If Germany has been on your mind, but the pandemic has thwarted near future travel plans, there are a few locations you can virtually enjoy, from the comfort of your home. The Barberini museum’s art collection, Ruhr’s coal age historical background, a stunning view from the tall TV Tower at Berlin, a glimpse of the Villa Hamilton at the Worlitz Park and a magnificent overview of the Bach valley from the Geierlay suspension bridge- await you. To feel absolutely at Germany, the virtual tour through the alleys and little trinket shops of the Schnoor quarter are a must. Here are 6 iconic locations in Germany that you can tour virtually:
Located in Potsdam’s historic centre, the Barberini museum is an art universe in itself. Barberini Museum opened in 2017 and since then has attracted a lot of tourists. It’s one of Germany’s most visited museums and has art displays ranging from old masters to contemporary artists. Housing international exhibitions and donor Hasso Plattner’s collection of Impressionist paintings, this museum is a visual delight for those who are intrigued by art. The media library allows you to discover the stories behind the paintings. One can also access films, interviews, podcasts and essays that are based on these paintings and their artists. At Barberini, art thrives with context, as the visitors can get to know the history of each piece of art. Barberini’s previous exhibitions have had displays of photography, collage, sculpture and painting.
An intriguing concept attracts visitors to the Ruhr Museum located in Essen, Germany. Earlier known as the Ruhrland Museum, it is a slice of Germany’s natural and cultural history. The Ruhr Museum is situated at the former Coal Washery, also known as the coal preparation plant of the Zollverein colliery. The museum is a showcase of Ruhr area history. It now has a café and a museum shop within the premises. There are exhibits of the pre-industrial Ruhr, with collections on archaeology and ethnology as well. It allows visitors an interesting glimpse in Ruhrland’s coal age.
Berlin TV Tower
Known as the city’s most remarkable and beautiful landmark, Berlin’s TV Tower offers stunning interior and exterior views. At a height of approximately 368 metres, it is Europe’s highest building open to public visitors. The tower has an observation deck for visitors to soak in the panoramic view. Built during the years of GDR, the Berlin TV Tower now stands as a representation of the beautiful city of Berlin, attracting a large number of tourists. The tower offers a bird’s eye view of the city and also houses a revolving restaurant. You can spot this landmark tower from anywhere in Berlin.
Nestled in the charming little German town of Worlitz, the Worlitz Dessau-Worlitz Garden Realm, lies exactly between the city of Dessau and the historic town of Worlitz. It is a World Heritage Site and the park is dotted with old trees, statues and follies. The Worlitz Park is the largest English-style Park in Germany, and is a living memory of the 18th century Regency era construction. The construction of the park was undertaken by Duke Leopold, with his architect friend Friedrich Wilhelm von Erdmannsdorff. The Dessau-Worlitz garden seeks inspiration from the Stourhead gardens. While visiting the Worlitz Park realm, you can enjoy a gondola ride and other attractions, like the Worlitz Palace, Villa Hamilton and the rock island.
Bremen’s Schnoor Quarter
If old town charm attracts you, Bremen’s Schnoor quarter is absolutely worth visiting. The place gets its name from the word ‘string’ which when translated to Low German is ‘Schnoor’. This restored old town quarter has small, colourful houses lining it. It is actually Bremen’s oldest district and a charming historical bite of old German life. The words ‘medieval’ and ‘colourful’ define the Schnoor quarter. There are small shops like pearls stringed together. Long winding alleys that are extremely narrow, is what makes up most of the Schnoor. The Schnoor is a populated and flourishing part of the city, and visitors flock here to enjoy coffee at the cosy little cafes and buy handcrafted souvenirs.
Geierlay Suspension Bridge
A suspension bridge that overlooks Germany’s natural bounty, the Geierlay Bridge lies in the Hunsruck region. Stretching almost 360 metres in length and standing tall at a height of 100 metres above the Mosdorfer Bach valley, this bridge defines the phrase ‘a vertiginous adventure’. Geierlay Bridge gets its name from the district it’s located in. Spanning across one bridgehead to the other, it offers a beautiful view of the sprawling valley beneath. The design of the bridge draws inspiration from the Nepalese suspension bridges. For those, who find their high spirits in adventure, this suspension bridge is also connected to the challenging 410 km Saar-Hunsruck-Steig hiking trail.
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with German National Tourist Office, India.