Destination Information for Germany
The Western European country of Germany has many facets to its landscape, history and culture. It is a large country, and has areas of forest, mountain ranges and beaches, as well as plenty of large, cosmopolitan cities. For tourists, Germany truly has something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a fast-paced city break, a rural getaway or a week on the beach.
The country has a rather complex and troubled history which extends much further back than Hitler and the two World Wars. Germany was split into hundreds of mini-states from as early as the middle ages, and unification only really began at the time of the Napoleonic Wars. Following political and international struggles, Germany has been united in peace since 1990, a year after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the communist regime.
Visitors to Germany will find plenty of museums and monuments in cities such as Berlin, Cologne, Munich and Hamburg, providing more context and information about the country’s history, along with stunning architecture and world-class shopping, restaurants, galleries and more. If you’re heading for a more rural destination, there are the Bavarian Alps, the Rhine Valley and the scenic Romantic Road. For fans of hiking, mountain biking and trekking, Germany is ideal.
Measles in Germany
The ongoing measles outbreak in Germany is beginning to wind down in places.
During the first 5 months of 2015, a total of 2,203 cases were recorded. The worst affected area is Berlin with 1,141 cases; followed by: Sachsen 268 cases, Thüringen 168 cases, Baden-Württemberg 108 cases and Bayern 106 cases.
The situation is improving in Berlin as 12 new infections were reported in the last week compared to 156 in epidemiological week 12, in March 2015.
Advice for Travellers
It should be confirmed that children have received their recommended doses of MMR at 12-15 months of age and again pre-school around 3 years 6 months. Unimmunised adults who have not had the disease themselves may consider vaccination if thought to be at risk. Two doses of MMR vaccine are required to give adequate protection.
Malaria and regions within country:
Malaria is not normally present in Germany.