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Autobahn
The German Autobahn
Autobahn
sign with route markers for Bundesautobahnen 1, 3 "> Autobahns 3 and 5 at Frankfurter Kreuz near Frankfurt am Main
Frankfurt am Main
The AUTOBAHN (German : Autobahn
Autobahn
, plural Autobahnen) is the federal controlled-access highway system in Germany
Germany
. The official German term is BUNDESAUTOBAHN (plural Bundesautobahnen, abbreviated BAB), which translates as "federal motorway". The literal meaning of the word Bundesautobahn is "Federal Auto(mobile) Track". German autobahns have no federally mandated speed limit for some classes of vehicles. However limits are posted (and enforced) in areas that are urbanized, substandard, accident-prone, or under construction
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Brandenburg
BRANDENBURG (German pronunciation: ( listen ); Low German : Brannenborg, Lower Sorbian : Bramborska, Upper Sorbian : Braniborsko) is one of the sixteen federated states of Germany
Germany
. It lies in the northeast of the country covering an area of 29,478 square kilometers and has 2.48 million inhabitants. The capital and largest city is Potsdam
Potsdam
. Brandenburg
Brandenburg
surrounds but does not include the national capital and city-state Berlin
Berlin
forming a metropolitan area
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Cologne
COLOGNE (English: /kəˈloʊn/ ; German : Köln, pronounced ( listen ), Ripuarian : Kölle ( listen )) is the largest city in the German federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia
North Rhine-Westphalia
and the fourth most populated city in Germany
Germany
(after Berlin
Berlin
, Hamburg
Hamburg
, and Munich
Munich
). It is located within the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region which is Germany\'s largest and one of Europe\'s major metropolitan areas . Cologne
Cologne
is about 45 kilometres (28 mi) southwest of North Rhine-Westphalia's capital of Dusseldorf and 25 kilometres (16 mi) northwest of Bonn
Bonn

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Rhineland-Palatinate
RHINELAND-PALATINATE (German : Rheinland-Pfalz, pronounced ; French : Rhénanie-Palatinat) is one of the 16 states (German: Bundesländer) of the Federal Republic of Germany
Germany
. It has an area of 19,846 square kilometres (7,663 sq mi) and about four million inhabitants. Its state capital and largest city is Mainz
Mainz
. Rhineland-Palatinate
Rhineland-Palatinate
is located in western Germany
Germany
and was formed after World War II by the French military government from parts of regions historically not belonging together. The state has developed its own identity since, built on its natural and cultural heritage of extensive winegrowing, picturesque landscapes and its many castles
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Saarland
The SAARLAND (German: das Saarland, pronounced ; French : la Sarre ) is one of the sixteen states (or Bundesländer) of the Federal Republic of Germany. With its capital at Saarbrücken
Saarbrücken
, it has an area of 2,570 km² and its population (as of 30 April 2012) is approximately 1,012,000. In terms of both area and population size – apart from the city-states of Berlin
Berlin
, Bremen and Hamburg
Hamburg
– it is Germany's smallest state. The wealth of its coal deposits and their large-scale industrial exploitation, coupled with its location on the border between France
France
and Germany, have given the Saarland
Saarland
a unique history in modern times
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Lower Rhine Region
The LOWER RHINE REGION or NIEDERRHEIN is a region around the Lower Rhine
Rhine
section of the river Rhine
Rhine
in North Rhine-Westphalia
North Rhine-Westphalia
, Germany between approximately Oberhausen
Oberhausen
and Krefeld
Krefeld
in the East and the Dutch border around Kleve in the West. As the region can be defined either geographically, linguistically, culturally, or by political, economic and traffic relations throughout the centuries, as well as by more recent political subdivisions, its precise borders are disputable and occasionally may be seen as extending beyond the Dutch border
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Frankfurt Rhine-Main
Hesse
Hesse
Rhineland-Palatinate Bavaria
Bavaria
------------------------- LARGEST CITIES Frankfurt am Main
Frankfurt am Main
Darmstadt
Darmstadt
Mainz
Mainz
Offenbach Wiesbaden
Wiesbaden
GOVERNMENT • TYPE Frankfurt/Rhine-Main Conurbation Planning Association • VERBANDSDIREKTOR Heiko Kasseckert (CDU ) AREA • METRO 14,800 km2 (5,700 sq mi) POPULATION • METRO 5,821,523 • METRO DENSITY 391.89/km2 (1,015.0/sq mi) TIME ZONE CET ( UTC+1
UTC+1
) GRP 2012 NOMINAL €172/ $222 billion (6th in EU ) WEBSITE Planungsverband.deThe FRANKFURT RHINE-MAIN METROPOLITAN REGION, often simply referred to as FRANKFURT RHINE-MAIN, FRANKFURT RHINE-MAIN AREA or RHINE-MAIN AREA (German: Frankfurt/Rhein-Main
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Saxony-Anhalt
SAXONY-ANHALT (German : Sachsen-Anhalt, pronounced ) is a landlocked federal state of Germany
Germany
surrounded by the federal states of Lower Saxony , Brandenburg
Brandenburg
, Saxony
Saxony
and Thuringia
Thuringia
. Its capital is Magdeburg
Magdeburg
and its largest city is Halle (Saale) . Saxony-Anhalt
Saxony-Anhalt
covers an area of 20,447.7 square kilometres (7,894.9 sq mi) and has a population of 2.34 million. It is the 8th largest state in Germany
Germany
by area and the 10th largest by population. The state of Saxony-Anhalt
Saxony-Anhalt
grew out of the former Prussian Province of Saxony
Saxony
and Free State of Anhalt during Prussia's dissolution after World War II
World War II

