Stage 10 : An attractive visit for the UNESCO attractions

Stage 10 : An attractive visit for the UNESCO attractions.

CENTRAL ROUTE

Stage 10/24 - 244 kms


0 km   Potsdam

36 kms Berlin

41 kms Mittenwalde

63 kms Lübbenau

104 kms Dresden

carte Postdam a Dresden

Potsdam : Unesco attractions

Potsdam - Germany

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Potsdam is the capital of the Brandeburg and Berlin borders. It is famous for its castles and its landscape as a World Heritage site. Over 1000 year old, many historical buildings underwent a reconstruction after the Second World War and the GDR period. Undoubtedly, Potsdam is one of Germany’s loveliest cities. The city that we find today is the work of five architects. It is important to be aware that most of the city’s tourist attractions are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Berlin : a world city and a tourist destination

Berlin is Germany’s capital and one of its 16 states. It is Germany’s largest city and the second most populous city of the European Union. Due to its location in the European Plain, Berlin is influenced by a temperate seasonal climate. Around one third of the city’s area is made up of forests, parks, gardens, lakes and rivers. Berlin is a world city of culture, politics, media and science. The city hosts 147 foreign embassies.  Its economy is primarily focused on high-tech industries and the service sector, such as Information Technology, pharmaceuticals, biomedical engineering, biotechnologies, electronics, traffic engineering and renewable energy. Berlin is also a continental hub for air and rail transport and is a popular tourist destination.

Museumsinsel (Museum Island) Berlin

Berlin’s Museumsinsel or Museum Island is a unique collection of five museums, including the Pergamon Museum, built on the small island in the Spree River, in Berlin, between 1824 and 1930. A cultural and architectural monument of great significance, it was awarded the UNESCO World Heritage Status in 1999.   Berlin’s Acropolis of the arts is considered unique because it illustrates the evolution of modern museum design over the course of the 20th century and its collections span six thousand years of human artistic endeavour. Its artefacts, coming largely from the private collection of Prussia’s royal family, have been managed since 1918 by the Stiftung Preussicher Kulturbesitz or Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation.

The first museum, the Altes Museum, regarded as Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s neoclassical masterpiece is Germany’s oldest museum. The area’s development as a museum complex and the construction of four other museums originated from King Frederick Wilhelm, 1840-1861, who had a romantic vision of a refuge of the arts and sciences similar to the Forum of ancient Rome. UNESCO defined it “an outstanding example of the Enlightenment vision of making art publicly accessible, given the material form in a central urban setting”.

Berlin modernism housing estates

The Berlin Modernism Housing Estates consists of six groups of subsidized housing estates which testify to the innovative housing policy from 1910 to 1933, particularly during the Weimar Republic, when the city of Berlin was particularly progressive socially, politically and culturally. This is obvious in the innovative approaches in terms of urban planning that enabled living conditions and housing for people with low income. Other exceptional examples of new urban and architectural types are technical and aesthetic innovations. Bruno Taut, Martin Wagner and Walter Gropius were among the lead architects of these projects which exercised considerable influence on the housing development worldwide.

Discovering Mittenwald : mountain and lakes

The typical Bavarian, picturesque, spa and climatic town of Mittenwald is located about 3000 m above sea level, in the alpine world of the Karwendel Mountain range in Niederwerdenfelser Land, near the Austrian border. To the west of the town lie the two mountain lakes Lautersee and Ferchensee and the Wettersteingebirge mountain range. The Isar River, with the Karwendel’s majestic backdrop, flows east. The town of Mittenwald invites you to discover beautiful frescoes, decorated houses, elegant shops and cafes.

Mittenwald was considered as the gateway to the south with its trade route to Italy. For over 300 years, Mittenwald has been famous for its manufacturing of string instruments. A note to music lovers, make sure to visit the Geigenbaumuseum or the Museum of violin-making. In summer, you will have the opportunity to hike in and around Mittenwald. During the winter season, you will be able to choose among activities such as: alpine and cross-country skiing, ice sports and horse sleigh rides. The Karwendel cable car and the Kranzberg chair lift will give you thrills. The extraordinary adventure not to be missed in any season is the hike in the famous Leutasch gorge.

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Lübbenau : discover the marina

LUBBENAU - Germany

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Lübbenau is a town of 17 897 inhabitants in the Oberspreewald-Lausitz district of Brandenburg. From 1364 to 1635, Lübbenau was part of the Kingdom of Bohemia, and then until 1815 Lübbenau was a part of the Electorate of Saxony. From 1815 to 1918, Lübbenau was governed by the Kingdom of Prussia. Starting from the old town centre, visitors can explore the marina with its traditional boats or a castle which is found in a beautifully arranged park, including an orangery with a café and a hotel. Bike rides in the nearby villages are available and boat trips are very popular with tourists. The city wall’s history dates back to the Middle Ages and the museum gives an insight into the architecture of the region’s rich history.

Dresden: a city that amazes every time the tourists

DRESDEN - Germany

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Dresden is the capital of the Free State of Saxony in Germany. It lies in a valley of the Elbe, near the Czech border. Dresden has a long history as a capital and royal residence. The city was known as the jewel box because of its Baroque and rococo city centre. The 40 years of urban development has significantly changed the look of the city. Restoration works have helped to reconstruct parts of the historic city centre, including the Katholische Hofkirche, le Semper Oper et la Dresdner Frauenkirche. Since the German reunification in 1990, Dresden has regained its importance as one of the cultural, educational, political and economic centres of Germany and Europe. The Dresden University of Technology is one of Germany’s 10 largest universities.

Dresden Elbe Valley : sites and history

The Dresden Elbe Valley is a former World Heritage Site in Dresden, Germany. Spreading on some 20 kilometres and passing through the Dresden Basin and the city of Dresden, it is one of two cultural landscapes along Central Europe’s Elbe River. The worth of this landscape lies in the fact that it includes the urban area as well as natural river banks and slopes. Places of interest of the Elbe Valley include Pillnitz with its castle and old village as well as the village of Loschwitz with Schloss Albrechtsberg, works of art such as the Blue Wonder bridge, the Standseilbahn Dresden and the Schwebebahn Dresden, as well as the historic centre with the buildings of Brühl's terrace, the Semperoper and the Roman Catholic Church of the former court. Some parts of the area such as Blasewitz are the city’s historic suburbs, while there are also industrial districts.

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