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Germany: Grand Cities, Castles and Cathedrals

Program Number: 19454RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/7/2015 - 4/23/2015; 6/9/2015 - 6/25/2015; 9/1/2015 - 9/17/2015;
Duration: 16 nights
Location: Germany
Price starting at: $5,299.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 40; 16 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 15 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Connect East Germany with West on this comprehensive journey that begins in Berlin and ventures south to Munich to the heart of Bavaria, then west and north to the Rhine River and Cologne. Along the way learn about breathtaking architecture, quintessential Bavarian villages, Roman history and a nation still healing after decades of division.




Highlights

• In Berlin, explore the German Bundestag with an expert and meet an assistant of a member of Parliament.
• Learn about the great German landmarks including the Romantic Road, the Rhine, Heidelberg Castle and the Cologne Cathedral.
• Join an expert to explore the elaborately styled opera house in Dresden, the Semperoper.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles on uneven surfaces, climbing a few flights of stairs.




Date Specific Information

4-7-2015, 6-9-2015, 9-1-2015

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Berlin, 4 nights; coach to Dresden, 2 nights; coach to Nuremberg, 1 night; coach to Munich, 4 nights; coach to Heidelberg, 2 night; coach to Cologne, 2 nights; departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Berlin
4 nights
Coach to Dresden
2 nights

Through lectures and field trips discover Berlin — capital of reunified Germany and global hub of art, architecture and politics. Go behind the scenes of the Bundestag and meet a member of parliament. Enjoy the treasures of the Museumsinsel on your own. On a half-day field trip to Potsdam explore the palace of historic Sanssouci. In Dresden, learn about the Frauenkirche, the church that was destroyed in the WWII firebombing but was reconstructed and is now a symbol of reconciliation. Join an expert to explore the elaborately styled opera house in Dresden, the Semperoper.



Coach to Nuremberg
1 night
Coach to Munich
4 nights

Learn about Nuremberg’s dual history: with a walking lecture through the Nazi party rally grounds and through a discussion on German resistance during the Third Reich. Explore the great landmarks of Nuremberg, including its Imperial Castle — for 500 years home of all Kaisers and kings of the Holy Roman Empire. Explore Munich with a local expert and view the stunning art collections at Alte and Neue Pinakothek. Journey down the famous “Romantic Road” to experience quintessential German villages, the Nymphenburg Palace and Andechs Monastery.



Coach to Heidelberg
2 nights
Coach to Cologne
2 nights
Departure

Join a local expert to learn about the most important Renaissance structure north of the alps — Heidelberg Castle, and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Cologne Cathedral. Uncover Roman history in Cologne, journey through the Mosel Valley and board a vessel for a boating voyage down the Rhine.




Germany

From warring tribes who put an end to the declining Roman Empire to Charlemagne’s unified Holy Roman Empire; from religious divisions ignited by Martin Luther’s 95 theses in Wittenburg to the nation-making force of Otto von Bismarck -- alternating unity and division are the hallmarks of German history. In 1961, a concrete wall divided Germany from the world. With the Berlin Wall’s fall in 1989, Germany showed the way for the new, embracing Europe of today.



Accommodations
Berlin: Three-star hotel with classical facade. Dresden: Hotel with beautiful view over river Elbe. Nuremberg: Hotel with own Mediterranean garden. Munich: Three-star hotel in city center. Heidelberg: Hotel minutes from Heidelberg castle. Cologne: Hotel in city center.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Burkhard Heyl

Burkhard Heyl has performed in films, television and radio play productions both internationally and in his home country of Germany. He studied acting at the Folkwang School in Essen, Germany, and has authored numerous screenplays and short stories. A decorated excursion leader, Burkhard accompanies explorers on highly personalized adventures through Berlin and Potsdam while sharing his expertise and passion for the region’s history.
 
Wolf Refardt

An expert on the military history of the 19th and 20th centuries, Wolf Refardt enjoys sharing his knowledge during his lectures and classes on the events of the Cold War. Wolf has published papers on themes that range from Sepulchral culture in enlightened absolutism to the development of public welfare in Brandenburg, and to the history of battles that took place during World War II.
 
