According to the Lonely Planet, Germany is known for 'elegant big-city charm, small picture-postcard towns, pagan-inspired harvest festivals, a wealth of art and culture and the perennial pleasures of huge tracts of forest, delightful castles and fine wine and beer.'
The Federal Republic of Germany is located in the heart of Europe. Germany is surrounded by nine other countries: Denmark to the North, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg and France to the West, Switzerland and Austria to the South and the Czech Republic and Poland to the East. The country covers an area of 357,050 km² and has a population of about 82 million people (2nd largest in Europe). The capital and largest city is Berlin.
Germany is a democratic parliamentary federation and consists of 16 federal states.
Germany lies between the West winds of the Atlantic Ocean and the continental climate of the east. There is rainfall in every season. During the winter temperatures can drop down to between 5°C (41.0 °F) and -10°C (14.0 °F). The summer temperatures range between 18°C (64.4 °F) and 30°C (86.0 °F).
Germany is the fourth largest economy in the world and the largest economy in the European Union. It is the world’s third strongest exporting nation. German companies have an excellent international reputation and the sign “Made in Germany” stands for quality, innovation and advanced technology.
German is the official language but a lot of people know foreign languages and English is widely spoken.