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CAREFULLY READ THESE TERMS OF USE AND OUR COPYRIGHT& PRIVACY STATEMENT BEFORE USING THIS WEBSITE AND ANY RELATED OR LINKED WEBSITE.

These "Terms of Use" govern your use of this website (the "Website") and your access from it to any related or linked website. It is important that you read these Terms of Use and the Copyright and Privacy Statement that governs the Website before you use the Website or supply any personal data through it.

YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE INDICATES YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THESE TERMS OF USE AND YOUR acknowledgement that the information you provide either directly or indirectly through the WEBSITE will be managed in accordance with OUR COPYRIGHT& PRIVACY POLICY.

IF YOU DO NOT ACCEPT THESE TERMS OF USE, YOU MAY NOT ACCESS OR USE THE WEBSITE, PLEASE EXIT THE WEBSITE AT THIS TIME.

These Terms of Use were last updated April 2012.

1. User Eligibility

The Website is available worldwide. From time to time, different versions of the Website, in different languages, intended for use in different countries and territories may be provided. The Website may be operated from various locations both within and outside the United States. The Website may only be accessed and used by those individuals ("user") who agree to be bound by these Terms of Use, and who are accessing and using the Website from locations in which that access and use, and any features, functions, services or products discussed, referenced, provided or offered through or on the Website (the "Available Features") are not prohibited by applicable law. Access to the Website and Available Features may be considered inappropriate, prohibited or restricted in countries other than the United States. If you access or use the Website from outside the United States, you do so at your own risk and you are responsible for complying with the laws and regulations of the country or territory from which you access or use the Website. Age restrictions also apply, as set forth below.

2. Changes to the Terms of Use and Privacy Statement

We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to revise, change or modify these Terms of Use at any time by posting the revision on the Website and by indicating the date of the most recent revision. Your continued use of the Website following any such revision will signify your acceptance of that revision.

3. Copyright & Privacy Statement

Unless otherwise stated, the contents of this site including, but not limited to, the text, images, available features, music, artwork, computer code, look and feel, trade dress, technical information, and advertisements, contained herein and their arrangement are the property of the German National Tourist Board (GNTB). All trademarks used or referred to in this website are the property of their respective owners. Prices and offers are the responsibility of the respective providers.

This site and the content provided in this site, including, but not limited to text, graphic images, audio, video, html code, buttons, may not be copied, reproduced, republished, uploaded, posted, transmitted, or distributed in any way, without the prior written consent of GNTB, except that you may download, display, and print one copy of the materials on any single computer solely for your personal, non-commercial use, provided that you do not modify the material in any way and you keep intact all copyright, trademark, and other proprietary notices.

You may not remove, obscure or otherwise deface proprietary notices appearing on any item of Content, including copyright, trademark and other intellectual-property notices.

The information provided on this site is free of charge and for informational purposes only and does not create a business or professional services relationship between you and GNTB. Links on this site may lead to services or sites not operated by GNTB and GNTB does not render an opinion or issue a warranty with respect to such other services or sites and it is not responsible for such other sites or services. A link to another site or service is not an endorsement of that site or service. Any use you make of the information provided on this site, or any site or service linked to by this site, is at your own risk.

GNTB maintains this site in Germany and you agree that these terms of use and any legal action or proceeding relating to these Terms of Use and this website are governed by the laws of the Federal Republic of Germany, without regard to principles of conflict of laws. You agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction over all disputes hereunder exclusive jurisdiction of the courts in the Federal Republic of Germany without regard to where in the world you are located, or from where in the world you visited this site.

4. Data Protection declaration

Protection of your data is our concern. We are delighted that you are interested in our organization and in our products and services. We take the protection of your personal data very seriously and observe the provisions of the German Data Protection Act as a matter of course.

We would like you to know which data we collect, when we collect it and how we use it. We have put in place technical and organizational structures to ensure that data protection provisions are observed.

a) Personal data

Personal data is information about your identity. This includes details such as your name, address, telephone number and email address. You are not required to disclose personal data in order to use our websites. However, in certain cases, we need your name, address and other details so that we can provide you with the desired services.

The same also applies, for example, if we are sending you information, dispatching goods that you have ordered or answering individual questions. In such cases, we will specifically draw your attention to the use of the data. In addition, we will only store and process data that has been supplied to us voluntarily or automatically.

