Drove through Germany and Austria with my dad for two weeks when I was 18. Just absolutely beautiful country. Cities are cities, though we received some of the most wonderful welcomes in Munich.I had to smile when I read your post. Your English is better than the English spoken and written than people born and raised in the U.S.A.
Don't be ashamed or shy about it.
I'm very impressed by the German people and their determination to make sure the past is not forgotten and to ensure "never again".
My wife has been to Austria twice and I'd love to visit Germany and Austria myself - to see the history and reminders and experience the hospitality there. (and the beer, of course)
German engineers are still among the best in the world and I worked with a German company to get our state agency VPN server and gateway set up. It was the best VPN software I'd ever seen and the support was beyond excellent.