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Berlin: ARISE Grand Show at the Friedrichstadt-Palast

1. Berlin: ARISE Grand Show at the Friedrichstadt-Palast

Start by admiring the glitzy exterior and foyer of Berlin's most impressive theater, the Friedrichstadt-Palast. Grab a drink and then take your seat facing one of the largest stages in the world, where you will watch an enthralling story come to life. Follow the adventures of the photographer and artist Cameron as he discovers love, loss, and everything in between. This new Grand Show will spark a torrent of emotions that will tug on your heartstrings. Poignant and moving, the show overflows with hope, happiness, and the joy of living.

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Rust: Europa-Park Entrance Ticket

2. Rust: Europa-Park Entrance Ticket

Join more than 5 million visitors every year and visit this award-winning theme park. Embark on a special kind of discovery tour through Europe, with 18 themed areas spread across 95 hectares. Speed through a diamond mine on the Alpenexpress Enzian, one of the park's 13 rollercoasters. After an exciting European adventure, relax in the park's own themed hotels, as well as in the Camp Resort, and recharge your batteries for new expeditions. Experience real, high-altitude flights with Silver Star, defy the roaring torrent in Fjord Rafting, and enjoy the magnificent fantasy themes on the Elf Ride and Volo Da Vinci. Be catapulted in only 2.5 seconds you will be catapulted from 0 to 100 km/h with the “blue fire Megacoaster powered by Nord Stream 2”. Go through spectacular speedy turns that take you past ragged Icelandic landscapes.

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From Munich: Neuschwanstein & Linderhof Castle Full-Day Trip

3. From Munich: Neuschwanstein & Linderhof Castle Full-Day Trip

Travel to the magnificent castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof. Enjoy a delicious lunch in Hohenschwangau and take a small detour through the picturesque town of Oberammergau. Board an air-conditioned bus and visit Neuschwanstein Castle. Nestled in the foothills of the Alps, admire one of the most impressive sights in Germany. Take 4 hours to explore the grounds (ticket not included). Arrive at Linderhof, the only castle that Ludwig II managed to complete. At noon, stop at Hohenschwangau Castle, Ludwig's childhood home, for lunch (not included). If time permits, continue to Oberammergau and lose yourself in the quaint streets of this picturesque town.

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Hamburg: Harbor Evening Lights Cruise

4. Hamburg: Harbor Evening Lights Cruise

Embark on a roundtrip evening cruise from the historical and romantically-illuminated Speicherstadt through the Hamburg harbor's sea of light. Enjoy a boat tour through the Speicherstadt canals and discover the highlights of Hamburg from the water. Learn about the history behind this intriguing city. See the Zollkanal, Wasserschloss, and the International Maritime Museum, and cruise along the modern HafenCity, the newest district in the Hanseatic city. See the HafenCity University, the Marco Polo Tower, the Elbe Philharmonic Hall, and the panorama of the district.  Catch a breathtaking view of St. Pauli Piers all the way to Überseebrücke with the museum ships Rickmer Rickmers and Cap San Diego. Sail through the port's sea of light again and witness the activity around the container terminals.

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St. Pauli: Reeperbahn Walking Tour by Drag Queen or Local Celebrity

5. St. Pauli: Reeperbahn Walking Tour by Drag Queen or Local Celebrity

Discover Hamburg's iconic district of St. Pauli with a local drag queen guide. Your insightful guide will share their own unique experiences and stories about the St. Pauli district as they take you on a journey across the Reeperbahn, the main thoroughfare of St. Pauli’s red-light and entertainment district. Have a drink and follow your guide, walking past lively bars and trendy nightclubs. Find out what life was like in Hamburg’s most famous district, how it has changed, and how fascinating it is today. Hear how Germany’s most famous and colorful drag queen Olivia Jones speaks up for respect, diversity, and tolerance. Enjoy the witty remarks, quirky anecdotes, dazzling landmarks, as well as a cheeky drink. This tour combines the perfect mix of information, entertainment, stops, and sights. You’ll undoubtedly be all set for a fun night out in St. Pauli by the end of your tour.

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Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Harbor and Speicherstadt Day Cruise

6. Hamburg: 1.5-Hour Harbor and Speicherstadt Day Cruise

See Hamburg’s harbor-side attractions from a unique perspective, float past impressive container ships, and discover the historic Speicherstadt District aboard a 1.5-hour cruise featuring live commentary from a German-speaking guide and an exclusive stop at the iconic Elbphilharmonie. Start your harbor adventure on land as you cross the famous "Überseebrücke" bridge to reach the pier where you will board a traditional Hamburger boat referred to as a Barkasse. Listen as your captain decides on which route the boat will take based on weather conditions, the water tides, or, if for example, a really exciting and interesting container ship or a special boat is visiting the harbor. Set off and glide into the narrow waterways of the largest warehouse district in the world known as Speicherstadt. Take in the stunning architecture of buildings standing on timber-pile foundations and oak logs. Sit back and relax as you go past Hafen City. Explore the open decks and feel the cooling sea breezes as you wait for perfect photo opportunities from the boat’s many vantage points. Cruise past rows of massive container ships as the boat makes its way into St. Pauli’s Pier and the Hamburg Port. Learn the history of the many important landmarks from your German-speaking expert guide. As your trip comes to an end, disembark right in front of the Elbphilharmonie or you can choose to get off back at where the cruise initially took off.

