Neuschwanstein Castle has been voted Germany´s top sight

Neuschwanstein Castle most popular tourist destination in Germany

Bavaria's Neuschwanstein Castle has defended its place as Germany's top tourist destination, according to a new survey among foreign tourists.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, June 2014

Merkel and Steinmeier: Russia must cooperate or face implementation of substantial sanctions

On 23 July, German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her support for the conclusion reached by the Foreign Affairs Council meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels the day before, attended by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The ministers agreed that a substantial package of sanctions would be implemented should Russia fail to fulfil demands for cooperation swiftly and completely.

US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in March 2014

White House Chief of Staff McDonough and Head of German Federal Chancellery Altmaier in Berlin

Following a telephone conversation between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama on 15 July, Head of the German Federal Chancellery Peter Altmaier met with his US counterpart, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, in Berlin on 22 July to discuss issues regarding bilateral relations and future cooperation.

Merkel in late March 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel offers condolences to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak

On the morning of 23 July, German Chancellor Angela Merkel telephoned Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak to offer her condolences both to the Malaysian people and to the Prime Minister himself, who lost a close relative in the crash.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier at a press conference in Berlin earlier this year

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier condemns anti-Semitism

On 22 July, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier released a joint statement with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini, condemning recent anti-Semitic incidents in Europe and saying that these incidents "have no place in our societies."

German Foreign Minister Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier speaks to journalists at the EU foreign ministers' meeting in Brussels, 22 July 2014

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on MH17 disaster and situation in Ukraine

On 22 July, ahead of a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier made a statement on the MH17 disaster and the current situation in Ukraine, saying that Russia "has not fulfilled its obligations as we would wish", and calling for "increased pressure."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a press conference in Berlin, 18 July 2014.

Merkel and Steinmeier call on Putin to use influence in Ukraine

In a telephone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has once again called upon him to exert his influence on separatists in eastern Ukraine so that a meeting of the contact group - made up of representatives from the OCSCE, Ukraine and Russia - with the separatists can take place as soon as possible.

German President Joachim Gauck lays a wreath on the 20 July memorial plaque in the Bendlerblock, Berlin, 20 July 2014

70th anniversary of 20 July 1944 Hitler assassination attempt

On 20 July, the 70th anniversary of the 1944 attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler and topple the Third Reich was commemorated in Berlin.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, July 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel celebrates her 60th birthday

On 17 July, German Chancellor Angela Merkel celebrated her 60th birthday. Take a look at this article to learn more about Merkel's life and career up to now.

Ambassador Ammon at Farnborough International Airshow, 15 July 2014

German delegation visits Farnborough International Airshow

On 15 July, a German delegation headed by the Parliamentary Undersecretary of the German Ministry of Defence, Dr Ralf Brauksiepe, and the German Ambassador, Dr Peter Ammon, visited the Farnborough International Airshow in Hampshire - a major event in the international aersopace and defence industry calendar.

A firework display over the Rhine in Düsseldorf, celebrating the city's annual Japan Day

Visiting Germany

Planning a holiday? Take a look at the huge range of destinations Germany has to offer - our special feature is crammed with ideas on where to go and what to do.

Ambassador Peter Ammon

Ambassador Peter Ammon

Dr Peter Ammon is the German Ambassador to the Court of St. James's.

Commemorating World War One


2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One. Here you can find a collection of informative websites about events in Germany and beyond, as well as speeches and articles by German politicians and international figures.

300 Years of British-German Royal Ties

'Kings and Queens, House of Hanover' Presentation Pack

The 300th Anniversary of this British-German royal link in 2014 will be celebrated by numerous events in Britain and Germany.