the Depths of Germany
From crystal clear lakes nestled in the Alps to numerous World War II wrecks to the north in the Baltic Sea, Germany has plenty of diving and is a great example of divers making the most of local aquatic resources..
Germany covers more than 350,000 square kilometres/137,500 square miles of central Europe. It’s a major European economic and political force with a population of more than 80 million and the country, and the tourists who visit, benefit from the associated infrastructure. There’s a great deal to do, from exploring many a modern metropolis and attending the world’s largest festival, Oktoberfest, to wandering through the Bavarian Forest National Park or mud hiking the UNESCO biosphere reserve of the Wadden Sea.
From a scuba diver’s point of view, what stands out is that no matter where you are or what you’re doing, there’s likely an underwater adventure waiting close by. With the exception of the Baltic Sea wrecks, most of these are freshwater dives, many at altitude in stunning surroundings.
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Visibility – Depending on location and time of year, from 3-18 metres/10-60 feet.
Water Temperature – Baltic dive conditions vary with water temperatures ranging from a low of 2° C/36° F in March to 20°C/68° F on the surface in summer. Alpine lakes can reach 15° C/60° F on the surface in summer but will be cold below the thermocline.
Weather – Varies significantly with location and altitude, check locally. Generally, cold winters and comfortable summers.
Featured Creatures – Expect to see the full range of European freshwater species such as pike, perch, carp, freshwater turbot, trout, char (which rival the most colorful marine species when in spawning regalia), eels, bream and chub.
Recommended Training – Take The PADI Deep Diver and PADI Wreck Diver coursesfor diving the deeper Baltic wrecks. The PADI Dry Suit Diver course is also a good choice.
Language – German. Most Germans know some English, especially in the tourist areas, but the country functions in German.
Currency – Euro (EUR). Credit cards are widely accepted.
Major Airports – The three largest are Frankfurt (FRA), Munich (MUC) and Düsseldorf (DUS).
Electricity and Internet – 230 volt 50 Hz. Type C plug. Internet service is widely available.
Topside Attractions – Explore Jasmund National Park where chalk cliffs plunge straight into the Baltic Sea and pristine forest beckon hikers. Wander through Lindau, near the Austrian, German and Swiss borders on Lake Constance and take in the medieval buildings that dot this popular tourist attraction. Join some six million visitors for Oktoberfest (which begins in September) and enjoy some Würstel, Knödel and German beer.
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