Top 5 Must Do's in Germany

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Germany is an amazing country to visit during your stay in Europe. Not only does Germany offer great transportation systems such as the U-Bahn, S-Bahn and the Autobahn, but also this country offers booming cities with great amenities and sights. Here's a guide of the top 5 must do's in Germany.

Visit the Dom in Cologne

The Kölner Dom , officially known as the Hohe Domkirche St. Peter und Maria is one of the top attractions in the city of Cologne ("Köln" in German). This amazing cathedral took over 600 years to built. The construction began in 1248 but the final touches were not completed until 1880. The Cologne Cathedral is 144.5 meters long, 86.5 meters wide and its 2 towers are about 157 meters tall. This cathedral is among the world's largest and it is the largest Gothic church in all of the northern Europe. The cathedral survived over 70 hits during the air bomb raids of World Ward II and made the UNESCO World Heritage List due to its historical importance. The main attraction of the cathedral is the Bell of St. Peter, cast in 1922, and still the largest free swinging bell in the world.

Explore the Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart

If you're talking about Germany, you will surely talk about fantastic cars and highways without a speed limit. Racing and architecture enthusiasts will find the Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart an amazing world to explore! The museum's building is just outside the main gate of the Daimler factory and its design is known around the world--3 overlapping circles with the center removed to form an atrium shaped like a triangle. The museum contains over 160 vehicles, some dating back to the time that the first motor engine was developed and provides free audio tours. Plan a visit in advance because this museum receives about 1 million visitors every year.

Enjoy the Christmas Markets in December

If you're visiting Germany in late November or any time during December, make sure to visit the Christmas markets (Weichnachtsmarkt) all around Germany. It does not matter whether you're visiting a small town or a metropolis, visiting a Christmas market is always a great experience!The highlights of the Christmas markets are warming, sweet ice wine (glühwein) and apple fritters (elephant ears)--always a hit during cold weather! Often Christmas markets in big cities have improvised ice skating rinks.

Experience the Wagner Opera Festival Festival in Bayreuth

The Bayreuth Festival takes place every year from late July to August and offers about 30 operas. A "must see" event not only for opera fans but also for anybody who doubts that opera can be fun. You will be converted! Among past directors of the Bayreuth Festival are Daniele Gatti, Peter Schneider, Sebastian Weigle and Christian Thielemann. The tours of the Festspielhaus (opera house) are also exciting because visitors can learn about the special features of the auditorium and explore the rehearsal stages. The Wagner clan (of Richard Wagner fame!) has been responsible for this opera festival since the early 1900's.

Learn about the Berlin Wall in Berlin

No visit to Germany would be complete without a visit to Berlin and no visit to Berlin would be complete without seeing up close the remains of the Berlin Wall. The Berlin Wall was a physical barrier built along the border dividing East and West Berlin by the German Democratic Republic and came to symbolize the Iron Curtain between Western and Eastern Europe. The Berlin Wall fell in 1989 but it can still be found around several places in Berlin. There are remains of the Berlin Wall near Postdamer Platz and the Ostbahnhof.

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October 14, 2009 change by damiandavilarojas

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