The Gate of Fortune, Potsdam


Although Germany’s history goes back a long way, it was only in 1871 when a scattering of individual states unified, that it became the nation state that still exists today.

Although the country has endured a turbulent sequence of events since then, it has managed to become one of the richest countries on earth. This wealth has managed to attract more immigrants to Germany than anywhere else in the world apart from the United States. By 2015 the population had risen to over 82 million.

From a tourist’s perspective it’s worth knowing that Wikipedia states that Germany is the seventh most visited country in the world and Berlin the third most visited city in Europe.

There is of course, the Alps, the Black Forest and the Baltic coast if you want a break away from the cultural hotspots of places like Hamburg, Munich and Dresden.

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