Destinations

Stuttgart

Place in Baden-Württemberg, Germany

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Leipzig

Place in Saxony, Germany

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Augsburg

Place in Bavaria, Germany

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Lübeck

Place in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

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Bamberg

Place in Bavaria, Germany

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Bayreuth

Place in Bavaria, Germany

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Ulm

Place in Baden-Württemberg, Germany

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North Frisian Islands

group of islands in the Wadden Sea

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Memmingen

town in Bavaria, Germany

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Nuremberg

city in the German state of Bavaria

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Berlin

capital and largest city of Germany

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Munich

city in Bavaria, Germany

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Baltic Sea Coast (Germany)

costal area

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Hamburg

city and federal state in Germany

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Franconian Switzerland

(Fränkische Schweiz) – a favorite with early 19th century poets who gave a name that stuck, this karst region is world renowned for its climbing and has some beautiful caves

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Weinheim

Weinheim is a town in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, approximately 15 km north of Heidelberg and 10 km northeast of Mannheim. It has about 43,000 inhabitants. Weinheim was first mentioned in 755 AD in the Lorsch Codex and mentioned as a city in 1264 AD. Weinheim is situated on the eastern slopes of the Odenwald, called the Bergstraße, one of the warmest regions in Germany.

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Cologne

city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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Dresden

capital city of the Free State of Saxony in Germany

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Düsseldorf

capital city of the German federated state of North Rhine-Westphalia

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Frankfurt

city in Germany

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Bremen

city in the Bremen federated state, Germany

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East Frisian Islands

(Ostfriesische Inseln) – among Germany's most popular summer holiday spots, those largely car free islands in the Wadden Sea still see less international visitors than they deserve

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Bensheim

Bensheim is a town in South Hesse, Germany.

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Schwetzingen

Schwetzingen is in Baden-Württemberg.

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Heppenheim

Heppenheim is a town in South Hesse, Germany along the Bergstraße, a mountain road running on the western edge of the Odenwald mountain range.

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Sights

Meissen

town in Saxony, Germany

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Konstanz

city in Germany

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Fürth

town in Bavaria, Germany

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen

town in Bavaria, Germany

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Lindau

town in Bavaria, Germany

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Stralsund

town in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany

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Rothenburg ob der Tauber

town in Germany

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Cuxhaven

town in Lower Saxony, Germany

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Lake Constance

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Quedlinburg

town in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

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Friedrichshafen

city in Baden-Württemberg, Germany

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Celle

town in Lower Saxony, Germany

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Berchtesgaden

municipality of Germany

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Bad Homburg vor der Höhe

seat of Hochtaunuskreis and city in Hesse, Germany

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Pergamon Museum

museum building in Berlin, part of the Museumsinsel, presents the Vorderasiatisches Museum, the Museum für Islamische Kunst and parts of the Antikensammlung

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Heligoland

municipality in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

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Schwäbisch Hall

town in Baden-Württemberg, Germany

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Romano-Germanic Museum

Römisch-Germanisches Museum explores the history of Roman history in Cologne and the surrounding area. The permanent exhibition at the museum is closed or on tour, but the Dionysos mosaic and Poblicius tomb can be visited by guided tours Tu-Su at 10:00, 11:00, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00 and 16:30 (€3, reduced €1). Important finds on the history of the city can be seen from the late summer of 2019 in the Belgian House (Cäcilienstraße 46, near Neumarkt).

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Brandenburg Gate

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Cologne Cathedral

A UNESCO World Heritage site. It took over 630 years to complete this monumental cathedral. In 1880 the cathedral was finally consecrated. Cologne's Dom is the first sight you will notice when taking the main exit from the central station. (If you don't see it, you've taken the back exit.) If you are in good shape, take the 509 stairs to the top of the south tower. It takes about an hour, so wear comfortable shoes, but it's worth the hike. Touring the cathedral is forbidden during Mass.

