Situated in central Europe, Germany is a major tourist destination for both domestic and international travelers. With an annual average of over 30 million visitors from abroad, it ranks seventh among the most-visited countries in the world. Being a crossroads for travel on the continent, Germany is also the second-most popular tourist destination for European travelers. Spanning from the coastal regions in the north to the Alpine mountains in the south, encompassing central uplands, nature reserves, and river valleys, the country provides diverse landscapes along with metropolitan regions and small towns.

Apart from its physical diversity, the federal republic made up of 16 federated states (Länder) is also characterized by regional differences in terms of architecture, cultural traditions, and food, which originate from the historic development ...

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