Germany is the largest national economy in Europe & third largest by nominal GDP in the world. The export of goods "Made in Germany" is one of the main factors of the country's wealth. Germany is often called Das Land der Dichter und Denker (the land of poets and thinkers). German culture began long before the rise of Germany as a nation-state and spanned the entire German-speaking world. From its roots, culture in Germany has been shaped by major intellectual and popular currents in Europe, both religious and secular.
First times I've been in Germany it was only on transit, stoping in Frankfurt am Main airport. It was finally in May of 2006 that we got to go deep into the german territory, travelling from Rostock to Berlin, ending with a complete visit of the latter.