A tour of Germany

If you are planning a tour of Germany, make sure you plan an itinerary before you leave home as there are so many stunning places to visit.

Whether you are fans of the great outdoors or you prefer to visit historical city attractions, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to see and do.

The Reichstag or Parliamentary Building is one of the most symbolic structures in Germany. It was opened in 1894, and housed the parliament until 1933 when the Nazi started a fire to grab power. World War II damaged it further. The building was reconstructed by Arch. Norman Forster with its stunning new dome, which is one of the city’s biggest tourist attractions and a prominent feature in Berlin’s skyline. A huge German flag is prominently displayed at the building’s front. It was first used at the celebration of German reunification in 1990.

Visitors have to join a queue to enter the building and will be subject to security screenings prior to reaching the dome. A presentation of the building’s history is available at the bottom of the cupola. In the dome, a ramp winds its way up to the dome’s peak. The funnel, which has lots of mirrors, is a great venue for taking interesting pictures. It also affords visitors with awe-inspiring views of the city. The peak is an open-air area.

When Parliament is not sitting, the visitors’ gallery of the plenary chamber serves as a venue for talks regarding the history and architecture of Germany’s Reichstag Building, as well as working methods and functions of parliament.

The building is located west of the Brandenburg Gate. It is set on the grounds of the Tiergarten which is against what used to be the Berlin Wall. Admission to the Reichstag is free of charge. Opening hours are from 8am to 12mn every day. However, the last admission is at 10pm. Visitors should expect long queues during peak visiting hours.

If you prefer a cycling tour of Germany, some of the best routes include:
Rhine Cycle Route – This is the route everyone has heard about. The Rhine Cycle Route starts in the Netherlands and ends in Switzerland but the most scenic section lays in Germany. The main German section is 330 km (205 miles) long although doing the whole route will more than double that distance. The route is fairly flat along well maintained paved as you pass interesting castles and the river traffic.

Moselle River Trail – A two country route, the Moselle River Trail starts in Germany at the Rhine River and ends in France at the Metz River. Along the way this 304 km (189 mile) route follows the river valley passing through vineyards and historic towns

Bodensee Bike Route – North American’s know the Bodensee Bike route as Lake Constance. Take this route to visit three countries on one tour, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The route itself is quite gentle with interesting towns as you circle the lake.

Whatever type of Tour of Germany you choose, make sure you check out local companies offering great deals and discounts.