The TOP 100 sights and attractions in Germany

The most popular sights for 2017!

Situated in the heart of Europe, Germany has plenty of fantastic tourist attractions and unique sights to offer. Visitors from all over the world travel to Germany to see architectural treasures and fascinating places of natural beauty. The German National Tourist Board (GNTB) is interested in gathering the most popular attractions and has its international visitors name their German favorites. Almost 32,000 travelers to Germany from over 60 countries named their personal favorite.

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Miniature Wonderland Hamburg
Kouzelný svět miniatur v Hamburku – malý velký svět

Kouzelný svět miniatur v hamburské přístavní čtvrti Speicherstadt je superlativem sám o sobě.Největší model železnice na světě pošle návštěvníky na cestu zeměmi a kontinenty, věrnými reprodukcemi krajin a světy fantazie.

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Europa Park
Europa Park v Rustu – absolutní vrchol mezi německými zábavními parky

Už jste někdy byli v Europa-Parku v Rustu? Pokud ne, měli byste se tam co nejrychleji vydat! Europa Park se nachází v bádenském Rustu mezi Freiburgem im Breisgau a Offenburgem. Je to největší zábavní park v německy mluvící oblasti a jako jeden z mála je otevřený i v zimě.

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Neuschwanstein Castle
Neuschwanstein Castle – Germany's fairytale castle.

Neuschwanstein is known all over the world as a symbol of idealised romantic architecture and for the tragic story of its owner. After losing sovereignty in his own kingdom, Ludwig II withdrew into his own world of myths, legend and fairytales.

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Lake Constance with Mainau Island, Monastic Island of Reichenau (UNESCO World Heritage)
Lake Constance with Mainau Island and Monastic Island of Reichenau

The Lake Constance region, where Germany borders Austria and Switzerland, is a holiday paradise set around Central Europe's third largest inland lake. The most popular excursion is to the Flower Island of Mainau, famous for its magnificent park and gardens surrounding the baroque family residence of Count Bernadotte. Discover an oasis of natural beauty, harmony and relaxation.

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Old town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Místo, kde je středověk stále na živu: Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, malé městečko s velkou pověstí. Nikde jinde se nedochovalo tolik středověku, jako právě zde. Že by se tady zastavil čas? Kdo se projde historickou částí města se starobylými domy, tichými místy a zákoutími, věžemi, kašnami, branami, opevněními, obchůdky a vinárnami, nepochybně získá takový dojem.

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Old quarter of Dresden with Zwinger Palace, Semper Opera House and Cathedral
Drážďany: druhé jméno kultury.

Kulturu lze interpretovat a definovat zcela odlišnými způsoby. Stačí ale také vyslovit jediné slovo: Drážďany. Rozmanitost a nádhera drážďanských kulturních statků vyrazí svou silou návštěvníkům dech. A protože Drážďanští to vše zasadili do překrásné říční krajiny, k údivu se velmi rychle přidruží i ryzí nadšení.

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Heidelberg Castle and old quarter
Heidelberg Castle. The epitome of German Romanticism.

One of Europe's most famous landmarks, the romantic ruins of Heidelberg Castle have been attracting visitors since the 19th century.

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Phantasialand
Phantasialand – velká zábava, vzrušující akce a napínavé dobrodružství

Několikrát vyznamenaný rodinný zábavní park Phantasialand v Brühlu, vzdálený zhruba 20 kilometrů od Kolína, navštívilo už mnoho mezinárodních hvězd včetně takové osobnosti, jakou byl Michael Jackson. Neměli byste si nechat ujít ani veselá zimní představení.

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Hellabrunn Zoo Munich
Zoologická zahrada Hellabrunn – výlet pro světoběžníky a milovníky zvířat

Mnichovská zoologická zahrada Hellabrunn byla založena v roce 1911 a nachází se v chráněné krajinné oblasti Isarauen. První geozoo na světě patří se svými zhruba čtyřiceti hektary a více než 19 tisíci zvířaty k největším a druhově nejbohatším zoologickým zahradám v Německu.

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The Moselle Valley
The Moselle Valley: between vineyards and knights' castles

The Moselle Valley is the oldest wine-growing region in Germany and a diverse recreational area that offers something for every taste.

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UNESCO World Heritage Cologne Cathedral
Cologne Cathedral

There have been churches on the site of Cologne Cathedral since the 4th century. However, it was not until 1248 that this city on the Rhine became home to one of the foremost cathedrals in the Christian world – a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. When it was completed in 1880, it was the tallest building in the world.

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Jak se nazývá hlavní město spolkové země Durynsko?
Dostaveníčko ve samém středu Německa: Erfurt

Erfurt, hlavní město spolkové země Duryňsko, vděčí za svůj úspěšný rozvoj mimo jiné výhodné poloze na křižovatce starých německých a evropských obchodních cest, velmi časnému otevření tržišť s širokou ochrannou zónou, čilému obchodnímu ruchu a vzniku královské falce. Nepřicházeli sem jen korunovaní panovníci a kupci, uvítání se dostalo i kultuře a literatuře, duchu a duchovnosti a konečně hostům z celého světa.

