The flag of Germany consists of three colored equal horizontal stripes. The stripes are black, red and gold from top to bottom. These three colors are the national colors of Germany, so it is appropriate that they are prominently displayed on the flag of Germany. The flag was adopted as the official flag of Germany in 1919; however, it is not the most famous flag in the country’s history.
What is unique about the flag of Germany is that it the country has historically had two competing color combinations; black/red/gold and black/red/white. Black, red and gold are associated with the modern day republican democracy government state and they symbolize freedom and unity. Black, red and white have been associated with the German empire and most notably, Nazi Germany.
Germany is one of the most famous countries in the history of the world. Germany is most famous for instigating two World Wars, Adolf Hitler, the Holocaust, and the Nazi party – but all of those things occurred over 70 years ago. Germany has not been a model world country since, however. The Berlin Wall, built in 1961, was constructed to stop East Germans from migrating to West Germany. The wall stood until 1989, and its fall has become a symbol of the demise of communism worldwide.
Today’s Germany is much different, however. With over 80 million residents, Germany is the most populated country in the European Union – not to mention it possesses the world’s fourth largest economy. The government has successfully transitioned to a Federal parliamentary constitutional republic. The capital city of Berlin is a unique city that boasts both historical landmarks and modern day technology. Germany is also member of various worldwide organizations as they look to turn around the public perception of their nation. Below is a map that shows where Germany is located in relation to other countries in Europe.
Landmarks & Historical Places
Berlin Wall – a dividing wall that surrounded Berlin and separated East and West Germany from 1961 to 1989. The Berlin Wall was actually built in only one day and remains the most historical landmark in the country.
Brandenburg Gate – one of the most meaningful places in the country. It is viewed as a symbol of the German reunification.
Neuschwanstein Castle – a 19th century palace that resembles a fairy tale castle.
The Reichstag Building – the building that houses the German government.