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Neuschwanstein Castle

palace in Bavaria, Germany

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Neues Museum

museum in Berlin, Germany

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Meersburg

town in Baden-Württemberg, Germany

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Rügen

island in the Baltic Sea off the Pomeranian coast of Germany

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Fernsehturm Berlin

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Kehl

town in southwest Germany

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Weil am Rhein

municipality in Germany

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Bitburg

municipality in Germany

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Ruhr

urban area in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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Mitte

borough of Berlin, Germany

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Sylt

German island

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Charlottenburg

locality of Berlin, Germany

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Deutsches Historisches Museum

museum of German history

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Berlin State Opera

opera house

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Hockenheim

German town in northwest Baden-Württemberg

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Tierpark Berlin

zoo in germany

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Usedom

Baltic Sea island

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Uhldingen-Mühlhofen

municipality in Baden-Württemberg, Germany

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Black Forest

(Schwarzwald) – You are likely to think "cuckoo clock" or cherry pie, and you'd be forgiven, but there is much more to this region than that

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Kreuzberg

locality of Berlin, Germany

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Neuwerk

Wadden Sea island on the German North Sea coast

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Harz

– long forgotten due to German partition running right through it, the Harz is today attracting tourists with superb hiking and the mystic romanticism of the Brocken mountain that is reputed to attract witches (as mentioned in Goethe's Faust)

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Komische Oper Berlin

opera house

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Friedrichshain

locality of Berlin

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Lech (river)

river in Austria and Germany

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Konzerthaus Berlin

concert hall and former theatre in Berlin, Germany

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Reinickendorf

borough of Berlin, Germany

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Franconia

German region

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Dresden Frauenkirche

The original Church of Our Lady was completely destroyed during World War II; however, it has been reconstructed. The City of Coventry, which was raided by the Luftwaffe in WWII, donated the golden cross for the dome of the church. Check out some ruins in the basement. For €8 (concessions €5) you can walk up to the viewing platform on the dome and enjoy a great view of the city. You must have good walking shoes, otherwise you might not be admitted. As well as being a working church (with services once a month in English), there are also regular concerts. Even though they tend to be expensive, they sell out quickly, so try to book tickets ahead of time. The seating can be a little hard.

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Heiligenberg

Place in Baden-Württemberg, Germany

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Bremen Cathedral

Over 1200 years old, its huge towered façade dominates the main square. The interior is impressive with some fine painted details on the ceilings. There is a treasury displaying the collection of the cathedral. Entrance is free, for €1 you can climb the Southern Tower offering nice views over the whole city.

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Mainau

inland island

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Zugspitze

highest peak of the Wetterstein Mountains (Eastern Alps)

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Hohenzollern Bridge

Also called the Locking Bridge. If you walk to the back of the Kölner Dom along a straight path, there is a bridge on the Rhine to your right that is covered in padlocks. The locks are placed there by couples to show their loyalty to each other. Couples often have their names and a significant date inscribed on the locks. There are other places around the world that have "love padlocks".

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Dresden Castle

During the bombing of Dresden in February 1945 the interior of the palace was almost completely destroyed by fire. Only the part that is now the Historisches Grünes Gewölbe (and the basements) was unaffected. Due to lack of money and political determinism during the GDR and despite the efforts of volunteers and local organizations, restoration only took place after reunification in the 1990s. It is now a palace for art and science. The Royal Palace is part of the Dresden State Art Collections (SKD).

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Ore Mountains

low mountain range in central Europe

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Heidelberg Castle

castle in Germany

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Oktoberfest

world's largest Volksfest

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Wannsee

locality of Berlin

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Berlin Zoological Garden

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Königssee

lake in Schönau am Königsee, Bavaria, Germany

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Harburg, Hamburg

borough of the city of Hamburg, Germany

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Nuremberg Transport Museum

museum

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Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum

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Köpenick

locality of Berlin

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Maximilianeum

palatial building in Munich, was built as the home of a gifted students' foundation and has also housed the Bavarian Landtag (state parliament) since 1949

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Bavarian Forest

low-mountain range in Bavaria, Germany

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Zwinger (Dresden)

The baroque palace features a nympheum, many sculptures of Permoser, a bell pavilion and famous art collections. Do not miss the "Alte Meister" - you'll find Rafael's famous Sistine Madonna with its well-known angels there. There are 3 separate exhibitions housed in the Zwinger. Please see below. The Zwinger is part of the Dresden State Art Collections (SKD).

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Maxvorstadt

quarter of Munich, Germany

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Taunus

low mountain range in Germany

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Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber

education organization in Dresden, Germany

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Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt

A museum specializing in contemporary art. It is located just off the Römerplatz. There are two exhibition spaces that rotate every month or two.

