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  • The Berlin Wall - a symbol of the Cold War
  • Museum Island in Berlin
  • The symbol of Berlin - Brandenburg Gate
  • The summer residence of Bavarian kings - Castle Hohenschwangau
  • Attractions Munich - Bavaria's medieval gems
  • Magic Dresden - a city reborn
  • Neuschwanstein Castle - Manor mad monarch
  • Bremen - city of fairy tale in Germany
  • Pantheon of great Germans - Valhalla

Germany attracts tourists from around the world of the ancient culture of Bavaria, the picturesque valley of the Rhine with medieval monasteries and castles, calm Baltic coast, the picturesque Black Forest and a large number of historical monuments. Southern Germany is famous for its crystal clear lakes and the foothills of the Alps ski resorts, as well as its wines, whose production centers are located in the valleys of the rivers in the south of the country.

It is obvious that, in order to describe in all its glory all the sights of Germany, which they undoubtedly deserve, require several book volumes. And the tourists are now divided into specific types: anyone seeking an active adventure tourism, some in awe of ancient buildings and museums, some prefer to visit folk festivals and celebrations, wanting to plunge into the whirlpool of national traditions and culture of the country. Everyone has different needs and different interests. But every place, whether it's street, village, city or country has its memorable places, their "business card" for which they can learn, remember and love.

Absolutely all the sights of Germany will not be able to list, but the most vivid, memorable, and the main of them, worthy of the attention of any tourist will be covered in this article.

 Berlin Wall
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The Berlin Wall - a symbol of the Cold War

The German capital - Berlin - is a city with a rich cultural heritage, incredible architecture, theaters, museums, galleries. But many tourists primarily associate it with the infamous Berlin Wall. Concrete fence height exceeds 3 m, with barbed wire, stretching 160 km, was not just a boundary between two different Germany, one night she has separated thousands of families for years to 28 years.

The Berlin Wall was erected in 1961, which was the consequence of the partition of Berlin and all of Germany into two parts: East and West. Absolutely all attempts to get "beyond" brutally suppressed.

During these attempts, according to various estimates, have died from 190 to 1,200. Finally, in 1990, destroyed wall. This event has thundered to the whole world, in all corners of our planet were talking about family reunification, the city and the whole country. In a very short period of time the once mighty border, not a single brick, it was only a fragment - a site a little more than a kilometer in length - as a reminder of the Cold War.

Many tourists come to Berlin only to witness at least the ruins of the building. Standing next to the fragment, you get the opportunity to experience the emotions of hundreds of thousands of people, their hopes and despair, who were associated with this wall.
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Museum Island in Berlin

One of the most fascinating places of the eastern part of Berlin's Museum Island is Shpreeinzel middle of the river Spree, connected by a bridge to the mainland part of the city. There are five museums: the New Museum, the Old Museum, the Bode Museum, Pergamon Museum and Old National Gallery. But the most attractive for most tourists is the Cathedral, designed in a unique style of the Italian Renaissance. This monument is relatively young - its construction was completed in 1905. Its central part, topped by a massive dome is 98 meters in height, and the two sides adjacent to it a couple of aisles with chapels. In this cathedral often hold concerts of organ music.
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The symbol of Berlin - Brandenburg Gate

Another famous attraction of the city is at the Paris Square and is a symbol of the German capital. This is the Brandenburg Gate. They were erected in 1791 on the orders of Friedrich Wilhelm II. They evoke the spirit of the time when it was possible to officially enter the famous capital under the majestic arch. The Brandenburg Gate is a dozen mighty columns made in Doric style, which raised a rectangular pediment, which is crowned with the quadriga chariot of the goddess seated on a world governed by four horses.

 Brandenburg Gate
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The summer residence of Bavarian kings - Castle Hohenschwangau

Hohenschwangau Castle is considered one of the most beautiful castles of Bavaria. It is located in the village of Schwangau in the south of Germany and is the seat of the Wittelsbach dynasty.

This castle was built in the era of the mid-nineteenth-century romanticism. Since the founding of the estate was the summer residence of the royal family. It organized receptions, rest, be alone with nature. Gradually the castle turned into a hunting residence of the royal dynasty.

To this day the castle Hohenschwangau saved its pristine form, created with a unique design in the Biedermeier style, which is characteristic of the era of the construction of castles. The interior impresses with its beauty and decoration. The predominant colorings are lilac and purple. The walls of the interior are decorated with canvases. The outer part of the structure is painted in sand color and decorated with bas-reliefs. Blend well into the surrounding landscape, the castle towers over the cliff Swan (Shvanshtayn) Tegelberg Mountain and thoughts will bring you to the Middle Ages. Immediately a feeling of illusion lush balls, jousting, beautiful music, honoring the monarch and the luxury of the time.

Since 1913 the castle Hohenschwangau becomes a museum and opened to tourists. The first thing that catches the eye when you get to the courtyard of the estate - a small fountain in the shape of a swan. Glancing eye area, you may find that everywhere there is a swan theme. King Ludwig from childhood loved them, those noble birds, so in the vicinity of the castle you will find swans everywhere: there are birds in the garden, the walls of the premises are decorated with images of swans; chandeliers, doorknobs, chairs, tables, figurines made in the form of these beautiful birds.

As before, the castle remains the possession of the Wittelsbach family. Every year he come to see more than 300 thousand tourists from different countries.

