Politicians, diplomats, and journalists come to Bonn, but that doesn't mean that tourists would want to. Discriminating travelers are advised to seek out destinations largely undiscovered by American tourists, such as:
Hamburg: The low buildings and soft-green copper roofs of this port city are best seen from tour boats on the huge downtown lake called the Alster. Other distinctive sights: the ornate city hall; Blankenese, the former sea captains' village; and the Northern Baroque styling of St. Michael's church - especially during noontime organ concerts.
Sylt: A favorite summer vacation spot for Germans. This North Sea island is known for its long beaches and thatched-roof guest houses.
L"ubeck: This red-bricked city is the home of marzipan candy and the writer Thomas Mann.
Take advantage of these historic times by visiting East Germany, too:
Eisenach: This valley town on the southwestern border of East Germany was once home to J.S. Bach and Martin Luther. A winding road leads up to Wartburg castle on a mountain above the town. Luther translated the Bible into German there in 1522.
Weimar: The ``mother lode'' for Germanophiles. Historic sites ranging from the house of the poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe to the Bauhaus architecture of Walter Gropius.
Potsdam: Ride over the infamous Glienicker spy bridge to this former affluent suburb of Berlin. There's plenty to see: the Prussian palace of Sans Souci and the villa Cecilienhof - site of the 1945 Potsdam Conference.