Germany is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Europe. The state of Germany is popular for its rich culture, highly efficient facilities and an elongated interesting history of its past. There is plenty to soak up on a Germany vacation – castles, medieval cities, and bustling metropolises. Germany has contributed scientifically in changing the way of living of the whole planet. Some of the renowned scientists come from this country. Besides, German language is embraced in many parts of the world hence making the country one of the most popular countries in this continent. Fifty things that you can enjoy with your family in Germany are as follows: www.travelrows.com
Germany’ capital city Berlin is one of the most happening cities of world. It is Germany’s largest city. It is also the second most populous cities of the world and one of the most popular cities of Europe. Berlin can be easily reached from most European cities. It was the center of Second World War and has many historically important monuments, artifacts which symbolize the Second World War. It is also home to the famous Berlin wall which separated East and West Germany. Berlin is home to many historical important churches, cathedrals, museums, palaces, parks etc. Berlin has plenty of things to offer to tourists.
2. Heidelberg Castle
The Heidelberg Castle is indeed one of Europe’s most famous landmarks; the romantic ruins of this Castle have been attracting visitors since the 19th century. It is said to be one of the most popular tourist attractions of Germany. It is the paradox of seeing something so glorious in a state of such beautiful ruin that gives Heidelberg Castle and its park such an attractive atmosphere. The epitome of German romanticism, will give you an impression of being in another world. It was constructed as a fortress with towers, casemates and moats in around 1300, this castle perched high above the town developed over four hundred years into a symbol of the feudal power of the Palatinate Electors of the time. The oldest still discernibly residential building is the Ruprecht wing with its magnificent Renaissance fireplace.
Munich is another most fascinating city to visit in Germany, it derives its name from the monks of the Benedictine order who said to have discovered thee city. It is situated on the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. Munich is the third largest city in Germany, with the traditional cry of “Ozapft is” (the barrel is tapped), the Mayor opens the Oktoberfest, which is considered as the world’s biggest festival – at 12 o’clock noon. For two whole weeks, visitors flock to the beer festival to experience the thrill of the fairground rides, both modern and traditional, and to enjoy beer, food and old-fashioned Bavarian music in the beer tents.
Frankfurt is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Germany, which also provides excellent transport connections. It offers you plenty of things to do and see and one of its major attractions is The Museum Embankment Festival which is considered a must-see. You will find it eight kilometres down both banks of the Main, and a spectacular cultural event in which the museums present their work to the public. Stage productions, projects and performances plus other attractions including the “choir and organ mile” organized by the churches, the “Klang im Kloster” music festival, cabaret, variety, music and specialties from all over the world, plus the ever-popular dragon boat races.
One of the most popular tourist attractions which will surely amaze you is Neuschwanstein, it is considered as the ultimate fairytale castle. Neuschwanstein is located on a rugged hill quite close Füssen towards the southwest Bavaria. It is said to be an inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty castles in the Disneyland parks. The castle was commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria who was confirmed insane when the castle was nearly completed during the year 1886 and found dead a few days later. Neuschwanstein is the most beautiful stucture in the country and one of the famous tourist attractions in Germany.
Cologne, another most prominent tourist attraction of Germany, it is also the legacy from Roman times and the middle Ages. Cologne has an extremely sparkling arts and cultural atmosphere. Visit the Cologne Cathedral, the world’s largest, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is said that it took approximately 632 years to complete and is one of the most important pilgrimage churches in Europe, attracting visitors from all over the world.
The Holstentor is another most popular tourist attraction of Germany. It is actually one of the two remaining city gates of the city of Lübeck. Constructed during the year 1464, the gate now serves as a museum. Because of its two captivating round towers and arched entrance it is regarded as a symbol of Lübeck. Together with the old city center (Altstadt) of Lübeck it is one of the top tourist attractions in Germany.
It is said that Hamburg has it all – a great lcoation on the Elbe and Alster rivers, pumping nightlife in St Pauli, fabulous musicals and the theatre, and Hamburg’s most famous landmark; the ’Michel’ church. It offers plenty of things to do and see for its visitors. Once here you can also Climb the 453 steps to the viewing platform and be rewarded by fabulous views over Hamburg and the harbour.
