Cultural Highlights from Germany

Exploring four of Germany’s Magic Cities gave me the opportunity to see medieval architecture, detailed stone figures and elements of local life. Here are a few highlights representing global art and culture throughout the country.

Dresden

After sailing along the Elbe River to reach Castle Pillnitz, we visited the Old Masters Picture Gallery where the Sistine Madonna resides along with other well-known artwork.

If I had to recommend one not-to-miss place in Dresden, it would definitely be the Residenzschloss (Royal Palace) to see the New Green Vault and the Turkish Chamber. The amount of detail put into these items is truly unbelievable. I especially enjoyed seeing the avant-garde armor used on horses, as seen in the Turkish Chamber.

Leipzig

Currently featuring an interactive Music Trail, Leipzig is a city dating back to the Middle Ages and is home to a slew of world-renowned musicians including Bach, Wagner, Schumann and Mendelssohn.

However, I what impressed me the most in Leipzig was an in-depth tour of the Memorial Museum in the Round Corner, the former headquarters of the Stasi police. Learning about how many lives were negatively affected by the Stasi gave me a deeper insight into East Germany during this time.

Nuremberg

Most people who visit Nuremberg think back to the WWII war crime trials but this city actually dates back to the Middle Ages, which is clearly seen through the architectural design of its buildings and churches.

We spent about two hours going through the temporary “The Early Dürer” exhibit at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, a major reason to visit Nuremberg in the next few months. Many people are unaware that Albrecht Dürer is from Nuremberg so this exhibit hopes to make more people aware of the city’s art history.

Frankfurt

Artistic bohemians should take note that Frankfurt’s strategic city design includes over 23 museums all located along the River Main, making it quick and easy to go from one to another.

We had an in-depth tour of the Film Museum, which I must say was very interesting and well laid out. We also stopped by specific monuments to learn more about the history of the city and the multi-cultural local community. Similar to other Magic Cities, Frankfurt was also re-built to its original appearance after massive destruction.

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Hi! I’m Megan,

a Scorpio sun and Libra moon who left her job in the music industry to travel and write full-time. Since then, i´ve explored more than 60 countries in the hopes that you will, too.

The world is made of magic and so are you!

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