Top 10 Fairytale Towns in Germany

Top 10 Fairytale Towns in Germany

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There’s no place like Germany when it comes to half-timbered homes, medieval castles, sweeping alpine vistas, and all the other makings of a fairytale backdrop for your vacation. My personal favorite time to visit is during the winter: sprinkle a little snow over everything and drop in a few Christmas markets and you won’t believe you’re still in the modern age. But at any time of year, these ten prettiest towns in Germany are sure to delight your eyes:

1. Rothenburg ob der Tauber

All right, let’s start the list with Rothenburg, because I think we can all agree, this is one of the most charming towns on the planet! This pretty town is located within an easy drive of Munich, Nuremberg, and Stuttgart—but trust me, you’ll want to spend at least a day wandering around the cobblestone streets of the well-preserved medieval town. You can see the whole Altstadt (old town) from the top of the Town Hall Tower, which I recommend doing early in the morning, before the crowds really set in. Then, spend the rest of the day getting lost down the countless alleyways!

Why go there?

Not only is Rothenburg well-connected to other southern German cities, but it has some of the best-preserved medieval architecture in the whole country. The 14th-century walls are still intact (although they did suffer some damage during WWII), and you can even take a walking tour of them. Plus, there’s the historic Marktplatz(market square), the Medieval Crime and Punishment Museum, and plenty of other attractions that should more than keep you busy! Definitely don’t miss St. Jakob’s Church with its 500-year-old carved wooden altarpiece—one of the finest examples of craftsmanship in Germany.

Where to go: Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

2. Dinkelsbuhl

One thing to note about Rothenburg is that it gets a crazy number of tourists every year, especially during the summer months and December, when tourism is at its peak across Germany. But nearby Dinkelsbuhl has all the charm of Rothenburg without all the people elbowing you out of the way to take that perfect picture! The town has an interesting history as it was accepting of both Protestants and Catholics during the Reformation—and it’s just a quaint little place with half-timbered buildings and window boxes galore!

Why go there?

Again, despite being one of the major stops along the Romantic Road, Dinkelsbuhl is far less crowded than Rothenburg. What this translates to is, you’re able to get prime people-watching seats at a street-side café. There’s no better way to experience German culture than watching everyday life happen before your eyes as you sip an afternoon coffee and enjoy a pastry or two. The town also features a number of different architectural styles, including Gothic (St. George’s Minster), late Roman (St. Paul’s), Rococo (the chapel in the Castle of the Teutonic Order), and more—so definitely get your camera ready to snap some shots!

Where to go: Dinkelsbühl, Germany

Dinkelsbuhl, Germany

3. Lubeck

Let’s jump up to the northern part of the country and talk about another medieval city: Lubeck. This city has one of the most extensive Altstadt, or old town, areas of any northern German city. Today, it’s still guarded by its iconic 15th-century red brick gate, and you’ll find plenty to love from the medieval city-center to the bustling Baltic Sea port areas.

Why go there?

There are six churches in Lubeck’s medieval quarter, and inside you’ll find some impressive examples of northern German ecclesiastical art. You’ll also want to check out the two city gates that have survived into the modern era, plus the old Rathaus, or town hall. But what I especially love about Lubeck is that it’s right there by the sea—don’t forget to view the ships at the Museumshafen or take a boat ride around the city! And you definitely need to try some of the marzipan that the city is famous for.

Where to go: Lübeck, Germany

Lubeck, Germany

4. Meissen

Meissen is one of the oldest towns in Saxony, so you definitely shouldn’t leave it off your itinerary! On first glance, the town actually looks a lot like Prague, thanks to its red roofs with the castle and cathedral set up on top of the town. But the culture of the town is uniquely German. What the town is really known for is its porcelain, which started being produced in the town in the early 16th century and which is still in production today.

Why go there?

Albrechtsburg, Meissen’s castle, dates to the 15th century and is considered to be Germany’s oldest castle. The Gothic architecture of the castle is very unique and well-worth a look. Next to the castle, you can also check out the Gothic cathedral—which frequently hosts classical music concerts! But the main attraction is the Meissen Porcelain Museum, which will tell you all about the town’s history as well as allow you to attend hands-on demonstrations. You can also browse shop after shop selling all sorts of different porcelain wares—so you should have no problem finding souvenirs for everyone on your list!

