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82,2 million (2016)

CURRENCY

Euro (EUR)

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TIME DIFFERENCE

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Why should you go to Germany?

Germany is one of the Swedes' favorite countries when we go on holiday. Mainly we Swedes go to the northern parts of the country and to Berlin, but Germany is a big country with a lot of history, wine culture and beautiful nature. From the beautiful mountain peaks of the Alps to the castles and vineyards of the Mosel Valley. From the cute fairy-tale villages of the Romantische strasse to the elongated beaches of the Baltic Sea coast. Germany really has something for everyone.

Bamberg-Germany

10 attractions you shouldn't miss

1. Drink a beer in a genuine bierstube
2. Go boating on the fjord-like Königsee in Bavaria
3. Visit some of Berlin's many museums
4. Visit the fairytale villages of Romantische Strasse
5. Eat a flame kueche with Riesling wine in the Rhine valley
6. Scream your heart out at Europe's best amusement park, Europapark
7. Look at quirky details at Bamberg Town Hall
8. Take a photo at the Berlin Wall
9. See the madness of King Ludwig II at Neuschwanstein Castle
10. Taste a smoked beer in Bamberg

Five travel tips

01.

Road trips

The Autobahn is almost a bit mythical. Many motorists drive incredibly fast and accidents happen a little too often. Avoid the left lane unless you are driving very fast. In many cities, they have introduced environmental zones for cars, which means that you cannot drive into the cities without an environmental sticker.

02.

Opening hours

On Sundays you don't go shopping, but hang out with the family. So on Sundays shops and grocery stores are closed. If you want to shop for food, the grocery stores do not have nearly as generous opening hours on weekdays as in Sweden. In Berlin, however, they are open for shopping one weekend a month. Museums are closed on Mondays.

03.

Tap water

The tap water is drinkable throughout Germany (unless otherwise stated). However, restaurants usually do not serve tap water unless you explicitly ask for it. But be prepared to pay a penny for the tap water as well.

04.

Money

In Germany, "Cash is king" still applies. We were barely able to fill up at a gas station in Bavaria, where it turned out they only took cash. Make sure you always have cash for at least one dinner or a full tank of gas. It's when you least expect it that you need the cash the most. Always ask if the restaurant takes cards before you order.

05.

Food

It can be difficult to find good vegetarian dishes in restaurants outside the big cities. If you order a salad, ask for fresh vegetables, not cooked.

4 favourites

Berchtesgaden

In southern Bavaria you will find the Berchtesgaden National Park with its beautiful lakes and high mountains. Berchtesgaden is Bavaria's gateway to the Alps. A place that is well worth a visit!

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Romantic street

Romantische strasse is a small road that passes by some of Germany's cutest medieval fairytale towns. You might think Rothenburg od Tauber is the jewel in the crown, but Neuschwanstein Castle at one end of the road takes home the prize.

Rhine & Moselle Valley

On the Rhine and Mosel, the vineyards spread out along the slopes of the rivers and the wine castles succeed each other. An area that you neither can nor want to rush past.
Sit down at an outdoor terrace and order a flammekueche and a glass of Riesling and enjoy one of Germany's most beautiful views,

Berlin - Riksdag House

Berlin

Berlin is one of my favorite cities in Europe. I can't say that Berlin is a beautiful city, but despite all the concrete and gray architecture, Berlin is a real rainbow city. Innovation and tolerance, cultures and innovative thinking are bubbling here. If you also like luxury restaurants, Berlin has a large number of Michelin restaurants at very good prices.

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