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Things to do and see in Germany


When most people think of Berlin the first thing that comes to mind is the Berlin Wall. This concrete wall separated east from west for thirty years. In August of 1961 the Soviets built the wall to stop the flow of people moving over to the west for a better way of life. With the collapse of the Soviet government in 1989 the wall was taken down, and Berlin was unified under one ruling government for the first time in fifty years.

Until the unification of Germany in 1990, the allies (Americans, British, and the French) had authority over the city. The best thing about this was that West Berliners were exempt from military conscription. This meant that thousands of Germans moved to Berlin, where they were able to live as they wished. This created one of the, greatest alternative scenes in the world. Today Berlin still has one of the best club scenes in the world. They play host to the "Love parade", which was a festival held annually in Berlin every July. It's a huge techno music parade that had floats centering around the huge Tiergarten Park. Unfortunately, due to the tragic events at the Love Parade in 2010 the festival will cancelled for good. 

The city of Berlin is spread over an area approx. eight times the size of Paris. With this in mind below is a list of attractions to do and see in Berlin. When you arrive in the city go to a tourist information counter and buy a Berlin Welcome Card, which gives you some insight into the city.


New Berlin Free Tour

This free 3.5 hour walking tour includes some of Berlin’s most famous sites. These include the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, Hitler’s Bunker, Holocaust Memorial, Potsdamer Platz, the Berlin Wall, the SS Headquarters, Checkpoint Charlie, and many other sites.  This tour is absolutely free and if you choice to leave a tip at the end the tour guides are more than happy to accept one. It’s definitely recommended and if you want more information go to



The Brandenburg Gate

It was built in 1791 and it’s a symbol for many Germans of a unified Berlin. The Brandenburg Gate lies directly in the middle of the city, and was used to divide east from west during the cold war. The gate opens west onto the Tiergarten and east onto Unter den Linden. It was originally built during Friedrich Wilbelm II reign as a symbol for peace. For more information on the Brandenberg Gate go to


The Tiergarten

This is a huge 630 - Acre Park near Brandenburg Gate, and to Germans, as Central Park is to New Yorkers. During the day it is a popular place for couples to walk the 25km of footpaths or just sunbathe near the lakes and ponds that are beautifully landscaped. This is the site of the "Love Parade", which is held every July.


Potsdamer Platz

This is a huge lot at the south east end of the Tiergarten. When Berlin became unified in 1990 it became the world's biggest construction site. During the Second World War, the allies flattened the whole area. During Soviet occupation of East Berlin they did nothing with this land. The new German government wants to make this the new business sector of Berlin.

There is one thing I must warn travelers about when going to Berlin. When Berlin became one again, not all the people wanted this. I recommend travelers to watch themselves in East Berlin, especially around Bahnhof Lichtenberg, which is a train station in the East. The people who should take the most precaution are gays and lesbians due to the new wave of right wing extremists including Neo - Nazis in the area.



The Berlin Wall

Berlin was virtually obliterated during World War II and when the capital was rebuilt it was split in half by die Mauer (the wall) in 1961. For 28 years, East and West Berlin were separated in an effort to stop the drain of manpower from the Communist bloc going to the wealthier West Germany. Today, much of what remains of this symbol of the Cold War is decorated with colorful graffiti and at Checkpoint Charlie (one of the main gates of the border) a museum tells the history of the wall through escape memorabilia and photographs.




It was home to the Deutscher Bundestag (German Parliament) until 1933, when a huge fire destroyed the building – an event that coincided with Adolph Hitler assuming dictatorial control of the country. In 1999 after the reunification to Germany moved permanently back to the Reichstag. The new building has a huge dome, which all visitors can see from outside. Admission is free to get in and for more information on the Reichstag go to


The TV Tower

This tower is 368m high and is located in the eastern part of Berlin. It was made by the communists when the Berlin Wall was still up, but it became a German propaganda disaster, as when the sun shines on the observation sphere, a giant cross appears. This made the atheist-communist authorities so furious that they spent a fortune trying to rectify the architectural cock up, while in West Berlin it became known as The Pope’s Revenge. For more information on the TV Tower go to    



DDR Museum

The DDR Museum is like no other in the world, as this musem gives you a hands on experience to how GDR (East Germans) citizens lived during the communist years and how they were cut off from the outside world. You will see how the Ministry of State Security exercised blanket surveillance and how life was like under socialism. A visit to the DDR Museum should be a must for any visitor to Berlin. For more information go to







About 80% of this city was wiped off the map due to allied bombing in March of 1944. Today, this is Germany’s financial and commercial city is sometimes referred to as ‘Bankfurt’.

