Germany

Germany: Dresden and Saxon Switzerland

Dresdon has a long history of being a cultural centre

Germany is a large country with a varied landscape and a seemingly endless number of cities, towns and hamlets, with each region offering up its own unique history. The country has experienced a multitude of changes throughout history, the most recent big one of course being the division of east and west, and the subsequent reunification. Since then, many parts of the country have transformed significantly, with eastern Germany specifically blossoming into something special that is well worth a visit for both its historical interest and natural beauty. Dresden, the capitol of Saxony, has a long history of being a cultural centre, though it was mostly destroyed during WWII bombing. The major buildings of historical interest have been rebuilt, however - a feat in itself - and the city has been reformed to its traditional glory. Some of the biggest pleasures here are to wander the streets and town centre, or enjoy a quaint horse and carriage ride, as you enjoy the grandeur and take in the view from the Elb River.

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 Full name: Federal Republic of Germany

 Population: 81.31 million (CIA, 2012)

 Capital: Berlin

 Largest city: Berlin

 Area: 357,022 sq.km. (137,846 sq. mi.)

 Major languages: German

 Major religions: Protestant, Roman Catholic,  Muslim, Other

 Monetary unit: Euro

 GDP per capita: US $37,900

 Internet domain: .de

 International dialling code: +49

 Source: CIA World Factbook