Germany, with its rich and ancient culture, is a land of contrasts. Cultural treasures of international renown such as Sanssouci Palace or Wurzburg Residence, medieval cities including Rothenburgob der Tauber and Bamberg, unique natural and man-made landscapes such as the Wadden Sea flats and the Alps, but also modern creations like the port of Hamburg, the many testimonies to the industrial era or the skyline of Frankfurt am Main are among Germany's many attractions. Over 250 inspiring photographs capture the essence of this country at the heart of Europe. Each page spread is accompanied by informative texts which provide a stimulating background read. Hundreds of carefully selected websites provide additional information for the most spectacular sights. Dedicated 14 page atlas section enables readers to locate cities, key landmarks, cultural monuments, national parks and much more through a series of specially designed symbols.