Germany is a fascinating country, set in the middle of Europe and a hub of European life. Filled with culture in all its diversity, beautiful scenery, areas of unspoiled nature, an infinite choice of places to visit, enjoy, remember or simply read about.
Its remarkable and complex history has introduced much that is positive to the world, from book printing and x-rays to the music of Beethoven and Bach and Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity, while it has also had reason to go through a recent, and continuing, period of deep reflection.
Nine very different European neighbors share Germany's borders, and just as dissimilar, in not only many of their traditions and traits but also their landscapes, are the country's 16 Laender, or states.
They cover everything from mountains and hills in the South to flat, sand, wet and marsh lands in the North, and throughout the country extensive forests, lakes and rivers.
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Map of the Federal Republic of Germany, with borders to neighboring countries and Germany's 16 Laender, drawn by and courtesy of 'kgberger', via de.Wikipedia
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