The Top Five Sights in Germany 2010

Categories: Sightseeing, Cultural and History

The second place goes to The Brandenburg Gate
The second place goes to The Brandenburg Gate

[ source: Wikipedia]

For the third time the German Tourism Association has conducted a survey to find out which are the 15 most popular sights in Germany. Like in 2009 the winner is the Cologne (Cologne vacation rentals | Cologne travel guide) Cathedral, which certainly is one of the most important architectural monuments in Germany and on top of that the third tallest cathedral in the world. It took over 600 years to construct this Gothic masterpiece, and when it was finally finished in 1880, it was still true to the original plans from 1248. If you would like to find out which other sights managed to get into the Top Five, then read on.

Silver goes to the Brandenburg Gate, which usually is the first landmark that comes to mind when thinking of Berlin. It is the last remaining city gate in Germany’s capital and a place where history was made. As part of the Berlin (Berlin vacation rentals | Berlin travel guide) Wall, for decades after the Second World War it was a sad symbol for the division Berlin itself as well as the rest of Germany. But when in 1989, after a peaceful revolution, the Cold War ended and the first people from Eastern and Western Germany met at the opened Brandenburg Gate, it became the new symbol for the reunited Germany.

The third place goes to The Church of Our Lady in Dresden (Dresden vacation rentals | Dresden travel guide), which is another symbol of reconciliation between past enemies. Built in the 18th century, the church was destroyed in the firebombing of Dresden during the Second World War. Due to the increasing decay of the ruins, it was decided in 1994 to reconstruct the former glorious church. The rebuilding of the church was almost entirely financed by private donations and took 11 years to get finished. In 2005 the people of Dresden and visitors from all over the world celebrated the re—consecration of The Church of Our Lady.

The fourth most popular sight in Germany is the Port of Hamburg (Hamburg vacation rentals | Hamburg travel guide), which is the third largest one in Europe and also known as Germany’s Gateway to the World. Everybody who wants to get a true feeling of the wheeling and dealing constantly going on there, should get to the port as early as 5.00am on a Sunday and stroll around the traditional Fish Market. Everything you can imagine is dealt there — from antique china to the most exotic fish.

Finally, number five on the list is the Wartburg Castle in Thuringia, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List (List vacation rentals | List travel guide) as an Outstanding Monument of the Feudal Period in Central Europe in 1999. This is the place where Marin Luther stayed for a year in the first half of the 16th century to translate the New Testament into German and with this not only strengthened the Protestant Reformation but also made a major contribution to the development of modern German.

[ source: meinestadt.de ]



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