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Exploring Germany (06 x 30 min.)

Germany is one of the world’s top travel destinations. It boasts not only outstanding natural beauty, but also a huge variety of historic sights and places of interest. The “nation of poets and thinkers” is also the homeland of inventors and composers, explorers and monarchs who have left their mark on German culture. Retrace their steps and you’ll see many magnificent buildings and learn a great deal about the history of Europe along the way. Germany’s most recent history is represented by, for example, the remains of the Berlin Wall, a symbol of the East-West divide. Away from major cities such as Munich or Berlin, special vacation routes guide visitors to interesting and beautiful places across the country.

01 Berlin – A Constantly Changing Capital
To this day, the character of the German capital is still defined by the Berlin Wall, which divided the city into East and West. Berlin is one of the most captivating cities in the world, and not just because of its fascinating history. It has long been regarded as a multicultural, creative metropolis with lots of green space and a night life unrivalled for its diversity and exuberance.

02 Time Travel – Retracing the Footsteps of Famous Germans
We visit some key locations in the lives of influential Germans. We go to Berlin to see sites associated with the explorer Alexander von Humboldt, including the Museum of Natural History. Then it is on to Bavaria, where King Ludwig II built magnificent fairytale castles. We also follow in the footsteps of the composer Richard Wagner, the church reformer Martin Luther and the folklorists, the Brothers Grimm.

03 Munich – Bavarian Metropolis with Tradition
Munich’s contemporary role may be to host big names in the technology and automobile sectors, but the city can also look back on a long and vibrant history. The kings of Bavaria put their stamp on their capital with many imposing buildings and institutions, including world-renowned museums. Munich is also famous for its annual Oktoberfest or beer festival, which is now the largest public festival in the world.

04 Experiencing History – German Division, German Unity
For a taste of communist East Germany and the peaceful revolution that brought it to an end in 1990, one should visit Leipzig, where the revolution began with a series of mass demonstrations, and of course Berlin. The eastern part was the capital of the GDR, the western part enclosed by the Berlin Wall. A visit to Eisenhüttenstadt is also fascinating: it was planned as a model socialist city. The once fortified inner-German border has since been replaced with peaceful nature reserves.

05 Tourist Trails – Following Popular Themed Routes
Germany has more than 150 special vacation routes. It’s a good way to gain a more profound understanding of a particular subject or region. The Castle Road, for example, runs past magnificent palaces and castles, some dating back to the Middle Ages. This edition also features the German Wine Route, the Coal, Steam and Light industrial trail, the European Route of Brick Gothic Architecture, and the German Alpine Road.

06 Wintertime – Snowscapes, Winter Sports and Christmas
Winter holidaymakers flock to the many ski resorts in the mountainous regions of Germany. One of the most popular destinations is the Zugspitze, the country’s highest peak. Another seasonal highlight is a visit to one of the many Christmas markets, such as the Striezelmarkt in Dresden. A region with a distinctive traditional flavor is the Erzgebirge, where craftspeople have been making toys and Christmas decorations for many generations.
Producer:
DW
Language:
English, Spanish
Format:
16:9 | SD
Length:
06 x 30 min.
Available:
Worldwide, VOD, Mobile