Situated in the north of Central Europe, Germany's diversity astounds the visitor. Discover fairytale castles, picturesque villages, crystal-clear lakes and snow-capped mountains, the mystical Black Forest and stunning Rhine River cruises. Germany's elegant cities are vibrant cultural and historical centres and their sidewalk cafés are the perfect place to sit down, relax and watch the world go by. Now is the time to travel to Germany and experience this beautiful and historic country in all its splendour.

Germany has the second largest population in Europe and is seventh largest in area. It has a total land area of 349,223 square kilometres and ranges greatly in elevation from the mountains of the Alps in the south to the shores of the North Sea in the northwest and the Baltic Sea in the northeast. Between these areas lie the forested uplands of central Germany and the low-lying lands of northern Germany, traversed by some of Europe's major rivers such as the Rhine, Danube and Elbe. Because of its central location, Germany shares its borders with more European countries than any other country on the continent. Its neighbours include Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Most of Germany has a temperate climate with humid westerly winds. The climate is moderated by the North Atlantic Drift, which results in warmer weather for the areas bordering the North Sea. As a result, the climate in the northwest and north is oceanic in nature, with year-round rainfall, mild winters and cool summers. In the east, the climate is certainly more continental - winters can be very cold, summers can be very warm and long dry periods are often recorded. Central and southern Germany are transition regions which vary from moderately oceanic to continental, with temperatures that can 30°C in summer months.

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