If Beethoven’s 5th symphony races your heartbeat then your European travel plans must include Germany, a land of poets and thinkers, of Bach & Beethoven, of Goethe and Kant. Notorious for its Nazi roots, Germany redeemed itself by rising from its ashes like a phoenix.The focal point of European economy, Germany has redefined the art of engineering. It is a country that attracts stereotypes, from lederhosen-clad beer drinkers, to a national reputation for efficiency and rigor. A nation of bibliophiles the country dishes out nearly ninety four thousand titles a year!. A birthplace of Einstein, BMW and Schumacher, Germany offers more than just machines and Nobel laureates. There is the rich and intriguing history of the royal cities of Heidelberg and Potsdam; the rousing beauty of the Black Forest and the Bavarian Alps; the cosmopolitan centers of Munich, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Cologne; and the visceral impact of the Berlin Wall. The cities boast international cuisine and cutting edge entertainment, from the finest opera and theater scene to world-class DJs; and yes, it’s true, there is no speed limit on the autobahn! And while German food seldom inspires rapture, it is hearty and nourishing and complemented by excellent beers and regional wines. Just make sure you don’t drink and drive! Germany is both a reflection on the past and a hope for the future. So put it in on your travel bucket list and let your life wish you “Danke”!

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