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Pillnitz Castle

Pillnitz is the old garden residence of the Saxon kings, built at the end of the 18th century in a Japanese but also English style outside of what was then-Dresden, as the closest out-of-town residence of the kings. Pillnitz was the summer residence of the Saxon kings till 1918, today it hosts concerts and cultural events.The site consist of the English garden, a Chinese garden and Chinese pavilion (with Chinese style buildings) and the Orangerie. During summer you will also see all kinds of tropical plants in pots standing in the gardens, but in winter they are all transferred into the Orangerie. There are however, many other indigenous and foreign plants to be discovered. A big attraction is the camellia. Imported at the end of the 18th century from Japan is it now the oldest in Europe. It flowers beautifully in spring. It stands in the open during summer, but is put in a mobile glass house for winter.The castle became known worldwide for the Declaration of Pillnitz by Emperor Leopold II and Frederick William II of Prussia. Calling on European powers to intervene, this declaration was intended to serve as a warning to the French revolutionaries not to infringe further on the rights of Louis XVI, and to allow his restoration to power. It helped begin the French Revolutionary Wars.

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Römerberg

municipality in Germany

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Müggelsee

lake in Köpenick, Berlin, Germany

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St. Paul's Church, Frankfurt am Main

A church with important political symbolism in Germany. This was the seat of the first democratically elected parliament in Germany in 1848. Here the revolutionaries wrote the 1848 constitution that sadly was never put into effect. Like most historic buildings in the city centre, it was destroyed during World War II, but was also among the first buildings to be rebuilt after 1945 (with different interior). Today the building is used as a memorial site and an event centre, including hosting the awarding of the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade.

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Messe Frankfurt

architectural structure

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Frankfurt Cathedral

The main cathedral with its 95 m high tower, built in Gothic style in the 14th century. From 1562 to 1792, emperors of the Holy Roman Empire were crowned in the cathedral. It is possible to ascend the tower to a platform at 66 m height, affording excellent views over the city. For this, you will need to enter via a separate entrance at the southern side of the cathedral and climb over 300 steps in a narrow winding staircase.

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Maxim Gorki Theater

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Potsdamer Platz

square in Berlin, Germany

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Cologne Zoological Garden

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Checkpoint Charlie

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Loschwitz Bridge

The bridge is almost universally referred to as Blaues Wunder ("Blue Wonder"). The name is generally thought to be a reference to the colour of the bridge and to the fact it was considered a technical marvel when it opened.

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Museum Island

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Muskau Park

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Imhoff-Schokoladenmuseum

Chocolate museum in Cologne. It's a short visit but very interesting exhibits. Admission €9, concessions €6.50, family pass €25.

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Goethe House

Birthplace of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Germany's most famous author and poet. It's a museum and picture gallery devoted to Goethe.

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Pillnitz

city quarter in the east of Dresden, Germany

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Gerhard Marcks House

The contemporary art museum shows the work of Gerhard Marcks the sculptor of the statue "Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten", a city landmark.

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Museum für Angewandte Kunst (Cologne)

The Museum of Applied Art has a collection of popular design items, as well as temporary exhibitions. The historical collections have been closed for several years due to refurbishment and new exhibition concept.

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Sachsenhausen (Frankfurt am Main)

By crossing one of the bridges from the city centre you reach the Sachsenhausen part of the city south of the Main river. The old town part, 50.105478.690121 Alt-Sachsenhausen, especially in Kleine Ritterstraße and Große Ritterstraße (two streets near Affentorplatz), is famous for its old cider bars (see the "Drink" section for more information) and traditional half-timbered houses, many of which survived World War 2 (unlike much of the city centre). The 50.1072178.6851361 Dreikönigskirche (Church of the Three Kings) at Dreikönigsstraße 30 was built in 1880, replacing an older 14th century chapel. The Catholic 50.10648.688331 Deutschordenskirche (Church of the Teutonic Order) dates to the Middle Ages but suffered substantial damage during World War 2 and needed to be restored after the war. You can also walk along the river bank or visit the Schweizer Straße (see the "Buy" section).

