Das Jagdschloß Granitz is a hunting lodge on Rügen island near…

Das Jagdschloß Granitz is a hunting lodge on Rügen island near Binz. With 200,000+ annual visitors, it’s the most popular castle in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Northeastern Germany. It lies in the middle of the forested Granitz ridge as part of the Rügen Biosphere Reserve. It was built between 1838-1846 in the style of the North Italian Renaissance castellos and has been a popular holiday destination for European nobility and prominent people such as Otto von Bismarck. It was owned by the von Putbus family until 1944, then passed into Nazi hands on the imprisonment of the owner. The family was finally dispossessed as part of the East German land reforms; the castle remains in state hands. After the end of WW2, many furnishings were lost or stolen, works of art were taken to the Berlin Art Depot, the agency for the administration of Soviet assets in Germany, and transferred in 1953 to state museums in Berlin. Attempts by the grandson of Malte zu Putbus to get the family seat returned failed in court. The building is now used as a museum. It was renovated in the 2000s at a cost of 7.9 million euros.

Die Burg Sooneck is a castle in Rheinland-Pfalz, Southwestern…

Die Burg Sooneck is a castle in Rheinland-Pfalz, Southwestern Germany, located near the village of Niederheimbach between Bingen and Bacharach. It’s part of the Rhein Gorge UNESCO World Heritage Site and was first mentioned in 1271. Like neighboring Reichenstein Castle, it was managed by the lords of Hohenfels. Its residential areas are furnished with items in the neo-gothic and Biedermeier styles. The interiors are enriched by paintings owned by the Hohenzollern family, the Köth-Wanscheid family foundation, and art by Johann-Caspar Schneider, among others.

Different anon here. I’ll do a small exchange program in France next year and I’m planning to spend a weekend in Germany. I like cultural programs, like museums and art/music expositions, so I believe Berlin would be the better choice, but since I won’t have much time, at least on this first visit, could you recommend some “essencial places”?

Any major German city would work for these things as cultural things like art galleries, museums, and music festivals / opera / concertos / rock concerts can be found in any larger city in Germany, but Berlin probably has the greatest concentration in one spot, e.g. Museumsinsel, etc. So it’s a good start if you only have a week in Germany. Have a look at this list of museums and galleries https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_museums_and_galleries_in_Berlin
and this https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2011/aug/17/top-10-museums-berlin-city-guides . You might also want to google „insider tips berlin“ for the current best in hotels, restaurants, etc. Have fun in France and in Germany. 🙂 Try the bakeries in both places!

Das Internationale Maritime Museum in Hamburg, Northern Germany,…

Das Internationale Maritime Museum in Hamburg, Northern Germany, houses a large collection of model ships, uniforms, and maritime art, amounting to over 40,000 items and more than 1 million photographs. The collection was started in 1934 by Peter Tamm—former chairman of the board of the Axel Springer Publishing House—when he was 6 years old and his mother gave him his first model ship. Located in the Speicherstadt warehouse district of Hamburg‘s harbor, the building was given to the foundation for 99 years of free lease by the senate of Hamburg. Official website:

http://www.imm-hamburg.de/international/en/

Porsche-Museum, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg

Porsche-Museum, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg

Butcher shop sign in Spalt, Bavaria, Southern Germany. Spalt is…

Butcher shop sign in Spalt, Bavaria, Southern Germany. Spalt is situated 20 km from Schwabach, and it’s famous for the growing of hops. It has 2 museums: the Hops and Beer Museum, and a fire station museum. The end of August is celebrated by the annual Hopfenzupferfest, during which a girl is crowned the “Hops Queen.” Every 2 years, the Funsport Challenge Madmud is held here. Planetenweg (Planet Path): In 2000, a 1:1 billion scale model of the solar system was constructed between Spalt and the neighbouring Georgensgmünd. The model begins with a globe representing the sun behind Georgensgmünd’s town hall. A 7 km bike path leads through Rezat valley towards Spalt, where Pluto (now considered a dwarf planet) is represented at the train station. Each planet model has a display board with facts about the planet. Spalt is also known for its beer. Throughout the area, it’s nearly impossible to find any brand of beer other than “Spalter”. The town has a saying about its beer in local dialect: “In Spalt, in Spalt, dou wern di Leit gor alt; sie kenna nix dafier, dös macht ös goute Bier” (In Spalt, in Spalt, people grow very old; they can’t help it, it’s due to the good beer.) Spalt lies the middle of one of Germany’s hops cultivation zones, having grown hops since the Middle Ages in 1341.

Das Marburger Schloß (castle) in Marburg, Hessen, Central…

Das Marburger Schloß (castle) in Marburg, Hessen, Central Germany was built in the 11th century as a fort. It became the first residence of Landgraviate of Hessen. The building is now used partly as a museum and as an event site.