9. Brandenburger Gate
The Brandenburger Gate is one of the extremely popular attractions of Germany and also holds a lot of historical significance. It is situated towards the end of Unter den Linden which is a very famous and outstanding street in Berlin. priviously it was a part of a wall surrounding Berlin and was the main entrance to the city. It is the only gate that remains of this former city wall. It was designed by Carl Gotthard and commissioned by Emperor Wilhelm II which is now a famous. The design of the gate, 65.5 meter wide and 28 meter tall was based on the Propylaea, the gateway to the Acropolis in Athens. It was built between 1778 and 1791 and replaced an older city gate. The Brandeburger Gate of Germany is one of the must visit attractions of Germany.
Lindau is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Germany. It is considered as one of the historic cities of the country. Lindau is situated quite close to the meeting point of the Austrian, German and Swiss borders in the eastern part of Lake Constance (Bodensee). The city is connected with the mainland by bridge and railway and has about 3,000 inhabitants. Full of medieval and half-timbered buildings, Lindau is quite a popular tourist attraction.
The building was built during the years 1884 and 1894, primarily funded with wartime reparation money from France, as an effect of Prussia’s defeat of France in the year 1871. They later added the famous inscription ‘Dem Deutschen Volke’ (To the German People) during the year 1916, by Emperor Wilhelm II. The bronze letters were cast from seized French cannons. The building was completely modernized and adjusted to the needs of the reunified republic and considered as one of the best tourist spots of Berlin.
Frauenkirche is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Germany which is situated in Dresden; the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) is a Lutheran church which is said to be toatally destroyed during the World War II. The church renovated using original plans from the 1720s and reopened in 2005. The city of Coventry, which was raided by the Luftwaffe donated the golden cross for the dome of the church. Since its reopening, the Frauenkirche has been a hugely popular tourist attraction in Dresden. It was visited by President Barack Obama during the year 2009.
13. Museum Island
Berlin’s Museum Island was designed to be “a sanctuary of art and science” and approved UNESCO National Heritage Site status in the year 1999. Already in the 19th century, the central avenue Unter den Linden (Under the Linden Trees) was Berlin’s most splendid promenade and parade street. The avenue is home to the main building of Berlin’s Humboldt University, the German Historical Museum, the Berlin Cathedral, the Berlin State Opera, and it even pass through Museum Island. These museums host some of the most important exhibits in Germany. The Berlin City Palace also used to stand on Museum Island across from the Old Museum. It was torn down during the GDR years and replaced by the Palace of the Republic. The five museums that comprise Berlin’s famous Museum Island are located between the Spree River and the Kupfergraben.
The complex of the Museumsinsel consists of five museums:
- The Altes Museum
- The Neues Museum
- The Nationalgalerie
- The Bodemuseum
- The Pergamonmuseum
14. Cologne Cathedral
Cologne Cathedral is one of the finest church edifices in the world and the essence of high-Gothic cathedral architecture. The building first began in 1248. The scale of Cologne Cathedral is quite obvious from its two strong towers. Both the towers dominated the city and the surrounding region and completed in the year 1880. During the 19th century upon its completion the cathedral was the biggest building in the world. The design of the west side was truly innovative. It is said that this church has the largest exterior surface of any church in the world, said to be around 7,000 square meters, and is flanked by two huge towers, each rising to a height of 157 meters. This church in Berlin is one of the most famous tourist spots.
15. Berlin Wall
The Berlin Wall had separated the city in an eastern and western part was the sign of the Cold War. It was constructed by the government of the DDR to stop East Germans from evading to the West. Most of its parts had been destroyed ever since the border between East and West Berlin opened in the year 1989. You will find some parts of the wall still stand. The most famous one is the 1316m long East Side Gallery. It is located along Mühlenstrasse between Warschauer Strasse and the Ostbahnhof and contains 106 paintings. Smaller other parts of the Wall can be found at the Memorial and Documentation center at the Bernauer Strasse – where the official destruction of the Wall started, Potsdamer Platz, the Reichstag, Invaliedenfriedhof, Bornholmer Strasse, Nieder-kirchner Strasse and Zimmerstrasse near Checkpoint Charlie.
