Germany People & Culture

People in Germany 

The population of Germany is estimated at about 82 million.  The largest ethnic group is Germans; there is also a Turkish minority of about 2.5 million, and Danish and Slavic minorities in the north and east of the country.

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Berlin, Berlin Region, Germany
I loved this city. Easy to travel for biginner backpacker. Artistic, historical but also modern. Transport is easy, punctual and clean but expensive. Nice people. Breakfast in St. christpher's Inns was pretty good.
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Munich, Bayern Region, Germany
Munich is a beautiful city, especially if it's spring- or summertime. Then, of course, it's time to visit some of the numerous beer gardens of Munich. I can especially recommend the ones at the Wiener Platz in Haidhausen, which belongs to the Hofbräukeller and the Max-Emanuel beer garden in the Adalbertstreet, very close to the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich. Both of them lie rather central and are easily accesible by public transport. Although they are located amidst of Munich, you will be able to experience a fantastic atmosphere there. They are like recreative oases in the jungle of a large city. Once you are inside the garden, you can enjoy your "Maß" of beer and every Bavarian delicacy you can imagine. Needless to say, that you can meet nice and friendly people there - not only from Bavaria - but also from all over the world to make friends with.
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Berlin, Berlin Region, Germany
Even if you see nothing else, walk along the East Side Gallery, a section of the Berlin Wall grafitied by a group of international artists. It's a shame that people feel a need to write messages on it, but it's still worth seeing.
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Dachau, Bayern Region, Germany
Dachau, like Auschwitz or Birkenau, is a sobering and saddening experience beyond compare ... Dachau, I think, was the first concentration camp ... conveniently close to Munchen ... it is smaller than many other camps built later but this is where it started ... as you enter its gates you are frozen with shock and the true import of the holocaust sinks into you ... the 'systematic' nature of the atrocities is what shocks most and Dachau is a prime example... how could humans possibly do this to each other while still being able to live and enjoy otherwise normal lives ... there is a wonderful essay by George Steiner that talks of a concert hall in Munchen where, at the time, people could be sitting and enjoying Mozart while, at the same time, screams of people being put on trains for Dachau could be heard there... something about human nature that can aspire to beauty and life in the thick of misery and death ... and there is Chomsky's argument too that human atrocity is inherent, nothing new in it by way of time or geography, almost every nation across history has inflicted the grossest barbarism on others ... and though the signs at the camp read 'never again' ... globally, things continue, with a variety of atrocities, not just physical or political but also economic and social ...
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Berlin, Berlin Region, Germany
I highly recommend buying the city tour bus pass, it allows you access to most of the city and runs all day long. Find a site that sounds interesting and get off to look around (head-set provides descriptions as the bus approaches each site). Also, get used to using the subway, it's invaluable for getting around. I'm sure everyone says this, but I'll re-iterate that Checkpoint Charlie is a must-see. The museum is such a powerful reminder of the atrocities that took place on the other side of the wall and I was absolutely amazed by all the ways people escaped.
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Germany Religion 

The Protestant and Roman Catholic churches have the largest followings, each with about 25 million adherents.  Most of the Roman Catholics come from the south and west of the country.  Islam has the next largest following with about 3 million adherents.

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Germany Language 

German is the official language.  However, many Germans can speak several European languages and many also can speak English fluently.  English in fact has been taught in schools and used in business for many years.

