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 lifestyles its cities offer, 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.