16. Olympia Stadium
Olympia Stadium is one of the very popular places in Berlin. At the west of the high-end suburb, West-end, there was adequate not fully formed land for the Nazis to understand their megalomaniacal architectural concepts for the 1936 Olympic Games, the Olympia Stadium was built here during 1930s. Currently the stadium is not only home to Berlin’s soccer team, Hertha BSC, but also hosts rock concerts and athletic championships. Right next to the Olympia premises is Berlin’s legendary Forest Theater which is an open air stage that excites Berliners with concerts by famous rock bands and pop artists.
The tourist can very easily find some exclusive stores, hotels, and cafes here as it is one of the most well-known streets in the city. It is well said that West Berlin’s Ku’damm can only be rivaled by East Berlin’s Friedrichstrasse. During the last 20 years, it has successfully reignited the flame of its former beauty. During the GDR years, the Friedrichstrasse train station and Checkpoint Charlie provided as the link of hubs for travelers between East and West Berlin. Instead of lavishness shopping and street cafes, it was an awful place of customs clearance, visas, and compulsory exchange.
18. Charlottenburg Palace
You will find this palace somewhere around the city center. The self-important Charlottenburg Palace obtained many visitors annually. It was constructed in 1700 by the Prussian King Friedrich III for his beloved wife Sophie Charlotte that was placed on the grounds of a pleasing park directly on the Spree River. It is said that the city around the palace is one of Berlin’s most desired residential areas. Tourists can enjoy a pleasant stroll through the park and can also enjoy the cultural aspects of the location at six museums located directly across from the park on Schlossstrasse.
19. Television Tower (Fernsehturm)
The Fernsehturm television tower is the tallest building in the whole of the city and features both an observation platform and also a restaurant, which revolves slowly. The T.V tower is 368 metres / 1207 feet high and here you will also find an elevator that takes you up over 200 metres / 660 feet to a viewing platform and also a restaurant. From the top of this Tower you can see all across the city and there are spectacular, panoramic views, probably the best in East Berlin. There are many neon signs that surround the base of this tower and the reflections caused by sunlight form a Christian Cross on the tower. It is open daily for its visitors.
20. Unter Den Linden
The Unter den Linden is a long avenue that extends 1 mile or you can say 1.5 km from the Brandenburg Gate. It one of Berlin’s well known recognizable landmarks. Before it was built as a showpiece road, Unter den Linden was just a simple riding lane that which used to join the Tiergarten to the Berliner Stadtschloss. You will also find enormous linden trees that were planted in the 17th century, but the striking blend of neoclassical and baroque structures continued to be built for another 100 years. It has also gone through heavy damage in the war; much of the architecture in this splendid avenue now reflects postwar tastes and the eastern part have been beautifully restored. Some of Berlin’s most treasured and important buildings lie on this road and these include the German State Opera (Deutsche Staatsoper) and the German Historical Museum.
21. Oranienburger Strasse
The Oranienburger Strasse is situated in central Berlin and before 1989 it was desolate street. Very recently it has become a busy and trendy place to visit and is full of bars, cafés and many other stylish food and drink outlets, both here and nearby. This part of the new eastern Berlin has become a lively and popular place to visit. The Hackescher Markt S-bahn train station located at the south end of Oranienburger Strasse is a hotspot for Berlin’s nightlife. It is well said that the city doesn’t sleep here. The area around Oranienburger Strasse can certainly be characterized as the vibrant center of Berlin’s midnight hours.
22. Berlin Zoo
Berlin Zoo is considered as one of the biggest zoological gardens of the world. It has been a famous tourist’s attraction ever since it opened some 150 years ago. It is said that initially opened to the public in the year 1844. This famous Zoo was constructed upon a gift bestowed to the city by King Friedrich Wilhelm IV. The king makes available animals from his menagerie to fill the cages and open habitats at the zoo, which was designed by Peter Lenne. Here you will find more than 15,000 animals representing about 1,400 species. Cages are rare. Most animals roam free in re-creations of their natural habitats. The pandas are the most popular residents of the Berlin Zoo, attracting an amazing amount of attention from local media whenever they hit a landmark birthday or other occasion.
Stuttgart is another most popular tourist attraction of Germany. It is said that when you wander through Stuttgart’s city centre will give you an impression of taking a journey back through the history of architecture, with masterpieces such as the medieval Old Palace, the baroque New Palace, the beautiful Art Nouveau market hall provides the city with a distinctive feel. Sample the wine at the many vineyards and lap up the great scenery. Visit to Stuttgart will surely be worth it.
