Germany is a Western European country with a landscape of forests, rivers, mountain ranges and North Sea beaches. It has over 2 millennia of history. Berlin, its capital, is home to art and nightlife scenes, the Brandenburg Gate and many site s relating to WWII. Munich is known for its Oktoberfest and beer halls, including the 16th-century Hofbräuhaus. Frankfurt, with its skyscrapers, houses the European Central Bank.Europa-Park
Europa-Park is a theme park and the largest in Germany, and the second most popular theme park resort in Europe, following Disneyland Paris. Europa-Park is located in Rust, in south-western Germany, between Freiburg and Strasbourg,
Hamburg, a major port city in northern Germany, is connected to the North Sea by the Elbe River. It’s crossed by hundreds of canals, and also contains large areas of parkland. Near its core, Inner Alster lake is dotted with boats and surrounded by cafes. The city’s central Jungfernstieg boulevard connects the Neustadt (new town) with the Altstadt (old town), home to landmarks like 18th-century St. Michael’s Church.
- Miniatur Wunderland :-
Although billed as the world’s largest model railway, Hamburg’s Miniatur Wunderland is really much more than simply a toy train layout. This stunning new attraction is the world’s largest model railway, boasting more than 12,000 meters of track and 890 trains. Built on a truly massive scale, it covers 1,150 square meters with more planned (it will be double this size when completed). Highlights include areas dedicated to the USA, Scandinavia, and Germany, as well as an airport with planes that actually take off, all of it illuminated by more than 300,000 lights and containing some 200,000 tiny (and unique) human figures.
- Speicherstadt :-
The Speicherstadt is the world’s largest warehouse complex located in the port of Hamburg, within the HafenCity quarter. A city in itself, the district extends over 26 hectares and comprises of 17 building complexes, each seven to eight stories high, with more than 300,000 square meters of storage area. For over a hundred years, these warehouses have held high-value goods such as coffee, tea, cocoa, spices, tobacco, and, in recent decades, oriental carpets. Small outbuildings, which are connected by roads, waterways and bridges, functioned as offices. The building’s Neo-Gothic red-brick outer facade features richly ornamented brickwork, alcoves, and glazed terra cotta ornaments that bear witness to the city’s economic prosperity. Since 1991, the unique district has been given historic monument protection, Just recently.
- Rathaus :-
The German harbour city is a real delight to visit. Such a beautiful central district with great shopping experiences, a delight of restaurants and beautiful buildings. It is true that I love my visits to this city. Sadly tourism can often only highlight the Reeperbahn as a main attraction.
The building is so striking in the heart of the city it is a must not miss attraction.
On the latest count the building has at least 647 rooms, more than Buckingham Palace. I say at least because the Town Hall of Hamburg could have more. The most recent room was discovered by chance in 1971.
The Rathaus Hamburg is not only striking but is beside the Hamburg Rathausmarkt, a large market square. I’ve seen this square used for wine festivals and an annual Christmas Market in Hamburg so it is well utilised.
- Berlin :- (Capital of Germany)
Berlin, Germany’s capital, dates to the 13th century. Reminders of the city’s turbulent 20th-century history include its Holocaust memorial and the Berlin Wall’s graffitied remains. Divided during the Cold War, its 18th-century Brandenburg Gate has become a symbol of reunification. The city’s also known for its art scene and modern landmarks like the gold-colored, swoop-roofed Berliner Philharmonie, built in 1963.
- Potsdamer Platz :-
Pre-World War II, Potsdamer Platz was Berlin’s main plaza and a bustling one at that – but the ensuing wars left it ravaged. After the Berlin Wall fell and the Cold War ended, companies like Sony and Daimler moved in and built their headquarters on the square, thus revitalizing the area.
But global companies weren’t the only ones credited with rejuvenating the plaza: Attractions like the Deutsche Kinemathek, a museum dedicated to German film and TV, the Boulevard der Stars – Berlin’s answer to the Hollywood Walk of Fame – as well as the Theater am Potsdamer Platz, the largest show stage in Berlin, also set up shop. Families will enjoy the nearby LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Berlin and a sizeable mall – Potsdamer Platz Arkaden. Plus, with a casino and Berlin’s largest movie theater, the entertainment possibilities are nearly endless.