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Pirmasens
PIRMASENS is an independent town in Rhineland-Palatinate
Rhineland-Palatinate
, Germany
Germany
, near the border with France
France
. It was famous for the manufacture of shoes. The surrounding rural district was called Landkreis Pirmasens from 1818 until 1997, when it was renamed to Südwestpfalz . CONTENTS* 1 History * 1.1 Early years * 1.2 20th century * 1.3 21st century * 2 Main sights * 3 Incorporations * 4 Politics * 5 Twin towns * 6 Culture * 6.1 Events * 6.2 Music * 6.3 Theater * 7 Sport * 8 Companies * 9 Education * 10 Notable people * 11 See also * 12 References * 13 Further reading * 14 External links HISTORYEARLY YEARS THIS SECTION NEEDS EXPANSION. You can help by adding to it . (April 2012)The first mention of "Pirminiseusna", a colony of Hornbach Abbey , dates from 860. The name derives from St
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Saxony
The FREE STATE OF SAXONY (German : der Freistaat Sachsen ; Upper Sorbian : Swobodny stat Sakska) is a landlocked federal state of Germany
Germany
, bordering the federal states of Brandenburg
Brandenburg
, Saxony
Saxony
Anhalt , Thuringia
Thuringia
, and Bavaria
Bavaria
, as well as the countries of Poland
Poland
(Lower Silesian and Lubusz Voivodeships ) and the Czech Republic
Czech Republic
(Karlovy Vary , Liberec and Ústí nad Labem Regions ). Its capital is Dresden , and its largest city is Leipzig
Leipzig
. Saxony
Saxony
is the tenth largest of Germany's sixteen states, with an area of 18,413 square kilometres (7,109 sq mi), and the sixth most populous, with 4 million people
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Lower Saxony
LOWER SAXONY (German : Niedersachsen , Low German : Neddersassen) is a German state (Bundesland) situated in northwestern Germany . It is the second largest state by land area, with 47,624 square kilometres (18,388 sq mi), and fourth largest in population (7.9 million) among the sixteen Länder of Germany . In rural areas Northern Low Saxon , a dialect of Low German , and Saterland Frisian , a variety of Frisian , are still spoken, but the number of speakers is declining. Lower Saxony borders on (from north and clockwise) the North Sea , the states of Schleswig-Holstein , Hamburg , Mecklenburg-Vorpommern , Brandenburg , Saxony-Anhalt , Thuringia , Hesse and North Rhine- Westphalia , and the Netherlands
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Hesse
HESSE (/ˈhɛs/ or /ˈhɛsi/ ) or HESSIA (German : Hessen , Hessian dialect : Hesse
Hesse
) is a federal state (Land) of the Federal Republic of Germany
Germany
, with just over six million inhabitants
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German Language
No official regulation ( German orthography regulated by the Council for German Orthography )
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Ring Road
A RING ROAD (also known as BELTLINE, BELTWAY, CIRCUMFERENTIAL (HIGH)WAY, LOOP or ORBITAL) is a road or a series of connected roads encircling a town or city
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Weimar Republic
WEIMAR REPUBLIC (German : Weimarer Republik ( listen )) was an unofficial, historical designation for the German state between 1919 and 1933. The name derives from the city of Weimar
Weimar
, where its constitutional assembly first took place. The official name of the state was Deutsches Reich
Deutsches Reich
; it had remained unchanged since 1871. In English the country was usually known simply as Germany. A national assembly was convened in Weimar, where a new constitution for the Deutsches Reich
Deutsches Reich
was written, and adopted on 11 August 1919. In its fourteen years, the Weimar
Weimar
Republic faced numerous problems, including hyperinflation , political extremism (with paramilitaries – both left- and right-wing); and contentious relationships with the victors of the First World War
First World War

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