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Germany has a long, complex history and rich culture. Among the many outstanding German authors, artists, architects, musicians, and philosophers, the composers Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven are probably the best known throughout the world. From the ever changing Baltic coastline and the lake of Mecklenburg to its medieval cities and fairy tale villages, Germany truly has something for everyone.

Is the capital of Germany’s Bavarian region and belongs to the relaxed and sunny south. It has a flair for the fanciful that is deeply rooted in Bavarian culture.

Munich is Germany’s good-time city, its image indelibly tied to a series of celebrations that have spread the city’s fame far and wide. Schützenstrasse marks the beginning of Munich’s pedestrian shopping mall, the Fussgängerzone, with over a mile of shopping.

Just outside Munich, Bavarian artists worked for almost a full century to create the Nymphenburg Palace together with its elegant gardens which comes alive with popular concerts during the Summer Festival. The palace grounds, are home of the Museum of Royal Carriages, the Hunting Lodge and the Porcelain Museum.

The reunification in 1991 followed after more than forty years of division between the western democracies and the Soviet Union. Berlin actually began as two separate cities, divided by the Spree River more than 750 years ago. After the Thirty Years War (1618-1648), it rose to political power as the seat of the Brandenburg dynasty. Later, when they joined with the powerful Prussian family Hohenzollern, Berlin was chosen as the capital, its status solidified by Count Otto von Bismarck in the 19th Century as he forcefully unified all the disparate principalities into one modern German nation. From the beginning of the German empire in 1871, though the Weimar Republic and Hitler’s Third Reich, Berlin remained the country’s capital, only giving up that title in the aftermath of World War II when Bonn was selected due to the division of Berlin between East and West.

Formerly the pride of Imperial Berlin, the massive 18th Century Brandenburg Gate is now the symbol of German reunification. In West Berlin, you can visit Check Point Charlie Museum, the formerly notorious meeting point of East and West. You can also visit Charlottenburg Palace, this gorgeous palace served as a city residence for the Prussian rulers.

Potsdam, just outside of Berlin, is a fascinating city of contrasts where Prussian kings made their fantastic summer homes and where the Potsdam Agreement was signed in 1945. You can visit the fantastic “Sans Souci” (without worry) Gardens where Frederick the Great and German rulers made their summer homes. The main garden, created in the 18th and 19th centuries, is a maze of the three smaller and elegantly kept gardens, where the paths are studded with Greek and Roman statues. Cecilienhof Castle, built in the early part of the 20th century served as an important place in world history when the Potsdam Agreement was signed here in 1945 by Truman, Stalin and Churchill. It is said that each party had a private entrance to the castle so that no one party would know the arrival time of the others.

During the baroque age flourished and became one of the most glamorous royal capitals in Europe. The public face of the city was heavily influenced by the construction of buildings by acclaimed architects. This époque was responsible for some of Dresden’s undeniably beautiful buildings such as the Zwinger, Hofkirche or the Taschenbergpalais.

With its French and Italian influences, Dresden proved to be one of Europe’s leading and most beautiful residential cities. At the turn of the last century, Dresden blossomed into a metropolis with 517,000 inhabitants by 1905.

Skirts wild open countryside of the Spessart Uplands before heading south through the plains of Swabia along the Tauber and Lech Rivers. It is a highlight of the German holiday route with charming views of castles, abbeys, and beautiful forests.
Is Germany’s financial and commercial capital. Despite its long and distinguished history, it is known to the world as a modern city. Frankfurt was one of the joint capitals of Charlemagne’s empire, where no less than 30 Holy Roman Emperors were elected and crowned, and was famous as the birthplace of Goethe. It was also the city where the first German parliament met.
Is a spa, resort and convention town, at the bottom of the Black Forest. It is well-known for its thermal baths, its casino, its horse races and its new Festival Hall. The surrounding countryside ‘Rebland’ is a paradise in its own right.
Martin Luther gushed that “Nuremberg shines throughout Germany like a sun among the moon and stars” and with the three castles which tower over the city and its abundance of markets, museums and significant historical sights, it’s easy to see why. Painstakingly reconstructed shortly after the Second World War, Nuremberg (Nürnberg), is the second largest city of Bavaria and an important port on the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal. Stuffed with architectural wonders, Nuremberg has proved over the centuries that it is a magnet for famous artists though the most famous of all, Albrecht Dürer, was born here.
Germany has a warm, temperate climate with westerly winds. Extreme fluctuations in temperature are rare and rain falls throughout the year. The cold winters daily average temperature in January ranges from 27-36 °F, and warm summers, when the maximum temperature is about 72-75 °F in July and August.

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