This historic riverside city has served many masters in its history, as have many ports on the Baltic Sea. Originally the seat of Pomeranian royalty, it has been a Danish, Swedish, Prussian and German, before becoming a part of Poland. Being at the mouth of the Oder River and close to Berlin, it still serves as an important port for Germany’s capital. Although there are some interesting sights in the town, for most visitors the aim is to reach Berlin. One of Europe’s most dynamic and fascinating cities, Berlin is a center of European culture both historic and dazzlingly modern. Its museums are numerous, and justly renowned around the world. The Pergamon Museum, with its magnificent temple facades and antiquities, is a good place to start. Other sites that may attract your attention are the mighty Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Wall Monument, Checkpoint Charlie, the Reichstag and the recent and very moving Monument to the Murdered Jews of Europe.