Did you know that Germany is only half as large as Texas? Still, our population is about 2,5 times as large. There are about 82 billion of us and many large cities such as Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, and Frankfurt.
Notwithstanding the modest size, Germany is strategically located in the heart of Europe with relatively short distances and plenty to see. The northern shores are bathed by North and Baltic Sea. Would you have thought that beach tourism and water sports are immensely popular despite of the rather Northern location? Indeed, we are looking at the same latitude of Canadian Edmonton or Russian Novosibirsk. Northern Europe owes its mild climate to the Gulf Stream. In fact, the weather in our Northern metropolis Hamburg is quite like that of London.
In the South, the snow-capped Alps form a natural barrier to the Mediterranean Sea and attract all kinds of winter sports. Our country’s highest mountain is called Zugspitze. Rising 2962 metres above the sea, it is equally high as Mt. Olympus in Greece or twice as high as Scottish Ben Nevis.
Central Germany is characterised by rolling hills and low mountain ranges such as the Black Forest. Thanks to the high degree of urbanization, there is lots of breathing room, stunning nature, dreamy valleys, and historical sites. Did you know that we have more castles than any other country?
Granted, competition from our neighbour France is tough. When will you come to see for yourself?
Photos by Stefan Gehrhardt
1 – Baltic Sea in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
2 – Potsdam Sanssouci Park, Brandenburg
3 – Berlin Potsdamer Platz “Festival of Light”
4 – Görlitz Upper Lusatian Library of Sciences, Saxony
5 – Quedlinburg, Saxony-Anhalt
6 – Basteibrücke, Sächsische Schweiz, Saxony
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