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Berlin: TV Tower Fast View Ticket

7. Berlin: TV Tower Fast View Ticket

With over 1.2 million visitors a year, the TV Tower at Alexanderplatz is one of the most popular sightseeing attractions in Berlin. Due to the huge numbers of visitors wishing to check out the views each day, securing your entrance tickets in advance is never a bad idea. Thanks to this ticket, you'll benefit from fast track entrance. Bypass the endless lines of people waiting to enter and journey straight up to the observation deck without having to queue for hours. Incredible scenes await you at the top of Germany's tallest tower. Berlin sprawls out from beneath you, complete in all its glory. Keep an eye out for the city's famous icons such as the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, and Berlin Central Station. Admire the Olympic Stadium, the famous Museum Island next to the Berlin Cathedral, and the modern Potsdamer Platz complex.

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Berlin TV Tower: Fast View & Window Seat Restaurant Ticket

8. Berlin TV Tower: Fast View & Window Seat Restaurant Ticket

Journey high above Berlin and visit the 200-meter tall TV Tower at Berlin's Alexanderplatz. Enjoy priority entrance and experience a fantastic view of the city from your window seats at the "Sphere" restaurant (food not included). Discover the beauty of Berlin and see the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag and Hauptbahnhof from above. Enjoy the view along the banks of the Spree, admire the Olympic Stadium and see the famous Museum Island, home to the Berlin Cathedral.

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Berlin: Illuseum Skip-the-Line Ticket

9. Berlin: Illuseum Skip-the-Line Ticket

Take a break from the real world and step into the Illuseum Berlin. Located in the center of Berlin, the Illuseum is a place where nothing is as it seems and where fun, entertainment, and interactivity for visitors of all ages is the focus. Whether it's slate space or infinite space, baffling holograms, or an impressive tunnel, anyone can immerse themselves for a moment in a world full of illusions, allowing themselves to fall under the spell of their senses. Experience a one-of-a-kind museum where you will defy gravity, lose the ground under your feet, see yourself grow and shrink, and become inspired by optical illusions. As a special treat, check out clever play-areas made of sustainable wooden toys with many impressive 3D puzzles and riddles that are not only fun but also train your logical skills. It's easy to waste a day at this tricky fitness center for the brain.

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Hamburg: Line A Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

10. Hamburg: Line A Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

The Line A sightseeing tour leads you through Hamburg's highlights: along the Speicherstadt (warehouse city) and harbor city to the shopping areas of the town! Experience the wonderful villas in Harvestehude, the Outer Alster lake, the city hall, several museums, the famous Reeperbahn and the harbor. Your day ticket enables you to hop on and hop off at 20 bus stops. All Red Double Decker bus tours are fully escorted. A GPS steered audio system offers narration in 11 languages via headsets: English, French, Russian, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, and Portuguese. Lean back and enjoy the all-round view. In nice weather the bus goes open top!

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Planning a trip to Germany, though an exciting task, can also be a bit overwhelming. It's hard to choose between the beautiful scenery, the medieval castles, and the many historical places.

For a taste of Germany's history, plan a visit to Berlin, where you can see the Brandenburg Gate. Or, visit the East Side Gallery: once a part of the Berlin Wall, it is now one of the largest open-air art galleries in the world.

As one of Germany's oldest cities, Cologne also offers examples of Germany's past. It has the advantage of being located on the shores of the Rhine River as well. Rent a bike and pedal along the river and don't forget to stop and enjoy a few of Germany's famous beers.

Prime examples of Germany's beautiful scenery can be found in Dresden along the Elbe River and Munich near the Bavarian Alps. Dresden also has some of the best museums in the world.

For first class shopping, examples of magnificent architecture, and a visit to the third largest port in the world, visit Hamburg. If it is architecture you like, Germany has over 25,000 castles and palaces. Perhaps the most famous castle in the world is Neuschwanstein, in Bavaria. This and hundreds of other German castles perch high atop mountains or sit along strategic rivers.

Germany has something for everyone: old historic cities, beautiful rivers and mountains, castles and architecture from different eras of history, and the opportunity to relax and just enjoy a beer.

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