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Germany Travel Guide
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'Fast cars and fairytale castles'

Through the turmoil of the 20th century, Germany has emerged as a confident, powerful nation and, with the memory of the wall that divided Berlin into east and west still fresh in the national consciousness, continues to be the driving force towards greater European integration.

The German people enjoy a reputation for accuracy, precision and efficiency and words which are often used to describe their excellent cars. Although an equally enduring image is of lederhosen-clad Bavarians hoisting beer steins at Munich’s famous Oktoberfest. Neither of these stereotypes reflects the diversity of Germany’s towns and cities. From romantic Heidelberg, the medieval Nuremberg of Dürer and the Weimar of Goethe and the Bauhaus, to the lively port cities of Bremen and Hamburg, the financial centre of Frankfurt and revitalised cities of the former east like Dresden. Overshadowing them all is the cosmopolitan decadence of Berlin, where bureaucrats of the new capital rub shoulders with artists and techno club-goers.

The German landscape is similarly very varied. To the south, the Alps attract ski-lovers in winter and hiking enthusiasts during summer, who come to explore the scenic lakes and atmospheric castles here and in the Black Forest. Watersports are another summer pastime, and in the north, the island of Rugen with its majestic white cliffs and coastal towns like Wilhelmshaven offer terrific facilities for adventures on the North Sea.
Useful travel links
Official Tourist Board of Germany tourism website for Germany