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Germany - General Informations

Area: 357.027 km²  
Population: 82 millions inhabitants
Capital: Berlin  
Largest City:  Berlin, 3,7 million inhabitants 
Chancellor: Angela Merkel
Federal President: Frank Walter Steinmeier
Largest Lake:  Lake of Constance
Longest River:  Rhin (865 km)

IN THE CITIES
Germany is a country full of history in which most of the cities keep its charm due to their historic centers. Nowadays they have been set up for walking tours, so that the citizen’s life is conducted in a clean and quiet environment. For this reason, we recommend you to wear appropriate and comfortable shoes, because our tours include visits to many cities that will be covered as a walking tour.

CLIMATE AND (RECOMMENDED) CLOTHING
Germany's climate is moderate and has generally no longer periods of cold or hot weather. Northwestern and coastal Germany has a maritime influenced climate which is characterized by warm summers and mild cloudy winters. Most areas on the country's North Sea coast have midwinter temperatures about 1.5°C or even higher. Farther inland, the climate is continental, marked by greater seasonal variations in temperature, with warmer summers and colder winters. During January, the coldest month, the average temperature is about 1.5°C in the north and about -2°C in the south. In July, the warmest month, it is cooler in the north than in the south. The northern coastal region has July temperatures averaging between 18°C and 20°C; at some locations in the south, the average is almost 25°C or even slightly higher.

It is convenient to bring light clothes for summer, and warm ones for winter. It is also convenient to have a raincoat as part of the luggage, no matter the time of the year in which you travel and sweater is necessary almost any time of year.

BAGGAGE
On trips will be transported a medium-sized piece of baggage with a maximum weight of 30 kg per person, free of charge. Transportation of excess baggage is subject to space availability. We recommend that travelers remain present at all times when their baggage is being handled, and make a timely claim to the transport companies or the hotels, when you notice any deficiency, damage or disappearance of their belongings. In case you forget personal stuff please keep in mind that it is not the responsibility of the operator to cover the cost of return.

HOTELS
The hotels of our tours are carefully chosen. In most cases are located in the city center and the breakfast is always included. The hotel rooms in Germany do not usually have air-conditioning as standard. The hotels usually offer only single rooms and double rooms, not triple, but in special cases it is possible to add an extra bed or sofa bed.

During trade fairs, conferences and special events, the accommodation can be located on the outskirts of the cities. Tours and excursions are usually not affected by these events.

TIPPING IN GERMANY

In Germany tips are commonplace in restaurants, bars, also for drivers and guides. Since the introduction of the Euro, a tip (Trinkgeld, lit. "Drink money") of about 5-10% is customary if you were satisfied with the service. For the drivers we recommend leaving EUR 1-2 per day, for the chambermaids in the hotels EUR 1-2 and for the guides EUR 2-3 per day per person. A tip is therefore mainly a matter of politeness and shows your appreciation. If you didn't appreciate the service (e.g. slow, snippy or indifferent service) you may not tip at all and it will be accepted by the staff.

TRAFFIC STANDARDS
The speed limit in urban areas is 50km/h, on national roads 100km/h. In large sections of highways the speed limit does not exist, but it is recommended not exceed 130km/h.

It is mandatory to wear seat belts in both front seats as well as back seats. It is also mandatory to have a warning triangle and a first aid kit.

VARIATIONS IN TOURS AND SERVICES
The tour operator reserves the right to change the order of routes if necessary to improve its service. If circumstances beyond our control and not allow us to meet the original schedule provided. (Also in case of big events/conferences/festivals etc.).

TELEPHONE
Calling Germany from abroad, you must dial 0049 + the area code without the 0 + the desired number. The same for Mobile phone: 0049 + the desired number, but without the first 0.

BANKS AND EXCHANGE RATES
Banks are generally open from Monday to Friday from 8.30h to 12.30h and from 14h to 16h or 18h. The currency in Germany is the Euro

ELECTRICITY
230 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin European plugs are standard

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