The countryside

The countryside

German landscapes are extremely diverse. Low and high mountain ranges alternate with plateaus, hills, mountains and lakes and vast plains. From north to south, Germany is divided into five great landscapes:

The North German lowlands characterize lake-rich, hilly landscapes around the Lower Rhine, the Westphalian and the Saxon-Thuringian Bay. The coasts are preceded by numerous stunningly beautiful islands in the North Sea, such as Sylt. The most beautiful island in the Baltic Sea is Rügen.

Esat Germany fetures among others the Bavarian Forest, the Fichtelgebirge and the Ore Mountains. On the edge of the Upper Rhine Plain in the West, lie the Black Forest, the Spessart and the Swabian Alb.

The southern German foothills of the Alps are characterized by hills and large lakes in the south, as well as wide gravel plains, the Lower Bavarian hill country and the Danube lowlands.

Characteristic of this landscape are moor areas, hillocks with lakes (Lake Chiemsee, Lake Starnberg, Lake Tegernsee) and small quaint villages.

The German part of the Alps between Lake Constance and Berchtesgaden covers only a small part of this mountain range. It is limited to the Allgäu Alps (with Pure Germany's head office in Memmingen), the Bavarian Alps and the Berchtesgaden Alps.

Embedded in the mountains of the Alps are picturesque lakes, such as the Königssee at Berchtesgaden, and popular resorts such as Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Mittenwald.