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Historic Sites, Castles, Cathedrals, Museums and Monuments

From prehistory to present day there are endless witnesses to Germany´s past, from prehistoric solar observatories, ancient roads and medieval castles to cathedrals that took centuries to build.

Castle Road star
There are over 5,000 castles in Germany, and many of them are on the Castle Road. 745 miles of stunning landscapes, valleys, forests and rivers, filled with legacies of the past, medieval towns and villages and castles, castles and more castles.

Chocolate Museum in Cologne, Germany star
Cologne´s Imhoff-Schokoladenmuseum, the world´s largest and most comprehensive chocolate museum. A futuristic building, designed as a boat moored alongside the River Rhine, it is an inter-active museum that covers 3,000 years of chocolate history. Beginning with a mini sub-tropical forest and cocoa plants, watch as a chocolate bar begins life as cocoa beans and ends up ground, processed, molded and wrapped in foil. With a short video.

Cologne Cathedral - Story of a Gothic Masterpiece star
It took over 600 years to complete, and construction began when the city was part of the Holy Roman Empire but wasn´t finished until 1880, in a newly United Germany with Wilhelm I as its first Emperor. A stunning building Cologne Cathedral is one of the country´s most important monuments.

Germany´s Prehistoric Solar Observatory, Goseck star
It is a pre-historic site built by an agricultural civilization 7,000 years ago, near to present day Leipzig on Germany’s eastern side. The Goseck Circle celebrated solstice as an important seasonal midpoint, and festivities of many faiths and cultures continued to be held on or near the winter and summer solstices.

Germany´s Romantic Road star
Germany´s Romantische Strasse, a spectacular journey into a world from the past, through stunningly beautiful scenery and historic medieval towns. A showcase of culture in all its forms, from art and architecture to cuisine and castles.

Hohenschwangau Castle, Schloss Hohenschwangau star
"Hohenschwangau Castle" in Bavaria had its beginnings in the 12th century as "Fortress Schwanstein". The childhood home of King Ludwig II who built the "Neuschwanstein" fantasy castle, it is filled with history, treasures and art but still has the atmosphere of a home.

Munich Olympics 1972, From Dream to Terror star
The home of Munich´s 1972 Summer Olympic Games, the Olympic Park. A revolutionary and pioneering design, its sweeping acrylic glass canopies symbolizing a new democratic, transparent and optimistic Germany, their shape a panoramic view of the Bavarian Alps. But the dream was broken, and during the summer of 1972 these Olympics became an unforgettable part of Germany´s history.

The Dutch Quarter, Potsdam, Germany star
It is a living open air museum, and was built in the mid-18th Century just outside Germany´s capital Berlin, far away from the Netherlands-German border. A little piece of Holland, ´The Dutch Quarter´, 134 Dutch styled homes, a community for artisans from Holland, set amongst the opulent palaces and parks of Potsdam.

The Potato and The Medieval Crime Museums star
The Potato Museum and The Medieval Crime Museum are two of many unusual museums in Germany.

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