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Black Forest
Národní park Černý les – pro ty, kdo touží poznat původní přírodu

Nejmladší německý národní park okouzluje návštěvníky svojí přirozenou krásou. Na procházkách temně zelenými lesy poznáte divokou stránku přírody a uvidíte daleko do krajiny.

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Ravensburger Spieleland theme park
Zábavní park Země her Ravensburger: dobrodružství, hry a akce u Bodamského jezera

Zábavní park Země her Ravensburger v Horním Švábsku mezi Ravensburgem a Bodamským jezerem poskytuje od svého otevření v roce 1998 na ploše přibližně 25 hektarů přístřeší „největší herně“ na světě a je doslova předurčen pro rodiny s dětmi od tří let.

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Roman monuments and Church of Our Lady in Trier (UNESCO World Heritage)
Roman monuments, the Cathedral and Church of Our Lady in Trier

Founded as Augusta Treverorum in 16 BC, Trier is Germany's oldest town and a true monument to history. Historical buildings of international standing, remarkable churches and magnificent Roman remains all make a visit to this romantic city on the Moselle an unforgettable experience.

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Speyer Cathedral (UNESCO World Heritage)
Speyer Cathedral

The imperial cathedral in Speyer, officially known as the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Stephen, is the town's most prominent landmark. Laid out in the form of a Latin cross, it is one of Germany's largest and most important Romanesque buildings, and was intended to be no less than the largest church in the western world when building work began in 1030.

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Berchtesgaden and Lake Königsee
Stunning Alpine scenery – Berchtesgaden National Park

Berchtesgaden National Park is one of the oldest nature reserves in the Alps. Located in southern Bavaria, this is a particularly beautiful part of the Berchtesgaden Alps, with majestic mountains, fantastic walking trails, scenic lakes and dense forests.

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Karl's Village of Discovery
Karlova zážitková vesnice Rövershagen – jedinečná, poučná a plná zážitků

Venkovský zábavní park a zážitkový svět Karlova zážitková vesnice na pobřeží Baltského moře v Rövershagenu u Rostocku je díky mnoha atrakcím skvělým a zajímavým celoročně vyhledávaným výletním cílem pro rodiny s dětmi od tří let.

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Bad Mergentheim wildlife park
Bad Mergentheim wildlife park. Face to face with bears and wolves

You won’t get this close to wild animals almost anywhere else. Natural enclosures, most of them without any bars and fences, make the Bad Mergentheim wildlife park in the Main-Tauber district a really intense family experience.

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Deutsches Eck (German Corner), Ehrenbreitstein fortress in Koblenz
Back in the days of the Kaiser: Deutsches Eck

It may sound like a German bar, but the Deutsches Eck (German Corner) is actually a spit of land at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle. It got its name from the Teutonic Order of Knights which settled here in 1216 and a monument to Kaiser Wilhelm I was built here to commemorate the unification of the German Empire. Dedicated in 1897, destroyed in 1945, declared a memorial to German unity in 1953 and reconstructed in 1993, the 37m-high monument now attracts more than 2 million visitors every year and since 2002 it has been part of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Marienplatz square in Munich
Marienplatz : Munich's magnificent main square

The square is dominated by the neo-Gothic New Town Hall with its imposing facade and the sound of the delightful carillon in the town hall tower. Close by are some of Munich's most exclusive shopping streets, markets and beer gardens, as well as the trio of famous city gates – Isartor, Sendlinger Tor and Karlstor.

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Rügen Island with chalk cliffs
Rügen Island – seaside resorts and world-famous views

Rügen is Germany's largest island. Its 926 square kilometres contain everything you need for a perfect holiday: Baltic beaches as far as the eye can see, unspoilt natural surroundings and luxurious seaside resorts. A dream – in the middle of the Baltic.

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Národní park Harz s Brockenem
Národní park Harz – středohoří opředené pověstmi

Národní park rozprostírající se v nejsevernějším německém středohoří je společně s okolním přírodním a geologickým parkem Harz jedním z nejoblíbenějších turistických a lyžařských regionů v severním Německu. S kombinací starých mýtů a drsné krajiny je celoročně vyhledávanou destinací ve spolkové zemi Sasko-Anhaltsko a Dolní Sasko.

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Regensburg old quarter with the Cathedral district (UNESCO World Heritage)
Old Town of Regensburg and Stadtamhof

Regensburg, the town of emperors and kings, offers impressive perspectives of around 2,000 years of history. The centre has over 1,500 listed buildings; of these, 984 form the 'Old Town with Stadtamhof' ensemble, which became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2006.

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Eltz Castle
Eltz Castle

Discover the authentic Middle Ages! Eltz Castle boasts exceptionally ornate architecture and enjoys a secluded valley location amidst unspoilt nature.

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Saxon Switzerland National Park with Bastei rocks and Königstein Fortress
Magnificent natural monuments going back 100 million years – the Saxon Switzerland National Park

Situated in the far eastern corner of Germany, south-east of Dresden, Saxon Switzerland National Park protects more than 36,000 hectares of the Elbe Sandstone Massif, sculpted over the course of millennia by the Elbe river– the perfect place for a journey of discovery all the way back to the Cretaceous period.

