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Travel information about Germany

Germany is located in Western Europe and is noted to be the 7th most visited nation in the world. The total area is 357,168 km2 (137,903 sq mi) and the population is approximately 82,175,700. Germany has numerous famous landmarks such as Neuschwanstein Castle, Cologne Cathedral, Berlin Bundestag, Hofbräuhaus Munich, Heidelberg Castle, Dresden Zwinger, Fernsehturm Berlin and Aachen Cathedral. The second most popular theme park in Europe is Europa-Park near Freiburg.

Capital city of Germany: Berlin

Closest neighbors to Germany: Denmark in the north, Poland and the Czech Republic in the east, Switzerland (its only non-EU neighbor) and Austria in the south, France in the southwest and Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands in the west.

Best times to visit Germany: May, September and early October is the best time to visit Germany which is late spring and early autumn.

How to get to Germany: There are direct flights from USA and Europe to Germany.

Visa requirements for Germany: Visa is not required for US citizen to enter Germany up to 90 days. Valid passport is required though for at least 6 months.

Currency of Germany: Euro (€) (EUR) is the currency of Germany.

Official Language of Germany: The official language of Germany is German.

UNESCO World Heritage sites in Germany

There are 42 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Germany and 16 on their tentative list.

Cultural (39)

  • Aachen Cathedral (1978)
  • Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch (1991)
  • Bauhaus and its Sites in Weimar, Dessau and Bernau (1996,2017)
  • Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe (2013)
  • Berlin Modernism Housing Estates (2008)
  • Carolingian Westwork and Civitas Corvey (2014)
  • Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl (1984)
  • Caves and Ice Age Art in the Swabian Jura (2017)
  • Classical Weimar (1998)
  • Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg (1994)
  • Cologne Cathedral (1996)
  • Fagus Factory in Alfeld (2011)
  • Frontiers of the Roman Empire (1987,2005,2008)
  • Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz (2000)
  • Hanseatic City of Lübeck (1987)
  • Historic Centres of Stralsund and Wismar (2002)
  • Luther Memorials in Eisleben and Wittenberg (1996)
  • Margravial Opera House Bayreuth (2012)
  • Maulbronn Monastery Complex (1993)
  • Mines of Rammelsberg, Historic Town of Goslar and Upper Harz Water Management System (1992, 2010)
  • Monastic Island of Reichenau (2000)
  • Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin (1999)
  • Muskauer Park / Park Mu?akowski (2004)
  • Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof (2006)
  • Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin (1990,1992, 1999)
  • Pilgrimage Church of Wies (1983)
  • Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps (2011)
  • Roman Monuments, Cathedral of St Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier (1986)
  • Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District with Chilehaus (2015)
  • Speyer Cathedral (1981)
  • St Mary’s Cathedral and St Michael’s Church at Hildesheim (1985)
  • The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (2016)
  • Town Hall and Roland on the Marketplace of Bremen (2004)
  • Town of Bamberg (1993)
  • Upper Middle Rhine Valley (2002)
  • Völklingen Ironworks (1994)
  • Wartburg Castle (1999)
  • Würzburg Residence with the Court Gardens and Residence Square (1981)
  • Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen (2001)

Natural (3)

  • Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe (2007, 2011, 2017)
  • Messel Pit Fossil Site (1995)
  • Wadden Sea (2009, 2014)


Scuba diving safety tips

Keep these rules of thumb in mind whenever you are on or by the water:

  1. Think safety at all times. Planning reduces risk and gives you more worry-free fun.
  2. Bring the necessary equipment. It should be in good condition and easily accessible.
  3. Respect the sea and the weather. Only go out with your boat when it is safe.
  4. Follow the rules of the sea, and make sure you know what they are.
  5. Wear life jackets or other flotation devices.
  6. Make sure you are rested and sober. Do not drive a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  7. Be considerate, and remember that safety, the environment, and the well-being of everybody is a common responsibility.