Cities in Germany
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It might not be the first country you think of when planning your summer holiday but Germany is surprisingly versatile with gorgeous cities, a countryside that stretches for miles, and a lively coastline battered by both the North and the Baltic Seas. There are also over 30 World Heritage sites in Germany for you to enjoy.
Visitors flock to Germany for the fascinating culture, well-documented history, plus the beer and delicious sausages! Germany is a place that can be visited throughout the year, with ski-ing available as well as beach holidays, hiking through forests, and warming yourself up with Gluhwein on a bitter winter’s night in a city square in Germany.
Bonn might not be the capital of Germany any more - its brief moment of glory coming to an end in 1991 - yet it holds its head high and offers up delights such as Beethoven’s birth place, a serene riverside setting along the Rhine, and many interesting museums.
Cologne is another of Germany’s gems to be admired. Its famous cathedral dominates the skyline with its twin spires, there is a Roman wall to marvel at, and even a museum dedicated to the art of chocolate making.
Sylt is a tiny island off the north coast of Germany that almost brushes up alongside Denmark. Its west coast offers championship windsurfers the opportunity to show off in September during the Surf World Cup, yet the east coast is calm and peaceful with shifting dunes and colourful lighthouses. Another fascinating retreat is Rugen Island on the northwest coast of Germany with 570km of coast, chalk white cliffs, and historic buildings. It is a place to go to enjoy protected nature reserves and long sandy beaches.
The Black Forest in Germany is so named because of the dark firs and pines that make up the majority of the forest. It is the stuff of fairy tales; the Brothers Grimm based a lot of their atmospheric stories around the place. Baden-Baden is the main town in this part of Germany, a spa town visited by royalty and respected composers.
Two of the great rivers of Germany - the Rhine and the Elbe - wend their way through the countryside, the Rhine winding round the Black Forest and the Elbe flowing north across the northwest of Germany.
The mountainous regions of Germany include the Alps and the Harz Mountains right in the centre of Germany. The Harz do not have the dramatic peaks of the Alps but are great for all year round sporting activities from ski-ing and mountain biking to exploring 1,000 years of mining history at Goslar.
Germany, the fourth biggest country in Europe, is bordered by nine others, including Switzerland and Austria. It also has the third largest economy in the world and offers a great experience to the first time visitor. If you want to discover Germany for yourself, look up flights on Vayama for some cheap deals that are sure to keep you smiling all the way to the airport on your way to Germany.
German Etiquette Tips
If you are at a pub in Germany and you see a brass plaque on the table, don't sit there! The plaque marks the table as “Stammtisch.” That means that table is where a regular group of drinkers sit. Tables without the plaque, however, are meant to be shared, so have a seat and order a beer! Enjoy your trip (and the beer!) but do keep in mind some basic etiquette guidelines for your trip to Germany.
1. Dress Attire
- DO wear understated, formal, and conservative business dress.
- DON'T wear flashy jewelry and accessories.
- DON'T wear shorts and extremely casual wear unless you are young.
- DO bear in mind that in Germany, formal means very dressy and informal means dressy.
2. Table Manners
- DON'T eat with your fingers.
- DON'T eat with your elbows resting on the table.
- DO cut your potatoes with the side of the fork and not the knife.
- DON'T put spoons used to stir beverages in your mouth.
- DON'T put your arms on your lap during dinner. Put them above the table.
- DO leave a tip if you appreciated the service. In Germany, service staff is always paid by the hour, but tipping is still considered polite. It is customary to leave a tip of 5-10% at a restaurant or pub if the service was good.
- DO leave a larger tip around Christmastime.
4. Gift giving and Accepting Gifts
- DO bring a gift such as chocolate or flowers if invited to a German's house.
- DON'T give German wine. By giving a gift of German wine, it can be viewed as meaning you do not think your host will serve a high quality wine. If you wish to bring wine, it should be imported, such as French or Italian wines.
- DON'T give red roses unless you have romantic intentions. Also, do not give carnations (they symbolize mourning) or lilies or chrysanthemums (they are used at funerals). Yellow or tea roses are always well received.
- DO open a gift when it is received.
5. Body Gestures
- DON'T ever, under any circumstances, show the “Nazi salute”, shout “Heil Hitler”, or show swastikas or other symbols of the Third Reich, even if you are kidding! Using these signs is a criminal offense and punishable up to five years imprisonment. Foreigners are not exempt from this, so don't do it.
- DO shake hands with everyone upon entering a room, including children. A quick, firm handshake is traditional.
- DO use a person's title and surname until invited to use their first name. Say Herr (Mister) or Frau (Mrs.) and the person's title and surname.
8. Visitors Etiquette
- DO give your host a gift.
- DO arrive on time. Punctuality is extremely important in Germany. Do not too arrive early, either.
- DO call your host if you expect be more than fifteen minutes late.
- DO send a handwritten thank you note the following day to thank your hosts for their hospitality.
9. Business Meeting
- DON'T make business
appointments on Friday afternoons, because many businesses close early
Fridays. 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM or 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM are the usual business hours.
- DON'Treschedule appointments unless you have a very good reason.
- DO be aware of the fact that many Germans take six weeks of vacation at one time.
- DON'Tsit until invited and told where to sit.
- DO get immediately down to business and don't engage in too much small talk.
- DO avoid being impatient or confrontational.
- DO have all printed material written in both English and German.
10. Beach Etiquette
- DO be aware of the fact that some women will bathe topless at the beach, and even full nudity is tolerated, but not seen as often outside of the nude beaches.
- DO note that nude beaches are labeled with “FKK.” That stands for”Freikörperkultur” which means free body culture.
Keep in mind the above etiquette guidelines when traveling to Germany. Be particularly aware of the importance on planning and punctuality. Have a safe and wonderful trip to Germany!
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