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A Germany tour could take you from the fairy tale world of the Black Forest to the global cities of Berlin and Munich to the ancient city of Cologne.
Cross the Iron Curtain and delve into once-divided Berlin’s turbulent history with a visit to the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, and landmarks of the East and West sections of Berlin. Step even further into the past at Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag Building, and the Baroque cathedral, then take in 360-degree views of the now-unified, modernized city from atop the Berlin TV Tower.
South of Berlin lies Dresden, a city rebuilt following the devastation of WWII. See Dresden’s gorgeous Baroque buildings, including the Zwinger Palace and Semper Opera house, which earned the city the nickname “Florence on the Elbe”.
In Munich—the capital of the Bavarian state—you won’t want to miss the Marienplatz—the iconic central square—as well as the Englischer Garten and Olympic Stadium. Oktoberfest is huge here, so be sure to visit the city’s most famous beerhall, Hofbräuhaus. Elsewhere in Bavaria, admire romantic Neuschwanstein Castle, Nuremburg’s castle and St. Sebaldus cathedral, and the charming medieval center of Rothenburg.
A number of medieval towns developed along the banks of the Rhine River, which weaves along the western side of Germany. Cologne is the largest city in the Rhineland and boasts museums, galleries, gorgeous gothic architecture, and its UNESCO World Heritage-listed cathedral.
Heidelberg Castle is considered one of the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps, and the town is also famous for its cuckoo clock-making and 14th-century Heidelberg University. Tucked in the southwestern tip of Germany is the Black Forest, whose lush landscapes and mythical air inspired the work of the Brothers Grimm.