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Whether you're making your way through the streets of Paris or exploring London, every European city is home to its share of unusual and intriguing destinations, and that is certainly true when it comes to Germany tours. While there are many must-see destinations including Neuschwanstein Castle and the Brandenburg Gate, there are a number of other landmarks that put a non-traditional spin on the German experience, all of which will surely leave a lasting impression.
Colossus of Rügen
Located of the northeast coast of Germany, the island of Rügen is home to some of the most unique sites in Germany, but perhaps none more spectacular than the so-called Colossus. Construction of this enormous building began several years before the outbreak of World War II and was initially designed in the hopes of being an immense hotel and resort. The plans would have created a building that could hold 20,000 guests, and if it had come to fruition it would still be the largest hotel in the world. Still, the unfinished hotel is huge, and offers a look at a period of considerable upheaval in Germany history.
Berlin has many historic buildings, but few of them date back to the Renaissance, and Spandau Citadel is arguably the best-preserved of them all. The fortress dates back to the mid-to-late 16th century, and today serves as a museum of local history. More than that, however, Spandau Citadel is an appealing destination because you can climb to the top for breathtaking views of the Spree and Havel rivers.
Sometimes a city has a large pull not because of its history, but simply because it offers a unique atmosphere. That is the case with Tübingen, which is a small college town in the southernmost reaches of the country. There's good reason why Tübingen is such an appealing destination, and much of it has to do with its location along the Neckar River. Cruising down the waterway is one of the most popular activities, but even if you just want to sit along the banks and watch the boats go by, it will leave a lasting impression. Up on the street, there is a seemingly endless row of local shops, markets and cafes that make you wonder why Tübingen does not get more attention.
Look down in wonder at Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedral from your glass-walled pod on the London Eye, then gaze out over the Louvre and the Champs-Elysees from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
The scent of rich pine forests lingers in the breeze as the 13th-century ruins of Turaida Castle are revealed before your eyes in the lush Gauja River valley in a medieval sanctuary untouched by the march of time.
The aroma of dark roasted Viennese coffee hangs thick in the air as you tread the cobblestone laneways and bask in the elegant architecture, atmospheric cafes and refined restaurants in one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe.
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