Hamburg (Berlin), Germany
Hamburg is a busy harbor city situated along the Elbe River in North Germany, and owes much of its architecture to the rebuilding done in the late 19th and early 20th centuries after a massive fire. World War II also inflicted severe damage, but the city's medieval character is still evident thanks to post-war restorations. The skyline features an extraordinary backdrop of church spires, architectural landmarks and towers, and the whole of the city serves as a gateway to the neighboring capital of Berlin.
Unter den Linden Strasse
This sweeping, tree-lined street, with its luxury hotels, chic cafes, boutiques and galleries, is one of Berlin's finest shopping venues.
In nearby Berlin, Brandenburg Gate is an emblem of the German unification. Built in 1789 as a tribute to Prussian war victories, the gate became the central crossing point between east and west when the wall divided the city in two.
Berlin's Checkpoint Charlie Wall Museum, built on the site of the demolished border crossing, is where you'll find remnants of the Wall bearing graffiti-splashed protests to the Cold War.