Call for help: As you might have noticed I'm currently trying very hard to bring some kind of reasonable input into the German section. Since I know little to nothing of many of the areas, I need your help! If you know an area and want to contribute something about it, be it general descriptions or an idea how to sort it, please pm me with your ideas! I'll answer as quick as I can. Promised.
Germany (Wikipedia) is a Federal Republic separated into 16 states (Bundesländer), three of which (Berlin, Hamburg and Bremen) are city-states.
Emergency Numbers Police 110, Emergency 112
Traveling and Transportation Germany has lots of airports, so every region should be more or less reachable by plane. Traveling beyond that can be a little tricky. The railway system is modern and extended but really expensive; a cheap alternative to travel between the bigger cities can be (private) busses.
Accommodation/Camping [more to come]
Shopping Bring your gear and wardrobe. Both are incredibly expensive in Germany. Sorry. For presents and souveniers check local stuff. Though Germany is highly industrialized there's still a lot of craftsmanship to find. Keep your eyes open and ask the locals.
Food Unfortunately eating out in Germany is pretty expensive, except maybe in the eastern states, namely Berlin. While you will find a wide spectrum of international food everywhere, it's sometimes hard to get the original 'German kitchen'. It consists of some classics (Wiener Schnitzel, Braten, Eisbein, Kassler, etc.) and an incredible variety of local specialities - all rather heavy and spicy than haute cuisine. Nonetheless it's very tasty and you really should try it. For more on food take a look at the state descriptions.
Alcohol & Drugs Drinking in public is generally not prohibited and beer is widely not considered alcoholic anyway.
Local laws may differ, but enforcement is limited to drastic cases. Of course that doesn't mean it's accepted to get completely wasted in public, but in the end it's your own dignity anyway.
Driving drunk (BAL 0.5 being the limit of tolerance) will be punished drastically.
For climbing area purposes, the country has been divided into the 16 states. The northern part of Germany is rather flat, while the southern part (Bavaria) abuts the Alps. Therefore the majority of climbing is seated in the southern half of the country - though there are a lot of interesting spots in the other states too.
Season and Climate (Weather has been a little capricious lately, so this is to taken with a grain of salt!) Main climbing season would be between late April and early October.
The German winter tends to be cold and rainy, though you might be lucky and be able to find a sunny spot where climbing is possible in the winter months.
Juli can be very rainy, August pretty hot.
Major areas Besides the Alps the most popular climbing areas in Germany are:
also quite popular:
Restrictions: Though generally covered by the right of way, climbing on rock can be severely restricted by different laws. It is recommended that all climbers inquire about access issues before attempting to climb. In some of the German areas there are strict rules about the use of chalk, protection and other ethical issues. Please ask the locals! This will save you from getting busted - or thoroughly beaten up with knot slings…
Ratings: Most of Germany uses the UIAA system for route ratings. Exception would be Saxony and some of the East German areas, which use the Saxon rating system. When adding a route, please include the original rating in brackets behind the route name like this: RouteIclimbed (6+). Roman numbers (like VIIa) mark Saxon Ratings, UIAA and french ratings are displayed in Arabic ciphers.
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Forum Discussions (4 posts)
|Rock Climbing in Berlin||diegopues||0||Jun 20 2011, 6:26 PM|
|Climbing partner - June 2, 2011||dagibbs||0||May 18 2011, 3:34 PM|
|Germany climbing partner/community||austincooner||1||Jul 30 2010, 1:46 PM|
|Sommer Klettern||braxtron||1||Jun 22 2010, 8:29 AM|