- Brandenburg Gate :-
The Brandenburg Gate is a military monument that has come to symbolize peace and unity. Here are a few facts about the iconic monument that you probably won’t know.
It’s one of the most iconic scenes of recent German history: Hundreds of thousands of people celebrating before the Brandenburg Gate as the Berlin Wall fell on November 9th 1989.
The Gate has now come to represent German unity and freedom since the end of the Cold War and divided country. It holds great “symbolic value” for Germany, Christian Tänzler, a spokesperson
Construction of the Brandenburg Gate started in 1778 and it officially opened in 1791. The decorations, including bas-relief scenes depicting Greek mythology took another four years to complete.
The gate has five passages. The central and widest one was reserved for the royals; the adjacent passages were for use of the aristocracy while ordinary citizens were only allowed to use the outer two.
- Museum Island :-
Museumsinsel (or Museum Island) is the name given to a clump of five museums, the Baroque-style Berliner Dom cathedral and large gardens clustered on a tiny island in the River Spree. Built between 1830 and 1930, each museum presents a different aspect of German history and art.
When you visit, see if you can guess which museum hangs which art; there’s the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery), the Altes Museum (Old Museum), the Neue Museum (New Museum), the Bode Museum and the very popular Pergamonmuseum.
Recent travelers said that even if you don’t have time to explore all of the museums, the architecture of the buildings and the well-managed gardens are perfect for a stroll or outdoor picnic.
Munich, Bavaria’s capital, is home to centuries-old buildings and numerous museums. The city is known for its annual Oktoberfest celebration and its beer halls, including the famed Hofbräuhaus, founded in 1589. In the Altstadt (Old Town), central Marienplatz square contains landmarks such as Neo-Gothic Neues Rathaus (town hall), with a popular glockenspiel show that chimes and reenacts stories from the 16th century.
- Allianz Arena Stadium
Sports fans who’ve ever wondered if football (soccer) is popular in Munich need only visit Allianz Arena Stadium, which seats more than 75,000 spectators who want to see one of the city’s two teams take the field. The stadium replaced the city’s Olympic stadium beginning with the 2005-2006 season. The stadium, which hosted the World Cup finals in 2006, is known for its panels that change colors, depending on which team is playing and the type of match, i.e., local or national, being played.
- BMW Welt & Museum:-
BMW is known for its fast cars and motorcycles; what better place to learn more about them than BMW Welt and the BMW museum. BMW Welt is a place to see and gain knowledge of the company’s latest product offerings. BMW Welt also sells auxiliary accessories and parts for their vehicles, and hosts exhibitions of their latest models. It’s located near Olympic Park; park ticket holders can get a discount on BMW Welt admission. The nearby BMW Museum has exhibits tracing the history of these famous two- and four-wheeled vehicles. Many old cars and motorcycles are on display along a spiral ramp that curls along the inside of the bowl-shaped building.
- Olympic Park:-
Home to the 1972 Summer Olympics, Munich’s spectacular Olympic Park covers an area of some 2.7 million square meters on the Oberwiesenfeld, a former training ground for the Royal Bavarian army. Now a major recreational center, this huge facility hosts a variety of major concerts and events, including the Tollwood Festival, held twice per year (in summer and winter) and attracting upwards of one-and-a-half million visitors. A number of fun family activities have been introduced over the years, including a stadium roof climb, zip lining, and behind-the-scenes tours showcasing the facility’s splendid architecture and design. Also of interest is the Olympic Tower, a 290-meter-high television tower built in 1968 that was renamed in honor of the Games. Of its two Körbe (pods), it’s the Aussichtskorb you’ll want to visit due to its fine revolving restaurant and viewing platforms offering breathtaking views over the city.
Dresden, capital of the eastern German state of Saxony, is distinguished by the celebrated art museums and classic architecture of its reconstructed old town. Completed in 1743 and rebuilt after WWII, the baroque church Frauenkirche is famed for its grand dome. The Versailles-inspired Zwinger palace houses museums including Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, exhibiting masterpieces of art like Raphael’s “Sistine Madonna.”
