Eastern Germany – the part of Germany that was formally the German Democratic Republic or GDR (German: Deutsche Demokratische Republik or DDR) – covers an area of 108,333 km² (41,828 sq mi). The territory includes the German states of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Berlin, Brandenburg, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia.
Between the Baltic See (with the islands of Rügen, Usedom, Hiddensee and the peninsula Fischland-Zingst) in the north and the mountains (e.g. Harz, Thuringian Forest, Rhön, Ore Mountains, the Elbe Sandstone Mountains) in the south Eastern Germany is certainly worth more than one visit to explore its lakes, forests and old towns.
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