Even in the relatively small landmass of Europe the differences in culture and tradition between the various European countries are fascinating, but after finding myself in Germany it was to discover a country of sixteen states that were until comparatively recently (1871) independent monarchies, principalities or dukedoms; where all have retained many of their original, and different, traditions, history, food etc.
A truly unified country, but where the former nation states have retained their distinct characteristics and traditions.
Present day Germany remains an unknown quantity for many and even within Europe, where it is a central player in many organizations not only the European Union, images and beliefs of the country and its people remain that are often influenced more by the past than the present.
Few countries able to offer as much, culturally, historically and in natural beauty. Nevertheless for those without some type of German ancestry, a spell spent in the country on military service, or the longtime wish for a Munich Oktoberfest "fly over visit", it seems Germany is not somewhere that pops into the mind when it´s time to plan a vacation.
German culture began long before Germany became a nation-state, and covered an entire German-speaking world.
It was shaped by major intellectual and popular currents in Europe, religious and secular, and today´s German cultural heritage in everything from language, intellectual tradition and influence to customs, remains widespread throughout the German-speaking world of Germany and its neighbors.
From Modern Life, History and Architecture to Travel, Traditions and Regional Recipes, you will find "a taste" of it here.........and I hope you enjoy it.
If you ever feel like commenting on an article, or if you have a query, please include its title or description in your mail, as some topics do overlap this makes it quicker for me to send you a reply.
My Thanks, Francine.
For topics in the news And you can follow German Culture on Facebook
Submit a Comment - Suggestion - Request to this Editor
NOTE: If you want a response, please make sure to include your email address so we can write back. Also, make sure that any anti-spam blockers you have are set up to allow mail from bellaonline.com! Otherwise our response won't be able to get to you.