Nuremberg is a vibrant city with has abundant of things to offer, and indeed one of the most popular tourist attractions. The city is said to be a fine Mixture of the medieval with the modern, Kaiserburg Castle is the most famous attraction of Nuremberg, rises above the medieval old quarter which is encircled by a five kilometre town wall with a total of 80 towers. It sits on a sandstone ridge on the northern edge of the old town and, until the 16th century was the occasional residence of German kaisers and kings.
Another most fascinating place to visit in Germany is the Rüdesheim. It has various attractions, such as the Drosselgasse, a narrow street just 144 metres long lined with wine taverns and gardens, and offering music, singing and dancing from the late morning to the wee hours. You’ll also want to see the Niederwald monument, representing the mythical stature of Germania. Rudesheim is surely a place which is worth a visit.
Dresden is a place is Germany which is not to be missed. You can visit Dresden to witness priceless art treasures and buildings of mesmerizing beauty which includes the amazing Church of Our Lady. Completely destroyed in February 1945, the imposing ruins served as a reminder of war and destruction. Using materials salvaged from the rubble, the church was reconstructed in an archaeological reconstruction supported by generous donations from many countries.
27. Romantic Rhine
The Romantic Rhine is the most famous part of the Rhine, running between from Koblenz to Bingen. It is considered one of the most favorite tourist attractions of Germany. The river Rhine pares its way here through sheer vineyard-covered hills peaked with uncountable castles and remains. The river has been a significant trade way into central Europe ever since ancient times and a sequence of tiny towns has grown up along the banks. The place here will give you a feel of ancient times.
28. The Rugen Cliffs
Another most interesting tourist attraction to visit in Germany is the Rügen Cliffs. They are situated in the Jasmund National Park towards the northeast of Rügen Island. The cliffs, facing constant erosion the chalk cliffs tower high above the Baltic Sea. The amazing Cliffs have the height of 118 meter; Königsstuhl (king’s chair) is the most magnificent part of the cliffs. The undisturbed forests behind the cliffs are also part of the national park; of these old towns retain a historic feel today.
29. The Linderhof Palace
Linderhof Palace is one of the most sought after tourist attractions of Germany, to be found in Bavaria. It was one of the many great creations of the King Ludwig II of Bavaria during the 19th century. It is said that this palace was the only one he survived to witness in its completed grandeur. His untimely and mysterious death occurred in 1886; Schloss Linderhof was completed in the same year. Linderhof Palace is designed in the later rococo style, but evidently borrows aspects of the world-famous Versailles Palace in France. There are some elements that are close reproductions of its French sister, such as a magnificent staircase, and symbols of the sun king are everywhere.
The Bodensee is the most famous and the largest lake in Germany. People are also known as Lake Constance. In addition to the extent of its size, in addition to Germany, the lake is directly adjacent to Switzerland and Austria. It is indeed one of the extremely popular tourist attractions of the country. Liechtenstein, one of the smallest countries in the world was not far away from the eastern boundary Bodensee. You will also find Banyao, the ferry ride around the lake. You can even witness here the Flower Island (Island of Mainau) in the beautiful Bodensee.
31. The City of Weimar
Weimar is one of the famous cities Thuringia, towards the East of Germany. You will get to witness the German culture, on your visit to this city of Germany. Because Goethe moved to this city during the late 18th century, from then it was a site of pilgrimage for the German intelligentsia. Weimar is the also the birthplace of the Bauhaus movement, which created a revolution in design, art, and architecture in the early 20th century.
Tier is considered as the oldest and one of the most popular cities of Germany. You will find it on the banks of the Moselle River. It was discovered as a Roman colony in 16 B.C. and became the preferential residence of several Roman emperors. It is said that nowhere else in Germany you will witness the evidence of Roman times as vivid as it is in Trier. Major attractions of the city are the Porta Nigra, the largest Roman city gate north of the Alps, and the Cathedral of Trier, which houses a holy historical object that draws many pilgrims: the Holy Robe, the garment said to be worn by Jesus when he was crucified.
