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    ‘Capital of the New South’

    Its colourful history encompasses the Civil War, birthplace of Coca Cola, headquarters of CNN, and home of Gone with the Wind author Margaret Mitchell. Since hosting the 1996 Olympic Games, however, Atlanta has taken to calling itself the ‘Capital of the New South’, with a reputation for self-confident pace and energy.

    It’s a cosmopolitan city, with a global mix of people matched by few other places in the USA. Each of its neighbourhoods has a strong cultural identity, with its own distinct attractions. A good place to start is the downtown hub, Five Points, then join the Eastside Trail to discover highlights further afield.

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    Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site

    450 Auburn Avenue
    GA 30312-1525 Atlanta
    USA
    Tel: 404 331 5190
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1700

    This tranquil pool and eternal flame over the shrine of the Nobel Peace Prize winner draws admirers from around the world. Activities available include tours to Martin Luther King Jr’s birthplace nearby.

    CNN Studio

    One CNN Center
    GA 30303 Atlanta
    USA
    Tel: 404 827 2300
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    Opening times:
    Tours daily 0900-1700

    Discover how the global non-stop news TV channel puts it all together, with behind-the-scenes guided tours of their Atlanta headquarters. Advance reservations recommended.

    High Museum of Art

    1280 Peachtree Street NE
    GA 30309 Atlanta
    USA
    Tel: 404 733 4400
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Thurs and Sat 1000-1700
    Fri 1000-2100
    Sun 1200-1700

    Housed in a stunning modern complex designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Meier, this is one of the best art museums in the USA. Its permanent collection ranges from African carvings to European masters, to contemporary North American folk art.

    Margaret Mitchell House and Museum

    990 Peachtree St NE
    GA 30309 Atlanta
    USA
    Tel: 404 249 7015
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 1000-1730
    Sun 1200-1730

    This museum has preserved personal memorabilia in the house where Margaret Mitchell wrote most of Gone with the Wind, her 1936 Pulitzer prize-winning novel, which became one of Hollywood’s most successful films.

    National Center for Civil and Human Rights

    55 Ivan Allen Jr Boulevard
    GA 30313 Atlanta
    USA
    Tel: 404 991 6970
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1700

    This ambitious new museum charts the progress of the global human rights and American Civil Rights movements, via state-of-the-art images, artefacts and interactive presentations.

    Georgia Aquarium

    225 Baker Street NW
    GA 30313 Atlanta
    USA
    Tel: 404 581 4000
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    Opening times:
    Sun-Fri 1000-1700
    Sat 0900-1800
    (times vary throughout the year, check website for details)

    In the heart of Downtown, overlooking Centennial Olympic Park, this is one of the biggest aquariums in the world, containing hundreds of marine species, from delicate seahorses to beluga whales.

    Atlanta History Center

    130 West Paces Ferry Road
    GA 30305 Atlanta
    USA
    Tel: 404 814 4000
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 1000-1730
    Sun 1200-1730

    Based in several historic houses and gardens, this imaginatively designed attraction charts the region’s earliest days: inhabited by the Mississipian peoples, through Civil War trauma, up to a celebration of the 1996 Olympic Games.

    Fernbank Natural History Museum

    767 Clifton Road NE
    GA 30307 Atlanta
    USA
    Tel: 404 929 6300
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 1000-1700
    Sun 1200-1700

    This impressive modern museum uses all the latest interactive tools and hands-on features to bring nature to life, from prehistoric Patagonia to the local Okefenokee Swamp; also has I-MAX screenings.

    SkyView Ferris Wheel

    168 Luckie Street
    GA 30303 Atlanta
    USA
    Tel: 678 949 9023
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    Opening times:
    Sun-Thurs 1200-2200
    Fri 1200-2300
    Sat 1000-2300

    Rise above it all and see the sights from a bird’s-eye view, on Atlanta’s SkyView Ferris Wheel, a dizzying 61m (200ft) above the ground. Based in the Centennial Olympic Park, the rides operate until late in the evening, with night-time light shows.

    Centennial Olympic Park

    265 Park Avenue West NW
    Georgia 30313-1591 Atlanta
    USA
    Tel: 404 223 4412
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0700-2300

    Rejuvenated for the 1996 Olympic Games, this spacious public park has grassy lawns and gardens, as well as sports facilities and a year-round entertainment programme. Its centrepiece is the interactive Fountain of Rings.