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Basilica of the Holy Apostles, Cologne

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Ludwigsvorstadt-Isarvorstadt

borough of Munich

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Schwanthalerhöhe

human settlement in Germany

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St. Gereon's Basilica, Cologne

The originality of this church lie in its elliptic floor plan and the addition, in 1220, of a decagon between its towers

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Topography of Terror

military museum

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Treptower Park

geographical object

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Theater des Westens

theatre in Berlin, Germany

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Schiller Theater

theatre in Berlin, Germany

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Henninger Turm

A 120 m (330 ft) tall grain storage silo tower. Inaugurated in 1961, it remained by far the highest silo tower in the world until 2005. The top part used to have rotating restaurants and observation decks. Unfortunately, the original silo tower was demolished in 2013, and rebuilt as a modern 120 m (390 ft) tall residential tower with a similar external appearance. A new restaurant is slated to open at the top.

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Lanxess Arena

music venue and hockey stadium in Cologne, Germany

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Nürburgring

race track in Nürburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

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Friedrichstadt-Palast

revue theatre in Berlin

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St. Pauli

quarter of Hamburg, Germany

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Seat of the European Central Bank

This skyscaper complex is the seat of European financial power and decisions. The building was completed in 2014. Guided tours are available but advance registration is required.

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Historical Museum, Frankfurt

Historic museum of the city of Frankfurt and its citizens. Today it offers a wide collection of the history of the city.

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Alpsee

lake in Ostallgäu, Bavaria, Germany

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Alatsee

lake in Germany

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Städelschule

art school

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Käthe Kollwitz Museum (Cologne)

Dedicated to the artist Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945), the first woman elected to the Prussian Academy of Arts.

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Haidhausen (Munich)

human settlement in Germany

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Karl Marx Monument

monument in Chemnitz

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Old St Nicholas Church

Römerberg is the historic centre of Frankfurt, with a number of beautiful buildings, including the town hall and a church from the 14th and 15th century. The name Römer itself refers to the town hall of Frankfurt, which itself received this name from the prominent main building 50.11058.681631 Haus zum Römer, which has existed since at least 1322 and was bought by the city administration in 1405. Fortunately, large parts of the Römer's façade survived World War II. The 50.11038.682221 Fountain of Justice marks the centre of the Römerberg, while the 50.1100416666678.68244444444441 Alte Nikolaikirche (a 12th-century church, current form since the 15th century) is on its southern side. The square is replete with beautiful half-timbered houses, many of which were destroyed during World War II, and completely rebuilt afterwards. One exception is the 50.1094448.6821 Haus Wertheim (also known as Haus Wertheym), which was first mentioned in 1383 and for which the current building dates from around 1600, presumably making it Frankfurt's oldest historic restaurant. Walking towards the Main river, you can further see the 50.10928.682311 Wharfinger's Tower (Rententurm), a 15th-century fortified tower in late Gothic style, which is connected to the 50.10928.68251 Saalhof, a 12th-century castle building that was later modernized but never completely destroyed. Numerous cafés and shops can be found at the square itself and in the vicinity. Behind and north of the Haus zum Römer, the town hall was extended in 1900–1908 with the construction of the Neues Rathaus building complex, a series of Gothic/Renaissance style buildings. This includes a tower known as 50.11048.679781 Langer Franz and the 50.11068.68051 Seufzerbrücke, a bridge connecting two buildings within the complex, both best viewed at Bethmannstraße/Paulsplatz.

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Koelnmesse

company

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St. Lorenz, Nuremberg

Mostly built in the 15th century and now part of the Evangelical or Lutheran church of Germany, Lorenzkirche forms the focus of the south-side old town. It's dominated within by the 18m tall Tabernacle, a gothic spire made circa 1493 by Adam Kraft, with himself as one of three figures holding it up. (Find more of his work across the river in St Sebaldus, in the Germanische Nationalmuseum, and in Ulm.) Note also the stained glass windows, and Veit Stoss' "Annunciation" (Engelsgruss) suspended high over the altar.

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Great St. Martin Church, Cologne

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Rudolf-Harbig-Stadion

One of the best soccer teams of what was East Germany, they have been struggling on and off the field. Now a second division team they are still fervently loved by their fans who have a sort of rowdy reputation in other parts of Germany. Play their home-games at Rudolf Harbig Stadion, now renamed "Stadion Dresden" (after the previous name sponsorship contract ran out).

