Useful hints and tips for travelers in Germany
Berlin and Florence are two very different cities, which offer two very different experiences. Here is a break down of the highlights of each city so that you know which one would be best suited to you.
Florence is a renaissance town located in the heart of Tuscany. Once known as the’ Athens of the middle ages’ and the ‘cradle of the Renaissance’ it is renowned for its influence on art and culture. Florence is also renowned for its importance in the world of fashion and can be found in the top 50 fashion capitals in the world. With its trendy inhabitants and its many boutiques and high end fashion stores the city has an ambience of style and culture. Take a walking tour of Florence so that you can see for yourself truly how beautiful its buildings and indeed, its inhabitants are.
Florence can boast a vast collection of art and architecture, some of which by the greats Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Here you can see the ‘Statue of David’ amongst many other famous sculptures. The most popular sites to see range from the Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence’s domed cathedral, which for the last 600 years to the present is still the biggest dome made of brick and mortar ever built, to the Uffizi, one of the oldest art galleries in the western world which houses works by Leonardo da Vinci, Boticelli, Michelangelo and Giotto, to the Ponte Vecchio; the only bridge to have survived World War 2 intact and famous for the shops clustered at its edges. This bridge also houses Vasari’s elevated corridor, which links the Uffizi to the Palazzo Pitti, the Medici family residence. Visit Florence to experience its truly intriguing history and its beautiful architecture. Enjoy the traditional Italian food and wine it has to offer and immerse yourself in style and fashion.
If you fancy something more gritty, more underground and with a much rawer history you should definitely consider Berlin.
Berlin may not be the renaissance town that Florence is, but its history stares you in the face wherever you may go. A mere 21 years after the reunification of Germany and the reunification of Berlin itself one can still see remnants of the wall that separated it for so long.
Berlin has a unique atmosphere of freedom and artistic expression. With bars and clubs that are open all night, many of which play live music and sell very cheap drinks, you can combine the party with a highly cultural experience ranging from tours of Berlin’s street art (including some of Banksy’s work), to a trip to Museum Island where you will have a choice of 5 internationally significant museums. Other Museums include the Natural History Museum where you can see the world’s largest standing dinosaur skeleton the Brachiosaurus, and the Jewish Museum one of the most popular places to visit in Berlin. Take a trip up to the top of the ‘Fernsehturm‘, the tallest structure in Germany, where you can view the city from 368 metres above the ground and visit Checkpoint Charlie, the old border from the East to the US sector of Berlin.
However and wherever you wish to spend your holiday, these two cities will give you the relaxing break that you need.
Photo of Berlin by Jule_Berlin
Photo of Florence by jonrawlinson
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