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Wartburg Castle in Eisenach (UNESCO World Heritage)
Wartburg Castle

Large, imposing and steeped in history: high above the town of Eisenach sits Wartburg Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1999. One of the best-preserved medieval German fortresses and almost 1,000 years old, it is possibly Germany's most famous castle, and certainly one of its most important.

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Romantic Road
Romantic Road – The name is like a promise

The Romantic Road whisks you away on a journey of approximately 400 km from Würzburg to Füssen in the Allgäu . Anyone visiting this route is greatly rewarded with treasures such as magnificent stately homes, palaces of courtly splendour and romantic medieval timber-framed houses following in swift succession. This route also lives up to its name when travelled by bicycle or on foot.

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Maulbronn Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage)
Maulbronn Monastery Complex

Over a period of around 400 years, the monks built a remarkable monastery at Maulbronn, which became a distinguishing feature of the surrounding landscape. Today, this former Cistercian abbey, which is situated between Heidelberg and Stuttgart, is not only the most complete and best-preserved monastic complex north of the Alps, it is also a particularly fine example of medieval architecture and, since 1993, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Schloss Dankern Holiday Resort
Prázdninové centrum zámku Dankern – správná adresa pro odpočinek a zábavu

V Harenu, uprostřed nádherného Emslandu, představuje barokní vodní zámek s rozmanitou nabídkou zážitků a relaxace pro celou rodinu ústřední bod jedinečného dobrodružného prázdninového ráje, Prázdninového centra zámku Dankern.

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Eifel National Park
Národní park Eifel - drsná krajina s bohatou faunou

Národní park Eifel láká návštěvníky na majestátní bukové lesy, rozlehlé porosty sukovitých dubů a tajemné rokliny se zurčícími potoky. Bohatá fauna a flóra jsou zárukou fascinujících přírodních zážitků, které jsou tady na západě Německa zcela unikátní.

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Old town and cathedral of Bamberg (UNESCO World Heritage)
Bamberg Old Town

A centre of imperial and episcopal power for almost a thousand years, and often referred to as the Rome of Franconia, Bamberg stands on seven hills surrounded by beautiful countryside. Dominated by its imperial cathedral, the town is a unique and superbly maintained masterpiece of urban design, uniting medieval and baroque architecture.

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Hanseatic town of Lübeck with the Holsten Gate (UNESCO World Heritage)
Hanseatic Town of Lübeck

Lübeck, the undisputed Queen of the Hanseatic League, was founded in 1143 as 'the first western town on the Baltic coast' and provided a shining example for all the Hanseatic towns and cities along the Baltic. The medieval old town is one of the foremost examples of brick Gothic architecture and reflects Lübeck's illustrious past as an early centre of international trade.

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Loreley rock in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley (UNESCO World Heritage)
The Loreley

Celebrated in song and shrouded in legend – the Loreley rock is a 194-metre-high slate cliff towering above the narrowest point of the Rhine near St. Goarshausen.

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Cochem Castle
The majestic Cochem Castle: exciting history in the charming Moselle landscapes

Proudly enthroned above Cochem on mighty cliffs, you will find the venerable Cochem Castle (built circa 1,000 AD) with its unequalled layout, bay windows and battlements. Impregnable upon the prominent mount and rising over 100 metres above the Moselle, it is regarded as the highest hill fortress along the river.

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The Sauerland
The Sauerland: tales of dwarfs and the land of 1,000 mountains

The Sauerland holiday region wows visitors with its variety, as the glorious natural surroundings lend themselves to a huge range of leisure activities in both summer and winter.

The Felsenmeer nature reserve is a sensational scenic highlight. It is home to bizarre rock formations, an animal world with a wide range of species and an up to 250-year-old tree population. Legend has it that dwarfs once lived under their roots.

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Brandenburg Gate
A passageway to history: Brandenburg Gate

No other monument in Berlin is as famous around the world as Brandenburg Gate, built between 1789 and 1791 to plans by C. G. Langhans on Pariser Platz in the heart of the city. After the Berlin Wall was built in 1961, Brandenburg Gate became impassable for 28 years. As a signature attraction and symbol of German reunification, it now represents the past and present of the German capital in exemplary fashion. The gate is supported by six Doric columns, forming five passageways with pedestrian-only access. The famous quadriga depicting the goddess of victory, Victoria, riding a four-horse chariot was added in 1794.

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Mount Zugspitze and Partnach Gorge in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Mount Zugspitze and Partnach Gorge in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

The Zugspitze is one of the most famous mountain peaks in the Alps. Measuring 2,962m, it is not only Germany's highest mountain, but also one of the most popular destinations for visitors from all over the world.

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Sanssouci Palace Potsdam (UNESCO World Heritage)
Palaces and parks of Potsdam and Berlin

The beautiful city of Potsdam is part of an extraordinarily rich and attractive landscape: expansive parks, majestic tree-lined avenues and some 150 buildings from the 18th to the 20th century all combine to make an outstanding cultural treasure. Extended to include architectural monuments in neighbouring Berlin, they have been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1990.

