Germany - Places to See
It is the capital and most dynamic city in Germany. Berlin is a city of contrasts and contradictions, full of excitement and forever evolving. That can also be seen in the countless historical and modern attractions. Monuments of Prussian grandeur rub shoulders with reminders of a divided country alongside stunning new architectural developments.
Berlin has over 170 museums, making the city one of the world's prime locations for high-calibre historical collections of art, culture and technology, along with scientific collections. There are lots of different ways to get to know Berlin - on foot, by bus, on a boat, by bicycle or by tram. The best way to get a taste of Berlin's unique atmosphere is to take as many different routes and forms of transport as you can.
The inhabitants of Hamburg are proud to have a lake right in the heart of their city and at only a short distance from the Opera, the Kunsthalle Art Museum, the City Hall and the Stock Exchange. They are convinced that they live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Whether this is true, is for visitors themselves to discover. Sailing and boating, right in the middle of town is possible. Hamburg’s city centre offers more than just shopping; the streets are peppered with historical shops, trading and office buildings and you can also marvel at the imposing town hall.
It is the grand city of Germany and should not be missed. It offers numerous museums interesting monuments, great shopping and good food. Be sure to visit the Marienplatz, listen to the carillon play its tune and visit the Hofbräuhaus. The Church of Our Lady is considered a gothic masterpiece.
If you like art, visit the Alte Pinakothek (Barer Strasse 27), one of the oldest art museums in the world. Its Rubens' collection is particularly well known. If you prefer more modern works, visit the Neue Pinakothek where works of the 18th to 20th century are the focus (Barer Strasse 29).
It is one of the jewels of eastern Germany, featuring fine palaces and world-class museums. Baroque Dresden, the "Florence of the North," was long known as as a center for fine arts and is today an important center for science. In 2006 Dresden celebrated its 800 year jubilee.
Trier is Germany's oldest city and is the site of an ancient Roman Gate and the ruins of Roman Baths.