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Transcript of Germany

Germany's Language & Useful Phrases
German is spoken in Germany, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein.

German useful phrases;
Guten Tag

How are you
Wie Gehts?
Where are you from?
Woher Kommst Du?
Good Morning
Guten Morgen
Good Night
Gute Nacht
Thank You
- Danke

Germany's Non-Verbal Language
Germany’s non-verbal language consists of gestures and body language.

Gestures in the German culture include using their little finger to point and their thumb as the number "one" when it comes to counting.

Body language in the German culture includes eye contact. It is valued particularly during face to face conversations, seeing it as a sign of honesty and interest.

Smiles are typically common to family and close friends. German's don't smile out of politeness.

Germany's Government Travel Regulations
When traveling to Germany is advised that:
- You exercise normal safety precautions at all times.
- You monitor the media for possible risks to your safety or security.
- There is an ongoing risk of terrorism in Europe. Terrorist attacks have occurred in a number of European cities and are targeted in public transport, transport hubs and public places.
- Organize travel insurance.

Germany's Monetary Exchange
Local Transport
German Cultural Practices - Meals
In Germany there is usually 3 meals a day, though some people like to have 5 (including snacks).

For breakfast the Germans might have bread or rolls and coffee with canned milk and sugar.

Following breakfast some people like to have a second breakfast/snack around ten o’clock. Sandwiches of meat or cheese would usually be eaten while in some areas, sausages with beer is enjoyed.

The noon meal is the largest of the day and it is traditional for many to eat at home.

Later on, there is supper that is customarily served around 7:30pm
Some many choose to have a snack in-between that might consist of coffee and a sweet.

Cultural Practices - Gift Giving
Gift-giving in Germany is often inappropriate, even in the context of friendly business situations.

However, if you are invited to a German's house it is appropriate to bring a gift such as wine, flowers or sweets.
Tips to remember;
Do not give red roses as they symbolize romantic intentions.
Do not give carnations as they symbolize mourning.
Do not give lilies or chrysanthemums as they are used at funerals.
If you bring wine, it should be imported, French or Italian. Giving German wines is viewed as meaning you do not think the host will serve a good quality wine.

Willkommen to Germany
Angela & Natasha
The currency used in Germany is Euros.

The Euros replaced the German Mark in February 2002 and it is the official currency of the European Union.

Today, travelers can exchange currency at airports, hotels and banks throughout Germany.
Germany's public transport network is amongst the best in Europe. It includes boat, bus & tram, car & motorcycle, train and bicycle

Buses are the most common type of public transport in Germany. Germany has many scheduled bus services in nearly every town and many rural areas.

The German Rail system has 41,000 km of tracks and serves over 7000 cities and towns. Almost all trains are operated by
Deutsche Bahn
while others are private lines.

Bicycles often have their own pathways, usually colored red. Their located between pedestrian pathway and the road way.

Cultural Practices - Dress
Accommodation Choices in Germany
Germany has a wide range of accommodations to offer from economical to luxurious. Accommodations depend on your budget and preferences.

Popular accommodation choices in Germany include
Castles - Offers an authentic Old World experience
Hostels - Affordable & Communal
Hotels - Luxury & privacy. Prices may vary
People in Germany don’t walk around in traditional Lederhosen, a kind of leather shorts, and Dirndls, or white farm worker blouses all day.

In fact most Germans dress a lot like people in every other Western country, where clothing style is determined mostly by age, job and personal taste. Germany does have certain clothing trends that are somewhat different from those in the United States, but most styles are familiar to tourists from other countries.
Cultural Practices - Visiting Places of Worship
Across the Germanic world, there was some difference in the places where pagans worshiped, though; it was common for places showing prominent natural features to be used.

Tacitus claimed that the 1st century tribes of Germany did not "confine the gods within walls... but worshiped outdoors in sacred woods and groves", and similarly there is evidence from later continental Europe and Anglo-Saxon England that the pagans worshiped out of doors at "trees, groves, wells, stones, fences and cairns".

In some later cases, temples would be built on such sites, the most famous being the Swedish Temple at Uppsala which, according to Adam of Bremen, writing in the 11th century, was built around a grove which was "so holy that each tree is itself regarded as sacred.
Places of Significance
Upon visiting Hamburg Wadden Sea National Park (Hamburgisches Wattenmeer in German), you will find that it is made up of 3 islands. The smallest one out of all three islands is called Neuwerk. It is an island that is known to be very lush and green and the population of those that reside there is 40; a very small residence. The group of islands is located in northern Germany which is in Elbe estuary and it is the protecter of thousands of coastal mudflats. Tourists and visitors often have a wonderful time exploring this unique destination which has a variety of different attractions.
Another natural sight of significance would be the Röthbachfall, Featuring a drop of more than 470 meters, the Röthbachfall is considered to be the tallest German waterfalls. The falls themselves are located within the Berchtesgaden National Park and can be found near the Obersee Lake. The Röthbachfall is not only the tallest waterfall in the country; it is also one of the most popular ecotourism destinations in the nation. Every year, people make their way to the national Park in order to view the breathtaking glory of the falls. When it comes to visiting the Röthbachfall, you are in for a thrilling and adventurous trip into the German outdoors.

2. Name the natural & built sites of significance
Places of Significance
1. Name 2 popular sites visited by tourists
One of the most popular sites of Germany visited by tourists is Neuschwanstein. It is the ultimate fairytale castle located on a rough hill near Füssen in southwest Bavaria. It was built in the inspiration of the Sleeping Beauty castles in the Disneyland parks. The castle was custom-built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria who was declared insane when the castle was almost completed in 1886 and found dead a few days later. Neuschwanstein is the most photographed building in the country and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Germany.
The 2nd most popular tourist site would be The Brandenburg Gate, which is the only surviving city gate of Berlin and represents the reunion of East and West Berlin. Built in the 18th century, the Brandenburg Gate is the entry to Unter den Linden and the boulevard of linden trees which once led directly to the palace of the Prussian monarchs. It is regarded as one of the most famous landmarks in Europe.
2. Name the natural & built sites of significance

Places of Significance
Built within just a day, the Berlin Wall surrounded East Berlin, separating it from West Berlin in 1961 to 1989. Today, its remains are amongst the most iconic of all historic sites in Germany.

As a city noted for its cultural flair, Berlin is also home to the world famous Berlin Opera and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. The art scene is diverse, which is very evident with the hundreds of art galleries including the Annual Forum - an international art fair, and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Museum Island.
3. Explain the reasons for the popularity of tourist sites, including their significance and values
Tourism attractions allow the world to see what a particular country has to offer for their visitors. Tourism also promotes the country and possibly contributes to increasing income and funds in the country.

In Germany, there is a lot of historic and old buildings which have a lot of meaning from the day they were being built to now. Many people visit the country to gain more knowledge of the ancient buildings. The fact that the buildings are old and still standing, shock people around the world which gives them more reasons to travel to Germany and many other countries considering that every country has its own attraction sites that bring tourists.
Places of Significance
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