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Amsterdam, Netherlands

Everyone has an image of Amsterdam. For some, it’s small boats gliding on the canals and locals two-wheeling on bikes to and from work and, as frequently, to meet friends for drinks. For others, it’s gabled buildings leaning, seemingly precariously, over cobbled streets and cozy taverns illuminated by candles. Still others imagine tulips in bloom and the colors, both muted and vibrant, of the paintings Vermeer, Van Gogh and Rembrandt. All images are true and even more beguiling when experienced in person. Sit a spell in a convivial cafe, explore world-class museums and feel the significance of a unique history—one of a city reclaimed from the sea, rising in prestige and influence as merchants built trade and wealth, and forever known for its attics and attitudes that offered refuge from war. Narrow streets and great manses tell the story not only in images but with the aroma of appeltaart, a taste of the avant garde in newly constructed buildings and a feeling of warmth from the amiable locals.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Everyone has an image of Amsterdam. For some, it’s small boats gliding on the canals and locals two-wheeling on bikes to and from work and, as frequently, to meet friends for drinks. For others, it’s gabled buildings leaning, seemingly precariously, over cobbled streets and cozy taverns illuminated by candles. Still others imagine tulips in bloom and the colors, both muted and vibrant, of the paintings Vermeer, Van Gogh and Rembrandt. All images are true and even more beguiling when experienced in person. Sit a spell in a convivial cafe, explore world-class museums and feel the significance of a unique history—one of a city reclaimed from the sea, rising in prestige and influence as merchants built trade and wealth, and forever known for its attics and attitudes that offered refuge from war. Narrow streets and great manses tell the story not only in images but with the aroma of appeltaart, a taste of the avant garde in newly constructed buildings and a feeling of warmth from the amiable locals.

Düsseldorf, Germany

For a city whose history can be traced to the 7th and 8th centuries,Düsseldorf's contemporary architecture, edgy art culture and innovative business landscape is all the more impressive. The capital city of the North Rhine-Westphalia is decidedly posh, pushing the boundaries of high fashion and high-rise design, and a culinary and nightlife scene that caters to the international elite who populate the city. Indeed, banking and cutting-edge technology industries have brought the city great wealth, while its flair for the creative and collective passion for celebrations of all kinds take some of that serious edge off the atmosphere, making Dusseldorf one of the world’s most livable cities. In the Altstadt, the historical quarter along the Rhine, look for an intriguing blend of time-honored sites and traditions and a lively modern neighborhood filled with energetic bars and restaurants.

Koblenz, Germany

Located where the Rhine and Moselle rivers and three low mountain ranges meet, Koblenz has a leg up in the scenery department. Add to that the city’s 2,000-year-old history, hilltop fortress and squares lined by classic Germanic architecture and you have a place ready made for photographs. You might start by aiming your lens at the Deutsches Eck, or German Corner, where the rivers merge around a corner of land marked by a monument to Emperor William I. Ambling along the river promenade and exploring the town’s narrow lanes, you might encounter medieval churches, flower-filled parks, sidewalk cafes and perhaps a weinstube, or wine tavern, an ideal venue for sipping dry Riesling and drinking in the atmosphere.

Bernkastel, Germany

This little town in the heart of the Mosel Valley is one of the best preserved medieval locales in the region. Bernkastel’s colorful Market Square is considered among the most authentic and lovely of those that line the riverside, with a Renaissance-era Town Hall overlooking the bustling activity of shops and cafes. Don’t miss – not that you could – the towering Spitzhäuschen, or “pointed house” that famously rises above the other rooftops in Bernkastel. With its ground floors built narrower than the upper floors, the building appears to wobble off balance, but has stood strong since it was built in 1416.