33. The Dresden Frauenkirche
The Dresden Frauenkirche is one of the most stunning Protestant churches in Europe and stands as a symbol of Dresden. It is said to be totally stumble to ruins during the World War II, the temple was reconstructed then strictly by the original plans, with the exceptional initiative of the city’s residents. The Dresden Frauenkirche ruins are astonishing, because it resurrected in its perfection from the ashes of war’s destruction.
34. Black Forest
The Black Forest is without any doubt, one of the top tourist attractions of the country and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Germany. If you’re planning on touring the Black Forest, the city of Freiburg is an excellent place to base as it boasts many hotels and it’s within easy reach of many of the Black Forrest’s attractions. The black forest of Germany is undoubtedly worth a visit.
35. Checkpoint Charlie
Checkpoint Charlie is considered as one of the eventual symbols of the Cold War came to exemplify the separation between east and west. It’s been almost 30 years that this checkpoint represented not only a divided Germany but a world in political turmoil. Presently only a line of bricks traces the trail where the Berlin Wall once stood and you can also find a replica of the Checkpoint Charlie booth. The original booth is in the Allied Museum in Zehlendorf. It was built shortly after the Berlin Wall was erected; the museum was extended in the 1990s.
36. Berliner Dom
The Berliner Dom is a decorative Cathedral constructed during the years 1894 and 1905. It is located on an island in the river Spree which is also well known as the Museum Island. Presently the building is the 3rd church construct at this site. On Emperor Wilhelm II’s order, this domed building was destroyed in the year 1894 and substituted by the present Cathedral. The most interesting objects in the richly decorated interior of the church are the reconstructed pipe organ, built by Wilhelm Sauer. It has more than 7.000 pipes. A number of members of the Hohenzollern family are buried in the church, among them Friedrich I and his wife, who are entombed in beautifully sculpted sarcophagi.
Alexanderplatz was one of the busiest squares in Berlin at the beginning of nineteenth century and during the Middle Ages it was the center of the city and since the reunification of East and West Berlin the large square is prepared to again become the center of Berlin. Formerly the square was known as the Ochsenmarkt or ox market, later after a visit by Russian Tzar Alexander I it was renamed to Alexanderplatz in 1805. The local’s people of Berlin simply call this large square ‘Alex’. Most of the buildings on the square were shattered by allied bombing during the Second World War and then after the war it became the center of East-Berlin and the square was used as a showcase of socialist architecture. This resulted in some plain bulky buildings and a vast television tower.
38. World Clock
The World Clock which is also known as Welzeituhr was built in the year 1969 by Erich John. This famous world clock of Berlin displays the names of a number of foreign cities in different time zones. The clock was restored in the year 1997 and a number of cities that were originally left out for political reasons were also added like Jerusalem, St. Petersburg and Cape Town. On top of the clock you will also find a simplified model of the solar system.
The Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche or Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is one of most famous landmarks of Berlin. This broken tower symbolizes how Berlin resolves to rebuild the city after the war and a constant reminder of the destruction of war. It is to be found at the Breitscheidplatz which is the center of former West-Berlin. Presently it is the commercial center of Berlin, with the Ku’damm shopping street and Europa Center near by. You will also find a Gedenkhalle or Memorial Hall inside the church. It presents the history of the church and contains several of the original objects in the church as well as photos from before and after the bombing.
40. Pergamon Museum
Pergamon Museum is one of the five amazing museums of Berlin’s Museum Island and it is the newest which was first opened in 1930. This museum got its name from the Pergamon Altar, an enormous monument which occupies a whole room. It was well designed by Alfred Messel, and later Ludwig Hoffman, the main motive of constructing this Museum was to complement the nearby Kaiser-Wilhelm Museum (now the Bode Museum), which had grown too small to house the artifacts garnered from German excavations throughout the world. Inside the museum you will also see the Islamic Art which focused mainly on the Middle East including Egypt and Persia, features art from the 18th to 19th centuries. Tourists can view architectural decorations, ceramics, jewelry, metalwork, wood carvings, textiles, and calligraphic works.
The Siegessäule is a Victory column in located in Tiergarten which is a huge park to be found in the center of Berlin. Tiergarten was earlier a Royal hunting estate was then turned into a park. It is located centrally between Mitte and Charlottenburg it is a favorite picnic and barbecue place. At the center of a large approximately in the Tiergarten, known as the Grosser Stern or great star stands the tall Siegessäule.
