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Berlin

Bermany Berlin city

As the capital of Germany, Berlin is one of the most enchanting historic places in Europe. The splendour of the city lies in its amazing architecture. Famous landmarks include the tower ruins of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche, the Reichstag in Tiergarten, and the Brandenburg Gate in Unter den Linden. The imposing Neo-gothic façades of the Berliner Dom on Museum Island and the Schloss Charlottenburg will also leave visitors in complete awe.

Also, there are numerous museums in Berlin offering fine art and design to natural history and music. Some museums to visit include the Museum für Naturkunde, which houses the world’s largest dinosaur skeleton, Neues Museum, Musikinstrumenten-Museum, Bode Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie and the Museum of Arts and Crafts.

Visitors may also dine at the many established yet inexpensive cafes and bistros, and shop at main shopping thoroughfares such as KaDeWe at Wittenbergplatz. Alternatively, they can spend a day in the picturesque parks and gardens, such as the Viktoriapark and Tiergarten.

Munich

Germany Munich city

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The most ideal time to visit Munich is during late September to the first weekend in October, when the renowned Oktoberfest takes place. It is a traditional festival at the Theresienwiese fairground where the Germans celebrate with beer from all over the world. As for Munich’s famous landmarks, they include the towers of Frauenkirche, New Town Hall, and the Neuschwanstein Castle.

Trips to the numerous museums in Munich are also worthwhile. Visit the Residenz Museum. Another museum to check out is the Deutsches Museum, which is situated in central Munich. The German Museum is one of the biggest science and technology museums in the world. Dining out? Look no further than the many restaurants at Old Town North and South, which serve affordable and decent Bavarian dishes.

Hamburg

Germany Hamburg city

Hamburg is Germany’s second largest city and its splendid landmarks include St Michael’s Church, the Church St Nicholas, Speicherstadt, and the grand Rathaus, all of which boast imposing gothic façades. Visit the Decorative Arts Musuem which houses one of the most stunning arrays of decorative arts. The exceptional Art Nouveau interiors and antique keyboard instruments on display present a refreshing notion of a museum. Admission is free.

Shopping wise, it would be great to tour the Fischmarkt, where visitors may discover good bargains in merchandises and grocery. If the place gets especially crowded on Sunday, tourists can turn to the different clothing stores and souvenir shops at the Reeperbahn, or the shops along the main retail street, Mönckebergerstrasse.

Cologne

Germany Cologne city

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Cologne is the fourth largest city in Germany and the largest city in North Rhine Westphalia. Stroll through the Old Town along the cobble-stoned pavements and be delighted by the sights of the famous Cologne Cathedral, the Roman church Groß St. Martin (Great St. Martin) and the historical Town Hall. Another place worth visiting in Cologne is the Cologne Zoo, which is well-known for its primate collection. The zoo has nearly 500 different species of animal from all over the world.

Frankfurt

Germany Frankfurt city

The 5th largest metropolis of Germany is not only a bustling financial centre; it is also a fantastic place to visit due to its variety of sightseeing, shopping, dining and entertainment options. Top attractions in Frankfurt worth exploring include the historic buildings in the city centre. Some places which boast magnificent architecture include the monumental Alter Oper concert hall, Goethehaus of Germany’s greatest writer, former guardhouse Hauptwache, the neoclassic Paulskirche, rows of half-timbered houses and the Römer at Römerberg, as well as the gothic Kaiserdom.