Officially the Federal Republic of Germany (German: Bundesrepublik Deutschland), is a country in Central Europe, 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.
Germany as a holiday destination may be a lot more than you imagined. There is something for everyone, within its borders are a portion of the Alps, the famous Rhine and Danube rivers with charming river cruises, the Black Forest, the traditional Oktoberfest and Christmas markets to the cultural hotbed of Berlin and the thrill of skiing or snowboarding in the Alps.
From the UK the direct ferry crossing to Germany will take you in to Cuxhaven in northern Germany. From here you reach the city of Hamburg in a reasonable time, where you can experience the famous Reeperbahn and St. Pauli quarter, enjoy a harbour cruise in the canals, or relax in one of the city's many parks.
Germany is a democratic parliamentary federal republic, made up of 16 states (Bundesländer), which in certain spheres act independently of the federation. Historically consisting of several sovereign states with their own history, distinct German tribe dialects, culture and religious beliefs, Germany was unified as a nation state amidst the Franco-Prussian War in 1871.
The Federal Republic of Germany is a member state of the United Nations, NATO, the G8 and the G4 nations, and is a founding member of the European Union. It is the European Union's most populous and most economically powerful member state.
The North Sea and the Baltic Sea represent additional National Borders in the North. Since reunification Germany has resumed its role as a major centre country between Scandinavia in the north and the Mediterranean region in the south, as well as between the Atlantic west and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. If you depart from the Scandinavian countries you may wish to book a Ferry to Germany’s eastern regions, Kiel, Travemunde, Rostock with Ferry Travels.
In the east the climate shows clear continental features with summers that can become very warm. With arrival in Rostock or Sassnitz, you are within reach of the German capital Berlin. Many of the governmental institutions, ministries as well as embassies were moved to Berlin from Bonn (now Federal City of Bonn), the former capital of West Germany, in 1999. Berlin is the current highlight for tourists not only as a place for hip events like the Love Parade, but also as a first-grade cultural metropolis like the Philharmonics, or the Berlin Film Festival "Berlinale".
The greater part of Germany lies in the cool/temperate climatic zone in which humid westerly winds predominate. In the north-west and the north the climate is oceanic and rain falls all year round. Winters there are relatively mild and summers tend to be comparatively cool, even though temperatures can reach above 30 degrees Celsius (86 °F) for prolonged periods of time.
Much further south you will find Munich with its alpine character and Mediterranean verve. The city has plenty of beer gardens for a cooling drink and of course also haute cuisine restaurants, operas and much more. In the central part and the south there is a transitional climate which varies from moderately oceanic to continental, depending on the location. Hot summers with temperatures about 30 degrees Celsius (86 °F) are possible.
There are around 150 scenic routes throughout. Why not discover Germany along the "German Castle Road", the "German Fairytale Road" or maybe the "Romantic Road". Whatever your interest, the Scenic Routes can help you to a fun and exciting vacation, so book your ferry ticket with Ferry Travels.