Germany is a Western European nation with a scene of woods, streams, mountain reaches and North Sea shorelines. It has more than 2 centuries of history. Berlin, its capital, is home to art and nightlife scenes, the Brandenburg Gate and numerous locales identifying with WWII. Munich is known for its Oktoberfest and lager lobbies, including the sixteenth century Hofbräuhaus. Frankfurt, with its high rises, houses the European Central Bank.