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Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a federal parliamentary republic in west-central Europe. The country consists of 16 states, and its capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany has a largely temperate seasonal climate. Germany is one of the major political and economic powers of the European continent and a historic leader in many theoretical and technical fields.

According to Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Reports, Germany is rated as one of the safest travel destinations worldwide. Germany is also the top most visited country in Europe, the majority of foreign tourists coming from the Netherlands, the United States and Switzerland.

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, Munich, Weimar and Berlin were major stops on a European Grand tour. Spas and resorts on the North and Baltic Seas and along the Rhine valley particularly developed during the 19th and early 20th century and since the end of World War II tourism has expanded greatly, as many tourists visit Germany to experience a sense of European history. The countryside has a pastoral aura, while the cities exhibit both a modern and classical feel.

The German Tourism Association irregularly publishes statistics on the most visited landmarks. With an average of over 6 million visitors entering the cathedral per year, Cologne Cathedral is Germany's most visited landmark. Second and third places go to the Reichstag building in Berlin and the Hofbräuhaus in Munich. Other much visited architectural landmarks include the Drosselgasse in Rüdesheim, the medieval old towns of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Monschau and Bad Münstereifel, the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and the Holsten Gate in Lübeck 1.

The most visited tourist regions in Germany are the East Frisian and North Frisian Islands, the Baltic Sea coasts of Holstein and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, the Bavarian and Black Forest, and the Bavarian Alps. The top ten most visited cities in Germany are: Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt am Main, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Dresden, Stuttgart, Nuremberg, Leipzig.


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