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GERMANY



BERLIN



Yesterday capital of Prussia and cultural centre of the Golden Twenties, today the gateway to eastern Europe - Berlin is once again making a new beginning. One can sense the fresh vibrancy everywhere, on the boulevards, in the art and flea markets, in the 300 trendy night-spots and the 7,000 pubs and restaurants. Visitors can enjoy three opera houses, two great concert halls and 35 theatres, plus cabarets, musicals and revues. Art-lovers are also spoilt for choice at no fewer than 170 excellent museums.


Gendarmenmarkt
© BTM / Koch

Geographical position

Berlin lies on the north-south axis between Copenhagen and Vienna in the centre of Europe. Paris, Madrid, Rome, Brussels, Prague and Moscow are all within easy reach of the city which is the gateway between East and West. With about 3,400,000 inhabitants, Berlin is the largest City in Germany. It is 38 kilometres long and 45 kilometres wide and covers an area of 889 square kilometres.

Berlin Cathedral
© BTM / Koch

Highlights

  • Berlin Cathedral: Built between 1893 and 1905, this Neo-Baroque structure was the main church of Prussian Protestantism.

  • Berlin Town Hall: Seat of the governing mayor of Berlin. Built 1861-69, also known as the "Red Town Hall".
  • The Reichstag
    © BTM / Koch

  • Brandenburg Gate: Symbol of Berlin, built 1788-91, designed by C.G. Langhans, Victoria with Quadriga added in 1794.

  • Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church: Built in the late 19C, destroyed 1943. A modern church was built next to the ruin in 1959-61.

  • St. Nikolai Church: Oldest church building in Berlin, now houses a permanent exhibition on the history of the city.

  • Schloss Charlottenburg: Built as a summer palace for Sophie-Charlotte, wife of the later King Friedrich I. Completed in its present form in 1790.

  • Victory Column: Built 1866-73, designed by J.H. Strack. Approx. 69m, topped with a gilded statue of Victoria.
  • The Prussian Pantheon
    © BTM / Koch

  • Berlin Redevelopment: Information station on Leipziger Platz. The Potsdamer Platz project investors -Mercedes-Benz, Sony, the Berlin City Planning Office and German Rail - have installed a huge multimedia container packed with computers, screens and models. A click with the "space mouse" displays the latest information on the progress of the new city quarter. Worth a visit! Old Congress Centre (Kongresshalle): Known locally as the "pregnant oyster", this building was the U.S. contribution to the International Construction Exhibition in 1957. Now the home of the House of the Cultures of the World.

  • New Guardhouse (Neue Wache): Built 1816-18, designed by Schinkel in the form of a Roman fort. Since 1969 memorial to the victims of fascism and dictatorship. Potsdamer Platz: Berlin's new centre, square with over 120 shops, 20 cinemas (including one IMAX), a large musical theatre and much more.
  • Schloss Charlottenburg
    © BTM / Koch

  • Museum Island: Unique ensemble of museums, many collections initiated by Wilhelm von Bode (1845-1929): Pergamon Museum, Bode Museum, Altes Museum, Alte Natio-nalgalerie, Neues Museum.

  • Kulturforum Art Gallery: Opened in 1998, this magnificent new gallery unites formerly dispersed collections with around 2,700 paintings spanning the 13C-18C.

  • Hamburger Bahnhof: Old terminal railway station, completely renovated and expanded 1990-95 by Kleinhues, now houses an important collection of contemporary art with 10,000m of exhibition space.




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    Festivals & Events


    Black Forest Open-Air Museum
    24 March onwards

    Find out all about life and work in the Black Forest over the last 400 years. As well as the farmhouses that represent all the regions in the Black Forest, the museum also has animals, craft demonstrations and activity days for people of all ages. The season's highlights will include the German Mills Day (Deutscher Mühlentag) on 20 May, the Open-Air Museums Day (Tag der Freilichtmuseen) on 4 August and the Gutach Traditional Costumed Wedding Procession (Trachtenhochzeitszug) on 22 September.
    info@vogtsbauernhof.org



    Munich - Old Town Hall
    Photographer: Christl Reiter

    Hamburger Dom
    22. March - 21. April 2002

    The biggest public festival in northern Germany on the Heiligengeistfeld
    info@hamburg-tourismus.de

    Oktoberfest - Munich
    October

    The world's largest beer-party draws visitors from around the globe. The festival is the biggest public festival in the world and will be held for the 169th time in the year 2002.
    tourismus@muenchen.btl.de



    Munich - Octoberfest
    Photographer: Christl Reiter Beertent

    The Stuttgart Beer Festival
    September - October

    Today it is one of the largest and most enchanting beer festivals in the world, visited by millions of people. Traditional brass bands keep everyone’s spirits high, and delicious Swabian specialities are served.
    info line:+49(0)711/2228-269.



    Dresden
    DWT / Foto Strehlow Beertent

    Street Music Festival on the ‘Ring’ - Cologne
    August

    Open-air festivals The world’s biggest open-air music festival with 10 live music stages on the ‘Rings’ in Cologne, featuring rock, pop, and jazz music.
    info@nrw-tourismus.de

    The German Alpine Route

    Originally one of the oldest German tourist routes, it runs along the foothills of the Alps between Lindau on Lake Constance and Berchtesgaden on the Koenigsee. It reveals along 450 km. all the beauty of the countyside with it's rural farmer villages, 21 picturesque lakes, 64 renowned spa towns, 25 awe inspiring fortresses and castles as well as the unique richness of culture and nature at the edge of the Allguer and the Bavarian Alps. cycle enthusiasts, fans of fun sports and winter sports et.. culture and wellness will all get their money's worth here as do ramblers.



    Berlin
    Berlin Tourist Boad

    The route of emperors and kings

    This stretches from the main metropolis Frankfurt via Vienna to Budapest, a route which captures a piece of European history and tradition. Over 1,100 km. we are taken back in time to the Middle Ages, when kings and emperors travelled through the country accompanied by their huge entourage. discover culture in monasteries, palaces and castles, medieval towns and magnificent residences enjoying some of the most beautiful countryside that Germany, Austria and Hungary have to offer.

    Alster Fair, Hamburg

    The largest summer festival in Hamburg is the Alster-Vergnügen, which takes place from August 30 through September 2, 2002. Featuring everything from street theatre to music and art on the waterfront in Hamburg, the ‘Venice of the North’ is a magnificent host for this upbeat, exciting festival.


    Hamburg
    Hamburg Tourist Board

    Music in Bavaria
    Summer 2002

    "Ludwig II" - Experience the fairy tale of King Ludwig II. Set at the base of his famous Neuschwanstein Castle in Fussen, the Musical Theatre Neuschwanstein brings to life, for the first time, the story of this magical character. We offer scheduled, round trip transfers by luxury coach from Munich to Füssen, and a ticket to this beautiful musical extravaganza.
    Enjoy world famous operas in July of 2002, in Munich.
    Celebrate the "Festival Mitte Europa" in the summer of 2002, in Bavaria.



    Frankfurt
    Frankfurt Tourist Board

    Saxony Festival
    Spring and Summer 2002

    Celebrate the 10th Jubilee of the "Festival Sandstein und Musik" set in beautiful palaces, castles and gardens in the spring & summer of 2002. Dedicated to "Aspiration & Valediction" The Dresden Music Festival will enchant audiences, in the summer of 2002.

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