One of the reasons Germany is so fascinating to visit is because of its long, complicated, and vibrant past. It's interesting to learn about the history and importance of the various castles, palaces, and churches. The developments of WWII and Germany's reunification have influenced modern Germany. Following its re-establishment as the capital in 1990, Berlin has developed into a true European metropolis. Many factors have affected German society, one of which is a large number of Turkish immigrants. German culture has been strongly influenced by religion, composers, authors, and philosophers, and is regarded as the "Country of Poets and Thinkers." Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven, as well as poets Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich von Schiller, Friedrich Nietzsche, Immanuel Kant, and Max Weber, were all born in the country. Of necessity, society ranges from one area to the next. Bavaria, Germany's southernmost province, devotes a considerable portion of its annual budget to the arts. In this area, there are various folk songs, music, and festivals, and spending time here can be an eye-opening experience.


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We’re all familiar with the two world wars. When we think of Germany, we often associate it with black-and-white footage from these horrific conflicts: Hitler delivering impassioned speeches from behind a podium; bombs raining down on European cities; half-starved people, freshly liberated from concentration camps. But Germany’s history is much richer than this. Though the book doesn’t pretend to give a comprehensive history of the country, it does strive to deepen readers’ understanding of Germany’s development. So this book allows us to dive into German history and explore some of the facts that lie beyond common knowledge. In “Germany”, you’ll learn things like it is not that mere geography isn’t what unites Germans, how Oktoberfest was born, and which metal is preferred for German jewellery.


Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, the most famous monument in Germany - a bittersweet history


On July 13, 2014, a sea of irate soccer fans gathered in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany's capital city. It was the day of the FIFA World Cup finals, and Germany faced Argentina, one of the federation's most dominant squads, on television as tall as the gate itself. Why did Germany plan to display this historic game in this location?

According to Monika Grütters, a professor and politician, the Brandenburg Gate is a sign of symbolic strength for Germans, acting as the centrepiece of all national festivities. Indeed, this austere building, considered a masterwork of neoclassical architecture, is modern-day Germany's most prominent landmark.


The Brandenburg Gate, commissioned by Prussian King Frederick William II and intended as a sign of unity, was built between 1788 and 1791. It was modelled after the Acropolis Gate in Athens and acted as a capstone to Frederick II's cultural renovation initiative in Berlin. He'd also designed a new opera house and a palatial library, as well as a network of new and trendy avenues. The doors, though, amid its triumph and hope, soon saw darker days. Napoleon Bonaparte marched the French army into Berlin in 1806, passing through the gate's Doric columns. The French had defeated the Prussian army at the battles of Jena and Auerstädt. Napoleon had ascended to the throne of Prussia's capital. Napoleon didn't hold back when it came to showing his strength. The bronze sculpture that crowns the gate was dismantled and shipped to Paris, where it was exhibited in the Louvre. Since the artwork in question was the Quadriga of Victory – a horse-drawn chariot powered by the female character Victory – this was a symbolic slap in the face. The Prussians, on the other hand, had the last laugh. They beat Napoleon and marched to Paris, where they reclaimed the lost Quadriga, with the help of the Russians, seven years later. It was restored to its proper place atop the Brandenburg Gate in 1814. It's still standing today. On July day in 2014, it looked out over a crowd of delighted soccer fans as Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 to win the World Cup for the fourth time. However, as you'll see in the next blink, the Brandenburg Gate is far from being a sign of triumph and unification for modern-day Germans.


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