Sabine Rosenkranz

Sabine Rosenkranz was born in Dresden, East Germany, where she grew up to become an English teacher. In love with her beautiful home city, she decided she wanted to introduce it to visitors. Sabine became a licensed city excursion leader 25 years ago and has delighted in leading American visitors around Dresden since the German reunification of 1990. She particularly enjoys showing off the Saxon State Art Collections.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Allegra
  Berlin, Germany 4 nights
   Hotel am Terrassenufer
  Dresden, Germany 2 nights
   Dürer Hotel
  Nuremberg, Germany 1 night
   Hotel Carat
  Munich, Germany 4 nights
   Hotel Bayrischer Hof
  Heidelberg, Germany 2 nights
   Hotel Flandrischer Hof
  Cologne, Germany 2 nights
 Hotel Allegra
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Built in 1861 with classical façade the hotel is modern, friendly and very personally run establishment. Situated in the heart of the new Berlin, the Allegra is the ideal starting point to explore the vibrant city on foot.
  Contact info: Albrechtstr. 17
Berlin,  10117 Germany
phone: +49 (0)30 308 86 0
web: www.albrechtshof-hotels.com/de/hotel-allegra/hotel
  Room amenities: shower/toilet or bath/toilet, TV, telephone and mini bar, internet access
  Facility amenities: bar and restaurant at the partner hotel Albrechtshof vis-à-vis
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Upon request Subject to availability. Advanced reservations required.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Hotel am Terrassenufer
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The hotel is situated near the historic part of the town in the inner city of Dresden. From the Bruehlsche Terrace near the hotel you can get a view of the "Florence on the Elbe" with its "White Fleet" and the famous skyline. All famous sights as well as the commercial center and the government sector can be reached on foot in a few minutes.
  Contact info: Terrassenufer 12
Dresden,  01069 Germany
phone: +49 (0) 351 4409-50
web: www.hotel-terrassenufer.de/10.html
  Room amenities: All rooms are modern and functionally equipped and offer a beautiful view over the river Elbe and the old town as well as the "Sächsische Schweiz". There is wireless internet available.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, lobby bar and public internet point in the lobby.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Dürer Hotel
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: The Dürer Hotel is consequently run by the proprietors themselves in person, according to the motto "Coming home". The central feature is the hotel's own Mediterranean garden, an oasis at the heart of the Old Town. Each room has a personal character of its own.
  Contact info: Neutormauer 32
Nürnberg,  90403 Germany
phone: +49 (0) 911 / 21 46 65 - 0
web: www.duerer-hotel.de
  Room amenities: All rooms are equipped with bathroom/shower, WC, hairdryer, vanity mirror, large desk, telephone, LCD television, W-Lan (one hour a day free of charge) and minibar
  Facility amenities: The hotel has a small wellness area with sauna, steam bath, treadmill, ergometer and rowing machine is also available to you at no additional cost. Round off the day with a drink in our hotel bar. A small library there contains all you need to know about Albrecht Dürer and Nuremberg.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Carat
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: The hotel is located in the heart of MunichThe pedestrian zone, main railway station and many places of interest can all be accessed easily on foot. The Sendlinger Tor underground station is only 200 metres from the hotel.
  Contact info: Lindwurmstr. 13
Munich,  80337 Germany
phone: +49 89 230 380
web: www.carat-hotel-muenchen.de
  Room amenities: All rooms are equipped with shower / WC, Minibar, TV, Phone, wireless LAN for a fee, soundproof windows to the street side, view of the peaceful inner courtyard or onto the park. Some rooms also have air conditioning.
  Facility amenities: Underground parking, Internet for free in public areas, Hotel bar and terrace, Meetingroom, free daily newspapers in 5 languages, round the clock coffee / mineral water for free taking at the reception
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Bayrischer Hof
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Hotel Bayrischer Hof in Heidelberg lies right at the heart of the beautiful university city of Heidelberg and is an ideal starting point for visits to the many sights, such as Heidelberg castle, Germany’s oldest university, the romantic banks of the river Neckar, the Congress House, renowned Heidelberg companies, several university institutes and clinics, the ATOS clinic and much more. Founded in 1856, the hotel was completely rebuilt and renovated in 2007/2008. Therefore, wethe hotel offers you rooms that are both cosily furnished and contemporary in design, available in a range of sizes and with a variety of facilities. Directly situated on Bismarckplatz, the 1.6 kilometre-long pedestrian zone (one of the longest in Europe) invites you to take a stroll through the Old Town. Just one kilometre from Heidelberg’s main railway station, the hotel is always easily and quickly accessible. The pleasant atmosphere, the young and highly dedicated staff and the central location are always particularly popular with our guests. Also close by the hotel there is a fitness centre, as well as an open air and indoor swimming pool.
  Contact info: Rohrbacher Straße 2
Heidelberg,  69115 Germany
phone: +0049 6221 872880
web: bayrischer-hof-heidelberg.com/
  Room amenities: • Shower/WC with mirror, hairdryer • Telephone, cable TV, free W-LAN/LAN Internet connection • Mini bar • Anti-allergy bed linen
  Facility amenities: Service: • Lifts to all floors • Email & Internet service • Concierge • Cleaning/laundry (chargeable) • Currency exchange up to € 100 • Porter/bell service • Room service • Hotel safe for valuables up to € 20,000 • Secretarial service
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Flandrischer Hof
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: The Hotel is located in the city centre of Cologne, in walking distance from the cathedral and old town. In the evening you will have the chance to relax in a cosy Hotel bar and enjoy life music.
  Contact info: Flandrische Straße 3-11
50674,  Köln Germany
phone: +49 221 20 36 0
web: www.flandrischerhof.de/de/index.html
  Room amenities: All rooms are equipped with telephone and satellite TV.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Upon request. Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
2.00 pm check-in at the hotel. 5.00 pm welcome meeting with group leader at the hotel's private meeting room. You will be staying at Hotel Allegra that night.
  End of Program:
Check-out until 11.00 am, depending on flight times. You will be staying at Hotel Flandrischer Hof the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Public parking is available nearby the hotel. Costs vary.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: There are frequent train connections to Berlin form all parts of Germany.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Berlin
  Nearest highway: A 100
  Nearest airport:  Berlin-Tegel
  Transportation to site: Please take the bus 128, leaving Tegel airport, until the metro station "Kurt Schumacher Platz". Than you take the metro U8, direction "Alt-Mariendorf". Take the nine stations to "Oranienburger Tor" and you are just five minutes away from the Augstinenhof. Just turn left into the "Tucholsky Straße". After 200 metres there is the Auguststraße on the left hand side.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Cologne
  Nearest city or town:  Cologne
  Nearest highway: Highways A1, A3, A4 and A59
  Nearest airport:  Cologne/Bonn
  Transportation from site: From the Hotel there is a 5 minutes walk to the "Rudolfplatz". From there, you take the metro number 1 or 7 and go to "Neumarkt". At "Neumarkt" you change to the metro number 16,17, 18 or 19 to the main station. From the main station you take the bus to Cologne Airport.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Depart the US on overnight flight
(Tuesday, June 9)
   
 In Transit: Overnight flight to Germany

Day 2: Arrival and Check-In/ Registration and Orientation/ Welcome Dinner
(Wednesday, June 10)
   
 Afternoon: Our airport greeters will meet you at the airport and arrange for your transfer to the hotel. After you have your room assignment we will wait for the rest of the group to arrive at the hotel. You can use the time to take a first walk around the neighbourhood or have a light lunch at one of the many restaurants nearby. In the afternoon we will gather in our private meeting room where the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for understanding.
 Dinner: Welcome Dinner at Restaurant Dolce. Getting to know each other.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Allegra
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Guided City Tour Berlin
(Thursday, June 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Introduction to the program by the group leader followed by a guided Berlin city excursion including Palace Charlottenburg (outside visit), Tiergarten Parc, Memorial Church (Western City Center), Remnants of the Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden (Main Avenue), Museums Island, Historical Center (Eastern Center) and Governments Quarter.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: We will hear a lecture on Berlin's troublesome past, its present as well as its future by a local expert and historian.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant
   
Accommodations: Hotel Allegra
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: German Federal Parliament (Bundestag) and Museum Island
(Friday, June 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Field trip to the German Bundestag: During a guided visit of the parliament you learn about the political system in Germany and discuss current political subjects with an assistant to a member of parliament. The visit rounds off with the view from the cupola.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Free time to visit the famous Museum Island. The exhibits in the five museums on Museum Island span the whole of Western Civilization from the pre-historic to the 19th Century. Museum Isalnd is a UNESCO Heritage listed site. Explore different exhibitions with a day pass on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant
   
Accommodations: Hotel Allegra
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Potsdam - The Castle of Sanssouci
(Saturday, June 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Excursion to Potsdam. Guided visit of Sanssouci Palace, the summer residence of Frederick the Great. It was built above the terraced vineyard from 1745 to 1747 following the King's ideas and sketches. The palace is considered the major work of Rococo architecture in Germany.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own
 Afternoon: At Leisure
 Dinner: Early Dinner at a local restaurant
 Evening: Cultural event: musical performance
   
Accommodations: Hotel Allegra
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Visit of the Opera House (Semperoper)
(Sunday, June 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Transfer to Dresden by coach.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel
 Afternoon: Check-in at the hotel. Guided visit of the Semperoper (Opera House). The magnificent building is located near the Elbe River in the historic centre of Dresden.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant
   
Accommodations: Hotel am Terrassenufer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Guided City Tour in Dresden. Visit of the Church of Our Lady
(Monday, June 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Guided city tour of Dresden including a visit of the Church of Our Lady: The Church can look back on a 1000-year history. In the 18th century, the famous dome structure was built and dominated Dresden’s cityscape for 200 years. The church was destroyed shortly before the end of World War II. Its ruin remained as a memorial at the heart of the city. Since February 13, 1982, when young people first gathered in front of the ruins with candles, it has become a symbol for the peace movement in Eastern Germany and a place for non-violent protest. Over a period of 11 years and more, the church was rebuilt piece by piece. Reconstruction work finished in 2005.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: At Leisure
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant
   
