Germany

Germany

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The Federal Republic of Germany is located in central Europe, between Poland and France, and with coastline along the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. With a population of about 81 million, Germany is the second most populated country in Europe after Russia.

The German government is a federal parliamentary republic. A president is chief of state and a chancellor is head of government.

Since reunification of East and West Germany in 1990, Germany has become a major power with the world's fourth largest economy and Europe's largest economy. The country has developed a high standard of living, large middle class, one of the world's highest levels of education, and a comprehensive system of social security.

Germany offers many contrasts. Visitors can see the Alps, quaint villages or large cities, all with many historical sites and traditional culture and architecture. The country is dotted with castles, cathedrals, vineyards, wineries, and Roman ruins. Germany is also known for precision workmanship and its automobile industry, such as Volkswagen, BMW, Porsche, and Mercedes.

Currency EUR: Euro
Language German
Capital Berlin
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Diseases To Be Aware Of

The diseases listed below are those which occur most often in Germany. Other, less frequently encountered diseases might be displayed within the Travel Alerts section if they have occurred recently.

Tick-Borne Encephalitis

Tick-borne encephalitis occurs in early and late summer in Germany, particularly in the following areas: south of Rostock and Schwerin, west of Frankfurt an der Oder, west of Erfurt, the areas around Dresden and Zwickau, as well as in Karlsruhe, Pforzheim, Stuttgart, Tübingen, and in areas around Regensburg extending south to Landshut and to Passau on the border with Austria.

Hepatitis A

There is a low risk of hepatitis A in this country.

Hepatitis B

There is a low risk of hepatitis B in this country.

Rabies

Rabies may be present in bats in this country.

Vaccinations to Consider

The following is a list of recommended vaccinations for travelling to Germany.

Tick-Borne Encephalitis Vaccine

Travellers who plan to visit Germany during the summer months and hike or camp in rural parts of the following areas should consider obtaining this vaccine: south of Rostock and Schwerin, west of Frankfurt an der Oder, west of Erfurt, the areas around Dresden and Zwickau, as well as in Karlsruhe, Pforzheim, Stuttgart, Tübingen, and in areas around Regensburg extending south to Landshut and to Passau on the border with Austria. This vaccine is only available in Europe.

Hepatitis A Vaccine

Although there is a low risk of hepatitis A in this country, the vaccination is recommended.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

Although there is a low risk of hepatitis B in this country, the vaccination is recommended.

Rabies Vaccine

The vaccination is recommended for those travellers whose activities or work bring them into direct contact with bats.

Medications to Consider

The following is a list of recommended medications for travelling to Germany.

None required.

Safety and Security in Germany

Emergency Numbers

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110

Personal Safety

Most travellers to Germany do not experience any safety or security risks as the country is generally safe. However, in some major cities, the risk of petty (pickpocketing) and violent crime in certain areas may be high. Racial attacks and harassment can sometimes occur from extremist youth gangs in major cities and the new German states (Bundesländer) in particular.

Pickpocketing in particular has increased recently in Berlin, especially at railway stations, airports, and on trains. Pickpockets work in teams and often attempt to distract their target’s attention. Travellers should not display signs of wealth and ensure their valuables and hidden and safe.

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