- Dresden Frauenkirche
Dresden’s spectacular Frauenkirche is one of the most remarkable reconstruction projects ever to have taken place in Germany, if not the world. Completed in 1743, the spectacular Baroque original was considered one of the most beautiful churches in Europe. After its destruction during allied bombing in 1945, the ruins of the old building were catalogued and stored for use in its reconstruction. After the reunification of Germany in 1990, plans to rebuild developed rapidly, and when it reopened in 2005, nearly 4,000 original stones had been included. Topping it all – and as a symbol of international goodwill – was a gold cross provided by Great Britain, whose bombers had wrought much of the devastation. A highlight of a visit is the ascent to the top of the Dome with its wonderful views of the richly decorated interior as well as over the Neumarkt, the city’s main square. The cathedral also hosts 180 concerts and musical events each year and has an exhibition hall detailing the reconstruction project. Guided tours are available.
- Zwinger :-
A collaboration between the architect Matthäus Pöppelmann and the sculptor Balthasar Permoser, the Zwinger was built between 1710 and 1728 on the orders of Augustus the Strong, who having returned from seeing Louis XIV’s palace at Versailles, wanted something similar for himself. Primarily a party palace for royals, the Zwinger has ornate portals that lead into the vast fountain-studded courtyard, which is framed by buildings lavishly festooned with evocative sculpture. Today it houses three superb museums within its baroque walls.
- Panometer :- The gasometer at first seems like an odd place to showcase art, but for a panorama showcase, its brilliant. The Dresden exhibit is housed in the 1879 telescopic gas holder, a conical building 128 ft. tall and 177 ft. in diameter. The circular shape inside lends well to the needs of a massive 360º painting whose dimensions measure 89 ft. in height and 344 ft. in circumference. Viewed from a platform that rises up from the center of the building, the Asisi’s panorama depicts the 1756 skyline of Dresden, with aspects both historically accurate and artistically rendered, and the music of Belgian composer Eric Babak assists in delivering you to the baroque setting. Along the outer wall, city maps and original 18th and 19th century drawings of the city are exhibited alongside more of Asisi’s work.
Cologne, a 2,000-year-old city spanning the Rhine River in western Germany, is the region’s cultural hub. A landmark of High Gothic architecture set amid reconstructed old town, the twin-spired Cologne Cathedral is also known for its gilded medieval reliquary and sweeping river views. The adjacent Museum Ludwig showcases 20th-century art, including many masterpieces by Picasso, and the Romano-Germanic Museum houses Roman antiquities.
- Museum Ludwig:-
The Museum Ludwig was created in 1976 to house the 350 pieces of modern art that the chocolate magnate Peter Ludwig donated to the city of Cologne; nearly two decades later, Peter and his wife Irene donated another 90 works, mostly by Picasso. Today the museum also contains important works by significant contemporary, expressionist and classical modern artists, as well as a collection of American Pop Art. Visitors say the exhibits are nicely arranged and like that the museum can be toured in a few hours, rather than taking up a whole day. Explanations are in several languages.
- Hohenzollern Bridge :-
Of the seven bridges that cross the Rhine River in Cologne, the Hohenzollern Bridge is the most famous thanks to its location near the cathedral. The construction of the original bridge took place from 1907 to 1911. In 1945, German military engineers blew up the bridge when Allied troops began their assault on Cologne. Just three years later the bridge was partially repaired and in 1959 the Hohenzollernbrücke was completely reconstructed. Due to its location near Cologne’s main train station about 1200 trains pass here every day. A pedestrian walkway allows visitors to cross the Rhine for a beautiful view of the skyline of Cologne.
- Cologne Cathedral :-
The Gothic cathedral dominates the skyline of Cologne and is one of Germany’s most famous landmarks. It is also one of the most beautiful examples of Gothic and Neo-Gothic architecture in the world.
Building of the Cologne Cathedral was commenced in 1248, it took over 600 years to complete but the cathedral still dominates the skyline of the city.
Currently the cathedral is the seat of the Archibishop of Cologne and it is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996. Upon its completion on the 14th of August 1880, the Cologne Cathedral held the title of the World’s tallest building until 1884.
The Cologne Cathedral dominates the city of Cologne even today, it can be viewed from anywhere in the city, the cathedral’s famous twin towers stand out boldly as the symbol of Cologne’s proud history.
On the outside the cathedral is dark and rather menacing; inside it is just awe-inspiring.
At the end of the gigantic nave is the reason for the cathedral being built; the shrine of the Three Magi, the Three Wise Men whose relics were brought to the city in 1164.