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BER­LIN 1. Story of Ber­lin

This mu­seum’s en­gag­ing mul­ti­me­dia trip through the city’s his­tory cul­mi­nates with a tour of a Cold War nu­clear bomb shel­ter. Kur­fürs­ten­damm 207-208 +49 30 8872 0100

2. Tem­pel­hof Park

Tem­pel­hof Air­port, site of the first Lufthansa flight and the Ber­lin Air­lift, closed in 2008. It’s now open as a beloved city park. En­trances on Columbi­adamm, Oder­strasse, Tem­pel­hofer Damm

3. Rem­brandt Col­lec­tion

The 16 Rem­brandt works at the Gemälde­ga­lerie form one of the world’s largest, most ex­quis­ite col­lec­tions by this Dutch mas­ter. Matthäikirch­platz +49 30 266 424 242

4. Ra­mones Mu­seum

Avid Ra­mones fan Flo Hayler shares his col­lec­tion of mem­o­ra­bilia in this cool east Ber­lin shrine to the punk-rock pi­o­neers. Kraus­nick­strasse 23 +49 30 7552 8890

FRANK­FURT 5. Long Is­land Sum­mer Lounge

Re­lax­ing by day and edgy at night, this beach bar atop an ur­ban park­ing garage is a re­fresh­ing an­ti­dote for what ails you. Park House Ex­change, Deck 7 +49 151 6150 9889

6. Festhalle

What do Mi­ley Cyrus, Peter Gabriel and OneRepub­lic have in

com­mon? All have played this im­pres­sive neo­baroque-style ex­hi­bi­tion hall, which dates to 1909. Lud­wig-Erhard-An­lage 1 +49 69 1340 400

7. English The­atre

De­light in a mem­o­rable per­for­mance at this gem of a venue in the city cen­ter. Seat­ing 300, it’s the largest English-lan­guage the­ater in con­ti­nen­tal Europe. Gal­lu­san­lage 7 +49 69 2423 1620

MU­NICH 8. Bavaria Film­stadt

The fa­mous film stu­dio where The Nev­erend­ing Story, the orig­i­nal Willy Wonka and the Choco­late Fac­tory, Das Boot and many other movies were made of­fers tours and a 4-D the­ater. Bavari­afilm­platz 7 +49 089 6499 2000

9. Eis­bach River Surf­ing

On the Eis­bach’s canal next to the Haus der Kunst, look for the spot just off the road where peo­ple surf year-round — in Mu­nich. Prinzre­gen­ten­strasse +49 089 2339 6500

10. Kartof­fel­mu­seum

The Potato Mu­seum fol­lows the starchy veg­etable and its var­i­ous uses through­out his­tory, with spe­cial em­pha­sis on its ties to Mu­nich. The mu­seum is free and wor­thy of an hour of your time. Grafin­ger­strasse 2 +49 089 404050

PHILIP KOSCHEL, VISITBERLIN

Sun­flow­ers, rather than jets, aim sky­ward at Tem­pel­hof.

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