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Germany offers a variety of landscapes from the coast in the north to the Bavarian Alps in the south.  The country boasts a multitude of historical towns and cities, romantic castles, and excellent museums.  The tourism infrastructure is well developed and most of the people speak English. 

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CELLULAR PHONES

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In Germany, a cell phone is referred to as a "handy."  One important thing to keep in mind about cellular calls in Germany is that unlike in the US, incoming calls on a cell phone are free.  You are only charged for outgoing calls that you make.  Overall, cell phone rates are charged at a higher rate than regular phone calls.  Additionally, calling from a cell phone to a land phone or from a land phone to a cell phone is more expensive than calling from a cell to a cell or a land phone to another landline. 

AMERICAN CELL PHONES IN GERMANY
Most American cell phones cannot be used here in Germany if they operate at the 900 MHz frequency, as this will interfere with the German emergency system.  Tri-band phones are useable here by having a new chip put in them.  When purchasing phones in the US, make sure that they are "unlocked," for use with SIM chips from any cell phone company.  You may purchase phones which come unlocked, or you may pay to unlock a phone which has been previously locked for use with only one service provider.

UNLOCKING CELL PHONES
When originally manufactured, all GSM cellular phones are unlocked.  Phones are locked by cell phone service providers to prevent users from being able to arbitrarily change their service to another provider.

There are different ways to unlock a cell phone.  Some phones unlock simply by entering in a password code into the phone.  Other phones need to be connected with wires up to a data terminal which then sends a message to unlock the phone.

CELL PHONE PROVIDERS
There are a handful of cellular service providers that you can choose from.  Service with these companies is usually available through a contract or through pre-paid calling cards.  Service can be obtained either through your local Powerzone, through shops specializing in mobile phone service, or through many large electronics outlets on the German economy. 

However these off-post sources typically require a minimum contract length of two years and direct withdrawal from a local bank account as the only payment option.

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MunichMunich
Munich (München) is well known for its Oktoberfest festivities and for its delicious yeast-wheat beers (Hefeweizen).  But the capital of Bavaria has much to offer tourists not just in October, but all year round.

Appenzell
This area in Eastern Switzerland is a hiking wonderland.  The extensive network or trails and alpine huts make this village and its amazing scenery a must-see for any traveler. 


Venice's Grand CanalVenice
Take a stroll along Venice's world famous canals and view the magnificent works of art in the city's many art museums and historic cathedrals.

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