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History, culture and nature perfectly intertwine in Germany, with a range of historic cities and small towns spoiling visitors for choice. Berlin is now one of the most vibrant cultural hubs of Europe with a plethora of museums, galleries, clubs, bars, food and shopping. And you should find your budget goes a long way, compared to other European cities. If you are ready for an adventure, take a hike in the Bavarian Alps; and then head to Munich for the world-famous Oktoberfest that occurs annually during September/October.
Austria’s eye-opening landscapes allow for adventurers to go hiking or cycling during the warm months in one of the six National Parks, and to test themselves in winter sports during the cooler months. Salzburg is a popular city amongst tourists in Austria, because many of the scenes of the iconic film, The Sound of Music, that were filmed there. Another draw card is the tributes to Mozart throughout the whole city. So those who are passionate about music and art, Salzburg is for you.
Experience Berlin’s recent past with a visit to the Holocaust Memorial and the Berlin Wall's graffitied remains. We recommend heading to the East Side Gallery – an international memorial for freedom with more than 100 paintings painted on the east side of the wall in 1990.
Shaped by its rich history, Berlin has evolved into a pulsating, hip city with world-class nightlife and a thriving underground music scene. Try a delicious Currywurst, a traditional fast-food dish; or choose from an array of international cuisines including Indonesian, Thai, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, Ethiopian or Mexican. After dinner, head to Kreuzberg, Neukölln or Friedrichshain to make the most of a night out in Berlin.
Munich is best known for hosting Oktoberfest each year, but there is so much more to this wonderful city than this festival. From exploring the city's historic city centre and shopping, to savouring hearty traditional fare or enjoying a balmy night in the English Garden, you won't grow tired of exploring the capital of Bavaria.
This Austrian city is most famous for scenes of The Sound of Music and iconic composer, Mozart.
Walk in the footsteps of the von Trapp family and relive your favourite The Sound of Music moments by visiting these film locations: Benedictine monastery Nonnberg Abbey, Mirabell Palace and Gardens, Residenz square and fountain, Felsenreitschule, Leopoldskron Palace, The Sound of Music pavilion and Frohnburg Palace.
Mozart is celebrated in Salzburg wherever possible, from museums to shops selling Mozart-themed chocolates and numerous concerts honour him. Make sure you visit Mozart’s Birthplace (museum), Mozart Residence and walk around the Old City, which is essentially a tribute to the composer.
The contemporary architecture, the cosy coffee houses and the museums - Vienna is a fusion of history and modern. Enjoy the Viennese charm and walk the city by foot, or hire a bike and experience it up close and personal. It’s one of the most musical cities in the world with the most composers to have lived here than any other city, so make sure you experience a concert if you find yourself here.
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