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    Country overview

    From its vast plains, snow-covered mountains, deep forests and strange rock formations, to soaring skyscrapers and a thunderous cultural scene, the USA is a collage of extremes. Nothing can prepare you for your first glimpse of Manhattan’s unforgettable skyline, your first ride in a yellow cab, the ubiquitous hamburger joints, yawning expanses of prairie, the sweet strains of New Orleans jazz, or the neon-lit excesses of Las Vegas.

    Marvel at the thunderous spectacle of 12,000-year-old Niagara Falls in northern New York, or seek an antidote to urban chaos amidst the flat farmland of the Midwest. Then there are the black hills of South Dakota, the dramatic mountain and ocean landscape of California’s Pacific Coast Highway and the world-famous Grand Canyon.

    Geography

    Covering a large part of the North American continent, the USA shares borders with Canada to the north and Mexico to the south. The country has coasts on the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. The State of Alaska, in the northwest corner of the US, is not part of the continental US; it is separated from the rest of the USA by Canada. Similarly, Hawaii is not part of the “lower 48” states; it lies in the central Pacific Ocean.

    The country’s dependent territories are offshore and have distinct geographies of their own; the majority are islands.

    The third-largest country in the world (after the Russian Federation and Canada), the USA has an enormous diversity of geographical features, including mountains, plains, and coastal zones. Though there are many cities that are densely populated with more manmade features than natural ones, there are also vast rural areas that are far more sparsely populated. The climate ranges from subtropical to arctic, with a corresponding breadth of flora and fauna.

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    Key facts

    Population: 317297725

    Population Density (per sq km): 32

    Capital: Washington, DC.

    Language

    English, with significant Spanish-speaking minorties (10.7%).

    Currency

    US Dollar (USD; symbol $) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of $100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1, though the $2 bill is rare and is not in high circulation. Coins are in denominations of $1, and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents.

    Electricity

    120 volts AC, 60Hz. Plugs have two flat pins with or without a third round grounding pin.

    General business opening hours

    Business hours are officially Mon-Fri 0900-1730, although an extended working day is very common in certain sectors and it is not unusual for people to be working well into the night or over the weekend.

    Public holidays

    Below are Public Holidays for the January 2015-December 2015 period.

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: 19. January 2015
    Presidents’ Day: 16. February 2015
    Memorial Day: 25. May 2015

    Independence Day: 04. July 2015
    Labour Day: 07. September 2015
    Columbus Day: 12. October 2015
    Veterans’ Day: 11. November 2015
    Thanksgiving Day: 26. November 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015

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    Nightlife in Atlanta

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    With the likes of James Brown, Otis Redding and Blind Willie McTell hailing from Georgia, it should be no surprise that you can hear some great soul and blues in Atlanta.

    Little Five Points is the place for alternative live music and theatre; Buckhead draws a well-heeled crowd to its smarter bars; Piedmont Park hosts a range of festivals, from indie rock to Gay Pride.

    Fado

    273 Buckhead Avenue
    GA 30305 Atlanta
    USA
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    Irish-themed bar with rooftop patio and downstairs dance floor; a great spot for larging it up with a crowd.

    Blind Willie’s

    828 North Highland Avenue
    GA 30306 Atlanta
    USA
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    You can hear the best live blues in Atlanta in this little bar named after one of the genre’s greatest musicians.

    Woodruff Arts Center

    1280 Peachtree Street
    GA 30303 Atlanta
    USA
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    This major cultural complex includes three theatres; home to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Alliance Theatre.

    Halo Lounge

    817 W Peachtree Street NW, Suite E-100
    GA 30308 Atlanta
    USA
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    The special attractions at this swanky bar are its hookah pipes and DJ mix.

    Tabernacle

    152 Luckie St
    GA 30303 Atlanta
    USA
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    This converted old Baptist church is now a buzzing venue for live rock concerts, with a bar on each of its three levels.

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    Restaurants in Atlanta

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    From Southwestern specialities, such as grits, steamed oysters and barbecued chicken eaten outdoors under the trees, to gourmet cuisine in elegant dining rooms, Atlanta has a plethora of finger-licking options.

    The Buckhead neighbourhood has the lion’s share of eateries, Five Points is good for fast food on the go, or an hour out of town Wolf Mountain vineyards offer a sumptuous Sunday brunch.