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Germany Culture 
Seebruck, Bayern Region, Germany
Is a monastry close by called 'Kloster Seeon' which does great conferences, but also concerts and cultural events worth checking out.
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Berlin, Berlin Region, Germany
c'est ma ville de naissance...une ville de fête, de culture, de couleurs, de folie...
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Berlin, Berlin Region, Germany
After London the second best place in Europe. I really like the laid back style of the citizens. Its a nice place with a lot of culture and a proper nightlife. They got all the luxuries you can wish, but they also have real good places for backpackers. Definitly go to friedrichstrasse....lots of pubs, clubs and bars. One of the best places i have been!!!!
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Berlin, Berlin Region, Germany
Berlin is located in Northeastern Germany, a few miles from the Polish and Czech borders and on the Havel and Spree Rivers . The city is ideally located to tour castles, historic sites and lovely countryside areas in addition to spending time exploring one of the great capitols of the world. Berlin is one of the most important cities in Europe and is a beautiful city to visit - you can take in a multitude of sites as well as eat well, enjoy the nightlife, eat to your hearts delight and discover the heart of Germany . While you might be interested in visiting Berlin to visit the Berlin Wall or explore old East Germany , you might be disappointed. What remains of the Berlin Wall are stretches of graffiti covered walls that in no way resemble the Weeping Wall in Israel or the Great Wall of China . This great city is the seat of history for Europe - the capitol of Prussia and the headquarters of the Hitler regime (a dubious honor), Berlin is definitely one city you must see when visiting Germany . Whether you are a fan of German culture, a history buff, or a music enthusiast, you need to include Berlin on your itinerary.
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Berlin, Berlin Region, Germany
Berlin- as a capital city of Germany is a center of culture life(many galleries), entertaining (Love Parade),history (Wall Museum).Must see - Check Point Charlie,Reichstag,Brandenburg Gate...In December you can find on the streets Christmas Markets with handcrafts,souvenirs,wine,sausage,etc
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Germany Arts & Recreation 
Hamburg, Hamburg Region, Germany
Go to any musical there.
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Berlin, Berlin Region, Germany
Berlin is located in Northeastern Germany, a few miles from the Polish and Czech borders and on the Havel and Spree Rivers . The city is ideally located to tour castles, historic sites and lovely countryside areas in addition to spending time exploring one of the great capitols of the world. Berlin is one of the most important cities in Europe and is a beautiful city to visit - you can take in a multitude of sites as well as eat well, enjoy the nightlife, eat to your hearts delight and discover the heart of Germany . While you might be interested in visiting Berlin to visit the Berlin Wall or explore old East Germany , you might be disappointed. What remains of the Berlin Wall are stretches of graffiti covered walls that in no way resemble the Weeping Wall in Israel or the Great Wall of China . This great city is the seat of history for Europe - the capitol of Prussia and the headquarters of the Hitler regime (a dubious honor), Berlin is definitely one city you must see when visiting Germany . Whether you are a fan of German culture, a history buff, or a music enthusiast, you need to include Berlin on your itinerary.
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Berlin, Berlin Region, Germany
Hi there!!! Frist of all viele danke meine susse Polizei!!! You have safed my life picking up me for the bus station dear, and actually safe my opinion about this part of Germany baby, because i was going to leave this city with such a poor mind about people there with no knowledge about any other countries and/or other languages!!! I was there on International Tourism Trades and btw. walked a bit in city centre seeing Reichstag, Branderburger Tor, Charlottenburg.. If the weather is sunny awesome view from Fernsehturm! The best book and music shop at FriedrischStrasse, to qucikly moving in the town use the train stations, dont take the buses and underground stops too often, too many stops :-) And on the ZooStation you can still meet drunk homeless people with drugs like that was 20 years ago The real Berlin.. hmm.. very hard city belive me! P.S. From Poznan, the city on the way from Warsaw - the capital of Poland to Berlin you can get for 20 euros by the inter city train in less than 3 hours!
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Bremen, Bremen Region, Germany
Being in Bremen, try to visit the city while walking. Go to the Bremen Museum, look for the oldest bar and famous Musicans from Bremen- the four animals that decided to start playing music :)
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Hamburg, Hamburg Region, Germany
When in Hamburg, there are 3 things you must do: aa) visit the harbour bb) visit the reeperbahn (nightlife) cc) enjoy a musical. And should you have a day left, why not discover the surroundings for example "das alte Land", direction of Stade/Cuxhaven. The best time for this is in spring, when all trees are in full blossom.
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Germany Sports 
Munich, Bayern Region, Germany
Take the Mike's Bike tour - it's a great way to see the city. Also go to the Hofbahnhaus if only to see the women carry 10 enormous steins in each hand. If you plan to go to Austria after, the train trip from Munchen to Salzburg goes through some of the most beautiful countryside!
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Dachau, Bayern Region, Germany
Please be tactful when you visit. We were there with a group of Americans who were posing next to the gas chambers for photographs like it was the leaning tower of Pisa! Then as we were leaving they were like "Thank God WE rescued those people." Just like they didn't get anything out of it besides how amazing Americans are. Please don't be offended if you are American, I have many many many wonderful Americans and even have family who are American. It was just these people that were not giving you a very good name internationally. And you can't bike to it from Munich, take a train.
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Munich, Bayern Region, Germany
If you're going to München (Munich), you have to take the time to travel out to see King Ludwig II's beautiful Schloß Neuschwanstein (New Swan Stone Castle). You can look at all the lovely pictures you want, but none of them do the place justice. The experience is breathtaking to say the least.

