Germany

  • IIt is impossible to hide an expression of wonder at the sight of Neuschwanstein Castle, the fairytale castle built by Ludwig II (the same one portrayed in the movie directed by Luchino Visconti) in his southern Bavaria, near the village of Schwangau and the town of Füssen and almost next to the Austrian border. It is a majestic and superb building, about 965 meters high, that dominates the surrounding landscape, characterized by numerous lakes and mountains with perennially snow-capped peaks.

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    Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria: ticket prices and how to get there
  • Rothenburg (or Rothenburg ob der Tauber, to distinguish it from the Swiss city of the same name) is a beautiful medieval town located along the Romantische Strasse, up on a hill overlooking the river Tauber, in Bavaria. It only has 11,000 inhabitants, but every year it hosts more than two million tourists, including hundreds of thousands coming from Japan alone, attracted by the old town full of narrow streets, palaces, and by the well-preserved city walls surrounding the town, about 3.5 km long.

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    Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the medieval jewel of Bavaria
  • Lake Constance, also referred to as Lake Bodanico (Bodensee Lake in German), ranks as the third largest lake in Europe and it is located on the border between Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It’s 64 km long and 12 km wide, in its point of greatest amplitude.

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    Lake Constance, a natural paradise on the Rhine River
  • Just like Paris has the wonderful palace of Versailles, Berlin has the grandiose Palace of Sanssouci, a rococo castle built by Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, between 1745 and 1747, and then enlarged by Frederick William IV in 1841 with the addition of two wings. The Palace of Sansoucci (from the French words "sans souci," which means "no worries” and represented the monarch’s way of life) is located precisely in Potsdam, a town southwest of the German capital, and it was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1990.

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    Sanssouci palace in Potsdam: things to see and entrance times