History of Germany
The Germans mainly occupied the regions near the Danube and the Rhine, mainly because of availability of fresh water.
Germany's foundation could be said to be intertwined with the Roman Empire and they were a part of the Holy Roman Empire from 2nd February 962.
In 8th June 1815 after the fall of Napoleon Germany asserted itself. It constructed a Confederation of 39 sovereign states, placing the Austrian King as the permanent President of the Confederation.
Germany participated in two of the worst wars of mankind the World War I in 1914 and World War II in 1939.
After that Germany was divided into two parts. The East was controlled by the USSR and West was controlled by the US, UK and France in 1949. This remained till 1990 and after that the Berlin Wall was torn down, thus reuniting both East and West Germany.
In the 21st century Germany is a leading country in GDP and has the fourth largest economy in the world.
Geography of Germany
Germany is a country that has water facing on one side (The North Sea and The Baltic Sea) and surrounded by nine countries namely, Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium and Netherlands.
- Germany has three major rivers of Europe flowing through it, the Danube, the Rhine and the Elbe.
- Germany is well forested in both the northern and in the southern regions.
- Germany is bordered by lake Constance the third largest lake in the world.
- The highest point in Germany is Zugspitze (2,962m) and
- The lowest point in Germany is Wilstermarsch (3.54m below sea level).
Climate of Germany
Germany mainly experiences temperate seasonal climate. In addition to that it experiences dominating humid westerly winds.
Natural Resources in Germany
The bulk of Germany's natural resources include iron ore, coal, potash, timber, lignite, uranium, copper, natural gas, salt, nickel and arable land and water.
Tourist Attraction in Germany
The major cities of Germany are Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Düsseldorf. The major tourist spots are Neuschwanstein Castle, The Berlin Wall, Reichstag Building and the Brandenburg Gate.
Famous Hotels in Germany
Few of the most famous hotels in Germany are as follows
- Residenz Heinz Winkler
- Villa Kennedy
- Sofitel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt
- Radisson Blu Hotel Berlin
German cuisine comprises different types of sausages which they make from either veal or pork or beef. They are called Bratwurst, Weisswurst and Currywurst. Germany is a leading producer of cheese in Europe. The country accounts for about a third of the cheese produced in the entirety of Europe.
Germany is a leading producer and consumer of beer. It serves as a national drink and it has been produced for a long time. Although in recent times making and consumption of wine is slowly gaining popularity.
The ethnicity of Germany comprises mainly of native Germans who account for about 91.5 percent of the entire populace. Other than that there are Turkish, Italian, Greek, Polish and a few others.
Germany has long since been a creative hub. It has housed great creative geniuses like Ludwig Van Beethoven, Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Their music still serve as inspiration for many people even now.
Historically German culture has been intellectually driven by major people at all moments. They were also influenced by what was going on in Europe at that time. Germany is well known for folk festivals and celebrations all around the world.
Some of the popular festivals of Germany include:
- Oktoberfest a fest lasting 16 days in the month of October. The is the most popular Volksfest (fest for the people) and is held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is a beer festival and a travelling fun fair.
- Christmas Customs such as
- Advent wreaths
- Christmas pageants
- Christmas trees
- Stollen cakes
The national sport of Germany is football and has over 6.3 million members and is one of the largest sports organization of the world.
Air transport in Germany is provided by the air carrier Lufthansa. It is the largest airline in Europe providing services to 78 countries across Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe. It is the biggest in regards to both fleet size and passengers carried. It operates services to 18 domestic and 197 international destinations using a fleet size of 280 aircrafts. The five international airports of Germany are
Other than this there are a lot of airports distributed across the country.
Posted By : All Places Map Last Updated: August 08, 2015
Facts about Germany
|Climate||Temperate and Maritime|
|Area||357,021 sq km|
|Neighbours||Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland|