Natural Wonders & Proud Cities – Germany’s UNESCO Routes

March 7, 2015

Germany is a country with a fascinating history and strong national tradition. As such, it is a popular destination for tourists for many different reasons. In this series of blog posts, we are going to look Germany’s UNESCO routes, and how you can incorporate them into your holidays to Germany.

The Natural Wonders and Proud Cities route starts in Bremen, at the city’s wonderful, historic Town Hall, and finishes on Berlin’s Museum Island. On the way you’ll pass coastal mudflats and enchanting forests, as well as some of the country’s oldest cities.

The Town Hall in Bremen is one of the most beautiful of its kind in Germany. A stunning example of Weser Renaissance architecture, it also contains an upper hall full of lovingly-crafted model ships dating back to the 16th century. Outside, the Roland Statue stands proudly, as the city’s own Statue of Liberty, a reminder of the parochial pride of the locals.

From Bremen, head to the Wadden Sea on Germany’s northern coast. The Wadden Sea has a wide range of landscape which provides food for many different animals, making it the perfect place to go wildlife-spotting.

Hamburg, a city which refers to itself as the Gateway to the World, lies on Germany’s northern coast.Hamburg is a wealthy, confident city which is popular with cruise liners. Stroll along the city’s gorgeous streets and canals, or learn about Hamburg’s seafaring past at the Internationales Maritime Museum.

Other cities you’ll pass on the trail include Lubeck, Straslund, Wismar and Rostock. Lubeck, Straslund and Wismar are all classic Hanseatic cities which perfectly capture the magnificence of 14th century Germany. The layouts of the cities has barely changed since their medieval origins. Rostock is a harbour town which welcomes a million visitors each year for the August Hanse Sail, which hundreds of ships take part in.

Germany’s beech forests are truly stunning, today, unspoilt lowland beech forests are found nowhere else in the world but in Germany. These forests make for a romantic stop-off as you travel, and give you a chance to lose yourself in an area of natural beauty.

Finally, Berlin’s Museum Island is a unique collection of galleries and museums housed in five temple-like buildings. The museums are home to 6000 years of human history and are the continent’s largest cultural investment project.

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