Germany is set in the north of central Europe, bordering Denmark, Poland, the Netherlands, and Belgium in the north and France, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, and Czechia in the south. It has many different regional landscapes, each with particular features of intrigue. Its capital, Berlin, is a cultural hub with many museums and notably historical sites. Munich in the southern part of the country is home to Oktoberfest and serves as a gateway to the elevated terrain of Bavaria.
Germany is a large country, so the weather can vary greatly. The high altitude locations have a colder mountain climate that can drop into negative temperatures. The summers tend to be warm and predominantly moderate, with cool winters. Extreme temperatures are rare, though they have been known to occur.
Flying into Berlin is one of the easiest routes into the country, though it is located in the northeast. Munich is also home to a large international airport for southern adventures. Trains make access to slightly smaller destinations relatively easy, from Hamburg in the north to Stuttgart, Rosenheim, and Garmisch in the south. Roads are available for simple driving, even from cities in Austria like Salzburg and Innsbruck.
Germany is a year-round destination. If you are looking for winter activities, you will want to visit from December to April, and hikes can last from the spring all the way into late fall. Depending on the weather and precipitation, you can usually find what you’re looking for.
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