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Ulm Minster
Reaching for the skies: Ulm Minster

The Gothic Minster has been a dominant feature in the centre of Ulm for centuries and is the town's most famous landmark. It is also known far and wide for having the tallest church tower in the world: the 'Finger of God' stretches up to the skies reaching a height of almost 162 metres. This stunning piece of architecture is complemented by a number of exquisite art treasures inside the church. The minster is also famous for its 15th century choir stalls by Jörg Syrlin. The carved busts in particular are considered masterpieces of art history.

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English Garden in Munich
English Garden Munich: a haven of relaxation in the big city

Covering an area of more than four square kilometres on the western banks of the river Isar, the English Garden is one of the largest inner city parks in the world. This delightful attraction holds a spellbinding appeal during the summer, but is also not without its charms in winter. One of the main attractions of the park is the Chinese pagoda with its famous beer garden. Visitors can even enjoy surfing on the Eisbach rapids or see a classical play at the tucked-away little amphitheatre.

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Town hall and Roland statue in Bremen (UNESCO World Heritage)
Town hall and Roland statue in Bremen

It is one of the most beautiful town halls in Germany: the magnificent facade is a textbook example of the Weser Renaissance architecture typical of northern Germany. Along with the Roland statue, the city's very own 'statue of liberty', it still stands as a reminder of the pride that the locals have for their city, their freedom and their sovereignty.

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Old town and Minster of Freiburg
Freiburg: a city with a sunny disposition.

Are the people of Freiburg so cheerful because their city gets more sun than anywhere else in Germany, or have they been rewarded with so much sunshine precisely because they are so good-natured? It's hard to say. But what is certain is that life is good in Germany's southernmost city.

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Wilhelmshöhe Palace and Park in Kassel (UNESCO World heritage)
Wilhelmshöhe Park

Covering 240 hectares in the north Hessen city of Kassel, baroque Wilhelmshöhe Park is designed in the style of an English landscape garden and is Europe's largest hillside park. Together with Wilhelmshöhe Palace, it forms a unique whole that combines culture, nature and landscape architecture in perfect harmony.

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ChocolArt chocolate market in Tübingen
ChocolArt chocolate market in Tübingen

As 100 top chocolatiers from Africa, North and South America and Europe gather in Tübingen's idyllic old quarter to pay homage to the cocoa bean, chocolate lovers will be in their element. This is pure indulgence for all the senses, with melt-in-the-mouth confections, handmade gourmet chocolate, therapeutic chocolate massages, luxury chocolate tastings, creative praline courses, artistic cocoa paintings, inspiring readings and unusual chocolate theatre.

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Michelstadt townhall
Michelstadt. Germany’s most original town hall

There are plenty of historical town halls in Germany but probably the most beautiful of them all is the one in Michelstadt in the romantically situated Odenwald low mountain range. You’d have to search far and wide to find one as fancy and unique as this.

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Hamburg´s Speicherstadt warehouse district (UNESCO World Heritage)
Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus district with Chilehaus

This is where the roots of the modern European city of Hamburg lie: the historical Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus district with the famous Chilehaus are synonymous with Hamburg's rise as a global trading power – and are today a vibrant cultural quarter. Having survived the years without damage or alteration, this historical ensemble has now been granted UNESCO World Heritage status.

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Berlin Museum Island (UNESCO World Heritage)
A treasure trove of human history: Berlin's Museum Island

A UNESCO World Heritage site in the heart of the city, Berlin's Museum Island is a hugely popular attraction both with locals and international tourists. One of the world's most important museum complexes, it is home to priceless cultural treasures. Collections at the Museum of the Ancient World, New Museum, Old National Gallery, Bode Museum and Pergamon Museum take visitors on a fascinating journey through art and culture from the cradle of civilisation in Mesopotamia through Egypt, Classical Greece and Rome, Byzantium, the Islamic World and the Middle Ages right up to the modern age and 19th century Romanticism.

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Old quarter of Düsseldorf
An emotional experience: Düsseldorf's old quarter

A successful mix of Rhenish charm and international flair, the heart of Düsseldorf has been a meeting place for young and old alike for generations. However, the old quarter has much more to offer than the 'world's longest bar'. Packed into this compact area are a variety of architectural gems from the past and present, as well as cultural attractions, shops, historical monuments, beautiful squares and, of course, the Rhine riverside promenade: a fantastic setting for all types of festivities, from the Japan Festival, book fair and town fair to Halloween and the Jazz Rally.

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Kaiserburg Castle Nuremberg
Kaiserburg Castle, Nuremberg

Nuremberg Castle, where every emperor of the Holy Roman Empire lived, at least for a time, between 1050 and 1571, is one of the most important medieval imperial palaces. Friedrich Barbarossa and his successors added large extensions to the Salian royal castle which had been in existence since around the mid 11th century. The double chapel, which has survived intact to this day, dates back to this time. The imperial apartments and state rooms in the main building, whose original panelling has largely been preserved, contain 16th and 17th century paintings, tapestries and furniture.

