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What would be the best translation for

I have never been to Germany.

Would it be

Ich bin noch nie nach Deutschland gegangen.

or

Ich bin noch nie nach Deutschland gewesen.

?

Also, is the present perfect tense appropriate here?

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The latter is more right, though it should be in, not nach, since there is no concept of movement involved in German:

Ich bin noch nie in Deutschland gewesen.
Ich war noch nie in Deutschland.

As usual, perfect and preterite tenses are both possible, with preterite preferred in writing.

There is a famous song by Udo Jürgens called Ich war noch niemals in New York.

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What about using the present tense Ich bin noch nie in Deutschland? Would this give an incorrect meaning? –  Mika H. Oct 7 '13 at 18:21
    
@Mika H.: Noch nie requires a past tense. You could say Ich bin nie in Deutschland, which has a different meaning (general habit of not being in Germany). –  chirlu Oct 8 '13 at 2:19

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