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Geography of GermanyGermany comprises three geographical regions: the north German plain, the central highlands, and the south central Alps. The northern plain is watered by the Elbe, Weser, and Oder Rivers; it includes the industrial centers of Hamburg, Bremen, Hanover, and Kiel. The capital city of Berlin lies in the east, as do the former East German cities of Leipzig, Dresden, and Magdeburg. Germany's northwest includes the industrialized cities of Cologne, Essen, and Dusseldorf.
The cities of Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart, and Nuremberg, as well as the Harz Mountains, comprise the central highlands. Frankfurt, a cosmopolitan city situated along the Main river in western Germany, is an important business center and boasts a spectacular skyline. Munich, a popular tourist destination in southern Germany, mingles urban sophistication and haute cuisine with Bavarian folk traditions like Lederhosen and Black Forest cake. Southern Germany borders Switzerland and lays claim to the impressive Bavarian Alps. The famous Black Forest, one of Germany's greatest attractions, is also located in the south.
The Capital of GermanyBerlin, which is also Germany's largest city, is located along the banks of the River Spree. At the end of World War II, the virtually destroyed Berlin was divided into four sections: British, French, U.S., and Soviet. When East Germany was established, the Soviet sector of Berlin became East Berlin, and the rest was West Berlin. The famous Berlin Wall dividing the city was erected in 1961, where it remained until East and West Germany reunited. Today, parts of the Berlin Wall remain as a monument.
Germany Travel Information
Germany features picturesque small towns, elegant cities with a wealth of art museums and culture, and castles along the Rhine River. In south central Germany, the traveler can find serene farmland, stately forests, and beautiful mountainous landscapes. Germany's attractions range from the Alps and quaint architecture to historic castles and authentic German food. Germany's highest point is Zugspitze at 9,721 feet (2,963 meters).
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