Where you make use of our services, we will collect only the data we need to provide the service concerned. If we request further data from you, the information will be supplied voluntarily. We will process personal data only to provide the requested service and to safeguard our own legitimate business interests.

b) Purpose for which personal data is held

We will use the personal data you have made available to us to answer your enquiries, process your orders or ensure you have access to specific information or offers. We, or one of our appointed service providers, may use your personal data to enable us to support our relationship with customers by providing you with information on product offers that could be of use to you, or by carrying out online surveys to provide a service that is better tailored to the needs of our customers.

We will, of course, respect your decision if you do not wish to provide us with your personal data for customer relationship purposes (in particular for direct marketing or market research purposes).

c) Use of personal data for intended purpose only

We will collect, process and use the personal data you have provided online only for the purposes we have specified to you. We will not forward your personal data to any third party without your express consent.

Personal data will only be collected and forwarded to national institutions and authorities entitled to receive such information as required by relevant legislation or if GNTB is placed under such an obligation by a decision of the courts. Our employees and appointed service providers are under an obligation to maintain confidentiality and to comply with the provisions of the German Data Protection Act.

d) Non-personal data captured electronically

When our website is used, we will save the following data: the names of the pages visited, the browser and operating system used, the date and time of access, search engines used, names of downloaded files and their IP addresses.

This technical data is evaluated anonymously and exclusively for statistical purposes so that we can continue to optimize our websites and increase the attractiveness of the presentation on an ongoing basis. This anonymous data is stored separately from personal data on secure systems and cannot be traced to any individual person. Your personal data and privacy are therefore protected at all times.

e) Cookies

If you visit one of our websites it is possible that we will store some information on your computer in the form of a cookie. Cookies are small text files sent by a web server to your browser and saved on the hard disk of your computer.

No personal user data at all is saved in this process; it only involves internet protocol addresses. The purpose of this information is to allow our server to recognize your computer automatically when you next visit our websites; this will make navigation easier for you. Cookies allow us, for example, to customize a website to your interests or save your password so that you do not have to input it every time.

You can of course also view our websites without cookies. If you don't want to have your computer recognised by our system, you can prevent cookies being saved on your hard disk by changing the relevant setting in your browser to "Do not accept cookies". Please consult your browser instructions for details on how to do this in the browser you are using. If you do not accept cookies, this may restrict some of the functions available on our websites however.

5. Subscription and Registration

From time to time, certain features of the Website may be provided via a registration or paid subscription model. Users eighteen and older may choose to register or subscribe for those features, as the case may be, as subscribers (“Subscribers”), registered Users (“Registrants”) or both. Users between thirteen seventeen years of age may also so register or subscribe, but only if they have the permission of a parent or guardian. Each Registrant or Subscriber will be required to provide his or her name, contact information and other personal and general information required by the subscription or registration feature from time to time. Each Subscriber and Registrant may also be required to submit a valid credit card number, billing address and related billing information. If you so register or subscribe, you must provide accurate and truthful information, including, if applicable, billing information, and must update that information from time to time, as necessary to keep that information current and accurate. By establishing a subscription or registration, you represent and warrant that you have the right to provide, and are authorized to provide, the information that you give to us.

Subscribers and Registrants are responsible for all activities occurring under their respective subscription and registered accounts and for keeping confidential their passwords and other personal information. Do not provide anyone else with the log-in information associated with any subscription or registration related to this Website. If you suspect someone is accessing or using your subscription or registration without your permission, or if you need to change your password or information you provided to us, please click on the applicable link provided for that purpose and follow the instructions provided.

6. Information You Provide and Submissions

Our Privacy Policy (see Pt 3,4), which is incorporated into these Terms of Use, governs the collection and use of information gathered on or through the Website, including, without limitation, the personal information provided by Users.

You are entirely responsible for any Content that you provide to or otherwise make available on or through the Website (your “Submissions”). Examples of Submissions include your “chat” text and blog text, if chat and blogging functions are allowed by the Website. By making a Submission to the Website, you thereby grant us a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual license to reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, publicly perform and display, distribute and otherwise use your Submission, with or without attribution to you or any other party (the “Submission License”). You acknowledge and agree that your Submissions shall not be considered confidential, proprietary or personal to you or anyone else and may be disseminated or used by use for any purpose, without compensation to you or anyone else or acknowledgement of the source. Accordingly, please do not send us any ideas, materials, suggestions or other information you would like to keep confidential or for which you would like or expect acknowledgement or compensation.