Where to go: Meissen, Germany

Meissen, Germany

5. Lindau

This town is located in the south of Germany, right on the border between Germany and Austria and right on the picturesque shores of Lake Constance (German: Bodensee). Pretty much anywhere you walk along the water, you can look out and see the Alps off in the distance—at least, you can if your eyes aren’t glued to the half-timbered houses and historical buildings of Lindau itself!

Why go there?

Lindau is a popular summertime resort, and with good reason! The lake stays pretty cool year-round, but that makes for a refreshing swim on those hot days. You’ll also have the chance to take boat trips on the lake, go hiking (I recommend heading to Bregenz and hiking up until you get a view of the lake), rent bikes, and otherwise participate in a plethora of outdoors activities. And oh yeah, did I mention that the town itself is incredibly beautiful? Your camera is going to be working overtime here for sure.

Where to go: Lindau, Germany

Lindau, Germany

6. Triberg

You can’t go to Germany and not visit the Black Forest! And although it might seem like there’s not much to do in a town as small as Triberg, you’re in for a surprise! Not only is the town itself charming, but it’s also a great place to learn about the history of the Black Forest area as well as to indulge in some outdoors activities (and some of the famous Black Forest cake—heaven in dark chocolate and cherry form!).

Why go there?

Soak in the cute town first, and then head over to Triberg’s Schwarzwaldmuseum, or Black Forest Museum. The place has a ton of artifacts, including many of the famous Black Forest cuckoo clocks that the region is known for. (Once you’ve finished there, head over to the House of 1000 Clocks where you can browse through different types of clocks—and buy traditional cuckoo clocks at a great price!) But also not to be missed is the quaint main street of town, and the nearby Triberger Waterfall, Germany’s tallest waterfall, which stands at an impressive 535 feet. There are a few different hiking trails in the area that will take you straight there.

Where to go: Triberg, Germany

Triberger, Germany

7. Worms

Although you might be a bit put off by the name of the town, Worms (pronounced vorms) is one of the oldest cities in Germany. It’s located right along the River Rhine, which is about as romantic as it gets, although it may not have the half-timbered houses of some of the other entries on this list. In fact, the town is famous as the setting of many medieval legends, including the Nibelungenlied about the hero Siegfried—so in my books, it definitely ranks amongst the top fairytale towns in the country!

Why go there?

Worms has been a religious city for many centuries. It’s 12th-century cathedral can be seen from all over the city—but the city is also home to the oldest Jewish cemetery in Europe. You also can’t miss the Nibelungen Bridge and tower. But the smaller attractions are where the real charm is at. Pay a visit to the Liebfrauen Church, which is set amongst sprawling vineyards producing the delicious Liebfrauenmilch. Take a stroll along the Rhine or through the park surrounding Schloss Herrnsheim. You’re sure to find the fairytale beauty in every turn.

Where to go: Worms, Germany

Cathedral of Worms, Germany

8. Ramsau

You’ve undoubtedly seen pictures of St. Sebastian’s Church, located in Ramsau—they’re frequently on the covers of German guidebooks and brochures. And you’ve probably also seen pictures of the nearby Hintersee Lake. Or perhaps you’ve seen pictures of the fall festival, Almabtrieb, when the cows are brought down from the summer pastures for the cold winter. If you’re looking for a quaint, alpine village to spend your days in, look no further than Ramsau.

Why go there?

Although Ramsau is home to only about 3000 people, there are tons of things for you to do in the area. Whether you like hiking, skiing, swimming, star-gazing, or just relaxing and feasting on German food and drink, Ramsau is the place for you. And oh yeah, that church looks beautiful and straight out of a fairytale no matter what time of year it is.

Where to go: Ramsau bei Berchtesgaden, Germany

Ramsau, Germany

9. Bamberg

Bamberg became a UNESCO Heritage City in the early ’90s, and it’s easy to see why, given the medieval architecture that’s present in the old town. The city is spread over seven different hills, and it’s known for its arched bridges and the old Rathaus, which is perched on one of these arched bridges over the river. You’ll find many different styles of architecture here, from medieval and half-timbered to baroque to modern.

Why go there?

