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Germany Tourist Information

The Federal Republic of Germany is one of the world's major industrialised countries, located in the middle of Europe. It is bordered to the north by the North Sea, Denmark and the Baltic Sea, to its east by Poland and the Czech Republic, to the south by Austria and Switzerland and to its west by France, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands. Germany is a founding member of the European Union.

The first place tourists visit in Germany usually is the very vital capital Berlin with its suburb city Potsdam. But other German places also are worth a visit. Germany is famous for picturesque little towns, old castles and villages, especially along River Rhine (Rüdesheim, Bingen, St. Goar). Tourists in Northern Germany often go to its metropolis Hamburg or visit the old cities of Bremen, Lübeck and Schwerin. Also Northern German sea resorts North Sea and Baltic Sea are worth a visit. In Central Germany there are many provincial capitals each with a special flair: British-like Hanover, Düsseldorf and Cologne with its carnival season, the financial capital Frankfurt, Leipzig, Dresden or Nuremberg with their christmas fairs. In Germany to ski is very popular in its resorts in Harz mountains, Thuringia Forest, Black Forest and the Alps of Bavaria. Munich, the bavarian capital, is famous for its Oktoberfest, a beer-festival. In the Alps visitors can take a view onto the most known sight in Germany: Neuschwanstein castle. In all Southwestern Germany there are vineyards. Germany is situated in the very centre of Europe so short-term trips to France, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria or any other neighbouring country are easy to be done.

The German National Tourist Office is offering many reasons to visit Germany in 2004:

- Music-Land Germany Living Culture
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Germany
- Enchanting Towns in Germany
- Germany: Routes to Success

For further information on these and many other events or attractions and great deals in Germany, visit our website at www.visits-to-germany.com.

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Germany Facts

Area: 137,838 square miles (slightly smaller than Montana).
Population: 82,163,500 (Berlin, 3,387,000; Hamburg, 1,705,000; Munich, 1,241,272; Cologne, 963,210).
Language: German.