But beyond its cities, Germany’s countryside is steeped in rolling green hills and rich Germanic traditions – a land filled with vast rambling rivers like the Rhine in the west, the Elbe in the east, and the Danube in the south, not to mention a procession of fairy-tale castles straight from a Grimm Brothers story.
Historically, Germany exerted Imperial dominion as the seat of the Holy Roman Empire, and later, the Prussian Empire. The Protestant reformation, which challenged centuries of Vatican dominion over the region, began in Germany under the dissident priest Martin Luther.
In the first half of the 20th century, Germany experienced economic and political turmoil, eventually ushering in the ill-fated Weimar Republic, and later, fascism and the Second World War. The aftermath and post-war era was marked by division and profound introspection. Allied Forces divided Germany into two nations - the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic – drawing a line between the political worlds of east and west, communism and capitalism. But in 1989, the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989 brought down the Berlin wall and signalled Germany’s reunification.
Riding the productive boom of the late 20th century, Germany has emerged on top, an intellectual and progressive nation that’s home to world class museums and universities, a leader in the arts and sciences, as well as the industrial and financial dynamo of Europe. Germans are a thoughtful, peace-loving and forward-looking people - and in true Protestant tradition, admirably efficient and productive. In uncertain times, the German nation remains a bastion of stability and reliability – a friendly, down-to-earth place, steeped in history and energy.