1. Oberes Mittelrheintal Germany's top travel destinations
  2.  Frank-Walter Steinmeier has been elected the 12th President of the Federal Republic of Germany
  3. A reef knot as the symbol of the G20 summit in Hamburg Germany’s G20 presidency
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Germany's top travel destinations

Here is a selection of Germany's most popular destinations.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier has been elected the 12th President of the Federal Republic of Germany

In a Federal Convention election held in Berlin on 12 February 2017, former German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected the 12th President of the Federal Republic of Germany.

A reef knot as the symbol of the G20 summit in Hamburg

Germany’s G20 presidency

Germany will be holding the presidency of the G20 in 2017. The summit of the heads of state and government and representatives of international organisations will be held in Hamburg on 7 and 8 July 2017. A number of G20 ministers’ conferences are scheduled to take place prior to this. The G20 Foreign Ministers will meet in Bonn on 16 and 17 February 2017. The summit and ministers’ meetings will provide an opportunity to discuss current international challenges and to raise awareness of new issues in international affairs. Further information is available on the following webpages:

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Online appointment system for visa applications

Starting from 19 September 2016, all visa applicants are required to book their appointments through our FREE online system.

Please note every applicant must book a separate time slot. For example, a family of 5 has to book 5 time slots if they all want to apply for a visa. Families and groups may book different time slots on one day, but will be interviewed within one time frame if possible.

Once you have made an appointment, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with your reference number, date and time of your appointment.

Please be on time for your scheduled appointment. If you arrive late, you will not be admitted.

We recommend you read the information below carefully in order to be fully prepared for your appointment.

If you do not have all the required documents with you on your appointment, you will have to schedule a new appointment through the online system.

All applications must be submitted in person.

If you wish to cancel your scheduled appointment, you will have to wait 24 hours after cancellation until the system allows you to book a new appointment.

Make it in Germany

The portal for international qualified professionals www.make-it-in-germany.com

www.make-it-in-germany.com is the official multilingual online portal for international qualified professionals. It helps them find out how to make a success of coming to Germany – from preparations in their home countries to arriving and getting settled in.

Green Talents - International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development

Call for submission for Green Talents Award 2017

The "Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development" was launched in 2009 by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and honours 25 young researchers each year. The 2017 Green Talents competition will focus on the theme of "Sustainable Production and Consumption", and award-winners will enjoy a two-week visit to German sustainability hot spots, individual appointments with experts and a fully financed research stay of up to three months in Germany. Deadline for submission is 23 May 2017. Become a Green Talent and promote your sustainability research in Germany!

Essen: The Ruhr Museum

Essen awarded "European Green Capital 2017"

The German city of Essen won the European Green Capital Award for 2017. Essen was singled out for its exemplary practices in protecting and enhancing nature and biodiversity, good management of its acoustic environment and efforts to reduce water consumption. The European Commission handed over the title of European Green Capital from the 2016 holder, Ljubljana, to the city of Essen on 21 January 2017. Find out more about this European Green Capital in the link below.

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German-Moroccan Co-Chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development 2017-2018

On 1 January 2017, Germany and Moroccot took over the Co-Chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD). The 2017 ministerial level Forum Meeting will be hosted by Germany from 28-30 June in Berlin. For more information please visit

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Increasing difficulty for European companies to open bank accounts in Hong Kong

In view of the increasing difficulty for European companies, especially start-ups and new operators, to open bank accounts in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) stresses that customers must be treated fairly and no legitimate companies should be rejected from opening bank accounts in Hong Kong. It is encouraged that companies file complaints with the HKMA's Complaints Handling Centre when their applications for bank accounts are rejected. Complaints can be lodged via the HKMA link below:

Online appointment system for visa applications

To make an appointment to apply for a visa, please use our FREE online appointment system:

Notice of Visa and Consular Section

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Please note that guns, cameras, knives, mobile phones, suitcases/big bags or tablet computers are not allowed into the Visa and Consular Section.

The Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs

Sigmar Gabriel

Sigmar Gabriel

The Consul General

Consul General Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff

Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff

The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Hong Kong has been headed by Consul General Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff since July 2013.

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Video Archive

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The Treaty of Rome – 60 years on – why is it cause to celebrate?

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The Berlinale Africa Hub

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A lot more than the Berlinale – film in Germany

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More to come – AArtists in Residence to stay on roof

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Cultural Preservation – A Program of the German Foreign Ministry

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New perspectives: AArtist in residence at the Foreign Office

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The German-Chinese Exchange Year for School Pupils and Young People 2016

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Moving people – and opening up society

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Moving people – with games

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Moving people – with street football

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Menschen bewegen – on stilts

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Moving People – with Medical Technology

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Menschen bewegen 2016

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Neither Boomtown nor Hypezig – just Leipzig

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Germany’s Cross-Cultural Music Scene

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My Germany: Undertaker Vildane Uludağ

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My Germany: Poetry Slammer and Writer Sulaiman Masomi

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The UN's Bonn Headquarters - the Success Story Continues

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My Germany – Actor Dayan Kodua

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The Humboldt-Forum in the new Berlin

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German-Israeli Youth Congress 2015: a Video Diary

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2019 - The Bauhaus Centenary

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My Germany: „District Mother“ Hanin Krimmling

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Dual training schemes in Germany - making a successful career start

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Dual Training in Germany

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Studying as a foreign student in Germany

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Citizens for Europe – on the streets, in dialogue

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The New German President

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German-French Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law

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Women in the United Nations: One Billion Rising

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Germany for United Nations Security Council 2019-20

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Guardian of our Values: The German Constitutional Court