Germany’s culture is extremely diverse and different from other countries, which in large parts, is owed to the fact that Germany has not been shaped by centuries of a central power. Since basically the times of Charlemagne, Germany, as we know it today, has politically been fragmented into many autonomous states which each have been ruled by independent sovereigns. The Holy Roman Empire, which encompassed most of German speaking Europe, might have been the closest scheme of providing a sense of German belonging.
Architecture is a unique tool to measure to a country’s heritage and can be admired everywhere. Impressive cathedrals and churches all across the land all bear witness to the many historic events having taken place here.
The Hanseatic League was a huge German-speaking trading alliance, founded in the 12th century, and connecting basically the Rhineland to England and Russia by controlling the entire North Sea and the Baltic.
Reaching back another 130.000 years into the ice age, one of the first specimens of the Neanderthal, the “Homo neanderthalensis” was discovered in the Neander valley near Dusseldorf. The local exhibition allows for a great and fun time travel through 4 million years of human history.