Tourist Attractions in the German States

By: Tong Lin

Germany is a Federal Republic made if up of sixteen states. These German states are:

- Schelswig - Holstein

- Mecklenburg - Vorpommern

- Hamburg

- Bremen

- Brandenburg

- Berlin

- Lower Saxony

- Saxony - Anhalt

- North Rhine - estphalia

- Thuringia

- Saxony

- Hesse

- Rhineland Palatinate

- Saarland

- Bavaria

- Baden - Wuttemberg

Each of these states have a wealth of potential in the number of attractions for tourists in addition to some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

The city of Berlin, which is a state on its own, is usually the first place tourists want to visit when they come to Germany. The German Parliament and the Brandenburg Gate are both national symbols of unity. The path of the Berlin Wall is clearly marked and there are few small segments of the wall still standing so you can gain some essence of what it used to be like. The Berlin Wall Museum will give you information about the people that often risked their lives to cross over this wall.

In Schleswig-Holstein you will truly experience the culture of the northern part of Germany. There are many whole villages that have been designated as museums. Lubeck is a city that has been designated as a World Heritage Site and contains a Museum Harbour of Baltic ships. There is a total of 260 museums in this state and there are numerous jazz and music festivals throughout the year.

Every city of Saxony has something new to offer visitors. Visit the Baroque Village Church in Seiffen and spend some time Erzgebirge Toy Museum. See the Pinge in Altenberg, which is a large crater formed by the collapse of mining shafts in 1620. In Oberweissenthal, you can visit Martin Luther Church. This church is the setting for a large Nativity scene at Christmas time.

Hamburg has so many sites to see and things to do that you will have to devote an entire vacation to this city alone. It is an easy city to navigate and from which you can take a tour of the Alster Lake. Make sure you visit the Sunday Fish Market, which is a city legend. The noon three-organ concert at St. Michael Church is sure to thrill you to the core.

Relax in a resort on the shores of the Baltic Sea when you visit Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. See the stone giant in Altentreplow, a town that dates back to the 13th century. If you want to take a bicycle trip into the mountains, there is no better place to start than the town of Hagenow.

Follow the trail of castles, walk the storybook trail of the Brothers Grimm and take a cruise on the Rhine or one of the other rivers of Germany. The rail system connects all parts of the country and the highways are very modern if you wish to drive your own car. There are many types of accommodations, ranging from five star hotels to camp grounds. Experience authentic German cuisine or stay with your normal food in the many different restaurants offering food from all over the world.

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