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Elbe Philharmonic Hall Hamburg
Music of the future: the Elbe Philharmonic Hall

The Elbe Philharmonic Hall, designed by leading Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, is a prestige urban project and a new cultural centre for Hamburg. This distinguished venue will offer a mix of classical and 21st century music as well as lighter entertainment with a sophisticated flair. The project will blend the new cultural identity with the harbour's former role as a gateway to the world. Visitors are going to travel up an escalator through the Kaispeicher A to a public plaza 37 metres above the ground. From here, they can enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the harbour, the river Elbe and the city. Read more

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Ozeaneum aquarium and museum Stralsund
Ozeaneum aquarium, Stralsund

The Ozeaneum aquarium in Stralsund is the latest addition to the German Oceanographic Museum.

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Würzburg Residenz Palace (UNESCO World Heritage)
Würzburg Residenz Palace and Court Gardens

Würzburg Residenz Palace is generally considered the purest and most remarkable of all baroque palaces in Germany. Built between 1720 and 1744 and enhanced by the magnificent gardens between 1765 and 1780, it exemplifies a glittering era and is one of the most spectacular royal palaces in Europe.

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Schwerin Castle
Schwerin Castle and Park. The jewel of Lake Schwerin.

This romantic fairytale fortress, with all its many towers, domes and wings, is reflected in the waters of Lake Schwerin. It was completed in 1857 and symbolised the powerful dynasty of its founder, Friedrich Franz II.

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Aachen Cathedral (UNESCO World Heritage)
Aachen Cathedral

Aachen Cathedral was the very first site to be granted UNESCO World Heritage status in Germany, and with good reason: built in around 790 to 800, the cathedral is of world importance in terms of the history of art and architecture, and is one of the great examples of church architecture. The final resting place of Charlemagne, it was also where German emperors were crowned for 600 years.

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Rüdesheim with Drosselgasse
Rüdesheim with Drosselgasse, Niederwald Monument, Cable car and the vineyards

Idyllic Rüdesheim am Rhein is the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Wine-growing has a long tradition in Rüdesheim and has established the town's reputation as a producer of acclaimed riesling and pinot noir wines. A stroll through the vineyards to the Germania monument or to Ehrenfels castle ruins offers fantastic views of the Rhine Valley.

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Teutoburg Forest Nature Park
Přírodní park Teutoburský les/Eggegebirge – příroda a kultura v té nejčistší podobě

Příroda a pozoruhodné orientační body, malebné středohoří s mnoha kulturně a historicky významnými místy – to je přírodní park Teutoburský les/Eggegebirge, největší ve spolkové zemiSeverní Porýní-Vestfálsko.

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Wadden Sea (UNESCO World Heritage)
Wadden Sea

The diversity of the Wadden Sea landscape on the North Sea coast makes it a unique habitat for countless species of plants and wildlife. This UNESCO World Natural Heritage site covers an area of around 11,000 square kilometres and includes the three Wadden Sea National Parks of Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony, Hamburg and Denmark plus the Wadden Sea conservation area in the Netherlands.

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Germany Fairy Tale Route
German Fairy Tale Route – Sometimes fairy tales come true

Welcome to the home of fairies and princes, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella. Let the 600 km German Fairy Tale Route transport you to the magical world of the Brothers Grimm, from their birthplace in Hanau to Bremen, the home of the famous four-legged town musicians (Tiercombo).

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Munich Octoberfest
A beer festival for the world: Oktoberfest

Munich is Germany's beer capital – and the Oktoberfest is a byword for beer all over the world. When the first Oktoberfest was held back in 1810 to celebrate a royal wedding, nobody could have dreamt it would go on to become such a famous event. Since that time, the world's biggest beer festival has been held every year in September/October on the Theresienwiese grounds, bringing smiles to people's faces in classic Bavarian style with oompah bands, beer fresh from the barrel and plenty of good cheer. Anyone interested in the history of the festival can find out more on a guided tour of the famous Wies'n site, available since 1995 in several languages.

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Hohenzollern Castle
Hohenzollern Castle. The height of neo-Gothic architecture.

Fortified with a multitude of towers and turrets, Hohenzollern Castle sits in splendour almost 900 metres above the Swabian Alb. This is a storybook fortress from the heyday of the neo-Gothic.

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Hamburg HafenCity and fish market
Hamburg's new city centre: HafenCity

Expanding Hamburg's inner city: HafenCity – currently Europe's biggest urban regeneration project – is a model for new waterside developments in city centres all over Europe. While the historical warehouse district with its neo-Gothic brick-built architecture has long been a dominant feature of Hamburg, the new development at HafenCity is bringing a refreshing new twist to the old harbour. This addition to Hamburg's inner city sets a new benchmark in Europe and beyond. Covering an area of 157 hectares, the vibrant district is a fascinating mix of office and residential buildings, retail outlets, leisure facilities, restaurants, cafés and culture.

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Nuremberg Christmas Market
Nuremberg Christmas market

On the Hauptmarkt of the historic Old Town the 'Christ Child' ceremoniously opens the world famous Nuremburg Christmas market. The unique Christmas city presents a medieval atmosphere, the original Nuremburg gingerbread, Nuremburg Bratwurst, and the largest Feuerzangenbowle in the world. Atmospheric Advent and Christmas concerts in the churches, a traditional nativity play in the baroque church of St. Egidien and the Spitalgasse, Children’s Christmas on Hans-Sachs-Platz, Partner City Market on Rathausplatz, crafts and arts in the Handwerkerhof, a parade by lamp light to the castle and rides on the post carriages – Nuremburg is turned into a unique all-out Christmas experience.

