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Welcome, or Willkommen, to the land of Oktoberfest, the Berlin Wall, and lederhosen (knee-breeches). Although relatively small in size, this European nation boasts the second-largest population on the continent, making it a lively and bustling place to visit. Known to natives as Deutschland, Germany has a plethora of tourist attractions, museums, festivals, art galleries, and architectural sites. This Web guide offers resources to help you plan a German holiday.
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German public transportation has a great reputation. The subway systems are reliable, the trains are far-reaching, and rumor has it that the buses come almost every five minutes. Tech-savvy Germans have set up accessible Web sites for online ticket purchases, car rental reservations, and bus schedules. Finding a local Internet café or utilizing the wireless at your hotel is an easy way to take advantage of the World Wide Web to get around Germany more efficiently.
- Conveniently, tickets can be purchased online for both major rail systems that service Germany-the Bahn and Rail Europe. Look for links that say "Purchase tickets online."
- Subway systems are not available in every city but most towns have bus service. All of the Web sites offered in this section have helpful hints for mastering transportation, whether you're going five minutes or five hours away.
For public transportation in Germany ...
is the homepage for the German rail system, or the Bahn. This is one of the most popular ways to travel in Germany and tourists and natives alike utilize the well-coordinated trains. At this site, you can map out itineraries, purchase tickets, or find handicapped train stations.
is a trusted form of cross-country transportation through the entire European continent. Use this Web site to book train tickets for a multi-city tour, or for traveling from one end of Germany to the other. The main page's "Most Popular Rail Passes and Tickets" features two sections on Germany.
offers this reassuring Web page on the rather smooth operations of German public transportation. Read excerpts from fellow travelers, post questions, and save articles to your personal travel planner.
For maps ...
Germany Travel Guide
is a superb site for German maps. From the main page, click on "Maps of Germany" in the left-hand column. Not only are you provided with four enlargeable country maps but there are also city maps available for all major metropolitan areas. Aside from the maps, this all-inclusive Web site has everything from health tips and visa information to golf course locations and German media.
isn't the easiest site to navigate but the information is valuable. From the main page, click on "Map of Germany," then use your mouse to move to the section of the country to which you are traveling. The zoom bar is most useful, allowing you an up-close-and-personal look at any region in the country.
For rental cars ...
's section on Germany is extensive and navigable. The site gives guests useful hints about renting a vehicle, while also offering online booking options. Scroll to the bottom of the page for a vast city-by-city directory of rental depots.
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