by Lisa A. Grimaldi | June 19, 2013

 Following the severe rains that caused flooding throughout Central Europe last week, the German National Tourist Organization has released a traveler update on conditions in the country. According the GNTO, the city of Dresden is once again welcoming all tourists: "There is no reason to cancel any trip, and all cultural attractions are open as usual; business meetings and congresses are taking place as scheduled." The organization also says several waterways in the Spreewald district of Brandenburg have been opened again, and the situation is steadily improving in the district of Prignitz (Brandenburg). The clean-up operation in the south and east of the country, including Passau and Bavaria, is well under way, and many of the towns and communities that had been afflicted by the floods have restored their tourism infrastructure. Visitor restrictions still are in place in the flooded areas in the northeast, and rail travel continues to be impacted in some regions. For train information, contact Deutsche Bahn USA at