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St. Andrew's Church, Cologne

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Basilica of St. Severin, Cologne

The oldest Christian foundation in Cologne.

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Palais Thurn und Taxis

18th-century palace of the Princely House of Thurn and Taxis. In the 19th century, it served as the parliament of the German Confederation. Unfortunately, apart from the front façade, most of it is reconstructed. The reconstruction has a smaller scale than the building's original 18th-century size.

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Bornheim (Frankfurt am Main)

A nice residential quarter with a lively market and beautiful medieval houses which survived the war intact (unlike the city centre). The most important and lively street is the Berger Straße, which runs from downtown all the way to the oldest parts of Bornheim. The more central downtown part of the Berger Straße (actually in the Nordend district) features a variety of small and often trendy little stores, cafés, and restaurants. Alt-Bornheim, the older part of Bornheim around the northeastern part of the Berger Straße (within walking distance from subway stop Bornheim Mitte  U4 ), is famous for its historic Ebbelwoi (a local cider) taverns, some of which have been around for several centuries.

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Dresden Porcelain Collection

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St. Catherine's Church, Frankfurt

Baroque-style Lutheran church at Hauptwache. Constructed 1678 to 1681 at the site of a former monastery, destroyed during World War II, and restored 1950 to 1954. The tower stands 54 m tall.

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St. Cecilia's Church, Cologne

today Museum Schnütgen

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Yenidze

An absolutely unique building- once a cigarette factory- with heavily Ottoman-inspired architecture, including a mosque-like dome and a chimney shaped like a minaret. Nowadays an office building with event space. There is a restaurant in the upper floor.

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Bremen City Hall

This is one of the finest in Europe and has been included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Building work started in 1410 and it is seen as an important display of the wealth and freedom of the city. Tours of the interior are conducted by the Tourist information office at 11:00, 12:00, 15:00 and 16:00.

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Wilhelm Wagenfeld House

Founded as a design museum but also used for exhibitions in modern art. The museum is named after Wilhelm Wagenfeld, an industrial designer born 1900 in Bremen.

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Saint Justin's Church, Frankfurt-Höchst

The old town of Höchst with its castle and small medieval streets full of half-timbered houses. 50.09818.546941 Höchst Castle is actually an ensemble of multiple castles dating from the 13th to 16th centuries. 50.0989768.5488031 Saint Justin's Church (Justinuskirche) dates to 850, making it Frankfurt's oldest surviving building and one of the oldest churches in Germany, a rare opportunity to see a church with Carolingian architecture. Further east, the baroque 50.1011118.5522221 Bolongaro Palace was built from 1772 and includes a beautiful garden complex with pavilions, sculptures and the Neptune Fountain. It was constructed on behalf of the Bolongaro brothers, who had come from Italy and set up Europe's largest snuff tobacco factory in Frankfurt. Höchst is also known as the 2nd-oldest porcelain manufacturing site in Germany. The 50.1060118.5553981 Höchst Porcelain Manufacturing Centre (Höchster Porzellan-Manufaktur, Palleskestr. 32) welcomes visitors wishing to learn about the traditional manufacturing process, while the beautiful 16th century 50.0996668.5484521 Kronberger House houses a museum with over 1,000 porcelain exhibits.

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Kunsthalle Nürnberg

Has rotating art exhibitions, hours & prices vary.

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Alexanderplatz

square in Berlin, Germany

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Basilica of St. Ursula, Cologne

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Fürstenzug

This biggest porcelain painting of the world shows (almost) all Saxon princes, electors and kings on their horses and splendid parade uniforms. (There is only one female person at the painting, find it.) It leads to the "Stallhof" - the last preserved tournament place contained in a European castle. In Winter, the Stallhof is the location of a medieval style Christmas market with a big fireplace.

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Kupferstich-Kabinett, Dresden

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Wümme

river in Germany

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St. Leonhard, Frankfurt

Late Romanic church built in 1219, and transformed in accordance with the Gothic style in the 15th century. English-language Catholic mass service on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Mauerpark

park in Pankow, Germany

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Liebfrauen, Frankfurt

14th century Roman Catholic church and monastery.

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Church of the Holy Spirit, Heidelberg

Heidelberg

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Königstuhl (Odenwald)

mountain

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Albrechtsberg Palace (Dresden)

The neoclassical castle above the Elbe river in Dresden's Loschwitz district was erected in 1854 and can be viewed best from the south side of the Elbe river.

