Spotlight EU Country: Germany
As part of our new travel series, we are debuting with Travel Country Spotlight: Germany. The Deutschland is comprised of 16 different constitute states which range in rich cultural importance from the Bavarian state of Oktoberfest and lederhosen to the north eastern state of Cologne which is home to the Cologne Cathedral, what was the tallest building in the world until the 1980’s. Germany is the most populated state in the European Union after the United States and it is the most popular country to live in. Germany: the Deutschland, is a must-see for travelers who enjoy beautiful scenery, tragic history, and good bier!
Brief History of Germany:
In its lengthy history, Germany has rarely been united but this separation created one of the most diverse cultures in European history within one state. The language itself varied from one side of the country to the other until 1522 when Martin Luther translated the New Testament from the original Hebrew into an “East Middle German” style that later developed into the “New High German”. Obviously World War II is noteworthy for this country seeing as it effected their past, present and even future as a nation. There are leftovers from WWII all over the country whether it’s barracks, concentration camp memorials, or cities still being rebuilt.
Places of interest in Germany:
Berlin, the capital of Germany, is a major place of interest. Here visitors can visit many monuments pertaining to the war for free as well as enjoy some typical German cuisines like currywurst.
It’s debatable whether Munich should be the first stop for visitors seeing as it is the capital of Bavaria, which is home to Oktoberfest, lederhosen and dirndls, and the Neuschwanstien castle. This is the city that guests can get the most traditional German experience whether they come for history, music, night life, or scenic views.
Hamburg is at the northern part of the country and cannot be skipped. It is located right on the North Sea by the Elbe River. It’s crossed by hundreds of canals, and also contains large areas of parkland, incredible clubs, and yes, is home to the Red Light District.
Events you can’t miss in Germany:
Obviously you cannot visit Germany without hearing about the Oktoberfest! From the end of September to the middle of October millions of visitors from all around the world come to Munich to drink a Maß of bier and wear traditional tracht outfits, stand on tables and drink from 10am until they end up on ‘throw up hill’. It’s the largest festival in the world and a guaranteed great time for visitors!
In the summer months, you’re in for a treat because volksfests move all around cities in Bavaria, therefore there are ‘mini Oktoberfests’ all summer long.
Christkindlesmarkt is a Christmas market that is held annually in Nuremberg, Germany and is world renowned seeing as Germans love to celebrate advent, or what the western world knows as Christmas. Here guests can stroll through the medieval atmosphere in the Old Town while shopping little trinkets, trying traditional German beverages, sausages and bread.
Passport and Visa Requirements to Germany:
U.S. Citizens are able to enter Germany for up to 90 days on a tourist visa. You will need a valid passport. Make sure your passport has at least 6 months of validity PAST the last day of your trip. If you need more time on your passport, you will need to apply for a new or renewal passport before you go. As long as travelers do not exceed the limit of their visa-free 90 days in Germany, they are free to travel all over the country touring the sites and drinking some of the worlds best beers.