Germany offers a clutch of truly lovely cities, culture served up in hefty portions and rural scenery so pretty you’ll wonder why it isn’t on every tourist hit list. The country occupies a prime position at the heart of Europe – both literally and figuratively. It is home to the biggest economy on the continent, has more inhabitants than anywhere else in the EU and shares land borders with no less than nine other nations.
At a glance
Name: Federal Republic of Germany
Capital City: Berlin
Area: 357,021 sq km
Time Zone: +1 GMT
Languages: German, Sorbian, North Frisian, Danish, Romani, Kurdish and Turkish.
Country Dialling Code: 49
Must See’s and Must Do’s
Admire Dresden’s rise from the ashes, Cruise The Rhine, Cycle the Romantic Road, Drink in Frankfurt’s medieval core, Enjoy a beer at Oktoberfest, Escape the past in Essen, Explore Neuschwanstein Castle, Fall in love with Germany’s most romantic town, Heidelberg, Find adventure in the Bavarian Alps, Find history and hedonism in Berlin, Find the beating heart of Hamburg, Indulge your intellect at Weimar, Sample the Moselle Valley Vineyards, Take your time in the Black Forest, Visit Cologne Christmas Market, Walk the Rennsteig, Watch a football match
Money and Costs
Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5.
1 AED =0.23 €
It’s bad luck to wish someone “Happy Birthday” in advance.
Oktoberfest does not start in October.
They don’t sing the whole national anthem.
The Christmas tree (Tannenbaum) tradition came from Germany.
To get ONE beer in Germany, you show your thumb. To show your first finger means that you want 2 beers: one with the thumb, and one with the finger.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has a Barbie doll made after her.
Best time to go
High Season (Jul & Aug)
Busy roads and long lines at key sights
Vacancies at a premium and higher prices in seaside and mountain resorts
Festivals celebrate everything from music to wine and sailing to samba
Shoulder Season (Apr–Jun, Sep–Oct)
Smaller crowds and lower prices, except on public holidays
Blooming flowers in spring; radiant foliage in autumn
Sunny, temperate weather ideal for outdoor pursuits
Low Season (Nov-Mar)
No queues but shorter hours at key sights; some may close for the season
Theatre, concert and opera season in full swing
Ski resorts busiest in January and February
Heidelberg Music Festival (March – April)
Kiel Week regatta (June)
Passau organ night (July)
European Horse Fair (July)
Melt Festival (July)
Wagner Opera Festival (July/August)
Germany tourist visa is not required for citizens of United Arab Emirates for a stay up to 90 days.
German Consulate in Dubai :
Jumeirah I, Street 8A, Tel : +971 4 349 8888, Website : www.dubai.diplo.de/
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Abu Dhabi :
Trade Towers West Street # 2, Tel : +971 2 644 6693, Website : www.abu-dhabi.diplo.de
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