German language and culture are centuries old, but political unification of Germany was effected only in the last quarter of the 19th century. That was rudely interrupted at the end of the World War II when West and East Germanies, democratic and socialistic states came into existence. From 1990 they were reunified. Today Germany has a strong economy and is a leading member of the European Union. Its industrial and technological advancement has resulted in a high standard of living for the people. There is a substantial immigrant population in Germany. Its great cities like Berlin, Stuttgurt, Munich, Hamburg, Cologne etc. attract tourists from all over Europe the world. Forests, pasture lands, seashores all constitute the bio-diversities in this state. Baltic Sea
Coast, North Sea Coast, little islands of great charm are also to be included in the visitors’ itinerary. Black Forest, Rhine Valley, Lake Constance are also delightful tourist spots.
The National Parks of Germany are a great treat to the visitors and the indigenous population. In many the federated units there are fine national parks. National parks in Bavaria and Saxony besides Munitz National Park, Jasmund National Park, etc. are a delight for the tourists. There are more than a dozen bioreserves as well. Amusement parks, aquariums and lakes add charm to the natural preserves and settings. Apart from the natural diversities there are major theme parks and holiday parks which radiate relaxation and peace of mind.
Mention may also be made of countless spas and the longing of the people to maintain health with the help of springs, mineral waters and appropriate physical activity.These are a source of inspiration to people from other lands for enjoyment and emulation. Similarly activity oriented holidays can be had in the judicious use of golfing, hiking, canoeing, cycling, etc.
The Architectural marvels in Germany have great varieties from Gothic, Romanesque, Renaissance, Baroque and modern forms. From the Roman forts to modern aerospace buildings the constrasts are to be seen to be believed. From 11th century churches to the renascent religious constructions one is astonished at the care bestowed by architects to create pleasing and utilitarian buildings.Abbeys and cathedrals abound in diverse forms. St.Emmarem Palace - Regenberg, Burghause Castle, Wartburg Castle, Heidelburg Castle, Weikersheim Palace, Buckeburg Palace are some of the fine castles which must be viewed.
There are literally countless museums of great interest throughout Germany. Special museums for different types of human activities are a mine of information for knowledge seekers and laymen alike.Archaeological, art, industrial, transport and science musuems specialise in the respective areas of human endeavour. Mention may be made of military, history and food museums! Apart from these there are heritage sites of great magnificence!