The tour of the Schloß Schönbrunn castle is a fascinating journey back into history, it has been the Viennese summer residence for Austrian Royalty for many decades. Schloß Schönbrunn open for public now. The castle was built by the ruling Habsburgs (Maximilian II) between 1696 and 1712. It has 1,441 rooms and is decorated in the delicate rococo style. One of Austrias great rulers, Empress Maria Theresia (1700s), resided in the palace and gave birth to most of her 16 children there. The castle also offers much information about Empress Elisabeth(Sissi), wife of Franz Joseph (late 1800s).
Hofjagd- & Ruestkammer is one of the museums in Neue Burg with the entrance next to the monument of Prinz Eugen. The Ruestkammer shows various iron-armours that were collected by the Habsburg-family at a time, when these armours were still used at several tournaments & parades and so you will see there mostly armours, whose former owners were kings, dukes and even cardinals, you will see armours of children and horses – all of them beautifully arranged, polished and looking almost brand-new. The Hofjagd- & Ruestkammer is open daily except tuesday 10.00a.m. – 06.00p.m. Don’t missed and forgot to book accommodation here in wien hotels.
Pergamon-Museum houses a vast collection of artefacts from the ancient world, the crowning glory being the altar from the Zeus Tempel in Pergamon (180-160 BC), one of the world’s most significant archaeological finds. The museum is also home to parts of the magnificent Antique Collection, the East Asian Collection, the Near Eastern Museum and the Islamic Museum. The electronic guides for visitors are very informative and are available in several languages for a small fee.
Germany‘s most recognisable symbol is not as large as many visitors expect, yet its history is rich and fascinating. Built in 1791, the Brandenburg Gate was modelled on the entrance to the Acropolis in Athens. The Quadriga statue on top of the Gate—designed by sculptor Gottfried Schadow—represents Victoria, the Goddess of Peace, riding a four-horse chariot. This was one of Berlin’s original 14 city gates, yet the only remaining evidence of the other gates are the names of underground stations such as Kottbusser Tor and Schlesisches Tor. The Brandenburg Gate and Pariser Platz have played centre stage to numerous turbulent historical events. In 1806 Napoleonic troops took the Quadriga statue back to Paris as a war trophy, only to have it returned to Berlin when the French lost the war. And during the Nazi era Pariser Platz was the Nazis’ favourite backdrop for torch-lit processions and military parades. The Gate sustained heavy damage during World War II and was restored in the 1950s. After the Berlin Wall was erected in 1961, the Brandenburg Gate became inaccessible to the citizens of both Germanys and came to be regarded as the symbol of Cold War divisions. When the Wall fell on 9 November 1989, hundreds of thousands flocked here to celebrate the end of the Cold War and the beginning of a new world order. The north wing of the Gate houses a ‘quiet room’ where visitors are invited to sit and contemplate in peace. The south wing houses a tourist information office (10a-6p Monday-Sunday).
Schloss Charlottenburg baroque palace was built in 1695 by King Friedrich Wilhelm I as a summer residence for his beloved wife, Queen Sophie Charlotte. Hidden away in the lush Royal Gardens are several smaller buildings: the ornate rococo Belvedere, containing an impressive collection of porcelain; the Schinkel Pavilion which houses drawings, paintings, sculptures, furniture and porcelain by Karl Friedrich Schinkel; and the neoclassical Mausoleum containing the tombs of Queen Louise, King Friedrich Wilhelm III, Emperor Wilhelm I and Empress Augusta.
Marienplatz, is just about halfway between the two opera houses. This photo is one that I took from the top of one of the towers of the Frauenkirche. The old-looking building on the left is actually the New City Hall (Neues Rathaus), which is called that because they didn’t even start building it until 1867. If you see a lot of people loitering around Marienplatz shortly before 11.00 a.m. or 12 noon (or shortly before 5.00 p.m. during the summer months), they are probably waiting for the Carillon (Glockenspiel) to start playing in the tower of the New City Hall. Visitor can stay hotels in Berlin when traveling here.
1972 the Olympic Games where held in Munich. The Stadium is one of the modern achievements of German architecture. There’s small bungalows which used to be the accommodation for the female athletes. Frei Otto came up with a strong tent construction, steel frame, plastic roofs, for the Expo in Montreal 1967 which had instant success. The Munich Games have seen even a better and stronger construction. Enjoy your vacation here and get accommodation from hotels in muenchen.
A place of castles Füssen is a very interesting spot to visit. Famous for its trio of Ludwig II castles, its compact centre, tangle of lanes, historical buildings; (check out the Hohe Schloss) offer much for the travelers. There are excellent views from the top of Tegelbergbahn, reached by cable car, and nearby are the Bavarian Alps. Ludwig II’s legacy consists of the three fantastical castles he had built near Füssen: Neuschwanstein (which inspired Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle), Herrenchiemsee and Linderhof. If visiting with children, this is an absolute ‘must see’ spot not to be missed!
Escape the tourist crowds and climb the Harz Mountains that rise picturesquely from the North German plain. A quick train ride from the tourist centres in the south; they don’t have the peaks and valleys of the Alps, but they offer a great all-seasons sports getaway without some of the Alpine tackiness and tourism.
Music lovers and party fans can’t afford to miss at least one visit to Leipzig. Street-side cafes pour out onto the streets, and underground music clubs thud throughout the night; the town also has some of the finest classical music and opera in the country – it was once home to Bach, Wagner and Mendelssohn. Don’t miss it if you are the party type! Accommodation in those attractive places can book from hotels in deutschland.