By making a Submission, you represent and warrant that, (a) you own all right, title and interest in your Submission, or you have the necessary approvals and permissions to grant us a Submission License, (b) your Submission, and the exercise by us of our rights under the Submission License for it, does not violate any applicable law, contract rights or other rights of others, including, without limitation, any trade secret, copyright, publicity or privacy right, and (c) your Submission does not contain software viruses, spiders, spybots, commercial solicitation, chain letters, mass mailings, or any form of spam or other damaging, disruptive or unauthorized programming.

In addition, a Submission shall not do any of the following or provide a link or reference to Content that does any of the following:

  • Promote hatred, racism, bigotry, physical violence or emotional abuse against any individual or group.
  • Contain unlawful, threatening, defamatory, obscene, libelous or otherwise offensive material.
  • Misrepresent your identity or affiliation or connection with a person or entity seek to disguise the origin of any Submission.
  • Imply or state that we or any party linking through the Website endorse the Submission or is in any way associated with it.
  • Contain any false, misleading, deceptive, sexually suggestive, abusive or harassing Content.
  • Contain photographs or words depicting objectionable subject matter, including, without limitation, excessive violence, obscenity or harassing Content.
  • Contain any information or computer code that is intended to, or are likely to, damage, interfere with, alter, intercept or expropriate any data or system, such as Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancelbots and other unauthorized computer programming routines.
  • Contain advertising or solicitation of any kind other than as expressly permitted by these Terms of Use.

We do not guarantee your Submissions will not be lost or damaged or that you will be able to retrieve your Submissions or recover any other data transmitted to us by our through the Website or any site linked to it. We reserve the right, but do not have the responsibility, to monitor and remove any Submission, at any time and without notice, in our sole discretion and without notice.

7. Other Terms and Conditions; Special Submissions, Purchases, Features

Additional or different terms and conditions may apply in connection with certain types of Submissions (e.g. testimonials, sweepstakes or contest entries) and Available Features. In addition, when you purchase or license any products or Content by or through the Website, that purchase or license will be governed by any applicable terms of purchase or license (cumulatively, the “Additional Terms”). If applicable, Additional Terms will be set forth on pages related to permission to make Submissions, to access of Available Features or to the purchase of Content, or in a link related to any of them. You should carefully review all Additional Terms, as applicable, before making a Submission, accessing and using Available Features, and making a purchase or entering into a license. All Additional Terms are incorporated by reference into and made a part of these Terms of Use. In the event Additional Terms conflict with these Terms of Use, the Additional Terms shall control with respect to the subject matter to which they shall apply.

8. Content on the Website

We do not independently verify any Submissions or any Content provided by third parties (collectively, "Content Providers") having an agreement with us to provide Content to the Website. We take reasonable efforts to determine that any Content that we provide is accurate and timely; however, we do not guarantee or warrant any Content provided by us or any Content Provider is accurate, complete, truthful, or non-objectionable. We do not endorse any Submissions made by Users or Content provided by Content Providers, and all opinions expressed in any such Submissions and Content are exclusively those of the respective supplier.

We reserve the right, at any time and in our sole discretion, to remove any Content from the Website without notice.

Please keep in mind when using the Website that it is possible that other Users may remain largely anonymous when using the Website, be other than who or what they claim they are, and have dishonest, deceitful or harmful intentions. In the event that the Website or linked site should at any time include an Available Feature permitting communication between other Users and you, you should exercise discretion and skepticism when evaluating Content and interacting with those Users. You should never provide personal or sensitive information about yourself or any other person except as specifically requested by us as the use of any Available Feature.

Listings of organizations and clubs: We cannot verify the accuracy and information provided about any of the organizations listed or qualify these organizations or their members. We are not responsible for their activities, communications or any other actions. The views and opinions expressed by these organizations do not necessarily reflect those of the GNTB and the GIC.