One of the main sights to see in Bamberg is its unique Rathaus, but you’ll also find similar fairytale-style buildings in the Alte Hofhaltung (Old Court), which was once home to the bishop. Speaking of bishops, don’t miss the 11th-century cathedral. And if all the architecture isn’t doing it for you, Bamberg is well-known for its numerous breweries, including the 15th-century Schlenkerla brewery, which make a type of smoked beer that isn’t made anywhere else in the world. Grab a tankard…er, glass…and some wurst you might feel like a knight from olden days!

Where to go: Bamberg, Germany

Bamberg, Germany

10. Bad Mergentheim

Bad Mergentheim is another pretty town where you’ll find quaint, cobblestoned streets and lovely half-timbered buildings. Also, as with all German towns that have ‘bad’ in the name, Bad Mergentheim is a spa town—and its waters have supposedly been curing people of various ailments for many centuries. I think everything about this town, from the history to the architecture, is absolutely lovely—and best of all, it’s a bit off the main tourist track!

Why go there?

Of all the towns on this list, I think Bad Mergentheim’s market square, with its colorful half-timbered buildings, is the prettiest—and not least of which because it isn’t crowded with tourists everywhere you look! And if your vision of fairytale includes knights in shining armor rescuing damsels in distress, you have to pay a visit to the Deutschordensschloss, or the castle that served as the medieval home for the Teutonic Knights once upon a time. There’s a museum inside the castle

Where to go: Bad Mergentheim, Germany

Bad Mergentheim, Germany

Of course, this is only a small selection of the fairytale towns that you’ll find scattered across Germany. Have you visited others? What were your favorites and why? Tell us about them in the comments below!

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10 Top Tourist Attractions in Lubeck

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The northern Germany town of Lübeck has a rich history. It was once the most important city in the Hanseatic League when it was known as ‘Queen of the Hanse.” It was then, and is now, an important port on the Baltic Sea. Lübeck was so great that in 1375 Emperor Charles IV compared it to Venice, Rome, Pisa and Florence, which he referred to as the “glories of Europe.” The city has a fascinating historic center just begging to be explored on foot. Some of the historic center was destroyed by World War II bombs, but enough tourist attractions in Lübeck remain to give visitors a hint of the city’s former greatness.

10. Burgtor

Burgtor

 

Burgtor is the northern city gate in Lubeck. Built in 1444, it is one of two remaining from the four towered gates that were built in medieval times. It takes its name from the castle that stands across the Trave River. Located in old Lübeck, the castle gate has buildings constructed on top and around it. A Romanesque tower was added to the Late Gothic gate. This medieval gate is quite impressing, though the paved streets carrying automobiles somehow seems incongruous to its historic past. A plaque on the gate walls commemorates Napoleon entering the city in 1806.

9. Passat

Passat

 

This tall sailing ship was built in 1911 in Hamburg and sailed between South America and Europe. Although she no longer carries heavy freight across the world’s seas, this elegant sailing ship reminds visitors of the time when the Passat defied high waves under full sail and has become the maritime symbol of the Baltic resort of Travemünde. It is now a well-established meeting place and contains a museum and a youth hostel.

8. Buddenbrookhaus

Buddenbrookhaus

 

Buddenbrookhaus is an elegant townhouse at Mengstrasse 4 in Lubeck. Built in 1758, it was the boyhood home of writers Thomas and Heinrich Mann. Located across from St. Mary’s Church, the house was almost totally destroyed during World War II bombing; only the façade remained standing. The house was not rebuilt as it once was, but the façade was left and a museum honoring Thomas Mann was built behind it. The house was a setting for the family saga Mann wrote about in his book Buddenbrookhaus. This museum is a must-see for Mann’s fans.

7. Lubeck Cathedral

Lubeck Cathedral

 

Lubeck Cathedral dates back to the 12th century when Henry the Lion had the Romanesque structure built for the bishop of Lübeck. The imposing structure is one of the oldest monuments in Lübeck. The Lutheran cathedral was partly destroyed during an air raid in World War II. An altar dating back to 1696 and a priceless organ were destroyed, though a large crucifix and many medieval polyptychs were saved and can be seen today. Reconstruction of the church ended in 1982. Restoration efforts included adding an elevator to take visitors to the top of the bell tower.

