Sightseeing in Germany

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Tourism and Culture

Different Forms of Tourism

There are many places for tourists to visit:
- historic city centers: Regensburg, Würzburg, Goerlitz;
- museums: Pinakothek in Munich, museum island in Berlin;
- palaces : Sans-Souci at Potsdam, Charlottenburg in Berlin;
- cathedrals : Cologne, Berlin, Aachen;
- the banks of the Elbe;
- the remains of the Berlin wall.
Operas, concert halls, theaters, festivals, museums, art galleries, open air cinema.
Castles, parks and gardens

Near Berlin, at Potsdam, the park of Sans-Souci palace covers nearly 300 hectares. Also worth visiting is the zoological garden (Zoologischer Garten) in Berlin, the park of the palace of Nymphenburg in Munich and the Herrenhausen royal gardens in Hanover.

Nature parks

Altmühltal, Eifel, Saar Hunsrück, Schiefergebirge, the Swabian and Franconian forest, Schwalm-Nette, the Black Forest Center/North, Südeifel, the island of Usedom.

National Parks

Eifel, Kellerwald-Edersee, Lakes of Schleswig-Holstein, Lakes of Hamburg, Lakes of Lower Saxony, Jasmund, Western Pomeranian Bodden Landscape Park, Müritz, Unteres Odertal, Harz, Hainich, Saxony Switzerland, Bavarian forest, Berchtesgaden.

Aachen, Cologne Cathedral, Berliner Dom.
Aquatic parks, health resorts and spas.
Many lakes: Constance, Müritzsee, Chiemsee, Schwerin, Starnberg ; very big rivers: Rhine, Danube, Main, Weser and Elbe; the Baltic and North Sea coasts; the canals in Brandenburg and in Mecklenburg.
Winter Sports
The Bavarian Alps, Allgäu, Black Forest, Harz, Thuringe forest, and Saxony are all skiing areas. The highest summit is the Zugspitze 2962 m in the Bavarian Alps.
Outdoor Activities
Cycling, walking, canoeing, climbing, rollerblading.
The biggest store in Germany is in Berlin: KaDeWe Kaufhaus of the West. Also in Berlin, do not miss Friedrichstrasse. All the large cities in Germany have pedestrian areas which offer a wide choice of stores.
Tourism Organizations
German Tourism Board
Cultural Organizations
Ministry of Culture
For Further Information
Magazine on politics, culture and the economy

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Individual and Civic Freedoms

Political Freedom
Civil Liberty
Freedom of the Press
The German media is free.
World Ranking of Freedom of the Press According to "Reporters sans Frontières", 2009 report : 18/175
Evolution: 2 places up compared to 2008
For Further Information, Consult Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2009, Reporters Without Borders
Free Access to the Internet
Freedom of Assembly
Rule of Law
Personal Autonomy and Individual Rights
Women's Condition
Equality of status and freedom for women is written into the fundamental law. 54% of those enrolled at university are women. Between 65% and 73% of women work, depending on the region, but they often work part time and for a salary which is lower than that of men.
For Further Information
Ministry of the family, senior citizens, women and young people.

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Degree of Freedom
Bible, Koran or Talmud. German fundamental law guarantees freedom of religion.
Christians 62.5 % (Catholics 31.4 %, Protestants 31.1 %), Muslims 4 %, Jews 0.2 %.
Role of Religion in Society
Religion has little influence on everyday life and business. However, in some regions like Bavaria, religion is more present.

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