Germany

Germany

Country profile

Germany’s 16 federal states are connected by a world-renowned transport system. The capital, Berlin, is the largest city, followed by Hamburg, Munich, Cologne and Frankfurt. Visitors are spoilt for choice between buzzy, vibrant cities and awe-inspiring natural landscapes, from the Alps in the south to the beautiful northern coastline, and ancient woodlands in-between. 

KEY INFORMATION
Capital: Berlin
Visa requirements: None
Time zone: GMT + 1
Language: German
Currency: Euro
Population: 82 million
Electricity: Type F power plugs and sockets. Standard voltage is 230V, standard frequency 50 Hz

Tipping policy: Service and VAT are included in the menu price in restaurants and bars, but people typically round up their bill; a rule of thumb is to add between five and ten per cent, generally ending with a full Euro amount 

AIRPORTS AND FLYING TIME FROM THE UK
Multiple UK airports operate flights to Cologne, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Bremen, Berlin, Dortmund, Baden-Baden, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Hannover and Munich. Typical flight time is 1-2h.

TOP FIVE ATTRACTIONS
Brandenburg Gate
Cologne Cathedral
Europa-Park (pictured)
Neuschwanstein Castle
Miniatur Wunderland

MAJOR EVENTS
Cologne Carnival
Oktoberfest in Bavaria
Christmas Markets
Rhine in Flames
Berlin International Film Festival

WEDDINGS
Foreign nationals must reside in Germany for 21 days before the date of marriage. Both partners must be present at the Standesamt, a German civil registration office where any valid marriage must take place, regardless of whether there will also be a religious wedding. 

The following documents are required:
A birth certificate;
A passport;
Proof of residence of more than three weeks;
If you were married before: proof that all previous marriages were dissolved, for example your late spouse’s death certificate. A divorce decree, however, might not be sufficient. 

Same-sex marriage in Germany is legal.

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