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Berlin is not only the capital of Germany but is also the largest city in the country. Visitors that travel between the east and west segments of the city will quickly realize that there are stark differences between the two even now, nearly two decades after the Berlin was torn apart. Parts of the city have embraced a distinctly western, “Americanized” façade, rendering them nearly indistinguishable from a typical American city. To see a more accurate portrait of the historically German way of life, one must move away from the center of the city. These outlaying areas of the city more closely depict and resemble the way of life that is distinctly German. It is an interesting experience to see the different areas of the city and note how they differ while at the same time retain features that are uniquely German.
Berlin has been completely rejuvenated in the largest ongoing construction project in Europe. It now boasts a distinctly modern air that rivals Paris and London. The tallest structure in Berlin is the Fernsehturm Television Tower and can be seen from most points in the city. Potsdamer Platz is a busy and popular square that houses shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, and an active nightlife. The beautiful Tiergarten is a park that sits in central Berlin and covers more than 625 acres with its flowers, ponds, trees, and natural wildlife. The Tiergarten even boasts a secluded section that is reserved for sunbathing nudists.
Berlin has many museums and fine art exhibits. There is no shortage of World War II historical sites, landmarks, and monuments including the famous Checkpoint Charlie. Museum Island is considered a “must see” for visitors to Berlin. It houses five world-class museums including the Egyptian Museum, which boasts ancient artifacts that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Fine arts connoisseurs will appreciate the plethora of sculpture and painting galleries that are so abundant in Berlin and house works by Picasso, Van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, and many other masters.No comments
Arguably one of Germany’s most celebrated, famous, and visited cities; Munich is a popular spot for visitors from across the globe ranging from ordinary tourists to jet-setting celebrities. Munich has sights, attractions, and events for everyone. The city is a bustling metropolis filled with modern flair and classic culture at the same time.
Munich is home to many castles, landmarks, and churches will keep the fine arts lover, history buff, and anyone else busy for days, even weeks, trying to see them all.
Considered to be the “must-see” destination for visitors to Munich, the Nymphenburg Palace was built in the 17th century as a gift from Ferdinand Maria to his wife, Henriette. His heir, Maximilian Emanuel, expanded to the palace by adding symmetrical buildings that span from the central structure. The Nymphenburg Palace also features a large landscaped park with meticulously manicured lawns, trees, shrubs, and fountains. The associated pavilions include Amalienburg, a hall that is secular in shape and lined with mirrors; Badenburg, which houses the first modern heated pool; Pagodenburg, which was built with a mixture of French and Oriental designs; and Magdaleneklause, which was constructed to resemble ruins and built to honor Mary Magdalen.
The astounding BMW Museum features the history and technological advances of BMW. Motor sports fans will enjoy the history of BMW’s role in sports racing and its array of various prototypes on display. The BMW Museum is currently temporarily closed to the public for renovation, but will reopen in early 2007.
Historic churches of note that are often visited in Munich include Alter Peter or the Church of Saint Peter, the Cathedral Church of our Lady, Theatinerkirche, and Asamkirche.
Munich is the home of the world-famous Oktoberfest festival and houses the Beer and Oktoberfest museum, which is open year round. The museum gives visitors a lesson in the history of beer and Oktoberfest and is housed in one of Munich’s oldest historical buildings.
Frankfurt, Germany enjoys the prestige of being known as a major business and economic hub not only for Germany but for Europe as a whole. Frankfurt houses the second largest commercial airport in Europe and is a major hub for train rails. The European Central Bank is located in Frankfurt as well as thousands of companies that specialize in international trade, manufacturing, and commodities exchange.
Perhaps a majority of Frankfurt’s visitors come to the city as a result of business ties. Additionally, there are several economic and business-related fairs and demonstrations that draw hundred of thousands of foreign visitors each year.
Frankfurt also boasts many galleries and museums that showcase the country of Germany’s appreciation for the fine arts. Frankfurt has made great efforts to distinguish itself not only as an economic and development hub of Europe, but also as an attraction for art and literature connoisseurs. The famous author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe lived here. Furthermore, the city has etched a name for itself in the stage arts, boasting many revered dance and acting companies that receive worldwide critical acclaim.
The city has a skyline of skyscrapers that give a more “Americanized” look to it than a more European flair. The business districts contain some of the tallest buildings in Europe, including the Commerzbank tower that climbs to more than 980 feet above the ground.
Much of the construction in Frankfurt is relatively new, replacing devastation left by Allied bombing campaigns that took place in World War II. The result is a modern, bustling financial powerhouse that continues to grow in leaps and bounds and has established itself as a cornerstone of European and worldwide commerce.