Accommodations: Hotel am Terrassenufer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Imperial Castle of Nuremberg
(Tuesday, June 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Transfer to Nuremberg by coach
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Free time to visit the near-by Dürer House. Afterwards, guided city tour by bus including the Imperial Castle of Nuremberg.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant
   
Accommodations: Dürer Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Documentation Centre: Nazi Party Rally Grounds
(Wednesday, June 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Visit to the Documentation Centre Nazi party Rally Grounds. Thematic talk and accompanied walk through the exhibition. Afterwards free time to explore the grounds on own.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Transfer to Munich by coach. Check-in at the hotel
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant
   
Accommodations: Hotel Carat
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: City of Munich
(Thursday, June 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Guided city tour by bus.
 Lunch: Lunch at local brewery.
 Afternoon: Lecture: Historical development and sociocultural characteristics of Munich and Bavaria.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Carat
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Nymphenburg Palace and Monastry Andechs
(Friday, June 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Excursion to Nymphenburg Palace: The baroque palace in the west part of Munich was the summer residence of the Bavarian monarchs. It is one of the largest royal palaces in Europe and is not to be missed on a sight-seeing tour through the Bavarian capital city. The oft-visited Baroque tourist attraction with it’s expansive landscaped garden and museum draws not only guests from around the world, but is also a beloved institution for Munich residents.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own
 Afternoon: Departure to Kloster Andechs: Start your visit with a guided tour through the monastery brewery. Your route will then take you up to the pilgrimage church.
 Dinner: Dinner at Kloster Andechs (monastery)
 Evening: Return to Munich by coach.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Carat
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12: The Pinakothek Museums in the art district of Munich
(Saturday, June 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Field trip to the Alte Pinakothek and Neue Pinakothek, two of the oldest and most important galleries in the world.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own
 Afternoon: At Leisure: Take the time and explore the exhibitions of the two galleries or do some last minute shopping at the near-by shopping area.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Carat
Meals Included: Breakfast, Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13: Old Town of Heidelberg
(Sunday, June 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Departure for Heidelberg
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Heidelberg
 Afternoon: Experience the the magical flair of the picturesque Old Town on a guided walking tour.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Bayrischer Hof
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Heidelberg University and Heidelberg Castle
(Monday, June 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Heidelberg is a unique cultural landmark well worth discovering. This includes Heidelberg University, which was founded in 1386 and is thus the oldest university in Germany. We will stroll through the history of the university; you can immerse yourself in the world of professors, philistines, and scholars, visit the Old Aula, the historic student detention cell known as the Karzer, the University Library and St. Peter's Church.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: World-famous and a byword for German Romanticism – Heidelberg Castle. The castle ruins rise majestically over the roofs of the old town, but for five hundred years it was home to the Prince Electors of the Palatinate. We will explore the surrounding parks and have a look at the beautiful building on a guided tour.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Bayrischer Hof
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15: Loreley Valley
(Tuesday, June 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Drive through the Mosel Valley and reach Bacharach at the river Rhine.
 Lunch: Lunch at Bacharach, including a wine tasting.
 Afternoon: Boat trip on the river Rhine along the Loreley. Continue to Cologne by bus. Check in at the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Flandrischer Hof
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Cologne Cathedral
(Wednesday, June 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Lecture and guided walking tour: "Cologne from Roman times until today". Followed by a visit to the magnificent Kölner Dom: Cologne’s geographical and spiritual heart. The Cathedral is full with art and treasures. If you dare you can walk up on one of the towers. But be aware: there are lots of steps to take before you reach the top!
 Lunch: Lunch at Café Reichard.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore Cologne on your own.
 Dinner: We will have our farewell dinner in a popular restaurant in the vibrant center of Cologne. The restaurant offers a regional cuisine using high quality products from the area. Time to share your favorite memories from the program.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Flandrischer Hof
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Transfer to the airport for international departure
(Thursday, June 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Transfer to airport for departure.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Cologne Chocolate Museum
The Chocolate Museum was opened on 31 December 1993 in the heart of Cologne. The first new building in the Rheinau harbour constructed to resemble a ship made of glass and metal, it is located at the northern tip of a new section of the city, a new urban planning highlight for this metropolis on the Rhine. This museum is the only chocolate museum in the world in which visitors can experience everything about this wonderful, favourite food product. Address: Am Schokoladenmuseum 1a. Opening hours: Tue to Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Sat, Sun, holidays 11 am - 7 pm closed on Mondays For additional information, visit www.chocolatemuseum-cologne.com/
  General Overview
Roman sites: Praetoritum, Roman tower, Roman north gate Romanesque churches e.g. Groß St. Martin, St. Gereon, St. Andreas Zoological parc For additional information, visit www.koeln.de/tourismus/koelntourismus/en/
  Museum Ludwig
The museum is devoted to modern art from the beginning of the 20th century. The highlight of the museum is the collection of Pop Art built up by Peter and Irene Ludwig - the largest outside the USA! In addition, the Ludwigs have bequeathed a considerable collection on the Russian avantgarde from the period from 1906 to 1930 and a collection of several hundred works by Pablo Picasso. The Expressionists are outstandingly represented in the collection of the Cologne advocate Joseph Haubrich. Under the directorship of Kasper König the museum continues the collect contemporary art systematically. Opening hours: Tue – Sun 10 am – 6 pm, closed on Mondays. Address: Bischofsgartenstr. 1 For additional information, visit www.museum-ludwig.de
  Romano-Germanic Museum
Built above the Roman town villa with the world-famous Dionysus mosaic the Romano-Germanic Museum houses examples of art, culture and everyday life in Roman and early medieval Cologne. A highlight is the worldwide largest collection of Roman glass with the tri-coloured cage cup and the miniature portrait of Emperor Augustus in turquoise glass. The art of barbarian peoples in the early Middle Ages is shown in various types of precious jewellery for women and men - a form of capital in the Migration Period. These objects at the Romano-Germanic Museum form part of one of the richest early European collections. Opening hours: Tue – Sun 10 am to 5 pm, every first Thu of the month from 10 am to 10 pm. Address: Roncalliplatz 4 For additional information, visit www.museenkoeln.de/roemisch-germanisches-museum/
  Wallraf-Richartz-Museum
The Wallraf-Richartz-Museum - Foundation Corboud is one of the great traditional picture galleries in Germany. Here visitors may admire the most important collection of old Cologne paintings worldwide, art of the Baroque period including major works by Rubens and Rembrandt and, in the 19th century section, paintings from the Romantic period, Realism and Symbolism. In the Corboud collection the museum has in addition an outstanding collection of works of Impressionism and especially Post-Impressionism. Opening hours: Tue – Sun 10 am – 6 pm, Thu 10 am to 9 pm public holidays from 10 am to 6 pm Address: Obenmarspforten (at the city hall) For additional information, visit www.wallraf.museum
  Dresden Dresden Transport Museum
