As Europe’s largest economy and second most populous nation (after Russia), Germany is a key member of the continent’s economic, political, and defense organizations. European power struggles immersed Germany in two devastating World Wars in the first half of the 20th century and left the country occupied by the victorious Allied powers of the US, UK, France, and the Soviet Union in 1945. With the advent of the Cold War, two German states were formed in 1949: the western Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and the eastern German Democratic Republic (GDR). The democratic FRG embedded itself in key western economic and security organizations, the EC, which became the EU, and NATO, while the communist GDR was on the front line of the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact. The decline of the USSR and the end of the Cold War allowed for German unification in 1990. Since then, Germany has expended considerable funds to bring eastern productivity and wages up to western standards. In January 1999, Germany and 10 other EU countries introduced a common European exchange currency, the euro.

🇩🇪 Germany Tourism Information…

Germany Travel
Germany 101
Tourism / DE
Live Like A German
Live Like A German

🇩🇪 The Best of Germany…

Here is a brake down of some of the most interesting and visited places by region. Cities or areas listed will always have more than just one thing see and do. With the popular cities or areas we list some of the best known, which should go on everyone’s, must see list when they visit.  

Eastern Germany
Central Germany
Northern Germany
Southern Germany
Western Germany

  • Aachen
  • Bamberg
    • Altstadt
  • Berlin
    • Berlin Wall Memorial
    • Brandenburg Gate
    • Charlottenburg Palace
    • Checkpoint Charlie
    • Fernsenhtrum
    • The Reichstag
    • Museum Island
    • Holocaust Memorial
  • Berchtesgaden
    • Eagles Nest 
    • Königssee
  • The Black Forest
    • Baden-Baden
  • Bremen
  • Cologne
    • Cologne Cathedral
  • Dresden
    • Frauenkirche
    • Semperoper Opera House
  • Dusseldorf
  • Essen
  • Ettal
    • Linderhof Palace
  • Füssen
  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen
    • Zugspitze
  • Hamburg
    • Speicherstadt
    • Dom
    • Port & Fish Market
  • Hannover
  • Harz Mountains
    • Quedlinburg
  •  Heidelberg
    • Castle & Old Town
  • Hohenzollern Castle-
  • Lake Constnace
    • Lindau
  • Leipzig
  • Lübeck
    • Holsten Gate
  • Munich
    • Deutsches Museum
    • Frauenkirche
    • Hofbräuhaus
    • Marienplatz
    • Nymphenburg Palace
    • Englischer Garten
    • Oktoberfest
    • Olympia Park
  • Nuremberg
    • Kaiserburg Castle
  • Potsdam
    • Sanssouci Park
  • Regensburg
  • Mitternrhein
    • Bengin to Koblentz
  • Romantic Road
    • Dinkelsbühl
    • Neuschwanstein Castle-Hohenschwangau
    • Rothenburg ob der Tauber
    • Würzburg
  • Rostock
  • Rügen Island
    • Jasmund National Park
    • Rügen Cliffs
  • Schwerin Castle
  • Stuttgart
    • Mercedes-Benz Museum
  • Sylt
  • Trier
  • Ulm Minster
  • Wadden Sea
  • Wierschem 
    • Eltz Castle

🇩🇪 Germany Country Information…

Largest CityBerlin
GovernmentFederal Parliamentary Constitutional Republic
CurrencyEuro (€)
Areatotal: 357,022 km ranked 63rd water: 8,350 km land: 348,672 km
Population80,722,792 (July 2016 est.) ranked 19th
LanguageGerman (official)
note: Danish, Frisian, Sorbian, and Romany are official minority languages; Low German, Danish, North Frisian, Sater Frisian, Lower Sorbian, Upper Sorbian, and Romany are recognized as regional languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages
Ethnic GroupsGerman 91.5%, Turkish 2.4%, other 6.1% (made up largely of Greek, Italian, Polish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish)
ReligionProtestant 34%, Roman Catholic 34%, Muslim 3.7%, unaffiliated or other 28.3%
Electricity230V, 50Hz
Calling code+49
Emergenciesdial 112
Time ZoneCET (UTC+1) / Summer CEST (UTC+2)
Drives on theRight
Anthem“Das Lied der Deutschen” (Song of the Germans)
Motto“Einigkeit ind Recht ind Freheit” (Unity and Justice and Freedom)
ChancellorAngela Merkel
PresidentJaochim Gauck

