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Germany wears its riches well: elegant big-city charm, small picture-postcard towns, pagan-inspired harvest festivals, a wealth of art and culture and the perennial pleasures of huge tracts of forest, delightful castles and fine wine and beer are all there for the savoring.

Deep in the heart of Europe, Germany has had a seminal impact on Continental history. From Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire to Otto von Bismarck's German Reich, Nazism and the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall, no other nation has molded Europe the way Germany has - for better or worse.

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Of strategic importance since it first straddled the Spree River in the 13th century, Berlin went on to hog center stage in the turbulent twentieth. Today the city, restored as the nation's capital, is the focus of a mammoth project of reunification and the barometer of Germany's moods.

This is the heart of Germany, with a stoic beat that echoes through grand public buildings, glorious museums and theaters, urbane restaurants, bustling pubs and raucous nightclubs. The Wall is gone but Berlin is still divided: there's a distinct segue from the glitz of the west to shabby East Berlin.

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Bonn was the former capital of the Federal Republic of Germany (previously, West Germany) and lies on the river Rhine some 20 km south of Cologne. The city remains a popular choice for large-scale exhibitions and conferences. Bonn is best known culturally as the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven. Bonn's beginning dates to between 13 - 9 BC when Romans began building roads, bridges, and fortresses at a location known as "Bonna".

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Cologne (German: Koln) is situated on the river Rhein in North Rhine-Westphalia and is the fourth largest city in Germany with around 1,000,000 inhabitants. It is one of the nation's media, tourism and business hotspots and is renowned as the country's gay capital.

The distinctive flavour to the city of Cologne is often put down to the inhabitants, or Kolsche, who take an enormous amount of pride in their city. Cologne, like most areas of Germany, has its very own local dialect of German, though this is unlikely to hinder the average sight-seeing tourist, as many of the landmarks of the city have English-speaking guides and information.

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Frankfurt is often seen only as a transit hub or a business centre, but it's so much more. It boasts Germany's most spectacular skyline, mirrored in the Main River, and Europe's tallest office building. It's also the country's most international town; more than a quarter of its citizens are foreign.

Frankfurt throws more money at the arts than any other European city so you'll most likely catch a groundbreaking exhibition at one of its museums. And if you do happen to get stuck at the mega-airport there's a nightclub, art gallery and X-rated cinema to help while away those in-transit hours.

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Hamburg, Germany's second largest city has a magnificent harbor right in its center, and, so the locals like to say, it has more in common with canal cities like Amsterdam or Venice. Indeed, Hamburgers will proudly point out that their city has even more bridges than Venice.

But, unlike its maritime counterparts, Hamburg remains a hard-working port that's among Europe's busiest. Add to this the independence of a place that has been invaded only once in its history (by Napoleon, no less) and you, too, will be inspired to serenade the city.

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Munich, rivaled only by Berlin as Germany's most popular destination, is a sophisticated city that enjoys contradicting itself. Don some ironic lederhosen and head down to the capital of Bavaria, where cutesy folk traditions ride alongside BMWs and Black Forest cake shares the table with haute cuisine.

The city is a haven for all sorts of culture, with a staggering array of museums, a vibrant arts scene and the infamous revels of Oktoberfest. Bavaria is souvenir-icon Germany at its postcard best, and the fairy-tale Gothic, Biergarten-filled city of Munich is no exception.

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Munich (and Bavarian) food is hearty, thigh-slapping fare which has only a distant relationship to anything vegetable. Many local menus focus on combinations of pork, potatoes and cabbage. Munich serves up a cocktail of big-city sophistication and relaxed southern Gemutlichkeit. This translates into a healthy mix of entertainment, from earthy beer gardens and revamped pubs to world-class opera, classical music and avant-garde theater.

Find an off-beat bargain by exploring the streets around Viktualienmarkt, which are packed with intriguing antique and specialty shops.

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