Following years of putting itself back together again, Germany and its visitors are reaping the rewards of unity.
Huge investments in infrastructure and services are not only erasing the Cold War dividing lines, scars caused by the Second World War are also finally disappearing. A lot has changed, yet chances are that repeat visitors will still find the things they always liked - the restaurant serving huge helpings of sauerbraten or the biergarten with litre upon litre of lager and wheat beer.
Germany wears its riches well: elegant big-city charm, small picture-postcard towns, pagan-inspired harvest festivals, a wealth of art and culture and the perennial pleasures of huge tracts of forest, delightful castles and fine wine and beer are all there for the savouring.
Deep in the heart of Europe, Germany has had a seminal impact on Continental history. From Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire to Otto von Bismarck's German Reich, Nazism and the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall, no other nation has moulded Europe the way Germany has - for better or worse.