It’s the fifth biggest city in Germany and Frankfurt on Main has gained enormous economic power both within Germany and abroad thanks to its position as a key transport hub and its status as a major venue for international trade fairs and other business events. It’s second only to Heathrow as the busiest airport in Europe.

has many museums to choice from and we recommend you go into a tourist office when you arrive for more information. Also, ask to purchase the Frankfurt-am-Main Card is €7.80 and it gives you 50% off admission into museums, the Zoo and Palmengarten, plus unlimited travel on public transport. For more information on Franfurt go to



This is the main square in the city located in the Old Town. It was developed in 1240 and was the site of the city’s first official trade fair. Today, there is a Christmas market that takes place on Römerberg every December and its one of the best in Germany.



Cathedral of St Bartholomew

This is where the German emperors were crowned between 1562 and 1792. The building stands at 96m and there are great views from the top. Admission is €3, but subject to change.






Munich (München)

This city is the Bavarian capital was founded in 1158AD by monks of the Benedictine order and located north of the Alps. Munich (München) is the third-largest German city with 1.3 million people and it’s considered a beer drinking and sausage eating city, but there is so more to see and do. This city loves to go out and have fun as it’s the city that hosts the biggest beer drinking festival called Oktoberfest every year. Besides beer drinking this city has 11 universities, over 300 churches, and of course 6 breweries. The city acquired the name München (‘home of the monks’) from its first monastery, founded in the eighth century. Monasteries have played an important role in the history of the city, and are thought of starting the beer brewing traditions for which the city is known for.

Unfortunately, Munich’s recent history is that it was cradle of the Nazi movement after World War I and was the scene of Hitler’s first attempt to seize power in the infamous ‘Beer Hall Putsch’ on 8 November 1923. Then in 1938, the treaty that surrendered a large portion of Czechoslovakia to the Nazis was signed by Germany, Great Britain, France and Italy in Munich, which is thought what, started the chain of events into World War II.

There are many things to do and see in Munich and below is a list of a few. We recommend that you get the Munich Welcome Card costs €28 for three days, giving unlimited travel on public transport, plus discounts at major attractions (



Standing at Marienplatz in front of” Rathaus” you find yourself right in front of Old Town Munich, which it has been since 1158. Frauenkirche at the Marienplatz Munich is probably the best known symbol of Munich. If you step inside you will see at the entrance an example of a tomb monument for a Habsburgian ruler. If you climb the stairs you will find a view of the Alpian Mountains, which is absolutely amazing.



Neuschwanstein Castle

Located two-hours south of Munich lies Neuschwanstein Castle, which was commissioned by King Ludvig II of Bavaria in 1868. It's a real - life fairytale castle set in the green and luscious Alphine foothills and its not hard to see why Walt Disney has used it in the past. The cartoon whiz was so fascinated by this Bavarian palace that he designed his Sleeping Beauty castle after it. 


Olympia Park

Munich was the scene of the 1972 20th Summer Olympics and this park gives you the opportunity to see where some of the top athletes at that time competed. You can go up the Olympic Tower, which soars 290m (950ft) above the park, for some amazing views from its revolving restaurant and observation terrace. Admission is €4, but prices can change. For more information on the Olympia Park go to


BMW Building

This is the place of the famous car company BMW. Here you can see exhibition displays from classic old-timers as well as the latest, technically up-to-date models of the BMW. For more information on BMW go to




This area is on the north bank of the River Isar and is packed with alternative shops, and bars.




The Rathaus – Glockenspiel of Munich is the most famous Glockenspiel in the world, and a major tourist attraction in Munich. Every day at 11 am and 12 pm in the winter months and 11am, 12pm, and 5pm in the summer months the Glockenspiel chimes and re-enacts two stories from the 16th century to the mass crowds of tourists and locals. It consists of 43 bells and 32 life-sized figures. The life-sized statues rotate around each other in a mock dance.

The Glockenspiel celebrates two separate events from Munich’s past with two levels of mundane clockwork action. The dancers are coopers (barrelmakers) and are depicted doing the Schafflertanz, or “Dance of the Coopers”. This is done in memory of the end of the plague in 1517 and every seven years some locals dress up much like Morris Dancers without bells and perform the dance live. The other part is jousting knights. These re-enact the famous tournament that was held for the royal wedding of Duke Wilhelm V which took place on Marienplatz in 1568.



Englischer Garten

The Englischer Garten is a large public park in Munich and its bigger than Hyde Park in London. It’s not unusual to see naked sunbathing locals here, but it’s a pleasant place to relax and soak up the sun. You will also find a permanent wave in the man-made river Eisbach which runs through the park, where surf enthusiasts can attempt to tame the ripple.



Dachau Concentration Camp

Located 16km northwest of Munich in the area of the city called Dachau. This was the first concentration camp built by the Nazi’s in 1933 and used for enemies of the state and political enemies to start with then it developed into being used for prisoners and Jewish people in the country. Over the 12 years it was opened more than 32,000 poeple died here. It's a very sobering experience and please respect that many people have died here when you go.

