Germany's History

The civilised Romans found Germanic tribes troublesome so for most of the Empires existence they used the Rhine and Danube Rivers as their bulwark against Germanic incursion. The fall of Rome plunged Europe into the Dark Ages and Germany was a fragmented tapestry of fiefdoms which essentially lasted until 1871. On Christmas Day 800, Charlemagne founded what became the Holy Roman Empire, a loose federation of states which lasted till Napoleon dissolved it in 1806. Prussia vanquished Denmark, Austria and France and in 1871 founded the German Empire which was defeated in WWI being replaced by the liberal Weimar Republic. Hitler’s National Socialists revived Germany’s stagnant economy following the Great Depression and ultimately the Führer led his Third Reich to oblivion in 1945. Germany lost vast eastern territories and was divided between capitalist west and communist east epitomised by the Berlin Wall. The Wall fell in 1989 and Germany reunified in 1990.

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Unified Germany naturally experienced many difficulties integrating East Germany into the Federal Republic but today the job is done and oblivious signs of division are gone. Following the atrocities of WWII most Germans feel a sense of shame and have difficulty showing national pride the way other nations do. However Germany can take pride in its strong sense of community, resilient economy and promotion of workers’ rights. Despite war damage and communist era architecture, German towns and cities are well planned and attractive with pristine countryside to match. Germany makes a great destination for sophisticated tourists looking for culture, history and fun.

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