Way of life

Sylt, the fourth-largest German island, offers kilometres of sandy beaches along the North Sea coast
Sylt, the fourth-largest German island, offers kilometres of sandy beaches along the North Sea coast Sabine Lubenow/Getty Images

Land of diversity

Germany is a highly diverse country in which it is pleasant to live. Exciting cities and a variety of countryside as different as the North Sea coast and the Alps never cease to fascinate its many visitors.
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Climate

In Germany a warm, moderate rainy climate with westerly winds prevails. Major fluctuations in temperature are rare. There is rainfall throughout the year. Mild winters (2 °C to –6 °C) and not too hot summers (18 °C to 20 °C) 
are the rule. In 2014, the mean annual temperature reached a record 10.3 °C, which was 2.1 degrees above the long-term average of 8.2 °C for the inter­national reference period 1961 to 1990. 2014 was 0.4 degrees warmer than the previous warmest years 2000 and 2007.

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German cuisine and German wines are among the finest Europe has to offer. Regional and healthy dishes are particularly in vogue.

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Biggest airport
Frankfurt am Main
Biggest railway station
Leipzig
Biggest port
Hamburg
Biggest trade fair grounds
Hanover
Biggest spa resort
Wiesbaden
Biggest public festival
Oktoberfest
Biggest amusement park

Europa-Park, Rust
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Germany is highly successful in top-class sports disciplines, but grassroots sport also plays an important role. The International Sports Promotion program relies on sport to foster understanding between peoples.
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As a travel destination Germany is becoming more and more popular among international tourists – in addition to cities, nature parks and biosphere reserves are attractive destinations.
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German cities do very well in the urban quality of life rankings. More and more people want to live in an urban environment, which is impacting on rents and real estate prices.

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restaurants in Germany, more than ever before, were awarded one, two, or even three Guide Michelin stars in 2015. Eleven restaurants were include in the top 3-star category. Germany thus maintained its position as the European country with the most 3-star establishments after France, the country of gourmets.

The Germans are'nt really known for their sense of humour. After all, laughter has little to do with the virtues often associated with us: discipline and punctuality. But do some serious study on the subject... and you'll find that we Germans DO like a laugh.
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