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Collegiate Church and Old Town of Quedlinburg (UNESCO World Heritage)
Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg

Quedlinburg, which enjoys an idyllic location on the Romanesque Route, was an important royal and imperial town in the Middle Ages. With its historical layout and over 1,300 timber-framed houses from a period spanning six centuries, Quedlinburg is a fine example of a beautifully preserved medieval town. It also boasts a wealth of art nouveau architecture.

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Saar Bow
Přírodní park Saar-Hunsrück – v srdci Evropy mezi Moselou a Rýnem

Pestrá přírodní a kulturní krajina tohoto přírodního parku zasahujícího na území tří zemí – Německa, Francie a Lucemburska – se rozprostírá ve spolkové zemi Porýní-Falc a Sársko na ploše 2 055 čtverečních kilometrů.

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Christmas market in Monschau
Christmas market in Monschau

Garlands, illuminated trees and fairy lights bathe the Christmas market and the romantic market square in a warm, festive glow. Musical accompaniment is provided by trumpeters in historical costume and alpenhorn trios. Beneath the towers of the castle there is an enchanting 'living' Nativity scene in a straw-thatched stable, while a musical shepherd features in the landscaped Nativity scene at St Michael's Church.

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Autostadt Wolfsburg
Autostadt Wolfsburg

Autostadt is an exhibition complex in Wolfsburg, the home of the Volkswagen Group. Focused on the subject of mobility, it offers a variety of exciting attractions and activities.

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Jaké kulturní bohatství má v Mohuči velký význam?
Římané, blázni a biskup: Mohuč

Pro Mohuč, zemské hlavní město Porýní-Falce, univerzitní, římské a mediální město, je typickým věhlasný trojnásobný akord románského chrámu, Gutenbergovy černé magie a rýnského masopustu. A velké dědictví z bezmála 2 000 let, které Mohučští prezentují s hrdostí a vyrovnaností. Skutečnost, že se k mnoha kulturním statkům města pojí i vyspělá vinařská kultura, sympatie Mohuče ihned násobí.

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Triberger Waterfalls and Christmas Market
Triberg: deep in the Black Forest with towering waterfalls.

Nestled deep in the Black Forest is the small town of Triberg, which is also home to a breathtaking natural spectacle: waterfalls plunging into the depths from a height of 163 m. A hiking path allows visitors to explore at their leisure, taking in its seven steps from all angles. The waterfalls can be visited all year round, and are an impressive sight – even in winter! At Christmas, millions of lights conjure up a romantic atmosphere and transform the surrounding forest into an utterly beautiful outdoor winter festival with performers and other highlights.

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UNESCO World Heritage Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen
Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen

In its day, shaft XII at the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen was the world's largest and most modern coal-mining facility and a leading example of the development of heavy industry in Europe. Today, with its Bauhaus-influenced design, the mine is a triumph of modern industrial architecture and a centre for art and culture.

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The Berlin Wall
Berlin Wall

From 1961 to 1989 the Berlin Wall divided the city in two. Most of this concrete structure has since been torn down, but fragments do remain a feature of the city. The Berlin Wall Trail, a route for walkers and cyclists split into 14 sections, follows the path of the former wall. Information panels installed at 30 points tell the story of the Berlin Wall. The colourful and recently restored East Side Gallery in Friedrichshain is a piece of the hinterland wall that in 1990 was painted by artists from 21 countries. On Bernauer Strasse, where there is a replica section of the Berlin Wall, you can also visit a memorial site, a documentation centre and the Chapel of Reconciliation.

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UNESCO World Heritage Mines of Rammelsberg, Historic Town of Goslar and Upper Harz Water Management System
Mines of Rammelsberg, Historic Town of Goslar and Upper Harz Water Management System

Reminders of Germany's earliest industrial heritage: documenting around 1,000 years of mining history, the Mines of Rammelsberg on the outskirts of the beautiful old town of Goslar were once the largest interconnected repositories of copper, lead and zinc ore in the world. Energy for the mine was supplied by the Upper Harz water management system, the world's foremost pre-industrial water management system for the mining industry.

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UNESCO World Heritage Classical Weimar
Classical Weimar

For centuries, Weimar in Thuringia was at the centre of intellectual life in Germany: the city experienced its heyday in the early 19th century when it was home to no fewer than three of Europe's leading intellectuals – Goethe, Schiller and Herder. The Classical Weimar ensemble is testimony to the enlightened, courtly but also civic culture of the period around 1800.

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Allgäu holiday region
Allgäu – a natural high

From the rolling foothills of the Alps all the way up to the mountain peaks, the Allgäu has always attracted active holidaymakers. As a sustainable destination for health and wellness, the region is aiming for more, and its Allgäu brand logo can only be used once a strict set of sustainability criteria has been met.

