Discover the beauty of Germany’s old towns! Whether they’re in the half-timbered, Brick Gothic, or Renaissance style, many old towns in Germany are a feast for the eyes. Learn about Germany’s oldest preserved bridge in Regensburg, take a stroll through the picturesque alleys of Goslar, Erfurt, and Stralsund, and find out how Görlitz got the nickname ‘Görliwood’. Join us for part two of our journeys through ‘old’ Germany!
Video: André Götzmann | Nicole Meißner | Peter Wozny
A trip around Lake Constance: Explore the southern-German region with Check-in presenter Lukas Stege. He tries his hand at sailing and – back on dry land – visits Constance, Meersburg, and Überlingen.
Lake Constance (known as Bodensee in German) is a 63km-long central European lake that borders Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Fed by the Rhine River, it’s composed of 2 connected parts, the Untersee (lower lake) and the larger Obersee (upper lake). Ringed by resort towns, it’s a summer destination for sailing, windsurfing and swimming. The Bodensee-Radweg cycle path encircles the entire lake in about 260km.
Imbued with the spirit of German Romanticism, the Rhine River has inspired fairy tales, fables, poetry, and paintings. Its mythical underwater maidens and their magic gold provided the muse for Wagner’s “Ring” opera cycle. The evocative voyage from Mainz to Koblenz has been a favorite with travellers since the 19th century. The stretch from Bingen, west of Mainz, runs through a steep and narrow gorge, and has more castles than any other river in the world. Below these cliff-top fortresses sit villages of half-timbered houses, like the settlement of Bacharach, which owe their existence to the Riesling grape grown along the hillsides.
00:00 Intro / Upper Middle Rhine Valley 00:38 Klopp Castle, Bingen 01:04 Mouse Tower, Bingen 01:46 Niederwald Monument, Rüdesheim 02:15 Rheinstein Castle, Trechtingshausen 02:52 Stahleck Castle, Bacharach 03:23 Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, Falkenau island near Kaub 03:51 Loreley Rock, St. Goarshausen 04:27 Katz Castle, St. Goarshausen 04:54 Maus Castle, St. Goarshausen 05:08 Rheinfels Castle, St. Goar 05:34 Marksburg Castle, Braubach 06:01 Stolzenfels Castle, Koblenz
Follow DW reporter Lukas Stege on an expedition through the city of Leipzig, in the heart of Saxony! His tour of the city center begins at Marktplatz, continues on to the university, over to Augustusplatz to enjoy the opera and the Leipzig Gewandhaus (Concert Hall), past the famous Nikolai Church then towards the main train station.
Leipzig is the most populous city in the German state of Saxony. With a population of 605,407 inhabitants as of 2021, it is Germany’s eighth most populous city as well as the second most populous city in the area of former East Germany after Berlin.
Dubrovnik is a city in southern Croatia fronting the Adriatic Sea. It’s known for its distinctive Old Town, encircled with massive stone walls completed in the 16th century. Its well-preserved buildings range from baroque St. Blaise Church to Renaissance Sponza Palace and Gothic Rector’s Palace, now a history museum. Paved with limestone, the pedestrianized Stradun (or Placa) is lined with shops and restaurants.
Dhruv’s Landing: Join YouTuber Dhruv Rathee and girlfriend Juli as they discover Dubrovnik! The Croatian city is one of the Mediterranean’s most popular destinations. Amongst other productions, scenes from the world-renowned TV series Game of Thrones were shot here. A medieval fortress like something out of a picture book!
The Schleiregion including Eckernförde is one of four areas that have been selected for a test project. The project is meant to find out if tourism is possible during a pandemic. DW host Nicole Frölich was in the region.
Join a local in Brazil on his adventure boat tour at the Iguaçu Falls in the state of Paraná. Garon Piceli will also take you the city of Foz do Iguaçu as well as to the Iguaçu National Park. He will show you to the Omar Ibn Al-Khattab Mosque and the Dreamland, South America’s largest wax museum.
There’s a lot to discover in the German capital aside from the Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Wall. In the book “Secret Berlin” Thomas Jonglez presents around 200 sites that are even unknown to some Berliners.
Berlin, Germany’s capital, dates to the 13th century. Reminders of the city’s turbulent 20th-century history include its Holocaust memorial and the Berlin Wall’s graffitied remains. Divided during the Cold War, its 18th-century Brandenburg Gate has become a symbol of reunification. The city’s also known for its art scene and modern landmarks like the gold-colored, swoop-roofed Berliner Philharmonie, built in 1963.
Join Indian YouTuber Dhruv Rathee on his trip to Madrid! Dhruv and his girlfriend Juli will show you the sights in the Spanish capital, places like the Royal Palace and the beautiful houses of the old city center. Also on their list: a boat trip in the Buen Retiro Park and a hot air balloon ride in the nearby city of Segovia.
Check out this fantastic drone footage of Germany’s 46 UNESCO World Heritage Sites! In Part 2, we’ll take you to see Cologne Cathedral, the Museum Island in Berlin, the historic towns of Bamberg and Goslar, the Bauhaus buildings and sites in Dessau and Weimar, as well as Wartburg Castle — the place where Martin Luther translated the New Testament into German. Video: André Götzmann | Peter Wozny | Elisabeth Yorck von Wartenburg