Places shown in teal are regions or interesting
areas of the country.
The Semperoper (the Opera House) in Dresden is one of the city's many fanciful
- Slow to recover from the ravages of World War II and damaged by
floods in 2002, Dresden, the capital of the state of Saxony, is known for
world class art museums, extravagant palaces, and a beautiful setting on the
- View the river from the Brühlsche Terasse, known as the
"Balcony of Europe", a rampart on the south bank of the river.
It is located on Terrassenufer near the Carolabrücke Bridge.
- For many, the highlight of a visit to Dresden is the recently restored
Church of Our Lady (the Dresden Frauenkirche) which was re-consecrated late
in 2005. If you have time, also see the Cathedral (Katholische
Hofkirche), a beautiful church in the baroque style. Its interior
detail is quite interesting.
- Be sure to visit the Zwinger Palace (a baroque masterpiece with a small,
but fantastic art collection), the Semper Opera House (Semperoper) and the
Dresden Royal Palace (Residenz Schloss).
- At the Royal Palace, the Green Vault, one of Europe's renowned
collections of artistic treasures, reopened in September 2006.
The collection had not been seen in its entirety
for nearly 70 years. The original museum was a casualty of World War
II and the collection was rescued from destruction at the end of the
war by the Russian Army. It was returned to Germany in
- Be sure to tour the "Jewel Room" and the "Entrance Vault" to
examine luxurious gemstones displayed in elaborate
settings. Reservations are suggested. For more information
visit the Museum's official
(click the tab for museums and institutions).
- If you have time, explore the nearby Elbe Valley, which has been awarded
UNESCO World Heritage status. Moritzburg, Albrechtsberg, Ligner,
Pillnitz and Eckberg are just a few examples of the many picturesque castles
in the Dresden Elbe Valley)
- Dresden celebrated its 800th anniversary in 2006.
- See the city's
official tourism website for more details on visiting Dresden.
- The Black Forest (the Schwarzwald) is not black and many visitors would
claim that many of its areas are too prim and proper to be called a
forest, but that does not subtract from the region's attractiveness. The
Black Forest offers some of the best food in Germany, served at upscale
resorts and spas featuring natural thermal pools and more treatments than
you can imagine.
- The locations of many of these spas are based on sites originally
discovered by Roman Soldiers and, then, abandoned and lost for
- If you have the time and money, the Black Forest can be a delightful
place to travel. Make reservations early, as Europeans consider
this area one of the continent's best places for a relaxing vacation.
There are numerous cities and villages to visit, although we highlight
just two below.
- Finally, when touring this area, try some Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte
(the Black Forest Cherry Cake), as this delight is the most popular
dessert in Germany.
- This is one of the exclusive spa-resort towns located on the
edge of the Black Forest. Baden-Baden is the place to stop if you
want luxury treatment and, perhaps, to gamble away the family fortune at
- Look for shopping in the town centre, along Lange Strasse,
Lichtentaler Strasse, and the pedestrian area near the spas.
For more information, visit the city's official tourism
- Baden-Baden can be an expensive place to stay, as the hotel
rates here seem higher than most other locations in Germany.
- Freiburg, the capital of the Black Forest, offers numerous
attractions and is a pleasant place for a stay.
- Freiburg's Old Town is one of the most interesting and beautiful in
Germany. The Old Town (town centre) is filled with interesting shopping
opportunities and is pedestrian only.
- Be sure to see the Münster, the town's towering cathedral, and
its square the Münsterplatz (Minister Square), where an open market is
held each morning. In addition, while visiting the Square, take a
look at the Merchant's Hall, which, in the past, served as customs house
and warehouse for the market.
- See the
official tourism website of Freiburg for more details on
- Germany's second largest city and one of Europe's leading ports, Hamburg
is well known for its historic "Warehouse Quarter", museums, grand avenues,
- Be sure to see the Town Hall, the Harbor, Stoll through the Blankenese
District along the Elbe River and visit the Speicherstadt (warehouse
district) (or view it from a harbor cruise). Make time for the Church
of St. Michael ( a Baroque masterpiece) that provides a great view of the
city if you have enough energy to climb the steps to the viewing platform in
- For the best shopping, visit the Mönckebergstraße, (also known as the
"Mö"), which is known throughout Europe as a shopper's paradise.
If you are a model railroader (and, perhaps, even if you are not) Hamburg's
Miniatur Wunderland features the world's longest model railway.
The Wonderland has over 6 miles of track, spread over displays
that mimic sections of Germany, the United States, Scandinavia and the
Apparently, the best is yet to come and the displays is not
completely finished. Expansions for France, Italy, Africa and Outer
Space are expected to be completed sometime in the future.
The Miniatur Wunderland, which is well worth seeing, is located in the
Speicherstadt area at Kehrwieder 4, 20457 Hamburg.
official video for some amazing details on the Wunderland
For more details see the
official website of the Wunderland.
Hamburg is very enjoyable from the water, so take a harbor cruise to get to
know the city.
- Frankfurt am Main is the gateway to Germany for many travelers. If
you arrive here, we suggest that you take a day to tour the town after your
arrival, as spending some time walking and touring on your first day abroad
is a good way to remedy jet lag (see our article on
Jet Lag) before you hit the
road to your ultimate destination in Germany.
- Today's Frankfurt is a thoroughly modern city that is the commercial and
financial center of Germany. Although the city was devastated by
bombing during World War II, there are several "historic" sights worth
seeing. Head for the Römerberg Square (including the Römer
- the Old Town Hall), St. Paul's church and the Old Opera House (Alte Oper)
for a recreated taste of historic Frankfurt.
- Visit the Museum Embankment along the Mainz River for a number of good
quality museums (including the incredible
Stadel Art Museum ).
- Frankfurt holds many major trade fairs (e.g. the International Book Fair
(November) and the International Auto Show (October). Make sure to
plan your visit for some other time of the year. During
these huge shows hotels will be unavailable (if available the rates will be
much higher than usual), and the waiting times at restaurants will be
- See the Frankfurt's
official tourism website for more details on visiting.
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