Germany is a Western European country with a landscape of forests, rivers, mountain ranges, and the North Sea beaches. It has more than two millennia of history. The capital is Berlin and this is home to art and nightlife scenes, the Brandenburg Gate and many sites relating to WWII. Munich is acquainted for its Oktoberfest and beer halls, including the 16th-century Hofbräuhaus. Frankfurt, with its high-rise building, houses the European Central Bank. 1. Berlin Germany’s capital city has experienced a renaissance as of late, with new hotels and restaurants opening amid the historic museums and landmarks. Berlin pays homage to its more dark past with powerful and humbling attractions like the Murdered Jews Memorial and Topography of Terror museum. But beautiful sites like the 630-acre Tiergarten and vibrant festivals like the Carnival of Cultures and the Festival of Lights are sure to impress travelers. 2. Munich Visitors flock to Munich every fall to take part in Oktoberfest, a two-week-long festival featuring Germany’s best beer and bratwurst. But Munich is so much more than just this bout. The city offers amazing gardens, exquisite churches, and attractive museums to explore. 3. Cologne Set on the Rhine River, Cologne is characterized by art, culture, and history. The gothic Cologne Cathedral, the colorful botanical gardens, and the several museums attract travelers to this German city. While much of Cologne was destroyed during World War II, the town has tirelessly rebuilt and restored critical cultural sites, but still maintains its character in the historic Old Town; a can’t-miss stop. 4. Hamburg Hamburg is home to one of the biggest ports in Europe, and the Elbe River and hundreds of canals flow through the city center. Hamburg is easy to explore on foot – many of its top attractions are clustered in the center – and travelers should be sure to check out the Old Elbe Tunnel and Platen un Blomen park. Music lovers will want to catch a show at the new Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, which features two concert halls and a plaza that provides sweeping city views. 5. Dusseldorf Another famous German attraction located along the Rhine, Dusseldorf welcomes tourists to stroll along its waterfront walkway and soak up the culture in its Old Town. The city brims with various green places for recreation and upscale stores and boutiques for the shopaholics. Top 8 Things to Eat while in Germany: Spätzle Bratwurst Currywurst Bratkartoffeln Sauerbraten Maultaschen Leberkäse Schnitzel Grand old cathedrals and grand palaces are everywhere, and in the smaller towns and villages – some with their original medieval Old Towns still intact – many centuries-old traditions, including traditional Christmas markets, festivals, and fairs, continues to this day.
New Zealand is a country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean consisting of 2 main islands. The capital of NZ is Wellington on the North Island. This is home to Te Papa Tongarewa, the expansive national museum. 8. Wellington With a big identity, Wellington is a small city. It’s kinky, arty and full of character. This seaside capital is a city, different from any other with its funky side streets, pop up eating house and weekend markets. 7. Hokitika Gorge Hokitika Gorge is located in NZ’s South Island and due to a natural and absolute cocktail of glacier water, plankton and a few other ingredients the river is a vibrant blue. But be careful, the water is freezing, and there are strong currents in places so be warned! 6. Mount Maunganui Regularly voted one of New Zealand’s greatest beaches, it’s not hard to enjoy why Mount Maunganui is so famous. Not only is this cool seaside town the ideal getaway brimming with trendy cafes and restaurants, but it is also as excellent as a picture. 5. Hobbiton As an onerous Lord of the Rings fan, traveling Hobbiton had been on my New Zealand must do schedule, and it did not discourage! The Shire was exactly as I had expected it to be and more, and I felt instantly whisked away to the magical place of Middle Earth. 4. Cathedral Cove Another one of New Zealand’s famous beaches, Cathedral Cove is a marine reserve located on The Coromandel peninsula. The beach is only accessible by a 30-minute track from the nearest carpark, winding your way through native bush and past stunning cliff faces you will eventually end up on this gorgeous stretch of sand. 3. Rotorua The town of Rotorua is one of the unique sites in the world, sitting on top of a volcanic plate the strong smell of sulfur welcomes you into the city. Wai-O-Tapu is a geothermal wonderland, complete with exploding geysers, brightly colored lakes, hot springs, and steaming craters. 2. Milford Sound Milford Sound is the most visited Fiordland in the South East corner of NZ. This is the home to jagged cliffs, cascading waterfalls and mysterious air. Cruising through The Sounds was, without a doubt, one of the best things I got in New Zealand. 1. Queenstown This amazing town is everything Kiwi rolled into one. The landscape is just wonderful, I mean, look at that photo?! New Zealand is the home of adventure, and Queenstown is its adrenaline pumping capital. Bungy jumping, skydiving, mountain biking, luging, here you can do it all. This was such a hard list to put together as entirely; frankly, all of New Zealand is incredible. It has it all: mountains, lakes, glaciers, caves, beaches, cities and more.