Gap Years and Backpacking in Germany

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Germany is the largest country in Central Europe. It's bordered to the north by Denmark, to the east by Poland and the Czech Republic, to the south by Austria and Switzerland, and to the west by France, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands. Germany is a federation of 16 states, roughly corresponding to regions with their own distinct and unique cultures.

Germany is one of the most influential European nations culturally, and one of the world's main economic powers. Known around the world for its precision engineering and high-tech products, it is equally admired by visitors for its old-world charm and "Gemütlichkeit" (cosiness). If you have perceptions of Germany as simply homogeneous, it will surprise you with its many historical regions and local diversity. 

Germany is an economic powerhouse boasting the largest economy of Europe, and is in spite of its relatively small population the second largest country of the world in terms of exports. 

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Darren Crocker

Darren is our country expert for Germany. He likes the country so much he lives there, and he's not even German...

Darren has travelled around the world and after a short stint back in Scotland he decided to move to Germany. Like a true backpacker he took to the country with zeal and has explored all that it has to offer, which helped him in writing this guide to Germany - give it a read. You won't be disappointed...