Trams and trains, automobiles, bicycles, aircraft, ships: Every means of transportation known to man is presented here in the original or as a model, e.g. Germany's oldest steam locomotive, the Muldenthal of 1861, and a three-wheeled Phänomobil. The "Johanneum," where the electors once "parked" their coaches and horses, provides a splendid setting. Address: Augustusstraße 1 (Old Town) For additional information, visit www.verkehrsmuseum-dresden.de
  Dresden Zwinger
The Zwinger was built 1710-28 as an orangery and a setting for court festivities, it was later used for exhibitions. Most perfect example of Late Baroque architecture in Germany. Construction of the Semper Gallery 1847-55. Armoury: The Rüstkammer is one of the world's most outstanding collections of parade arms, armour and costumes. The permanent exhibition comprises finely decorated weapons, images of tournaments, impressive jousting and tilting equipment from throughout Europe and the Orient, spanning the 16th through the 18th centuries. Old Masters Pictures Gallery: This museum owes its world renown to the outstanding quality of its paintings. Among the primary focuses are Italian paintings of the Renaissance and works in Baroque style. Equally significant are the collections of Dutch and Flemish paintings and of paintings by Spanish, French and German artists of the 16th to 18th centuries. Porcelain Collection:The Porzellansammlung is one of the world's most important and largest collections. It owes its existence to August the Strong, who once referred to his passion for this material as a "maladie de porcelaine." Chinese and Japanese art works appear alongside a great wealth of Meissen porcelain. Address:Theaterplatz 1 For additional information, visit www.der-dresdner-zwinger.de
  German Hygiene Museum
"Marvel - Learn - Try out" is the motto at Europe's only science museum to focus on the human being and body within the context of the environment and society, culture and science. Beside the permanent show, the museum's temporary exhibitions look at current issues in science and society, and how they effect our everyday lives. The children's museum offers an interactive show on the human senses. Address: Lingnerplatz 1 (Altstadt) For additional information, visit www.dhmd.de
  Military History Museum
The Military History Museum is Dresden’s largest museum and presents over 800 years of German military history. The new museum concept shows the causes and consequences of war and violence. The focus is placed on the human component, on all the fears, hopes, passion, memories, aspiration, courage and reason. Address: Olbrichtplatz 2 For additional information, visit www.mhmbw.de
  Municipal Gallery and Art Collection
This gallery houses the city's art holdings: 1,700 paintings, 800 sculptures and more than 20,000 graphic works. The earliest holdings date from the 16th century, the majority of the works from the 19th and 20th centuries. The collection is to be continually expanded, primarily through the acquisition of contemporary art. Address: Wilsdruffer Straße 2 (Altstadt) For additional information, visit www.galerie-dresden.de
  Municipal Museum Dresden
A synthesis of the Classicist, Late Baroque and Rococo styles, the State House of 1770-1775 - near the Frauenkirche - is one of Dresden's greatest architectural treasures. The museum housed within its walls possesses the most extensive collection on the Saxon capital's art and cultural history and is also dedicated to researching that history. Address: Wilsdruffer Straße 2 (Altstadt) For additional information, visit www.museen-dresden.de
  Museum of Technology and Industry
The museum possesses more than 30,000 collector's items from Saxon, German and international industry and technology of the past 150 years, e.g. cameras, typewriters, radios, computers and mechanical musical instruments. A café in the 48-metre-high tower of the former Ernemann Camera Factory is the perfect place to rest and enjoy the view of Dresden. Address: Junghansstraße 1 (Striesen) For additional information, visit www.tsd.de
  Royal Palace
Cabinet of Prints, Drawings And Photographs: The Kupferstich-Kabinett is one of the world's most prominent art museums for drawings, prints and photographs. Its collection comprises over 500,000 works on paper by more than 11,000 artists of eight centuries. The study room offers all visitors the opportunity to examine the originals. Historic Green Vault:Extensive restoration work and partial reconstruction have regenerated the former splendour of the famous treasury museum - a unique Baroque ensemble in which the individual objects come second to the sheer abundance of works of art. New Green Vault: The spectacular tour through the treasury collection reveals major artworks from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. The presentation of 1,000 pieces in non-reflecting glass showcases allows visitors to be captivated by their infinite richness of detail. Coin Cabinet: As one of the largest collections of its kind, the Münzkabinett is a museum of European significance. Today, the encyclopaedic collection comprises almost 300,000 objects - coins, medals, decorations, bank notes, historical bonds, coin and medal dies and coinage devices. Address: Taschenberg 2 For additional information, visit www.skd.museum/en/museums-institutions/residenzschloss/index.html
  The Dresden Fortress
Testimonies to an age often outshone by the Baroque splendours lie concealed beneath the world-famous Brühl Terrace - for example the last surviving city gate of the former Saxon royal residence and the city's oldest surviving stone bridge, guard rooms and cannon yards, battlements, spiral staircases and old military chambers known as casemates. Address: Georg-Treu-Platz (Old Town) For additional information, visit www.festung-dresden.de
  Heidelberg Carl Bosch Museum
The museum opened its doors in May 1998 in the original garage-house which served as the residence of Carl Bosch's driver, and, of course, as a garage for his automobiles - the vintage brands Horch and Maybach. Presented within a space of 300m and two outdoor courtyards, the museum displays the most interesting and exciting highlights of the life of Carl Bosch. Opening hours: daily, except Thu, 10 am to 5 pm. Address: Schloss-Wolfsbrunnenweg 46 . Admission: the sculpture garden is free For additional information, visit www.carl-bosch-museum.de
  Kurpfaelzisches Museum
The Museum discusses items like archaeology, Heildelberg's urban history, paintings and sculptures, applied arts, graphic arts, educational facilities and public relations and services. Opening hours: 10 am to 6 pm: Tue - Sun closed on Mondays. Address: Hauptstrasse 97 For additional information, visit www.museum-heidelberg.de
  University Museum
University Prison, University Museum, and Old Auditorium Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10 am - 6 pm Address:Grabengasse 1 For additional information, visit www.uni-heidelberg.de/institutions/museums/universitymuseum_about.html
  Munich BMW Museum
This museum, with its distinctive architecture in the shape of a futuristic silver bowl, is among the most attractive museums in Munich. The "time horizons" exhibition takes you on an exciting journey through technical feats of pioneering - from the historic BMW sports car through legendary prototypes, right up to futuristic study of automobiles and motorcycles. The path also takes the visitor past topical subjects like alternative propulsion methods, recycling and cooperative traffic management. Opening hours: Tue – Sun 10 am – 6 pm. Address: Am Olympiapark 2 For additional information, visit www.bmw-welt.com
  Beer- and "Oktoberfest" Museum
The building has been constructed after the great fire of 1327, where a third of the city has been destroyed, due to Emperor Luis' of Bavaria order of city expansion. The still intact Isartor can be traced back to the same time. The house in Sternecker Street 2 has been restored in the old form. The partly intact facade paintings with square patterns has been uncovered and replenished. Furthermore the "Heaven's Stairs", which are typical for Munich, are intact. It visibly reaches the roof from the ground floor. Opening hours: 1 pm to 6 pm, closed on Monday and public vacations. Address: Sterneckerstrasse 2 For additional information, visit www.bier-und-oktoberfestmuseum.de
  German Museum
It´s the first scientific-technological museums in the world. The laws of nature, instruments and technological methods are presented in this Mount Olympus of knowledge on a scientifically high level, yet in an enthralling and entertaining way. Learning by doing - this concept enthralls around 1.3 million people every year and has been providing visitors with a comprehensive basic understanding of science and technology for one hundred years. Understanding that is urgently needed to get to grips with a world that is becoming more and more complex. Opening hours: daily 9 am- 5 pm. Address: Museumsinsel 1 For additional information, visit www.deutsches-museum.de
  Olympic Park