42. The Berlin Philharmonic
The Berlin Philharmoniker is well considered as one of the world’s leading piece of music orchestras. Classical music enthusiasts are advised to check that their visit to Berlin coincides with the Orchestra playing at home. This famous concert hall is designed by Hans Scharoun, is an iconic yellow building: on the inside, a lustrous 1960s aesthetic meets with superb acoustics.
43. DDR Museum
Soviet occupation of East Berlin ended in 1990, and today the DDR Museum offers a snapshot of life in the old days. The interactive museum allows visitors a truly hands on experience for both children and adults alike: root through drawers of East German memorabilia, mimic a Stasi officer and listen in on a bugged flat. Out on the streets you can take a unique tour of the city by renting a Trabant, the classic car produced in former East Germany, now painted in bright colours by the Trabi Safari Company.
44. Christmas Markets
The Christmas Markets that you will find in Germany are extraordinary and if you’re traveling to the country during the holiday season, you’ll find that Christmas Markets are one of the top tourist attractions in Germany. In fact, most people would agree that Christmas is a great time visit Germany. One of the most popular Christmas traditions in Germany is the traditional Christmas Market, which you’ll find just about in every German town during the holiday season.
Marienplatz in the city center is probably the most popular place all over Munich. It’s the Old Town Hall (Alte Rathhaus) on the east side of the square which was constructed during the late 15th century by Jorg von Halspack and was Munich’s Town Hall until 1874. The gateways were added in late 19th century to serve the traffic flow. The structure was said to be dismantle during the World War II but was later reconstructed in the original style again, probably that’s why it looks newer than the new one.
46. Englischer Garten
Englischer Garten is come to you as a good surprise and delight to find the English Garden in Munich. The English Garden (Englischer Garten), not only is enormous in size but is a source for many activities from sightseeing, relaxing, picnicking, paddle boating and surfing. The park is one of the largest parks in Europe and is bigger than Central Park in New York City. Here you will also find some of the fascinating monuments spread throughout the park. Montepteros appears as a Greek Temple in a small rise in the park. A large artificial lake is one of the most popular tourist attractions.
47. Postsdamer Platz
During the 1900s Postsdamer Platz was one of the busiest squares in the entire Europe and when the Berlin Wall was constructed it became a platform that permitted Westerners to look over the wall and into the eastern part of the city. Recently restoration and renovation have created a wonderful new, vibrant area, full of shops, bars, cafés, restaurants and many other venues for entertainment. It is said to be rapidly becoming the heart of the city. Sony and Daimler Benz developed this area with three skyscrapers, countless stores, and many premiere cinemas. Presently Potsdamer Platz is well known as the location of the Berlin’s stars, not only during film festivals.
48. Judisches Museum
The Jüdisches Museum is one of the popular museums which can be used to explore the Berlin’s Jewish History. It is famous for presenting the story of Berlin’s Jewish population through the architecture of this museum. The most striking part of the museum was designed by controversial Jewish architect Daniel Libeskind. The shape of this part is based on an exploding Star of David, with its interior spaces disappearing into angles, so the museum experience is more about the effects of the space than the documents and artifacts. It was constructed in the late 19th century and survived World War II, and its golden dome stands out from far away.
49. Statue of Frederick the Great
The statue o Fredrick the great is also known as ‘Alte Fritz’, this statue is one the favorite place for tourists. Although Berlin offers quite a number of statues, but the Statue of Frederick the Great is among the grandest in the city. It is said by almost all the historians that it took almost 70 years, 40 artists, and 100 designs to determine the final plan for the equestrian statue of the much-revered Frederick the Great, who reigned as King of Prussia from 1740 until 1786. The Height of the statue is 13.5 meter high (44ft) statue sits on the Unter den Linden between The State Library and Humboldt University.
50. Europa Center
Europa Center was once upon a time called as the crown jewel of West Berlin’s retail establishments. It is now famous as a reminder of post-war 1960s West-Germany. You will find some marvelous newer malls have sprung up in the city since Europa Center was built; locals still have a soft spot for this Berlin first. Still home to dozens of shops, restaurants, clubs, and cinemas and still it is a favorite of hundred of tourists who still love to stop here to do a little souvenir shopping and to grab a pint at the Irish pub, located in the basement.