After a turbulent twentieth century, Germany is back where it belongs. It’s over twenty years since Europe’s most populated country unified and you can’t avoid the atmosphere of renewal and renewed national pride on the streets. Modern Germany is the beating heart of cool Europe and a superb place to study.
German culture is truly unique. The land that gave us the diverse delights of Goethe, Kraftwerk and the brothers Grimm is now as well known for its world-leading underground club culture as its traditional underground beer keller culture. In young Germany, old traditions flourish alongside the new.
Hip Berlin has probably the most vibrant art scene in Europe as young creatives flood to the city in search of cheap studio space and likeminded people. A city that spent much of the last century living as two now draws people from all over the world to study, live and revel in the cultural buzz. Other major cities have strong individual identities. Hamburg is cosmopolitan and thrives on close ties to Scandinavia. Munich, in Bavaria, is the de facto home of beer and has a distinct arts scene from Berlin. Heidelberg is one of the great cities of science. Freiburg is a pioneer in eco-friendly living; an enlightened university city where bicycles are the preferred mode of transport. Be sure to try the local white wines.
Germany is not just about fantastic towns. The countryside, particularly as you approach the Alps in Bavaria, is striking. Lake Constance attracts water sports enthusiasts from three countries for action packed holidays. The Germans are a sporty bunch and love heading out to the countryside for the fresh air. Why not join them? Learn German in Germany with ESL and enjoy one of Europe’s great nations on your own terms.