6. Lubecker Rathaus

Lubecker Rathaus

 

Lübecker Rathaus is one of the most spectacular and important town halls in Germany. It is particularly splendiferous when lit up at night. The town hall started out in 1230 as three gabled houses built on the market place. It expanded over the years until it was large enough to hold Hanseatic meetings. The interior of the town hall can be visited on daily guided tours. Once inside, visitors should note the different heights of the courtroom doors. Persons found innocent of crimes left by the higher door, while criminals left the courtroom via the shorter door.

5. Heiligen-Geist-Hospital

Heiligen-Geist-Hospital

 

From the outside, Heiligen-Geist-Hospital doesn’t look much like a hospital with its pointed roofs and spires reaching into the sky. But, the Holy Spirit Hospital has been caring for the sick and aged since the 13th century. Parts of it are still in use as a hospital today. Today‘s visitors rave about the beautiful chapel and original frescoes; they say the church-like building is one of the must-see attractions in Lübeck. The city’s Christmas market is held here every year, giving shoppers the chance to see cubicles where retirees lived. Located in the old town, the hospital also hosts a November crafts fair featuring items made by senior citizens.

4. Marienkirche

Marienkirche

 

Marienkirche (St. Mary’s Church) dominates the Lübeck skyline with towers reaching more than 120 meters (400 feet) toward the sky. Built more than 700 years ago, this Brick Gothic church was the model for many other churches in the Baltic region. Located in the old Hanseatic merchants quarter, Marienkirche is the most important church in Lübeck. With the tallest brick vault in the world, the church resonates with music, from organs to 11 historic bells to the Lübeck boys choir, famous for singing St. John Passion on Good Friday. The church and many important pieces of art were destroyed in the 1942 air raid. Many paintings, however, were saved and can be seen in the reconstructed church.

3. St. Petri zu Lubeck

St. Petri zu Lubeck

 

The St. Petri is the place to go to see great views of Lübeck. Heavily damaged by World War II bombing, restoration work on this 12th century church is still underway, mainly on the interior now. Reconstruction efforts include an elevator to whisk visitors to the top for impressive 360-degree views of this medieval city; the best time to make the trip is sunset. Regular church services are not held yet but this stately church is used as a venue for cultural and art events.

2. Travemunde

Travemunde

 

Travemünde is an old seaside resort at the mouth of the Trave River that ends in Lubeck Bay on the Baltic Sea. Founded in 1187, this picturesque sleepy section of Lübeck was once important in the Hanseatic League and is also a port where visitors can catch ferries to Scandinavia and other Baltic states. The community has less than 15,000 permanent residents, with thousands of tourists flocking to the area on weekends. The sandy beach is its most popular attraction. The old town, with its nautical-named streets, is worth exploring on foot. Travemunde was the setting for many scenes in Nobel laureate Thomas Mann’s novel, Buddenbrooks.

1. Holstentor

#1 of Tourist Attractions In Lubeck

 

The Holstentor is one of the two remaining city gates of the city of Lübeck. Built between 1464 and 1478, it is regarded as a symbol of Lübeck due to its two captivating round towers and arched entrance. Oddly enough, in 1863 it was decided by a majority of just one vote not to demolish the gate but to instead extensively restore it. The gate was in very bad condition, since every year it had sunk a few centimeters further into the ground. The Holsten Gate was thoroughly restored and the movement was halted. Today, the museum inside sheds light on the history of the gate and on Lübeck’s medieval mercantile glory days.

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10 Things Not to Miss in Berlin

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As the vibrant capital of Germany, Berlin is a draw for visitors from around the world. Filled with historic landmarks, incredible architecture and world-class cultural attractions, both old and new aspects of this city are definitely worth exploring. There’s a creative energy and a certain swagger here that gives trendsetting Berlin a distinctive edge, yet its complicated past is never far from the surface. It’s a big metropolis, but its key areas are relatively easy to navigate. If you are planning a trip, here are 10 things not to miss in Berlin.

