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The landscapes of Germany are at once charming, bewitching, and staggeringly pretty: alpine peaks, mysterious forests, white Rococo churches, villages lined with timbered houses, and castles that seem almost too majestic to be real. From the mountains to the cities, and everywhere in between, here are some of the most beautiful sites in Germany.
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Rakotzbrücke (Rakotz Bridge), Gablenz, Saxony
Hidden in Kromlau's Rhododendron Park, Rakotzbrücke is a 19th-century bridge that creates a perfect stone circle when reflected in the waters below it. Rakotzbrücke is often referred to as "Devil's Bridge," since the structure seems so impossible that it must have been built by, well, the devil.
Wiblingen Abbey, Ulm, Baden-Württemberg
This former Benedictine abbey, founded in 1093, is best known for its exquisite Rococo library, with statues, columns, and sweeping ceiling fresco.
Lake Königssee, Berchtesgadener Land, Bavaria
In the Berchtesgaden Alps near the Austrian border (about 18 miles south of Salzburg), Königssee is an alpine lake with crystal-clear water, quiet boat rides, and charming St. Bartholomä church with its (very German) adjacent beer garden.
The threat for damaging thunderstorms will shift into the southeastern United States as the weekend kicks off.
Three people were injured after severe weather tore from Indiana to Kentucky and Tennessee to end the week.
A new round of severe weather is threatening lives from Ohio through Tennessee and will continue into Saturday morning.
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A town in Iowa was severely damaged by a tornado on Thursday, while strong storms led to a tour boat disaster in Missouri that killed 17.
A boat carrying 31 people capsized on a lake near Branson, Missouri, as thunderstorms moved through the area on Thursday evening.
The risk of severe thunderstorms, including isolated tornadoes, will progress farther to the east and south over the central United States into Friday night.