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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Geography of Germany for Dummies - Part 1

Germany at it's largest is slightly smaller than the state of Montana.  I must say that size is relative though.  It really only matters here on a grand scale if you're not going to delve further into the details of a location.  I plan to delve in and gain some knowledge about where to find people, places and things in Germany, or at least be able to identify where I am headed.  I guess I am looking for a bearing or compass of sorts that can guide me to success in finding my family roots in this country.

By looking at a map, I can tell that Germany is a country in Central Europe stretching from the Alps in the south to the North Sea in the northwestern area of Germany and the Baltic Sea in the northeastern part of Germany.  The population of Germany is the second largest of any European country.  Germany's terrain consists of forested uplands in the central area to the low lands of northern Germany.  The major rivers are the Rhine, Danube, and Elbe.

When you peek at a map, you'll notice that Germany shares borders with at least 9 other European countries.  They probably also share several traditions with each and everyone of these close neighbors.  Their neighbors are Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands (Holland).  I am betting this why German food, especially the sweets, is so darn good.  I love German food myself.

So the above information gets me through the physical geography of Germany.  What about the political, cultural, and sociological geography of Germany?  I will cover some of this in my next post.

To be continued........................

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