    Bone’s

    3130 Piedmont Road
    GA 30305 Atlanta
    USA
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    Price: Expensive

    Feast on some of the best steaks in the USA in this gourmet restaurant; not cheap but Bone’s comes very highly recommended.

    Canoe

    4199 Paces Ferry Road SE
    GA 30339 Atlanta
    USA
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    Price: Expensive

    Serving first-class contemporary American cuisine in a delightful garden setting, Canoe is well worth pushing the boat out for.

    Six Feet Under

    437 Memorial Dr SE
    GA 30312-2264 Atlanta
    USA
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    Price: Moderate

    Named in reference to the cemetery opposite, this goodtime restaurant serves fresh fish and seafood to die for.

    Nicola’s

    1602 Lavista Road NE
    GA 30329-3415 Atlanta
    USA
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    Price: Cheap

    Authentic and delicious Lebanese food, including vegetarian platters; Nicola’s waitresses even double up as belly dancers.

    Flying Biscuit Cafe

    Candler Park, 1655 McLendon Avenue NE
    GA 30307 Atlanta
    USA
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    Price: Cheap

    Try a Southern-style breakfast at this popular local café, with dishes such as fried green tomatoes and grits with red salsa.

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    Atlanta Jazz Festival

    22 – 24 May 2015
    Website

    Venue: Piedmont Park

    Jazz concerts celebrated throughout the month in various locations, embracing Atlanta’s musical roots. Culminates with a three-day Memorial Day Weekend celebration in Piedmont Park.

    Peachtree Road Race

    4 July 2015
    Website

    Venue: Peachtree Street / Piedmont Park.

    The largest 10km (6 miles) race in the world paces along Atlanta’s most famous road, Peachtree Street and ends with music and festivities at Piedmont Park.

    Atlanta Film Festival

    1 – 10 April 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    Catch independent narrative films, documentaries, short films and foreign films from around the world and many films with local flavour, in competition and often ahead of their main release dates at the city’s premier movie festival.

    Atlanta Dogwood Festival

    April 2016
    Website

    Venue: Piedmont Park

    Over three days, the festival celebrates the flowering of the dogwood trees with food, canine competition, community awareness, live music and an arts and crafts market.

    Inman Park Spring Festival

    April 2016
    Website

    Venue: Inman Park.

    Taking place along the neighbourhood’s pretty tree-lined streets, the Inman Park Spring Festival is a popular event that attracts thousands of visitors from across the region. During this fun-packed weekend, visitors can expect an arts and crafts show, the city’s largest street market and antiques fair, live music and a popular dance festival. The event takes place in historic Inman Park, which was Atlanta’s first planned community and one of the nation’s first garden suburbs. One of the highlights of the festival is the ‘Tour of Homes’ which enables visitors to take a closer look at the turn-of-the-century Victorian Painted Ladies and Craftsman bungalows that characterise this attractive neighbourhood.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Atlanta

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    Atlanta has dozens of large modern hotels, with the smartest and priciest places in trendy Buckhead; not many

    budget choices downtown, but some close to the airport and malls.

    TownePlace Suites Atlanta Buckhead

    820 Sidney Marcus Boulevard
    GA 30324 Atlanta
    USA
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    Category: Expensive

    These comfy modern suites, with a wide range of amenities, including gym and whirlpool, make an ideal choice for longer stays.

    The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta

    181 Peachtree Street NE
    GA 30303 Atlanta
    USA
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    Category: Expensive

    This is a top choice for plush comforts and attentive service (though watch out for pricey Wi-Fi charge).

    Hampton Inn Atlanta

    3400 Northlake Parkway NE
    GA 30345 Atlanta
    USA
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    Category: Moderate

    This excellent mid-priced hotel is handily located next to a mall in a quiet suburb.

    Quality Inn Northlake

    Ranchwood Dr NE 2155
    30345 Atlanta
    USA
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    Category: Cheap

    This is a good-value budget hotel, with small but comfy rooms, close to the Northlake Shopping Mall.

    Holiday Inn Airport North

    1380 Virginia Avenue
    30344 Atlanta
    USA
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    Category: Cheap

    With an outdoor pool and modern rooms, this economical choice is also close to the airport.

