The Federal Republic of Germany is located in Central Europe. The country was divided into East Germany and West Germany in 1949 after World War II. The country was reunified in 1990.
Germany is a republic in west-central Europe with a population of approximately 81 million people, making it the most populous country in the European Union and the 2nd most populous country, next to Russia, in Europe as a whole. The country was divided into East Germany and West Germany in 1949 after World War II. The country was reunified in 1990. German (or "Deutsche") is the official language of the country, but many citizens (especially middle-aged and younger) speak English well enough to hold a conversation.
Germany is a country rich in culture. From the various mountain ranges, lush landscapes and beautiful castles to the unique Christmas markets and famous Oktoberfest, there is something for just about everyone to enjoy in this popular country. Every year more than 30 million international tourists come to Germany to experience the rich culture and famous tourism.
When visiting, be sure to do your due diligence to ensure you are prepared. For example, those visiting from the U.S. need to make sure their electronics are capable of running on 220 volts, rather than the 110 volt standard in the U.S.. Failure to do this may result in your electronic device being destroyed and it could even lead to a fire. Many electronics these days are "duel voltage," meaning they work on both, but some are not, so it is important to check.
Another thing to keep in mind when visiting Germany is that credit cards are not as widely accepted as they are in other parts of the world. This means that you should not assume that every place you go will accept a credit card. You're always better off having cash on hand. But be sure not to care large amounts of cash, especially when entering "red light districts" where crime is higher. It's best to just stay away from the red light districts. Contact the local tourism office of the city you are visiting for more information on the precise location of the local red light district, if there is one in that particular city or town.
There are several stereotypes that Germany has, which simply are not true.
Many people believe that there is no speed limit on the autobahn, for instance. The "autobahn" is comparable to the interstate in the U.S. and while you can drive much faster on the autobahn than you can on an interstate, there is a recommended speed limit of 130 kilometers per hour (or approximately 81 MPH).
Many people also believe that all beer is served warm in Germany. This is simply not true. You will not find beer served anywhere in Germany that is warm or room temperature. This common misconception is probably the result of American soldiers who are used to American beer which is generally served ice cold. German beer is served cold, but it may not be considered ice cold.
Some also believe that German women do not shave their armpits or legs. While it is true some of the older, more traditional German women do not, just about every middle-aged woman and young lady shaves her armpits and legs. Grooming habits of German women are the same as the grooming habits of most women across the world.
No matter what the reason for your visit, Germany is a beautiful country filled with various unique and fulfilling activities to enjoy.
Written by Josh Spaulding. Josh Spaulding is a former U.S. soldier who was stationed in Germany for 5 years. Along with his German wife, Claudia, he writes a blog about Germany tourism at Everything About Germany