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Kulturforum

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Dresden Suspension Railway

A historic suspension railway link between the low-lying Loschwitz district and the hill of Oberloschwitz.

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Bertha Benz Memorial Route

The Bertha Benz Memorial Route follows the tracks of the world's first long-distance journey by an automobile powered by an internal combustion engine. In 1888, Bertha Benz drove from Mannheim to Pforzheim in the Black Forest and back three days later. This was a round-trip journey of 194 km within Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany.

Dresden City Art Gallery

Art from Dresden and the region with a main focus on the 20th century to the present. The collection also contains pieces of art dating back until the 16th century. Originally the collection was part of the Dresden City Museum in the same building, but was established as a separate museum in 2005. An additional webpage describes the museum in English.

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Palace of Justice, Nuremberg

After World War II, this site was chosen for trials of the Nazi high command, partly for Nuremberg's symbolic role in Nazism, but chiefly because the Palace of Justice was undamaged and contained a prison block. Charges were brought both against individuals, and against entire organisations such as the SS and Gestapo. The permanent exhibition tells the story of this and subsequent trials, eg of collaborating doctors and judges, and of officers of the individual concentration camps. It shows how these trials established many present day principles of international law and morality, eg the legal concept of genocide, and the Helsinki Principles on medical experimentation. Courtroom 600, where the trials were held, is still used today for serious crimes, so it can only be visited if no trial is in progress.

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Kölner Philharmonie

concert hall in Cologne, Germany

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Old Bridge (Heidelberg)

bridge over the Neckar in Heidelberg, Germany

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Dreikönigskirche, Frankfurt

By crossing one of the bridges from the city centre you reach the Sachsenhausen part of the city south of the Main river. The old town part, 50.105478.690121 Alt-Sachsenhausen, especially in Kleine Ritterstraße and Große Ritterstraße (two streets near Affentorplatz), is famous for its old cider bars (see the "Drink" section for more information) and traditional half-timbered houses, many of which survived World War 2 (unlike much of the city centre). The 50.1072178.6851361 Dreikönigskirche (Church of the Three Kings) at Dreikönigsstraße 30 was built in 1880, replacing an older 14th century chapel. The Catholic 50.10648.688331 Deutschordenskirche (Church of the Teutonic Order) dates to the Middle Ages but suffered substantial damage during World War 2 and needed to be restored after the war. You can also walk along the river bank or visit the Schweizer Straße (see the "Buy" section).

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North German Plain

plain in Germany

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Brühl's Terrace

The "Balcony of Europe" stretches for 500 m along the River Elbe, some 10 m over the water table, and being up to 20 m wide. Freely open to the public since 1814, it provides space shielded from the danger of flooding, as well as from motorized traffic (which runs directly below over the Terassenufer) for walking, relaxing and enjoying a meal or a drink to locals and visitors, with views of the picturesque Elbe and an impressive backdrop of historic buildings at its back.

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Säuling

mountain

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Theater & Orchester Heidelberg

theatre and opera house in Heidelberg, Germany

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Großer Garten

park in Dresden, Germany

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Königsallee

thoroughfare and shopping street in Düsseldorf, Germany

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Schnoor

This area of twisting lanes is a lovely place to wander aimlessly looking at in the many shops and also at the world smallest hotel (see Sleep).

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Rheinpark

park in Cologne, Germany

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Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds

Soon after they came to power in 1933 the Nazis chose Nuremberg as the place for their annual party rallies. They planned a set of gigantic buildings here, few of which were built. Start at the Documentation Centre for the story of how the Nazis rose to power, their grasp of modern media and propaganda techniques, the organisation of the party rallies and wider mass agitation, and the connections between that and their crimes against minorities and plunge into World War 2. The Documentation Center is in the north wing of the Congress Hall (Kongresshalle), one of the few planned constructions that did get built. Although the rally grounds cover a wide area, there's little else to see here other than the reviewing stand at the Zeppelin field. The "Große Straße" which was the spine of the rally grounds is now just a modern road. Note you can also get here on S-2 to Dutzendteich; other S-bahn trains run through this station but don't stop.

