Wow! These are four countries that have made a huge contribution to world society. Germany: Centuries of acclaimed musisicans: Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Wagner, Stockhausen; Artists: Dürer, Grünewald, Marc, Dix; Art and Architectural Movements: Expressionism, Bauhaus; Authors: von Goethe, Mann, Hesse, and The Brothers Grimm! The genius Albert Einstein. Some of the finest motorcars ever manufactured: Porche, Volkswagen, and Mercedes-Benz. Don't forget famous German foods, such as Sauerbraten, Dumplings, and Black Forest Cake. And in religion, the Protestant Reformation of Martin Luther. On the dark side of Germany there is of course Adolph Hitler and the Nazis. The list in endless.
From Austria comes Mozart, Schubert, and Berg. Johann Strauss and the Viennese Waltz. Viennese Stained Glass from the Art Nouveau era. Sigmund Freud. Rainer Maria Rilke. Wiener Schnitzel.
Switzerland. A country of beautiful lakes and mountains. Swiss watches and Swiss Cheese. CERN. Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Johanna Spyri, the creator of the beloved children's book, Heidi.
With The Netherlands, (meaning "Low Country,"), we envision peaceful windmills and acres of gorgeous tulips and the clap of wooden shoes. But from this tiny country has come some of the world's great artists: Jan van Eyck, Rembrandt van Rijn, van Gogh, Mondriaan, M.C. Escher. One of the world's finest modern orchestras, The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. And the well-known Renaissance musician Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck. The Netherlands are sometimes referred to as Holland, but technically, that is only one particular region on the western coast of the country.
The reason I grouped them together is because I don't have that many book reviews pertaining to these individual countries. That may change at some point. But for now, this is the index where you can find books reviewed on this site that were written in any of these languages and translated into English, or books that pertain to any of these countries, for instance the setting of the story, or any other strong reference to the country, its people, art, culture, etc..