Germany has always played a leading role Europe’s intellectual and cultural life – its sons include Albert Einstein, Karl Marx, Goethe, and Beethoven. Today, it is a prosperous and powerful nation, one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, and the dominant force in the European Union.
Berlin is the nation’s capital and an economic powerhouse, the place to enjoy cutting edge arts and a formidable party scene. At the heart of Bavaria, stylish and sophisticated Munich remains a favourite for its beer-sozzled Oktoberfest, whilst Frankfurt is an efficient centre of business and finance, and Cologne is prosperous, handsome, and full of history. War-scarred Dresden, now faithfully reconstructed, is rising from the ashes too.Read more
But beyond its cities, Germany’s countryside is steeped in rolling green hills and rich Germanic traditions – a land filled with vast rambling rivers like the Rhine in the west, the Elbe in the east, and the Danube in the south, not to mention a procession of fairy-tale castles straight from a Grimm Brothers story.
Historically, Germany exerted Imperial dominion as the seat of the Holy Roman Empire, and later, the Prussian Empire. The Protestant reformation, which challenged centuries of Vatican dominion over the region, began in Germany under the dissident priest Martin Luther.
In the first half of the 20th century, Germany experienced economic and political turmoil, eventually ushering in the ill-fated Weimar Republic, and later, fascism and the Second World War. The aftermath and post-war era was marked by division and profound introspection. Allied Forces divided Germany into two nations - the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic – drawing a line between the political worlds of east and west, communism and capitalism. But in 1989, the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989 brought down the Berlin wall and signalled Germany’s reunification.
Riding the productive boom of the late 20th century, Germany has emerged on top, an intellectual and progressive nation that’s home to world class museums and universities, a leader in the arts and sciences, as well as the industrial and financial dynamo of Europe. Germans are a thoughtful, peace-loving and forward-looking people - and in true Protestant tradition, admirably efficient and productive. In uncertain times, the German nation remains a bastion of stability and reliability – a friendly, down-to-earth place, steeped in history and energy.
Places of interest in Germany
Dubbed ‘the cradle of Saxony’ and nestled on the bucolic banks of the Elbe, the town of Meissen was a prized...
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