Alemania, Tyskland, Niemcy —if Germany’s many names say anything, it’s that the country is far from homogenous. While you may be thinking lederhosen and beer steins, visitors soon discover Germany to be a patchwork of distinct cultures and traditions. Nowhere is this more evident than Berlin. The reunified city houses modern shopping malls, somber Soviet towers and graffiti-covered old buildings; an exciting and ever-evolving metropolis, Berlin has everything from neoclassic museums to beat-thumping nightlife. High-powered industry and age-old folklore intermingle in Munich, where you can sip the froth of Bavarian culture during Oktoberfest. Taste dry white wines in the romantic Rhine Valley or windsurf along the sandy hills and beaches of Northern Germany. Not the Germany you were envisioning, is it?
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Neuschwanstein: Munich’s most popular day trip
Neuschwanstein Palace (technically not a castle) is the fairytale castle that Disney modeled the sleeping beauty castle of Disneyland after. Located almost two hours outside of Munich, it is the most popular tourist sight in the country.
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Events in Munich
Munich has a cultural event of some kind every few weeks, so much so that if you visit at any time there is a good chance of catching a great moment in the city’s history.
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Estonia’s Up-and-Coming Seacoast Capital
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By: Barbara Rockwell
A former medieval trading city on the Gulf of Finland, Estonia’s seacoast capital and largest city is enjoying a surge in popularity among travelers to Eastern Europe. In January of 2011, visits to Tallinn were up 19 percent over the past year, with visits from the United Kingdom up a full 35 percent.
What’s driving the spike in interest? In addition to offering medieval churches, museums, and lively nightlife, the city was crowned a... Read More