There are a great deal of things to see and do in Germany, from the modern art galleries to the medieval villages, and from the alpine mountains to the deep forests, there can be such diversity in any visit here.
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German Arts and Architecture
Berlin, the capital, is a huge, cosmopolitan city with many museums and art galleries. In The Museumsinel area one of the many museums is the Pergamon Museum which as a vast collection of ancient Greek, Islamic and Middle-Eastern art and architecture. The Neues Museeum has prehistoric and Egyptian collections and also finds from Troy. Another area in Berlin full of museums and other cultural buildings in Kulturform. Here you can find the Gemaldegalerie which houses a vast collection of paintings dating from the 13th to the 18th century such as Durer, Caravaggio and Rubens. In the Nue Nationalgalerie you can see many art works from the 20th century. The Berlin Wall Memorial and Mauermuseum at Checkpoint Charlie are important historical sites that you can visit.
There are many churches to visit in Berlin, including Berliner Dom, the largest church in Berlin with its impressive architecture, built as a symbol of imperial power at the turn of the twentieth century.
Berlin has a very lively nightlife and is full of quality restaurants, bars, cafes and is very multicultural.
Cologne is Germany’s oldest city, dating back 2000 years, and is full of treasured cultural and historical sites, museums and art.
Cologne cathedral was built between 1248 and 1880 and is a stunning sight with its outstanding medieval Gothic architecture and can be seen from most parts of the city centre as it towers above the other buildings. In the Romano-Germanic Museum, you can see the Dionysos mosaic and Poblicius tomb, together with an impressive glass collection. In Cologne you can take a boat trip along Rhine Cologne’s Old Town. It is a popular way for visitors to see some of the lovely sights of the City.
Cologne Zoo makes a great place to visit with a huge elephant park and the Hippodom, which is an amazing place built like an African river valley where hippos, crocodiles and antelopes can be seen.
The Cologne nightlife buzzes with energy and it has numerous bars, brewhouses, restaurants and nightclubs for many different tastes.
The German Landscape
In the region south of Munich, Bavaria has breathtaking scenery with crystal clear blue lakes, snow-capped mountains, deep forests and pretty green meadows, steep cliffs and vineyards. There are little medieval towns and castles to be explored, along with impressive palaces and Baroque churches. Known worldwide is King Ludwig II’s Neuschwanstein Castle, with its romantic architecture and set in magnificent alpine scenery.
You can admire the impressive Alps and see Mount Zugspitze, the tallest mountain in Germany. There are many routes you can take to see this scenery including the German Alpine Road, Castles Route and The Romantic Road. Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a great area here is you can enjoy sports such as snowboarding and skiing. In the old picturesque towns in Bavaria, as well as the modern ones, you will be made welcome with great hospitality.
The Romanic Rhine, as it is known, is the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, and is a 65km long gorge with many picturesque villages and many castles, many of which were rebuilt in the 19th century. The gorge is on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list with its many historical and geological aspects. There are steep cliffs, vineyards.
There are many ways to see this stunning area of the Rhine, driving, cycling, hiking or have a romantic trip on a riverboat cruise, all great ways to admire the scenery.
The Black Forest is a vast forested range of mountains in Baden-Wurttemberg in the south west of Germany with the Rhine valley to the south and west. It is a densely wooded region with hills, mountains, valleys and rivers and the site of many visitors who come to experience the views across the hills and valleys and explore the deep dark forests.
There are many little towns and villages in the region such as Baden-Baden, a 19th century spa town where you can relax and be pampered in the thermal baths and scenic surroundings. Bad Wildbad in the north of the region also has thermal baths and pretty marked drives, notably the Schwarzwaldhochstrasse or Badische Weinstrasse, where you can follow the foothills of the mountains through wine areas. Along these drives you can reach the Kinzig Valley, a lovely traditional part of the area to visit. Other popular towns to visit include Feiburg, Calw and Gengenback. Some of the most popular mountains to admire in the are the Feldberg, Belchen and lakes to be seen include the Schluchsee and Titisee lakes, which both cater for sports such as diving and windsurfing. The All Saints and the Triberg Waterfalls are famous German waterfalls and The Danube is one of the many well known rivers of the region. Pine and fir trees are abundant in the forest, particularly the Norway Spruce, Douglas fir and white pine.
The clockmakers of the Black Forest are famous for their precision clocks and the Cuckoo Clock was first made in the Black Forest in early 18th century. In the German Clock Museum in Furtwangen there are many clock and watchmaking pieces on display.
National favourite foods include sausages and there are more than 1500 kinds of sausages in Germany. Some of the most popular are Bratwurst with spiced ground pork, the Wiener with smoked pork or beef and Blutwurst or Schwarzwurst which are made with blood. Sausages are often accompanied by mustard, in particular Mittelscharf. There are many types of cold cuts such as the Munchner Weibwurst. A large amount of meat is consumed in Germany, with pork being the favourite.
Alaskan pollock, trout, pike, herring, tuna and salmon are all popular fish eaten in Germany and potato noodles and dumplings are common foods. Bread is a huge aspect of German food, with many types of bread made, with different ingredients such as rye wheat, wholegrain, barley, oats, corn, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds or sesame seeds.
Fresh fruit cakes are hugely popular around Germany, particularly with apples, strawberries, cherries and plums. Black Forest gateau with cherries and cream, is a well known example. Rote Grutze is very popular, particularly in the north, with redcurrant, blackcurrant and raspberries in a thick juice and served with cream, vanilla sauce or milk.
Beer is a very common and there are numerous varieties around Germany. Other popular drinks include Schorle, which is wine or juice mixed with fizzy mineral water.
With its diverse landscape, abundance of historical places of interest and buzzing contemporary art scene and culture, Germany makes a fascinating place to visit.
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