One of the major destinations in Europe, and the most populous country in the European Union, Germany has a vast territory stretching from the Baltic Sea and the North Sea in the north, to the Alps in the south. It shares borders with Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, and Luxembourg. Located in the heart of Europe and being the continent’s largest economy; Germany comes across as a very diverse, liberal and cosmopolitan country.
Apart from the magnificent countryside, the splendid peaks, quaint castles and unforgettable beer halls, Germany is renowned for its classical music, diverse art, the gorgeous medieval architecture, German cuisine, as well as literature and philosophy.
The climate here is temperate, with cool, wet winters and summers, and sporadic warm mountain winds.
The Celtic and Germanic tribes (2nd-1st Century BC) are known to be the earliest inhabitants of Germany, followed by the Franks and the Holy Roman Empire, and a range of other dynasties, kings, emperors, dictators, and wars. By 1871, most of the German states were unified into the German Empire. Following WWII in 1945, Germany was divided into East and West Germany, and was only reunified in 1990 post the Cold War. A federal republic since 1949, the head of the government is the Chancellor, who is elected by the Bundestag (lower house).
Germany has a balanced mix of Protestants (34%) and Roman Catholics (34%), as well as minorities including Muslims, Jews and others. Though, German is the official and most widely-spoken language, other minority dialects like Danish, English, French and Sorbic are spoken too.
One of the major destinations in Europe, and the most populous country in the European Union, Germany has a vast territory stretching ...