Landscape of Central and Northern Germany53.5N 11.0E
This image focuses on northern and central Germany, a country in northern Europe with an area of 137,882 sq mi (357,114 sq km) and a population (2009 est.) of 82,000,000. The capital is Berlin. Here, parts of Denmark and Sweden are also visible to the north, as are parts of Poland to the east.
The land in Germany is generally flat in the north and hilly in the northeast and central region, rising to the Bavarian Alps in the south. The Rhine River basin dominates the central and western part of the country; other important rivers include the Elbe, Danube, and Oder.