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Bavarian Alps


Germany (German: Deutschland), officially the Federal Republic of Germany (German: Bundesrepublik Deutschland (help·info)), is a country located in Central Europe. It is bordered to the north by the North Sea, Denmark, and the Baltic Sea, to the east by Poland and the Czech Republic, to the south by Austria and Switzerland, and to the west by France, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Background Information
The state now known as Germany was unified as a modern nation-state only in 1871, when the German Empire, dominated by the Kingdom of Prussia, was forged. This began the German Reich, usually translated as "empire", but also meaning "kingdom", "domain" or "realm."
Germany's climate is temperate overall, and marine in the northern reaches; characterized by cool, cloudy, wet winters and summers and occasional warm föhn winds. The greater part of Germany lies in the cool/temperate climatic zone in which humid westerly winds predominate.

In the northwest and the north the climate is extremely oceanic, subject to active Baltic Sea spawned fogs and-or low clouds and some significant rain falls nearly all the year round, so winters there are relatively mild and summers comparatively cool due to the influece of the Baltic.

In the east the climate shows clear continental features; winters can be very cold for long periods, and summers can become very warm, and long dry periods are often recorded.

In the centre and the south there is a transitional climate (i.e. a mix) which may be predominantly oceanic or continental, according to the general seasonal prevailing wind patterns influencing the local weather situation.

Brandebourg Door, Berlin
Bavarian Alps
Map of Germany