9. System Requirements and Accuracy

The speed of information transmission, the accuracy of shape, color and sound reproduction and the quality and legibility of graphics and text are highly dependent on equipment and systems technology. Your ability to use Content will therefore depend, in part, on technical capabilities such as the speed of Internet access and the hardware and software accessing the Content. Consequently, we do not guarantee that any item of Content will remain accurate or accurately depicted to you. Please note that we may, at any time, change Content, which could alter systems requirements and affect accuracy—depending on your hardware, systems configuration and means of access, among other technical factors. We do not guarantee that you will have access, at any time, to the Website, to any linked site or any Available Features. Any products or services depicted or referenced on the Website or linked sites are available only while supplies last or the offer remains in effect, as the case may be; the timing of any discontinuance of any such offer and the supply of products may be beyond our control, or we may elect, without notice, for any reason, to discontinue the offer or the supply. We also reserve the right to discontinue any Available Features at any time, without notice. You agree that the technical information, opinions, recommendations and other information made available to you on the Website or any linked site, are provided for your convenience only and shall not be relied upon as substitutes for thorough consultation with appropriately trained professionals.

10. General Practices Regarding Use and Storage

We reserve the right to establish general practices and limits concerning use of, and storage space on, our servers and those of hosting parties and others associated with the Website and any linked sites.

11. Links

Access to linked sites is at your own risk. Linked sites may not be available at all times and may contain Content that is untrue, offensive, inaccurate, incomplete, or outdated. We do not endorse or provide warranties of any kind as to any inked sites or any other sites to which they may link. You should review all websites closely before submitting information or allowing minors to visit them.

12. Disclaimer

The WEBSITE, ITS CONTENT AND THE CONTENT OF ANY LINKED SITES are provided "as is" and "as available." WE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL EXPRESS AND IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT.

You assume total responsibility and risk for your use of the WEBSITE AND ANY LINKED Site. Any content downloaded or otherwise obtained through the use of the WEBSITE OR ANY LINKED SITE shall be so obtained at your own discretion and risk. We SHALL not be responsible for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from obtaining any content from THE WEBSITE or any linked Site.

Without limitation to ANY OF the foregoing, we make no warranty that: (a) there will be no interference with your enjoyment of the website; (b) the website will fulfill any particular purpose, need, requirement or specification or is complete, reliable or accurate; (c) your requests to the website will be honored according to your schedule or any stated schedule; (d) the webSite will be timely, secure or error free; (e) any errors in Content will be corrected; (f) Content on the webSite is lawful, appropriate or available for use in any particular location; or (g) products or services displayed or referenced on the webSite are available for use in a particular location.

Your sole remedy against us for your dissatisfaction with the website is to stop using the website or content with which you are dissatisfied.

We reserve the right not to publish user-submitted content if for any reason, determined at our sole discretion, we deem it inappropriate. We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to edit or delete any user-submitted content for grammar, spelling and overall readability, as well as content which is abusive or uncivil in tone, contains profanity, constitutes spam, contains hate messages, is off topic, or which we otherwise believe is inappropriate for the site.

13. Limitation of Liability

GNTB shall not be liable for any incidental, consequential, indirect, special, lost profits or punitive damages arising out of your access to the website or use of it, even if we shall have been advised of the possibility of those damages.

14. Indemnification

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold us harmless, as well as our officers, directors, affiliates, successors in interest, shareholders, employees and agents for all claims against any of them that may that arise from, or are related to, your use of the Website and linked sites.

15. Reporting Violations of these Terms of Use

If you became aware of activities or Content that violates these Terms of Use, please immediately notify the GNTB, Beethovenstrasse 69, 60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany attn: Mr Olaf Schlieper, e-mail: . Although we do not guarantee any action based on that information, we will take reasonable efforts to respond in a fair and timely manner to reported violations.

16. Termination

We may, in our sole discretion, at any time and without prior notice, terminate your use of the Website or terminate your rights under these Terms of Use for any or no reason. In our sole discretion, and at any time, we may also discontinue providing the Website or any one or part of it, with or without notice.

We reserve the right to terminate or suspend access to anyone for any reason at any time for any or no reason. You should therefore keep copies and records of any Content you may wish to access if your account is terminated. Without limitation to the foregoing, we reserve the right to deny any User access to the Website and to terminate any subscription or registration and delete the profile corresponding to that subscription and registration (and any accompanying Content), at any time, if we believe that the Subscriber or Registrant is less than thirteen years of age or the Subscriber or Registrant otherwise fails to abide by these Terms of Use or applicable law.

17. Contact Us

For making a claim of copyright infringement please contact the GNTB, Beethovenstrasse 69, 60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany attn: Mr Olaf Schlieper , e-mail: .

For any further information about the above mentioned data protection declaration, the processing of personal data and any other complaint please contact the GNTB's data protection officer, Mr Stephan Schlangen at GNTB, Beethovenstrasse 69, 60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany, e-mail .