Interstate 270 runs through Germantown. The Washington Metro and MARC train also operate in the city making the commute in and out very easy.
The notable U.S. Department of Energy has its headquarters for the Office of Biological and Environmental Research in Germantown. The U.S. Atomic Energy Commission is also located within the U.S. Department Energy building. It was moved to Germantown from Washington, DC in 1958 as it was believed that the new location would be far enough from downtown DC to avoid any effects should there be a nuclear strike.
Germantown is served by Montgomery County Public Schools. It is home to over ten elementary schools, four middles schools, the Northwest High School Jaguars and the Seneca Valley High School Screaming Eagles.
There are a variety of parks and recreational areas suitable for the whole family. Black Hills Park makes it easy to take a weekend to go camping or out for a canoe ride on Lake Seneca Lake where you can also fish by permit. At Butlers Orchard you can shop for fresh fruit and vegetables in season or even pick your own produce yourself! In the fall, hayrides are very popular among families with children bringing in crowds from all over the county. The BlackRock Center for Arts is located in Downtown Germantown. BlackRock sponsors the Germantown Oktoberfest each year in celebration of its rich history. The annual festival is held every fall and includes various genres of music including German folk.