1. Museum Island

No visit to Berlin is complete without visiting Museum Island. This cultural center in the river Spree is revered for its scenic beauty as well as its ensemble of impressive art, sculpture and archeological venues. This includes the Old Museum, the National Gallery, the Pergamon, the Bode Museum, the Old National Gallery and the New Museum. There is so much to see and so many galleries to explore that you may want to include a couple visits to Museum Island during your holiday in Berlin.

not to miss in Berlin

2. Brandenburg Gate

As one of the city’s most important landmarks, Brandenburg Gate is on every visitor’s must-see list. Constructed in 1791, the triumphant Neo-classical structure has become a symbol of Berlin. Even if you only visit briefly to snap a few photographs, you’ll enjoy the visual experience. With its famed four-horse chariot, the monument is impressive. It was situated next to the Berlin Wall back when the city was divided and was essentially inaccessible to the West for years. However, it has since been restored to its former glory and now proudly stands for peace and unity.

not to miss in Berlin

3. Tiergarten

With its English-style landscapes, Tiergarten is one of the largest and most celebrated parks in Germany and one of the things not to miss in Berlin. The inner-city park was once devoted to the king’s hunting grounds, but today it draws people who simply want to enjoy a large green space for picnics, sunbathing or recreation. The pretty park is also strewn with important memorials and landmarks, which makes it an interesting place to explore.

not to miss in Berlin

4. Holocaust Memorial

Few people will visit Berlin without remembering Germany’s role in WWII. Opened 60 years after the end of the war, The Holocaust Memorial reflects this dark time in the city’s past and pays homage to the victims of the Nazis. Located near the Brandenburg Gate, the memorial is massive with its 2711 large monoliths arranged in waves. The names of all known Jewish Holocaust victims are listed in the underground Palace of Information, and this haunting memorial serves as a lasting reminder.

not to miss in Berlin

5. Charlottenburg Palace

Synonymous with German royalty, Charlottenburg Palace was Berlin’s largest royal estate. Exploring the palace and its sumptuous gardens makes for an exciting day trip. It was constructed during the 17th century, and the palace is filled with crown jewels and illustrious collections of ceramics, antiques and more. The palace gardens are enchanting, but its most beloved attraction is the teahouse that also features a stunning collection of porcelain.

not to miss in Berlin

6. Gendarmenmarkt

As one of the city’s largest squares, Gendarmenmarkt is a popular meeting place known for its assorted landmarks and attractions. When visiting the square, check out the Berlin Cathedral, French Cathedral and the Konzerthaus, one of the city’s most revered theaters. If you visit in December, be sure to include this square’s famed Christmas Market on your tour.

not to miss in Berlin

7. Zoo Berlin

Popular with Berliners and tourists alike, the Berlin Zoological Gardens is home to more than 15,000 animals. Founded in 1844, the zoo needed to be entirely rebuilt after WWII. Today, the zoo and its gardens also feature a world-class aquarium and a massive aviary, one of the largest in Europe. Animal lovers of all ages should add this to their sightseeing itinerary when in Berlin.

not to miss in Berlin

8. Nikolai Quarter

Encompassing the old center of the city, the Nikolai Quarter is the oldest residential area of Berlin. It is home to a number of historic buildings like St. Nicholas’ Church, Ephraim Palace and various museums. Spending a day wandering the medieval lanes in this part of the city will give you an atmospheric glimpse into Berlin’s past. With lots of bars and restaurants, this is a great neighborhood to enjoy an authentic German meal and experience some of Berlin’s celebrated nightlife.

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9. Berlin Wall Memorial

The Berlin Wall physically divided the city from 1961 to 1989. Visiting the open-air exhibition about the wall and its infamous Checkpoint Charlie crossing station will enhance your understanding of Berlin’s 20th century history. During the East German period of Communism, many families were separated and could not visit one another. The wall epitomizes this historic divide and what it represented for the people of Berlin and Germany at large.

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10. Unter den Linden

As Berlin’s most famous street, the avenue of linden trees is easily one of the best-loved boulevards in Europe. Many locals come to meet up with family and friends along this pedestrian-friendly stretch, once the hub of Berlin’s cabaret culture. Tourists also flock here, but you’ll find that it’s always pleasant to amble around here, even on a crowded day. This revitalized mall is once again the historic heart of the city. With its nearby cafes, statues, embassies, landmarks and parks, the scenic avenue is the perfect place to stroll with a cup of coffee as you take in the sights. It is the route to many of the city’s main attractions, and definitely one of the things not to miss in Berlin.