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Saxon Switzerland

mountain range

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Bremen Roland

This statue on the main square, in front of the town hall is of the Knight Roland who was a protector of trade. He appears in many European cities especially those involved in the Hanseatic league. Bremen's is considered one of the finest and is included with Town Hall on the World Heritage List. The standing figure is 5.47 m tall.

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Rheinauhafen

This completely rebuilt area combines modern extravagant architecture with historical harbour buildings. The old Rheinauhafen opened in 1898 and became necessary due to increasing amount of freight traffic. The new Rheinauhafen is a mix of office buildings and apartment buildings and gastronomy. On a peninsula of the Rhine (1 km southern of Heumarkt) it is an invitation for a beautiful walk along the river or for having lunch or dinner. Also see the separate itinerary article for a walking tour.

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Cologne Cable Car

cable car in Cologne, Germany

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Eschenheimer Turm

landmark of Frankfurt

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Eiserner Steg

Relatively well-known bridge for pedestrians, built in 1869. It is just a minute away from the Römer. Crossing the bridge leads you to Sachsenhausen and provides good views of the skyline.

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Römer

building in Frankfurt

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Transparent Factory

The Transparent Factory is a factory which assembles the electric version of VW's Golf car. Visitors can test drive VW electric cars for 30 minutes (except Sundays). Tours three times a day in English Mon-Sat, once on Sundays. The Lesage Restaurant is at the same site and offers both lush dinners in the evening and reasonably-priced lunches 12:00-15:00. Until 2016, final assembly for various luxury VW cars took place here.

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New Synagogue (Dresden)

The New Synagogue is on the site of what was the Semper Synagogue. The old one was designed by Gottfried Semper, who also designed the Semper Opera in Dresden. Erected in 1840 and destroyed by the Nazis in the pogroms of November 1938. Unlike the buildings in the Altstadt destroyed during the war, the synagogue was deliberately not rebuilt in the original style, Instead, a new, starkly modern synagogue was built in 2001, when Dresden's Jewish community (now around 700 members) had grown enough to justify a synagogue. The building is made of concrete made to look like the sandstone which is typical of the area. The worship hall has sharp angles and the complex includes a smaller building and stone courtyard. The design in striking in an austere way both on the outside and the inside. There are regular guided tours (in German), times listed here.

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Dresden Armoury

With Türckische Cammer (Turkish Chamber) and Riesensaal (New Giants’ Hall).

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Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer

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Caricatura Museum Frankfurt

Museum for comic art, i.e., satire and illustrations. Located in the old Leinwandhaus (Linen House), a historic building that was first constructed in 1396–1399, but only reopened in 1984 after suffering substantial damage in World War II.

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Neanderkirche

church in Düsseldorf-Altstadt, Germany

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Viktoriapark

park

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Cologne City Hall

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Frankfurt Main Cemetery

Main cemetery, where you can find several mausoleums, over 150 year old tombstones, and the final resting places of philosophers Arthur Schopenhauer and Theodor W. Adorno.

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Heidelberg Thingstätte

open-air theatre in Heidelberg, Germany, originally built for Nazi performances

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Grüneburgpark

This is Frankfurt's largest public park. Even though there are many parks in Frankfurt, the Grüneburgpark is probably the most liked. It is close to two campuses of the university: many young people meet there, and many business people jog there after work.

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Römerberg (Frankfurt)

Römerberg is the historic centre of Frankfurt, with a number of beautiful buildings, including the town hall and a church from the 14th and 15th century. The name Römer itself refers to the town hall of Frankfurt, which itself received this name from the prominent main building 50.11058.681631 Haus zum Römer, which has existed since at least 1322 and was bought by the city administration in 1405. Fortunately, large parts of the Römer's façade survived World War II. The 50.11038.682221 Fountain of Justice marks the centre of the Römerberg, while the 50.1100416666678.68244444444441 Alte Nikolaikirche (a 12th-century church, current form since the 15th century) is on its southern side. The square is replete with beautiful half-timbered houses, many of which were destroyed during World War II, and completely rebuilt afterwards. One exception is the 50.1094448.6821 Haus Wertheim (also known as Haus Wertheym), which was first mentioned in 1383 and for which the current building dates from around 1600, presumably making it Frankfurt's oldest historic restaurant. Walking towards the Main river, you can further see the 50.10928.682311 Wharfinger's Tower (Rententurm), a 15th-century fortified tower in late Gothic style, which is connected to the 50.10928.68251 Saalhof, a 12th-century castle building that was later modernized but never completely destroyed. Numerous cafés and shops can be found at the square itself and in the vicinity. Behind and north of the Haus zum Römer, the town hall was extended in 1900–1908 with the construction of the Neues Rathaus building complex, a series of Gothic/Renaissance style buildings. This includes a tower known as 50.11048.679781 Langer Franz and the 50.11068.68051 Seufzerbrücke, a bridge connecting two buildings within the complex, both best viewed at Bethmannstraße/Paulsplatz.

