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Lower Saxony

Lower Saxony lies in north-western Germany and is second in area and fourth in population among the sixteen Bundesländer (states) of Germany. In rural areas Low German is still spoken, but the number of speakers is declining.

Lower Saxony borders on (from north and clockwise) the North Sea, the states of Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia, Hesse and North Rhine-Westphalia, and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In total, Lower Saxony borders more neighboring states than any other federal state. The state of Bremen forms two enclaves within Lower Saxony, one being the city of Bremen, the other its seaport city of Bremerhaven. The state's principal cities include Hanover, Braunschweig, Osnabrück, Oldenburg, and Göttingen.

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"we would like to visit first week of december - how is the weather and what do you recommend? we are travelling with motorhome from Berlin to Emmen in Holland thanks" (posted 10/25/2014)

The question is not easily answered. The weather is rather unbestaendig in December in Lower Saxony. It may well be that in early December before the first snow falls. Usually the temperatures range between zero and ten degrees Celsius. With kind Regards. Wolfgang Köhler
Answer provided by Wolfgang Koehler on 10/25/2014
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Last winter place at relatively early, so we already had snow in early November. In any case, good winter tires should be (not all season tires) mounted on the motor home. If a visit to the higher lying regions are present, we would also recommend bringing snow chains.
Answer provided by Christian Eckardt on 10/27/2014
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We are happy to answer your question: They travel from Berlin to Emmen in the north of the Netherlands across northern Germany. In early December we have a very changeable weather in this region of Germany. It may already snowing heftigtst or freeze. But we've also had very mild, almost spring-like temperatures. Mostly, however, it is rainy, partly mixed with snow, but the remains are rare. We picures for this season winter tires. Although it is no requirement, however, there may be technical problems if it was an accident. We wish you for your trip from Berlin to the Netherlands all the best and above all an accident-free trip. House Uslar GmbH Ursula Even
Answer provided by Ursula Even on 10/25/2014
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At this time there in Northern Germany usually a mixture of cold and wet. In the Berlin area with continental climate and frequent easterly winds rather dry cold, the more one moves towards the Netherlands, the wetter it gets. Really strong frosts occur this time of year usually is not on, so is rather the end of December or the year is expected. Nevertheless, one should be prepared for this dangerous road location with the Caravan. And plan enough time for Berlin with its Christmas markets! Two hints for me: the not so well known, but really beautiful and not so everyday Christmas market with many technical and artistic stands at Dahlem in Zehlendorf; and of course the beautiful, but quite comercial Christmas market on Gendarmenmarkt. Have fun on your trip!
Answer provided by Katharina Kühnel on 10/26/2014
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Berlin - the reunified and reinvigorated capital of Germany; known for its division during the Cold War - and the Berlin Wall. Today its a metropolis of diversity with elegant clubs, galleries and traditional restaurants. It is also a haven for shoppers.

Bremen - one of the most important cities in northern Germany, its old town will be of interest to travelers who want a slice of history.

Cologne - Germany's fourth-largest city. Cologne was founded by the Romans and is 2000 years old with its huge cathedral, Romanesque churches, and archaeological sites. Cologne also well known for its carnival and its Christopher-Street-Day parade. Don't forget to try the local cuisine and of course the local beer, called "Kölsch".

Dresden - once called Florence on the Elbe, and world-famous for its Frauenkirche and historic center which was destroyed during the war, the city offers more than what the average traveller can expect: Great festivals, all kinds of cultural entertainment, vibrant night life, and surrounded by beautiful natural vistas. Dresden hosts the Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Dresden State Art Collections) which is one of the world's most impressive museums and collections. The art collections consist of eleven museums, of which the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister and the Grünes Gewölbe are the most well-known.

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Hamburg - Germany's second-largest city, famous for its harbour as well as its liberal and tolerant culture. Don't miss the Reeperbahn with its night clubs and casinos. Hamburg is also popular for its many musicals.

Hannover - One of Germany's newer tourist cities, having hosted various international events in recent times.

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