Best of the East and West: Old and New Mingle with Ease in the Museums, Architecture, and Neighbourhoods of Berlin, Leipzig, and Dresden

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Best of the East and West: Old and New Mingle with Ease in the Museums, Architecture, and Neighbourhoods of Berlin, Leipzig, and Dresden


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Since the reunification of East and West Germany, Deutschland's urban landscapes have changed dramatically. Like phoenixes rising from the ashes, Dresden, Leipzig, and Berlin have experienced stunning reversals of fortune.

Dresden has a long history as the capital of the kings of Saxony. The inner city was completely destroyed by Allied bombing during World War II and has since been renewed. Yet its historic landmarks endure. The Zwinger Palace, Dresden's most famous attraction, is home to Raphael's Sistine Madonna and the world's largest porcelain collection. The Royal Palace, built in 1530, houses one of Europe's most sumptuous treasure chambers.

Always a place of commerce, Leipzig has fundamentally shaped the history of Saxony and of Germany. The city was home to Johann Sebastian Bach and is host to the Leipzig Trade Fair, which began in the Middle Ages.

With the destruction of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Berlin had a vast open area in which to renew and re-invent itself. It is now a multicultural urban mosaic. Just stroll along Unter den Linden, Berlin's Champs d'Elysees, or visit the many museums and art galleries. …

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