Capital: Berlin

Germany is situated in the heart of Europe. The adjoining plains are covered by hills and lakes to the south are wooded highlands traversed by great river valleys. Germany's southern border is defined by the mighty Alps. The treasures and highlights of a centuries-old culture await you in all the regions of Germany: castles, palaces, cathedrals, and historic cities whose old houses on winding romantic streets. And of course, there is Berlin, Germany's treasure and most famous city.

Language: German. English is widely spoken and French is also spoken. Regional dialects often differ markedly from standard German.

Electricity: 230 volts AC, 50Hz. European-style round two-pin plugs are in use. Lamp fittings are screw type.

Climate: Temperate throughout the country with warm summers and cold winters, but prolonged periods of frost or snow are rare. Rain falls throughout the year.

Major credit cards are widely accepted. In larger cities, they may be used in hotels, some restaurants, and for shopping. Outside the cities, it is suggested that travelers use traveler's checks.