The Brandenburg Gate
The Brandenburg Gate is more than just a landmark: It's a symbol of history. Inspired by Athens' Acropolis, it was built in the late 18th century under the command of Friedrich Wilhelm II. The gate stood strong for centuries, surviving both world wars and gaining significance during the Cold War. As the gateway between a divided city, it sat in the middle of the "death-strip" -- the no-man's land that separated East and West Berlin. It was here that Ronald Reagan said his famous line, "Mr. Gorbachev -- tear down this wall!" Today, many festivities occur around the Brandenburg Gate throughout the year.
The Berlin Wall
Little remains of the Berlin Wall, the barrier that kept the East and the West divided during the Cold War and was the site of many illegal, fatal border-crossings. To keep memories alive, the graffiti-painted wall still stands in some areas of Berlin. The Mauerpark ("Wall Park") features a 98-foot strip of the Berlin Wall. Nearby, the East Side Gallery features a 0.8 mile section of the wall, now covered in 105 paintings done by artists from all over the world.
Germany is host to old churches, magnificent palaces and breathtaking hiking trails. Berlin is home to over 170 museums and galleries, while Munich hosts the annual Oktoberfest celebration that attracts tourists from all over the world. From good beer to some of the world's best ski resorts, Germany has much to offer.