Germany, or officially the “Federal Republic of Germany”, is the second most densely populated country in Europe. It is also one of the richest countries in the world after the fall of the Berlin Wall (which divided East and West Germany between 1949-1989) and Europe’s leading economic power. Like the Netherlands, the cuisine is often made using potatoes, however it also contains a lot of savoury meats and fruit. Traditional dishes include Bratwust, Schnitzel, Sauerkraut and Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Gateau). A lot of German food is imported.
German GeographyThe country comprises 16 states: The climate is mild in summer and very cold in winter; the landscape in the north is flat-lying, but mountainous in the south (the Bavarian Alps and Black Forest). Germany is divided into states. There are 16, and these are: Baden-Wuerttemberg, Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Hessen, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein. The remaining three states- Bavaria, Saxony and Thuringia- generally consider themselves to be free states.
LanguageOver 100 million people speak German as a first language, but it is significant as a second language and is spoken in: Austria, the Balkan states, the Baltic Republic, Belarus, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Latin America, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Ukraine and the US.
Most Popular City in GermanyBaden-Württemberg is the most popular tourist area of Germany because the Black Forest is located there, but the capital Berlin has the best artwork, nightlife and architecture, along with the densest population (over 8400000 people, the total population of Germany is 82 million).
German stations which have direct Eurostar services: