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There are lots of famous cities in Germany. Each city has its own landmarks, popular among locals as well as tourists. Here are some of the sights you should see when you visit the following cities:

Berlin is the biggest city in the country and has a chequered history. There are lots of landmarks here, and some of the most famous museums in Germany. Are you interested in the period when Germany was a divided country? Then you should see the Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate), the remnants of the Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery, and Potsdamer Platz. Checkpoint Charlie was the former border between East and West Berlin. Today there's a museum there with information about the time when the city was divided.

Hamburg is the second-biggest city in Germany. Two rivers flow through the city – the Elbe and the Alster. The Elbe flows through Hamburg into the North Sea, so there is a lot of water here, as well as canals and bridges. The Port of Hamburg and its Speicherstadt (the largest warehouse district in the world) are a must for any tourist. It's sometimes called the "gateway to the world". At the beginning of 2017, the Elbphilharmonie (Philharmonic Hall) was opened and is now considered a new city landmark. The St. Pauli entertainment district is not far away, as is the Hamburger Michel, a Baroque church that can be seen from a long distance away. You should also be sure to visit the fish market.

Cologne is famous for its cathedral. It's the third tallest church in the world and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. With its twin spires, the cathedral defines the cityscape. Around it are the most important museums and shopping strips. And nearby is the Rhine river with its many big cargo barges. Cologne was founded more than 2,000 years ago by the Romans. You can find out more about this at the Römisch-Germanisches Museum (Romano-Germanic Museum). The city is also famous for its Carnival celebrations – an opportunity to experience pure Rhenish vitality.

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