#22 best destination in the world

 

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

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

Reichstag Building

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  • Historic edifice constructed to house the Imperial Diet of the German Empire
  • Opened in 1894 and housed the Diet until 1933, when it was severely damaged after being set on fire
  • After World War II, the building fell into disuse; the parliament of the German Democratic Republic met in the Palast der Republik in East Berlin, while the parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany met in the Bundeshaus
  • The ruined building was made safe against the elements and partially refurbished in the 1960s, but no attempt at full restoration was made until after German reunification in 1990
  • After its completion in 1999, it once again became the meeting place of the German parliament: the modern Bundestag

Berliner Unterwelten

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

Museum Island

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

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

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

Marienplatz

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  • Central square in Munich that has been the city’s main square since 1158
  • During the Middle Ages, markets and tournaments were held in the Marienplatz and the square’s name was Schrannenplatz (“grain market square”)
  • After the grain market was moved into the modern glass-and-iron Schranne in 1853, the square received a new name, starting 9 October 1854

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

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

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

Städel

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  • Art museum with one of the most important collections in Germany
  • The museum owns 3,100 paintings, 660 sculptures, more than 4,600 photographs and more than 100,000 drawings and prints, and a library of 115,000 books

 

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

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

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: 27 days

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

Airline tickets: $1,530

Seattle -> Berlin (round trip) = $1,530

Food: $36/day x 27 days = $972

Rental car: $31/day x 16 days = $496

Gas: $393

Entertainment: $257

Airbnb: $96/day x 25 days = $2,400

TOTAL: $6,048