GERMAN´S EXEMPLARY ALLIGNMENT WITH PAST..
Germany today is a country of remarkable diversity, with cultural differences, although Germans will never forget the dark past when the Nazi leadership occupied countries through forced deportation and genocide, now knows as the Holocaust. World War II resulted in the destruction of Germany's political and economic infrastructure and led directly to its partition, considerable loss of territory, and historical legacy of guilt and shame. The country was divided into four military occupation zones; the three western zones would form the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) while part of the Soviet Zone became the German Democratic Republic (East Germany). The Germans were repatriated to Eastern Europe (German exodus). In this process of expulsion, millions of Germans died. In the early 1950s, West Germany eventually came to enjoy prolonged economic growth. The recovery occurred largely because of the previously forbidden currency reform of June 1948 and from 1949 on partly by U.S. assistance through Marshall Plan loans. Across the border, East Germany soon became the richest, most advanced country in the Warsaw Pact, but many of its citizens looked to the West for political freedoms and economic prosperity.
BERLIN – “THE UNDISCOVERED TREASURE”
While Berlin offers a wonderful combination of history, nightlife, architecture, and culture, it remains still an undiscovered treasure. It boasts of being one of the greenest cities in Europe - over 60% of its surface area is either a park or a river. The metropolis is a popular tourist destination – for instance, the ensemble on the Museum Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Apart from the Museum Island, there are many additional museums in the city. The Gemäldegalerie (Painting Gallery) focuses on the paintings of the "old masters" from the 13th to the 18th centuries. The Berlin Wall itself has become one of the largest open-air canvasses in the world.
Traveling from Berlin to the Bavarian capital Munich, you won´t miss other cities with wonderful architecture such as Leipzig, Dresden, Regensburg, or Nurnberg. In the Eastern part of Germany, you can find lively, charming villages and friendly festival in every region. Germany is also the country of Goethe, Schiller, Bach, and Beethoven and has been the home of many influential scientists and inventors. Germany is a “Land of ideas”.
The Federal Republic of Germany, with its capital, Berlin is located in both Western and Central Europe. It comprises 16 states and is one of the major political powers of the European continent and a leader in many technological advances, innovative research, and education landscape.