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Located in the heart of Europe and bordering nine countries, Germany has the look of a fairy tale: snow-capped mountains, turreted castles, mysterious forests and charming medieval villages. Germany's scenery ranges from sandy beaches to towering mountains, forests, lakes and some of Europe's most vibrant cities. Each of the country's 16 states offer distinct regional foods and a huge choice of local wines and beers.
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Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the city has become a breeding ground for artistic innovation. Grand hotels have reasserted themselves on Gendarmenmarkt or Unter den Linden. Architects have re-created museum spaces while this international stage has attracted investors from all over the world. New among the attractions are: I.M. Pei's Deutsches Historisches Museum and Daniel Libeskind's famous Jewish Museum. Passenger boats offer an easy way to view the city's developments by cruising the Spree River. Berlin boasts a total of 1,700 bridges, across the Havel and Spree Rivers and the tiny canals in between.
Cologne, founded by the Romans, is the not only one of the oldest cities in Germany, but it is also the fourth largest as well. It is located along the famous Rhine River in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Surprising to some, it enjoys mild winters and rarely snows. Carnival season starts in November each year.
Dresden is a city that perfectly blends the cultures of traditional and modern Germany - from lush meadows, magnificent villas and majestic old world palaces to the new radical transformation that has introduced intriguing gourmet restaurants and premier shopping. Dresden will captivate your every whim and desire, offering a traditional yet modern vacation.
Known primarily as a commercial center, this affluent port city is also home to the Imperial Cathedral that has been the coronation site for the sovereigns of the Holy Roman Empire. Today, Frankfurt recalls its illustrious past in some 40 museums, many of which are clustered about the Main River bank, and is the home of a variety of skilled artisans and tradespeople.
As Germany's second largest city, Hamburg lives up to its reputation for being elegant, cosmopolitan and "cutting edge", after all, this is the city that put the Beatles on the map. It has more bridges than Venice and Amsterdam combined. Hamburg is also home to world-famous museums, converted covered markets and several art auction houses and galleries. And as Germany's greenest city, over 50 percent of its area is covered in parks, woods and nature reserves.
Set on the River Neckar, Heidelberg is another of Germany's most beautiful towns. Germany's first university was established here, and the city has inspired many of Germany's poets and composers who lauded the natural beauty of the mountains, forests and vineyards that surround the city.
Munich is the capital of Bavaria, set on the bank of the Isar River, and is the site of the Oktoberfest and the Hofbrauhouse. Sip beer in Munich's famed beer gardens, tour the Nymphenburg Palace, and visit the Alte Pinakothek, one of the world's most famous art galleries.