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25 Top Tourist Attractions in Germany

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Though it remains far less well known or understood by foreigners than some other European countries, since reunification Germany has gained a higher profile as a travel destination. The most popular destination is Berlin, one of the most fascinating capitals in Europe. Many of Germany’s other major cities have proud histories as independent city states or as capitals of kingdoms in their own right. But the tourist attractions in Germany are by no means limited to the cities and many other great attractions can be found in every part of the country.

25. Volkerschlachtdenkmal (Leipzig) 

Volkerschlachtdenkmal

 

Leipzig is a major city in Saxony, and it is also home to one of the largest monument in Europe. The Volkerschlachtdenkmal, or Monument of the Battle of the Nations, was built to remember the Battle of Leipzig in the Napoleonic Wars. During the battle, more than 100,000 soldiers perished. Although the battle took place in 1813, the monument wasn’t unveiled until 1913. Today, the monument is accompanied by a museum exhibit explaining more about the battle and the Napoleonic wars of the 19th century.
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24. Old Town Hall (Bamberg)

Old Town Hall

 

Bamberg is a historic city in Bavaria, and it is home to a number of fascinating architectural landmarks. None is so interesting or important as the Old Town Hall, or the Altes Rathaus. Legend says that the city’s bishop wouldn’t allow the residents to build a town hall on existing land, so they decide to construct the building in an unexpected spot. The Altes Rathaus is perched on the middle of a bridge spanning the Regnitz River, and the interior is decorated with remarkable frescoes.
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23. Harz Mountains

Harz Mountains

 

One of the highest mountain ranges in Germany is the Harz Range, a region populated by picturesque, traditional homes, snow-covered peaks and peaceful rivers. The Grimm Brothers, who famously wrote many of the world’s most popular fairy tales, based some of their stories in the Harz Mountains. With a limited number of tourists, the Harz Mountains are slightly off the beaten track, offering activities like hiking to the summit of Brocken, the tallest peak, or riding an authentic steam train through the mountains and valleys.

22. Aachen Cathedral

Aachen Cathedral

 

Located near the border with Belgium and the Netherlands, the Aachen Cathedral is the oldest cathedral in northern Europe. Construction on the cathedral began in the eighth century, and the design is a combination of Carolingian and Gothic styles. The cathedral was built by the king Charlemagne, and countless coronations were held there in centuries past. Visiting today, some of the most fascinating things to see are the incredible bronze Wolf Doors from the ninth century and the golden mosaics in the Palatine Chapel.

21. Sylt 

Sylt

 

Off the northernmost coast of Germany are the North Frisian Islands. Sylt is one of the most popular islands, although its northern location means it is not as accessible for travelers as other German tourist attractions. Sylt boasts endless beaches, not to mention gorgeous sand dunes and traditional lighthouses. A short walk from thatched roof cottages and open fields, you can make a splash at the beach and stay in a contemporary hotel suite. It is also popular to rent bicycles and tour the island that way.
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20. Quedlinburg

Quedlinburg

 

North of the Harz Mountains National Park is the charming, picturesque town of Quedlinburg. As visitors walk along the cobblestone streets, they will have the opportunity to view over 1,000 half-timbered houses. Since the town suffered minimal damage during the World Wars, it is one of the few destinations in Germany that retain its quaint, historic style. In addition to traditional residences, Quedlinburg is home to a German Romanesque cathedral known as the Dom and a variety of museums exploring local architecture, history and art.
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19. Saxon Switzerland National Park

Saxon Switzerland National Park

 

Not far from the city of Dresden is the Saxon Switzerland National Park, a sprawling park near the scenic Elbe Sandstone Mountains. The park crosses over into the Czech Republic, but the Czech side is known as the Bohemian Switzerland National Park. Saxon Switzerland National Park is home to the Elbe River as well as stunning rock formations, deep valleys and miles of hiking trails. Mountain biking and rock climbing are also popular pastimes within the national park.

18. Schwerin Castle

Schwerin Castle

 

Schwerin Castle in the city of Schwerin is one of the most significant attractions in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The castle is situated on an island in the middle of the Schweriner See, adding to its unusual appeal. Built in the 14th century, Schwerin Castle is now a seat of government, and it is open for guided and self-guided tours. The castle is said to be haunted by the ghost of a creature called Petermännchen, and these legends bring in a number of curious visitors each year.

