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Germany , officially known as the Federal Republic of Germany , is a federal parliamentary republic in western-central Europe. It consists of 16 states and its capital and largest city is Berlin. The total area of Germany is 357,021 square kilometres (137,847 sq mi) and it has a largely temperate seasonal climate. The fact that it has 80.6 million inhabitants ranks Germany as the most populated member state in the European Union. In addition, it is the major economic and political power of the European continent and a historic leader in many cultural, theoretical and technical domains.

Motto: "Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit" (German) "Unity and Justice and Freedom" (unofficial)

Geography: Located in the centre of Europe, Germany is made up of the North German Plain, the Central German Uplands (Mittelgebirge), and the Southern German Highlands. The Bavarian plateau in the southwest measures an average of 1,600 ft (488 m) above sea level, but it reaches 9,721 ft (2,962 m) in the Zugspitze Mountains, which is the highest point in the country. It is a country with plenty of rivers, and the most important are the Danube, the Elbe, the Oder, the Weser, and the Rhine.

Tourist attractions

Towns and cities – from big nights out to romantic old quarters

Germany's towns and cities caters for all tastes and ages – visitors can choose from the big city buzz or the impressive architecture, the historic sites or the overflowing shopping streets, the charming medieval buildings or the entertaining nightlife.

Every day, Germany's big cities and romantic towns are just waiting to be discovered.

The Historic Highlights of Germany & Magic Cities

The Historic Highlights of Germany offer a remarkable mix of traditional and modern. They are among Germany's most important destinations for anyone interested in discovering the country’s history, culture, business and academia.

The Magic Cities lead the way for urban breaks in Germany. Tourists can discover the maritime atmosphere in Hamburg "Maritime City" or the original fashion scene in Berlin "City of cool". Düsseldorf "City of fashion" is the perfect destination for shopping; Dresden "City of culture" abounds in baroque splendour. A visit to leading international trade fairs in Hannover "City of innovation" will certainly offer memorable moments, together with the Christmas market in Nürnberg "City of history". Visitors can also discover Bach, books and art nouveau architecture in Leipzig "City of music". Other remarkable things to see, worth including in an itinerary, are: the Alps in Munich "City of lifestyle", the traditional German cider in Frankfurt "City of art", the musicals in Stuttgart "City of cars" and chocolate in Cologne "City of exuberance".

Europa-Park: Germany's biggest theme park

Europa-Park offers extraordinary adventures and an unforgettable day out for all the family. More than 100 attractions and international shows located within areas themed on 13 European countries promise thrills, excitement and plenty of memorable moments. Rheinberg is a town in the district of Wesel, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated on the left bank of the Rhine, approx. 10 km (6.2 miles) north of Moers and 15 km (9.3 miles) south of Wesel. Prince Rupert of the Rhine ( acquired military skill fighting alongside the Protestant Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange at the Siege of Rheinberg in 1633. A century later the Battle of Rheinberg was fought on 12 June 1758, during the Seven Years War. It is the home town of the supermodel Claudia Schiffer, who still sometimes resides in Xanten, a historic town located about 15 km (9.3 miles) away from Rheinberg.


The Amplonius-Gymnasium is a general secondary school situated in Rheinberg. As our school is the only school like that in the nearer area, we have lot of students from all surroundig villages. We teach a large amount of subjects so that our students gain general knowledge in different scientific fields. After having successfully finished the education at our school, they have the right to study at each kind of university.

Our school is situated in the countryside, next to a huge industrial area in which unemployment is one of the basic problems. Our students are confronted with a lack of prospects for the future - a fact they hardly realise. Big companies near our village are running out of business, more and more people become unemployed. In Rheinberg and among our students there is a gap between those who are well-off and those who suffer from poverty and unemployment, but are trying to hide that because they feel ashamed in front of their wealthy classmates. The project will help the students to become aware of social and economical differences starting in their own school, continuing in the surrounding areas and leading towards Europe.

Furthermore they live in a small village so that an orientation towards Europe and towards intercultural matters and global issues ist missing in their everyday lives. Creating awarness of cultural diversity and at the same time creating a feeling of sharing a common problem in Europe will be an imprortat aspect of our work.

Our aim is to change that indifferent attitude towards social problems and to give them a general idea of how to arrange their future lives.