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Germany is home to several memorials, castles, and churches that have played a vital role in the history of the country.  Visitors come to Germany to see war memorials and ornate medieval castles; even remains of the Berlin Wall are popular destinations.  The country has seen a lot of change over the years and is home to some notable destinations.

Berlin

Berlin is home to several important landmarks.  Stop to see the Brandenburg Gate, which is the last Berlin Wall gate to still stand.  The ornate gate features a statue of Nike on the top of the arch, driving a chariot towards the west.

brandenburg gate at night - berlin, germany
Brandenburg Gate at Night - Berlin, Germany

Much like Central Park in New York City, the Tiergarten is a park in the heart of Berlin.  The land originally served as a hunting reserve for royals, but in 1742 the Tiergarten was turned into a beautiful city park.

Visitors wanting to see an impressive castle should stop by Schloss Charlottenburg.  It is the oldest Prussian palace still standing in Germany.  The palace was completed in 1790 and features 70 rooms filled with ornate details and furnishings.

History buffs might enjoy a stop at Treptower Park.  This park features a Soviet War memorial honoring the Soviet soldiers that died trying to stop Hitler.  Within the park, there is a mass grave for the 5,000 soldiers killed in action; at the end of the park, there is a statue depicting a Soviet soldier carrying a child in one arm and smashing a swastika with the other.

Other sites worth mentioning in Berlin include the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

Munich

Visitors to Munich will find the Marienplatz, a large open square in the center of town with a Marian column at its center.  The tower column contains the Rathaus-Glockenspiel, a large, ornate clock with moving figures.

rathaus in marienplatz - munich, germany
Rathaus-Glockenspiel - Marienplatz, Munich, Germany

An Olympic Park and stadium are also in Munich.  They were built for the 1972 Summer Olympics.  Visitors to the park will be delighted by the beautiful panoramic views of Munich and the surrounding Alps.

Cologne

Cologne is home to Germany's largest cathedral, the Dom.  This amazing cathedral was built over a period of 632 years, and it is one of a few German landmarks to survive the bombings of World War II without damage.  Inside is the Magi's shrine, which is said to contain the remains of the Three Wise Men.

Other Visitor Destinations

Neuschwanstein Castle is the country's most famous castle and may be well known among children.  The castle served as the model for Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle.  The Neuschwanstein Castle was built for King Ludwig in the late 1800s.  Only about one-third of the planned castle was ever finished, but it is still quite large and features ornate wood carvings and murals.

neuschwanstein castle - bavaria, germany
Neuschwanstein Castle - Bavaria, Germany

Dachau was Germany's first concentration camp.  It was built in 1933 and served as a training ground for the SS who would later work at other Nazi-built concentration camps.  The camp now features a photograph exhibit and a monument inscribed with the words "Never Again".


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