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Interesting Facts About Germany

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Here are some interesting facts about Germany: Germany is the largest country in Central Europe, and borders Poland, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Germany's history stretches back to the Germanic tribes and the Holy Roman Empire, from which many structures exist. Although Germany has found itself written into history as an aggressor nation, it has since come to terms with its sometimes dark past. Travelers should probably avoid discussion of Nazi Germany, as it is an accepted but sensitive subject.

Germany has some remarkable cities, all of which are worth seeing. The capital, Berlin, is a bustling metropolis which has rebuilt itself greatly. Besides some excellent museums, it has extensive memorials for the Holocaust as well as markers for Checkpoint Charlie, the former crossing between East and West Berlin during the Cold War. The Brussels of Germany, Hamburg is a rich and mercantile city on the water. Despite the name, you will not find many restaurants serving hamburgers. Munich is both the gateway to the alps, as well as the site of the decidedly Germanic Oktoberfest tradition. If you arrive in time, expect to spend a week gobbling sausages, choking down massive pretzels, and of course, swilling inhuman quantities of dark German beer. Germans may love their beer, but they are equally passionate about wine, and, especially in Hamburg, coffee.

Travelers should note that because Nazism did so much to damage Germany's reputation, gestures relating to the Nazi Party, white power slogans, or Nazi paraphernalia are not tolerated, even in jest. These acts can carry massive fines or even jail time for the offender.

Quick Info:

Capital: Berlin

Language(s): German

Religion(s): Christianity

Currency: Euro (€)(EUR)

Electricity Voltage: 220V

Calling Code: 49

Popular Travel Destinations:

  • Romantic Road
  • Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Black Forest

Official Website: www.germany.travel/

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*Note* - Some of the graphics on this page were taken from the CIA World Factbook which contains a wealth of information on every country in the world. I highly recommend it.

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