The lack of a warm sea in Germany is compensated by many thermal springs, where you can swim in winter and summer. Also in the country there are springs with mineral water, which is drunk for medicinal purposes. The names of balneological resorts usually begin with the word “Bad”, which means “bathing”.
The resort of Baden-Baden has long been loved by the Russian public. In the local thermal waters, bones were heated by members of the royal family and the luminaries of Russian literature: Chekhov, Zhukovsky, Gogol and others. Thermal complex “Caracalla” and Roman-Irish baths “Friedrichsbad” work for vacationers. Here you can swim in the pools with hot healing water, take a steam bath in the sauna and book a massage. Continue reading
Germany is the most populated country in Europe. 82.7 million people live in it – more only in Russia. The country is similar to a patchwork quilt: it consists of 16 federal lands, each of which has its own capital, traditions, and dialect. The capital of the Federal Republic of Germany is Berlin with 3.6 million inhabitants.
Almost every city in Germany, and not just Berlin, boasts either a long history, or outstanding sights, or a rich cultural life, or all at once. In many cities, the historical center (Altstadt – “Old Town”) with its market square (Markt), “gingerbread” medieval houses and the town hall is perfectly preserved. In such places it is easy to imagine how the life of the burghers proceeded several centuries ago. Continue reading
Today, the Federal Republic of Germany (this is the official name of the state) is one of the most developed economies in the world, and its internal political structure is an example of parliamentary democracy and the effective distribution of powers between the center and the subjects of the federation. The latter include the federal states of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Brandenburg, the Free Hanseatic city of Bremen, the Free Hanseatic city of Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Free State of Saxony, Saxony, Saxony, Salt Schleswig-Holstein, Free State of Thuringia. The capital of Germany, the city of Berlin, also has federal status.
Before unification into one state, the German regions in the distant past were independent units: each with its own culture, history, traditions and customs. Continue reading