Germany’s geography at a glance
Germany’s area covers over 357,137 square kilometres. From the North Sea and the Baltic coasts in the north, to diverse landscapes in the interior of the country including lush forests, riverscapes and lake scenery, the central uplands or urban regions, down to the Alps in the south, adjacent to Austria and Switzerland. Here, you also find the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain at 2,963 metres. The longest river in the country is the Rhine, flowing through Germany over a distance of 865 kilometres.
German cities, culture and events
The capital and the country’s biggest city is Berlin with 3.4 million residents. Other major cities are Hamburg (1.8 million), Munich (1.3 million) and Cologne (1.1 million). There are over 10,000 diverse cities in Germany. You can look forward to vibrant metropolises, modern architecture, historical attractions and a lot more.
Get to know Germany’s world of wonder: Castles, parks and gardens invite you to romantic tours and wonderful discoveries. The castle of Neuschwanstein, Herrenchiemsee Palace or the English Garden in Munich – not only in Bavaria but also in all other parts of Germany you will discover unique sights.
Apart from the cities and attractions, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to learn about old traditions or to try delicacies from grandmother’s kitchen. Taste the culinary specialities, be inspired by traditional crafting at festivals and markets or visit one of the various museums to take a journey through time travel to the beginning of pioneering inventions like the automobile, the tramway or the bicycle.
Be it theatre plays, concerts, festivals, exhibitions or fairs – in Germany, there is always something going on. Here you can find exciting events.
Leisure and recreation
Germany offers you diverse nature and interesting landscapes. In the numerous nature reserves, biospheres and national parks you can experience unique flora and fauna. By foot, on horseback, by bicycle or on a boat – there are many ways to explore protected landscapes, enjoy the biodiversity and relax.
You like to hike? Then Germany is the right place for you. The country offers you routes of different categories, with waymakers throughout 200,000 kilometres of trails featuring mountains, cities, seas, lakes, forests and lots more besides. You prefer to cycle? No problem. You can discover Germany’s tourist highlights in the cities and romantic routes through nature on more than 200 cycle tracks covering an overall distance of 70,000 kilometres. There is too much variety to stay at home!
No matter whether you favour a city trip, a nature tour or something different, you will find the right accommodation for your needs anywhere in Germany. From camping sites to holiday apartments or luxurious hotels – Germany impresses with high standards and a wide range of possibilities. Jugendherbergen (youth hostels) are also popular accommodation for travellers in Germany, with especially attractive offers for young travellers, groups and families. Nevertheless, everyone is welcome to stay – regardless of age.
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Deutsche Jugendherbergen - German Youth Hostels