Country of the Week: Germany

The mesmerizing fusion of its spectacular scenery, great cities with its cultural wonders depicted through architectures, quaint towns, colorful history, and delightful gastronomic treats, Germany does make an interesting destination of feasts, finds, and fascinating discoveries. Here are basic facts that will help making a trip to this European region with an easy and interesting start:
Other title(s): Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Deutschland, Federal Republic of Germany
Continent: Europe
Capital: Berlin
Most populous city: Berlin
Current political leader: Chancellor: Angela Merkel
Currency: Euro (€)
Language(s): German
Major Religion(s): Christian
National Costume: Dirndl and Lederhosen
Famous landmarks: Neuschwanstein Castle, Brandenburg Gate, Cologne Cathedral, Museum Island, Hohenschwangau Castle, Charlottenburg Palace, Rhine Gorge
National Symbol: tree: oak; coat of arms: eagle
Movies filmed in Germany: Bourne Ultimatum, Captain America: Civil War, The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Cloud Atlas, Good bye Lenin, Possession, Cabaret
Famous people: Adolf Hitler, Albert Einstein, Michael Schumacher, Anne Frank, Ludwig van Beethoven, Michael Fassbender, Bruce Willis, Leonardo di Caprio, Heidi Klum, Kirsten Dunst
Climate: Generally temperate; permanent overcast during the cool season. The rare occurrences of extreme frost and high temperatures, along with a fairly-distributed amount of rainfall, making it a conducive setting for growing crops.
Popular festivals: Oktoberfest, Carnival, International Film Festival in Berlin, Rhine in Flames Festival, Berlin Festival of Lights, Wine Festival and Wurstmarkt in Bad Durkheim, Bach Fest