Germany is an ancient land, one filled with history, architecture, art and literature. Germany is a land of cathedrals and forests, tales of medieval knights, castles, and some of the best Gothic and Renaissance architecture to be found in the world. Germany is a wild and rugged country, with the Black Forest and Bavarian Alps that awe and inspire. Germany is also a land of advanced technology and is a leader in many scientific and medical fields.
Located in the middle of Western Europe, Germany is a country that offers not only beautiful mountain and river vistas, but also centers of industry, technology and art. Some of the most well-known cities in history, including Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, Dresden, and Cologne are ancient centers of education, science, and literature. Some of Germany’s most famous residents have delighted the world with their intellectual abilities, including Beethoven, Bach, and Goethe.
- Language- German
- Climate- Summer generally about 86°F, winters average about 30 °F
220 volts – purchase of a dual-voltage device or adaptors are advised.
Americans as well as other foreign tourists from Asia and the Middle East and Central Europe and Russia seeking immediate treatment, specialty services and lower healthcare travel to Germany every year to enjoy the benefits of quality medical care combined with the perks of an ultimate vacation destination.
Entry requirements from countries such as Hungary, Poland, Slovenia and other “Schengen” areas are offered standard Schengen visa. The Schengen visa was designed for 15 western European member countries with multiple entry options to the countries mentioned in the agreement on one visa, though round-trip ticket confirmation for return to country of origin may be required.
Travelers from Asia such as Japan don’t need to show round-trip tickets. British citizens, Americans and Australians need only show a passport for up to a 90-day stay.
Citizens of Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh and others require an Airport Transit visa. Travelers from the Middle East or other parts of Asia are advised to contact their nearest German embassy or consulate office for visa requirements, as they change often.
Germany has a variety of banks, businesses and ATMs throughout the country that accept credit cards (MasterCard, Visas, American Express) and offer cash advances. The currency of Germany used to be the Deutsche Mark but is now the Euro €. The exchange rate varies, but is typically around .78 (€) to US$1.00.
Airlines Serving Germany
Germany’s main international airports (Flughafen)include the Berlin-Schönfeld Airport, the Munich International Airport and the Frankfurt-Hahn International Airport. The Hamburg Airport serves the northern portion of the country.
Specific airlines include:
- Air India
- American Airlines
- British Airways
- Air Canada
- Korean Air
- China Eastern and Air China
- Air New Zealand
Germany Country Dialing Code
Country code  + area code + telephone number
Embassies in Germany
Argentinian Embassy in Berlin, Germany
Kleiststr. 23 – 26 – 4. Stock
Phone: +49 (0)30 22 66 89 0
Fax: +49 (0)30 22 91 40 0
Web Site: http://www.argentinische-botschaft.de
Australian Embassy in Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)30 – 880088-0
Fax: +49 (0)30 – 880088-210
Web Site: http://www.germany.embassy.gov.au/
Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 8.30am-5.00pm Friday 8.30am-4.15pm (except for public holidays)
Embassy of Azerbaijan in Berlin, Germany
14193, Hubertusallee 43
Phone: +49 (30) 219 16 13, 206 48 063 (consular section)
Fax: : +49 (30) 219 16 152
Web Site: http://www.azembassy.de/
Embassy of Canada in Berlin, Germany
Leipziger Platz 17
Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Phone: 49 (30) 20 31 20
Fax: 49 (30) 20 31 24 57
Web Site: http://www.Germany.gc.ca
Office Hours: 8:30-12:30, 13:30-17:00
Croatian Embassy in Berlin, Germany
Phone: 0049 30 2191 5514
0049 30 2362 8955(Cons.)
Fax: 0049 30 2362 8965
0049 30 2362 8967(Cons.)
Web Site: http://de.mfa.hr
U.S. Embassy in Berlin, Germany
Neustadtische Kirchstrasse 4-5
Phone: (+49) (30) 238 5174
Fax: (+49) (30) 238 6290
Web Site: http://berlin.usembassy.gov
10 Fun Things to do in Germany
- Visit the Cologne Cathedral
- Don’t miss Neuschwanstein, the most visited Castle in Germany
- Check out Checkpoint Charlie
- Hike the Bavarian Alps
- Ski the Bavarian Alps
- Trek through the Black Forest
- Cruise the River Rhine
- Ea your fill of German sausages
- Ski the Zugspitze
- Enjoy a wine festival
Anyone visiting Germany will doubtless be offered a multitude of opportunities and options for entertainment, fine dining, street vendor dining, accommodations and sites or landmarks to visit. Friendly people, great food, and fun things to do give visitors to Germany a unique chance to visit one of the most beautiful, historical and culture-rich countries in Europe for medical or pleasure vacations that will never be forgotten.