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Middle Rhine Valley

(Mittelrheintal) – part of the Rhine River is a UNESCO Heritage Site between Bingen/Rüdesheim and Koblenz; the valley is famous for its wines

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Hauptwache (Frankfurt am Main)

A public area that is often considered the central hub of Frankfurt's modern downtown area due to its importance as a public transportation station and its central location, right between the main shopping street (Zeil) and the Rossmarkt (another public square), and just south of the 15th century Eschenheimer Turm (Eschenheim Tower). The place is named after a Baroque building ("Hauptwache") more or less in its centre. The building was constructed in 1730 to house the local city militia, as Frankfurt was an independent city at the time. When Frankfurt became part of Prussia, the building gradually lost its original function. Since 1905, it has instead been serving as a café ("Café Hauptwache"). Other attractions include the Katharinenkirche, and the Palais Thurn-und-Taxis.

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Roonstrasse Synagogue

The synagogue is notable for its architecture that looks, well, right out of Gotham City. The Torah within the synagogue was rescued by a Catholic priest from another synagogue as it was being burned during Nazi rule. In August 2005 Pope Benedict XVI visited the synagogue; he was the second pope to ever visit a synagogue.

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Hohe Straße

central shopping street in Cologne, Germany

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Erich Kästner Museum

Dedicated to author, poet, screenwriter and satirist Emil Erich Kästner, known primarily for his humorous, socially astute poetry and children's literature such as Emil and the Detectives who was born and grew up in Dresden.

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Heiligenberg (Heidelberg)

mountain in Heidelberg, Germany

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Görlitzer Park

park in Berlin

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City West

area in Berlin

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Monastery of St. Michael (Heidelberg)

building in Heidelberg, Karlsruhe Government Region, Bade-Württemberg, Germany

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Sächsische Dampfschiffahrt

Best start your tour from the main pier at the castle and go down to Meissen or up to Pillnitz or the Saxon Switzerland.

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Moselle Valley

geographical region in Belgium, France, Germany and Luxembourg

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Messeturm Köln

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Museumsufer

locality with 15 museums in Frankfurt am Main

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Aquarium Berlin

aquarium in Berlin, Germany

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Staufenmauer

Remains of the old city wall (1138–1254) can be seen in the Fahrgasse and at the Liebfrauenkirche. More prominent examples of the city fortification built in later years include the Eschenheimer Turm (1428) near Hauptwache and the Friedberger Warte (1478, rebuilt 1637), which is on the Friedberger Landstraße a bit outside the main city centre.

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Kunstareal

human settlement in Germany

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Zwingenberg Castle

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Cologne Carnival

The Cologne Carnival is a carnival that takes place every year in Cologne, Germany.

Schadowstraße

street in Düsseldorf, Germany

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Dom-Römer Project

Urban revitalization of the Dom-Römer complex, in which a number of old historic buildings have been rebuilt from scratch – incorporating only a few original artifacts – based on old pictures and drawings. The area includes the Steinerne Haus at Markt 44, a medieval-looking building first erected in 1464 that had already been rebuilt in the 1960s. The street known as Alter Markt or simply as Markt was in fact one of the most important ones in the old town. Upon being crowned in the cathedral, the new emperors of the Holy Roman Empire would take this path to proceed to the Römerberg and Römer, where the ceremonial procedures continued. This area also includes the remains of an ancient Roman settlement that used to be known as the Archäologische Garten, but reopened indoors as part of the new Dom-Römer-Areal revitalization project. The completed area was officially inaugurated in September 2018.

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Stadtwaldsee (Bremen)

lake in Horn-Lehe, Bremen, Germany

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Palais Wittgenstein (Düsseldorf)

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