Germany consists of 16 separate states that make up the Federal Republic of Germany. Many people remember the period after the Second World War when the country was divided into communist East and Capitalist West Germany. After the unification of Germany on the 3rd of October 1990, the country has grown to become the largest and most powerful national economy in all Europe.
Germans pride themselves on manufacturing, engineering and technology with 30 companies of the top 500 fortune companies in the world being German. Some of the world’s biggest brands like Volkswagen, Daimler, Siemens, Audi, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Adidas, Bosh, Bayer, Allianz and Thyssen Krupp are all German mega companies.
Tourism is also a large contributor to the national economy and tourists come to Germany for its famous events throughout the year like Oktoberfest, the Fashing carnival, Munich Spring festival, Dresden film festival and the Rhine in flames just to mention a few.
There are some really exciting cities to discover in Germany starting with its capital Berlin that is renowned for its history, architecture and nightlife. Stuttgart should also be on the list for every motoring buff as it houses the Mercedes-Benz Museum and the Porsche Museum. Munich is great being the gateway to Bavaria and the Alps and Hamburg boasts one of the biggest harbors in the world. For history the oldest city in Germany is Cologne and Heidelberg is a must see gem as it was one of the few cities that wasn’t destroyed in World War II.
Outside the hustle and bustle of festivals and the big cities, having a holiday in Germany is not complete without spending some time exploring the wonderful countryside. From the thrills of driving fast on the Autobahn or Nürburgring to the wonderful romantic scenery of the back Forrest near Baden-Wüttemberg Germany offers something for every tourists delight.
Some popular things not to miss things on your holiday include a trip on the Deusche Bahn (German Railway), visiting a traditional German brewery, going to a football match, a splendid scenic boat cruise on the river Rheine and of course a visit to all the usual historic sightseeing places like the Reichstag, Kölner Dom, DDR Museum and Brandenburg Gate just to mention a few.
When food is mentioned, most people think Germans eat just Schnitzel, Bratwurst, Pretzels and Sauerkraut. Lovers of fine food will be please to know that the German cuisine is very multifaceted with a lot more to discover than you think especially sweets, cakes and traditional German torte.
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