Trier, Germany

Visitors to Trier may feel the need to double check their GPS to ensure they didn’t take a wrong turn near Rome. Fair enough, since the town that sits on the border of Luxembourg was founded by Romans, and still bears remarkably preserved evidence of the culture. Known as “Second Rome” for its remaining Roman baths, amphitheater and imposing Porta Nigra gateway, Trier is among the oldest cities in the world, celebrating its 2,000th anniversary in 1984. It has since become synonymous with the rolling wine vineyards of the Rhineland that follow the Moselle, with the 12th century Eltz Castle watching over the town. 

Trier, Germany

Visitors to Trier may feel the need to double check their GPS to ensure they didn’t take a wrong turn near Rome. Fair enough, since the town that sits on the border of Luxembourg was founded by Romans, and still bears remarkably preserved evidence of the culture. Known as “Second Rome” for its remaining Roman baths, amphitheater and imposing Porta Nigra gateway, Trier is among the oldest cities in the world, celebrating its 2,000th anniversary in 1984. It has since become synonymous with the rolling wine vineyards of the Rhineland that follow the Moselle, with the 12th century Eltz Castle watching over the town. 

Cochem, Germany

If a storybook village is to be found on the Mosel River, Cochem certainly is it, with its half-timbered buildings, steep terraced slopes, lush vineyards and a picturesque castle overlooking it all. A riverside promenade allows a chance to savor the atmosphere of the fairytale come to life. Walking along, you’ll take in the beauty of the surrounding hills, sometimes laced with mist, and see bridges spanning the lazy waters of the river. Perhaps you will feel somewhat lazy yourself, reluctant to move too quickly through a town seemingly stopped in time.

Bonn, Germany

A 2,000-year history has given Bonn many opportunities to reinvent itself and its role on the global stage, and it has done just that. Founded by Romans, like its nearly neighbor, Trier, Bonn was the onetime capital of the Electorate of Cologne, the site of the largest known Roman fortress, and, more recently, the capital of West Germany from 1949 to 1990, when reunification moved the government to Berlin. Bonn is still considered the unofficial second capital of the country, and is home to several governmental operations, as well as more than 20 United Nations institutions. Even throughout its centuries of political and powerful prominence, Bonn’s most famous son remains composer Ludwig Von Beethoven, who is commemorated in a museum at the site of his birth home in the city.

Arnhem, Netherlands

People have been fighting over Arnhem for centuries. It’s no mystery, given its natural beauty, abundant parks and bicycle pathways, and lively scene of cafes and creative hubs. Perhaps Arnhem’s most famous – and darkest – occupation came during World War II, when the Nazi German 10th Army invaded the Netherlands, occupying the whole country within one week. In resistance, Arnhem became the site of the largest airborne military operation in history, Operation Market-Garden, deploying more than 35,000 paratroopers over the bridges and occupied land. Today, if you look skyward, you’re more likely to see vast canopies of treetops than parachuting soldiers, though the event is commemorated at the nearby Airborne Museum, boasting an impressive collection of photography, weaponry, documents and other accounts of the conflict.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Everyone has an image of Amsterdam. For some, it’s small boats gliding on the canals and locals two-wheeling on bikes to and from work and, as frequently, to meet friends for drinks. For others, it’s gabled buildings leaning, seemingly precariously, over cobbled streets and cozy taverns illuminated by candles. Still others imagine tulips in bloom and the colors, both muted and vibrant, of the paintings Vermeer, Van Gogh and Rembrandt. All images are true and even more beguiling when experienced in person. Sit a spell in a convivial cafe, explore world-class museums and feel the significance of a unique history—one of a city reclaimed from the sea, rising in prestige and influence as merchants built trade and wealth, and forever known for its attics and attitudes that offered refuge from war. Narrow streets and great manses tell the story not only in images but with the aroma of appeltaart, a taste of the avant garde in newly constructed buildings and a feeling of warmth from the amiable locals.


Things to Know

Preparing For Your Trip
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  • Vaccinations Are Required for Entry to Some Countries. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) can provide you their recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for your trip abroad.

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