Germany For Dummies by Donald Olson

By Donald Olson

From the Bavarian Alps to the Rhine, from Berlin to the Black woodland, Germany is jam-packed with beer gardens, castles, paintings, tradition, and a hopping nightlife. Take all of it in with this useful consultant in your excellent Teutonic adventure:

  • Complete insurance of the large towns and small cities, from Berlin and Munich to the spa city of Baden-Baden
  • The most sensible castles and palaces, together with the fairy-tale-style castles Neuschwanstein and Linderhof
  • Suggestions for kid-friendly sights, inns, and restaurant
  • The country's most sensible wines and wine regions

Like each For Dummies go back and forth consultant, Germany For Dummies, 3rd Edition includes:

  • Down-to-earth trip-planning advice
  • What you shouldn?t miss?and what you could skip
  • The most sensible motels and eating places for each budget
  • Lots of distinct maps

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The Unmasterable Past: History, Holocaust, and German National Identity, by Charles S. Maier: A study of German attempts to come to terms with the Holocaust and the recent controversy surrounding conservative attempts to downplay the historical uniqueness of the German genocide against Jews. ✓ When in Germany, Do as the Germans Do, by Hyde Flippo: A short, entertaining crash course in German culture, customs, and heritage. ✓ Witness to Nuremberg, by Richard Sonnenfeldt: The chief American interpreter at the war-crimes trials tells his story of dealing directly with Hermann Göring, the powerful Nazi official who was subsequently executed for war crimes.

Nearly all large German cities have a Messe, or convention center/fairground, with a year-round schedule of major trade shows in all industries. These trade fairs can put a real squeeze on hotel rooms. Prices also rise, and rooms become scarce, during seasonal events such as Munich’s Oktoberfest (held mid-Sept to early Oct) and Cologne’s Carnival (especially the three days just before Easter). In the winter months, generally from October through March, museums, castles, and tourist offices have shorter hours and may be closed certain days of the week.

At the end of the war, with its major cities in smoldering ruins, Germany ceased to exist as an independent state. ✓ The two Germanys: Intending at first to govern conquered Germany as one unit, the war’s victors divided it into two states as the Cold War intensified. The Federal Republic of Germany in the western half of the country had its capital in Bonn, and the Soviet-ruled German Democratic Republic (GDR) in the eastern half had its capital in East Berlin. Two Germanys developed with highly different political, economic, and social systems.

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