🇩🇪 Holidays and Observances in Germany in 2020…

Date NameTypeDetails
Jan 1WednesdayNew Year’s DayNational holiday 
Jan 6MondayEpiphanyChristian, Common local holidayBW, BY, ST
Jan 22WednesdayFranco-German DayObservance 
Jan 27MondayRemembrance Day for the Victims of National SocialismObservance 
Jan 28TuesdayEuropean Privacy DayObservance 
Feb 10MondayChildren’s Hospice DayObservance 
Feb 14FridayValentine’s DayObservance 
Feb 24MondayShrove MondayObservance, Christian 
Feb 25TuesdayCarnival / Shrove TuesdayObservance, Christian 
Feb 26WednesdayCarnival / Ash WednesdaySilent Day 
Mar 8SundayInternational Women’s DayObservanceAll except B
Mar 8SundayInternational Women’s DayCommon local holidayBerlin
Mar 17TuesdaySt. Patrick’s DayObservance 
Mar 20FridayMarch EquinoxSeason 
Mar 26ThursdayGirls’ Day – Career Information DayObservance 
Mar 29SundayDaylight Saving Time startsClock change/Daylight Saving Time 
Apr 5SundayPalm SundayObservance, Christian 
Apr 9ThursdayMaundy ThursdaySilent Day 
Apr 10FridayGood FridaySilent Day, public holiday 
Apr 12SundayEaster SundayChristian, Common local holidayBrandenburg
Apr 12SundayEaster SundaySilent DayAll except BB
Apr 13MondayEaster MondayNational holiday, Christian 
Apr 23ThursdayGerman Beer DayObservance 
Apr 30ThursdayWalpurgis NightObservance 
May 1FridayMay DayNational holiday 
May 2SaturdayGerman Food Bank DayObservance 
May 5TuesdayEurope Day (Council of Europe)Observance 
May 8FridayAnniversary of the End of World War IIObservance 
May 8FridayAnniversary of the End of World War IICommon local holidayBerlin
May 9SaturdayEurope Day (European Union)Observance 
May 10SundayMother’s DayObservance 
May 21ThursdayFather’s DayObservance 
May 21ThursdayAscension DayNational holiday, Christian 
May 23SaturdayConstitution DayObservance 
May 31SundayWhit SundayObservance, ChristianAll except BB
May 31SundayWhit SundayChristian, Common local holidayBrandenburg
Jun 1MondayWhit MondayNational holiday, Christian 
Jun 1MondayInternational Childrens’ DayObservanceB, BB, MVP, SN, ST, TH
Jun 3WednesdayEuropean Bicycle DayObservance 
Jun 6SaturdayVisually Impaired People DayObservance 
Jun 11ThursdayCorpus ChristiChristian, Common local holidayBW, BY, HE, NRW, RLP, SL, SN*, TH*
Jun 20SaturdayJune SolsticeSeason 
Jun 21SundayCar-free SundayObservance 
Jun 27SaturdayArchitecture DayObservance 
Aug 8SaturdayPeace Festival in AugsburgLocal holidayBavaria**
Aug 15SaturdayAssumption of MaryChristian, Common local holidayBavaria*, Saarland
Sep 1TuesdayWorld Peace DayObservance 
Sep 12SaturdayGerman Language DayObservance 
Sep 13SundayEuropean Heritage DaysObservance 
Sep 20SundayGerman World Children’s DayObservance 
Sep 20SundayGerman World Children’s DayCommon local holidayThuringia
Sep 22TuesdaySeptember EquinoxSeason 
Oct 3SaturdayDay of German UnityNational holiday 
Oct 4SundayHarvest FestivalObservance 
Oct 11SundayGrandparents’ DayObservanceBavaria
Oct 24SaturdayDay of the LibrariesObservance 
Oct 25SundayDaylight Saving Time endsClock change/Daylight Saving Time 
Oct 30FridayWorld Thrift DayObservance 
Oct 31SaturdayReformation DayCommon local holidayBB, HB, HH, MVP, NDS, SH, SN, ST, TH
Oct 31SaturdayHalloweenObservance 
Nov 1SundayAll Saints’ DaySilent Day, public holidayBW, BY, NRW, RLP, SL
Nov 9MondayNight of Broken Glass Remembrance DayObservance 
Nov 9MondayFall of the Berlin WallObservance 
Nov 11WednesdaySt. Martin’s DayObservance, Christian 
Nov 15SundayNational Day of MourningSilent Day 
Nov 18WednesdayRepentance DayChristian, Common local holidaySaxony
Nov 22SundaySunday of the DeadSilent Day 
Nov 29SundayFirst Advent SundayObservance, Christian 
Dec 6SundaySecond Advent SundayObservance, Christian 
Dec 6SundaySaint Nicholas DayObservance, Christian 
Dec 13SundayThird Advent SundayObservance, Christian 
Dec 19SaturdayRemembrance Day for Roma and Sinti killed by GenocideObservance 
Dec 20SundayFourth Advent SundayObservance, Christian 
Dec 21MondayDecember SolsticeSeason 
Dec 24ThursdayChristmas EveSilent Day 
Dec 25FridayChristmas DayNational holiday, Christian 
Dec 26SaturdayBoxing DayNational holiday, Christian 
Dec 31ThursdayNew Year’s EveBank holiday