When thinking of Germany, beer, lederhosen and Alpine hats quickly come to mind, but these stereotypes mostly relate to Bavarian culture and do not represent Germany as a whole.
Germany is a vast and diverse country with 16 culturally unique states that only form a political union since 1871. Due to its size and location in Central Europe, Germany boasts a large variety of different landscapes.
The history of tourism in Germany goes back to cities and landscapes being visited for education and recreation. From the late 18th century onwards, cities like Dresden (map), Munich (map), Weimar (map) and Berlin were major stops on a European Grand tour. Germany is rated as one of the safest travel destinations worldwide.