Site of the 1972 Olympics, this landscaped park contains sport facilities, lakes, bicycle paths, concert venues, restaurants and a football stadium, as well as its landmark "tent-style" roofs. Don´t miss the fascinating BMW Museum across the street, right next to the companies headquaters - which was constructed in the shape of a four-cylinder engine. Opening hours: The park is open round the clock. Olympic Tower: daily 9 am – midnight. Olympic Stadion: daily 9 am – 6 pm (except of events). Address: Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21 For additional information, visit www.olympiapark.de
  Pinakotheken
Alte Pinakothek: One of the oldest and most important galleries in the world. More than 800 masterpieces by European artists bring to life the development of art from the Middle Ages to the end of the Rococo period. Neue Pinakothek: Outstanding works of European art and sculpture from the late 18th to the beginning of the 20th century. Pinakothek der Moderne: The biggest museum for modern art in Germany. In addition to art, sculpture, photography and video of the Staatsgalerie moderner Kunst, Die Neue Sammlung will present itself with first class examples of design and handicrafts, the Architekturmuseum of the University with architectural illustrations, photographs and models and the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung with printed graphics and precious master illustrations. Museum Brandhorst It displays about 200 exhibits from collection of modern art of the heirs of the Henkel trust Udo and Anette Brandhorst. In 2009 the Brandhorst Collection comprises more than 700 works. Opening hours: daily except Mon 10 am – 6 pm. Neue Pinakothek: daily except Tue. Address: Barer Straße 27-29; Theresienstraße 35 For additional information, visit www.pinakothek.de/home
  Residence
One of Europe's most significant interior decoration museums. For five hundred years the facility in the middle of the old city was the residence and center of power of the Bavarian dukes, electors and kings, but also the expression of art intellect and passion for building.The 130 rooms of the Residence Munich have been filled with furniture and oil paintings, tapestries and porcelain from the best artists of their time. In addition to the resplendent showrooms, numerous special collections such as silver, porcelain or relic rooms can also be viewed. Opening hours: daily from 9 am to 6 pm (April 1st - October 17th) daily from 10 am to 5 pm (October 18th - March 31st). Address: Max-Joseph-Platz3 For additional information, visit www.residenz-muenchen.de
  Trier Amphitheater
Beyond the medieval city wall lies the Roman Amphitheater. Cruel games with animal and gladiator combats were conducted here popular public entertainment. The arena, built in the 2nd century A.D. had a seating capacity of about 20,000. Address:Olewigerstraße Opening hours: April - September: daily 9 am - 6 pm October and March: daily 9 am - 5 pm
  Archaeological Museum
The largest and most certainly best-known Trier museum is the Archaeological Museum. No other museum in Germany informs so comprehensively about the civilization, economy, settlement, religion, and art of the first four hundred years of the common era. The oldest traces of humans, burial goods from Celtic chieftains’ graves, and the finds from excavations of the La Tène Culture (since 450 BC) are exhibited. Models and reconstructions offer the visitor a better concept of this period. Opening hours: 10 am to 5 pm Tue - Sun closed on Mondays Address: Weimarer Allee 1 For additional information, visit www.landesmuseum-trier.de
  Imperial Baths
Over 1600 years ago, the Romans built one of the grandest and most impressive baths in the world: the Imperial Baths. Today you can visit this gigantic bathing facility. Opening hours: April - September daily 9 am - 6 pm October & March daily 9 am - 7 pm. Address: Weimarer Allee 2
  Karl Marx House
The exhibition in the Museum-Karl-Marx-Haus will inform you: about the person Karl Marx, his life, his work, his allies and his adversaries. Account is also given, for the first time, of the history of his influence which extends from the end of the nineteenth century up to present, thus encompassing the entire panorama of the twentieth century. Opening hours: April-October: 10 am to 6 pm Mon - Sun; 1st Fri 10 am to 6 pm November-March: 11 am to 5 pm Tue-Sun; 2 am to 5 pm Mon Address: Brueckenstraße 10 For additional information, visit www.fes.de/Karl-Marx-Haus
  Berlin Alexanderplatz
‘Alex’ to Berliners, a cattle market in the Middle Ages, a military parade square and an exercise ground for nearby barracks until the mid 19th century - Alexanderplatz is the square named to honour Alexander I, Tsar of Russia, on his visit to Berlin in 1805. It was here that Alfred Döblin took the pulse of the cosmopolitan metropolis portrayed in his 1929 novel ‘Berlin Alexanderplatz’. Fast forward to more recent times, one million people congregated here, on 4 November 1989 to demonstrate against the GDR regime shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall. This was the largest anti-government demonstration in its history. Layer upon layer of Berlin’s urban history is located in Alexanderplatz, interweaving centuries of social, political, and architectural history and repeatedly the subject of public debate and urban design competitions. The transformation of Alexanderplatz into a modern transit junction and shopping area came about during the second half of the 19th century with developments such as the construction of the S-Bahn. In the 1970s under Erich Honecker Alexanderplatz became an experiment in socialist urban aesthetics. Amongst the sights to look out for here are the 365 metre TV tower, Berlin´s highest construction topped by a globe with a rotating viewing platform. The Brunnen der Völkerfreundschaft (Fountain of Friendship amongst Peoples) and the landmark World Time Clock erected in 1969 serves as a popular meeting place.
  Allied Museum
The museum, located in the former U.S. Army "Outpost" movie theater, documents the role of the Western Allies (U.S., France, and Britain) in the post-war period and the life of allied troops in Berlin. Address: Clayallee 135 Admission: Free For additional information, visit www.alliiertenmuseum.de
  Anne Frank Center
The Anne Frank Center is the German partner organisation of the Anne Frank House, Amsterdam. A permanent exhibition shows the life of Anne Frank, in addition, the Center organizes various events especially for pupils and special exhibitions. Address: Rosenthaler Straße 39 For additional information, visit www.annefrank.de
  Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin
Works from all Bauhaus stages and workshops and from the trend-setting Gestaltungsschule (School of Design) from 1919 until 1933. The estates of Walter Gropius, Georg Muche and Herbert Bayer. Address: Klingelhöferstraße 14. For additional information, visit www.bauhaus.de
  Berlin Cathedral
The Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral), completed in 1905, is Berlin’s largest and most important Protestant church as well as the sepulchre of the Prussian Hohenzollern dynasty. This outstanding high-renaissance baroque monument has linked the Hohenzollerns to German Protestantism for centuries and undergone renewed phases of architectural renovation since the Middle Ages. First built in 1465 as a parish church on the Spree River it was only finally completed in 1905 under the last German Kaiser -Wilhelm II. Damaged during the Second World War it remained closed during the GDR years and reopened after restoration in 1993. Address: Lustgarten 1 Entrance fee: 4 - 7 Euro
  Berlin Wall Memorial
Bernauer Strasse was a focal point of Germany’s division. The Berlin Wall Memorial commemorates this period in history. The memorial includes the monument, completed in 1998 and designed out of a largely preserved section of the border fortifications; the Berlin Wall Documentation Center that opened in 1999; and the Chapel of Reconciliation, dedicated in 2000 and built on the former death strip at the site of the Reconciliation Church that was blown up by East German border troops in 1985. Address: Bernauer Straße 111 Admission: Free For additional information, visit www.berliner-mauer-dokumentationszentrum.de
  Berlin Zoo
Affectionately known as the Zoo on the south-west corner of the Tiergarten, this is Berlin’s favourite family spot - a wonderfully kept urban Zoo with a huge playground, restaurants, and coffee shops, providing a whole day’s worth of family entertainment. The Zoo is home to 13,700 animals and 1,400 species, its animals are part of local life and most Berliners will be aware of the news of a new arrival. Rare among city zoos, the Zoologischer Garten was founded in 1844 and was the first Zoo to be built in Germany. Under Friedrich Wilhelm IV it became a joint project by Martin Lichtenstein and Peter Joseph Lennè who had redesigned the Tiergarten and allocated the southwestern tip of the Tiergarten as a zoological garden. Address: Hardenbergplatz 8 For additional information, visit www.zoo-berlin.de/zoo.html
  Botanic Garden
The World in a Garden
: Discover one of the most beautiful botanic gardens in the world. Take a stroll in woods and meadows, wander in only a few minutes from Alps to Caucasus, let Far-Eastern plants enchant you and feel the Tropical Rainforest with all your senses.
