Sea coast. It is not without a huge historical heritage, which is perfectly preserved in almost every corner of the country, these are various castles, temples, ancient monasteries and other historical monuments. And to all this, you can add first-class alpine resorts that will appeal to even the most demanding vacationers.
Geography of Germany
According to collegesanduniversitiesinusa, most of the state of Germany is located on the Central European Plain. In the south, Germany is adjacent to the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Austria, as well as Luxembourg. The western part of the country borders with Holland, Denmark, Belgium and France, and in the east with Poland. In addition to the continental territory, Germany owns small islands in the North and Baltic Seas. Almost the entire southwestern part of the country has a mountainous terrain.
The area of Germany is 357.021 km. sq., occupies the 63rd place in the world by area.
The national currency is the euro (EUR).
The official language is German.
Visa to Germany
To enter Germany for tourism purposes, citizens of Russia will need a visa, since the state is part of the Schengen countries. When traveling with a child who has reached the age of six and is assigned to the parent’s passport, a photograph must be pasted. If the child is included in the passport, then a separate visa is pasted into this passport. If the child has reached the age of 14, then he needs to have his own passport. Submission of documents for obtaining a visa can be carried out both personally by the applicant and by a travel agency, which must be accredited at the embassy without fail. Usually, a tourist visa is issued within five working days from the date of submission of documents. But due to the possibility of a heavy workload of the embassy, it is recommended to submit documents no later than two weeks before departure.
Weather in Germany
The climate in the country is temperate, in the northern part it is maritime, and in the rest of the territory it changes from maritime to continental. The winter here is mild, in the coldest month (January) the average temperature is -3 +2 C, and in July +15 +20 C. 710mm. A visit to Germany will be comfortable at any time of the year, but the holiday season falls on July-August.
Currency exchange in Germany
Banks are open on weekdays from 08.30 to 13.00, and on Thursday until 18.00 with lunch breaks. Branches of banks located at airports and major railway stations are open every day until 22.00-22.30. The exchange is also carried out by special exchange offices, as well as the main post office. In big cities, the main post office is open every day and around the clock. Most shops, hotels and restaurants accept credit cards. At ATMs, you can cash out money from a credit card.
220V/50Hz (European sockets).
Most of the believing Germans are Christians, of which the majority are Catholics – 32.4%, as well as 32% – Lutherans and 1.1% – Orthodox. Approximately 5% of the country’s believers are Muslims. Atheists in Germany are 31%.
Although Germany does not belong to countries with a high level of crime, it is still necessary to adhere to basic safety rules. The largest number of pickpockets are committed in Frankfurt am Main. The main thing you need to do is to leave all valuables and documents in the hotel safe. Keep your wallet and credit cards in hard-to-reach places, such as an inside pocket. If a person came up to you on the street or at the train station and began to communicate in Russian with an offer to help, then it is better to refuse his help, since cases of fraud are not uncommon.
It is mandatory to have an insurance policy with you when visiting Germany. Medical care here is paid, even first aid costs from 50 to 300 euros. Payment for medical services by tourists is considered at the minimum rate. To pay, you must take a cash receipt and present it to the insurance company.