Called the Heart of Europe, Germany forms a vital link between Western Europe and the continental east, between the warmer south and the cool north. Germany is a land of low plains, upland hills and mountains. It stretches from the Alps in the south by forested central highlands to the north of the Baltic Sea. Germany is bordered by Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland, which makes it a great gateway to other tourism options.
Whether you are visiting for a surgical procedure or simply to enjoy a health spa, Germany’s iconic cities, great shopping and stunning architecture will amaze you. The country is a land of many possibilities, from relaxation and wellness to sports and fun and amazing historic scenes. Enchanting medieval villages and iconic castles and palaces are all along the picture perfect countryside.
Germany is a destination for patients seeking advanced medical technology, high standards, safety, and quick treatment. All German citizens have health coverage, resulting in a high hospital density, with twice as many hospitals per capita as the United States. The high hospital density results in shorter wait lists for treatment. Costs for medical treatment compete well with other developed European countries and are commonly 50% of those in the USA.
Germany is an attractive destination for patients from the Middle East. US citizens sometimes travel to Germany to seek treatments such as artificial cervical disc replacement, Bone marrow transplantation, Brain surgery, Cardiovascular, Colon surgery, Endoprothetics and ENT surgery. Skilled medical consultants, outstanding university hospitals, community hospitals and private clinics in Germany ensure high quality patient service and make your visit as comfortable as possible.
In Germany the official language is German. It is the predominant spoken language and there are other recognized languages as Danish, Romany, Turkish. Additionally, many Germans learn English as a second language during their schooling.
Although located mostly at latitudes north of the United States-Canadian border and thus closer to the Arctic Circle than to the equator, Germany's climate is moderate and is generally without sustained periods of cold or heat. Northwestern and coastal Germany have a maritime climate caused by warm westerly winds from the North Sea; the climate is characterized by warm summers and mild cloudy winters. Farther inland, the climate is continental, marked by greater diurnal and seasonal variations in temperature, with warmer summers and colder winters.
During January, the coldest month, the average temperature is approximately 1.6°C in the north and about -2°C in the south. In July, the warmest month, the situation reverses, and it is cooler in the north than in the south. The northern coastal region has July temperatures averaging between 16°C and 18°C; at some locations in the south, the average is 19.4°C or slightly higher.
Germany is a member of the Schengen Agreement. For EU, EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) or Swiss citizens, an officially approved ID card (or a passport) is sufficient for entry. In no case will they need a visa for a stay of any length. Others will generally need a passport for entry.
As of July 2009 only the citizens of the non-EU/EEA/Swiss countries like USA, Canada, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco or New Zealand do not need a visa for entry into the Schengen Area; note that they must not stay longer than three months in half a year and must not work while in the EU.
Germany has many airports but the ones most pertinent to medical tourists are:
The following airlines have flights to Germany:
Germany offers a range of accommodation to suit every taste and pocket, from youth hostels to castle stays, from guesthouses and inns to hotels in every category. Hotels range from very inexpensive accommodation in small hotels starting at $50 to rooms in mid-range hotels for $120 to luxury suites above $450. Some German hotels are housed in ancient castles and palaces. Many hotels boast a range of facilities such as swimming pool, sauna and gym.
The currency of Germany is known as Deutsch Mark. It was one of the strongest currencies in the whole world.
However, since 1999 the Euro € plays the role of Germany currency. The exchange rate of Euros to US Dollars is: €1 Euro = $1.4442 U.S. dollars
(exchange rate subject to change).
The most efficient way to travel in Germany is by train. The major train company in Germany is “Deutsche Bahn” . There are several popular sights in Germany`s cities. Berlin, Germany´s capital is famous for its division during the cold war and the Berlin Wall. Today it has a cultural diversity with elegant clubs, art, historic galleries and traditional restaurants. Berlin is known to be a heaven on earth for shoppers.
Munich is Bavaria´s beautiful capital city and southern Germany´s primary city. It is a getaway to the amazing Alps and home of the popular Oktoberfest. Another great cultural city is Cologne, founded by the Romans it is 2000 years old. Filled with Romanesque Churches and archeological sites it is a must see for cultural enthusiasts. It is also well known for its Carnival and its Christopher-Street-Day parade. The city of Dresden, once called 'Florence on the Elbe', offers more than what the average traveler can expect: Great festivals, all kinds of cultural entertainment, vibrant night life, and surrounded by beautiful natural views. Dresden hosts the Dresden State Art Collections, which is one of the world's most impressive museums and collections. The art collections consist of eleven museums, of which the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister and the Grünes Gewölbe are the most well-known. Other famous tourist destinations include the Bavarian Alps, lake Constance and the Castle Road, all famous for stunning Castles, archaeological treasures and historical scenery that will leave you breathless.
Shopping - made in Germany is a wonderful experience. Germany has a huge range of different places to shop, from the traditional atmosphere of its town centers to more than 400 shopping malls, each like a world of its own. The one thing they all have in common is a colorful mix of shops, boutiques, restaurants and cafés. And nearly all Germany's towns and cities have pedestrian areas with large department stores and shopping arcades.