#17 best destination in the world

Berliner Unterwelten

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  • Subterranean museum exploring the city’s underground history, with a focus on WWII bunkers

Monster Kabinett

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  • Gallery of massive robotic creatures, metal sculptures and insect-like beasts
  • Warehouse full of strange art and costumed revelers putting on a show

Museum Island

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  • Complex of internationally significant museums that occupy the island’s northern part
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Spreepark

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  • Originally constructed by the communist government in East Germany in 1969, the “Kulti” stood until the fall of the Berlin Wall 20 years later
  • The operator who took over was convicted later of smuggling cocaine by concealing it in pieces of ride equipment shipped between Peru and Germany
  • Partly due to criminal activities and partly due to a lack of visitors, Spreepark was shut down in 2002
  • Now tours are offered by the city to visit the park

Sanssouci Park

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  • Large park surrounding Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam
  • The goddesses Flora and Pomona, who decorate the entrance obelisk at the eastern park exit, were placed there to highlight the connection of a flower, fruit and vegetable garden
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Gross Fredenwalde

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  • #1 of the oldest cemeteries in the world
  • Burials began 8,500 years ago by hunter-gatherers near Berlin

Rakotzbrücke

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  • Bridge especially built to create a circle when it is reflected in the water beneath it. The bridge’s artificially-formed basalt columns were selected and shipped from distant quarries
  • Built in the 19th century

Würzburg Residence

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  • Palace constructed in Baroque style in 1780
  • The interiors of the palace are considered a masterwork of Baroque/Rococo or Neoclassical architecture and art including: the grand staircase, the chapel, and the Imperial Hall
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

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  • One of the world’s largest urban public parks
  • Created in 1789

Neuschwanstein Castle

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  • 19th century Romanesque Revival palace on a hill in Bavaria
  • Paid for with Ludwig II of Bavaria’s personal fortune and through borrowing, rather than using Bavarian public funds
  • Intended as a home for the king, it was opened to the public shortly after his death

Europa-Park

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  • #9 of the top 25 amusement parks in the world
  • Opened in 1975

Jewish Cemetery, Worms

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  • #6 of the oldest cemeteries in the world
  • Established by the early eleventh century, and the oldest tombstone still legible dates from 1058/59
  • The cemetery was closed in 1911, when a new cemetery was inaugurated
  • The older part still contains about 1,300 tombstones, the newer part (on the wall of the former city fortifications, acquired after 1689) more than 1,200
  • It has been maintained again since 2005

Porta Nigra

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  • Roman city gate constructed in 170 AD
  • One of the oldest buildings in the world
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Aula Palatina

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  • Roman palace basilica commissioned by the emperor Constantine I
  • Built in 310 AD
  • One of the oldest buildings in the world
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Cologne Cathedral

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  • Roman Catholic cathedral renowned for its blend of Gothic architecture and German Catholicism
  • Building started in 1248 and was completed in 1880
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Aachen Cathedral

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  • Roman Catholic church and one of the oldest cathedrals in Europe
  • Constructed by order of emperor Charlemagne who was buried there in 814 AD
  • Built in 805 AD
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Miniatur Wunderland

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  • One of the largest model railway attractions in the world, founded in 2000
  • Railway track has different themes such as the Alps and Austria, Hamburg, America, Scandinavia, Switzerland, and a replica of Italy and the Hamburg Airport
  • Exhibit includes 1,300 trains, 100,000 moving vehicles, and 400,000 human figurines
  • Upcoming exhibits include sections for France, England, Africa, and Australia

Costs

Number of Days: 23 days

Best Time To Fly: April-mid-June, Sept-Oct

Airline tickets: $598

Seattle -> Berlin (round trip) = $598

Food: $36/day x 23 days = $828

Rental car: $624

$39/day x 16 days = $624

Gas: $190

Entertainment: $179

Airbnb: $88/day x 21 days = $1,848

TOTAL: $4,267