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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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TEMPORARY LODGING

TEMPORARY LODGING ALLOWANCE (TLA)
TLA partially reimburses service members for occupying temporary lodgings (transient accommodations on- or off-post, cost of meals and transportation to meals while seeking permanent quarters on arrival).  In order to draw TLA, you must apply for government quarters within two working days of arriving in Stuttgart.  TLA can be claimed in 10 day increments and is generally limited to 60 days for arriving service members.  TLA repayments will be credited into your direct deposit paycheck account within one month of filing the paperwork with housing.  A briefing on TLA entitlements and how to file for TLA will be given during inprocessing.

Temporary lodging on post is accessible on a space available basis.  When there are no rooms available, referrals are made to German hotels off-post, however a Statement of Non-Availability (SNA) must be obtained (see below).  It is expected that your sponsor will coordinate with you regarding your temporary housing needs well in advance of your arrival.

Reservations for TDY/TAD and PCS personnel are taken 60 days in advance of arrival.  Those on leave status may stay on a space available basis. 

TIP: Pets are generally NOT permitted in any on-post temporary lodging facility.  If arriving with a pet, please ask to see a list of off-post hotels.  You may also board your pet in a local facility or kennel.  Your local Community Processing Facility should have a list of these establishments.

HOTELS OFF-POST
If on-post accommodations are full, you may be authorized to stay in an off-post hotel.  Make sure that you acquire a Statement of Non-Availability (SNA) control number from your on-post lodging facility.  When you stay in off-post lodging with a SNA control number, you are entitled to TLA.  Without this SNA number, TLA reimbursement will NOT be authorized.  It is important when choosing off post accomodations that the room rates do not exceed your daily TLA, which is bases on grade and number of family members.  To find out what your TLA is visit
http://www.dtic.mil/perdiem.  If the hotel rate exceeds your TLA, you are responsible for paying the difference. 

VALUE ADDED TAX (vat)
In Germany a 16% value added tax is added to all room rates.  Most German hotels, however, accept the Value Added Tax (VAT) form, which exempts US Military members and Americans working for the Department of Defense from paying this tax.  The forms can be purches for $4 each at your local community VAT office after arriving in Germany.

TEMPORARY QUARTERS
Officially, your local military community will not have specific units designated as "temporary housing."  However, more times than not, there is an excess of vacant two-bedroom units in the permanent on-post housing areas.  IF this is the case at the time of your arrival, one of these units may be assigned to you to live in until permanent quarters become available.  The units are relatively small, approximately 900 square feet, but at least you will have your own living space and be out of a hotel.  You are not authorized to accept household goods other than hold baggage while residing in these "temporary quarters."  Also, this temporary housing unit might not be located in the same area where ultimately your permanent quarters are assigned.  This could mean that your children might have to change schools once permanent housing becomes available.  It is also important to stress again that temporary quarters consists of excess 2 bedroom units only.  There are no 3, 4 or 5 bedroom temporary quarters.

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Heidelberg CastleHeidelberg
Heidelberg is the very image of romantic Germany.  The city's 17th Century red sandstone castle ruin and the old bridge are two of the most majestic sights in all of Germany.

Neuschwanstein CastleNeuschwanstein
Venture into the Bavarian Alps and visit the fairy tale landmark upon which the Walt Disney based his Disney Land Castle: Mad King Ludwig's Schloss Neuschwanstein.

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