About Germany

Still misunderstood by many, Germany stands as one of the most endlessly engaging countries on the continent. Anyone expecting a homogenous nation conforming to rigid Teutonic stereotypes is in for a shock. As a travel destination it’s somewhere with huge personality, notable for a clutch of truly lovable cities, culture served up in hefty portions and rural scenery so heart-melting you’ll be left bemused why some people still think of the place as lacking allure.

It’s the country’s urban highlights that tend to draw the attention first. Berlin is the very definition of a dynamic city, having forged a goodtime reputation for ground-breaking creativity while still keeping sight of its past. Elsewhere, the likes of Cologne, Munich and Hamburg – to mention three of many – provide the capital with able support. Not only are they rich in historical buildings and eyes-to-the-future nightlife, they also give firm dissent to the notion that Germany doesn’t do gastronomy.

The country occupies a prime position in the heart of the continent, both literally and figuratively. It’s home to the largest economy in Europe, has more inhabitants than anywhere in the EU and shares land borders with no less than nine other nations. It’s perhaps little surprise, then, that today’s Germany is far more diverse, far more cosmopolitan – and in many cases far more liberal – than elements of its past reputation would suggest. You’ll find a destination that well understands how to blend tradition and convention with modernism and self-confidence.

The beauty of the German countryside, too, is a huge attraction. From the fabulous peaks of the Bavarian Alps and the pale cliffs of the Jasmund National Park to the castles of the Rhine and the moors of the Mecklenburg Lake District, there’s much to draw outdoor enthusiasts. Hikers, cyclists, boaters, motorists and skiers will all find plenty to enjoy.


Berlin – Capital of Modern Art

Far from being haunted by its tumultuous modern history, Berlin has recast itself as one of Europe’s most exciting destinations. This edgy, energetic metropolis might be Germany’s capital, but in many ways it is the antithesis to the rest of the country. A creative hub of international repute, Berlin is a ragtag city with a multicultural population and a thriving underground scene. Its hedonistic nightlife is probably the best in Europe and undoubtedly the most liberal – there are no taboos left in some of the city’s clubs.

Of course, Berlin’s history is inescapable; the scars of war are still visible on some of the most iconic monuments, while sections of the Wall, which divided the city for nearly three decades, still stand today. There are also plenty of world-class museums offering a glimpse into life under the Nazis and then the Soviets.

The city’s street art has become an attraction in itself, while the thriving music industry is now Berlin’s third biggest economic force, employing nearly 15,000 people. This should come as no surprise. The German capital has long been a source of inspiration for international artists.

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