The Afar Guide to


Despite a plethora of ghosts in its past, Germany has undergone an amazing transformation in the last decades. The nation has become a symbol of economic success and political stability, a vanguard of art and culture, and an influential force in science and technology. Visitors find that Germany's appeal lies in the greenery of its lakes and forests, the cosmopolitan and eclectic life of its cities, and its important monuments—all connected by an efficient transportation system. And when Germans celebrate, they do it with a sense of purposeful and well-earned fun, enhanced by great wines and abundant beers.

Essential Germany Facts to

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Adam GroffmanGermany Local Expert

Adam Groffman is a freelance writer and travel blogger based in Berlin, where he covers city trips in Europe and around the world, expat life, LGBT issues, festivals, and nightlife. His work has been featured in Vanity Fair, Condé Nast Traveler, DETAILS, USA Today Travel and numerous online publications. When he's not out exploring the coolest bars and clubs, he's usually enjoying the local arts and culture scene. His travel stories are available on his blog, Travels of Adam, and additional travel tips are shared through his @travelsofadam Twitter account.