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Hello, and welcome to the Culture File: Germany series at GermanPod101.com. In this series, we’re exploring essential information about Germany, German culture and German people. I’m Eric, and you're listening to Season 1, Lesson 20 - The Baltic Sea and the North Sea.
If you like swimming, there are two places we can recommend to you in Germany; the North Sea and the Baltic Sea.
The North Sea, or Nordsee is particularly interesting if you want to experience the flood, or Flut and low tides, or in German, Ebbe. The tides, or Gezeiten, aren't just nice to watch. During low tide at the North Sea, you can take a wonderful walk on the mud flats, or Wattenmeer, and at high tide you can walk along the dikes, or Deich. Alternatively, you can ignore the tides altogether and just sit back, laze around on the beach and enjoy the sun.
If you are more of a lazy beach type, you can go to the Baltic Sea, or Ostsee. German families with kids sometimes spend two or three weeks there during the summer holidays. When the weather is nice, many people rent canopied wicker beach chairs, or Strandkorb, and spend the whole day on the beach. Others enjoy bike tours, or play minigolf.
Whether it's the North Sea or the Baltic, people from the cities can go to these seas to encounter animals they otherwise wouldn’t get a chance to see. Besides seagulls, or Möwe, swans, and ducks, it's interesting to see the starfish, Seestern, jellyfish, Qualle, and seals, or Robbe in German.
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What are the best places to visit during the summer in your country?