Introduction to Germany

Because of its rich heritage, controversial history, industrial prowess, bustling metropolises (and Oktoberfest) Germany stands as one of Europe’s most prominent and powerful countries. Germany also has the largest economy in the EU, prominent trading links with China and is known for its efficiency and strong work ethic.

Germany nestles in the heart of Europe with borders to Austria, France, Denmark, Belgium, Poland, the Czech Republic, Luxembourg and Switzerland. Its size and position means it’s a land of variations and its sixteen states boast an extremely diverse geography including mountains, forests and industrial cities.

Berlin is the German capital and a lively tourist draw but cities like Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Nuremberg and Cologne also have plenty to offer.

It might not have the weather of Spain or the cuisine of Italy, but Germany has a dynamic modernism and impressive spirit. Although generally urbanised the nation has managed to maintain a real natural beauty (and even an otherworldly feel in some areas) and there are many attractions outside its main cities.