Germany is a Western European country with forests, rivers, mountain ranges and beaches on the North Sea. It has a history over 2,000 years old. Berlin, the capital, has a diverse art scene and nightlife, the Brandenburg Gate and many World War II sites. Munich is known for the Oktoberfest and beer halls such as the 16th century Hofbräuhaus. Frankfurt is the seat of the European Central Bank with its skyscrapers.
Belgium, a Western European state, is known for its medieval cities and renaissance architecture as well as the headquarters of the European Union and NATO. The country comprises the Dutch-speaking Flanders region in the north, French-speaking Wallonia in the south and a German-speaking community in the east. The bilingual capital of Brussels boasts magnificent guild houses on the Grand Place and elegant Art Nouveau buildings.