 Plunge in this green oasis and take off for a trip far away from the fuss of the city. As many people say, time will run slower here.
 And after the garden, deepen your impressions at the botanical museum. Address: Königin-Luise-Str. 6-8 For additional information, visit http://www.botanischer-garten-berlin.de/en
  Brandenburg Gate
The Brandenburg Gate is one of Berlin’s most important monuments – a landmark and symbol all in one with over two hundred years of history. A former symbol of the divided city, it drew visitors who used to climb an observation platform in order to get a glimpse of the world behind the Iron Curtain, on the other side of the barren “death-strip” which separated east from west Berlin, geographically and politically. It was here that on June 12, 1987, Ronald Regan issued his stern command to his cold war adversary admonishing him with the words: “Mr. Gorbachov – tear down this wall!”. The speech delivered to West Berliners was also audible on the east side of the Gate and echoed President von Weizsacker’s words which translate as: “The German question is open as long as the Brandenburg Gate is closed.” Address: Pariser Platz
  Centrum Judaicum
Permanent exhibition about the history of the New Synagogue and the Jewish life in its surroundings; special exhibitions. Address:Oranienburgerstr 28/30 For additional information, visit www.cjudaicum.de
  Charlottenburg Palace
Schloß Charlottenburg, the largest and most beautiful palace in Berlin, it is a shining example of baroque architecture. Charlottenburg Palace today is the largest residence of the Hohenzollern in Berlin. Originally built by Elector Frederick III as a summer residence for his wife Sophie Charlotte in 1699, the palace was later extended into a stately building with a cours d'honneur. The magnificent palace is surrounded by a baroque garden, in which diverse architectures melt into a unique ensemble. The entire palace presents itself with majestically equipped rooms and saloons and with top-class art collections that offer outstanding masterpieces: For example, one of the largest collections of French paintings of the 18th century outside of France. The ensemble of rooms and saloons – artistically as well as historically impressive – is a living testimonial of courtly culture and life from baroque times until the early 20th century.. For additional information, visit www.spsg.de
  Checkpoint Charlie
Checkpoint Charlie, along with Glienicker Brücke (Glienicker Bridge) was the best known border-crossing of Cold War days. The sign, which became a symbol of the division of Cold War Berlin and read like a dire warning to those about to venture beyond the Wall – YOU ARE NOW LEAVING THE AMERICAN SECTOR – in English, Russian, French and German - stood here. It is today an iconic marker of territorial boundary and political division. Until the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, it signified the border between West and East, Capitalism and Communism, freedom and confinement. Address: Friedrichstraße 43-45
  DDR Museum Berlin
The DDR Museum is Berlin's interactive museum and one of the most-visited attractions in the German capital. History comes dynamically alive as the visitor is given a first-hand introduction to life in the first Socialist state on German soil. Address: Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 1. For additional information, visit www.ddr-museum.de
  East-Side Gallery
The East Side Gallery is a 1.3 km-long painted stretch of the former Berlin Wall along the Mühlenstrasse in former East Berlin. It is the largest open-air gallery in the world with over one hundred original mural paintings. Galvanised by the extraordinary events which were changing the world, artists from all around the globe rushed to Berlin after the fall of the Wall, leaving a visual testimony of the joy and spirit of liberation which erupted at the time. Address: Mühlenstraße (near Oberbaumbrücke) For additional information, visit http://www.eastsidegallery-berlin.de/data/eng/index-eng.htm
  German Historical Museum
In June 2006 the Zeughaus has reopened for the public with the newly designed permanent exhibition "German History in Images and Testimonials". Covering 8,000 sq. metres of exhibition space, the exhibits from the DHM's own collections convey a vivid picture of the past. The Pei-Building behind the Zeughaus was opened on May, 24 2003. It houses the special exhibitions of the German Historical Museum. Address: Unter den Linden 2. For additional information, visit www.dhm.de
  Hackesche Hoefe
The Hackesche Höfe (Hof here means courtyard) is quite famous and is comprised of a labyrinth of eight courtyards , accessible through Rosenthalerstrasse 40’s main arched entrance. Inside, one can stroll from one small specialized shop to another, just as in the neighboring Rosenhöfe and Rosenthaler Höfe. The little cafés, bars and restaurants are favorite places for relaxed shopping breaks.
  Hamburg Bahnhof
The Hamburger Bahnhof is the former rail station for trains running between the capital and the hanseatic city of Hamburg. Its station building houses the museum for contemporary art, which belongs to the Nationalgalerie and counts as one of the world’s most successful exhibition spaces for contemporary art. Here, works can be found by artists such as Andy Warhol, Joseph Beuys, Keith Haring as well as many innovative contemporary artists. Address: Invalidenstraße 50-51. For additional information, visit www.hamburgerbahnhof.de
  Holocaust Memorial
The memorial comprises 2711 concrete blocks and was constructed between 2003 and 2005 close to the Brandenburg Gate on the basis of a design by architect Peter Eisenman. The subterranean information centre situated in the south-eastern corner of the monument commemorates the victims and provides material on the historical sites of the destruction and on existing memorials. Address: Cora-Berliner-Straße 1. Admission: Free, donations are welcome For additional information, visit www.stiftung-denkmal.de
  Humboldt-Box
The Berlin Palace - Humboldt Forum took on a visible shape when the foundation stone was laid in the summer of 2013. The Humboldt-Box is the information centre of this project of the century. The past of and future plans for the Berlin Palace is illustrated in interactive exhibitions. The terrace on the 5th floor offers a view of the palace construction site and the historical centre of Berlin. Address: Schlossplatz 5 (Unter den Linden) For additional information, visit www.humboldt-box.com
  Jewish Museum
The museum’s permanent historical exhibition extends over 3,000 m² and invites visitors to journey through two millennia of German-Jewish history. Its depictions of 14 historical periods from the Middle Ages to the present paint a vivid portrait of German-Jewish life. Artistic and everyday objects, photos and letters, interactive displays and media stations together convey the history of Jewish culture in Germany and show how tightly Jewish life and German history are interwoven. Address: Lindenstraße 9-14 For additional information, visit www.jmberlin.de/
  KaDeWe
Berlin’s most famous trademark department store is KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens) – or department store of the West. It is Berlin’s shopping paradise, a favourite, easy to spot landmark on Wittenberg Platz. With 60,000sqm, the equivalent of nine football fields, 380,000 articles, 40,000 visitors a day, this is the legendary, largest department store on the continent. Address: Tauentzienstr. 21-24 For additional information, visit http://www.kadewe.de/en
  Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz
Neue Nationalgalerie / New National Gallery: 20th century art: Collection of expressionist works, Bauhaus works, new objectivity, art in the period after the war. Address: Potsdamer Straße 50. Gemäldegalerie / Picture Gallery: European paintings from the 13th - 18th century. Masterpieces from all epochs, including paintings by Eyck, Bruegel, Dürer, Raffael, Tizian, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and Rubens. Address: Matthäikirchplatz 4-6. Musikinstrumentenmuseum / Museum for Musical Instruments: Bach's harpsichord and its replicates as well as the biggest cinema and theatre organ in Europe (live demonstrations every Saturday). Address: Tiergartenstraße 1 For additional information, visit www.smb.museum.de
  Kurfürstendamm
The shopping area known as Kurfürstendamm includes Tauentzien Straße, as its eastern extension. Together they comprise an almost five kilometer long boulevard where strolling, shopping and sitting in cafés have been a pleasure for decades. Tauentzien Straße begins at Wittenbergplatz (Underground station) where the famous KaDeWe department store is located. The street runs west towards Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church where the street name changes into Kurfürstendamm. Between KaDeWe and the church, one can find most of the medium-priced international fashion chains and sport brands as well as large shoe stores. Close to the church, the Europacenter hosts another 70 shops and restaurants. Also worth visiting are the elegant side streets that run north from Kurfürstendamm such as Fasanenstraße, Knesebeckstraße or Bleibtreustraße. Here, many chic boutiques and fancy stores can be found on the ground floors of elegant old apartment buildings. These streets also lead to Savignyplatz, an atmospheric square where during summer, hundreds of people can be found sitting in front of bars and restaurants.
