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When we think of Germany, we think of beer, sausage and oompah bands, but these images barely scratch the surface. Today's Germany is a land of culture, history, art, music, literature, sports and, above all, dichotomy. From Frankfurt's high-rise skyscrapers to Neuschwanstein, the fanciful castle that inspired Cinderella's at Disneyland. From the fevered excitement of the World Cup of Soccer, to the dark horror of their military past. From the stranger who won't smile at you on the street, but will go out of their way to help you if you ask. From sipping a warm cup of glüwein at a quaint little Christmas market to controlled chaos and intensity of the European financial center in Frankfurt. From the beauty of the Black Forest, the Rhine and Danube rivers and the snow covered Alps to the concrete bunkers and desolate landscapes still standing in the East, even though the wall came down nearly twenty years ago. All of this is Germany, and more. Germany is filled with memorable travel destinations, including the history of Munich, a Rhine river tour, the Cathedral in Cologne, Oktoberfest in Munich, and the Brandenburg gate in Berlin. Visit Rügen, a small German island in the Baltic Sea or the spas in Wiesbaden. Follow the Romantic road or the trail of half-timbered houses. There's history, both good and bad, but also breathtaking scenery. Hike the trails of the Taunus, ski or snowboard in the Alps, join the many Germans who take to the trails with their bicycles each weekend, but don't forget to stop at a little cafe for ice cream or a beer. Come to Germany for the history, for the beauty, for the culture, for the wonderful food, but don't forget to come for the fun.

 

Famous Residents

Famous people that live in or are from Germany
  • Ludwig von Beethoven
  • Marlene Dietrich
  • Adolf Hitler
  • Johannes Brahms
  • Charlemagne
  • Claudia Schiffer
  • Carl Benz
  • Levi Strauss
  • Alois Alzheimer
  • Johann Strauß
  • Karl Marx
  • Helmut Kohl
  • Martin Luther
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Richard Wagner
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Georg Friedrich Händel
  • Erwin Rommel
  • Elke Sommer
  • Rudolf Diesel
  • Hermann Göring
  • Erich Fromm
  • Georg Friedrich Händel
  • Hugo Boss
  • Steffi Graff
  • Johann Wolfgang Goethe
  • H.L. Mencken
  • Majer Anselm Rothschild
  • Ferdinand von Zeppelin
  • Anne Frank
  • Pope Benedict XVI
  • Boris Becker
  • Henry Kissinger
  • Albert Einstein
 

 

Local Color

What makes Germany unique
  • Pretzels
  • Glüwein
  • Fasching
  • Half-Timbered houses
  • The Romantic Road
  • Applewine
  • Mad Ludwig
  • Green Sauce
 

 

Nicknames

Germany's alter egos
  • Deutschland
 

 

Major Industries

Most profitable industries in Germany
  • Automobiles
  • Machinery
  • Metals
  • Chemical goods
  • Wind Turbines
  • Finance
 

 

Geographic Regions

Regions that extend into Germany
  • North European Plain
  • Rhine Valley
  • Alps
  • Black Forest
  • Central Uplands
  • Ore Mountains