Walking Across Europe is superb so get on your walking boots to see the region at its very best and really get away from it all.
Germany is located in central Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, between the Netherlands and Poland, south of Denmark. The coastline of Germany extends more than 2,000 km. Lying from its northern border with Denmark to the Alps in the south (853 km) and from the Belgian-German border in the west to the Polish frontier in the east (650 km), Germany is the seventh-largest European country. No wonder that the topography varies quite dramatically.
In the North Germany is flat, lowland terrain is full of bogs, rivers and streams, and is mostly used as farmland. The North Sea coastline is low, marshy wet land, with dikes, mudflats and scattered islands. The Baltic Sea is hillier with some jagged cliffs. Rugen, Germany’s largest island, is forested and rather hilly with steep cliffs and sandy beaches.
In the Central Germany the land rises into the forested uplands. Major landforms here include the volcanic in origin Harz Mountains and the thickly wooded Rothaargebirge Mountains.
Further south the rounded hills and mountains of the Eifel and Huynsruck uplands front the Rhine River Valley. Moving eastward through Germany, the Vogelsberg Mountains, Rhon Plateau (or Mts.) and Thuringian Forest are the dominate features. The uplands continue eastward, eventually rising into the Ore Mountains on the Czech Republic border. In the far south the land remains mostly hilly, with heavily forested mountains. The Bohemian Forest covers a lower mountain range along the Czech Republic border, and along the country’s border with the Rhine River and France stands the thick, full of legends Black Forest.
The highest mountains in Germany stretch across its southern border with Austria. Snow covered Zugspitze, the mountain of the Bavarian Alps, is Germany’s highest point. Also, the most beautiful, picturesque Lake Constance is located in the southern part of Germany, along the Swiss border.
Rising in the Alps of Switzerland, the longest Germany’s river Rhine stretches in the western part of Germany. Another river of note is the Danube, which rises in the Black Forest and stretches across central Europe all the way to the Black Sea. Thanks to a large series of man-made canals, there is a network of rivers, used for commercial and local traffic, and by large fleets of cruising riverboats and charter barges.
So, as you see, it’s incredibly interesting to travel across the whole Germany, as the sights will change from a coastal terrain and plain valleys in the north to thick forests and spectacular mountain ranges in the south.