  Martin-Gropius-Bau
Unusual insights into cultural history, often with spectacular findings and the latest research results, form the pillars in the Martin-Gropius-Bau programme alongside contemporary art and photography. Monographs of outstanding artists are as much the focus as current artistic positions. Address: Niederkirchner Straße 7 For additional information, visit www.gropiusbau.de
  Museum House at Checkpoint Charlie
The Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie is a museum like no other; from its humble beginnings in October 1962 as a two-and-a-half room display about the newly erected Berlin Wall, the museum has evolved into a more than 2000m2 exhibition that explores not only the history of the Berlin Wall and the stories of those affected by it, but also looks at the challenges facing society today as it struggles for worldwide recognition of human rights and freedom. Here one can discover objects used to escape over, under, and through the Berlin Wall, and read stories of those escapees who risked their lives to win their freedom. Address: Friedrichstraße 43-45 For additional information, visit www.mauermuseum.de
  Museum Island
Berlin’s Museum Island is a unique ensemble of five museums, including the Pergamon Museum - built on a small island in Berlin’s Spree River between 1824 and 1930. A cultural and architectural monument of great significance it was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status in 1999. Berlin’s own Acropolis of the arts is considered unique because it illustrates the evolution of modern museum design over the course of the 20th century and its collections span six thousand years of human artistic endeavor. Museum Island is accessible on the left side of the German Historical Museum – opposite Berlin’s Staatsoper on Unter den Linden – only a short walk across Palace Bridge. Following Schinkel’s 1830´s Altes Museum, Friedrich Wilhelm IV commissioned the Neues Museum in 1859 to house the Egyptian and prehistoric collections. It displays the Egyptian Papyrus collection and the Library of Antiquity and Nefertiti in much reduced circumstances in a reflecting glass box. The Alte Nationalgalerie followed in 1876 as an elevated temple of antiquity for 19th century German and European painting collections. It reopened in 2001, with works from Monet, Manet, Renoir and Caspar David Friedrich. The Baroque Bode Museum (1904), is known for its sculpture collection and Museum of Byzantine Art. The most well-known of the complex, Alfred Mussel’s Pergamon Museum (1930) was built following the need for additional exhibit space to house the artefacts from the 19th century excavations of German archeologists in Pergamon and Asia Minor at a time when Heinrich Schliemann found Priam’s treasure. The Pergamon museum continues to attract one million visitors a year from all over the world to marvel at the reconstructed Pergamon Altar, the Market Gate of Miletus and the Ishtar Gate. Addresses: Lustgarten and Bodestraße 1-3 Closed on Mondays! For additional information, visit www.smb.museum.de
  Museum in the Kulturbrauerei
From idyllic countryside dacha to works canteen and Bautzen prison - the new exhibition "Everyday Life in the GDR" in the Museum in the Kulturbrauerei opens in November 2013. The exhibition, spread over 600 square meters, presents original objects, documents, films and audio recordings that explore the gap between ideals and reality in the GDR. The individual experiences showcased illustrate the diverse attitudes towards the communist dictatorship, from loyal support to attempted neutrality or resistance. Address: Kulturbrauerei complex at Knaackstraße 97 in Building 6.2, Staircase B For additional information, visit http://www.hdg.de/fileadmin/static/english/berlin/museum-in-der-kulturbrauerei/
  Nikolaiviertel
775 years of Berlin history: The Nikolaiviertel, where Berlin was originally founded, is home to 5 museums, a history trail with 19 informative plaques, and 800 years’ worth of architecture. Anyone looking for culture and the historical origins of this city is in the right place here. And others too, as Berlin's first and oldest church is surrounded by 30 cafes and restaurants, and 50 shops – classic and often highly specialised retailers who make the NIKOLAIVIERTEL into a true treasure trove for those seeking something special. Address: The quarter is to be found between the Spree and the city hall.
  Palace of Tears
The Palace of Tears - the processing centre for people travelling from East to West Germany at the Friedrichstraße border crossing point. There's hardly any other place where people experienced so directly how severely the division of Germany affected their personal lives. The exhibition illustrates everyday life in the face of division and borders through biographical examples and nearly 600 artefacts. Address: Friedrichstraße station/ Reichstagufer 17 For additional information, visit http://www.hdg.de/fileadmin/static/english/berlin/traenenpalast-am-bahnhof-friedrichstr/
  Potsdamer Platz
Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz is the most striking example of the urban renewal that turned Berlin into the ‘New Berlin’ in the 1990s although it is not, strictly-speaking, a square. The area today consists of the three developments known as Daimler City or the DaimlerChrysler Areal (1998), the Sony Centre (2000) and the Beisheim Centre (2004), which literally transformed the dormant wasteland where the Berlin Wall stood between east and west Berlin until 1989. Main attractions to be seen while walking around the Potsdamer Platz area include: Debis Tower (Renzo Piano) and the DaimlerChrysler Atrium with its public spaces, including changing art exhibitions and an auto showroom and the artificial water basin; The Sony Centre and Cinema Complex and Film Museum, the Arkaden Shopping Mall (Richard Rogers), a 3D IMAX cinema, Musical Theatre and Casino, and Weinhaus Huth wine merchants the oldest and only surviving original pre World War II building. Address: Potsdamer Platz 1
  The Kennedys
The Kennedys’ museum, situated opposite the Brandenburg Tour on Berlin’s Pariser Platz, across the square from the new American Embassy building which was inaugurated on July 4, 2008 is a testament to the relationship between John F. Kennedy, the 35th US President, the Kennedy family and Berlin. Kennedy’s presidency at a time when the Cold War was intensifying was crucially bound up with Berlin’s history and the building of the Berlin Wall as well as the dramatic stand-off between US and Soviet tanks in October 1961 at Checkpoint Charlie when a Third World War became foreseeable. JFK was given an enthusiastic reception in Berlin on June 26, 1963 when he saw for himself the reality of the Berlin Wall, erected two years before. “Ich bin ein Berliner”, the words with which he addressed Berliners at Schoneberg Rathaus (City Hall) were possibly JFK’s most famous quotes and an inspiration to the world. The museum’s collection includes an astonishing 300 photographs and objects. Much of the memorabilia were the President’s personal belongings, providing snapshots of his public and personal life as well as the turns of fortune of America’s most illustrious family. Address: Auguststraße 11-13 For additional information, visit www.thekennedys.de/
  Tiergarten
Tiergarten in Berlin refers to the parliamentary, government and diplomatic district as well as to Berlin’s largest and most popular inner-city park. The Tiergarten (animal park) and former hunting ground is Berlin’s best known park because of its centrality it’s a favourite with locals and visitors, wonderful for a stroll, a breath of fresh air, a picnic, cycling or a jog or just kicking a ball around. Today the area includes the Regierungsviertel, Potsdamer Platz and the Kulturforum as well as the Diplomatenviertel. Address: Straße des 17. Juni 100
  Victory Column
Berlin’s Siegessäule - Victory Column - is another of Berlin’s monuments that has reinvented itself through the ages - from symbol of Prussian military victory in the 19th century to a favourite tourist spot today. As US Presidential candidate, Barack Obama chose the Siegessäule as the alternative spot to the Brandenburg Gate for his speech to 200,000 Berliners on July 24, 2008. The monument is reachable using a pedestrian underpass. Four neo-classical temples also built by Albert Speer indicate the entrance points. This is one of Berlin’s favourite sightseeing trips with children and youngsters who appreciate the view from the observation deck following the 270 steps required to reach it via a spiral staircase. The Café Victoria and Biergarten, just next to the monument, is ideal for refreshments and a break. Address: Straße des 17. Juni/ Großer Stern
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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Berlin