On the other hand, if you're staying in the city and want a day of sightseeing I would definitely suggest Mike's Bike Tour . The guides are humorous, knowledgeable and rather helpful. Watch out for the intermission though; riding a bike after a comfortable little break at a nice German beer garden is a tricky ordeal.
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Hamburg, Hamburg Region, Germany
Go to the Port in the early morning and buy some fresh fish for luch or dinner!
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Munster, Nordrhein-Westfalen Region, Germany
Nice student town with many shopping possibilities and one very spectacular skateshop (TITUS). Rent a bike at the rail station, go for sailing or rowing on the lake, go out to Cuba Nova in the night. More information about going out: www.nadann.de
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Food in Germany 
Berlin, Berlin Region, Germany
I love shopping in Berlin. Great quality clothing.
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Dresden, Saxony Region, Germany
You can't miss the "Kunsthof"
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Berlin, Berlin Region, Germany
I loved this city. Easy to travel for biginner backpacker. Artistic, historical but also modern. Transport is easy, punctual and clean but expensive. Nice people. Breakfast in St. christpher's Inns was pretty good.
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Berlin, Berlin Region, Germany
Berlin is an amazing place full of wonders and hidden beauty. You'll need more than a weekend to fully explore the place, but it'll be worth it. Don't forget to get a kebab, the best kebabs in Europe are to be found in Berlin.
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Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate Region, Germany
I went to Germany not expecting to fall in love with it. I thought it would be cold and antiseptic and, well, Germanic. And my first stop, in Trier, wiped the slate entirely clean. Trier has been occupied since Roman times (the most notable evidence of which is the Porta Nigra, a former city gate). It's a lovely city for wandering about, and its cathedral is, if you're into ecclesiastical architecture, a marvel of Romanesque style, blunt but elegant and haunting in its austerity. The surrounding countryside is what stole my heart, though. The Mosel river, to me, tops the Rhine in scenic value. The slate bluffs are ideal for growing the grapes that go into the incredible white wines of the region (this is an ideal place to go for an on-site education in Rieslings, Gewurtztraminers, Eisweins, etc.). Come to Trier and you will leave enchanted.
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Germany Government 
Berlin, Berlin Region, Germany
A boat ride on the Spree is cheap and very worthwile! You will see all the modern government buildings, but also old famous monuments from a different perspective.
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Frankfurt am Main, Hessen Region, Germany
Be sure to check out www.bahn.de for train tickets in Germany...the government decides the fares, so the price you see is the best you will get. I find it often has cheaper train fares than other websites/options. The only catch is that you can only book tickets up to three months in advance.
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Germany Economy 
Germany
Cea mai ieftina benzina este in Luxemburg si in Lichtestein. In Germania pe autostrada e in jur de 1,28-1,33 eur/ litru. Daca te duci in orasele mici de pe langa autostrada (te abati 5-8 km) poti lua benzina chiar si cu 1,15 eur / litru. iaca o economie de peste 10%!
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