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Five beautiful places in Germany

5. Fernsehturm Berlin

The “Fernsehturm” is a television tower based in Berlin, the capital of Germany. It was constructed between 1965 and 1969 in the city centre near the Alexanderplatz and therefore, it is often called Alex Tower. It is the tallest structure in Germany with 368 metres and the second tallest in the European Union. It is also the second most visited tower in the world, with more than one million visitors per year. You can find a restaurant in the sphere. The visitor’s platform is at a height of 203 meters and by good weather, the visibility can reach 42 kilometres.

 

4. Dresden Frauenkirche

The Dresden Frauenkirche, originally the Church of Our Lady, is a Lutheran church located in Dresden, capital of Saxony in Germany. It was originally a Roman Catholic church before becoming Protestant during the Reformation. It is one of the largest domes in Europe, its height is 98 meters. It now also serves as a symbol of reconciliation between former warring enemies. It was built between 1726 and 1743, but the church was destroyed during the bombing of Dresden on the 13th of February 1945. It was rebuilt after the reunification of Germany starting in 1994 and was completed in 2005.

 

3. Cologne Cathedral

The Cologne cathedral is a Roman Catholic church. It is a famous monument of German Catholicism and Gothic architecture and was declared as a  World Heritage site in 1996. It is Germany’s most visited landmark, attracting an average of 20,000 people a day, currently the tallest twin spired church at 157 meters and 533 stairs. It is the second tallest church of Germany after the Ulm Cathedral. Its construction began in 1248 and was stopped in 1473, leaving it unfinished. It restarted in the 19th century and was completed in 1880. The cathedral is the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe. Its two huge spires give it the largest façade of any church in the world. Despite having been left incomplete during the medieval period, Cologne Cathedral eventually became unified as “a masterpiece of exceptional intrinsic value” and “a powerful testimony to the strength and persistence of Christian belief in medieval and modern Europe”.

 

2. Brandenburg Gate

The Brandenburg Gate is located in Berlin and is a symbol of the city. Although it was a symbol of the divison of the city. Indeed the monument was entirely part of the Berlin Wall. The gate was built between 1788 and 1791, inspired by the Parthenon in Athens. It has a height of 26 meters and a width of 65.5 meters. In 1793 the Quadriga was built on top of the Gate. It represents the Goddess of Victory on a chariot drawn by four horses. When the city was shared between the Allies after World War II, the Brandenburg Gate was located in the Eastern zone. And after the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961, it was in the middle of  no man’s land and could not be crossed neither from the East nor from the West.

 

1. Neuschwanstein Castle

It is located in Füssen, Bavaria, and was built for Ludwig II of Bavaria between 1869 and 1892. Since the death of the King in 1886, it has been visited by more than 61 million people. It is said to have inspired Disneyland Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. As the castle is located on the top of a hill, visitors have to park down and go by foot to the top (800 meters above the parking).

 

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