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Hofbräuhaus beer hall in Munich
The Hofbräuhaus beer hall: the measure of Munich

A truly unmissable Bavarian experience awaits at the famous Hofbräuhaus beer hall at Am Platzl in the old quarter. Originally a brewery, today it is an internationally acclaimed 'beer temple'. Locals can be seen dressed in traditional costume, drinking Munich beer from the famous Mass, a one-litre tankard, and enjoying traditional hearty specialities served up with a good dose of Bavarian hospitality. Probably the largest beer hall in the world serving some 30,000 guests every day, it is always noisy and full of beer-fuelled cheer.

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Medieval Crime Museum Rothenburg
Medieval Crime Museum, Rothenburg

The Medieval Crime Museum in Rothenburg comprises two buildings containing several hundred exhibits from all over the German-speaking world.

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Wernigerode townhall
Wernigerode

Visible from afar: romantic Wernigerode Castle towers high above the little town north of the Harz mountains. It’s just one of many highlights on every corner in and around Wernigerode – especially in the restored old town with its colourful timber-framed houses.

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Suspended monorail Wuppertal
Město s visutou lanovkou: Wuppertal

Wuppertal je největším městem a zároveň ekonomickým, vzdělávacím, průmyslovým a kulturním centrem regionu Bergisches Land. Toto „velkoměsto uprostřed zeleně“ je ovšem samozřejmě také městem s visutou lanovkou – jak ostatně zní i jeho oficiální motto. Podél této dráhy se rozkládá město hýřící sebevědomím a smyslem pro dějiny s nabídkou, nad kterou lze mnohdy jen žasnout.

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Golden Hall in Augsburg
The Golden Hall in Augsburg

With its rich, gold-adorned ceremonial room in the Augsburg Town Hall, the Golden Hall is regarded as one of the most important cultural icons of Germany’s Late Renaissance. The ceiling of the 14-metre-high hall is clad with gold foil. It was completely destroyed in 1944 and reinstated in 1996 after 17 years of restoration. Since then, the Golden Hall is used as reception hall and meeting room for the city.

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Bavarian Forest National Park
Národní park Bavorský les - lesní divočina bez hranic

Tento první německý národní park byl založen v roce 1970 v Bavorsku, které se rozprostírá v jihovýchodní části Německa. V roce 1997 byl park rozšířen na stávajících 243 čtverečních kilometrů.

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Prinzipalmarkt Münster
Prinzipalmarkt shopping arcades

Since around 1290, the rows of houses with their gabled fronts and covered walkways have been a dominant feature of Prinzipalmarkt, Münster's oldest market street in the heart of the city. Shopping whatever the weather – this was even possible back in the Middle Ages under the arcades of Prinzipalmarkt. Once the town's main square, it features 48 gabled houses along with the famous town hall where the Treaty of Westphalia was signed, the wine tavern with its Renaissance facade, merchants' houses and the market church of St. Lambert.

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Linderhof Palace
Linderhof Palace – Ludwig II's highest flight of fancy.

Of the three palaces that Ludwig II actually had built, Linderhof Palace is the most inspired. A triumph of splendour and extravagance, it lies in the secluded Graswang valley.

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Wieskirche Pilgrimage Church (UNESCO World Heritage)
Wieskirche Pilgrimage Church

The Pilgrimage Church of the Scourged Saviour at the foot of the Alps is considered a perfect example of Bavarian rococo architecture. Around one million visitors come here every year from all over the world – to look, marvel, pray, attend services, enjoy the summer concerts and, of course, for quiet contemplation.

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Beilstein
Beilstein: idyllic but by no means in a deep slumber

Beilstein, or as many call it: the "Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle", lies between vineyards and the Moselle Valley.

The little town has a wild and romantic feel and exudes historic flair with its town wall dating back to 1310, its picturesque market square and its many nooks and narrow alleyways. It is no wonder this place is not only home to 140 people but also has been used as a backdrop for countless films!

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Lake Chiemsee & Herrenchiemsee Palace
Herrenchiemsee Palace – a fairytale refuge for the fairytale king.

In 1878, Ludwig II of Bavaria commissioned an extravagant palace to be built on idyllic Herrenwörth Island in Lake Chiemsee. Inspired by the French 'Sun King' Louis XIV, this fairytale showpiece now attracts millions of visitors every year.

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Fuggerei Augsburg housing project
Handsome homes for the poor: the Fuggerei

The Fuggerei, the world's first welfare housing project, was founded by the wealthy merchant Jakob Fugger in 1516. Hardworking, honest but poor citizens were taken in and given fully furnished homes that even included cutlery. Featuring eight lanes and three gates, the settlement is known as a 'town within a town' and comprises 67 two-storey houses and 147 apartments, its own church, fountains, town walls and gates, which are still closed every evening at 10pm by the nightwatchman. The annual basic rent for an apartment is, to this day, one Rhenish guilder – a nominal amount equivalent to just 88 euro cents.

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Legoland
Zábavní park LEGOLAND Deutschland: co všechno se dá provést s miliony Lego kostek

V bavorském Günzburgu, hodinu od Mnichova nebo Stuttgartu, se nachází země malých a velkých hrdinů: zábavní park LEGOLAND Deutschland.V roce 2012 získal ocenění Parkscout Publikums Award jako zábavní park s nejlepším přístupem k dětem. Vhodné pro děti od čtyř let

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Hainich National Park
Národní park Hainich – prales uprostřed Německa

V Národním parku Hainich, který je součástí světového dědictví UNESCO, se setkávají světové dějiny s jedinečnou přírodou. Bývalá uzavřená vojenská zóna je dnes největším souvislým smíšeným lesním porostem v Evropě.