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    Climate & best time to visit United States of America

    The United States has varied weather conditions, and the best time to visit depends both upon the location and the season. Spring (March, April, May) and autumn (September and October) are generally cooler, more comfortable times to visit. Summer months – June, July, and August – are generally hot regardless of the region, but winter temperatures (November-February) can vary substantially depending upon the part of the US you are visiting. The southern part of the country tends to be warmer in the winter than the north. The general climate of the continental US is temperate, but keep in mind that Hawaii is tropical and Alaska is arctic. Many of the country’s dependent territories, such as Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, are also tropical.

    Summer is considered the peak tourist season throughout the country; other popular travel times are major American holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as Easter Week and the school holiday known as Spring Break. Certain destinations, such as New York, are perennial favourites and are busy year-round; even when the weather may not be pleasant, these destinations have particular attractions or experiences that always draw travellers. In some parts of the country, travel services may be limited during the low or off-season, largely due to weather conditions.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +1

    Telephone

    For emergency police, fire or medical services in major cities, dial 911. The following codes denote toll-free (freephone) numbers: 800, 855, 866, 877 and 888.

    Mobile Telephone

    Foreign mobile telephones only work if they are tri-band or quad-band; charges are high. Visitors can also hire a mobile telephone. Pre-pay cell phones can be purchased from a variety of retail outlets, including drug stores.

    Internet

    There are internet cafés in most urban areas, and an increasing number of Wi-Fi hotspots. Many coffee shops offer free Wi-Fi. Many of the international airports offer internet access too.

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    Shopping in Atlanta

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    Key Areas

    Atlanta has a tempting range of places to spend your money; from local food and antiques markets to swish new shopping malls. Go to Buckhead for upscale stores; Virginia Highland for chic boutiques; and antique stores, for which the city is renowned, are in many areas.

    Markets

    Get your fresh fruit and vegetables at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, from Monday to Saturday. Dekalb Farmers Market, daily in Decatur, is huge, with many others dotted all over town. Buford Highway Flea Market is one of the largest of its kind in the city, open every Friday to Sunday.

    Shopping Centres

    The three best-known malls in Atlanta are the posh Lenox Square Mall, its partner centre, Phipps, opposite, and the more budget-wise Perimeter Mall, just to the north of the city.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Americans are renowned for their openness and friendliness to visitors. The wide variety of national origins and the USA’s relatively short history has resulted in numerous cultural and traditional customs living alongside each other. In large cities, people of the same ethnic background often live within defined communities.

    Shaking hands is the usual form of greeting. A relaxed and informal atmosphere is usually the norm. As long as the fundamental rules of courtesy are observed, there need be no fear of offending anyone of any background.

    Gifts are appreciated if one is invited to a private home.

    As a rule, dress is casual. High-end restaurants, hotels and clubs may require more formal attire.

    Smoking is increasingly unpopular in the US; it is essential to ask permission before lighting up. Smoking is not allowed on city transport and restricted or forbidden in public buildings in most states. There will be a posted notice where no smoking is requested. An increasing number of states (including California and New York) have banned smoking altogether in bars, restaurants and many public places.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 911

    Food & Drink

    Food in the US is safe to eat, and the conditions under which food is prepared and served are regulated by city, state, and federal health and hygiene agencies. In many jurisdictions, it is mandatory for restaurants to have a certificate of health or hygiene, as well as the current grade they have been assigned, posted visibly.

    Although America is famous for its fast food and obesity rates, the local and fresh food movement is very popular in many areas, especially cities, making it easy to eat healthy. A variety of options also makes it easy for people with special dietary needs to find food that suits them, whether their needs are due to health reasons or to religious requirements.

    Tap water is considered safe to drink in the US and is often offered in restaurants before bottled water. Bottled water is available throughout the country, however, both in restaurants and shops, for those who prefer not to drink tap water.

    Other Risks

    The US is generally considered a safe destination for world visitors. Occasional outbreaks of disease, such as West Nile Virus (a mosquito-borne illness) and H1N1 have occurred in recent years, however. Frequent hand-washing and general practices of good hygiene are encouraged to protect oneself against all types of illness.

    Another concern with regard to safety is the possibility of terrorist attacks such as the one that occurred on September 11, 2001. City, state, and federal agencies have stringent anti-terrorism practices in place, however, and direct threats are infrequent.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Martin , Joseph H.
    Crawford Long Hospital Medical Office Tower
    550 Peachtree St.
    Suite 1420
    Atlanta – Georgia 30308
    USA
    Tel. +1-404-526-9111

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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