 Hofbräuhaus beer hall
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Attractions Munich - Bavaria's medieval gems

Munich - an ancient town, which originates from the VIII century, and the first of its inhabitants considered tegernzeyskie monks. For the first time in official documents referred to Munich in 1158, and in 1175 he received the status of the city. The Bavarian capital is famous mainly beer, which is produced by six city breweries according to ancient recipes; Most tourists travel to Munich to see its unique attractions, which include the medieval architectural ensembles, architectural structures in the style of Gothic and Renaissance castles and palaces, beautiful parks and many museums.

The world-famous Hofbräuhaus beer hall

Especially for those who are definitely associated with Bavaria beer, it is possible to visit the old Hofbräuhaus beer hall, founded in 1589 and has become not only the main attractions in Munich, but also played an important role in history. It was here that in 1923 there was the famous Beer Hall Putsch, a result that went up Hitler's political career. Brasserie you can taste true Bavarian beer, and on the second floor you can taste the best dishes of the national cuisine.

The biggest beer festival

And, of course, we can not say about the famous and most popular international festival - Oktoberfest, which is held here in the capital of Bavaria beer. The very name of the festival said that the time comes in the fall of this holiday. By about the third Saturday of October in Munich tourists gather and beer lovers from around the world almost to unwind, have fun, take a walk, make new friends and, of course, taste the intoxicating drink.

The festival lasts for almost two weeks, during which consumed about 6, 5 million liters of beer.

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Magic Dresden - a city reborn

Perhaps it is no exaggeration to call this sprawling on the banks of the River Elbe wonderful city the cultural capital of Germany. Amazingly, however, Dresden is the largest industrial center. Strolling through the streets of this city never ceases to be amazed how harmoniously combines majestic monuments and powerful industries.

Why Dresden is considered to be unique in its kind? Surely it is not known, but for some reason here first thing in a hurry tourists visit Germany in order to enjoy the beautiful scenery of "Florence on the Elbe" - that is the name of the city has been met and is found today in the literary works of the great German classics.

The city has an incredible and rich history, which you can enter by visiting the museums and contemplating the sights of Dresden.

The city, like most others, has two parts: the "old" and "new." Do not doubt any guide advise you to visit it in the "old" Dresden. There you can witness the world-famous Zwinger Palace, which houses the Dresden Art Gallery.

The best lookout tower in Dresden is considered Hausmannstrum. Near the castle is the Zwinger, the residence was built in the XIII century and is the museum complex.

Every connoisseur of opera theater is famous Semperoper at Theater Square, the unique acoustics is highly regarded as the audience and the greatest artists of our time.

In Dresden, a lot of cathedrals, which are real works of architectural art. These include: the Cathedral, the Church of the Cross, the Synagogue, Church of the Holy St. Simeon Divnogortsa.

 Neuschwanstein Castle
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Neuschwanstein Castle - Manor mad monarch

For musicians sung the Bavarian Alps, near the Austrian border itself, majestically Neuschwanstein - the embodiment of romantic phantasmagoria and dreams. Mystery surrounding the form reinforces the impression dramatized this castle, which emerged from the past as if our world.

Neuschwanstein Castle rightly referred to the list of the great castles of the world, as a very small number of buildings can be compared with its mesmerizing splendor. Just this and sought unsociable misanthrope King Louis II, whose whimsical fantasies embodied in the decoration of the castle, its architecture and landscape solutions.

Castle from the end of the XIX century has become incredibly popular for tourists. Of course, because the product of an eccentric king - a masterpiece! Modern Bavarians are very grateful strange monarch, let him eat lunch ... like a ghost Louis XIV.
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Bremen - city of fairy tale in Germany

On the romantic banks of the Weser river stretches Bremen - a relatively small but very rich sights and picturesque town in the northern part of the country. It was founded in 787 by Charlemagne. The once popular prosperity and wealthy merchant in Bremen felt to this day.

Perhaps the best evidence of local wealth is one of the most beautiful European squares - Old Town Square. Here are the medieval houses and fabulous city nobles, and old churches, and sculptures with historical monuments. But the area is considered to be the hallmark of the Bremen Town Hall. Today, the building occupies a seat Senate.

Not far from the town hall are two magnificent monuments: the world-famous statue of the Bremen Town Musicians and the Custodian of the town of Roland, reaching 10 meters in height. The impression of a medieval fairy tale reinforces St Peter's Cathedral, built back in the XI century.

To the Market Square is adjacent to a picturesque old quarter of narrow streets. This place is called the "Schnoor", has long lived here musicians and artists, craftsmen. And the name of the place comes from the word "string" - houses so tightly pressed against each other, especially if they were strung on a cord. In this quarter you can find lovely little shops with antiques and various trinkets, art galleries, great local eateries, which prepare amazingly tasty dishes from the Bremen-quality products.
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Pantheon of great Germans - Valhalla

One of the most interesting and magnificent places in Germany, located near the town of Regensburg is called Valhalla.

On the high bank of the Danube stands the monumental building, in the best traditions of ancient architecture. The temple of white marble down his ladder to the river and how to lure people to the eternal, heroic, high. Perhaps the Valhalla is the most powerful, the most beautiful monument of the magnificent history of the state.

The original meaning Valhalla - this is the place where after the death of heroes and demigods go.

On the opening day of the pantheon, 18 October 1842, King Ludwig of I remarked that this monument should remind the Germans, wherever they lived, to the fact that they have one motherland and one story that needs to be proud of. Here are placed busts and plaques of those individuals who are in some way influenced the German culture (including the bust was even owned by Russian Empress Catherine II!).

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