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Harbor Worlds Museums Bremerhaven
Bremerhaven Harbour Worlds: Harbour life from a new perspective

The maritime town of Bremerhaven is opening a new chapter in its history: on the Weser dike, in the area around the old and new harbour, the Harbour Worlds complex offers a very special tour of discovery through maritime history. Bremerhaven's new town centre features a host of outstanding attractions including the Klimahaus® Bremerhaven 8° Ost and the German Emigration Centre, as well as the Zoo am Meer, the U-boat 'Wilhelm Bauer' - part of the German Maritime Museum, along with hotels and top-class restaurants. This ambitious project was completed in June 2009 and now attracts up to a million additional visitors to the town every year.

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The Reichstag
The elegance of power: the government quarter in Berlin

The route along Wilhelmstrasse right through the old and new government quarter and embassy district heads towards Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag. The ministerial buildings and the Federal Chancellery, in particular, reflect the successful synthesis of the old with the new through prestigious yet modest elegance. From here, your gaze is immediately drawn to the Reichstag, one of the most famous sights in Berlin. Its glass dome by leading British architect Norman Foster has become a hugely popular attraction for visitors from far and wide.

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Town of Bernkastel-Kues with Christmas Market
Christmas market in Bernkastel-Kues

The atmospheric Christmas market in Bernkastel-Kues is set against the historical backdrop of the old town with its medieval squares, narrow streets and magnificent town hall. Other highlights are a giant Advent calendar, swimming with flickering torches in the Rhine and St. Nicholas tours.

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Karlsruhe Palace
The Versailles of Baden: Karlsruhe Palace

When Karl Wilhelm of Baden-Durlach laid the foundation stone for the palace in 1715, he also marked the birth of the city. At his behest the palace was built amid previously unspoilt countryside in the Hardt forest, just like Louis XIV had done with Versailles. The streets and avenues of Karlsruhe radiate out from the palace – a symbol of power and perfection. The palace served as a residence for the Margraves and Grand Dukes of Baden until 1918. Today it houses the Baden State Museum and part of the Federal Constitutional Court.

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Bauhaus and its sites in Weimar and Dessau (UNESCO World Heritage)
Bauhaus and its sites in Weimar and Dessau

As a university of design, the Bauhaus School revolutionised 20th century art and architecture around the world. Today the original buildings in Weimar and Dessau, along with a range of museums and exhibitions, provide an insight into a movement that still seems innovative today.

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German Alpine Road
German Alpine Road – A magical tour of the peaks

The German Alpine Road – drive-in cinema at its very best! Welcome to a winding 450 km tour through the majestic panorama of the Bavarian Alps, from Lindau on Lake Constance to Berchtesgaden on Lake Königssee. Driving, cycling or walking this route is like travelling through the greatest hits of the Alps:

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Geierlay rope bridge
Spectacular views: Geierlay rope bridge now open

At a height of 100 metres, Germany's second longest rope bridge opens up a unique view of the Hunsrück mountains to walkers and nature enthusiasts.

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Island of Helgoland
Heligoland – an offshore oasis of relaxation

Heligoland's rust-coloured sandstone cliffs jut dramatically out of the North Sea some 70 kilometres from the mainland. Blessed with a unique natural setting, the island also enjoys a mild maritime climate.

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Müritz National Park
Národní park Müritz - jezera, kam jen oko dohlédne

Na východ od jezera Müritz, známého největšího jezera na území Meklenburské jezerní plošiny, která je součástí Severovýchodoněmecké nížiny, leží Národní park Müritz. Snovou jezerní krajinu s víc než 130 jezery, prastarými bukovými lesy a tajuplnými bažinami protíná na 660 km stezek.

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Stuttgart's market halls
Stuttgart's market halls: a gastronomic paradise in the art nouveau style

Built in 1914, Stuttgart's market halls are regarded as a triumph of the art nouveau period. There's the aroma of exotic spices hanging in the air, a medley of voices speaking all different languages, and rows and rows of stalls covering an area of around 3,000 square metres. Flowers, fruit and vegetables, fish, meat and baked goods are available here every day. In this extravaganza of epicurean delights and other refined pleasures, visitors can sit and relax over a delicious latte or enjoy some Swabian specialities in the restaurant with the hustle and bustle in the background.

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Zoologická zahrada v Berlíně
Zoo hlavního města Berlína Vítejte v jedné z druhově nejpestřejších zoo na světě.

V samém srdci Berlína okouzlí návštěvníky přes 18 tisíc zvířat. Zvířecí příbytky vystavěné v exotickém stylu a naturalistické výběhy představují i vzácná zvířata jako pandu velkou, gorily nebo ptáky kivi.

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Island of Sylt
The island of Sylt – Queen of the North Sea

The largest North Frisian island is a popular destination for fine food and water sports. Located off Schleswig-Holstein's North Sea coast, Sylt also has lots to offer when it comes to health and wellness.

Name your personal highlight for your trip to Germany in 2018!

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