Germany Tourist Attractions
Thousands of years of history can be found in the museums of Berlin. From cultural treasures to contemporary art, war museums and special-interest museums – Berlin’s museums are sure to satisfy.
A visit to Berlin’s Museum Island should definitely be on your tourist agenda. This UNESCO site is made up of 5 museums, on an island in River Spree in Central Berlin. The buildings themselves are an architectural marvel, and inside you can find such exhibits as the Bust of Nefirtiti and the Pergamom Altar.
For a full list of all the museums in Berlin, visit: www.visitberlin.de
After the Berlin Wall fell on 9 November 1989, the city was transformed into a creative and vibrant community.
Today, the city remembers its oppressive past with memorials, galleries and museums. It is possible to walk along the route of the wall, some 5.7km.
East Side Gallery: Open-air exhibition and the longest continuous surviving portion of the inner wall.
Stralauer Platz: Remains of the East Berlin Wall, now a listed monument
Heinrich-Heine-Strasse crossing point: One of the largest border crossings at the time that the wall stood.
Peter Fechter memorial: A memorial to the 18-year old who was killed trying to cross over into Western Berlin. He was one of the first victims.
Checkpoint Charlie crossing point: One of the most well-known crossing points, and the scene of many spy thrillers.
Mauermuseum: discover objects used to escape over, under, and through the Berlin Wall, and read the stories of those escapees who risked their lives to win their freedom.
Topography of Terror: The Gestapo, SS Headquarters and Main Office for State Security were all once stationed here. Today, it documents the terror that the insititues of government placed on its people.
Potsdamer Platz: This once-vibrant portion of the city was completely destroyed during WWII, and left to waste during the Cold War. Since the fall of the wall, the city has been rebuilt and brought to life.
The Berlin Wall Memorial and Documentation Centre: This centre shows how the walls were constructed and contains the last portion of the wall, as well as a watch tower
Castles and Palaces
There are a number of castles and palaces in Berlin, but perhaps the most beautiful and significant is Charlottenburg Palace. It was built in 1695, and has housed Brandenburg rulers, Prussian Kings and German Emperors. Today, you can find the finest examples of French paintings, Rococo interiors and historical royal artefacts. The palace is surrounded by a baroque garden that opens onto a park.
The region is home to urban jungles and green forests, mediaeval towns and UNESCO world heritage sites, meandering rivers and rolling vineyards. If you are visiting one of the smaller towns, this website should be your first stop: www.frankfurt-rhein-main.de.
Frankfurt Am Main
In the heart of the region stands Frankfurt Am Main.
Frankfurt Goethe-Museum and Goethe-House: The birthplace of Germany’s most famous author and poet, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
Römerberg (Ostzeile): the historical city centre, including half-timber houses.
Emperor’s Cathedral: Although not a true cathedral, it was given this title after being chosen as the site for imperial coronations.
Drink Apple Wine: Colloquially known as "Ebbelwei", "Schoppe" or "Stöffche", Apple wine has been Frankfurt's most popular beverage for over 250 years.
Frankfurt Tourism: www.frankfurt-tourismus.de