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22. Tourism

22.1 Tourism Hot Line

The Deutsche Fremdenverkehrsverband (DFV) has created a network of information hot lines to connect to local touristic bureaus, using always the same telephone number. In most cities you can now get information by calling (possibly the area code and then) 19433.1996-1

22.2 On-Line -- German Cities Info

Any major German city has its own webpage, usually maintained by the city administration. These pages often contain links to a lot of resources that you will find interesting if you are going to visit there. The websites are usually located at www.cityname.de where cityname is the name of the city in question in its German spelling. Examples: Düsseldorf, Heidelberg, Karlsruhe, Köln, Mainz, Mannheim, München, etc.

Excite maintains a list with information about most German cities.

22.3 Monuments to Visit

For a rather conventional description see Scharf, Helmut: Kleine Kunstgeschichte des Deutschen Denkmals. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft (1984) ISBN 3-534-09548-0.

It's a short history of monument-building and -art in Germany, covering early middle ages to almost present.

22.4 Youth hostels

For budget-conscious travellers, Youth Hostels offer some of the cheapest accomodations available. Some of the Youth Hostels in Germany are located in stunningly beautiful parts of town: for example, the Youth Hostel in Nürnberg is in the Burg (castle), dab-smack in the center of town, in a medieval building.

The Deutsches Jugendherbergswerk runs almost all Youth Hostels in Germany. It's mailing addresses can be found at this website 1999-02

22.5 Sights to See in the Cities


  • Paulskirche (assembly of first German parliament)
  • Art Museum

Staatsgalerie (Modern Art)


Zwinger (Art)

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