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Travel Guide: Upper Middle Rhine Valley in Hessen, Germany #travel

Upper Middle Rhine Valley

Hessen, Germany

The 65km-stretch of the Middle Rhine Valley, with its castles, historic towns and vineyards, graphically illustrates the long history of human involvement with a dramatic and varied natural landscape. It is intimately associated with history and legend and for centuries has exercised a powerful influence on writers, artists and composers.

Map of Upper Middle Rhine Valley

More info about Hessen

Coronavirus in Hessen

As much as it pains us to say, now is not the best time to be boarding that plane, boat or train. More and more countries are going into COVID-19 lockdown and closing their borders, which is making it virtually impossible to travel anyway. You can track the current coronavirus right now.

Culture in Hessen

We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to traveling in Germany. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to Germany.

Money in Hessen

Currencie(s): Euro

  • 1 Euro = 1.17 $
  • 1 Euro = 0.91 £

Tipping: Not seen as obligatory, but most people in Germany consider tipping to be good manners as well as a way to express gratitude for good service. Rounding up the bill in Germany is commonplace.

Corruption: Germany has a corruption score of 20 out of 100.
If your itinerary runs through Germany, you're pretty safe. According to Transparency International, Germany is one of the least corrupt nations around the world.

Germany is not concidered to be a dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 1.55 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.

Language in Hessen

Language(s): German
Here are a few basic lines to get you started:
  • Yes = Ja
  • No = Nein
  • Thank You = Danke
  • Hello = Hallo
  • Do you speak English? = Sprichst du Englisch?
  • Please = Bitte
  • Bye = Tschüss
  • Excuse Me = Entschuldigen Sie mich
  • Where is the Bathroom? = Wo ist die Toilette?
  • What is your Name? (My Name Is) = Wie ist dein Name? (Mein Name ist)

Food & Drinks in Hessen

3 National dishes: Sauerbraten, Bratwurst & Eisbein.

Tap Water: It's safe to drink tap water.

Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Hessen is 16.
On- and off-premise age minimum is 16 for beer and wine/18 for spirits.

Religion in Hessen

Germany contains a few regions that are considered as a religious. According to the Gallup Poll in 2009 research, only 40% of the population thinks religion is important in their daily life. More info about this study can be found here. The religous adherents are Protestant 34%, Roman Catholic 34%, Muslim 3.7%, unaffiliated or other 28.3%. Read this article about the impact of religion on your travel plans.

Sex & Relationships in Hessen

Age of Consent: 14 years.

Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is legalized in Germany since 2017.

Germany scores a 7/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.

Other practical tips for Hessen

Timezone: UTC+01:00

Driving: Right-hand traffic.

Power adapters and converters: 230 V (50 Hz), Plug C / F

Weather: Currently overcast clouds, with a temperature between 11.7 and 13.3°C (53 and 56°F)

Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 12.03 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So you have nothing to worry about when travelling to Germany.

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