The best way to go is take the S2 Bahn to the stop called Dachau. From there you can get bus 726 from outside the station which will take you to Dachau Concentration Camp. For more information on Dachau Concentration Camp go to



Sea Life Munchen

For anyone who is interested in marine life or is travelling with children then this is a must attraction. For more information on the Sea Life Munchen go to




With more than six million people attending this 17-day festival annually. Oktoberfest was an event that first started over 200 years ago as a celebration of the nuptials of Crown Prince Ludwig and his bride, Princess Therese. Now there are more than seven million litres of beer guzzled, 90,000 litres of wine consumed and nearly 120,000 pork sausages eaten.

Oktoberfest officially kicks off at noon on the first day of the festival when the lord mayor taps the first keg of beer and cries: "O' zapft is" ("it's tapped"). It's only then that the party can kick off and people can start drinking.

The beer is served from 9am on weekends and 10am on weekdays and is open till 10pm, although there are a few tents like the Wine Tent or the Kafer Tent, which are two great options to continue the partying. All together there are 14 large tents and 20 smaller ones to choice from and they all have there own character ranging from the funky celebrity-packed Hippodrom and the youthful Lowenbrau to the displays of yodelling in the Braeurosi.The largest tent of them all is the Hofbrau-Festzelt, which has a capacity of over 10,000 people.

For all the drunk people attending this festival it's amazing that you don't see many fights and the people attending are more interesting in having a good time. For more information on Oktoberfest and other German Festivals click on the links.







The Rest Of the Germany

There are many things to do and see in Germany from the flat fertile plains of the north, to the peaks of the Alps in the south.

One of Germany's most popular tourist attractions is the "Black Forrest", which has breathtaking scenery. It gets its name from the dark coniferous trees. There are many things to do in this area including fishing, biking, and horseback riding. 

The Rhineland is Germany's oldest cultural center. It is the most populated and industrialized area in Germany. There are many castles and vineyards in this area. It is a popular destination for travelers around the world.




This city has over 500,000 people and it’s one of the biggest cities in southeast Germany. In the 18th century this city was famous throughout Europe as “the Florence on the Elbe”. Unfortunately, during World War II the allies’ carpet bombing Dresden and much of it was flattened with it killing many people and destroying famous buildings. Many of Dresden’s stunning baroque buildings have been restored, thus putting it back on the tourist trail. Go to this city as you won’t be disappointed, it’s a truly amazing city.




This city boasts for having the oldest university in Germany. Also, another major attraction is the famous 14th century castle, which has been the residence of many royals and rulers in the past. Admission into the castle is EUR4, but subject to change. For more information on Heidelberg go to




It’s an old Roman city; Cologne (Köln) is an important cultural and commercial centre holding many trade fairs each year. The Globe Arena is one of the biggest in Europe and plays host to loads of important ice hockey games. One other quick fact for you is that this is the city where cologne was invented as well, as that’s where they got the name from.




Bonn was the administrative capital of Germany till the end of 2000 when it was changed to Berlin. Some of the key attractions there are the Cathedral, which was built between the 11th – 13th centuries and also it’s the birthplace of Beethoven, so if you like his music go to the Beethoven Birthplace Museum. It’s a beautiful city and definitely worth a visit.




Dusseldorf has one of the best cities in Germany for pubs, bars and clubs. Dusseldorf's Altstadt area is classified as having the 'world's biggest bar area' in Dusseldorf's old city. Besides the cities great nightlife you should check out the TV Tower, which stands 168m -high and from the viewing deck it gives you the opportunity to see Dusseldorf from a bird's eye view. This is a city you don't want to miss.




Hamburg is located in northern Germany and its a lively city with several tourist attractions. Please find a few of these below:

The Fish Market lines the River Elbe in St Pauli. Here you'll find a 300-year-old market is worth visiting to watch the local fisherman at work and you can also sample some delicious fish rolls.

The State Opera House is near the old town and is one of Germany's leading classical music venues. Over 300 years after its foundation and its the country's first people's opera house that boasts an eclectric programme that takes in opera.

The Hamburg Dungeon is an interactive horror museum that houses the catacombs of Speicherstadt, the old storehouse district. It shows rides and re-enactments that bring life to thousands of years of gruesome local history, including the story of Stortebecker.




Hannover is arguably one of Germany's best kept secrets and please find below a few of these tourist attractions.

The Castle Marienburg is south of Hannover and is one of the most important neo-Gothic buildings of historic note in Germany and will transport you back to Hannoverian court life. There is a guided tour that will take you through the state and private apartments.

The Red Thread is a red line on Hannover's roads that takes you around the city's sights. Along the 4,200 metre route are the New Town Hall and Old Town Hall, the old quarter, the Leineschloss state government building and various museums. There are impressive views of the town from the New Town Hall, which dates back from the reign of Kaiser Willhelm.

The Sprengel Museum is a mecca for art fans and here you can see works by Paul Klee and Max Backmann, as well as temporary exhibitions. Finally the Hannover Adventure Zoo and its a place to see animal shows and over 2,600 animals.









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