Germany, (officially: the Federal Republic of Germany; German: Bundesrepublik Deutschland) is the largest country in Central Europe. It is bordered to the north by Denmark, to the east by Poland and the Czech Republic, to the south by Austria and Switzerland, and to the west by France, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands. Germany is a federation of 16 states, roughly corresponding to regions with their own distinct and unique cultures. Germany is one of the most influential European nations culturally, and one of the world’s main economic powers. Known around the world for its precision engineering and high-tech products, it is equally admired by visitors for its old-world charm and “Gemütlichkeit” (cosiness). If you have perceptions of Germany as simply homogeneous, it will surprise you with its many historical regions and local diversity.

Munich and me

I have to say Munich, our relationship did not start well! In the summer of 1999 a little over an hour after arriving in Munich, Germany for the first time I was in an ambulance being taken away to Krankenhaus Munich Schwabing Hospital. I had just finished being...

5 things not to miss in Berlin

Berlin was first mentioned in the 13th century as a crossroad of two major trade routes. The German capital is rich in recent history having figured heavily in the last 100 years. First with the Nazi occupation and WW2 then later on with the fall of communism in...

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