ABOUT GERMANYGermany 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 nations in European culture, 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" (coziness) or hospitality. If you have perceptions of Germany as simply homogeneous, it will surprise you with its many historical regions and much local diversity for its relatively small size.
Oktoberfest is a 16-18 day festival held each year in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, running from late September to the first weekend in October. It is one of the most famous events in Germany and the world's largest fair, with more than 5 million people attending every year. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modelled after the Munich event.
The Hohenzollern Bridge is a bridge crossing the river Rhine in the German city of Cologne (German Köln). It crosses the Rhine at kilometre 688.5. Originally, the bridge was both a railway and street bridge, however, after its destruction in 1945 and its subsequent reconstruction, it was only accessible to rail and pedestrian traffic. It is the most heavily used railway bridge in Germany, connecting the Köln Hauptbahnhof and Köln Messe/Deutz stations with each other.
Festivals and Events
The Berlin Stasi Museum
The Berlin Stasi Museum, known locally as the “Research and Memorial Site Normannenstrasse”, tells the story of the infamous secret police of East Germany, an important tool of the dictatorship. Opened in 1990, the museum is set within the offices of Erich Mielke, the head of Stasi from 1957 to 1989. The office was home to 8,000 employees and some rooms have been preserved in the same condition as they were during the Stasi occupation of the building, giving visitors a good understanding of what life was like for those working there."
Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria
Neuschwanstein Castle was built upon the wishes of Ludwig II of Bavaria. It was meant to be a retreat for the king. It was also designed to pay homage to the works of Richard Wagner.
Love locks on Hohenzollern Bridge
The 406 metre Hohenzollern Bridge in Cologne; a structure that has been slowly covered in padlocks since the romantic trend reached the city in 2008, much to the annoyance of local government."