Attractions in Germany
A cosmopolitan city with a turbulent past, Berlin now attracts visitors for its festivals, nightlife, diverse architecture and contemporary arts. See the mighty Brandenburg Gate or go to the East Side Gallery - the largest remaining evidence of the city’s historical division - where you’ll find an open-air exhibition of art painted directly on the last existing portions of the Berlin wall. Visit one of the many museums including Museum Island, the Jewish museum, and the German Historical Museumor head to the zoological gardens where you can see around 19,000 animals and 1,400 different species.
With the traditional cry of “Ozapft is" (the barrel is tapped), the Mayor opens the oktoberfest – the world's biggest festival - at 12 o'clock noon. For two whole weeks, visitors flock to the beer festival to experience the thrill of the fairground rides, both modern and traditional, and to enjoy beer, food and old-fashioned Bavarian music in the beer tents.
With excellent transport connections it’s hard not to avoid Frankfurt, so don’t! The Museum Embankment Festival is a must-see – three days, eight kilometres down both banks of the Main, and a spectacular cultural event in which the museums present their work to the public. Stage productions, projects and performances plus other attractions including the "choir and organ mile" organized by the churches, the "Klang im Kloster" music festival, cabaret, variety, music and specialities from all over the world, plus the ever-popular dragon boat races.
As well as the legacy from Roman times and the Middle Ages, Cologne has an extremely lively arts and culture scene. Visit the Cologne Cathedral, the world’s largest, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It took 632 years to complete and is one of the most important pilgrimage churches in Europe, attracting visitors from all over the world.
Hamburg has it all – a great lcoation on the Elbe and Alster rivers, pumping nightlife in St Pauli, fab musicals and the theater, and Hamburg’s most famous landmark; the ’Michel’ church. Climb the 453 steps to the viewing platform and be rewarded by fabulous views over Hamburg and the harbor.
More than 260 bars and restaurants in the old quarter give plenty of opportunity for sampling Düsseldorf's top-fermented altbier and seeing how the people of the Rheinland have a good time. With outstanding museums, theaters, concert halls and galleries, Düsseldorf also has an international reputation as a center for art and culture.
A stroll through Stuttgart's city center is like taking a journey back through the history of architecture, with masterpieces such as the medieval Old Palace, the baroque New Palace, the beautiful Art Nouveau market hall and the Bauhaus-style Weissenhof housing estate giving the city its distinctive feel. Sample the wine at the many vineyards and lap up the great scenery.
Mixing the medieval with the modern, Nuremberg is a vibrant city with plenty to offer. Kaiserburg Castle, Nuremberg's famous landmark, rises above the medieval old quarter which is encircled by a five kilometre town wall with a total of 80 towers. It sits on a sandstone ridge on the northern edge of the old town and, until the 16th century was the occasional residence of German kaisers and kings.
Rüdesheim has many attractions, such as the Drosselgasse, a narrow street just 144 meters long lined with wine taverns and gardens, and offering music, singing and dancing from the late morning to the wee hours of the morning. You’ll also want to see the Niederwald monument, depicting the mythical figure of Germania, which can be reached from Rüdesheim and Assmannshausen by foot through the vineyards, or by cable car or chair lift.
Head to Dresden to see pricessless art treasures and buildings of mesmerising beauty including the Church of Our Lady. Completely destroyed in February 1945, the imposing ruins served as a reminder of war and destruction. Using materials salvaged from the rubble, the chuch was rebuilt in an archaeological reconstruction supported by generous donations from many countries.
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