Guten Tag, and welcome to the Germany Facts Guide, your reliable source for the most interesting facts about Germany.
Hi, my name is Rita, let me be your native German guide to the well-known attractions and hidden secrets of my home country.
Whether you plan your holidays in Germany, or want to learn about German customs and traditions, you will find many tips and stories on my website.
Discover the most beautiful destinations, ancient castles, splendid palaces, find info about the German states & cities, learn about history, culture and Christmas traditions.
This website takes you on a virtual tour to my favourite parts of Germany, with heaps of background information and marvellous pictures.
Believe me, there is more to explore in Deutschland than Neuschwanstein castle and Sauerkraut. Although I will cover these, too :).
While telling you about my country, I will also sprinkle the stories with a few German words. I even have a few free German lessons where you can learn useful phrases. Isn't it great to know already some special words when you come to visit us?
So pour yourself a cup of coffee and explore Germany with me.
Below is an overview of the topics covered in this guide, or go to the travel planner to find tips & answers to frequently asked questions
Find out about the size of the country, its population, time zone and other general facts.
Do I need a visa for Germany? Opening times of shops? Where to exchange money?
Why is Germany such a favourite tourist destination?
It is the variety of attractions in my opinion.
From the sea & lowlands in the north, the rolling hills in the centre, and down to the Alps in the south, the stunning scenery never gets boring.
Quaint little towns with half-timbered houses and modern cities, they all have their own flair and history.
German castles belong to the well-loved tourist attractions.
With hundreds, even thousands of castles, palaces and ruins scattered throughout the country, it is hard to choose which castles to explore.
When we think of culture, topics like literature, theatre and opera come to mind.
Lessons at school cover Goethe, Schiller and the Grimm Brothers, famous philosophers, composers and painters.
As a daily commuter I share my experience and knowledge to help you to get around by train and local public transport. The German rail and train travel chapter in this guide is quite extensive.
Wherever you go in Germany, you will have a good choice of hotels, guesthouses and holiday flats for a convenient stay, and to suit all budgets.
Like the landscapes, German food and cooking varies so much from the North Sea to the Alps.
Although there are some "classics", like Schnitzel, which you will find everywhere, regional specialties abound.