Germany's travel web site has information on trip planning, including a map, brochures, and a free newsletter.
Travelers will also find a detailed explanation of celebrations for 2009, 20 years after the fall of the wall, which can be downloaded as a PDF.
Other useful links on the site include: Castles, Parks and Gardens; Saving Money; Trails for Religious Travelers; and Trails for Young People.
Visit ComeToGermany or call the German National Tourist office in New York at 212-661-7200.
When web sites come up in German, look for the word English or a flag of the USA or Great Britain. Click for English.
Berlin has its own web site, VisitBerlin. For tours, consider walking (www.MauerGuide.com), biking, the underground, and riding in a Trabi (www.trabi-safari.de). The Trabi holds four people, but not four big people. If you want to drive, you'll have to be able to handle a loose standard transmission on the steering column. Price for a one-hour tour is $38-$50 depending on the number of people in the car.
Top events in 2009 are Leipzig's celebrations for the 200th birthday of Felix Mendelssohn; Halle's festival for the 250th birthday of George Frederic Handel; the opening of the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart; and the 90th anniversary of the Bauhas design in the town of www.weimer.de.
In November 2009, New York's Museum of Modern Arts will exhibit Bauhas design.
-- David Molyneaux
Back in Berlin again, 20 years after the fall of the wall.