Author: DK


Description: Experience the best of Berlin with DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Berlin. This newly updated travel guide for Berlin will lead you straight to the best attractions this city has to offer, from unearthing archaeological treasures in the Pergamon museum to absorbing the history of the Berlin wall to discovering the city's hottest neighborhoods on walking tours. Newly revised, updated, and redesigned for 2014.



Dresden Baedecker Guide


Author: Baedecker


Description: This full-colour, illustrated guide features 3D laminated cut-outs to show you the key sights in perspective and a large, fully-indexed, pull-out map. Additional detailed maps and plans can also be found throughout the guide. At the heart of the guide is a wealth of comprehensive information written by experts on the sights and top attractions, in an easy-to-read A-Z format.



Germany Adventure Map


Author: National Geographic


Description: A double-sided full color map of Germany at a scale of 1:825,000. Printed on waterproof, tear-resistant paper.



Germany: A New History


Author: Hagen Schulze


Description: In one concise volume, Hagen Schulze conveys the full sweep of German history, from the days of the Romans to the fall of the Berlin Wall. A story two thousand years in the making, it rings with battle, murmurs with intrigue, and hums with the music of everyday life. This richly various legacy, often overshadowed and distorted by the nation's recent past, offers a hopeful answer to the perennial question of what kind of country Germany is and will be.



Marco Polo Travel Guide Munich


Author: MairDuMont


Description: With this up-to-date, authoritative guide you can experience all the sights of Munich.



Stasiland


Author: Anna Funder


Description: Not surprisingly the fall of the Berlin Wall caused panic at the Stasi headquarters, as described in Anna Funder's riveting portrait of East Germany's secret police and how it controlled a nation.



The Berlin Stories


Author: Christopher Isherwood


Description: "The Last of Mr. Norris" and "Goodbye to Berlin" find Sally Bowles, Fraulein Schroeder and the doomed Landauers caught up in the nightlife, danger and mystique of 1931 Berlin.



The Berlin Wall Story


Author: Hans-Hermann Hertle


Description: Where did the Berlin Wall actually stand? Why was it built? How did people keep managing to escape across it – and how many died in the attempt? Why did it come down in the end? Numerous previously unknown photographs document the construction of this barrier system of barbed wire, alarm fences and concrete. Spectacular escape stories and shocking deaths are chronicled here in words and images, as are the dramatic events surrounding the construction and the fall of the Wall. A stunning survey of the Berlin Wall – the central symbol of the Cold War.



The German Way


Author: Hyde Flippo


Description: This clever A-to-Z guide to quirks, attitudes, behavior and customs is a terrific resource for travelers seeking insight into why the Germans, Austrians and Swiss do what they do.



The Germans


Author: Gordon A. Craig


Description: A gifted historian, Craig explores the complex paradoxes of German identity in this masterly portrait of German life, past and present, with chapters on religion, money, Jews, women, literature and society, Berlin and language.



The Ghosts of Berlin


Author: Brian Ladd


Description: Confronting German History in the Urban Landscape



The Innocent


Author: Ian McEwan


Description: After England, the cold war Berlin of 1955 is like no place Leonard Markham has ever experienced: surreal, complex and dangerous.



The New Berlin


Author: Karen E. Till


Description: “The New Berlin" is a notable contribution to human geography and to the interdisciplinary literature on social memory and place making. Till’s methods and scholarship have provided the conceptual groundwork for the exploration and development of place making, social memory, and spatial haunting through the particular practices and politics of the new Berlin.



The Tin Drum


Author: Günter Grass


Description: Günter Grass is a widely acclaimed author of plays, essays, poems, and numerous novels. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1999.





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