17. Rugen Cliffs

Rugen Cliffs

 

The Rügen Cliffs are located in the Jasmund National Park in the northeast of Rügen island. Facing constant erosion the chalk cliffs tower high above the Baltic Sea. The 118 meter (387 feet) high Königsstuhl (king’s chair) is the most majestic part of the cliffs. The undisturbed forests behind the cliffs are also part of the national park.

16. Berchtesgaden

Berchtesgaden

 

In Southern Bavaria, right up to the Austrian border, is the small mountain town of Berchtesgaden. Despite its size, Berchtesgaden played a significant role in the shaping of German history. Known throughout history for its salt mines, Berchtesgaden is now better known for being the summer retreat of Adolf Hitler. Most visitors come to see the Kehlsteinhaus, or Eagle’s Nest, at the top of Berchtesgaden. Even after the end of World War II, the structure was saved and now operates as a museum.
WHERE TO STAY IN BERCHTESGADEN?

 

15. Reichstag (Berlin)

Reichstag

 

The capital city of Berlin is filled with historic buildings, but one of the most important is the Reichstag. Although originally dating back to the 19th century, the Reichstag got a major renovation in the 1990s after being severely damaged in WW2. Following the end of the Cold War, Berlin was chosen as the overall capital, and the Reichstag became the official seat of government in Germany. It now boasts an incredible glass dome that offers views over the city and looks stunning when illuminated at night.

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14. Hohenzollern Castle

Hohenzollern Castle

The neo-Gothic Hohenzollern Castle is perched on a bluff overlooking two small towns at the foothills of the Swabian Alps. Constructed in the 19th century, the castle is the third to stand in the same spot over the last one thousand years. Hohenzollern Castle is situated with sweeping views over the landscape, and it boasts opulent rooms filled with stained glass windows and decorative frescoes. Family jewels and artifacts can be found in the Schatzkammer, or treasury.

13. Zugspitze

Zugspitze

The highest mountain is Germany is the Zugspitze, located above the town of Garmisch. Although the peak is a world-renowned spot for serious skiers, a trip to the top is worthwhile whatever the season. From a lake at the base of the mountain, hop aboard the Zahnradbahn, a cogwheel train that heads partway up the mountain. Then, it’s onward on the cable car called the Eibsee-Seilbahn. At the summit, it is possible to view the landscape of four countries at once.

12. Nuremberg Christmas Market

Nuremberg Christmas Market

 

German Christmas markets are known the world over, and arguably the best of all is found in the Bavarian city of Nuremberg. The annual Christkindlesmarkt is held throughout the Advent season in Nuremberg’s old town, and it has been in place since the 17th century. Visitors should visit after dark, when lights illuminate the vendors selling traditional German handicrafts, Christmas tree ornaments, mulled wine and lebkuchen, a German gingerbread cookie beloved during the holidays.

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11. Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

 

A true storybook village brought to life is Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Straight from the pages of a fairy tale, this Franconian town has a remarkably well preserved medieval center. Overlooking the Tauber River, many of the churches and residences date back to the 15th and 16th centuries. A highlight of the town is the Market Square, which is flanked on one side by the 13th century Town Hall Tower.

10. Black Forest 

Black Forest

The Schwarzwald, or Black Forest, can be found in the southwestern corner of the country. The name comes from the thick tree canopy, and the forest is a mecca for those who love beautiful scenery and outdoor recreation. Hiking, swimming in chilly Alpine lakes and mountain biking are popular pastimes, but the Black Forest also has some urban alternatives. Within the forest are several towns and cities. Baden-Baden is a world-famous spa retreat perfect for relaxation, and Freiburg is a bustling university town with amazing cuisine and nightlife.

9. Romantic Rhine 

Romantic Rhine

 

The Romantic Rhine is the most famous section of the Rhine, running between from Koblenz to Bingen. The river Rhine carves its way here through steep vineyard-covered hills topped with countless castles and ruins. The river has been an important trade route into central Europe since ancient times and a string of small towns has grown up along the banks. Constrained in size, many of these old towns retain a historic feel today.

 

8. Frauenkirche (Dresden)

Frauenkirche

 

Located in Dresden, the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) is a Lutheran church that was completely destroyed during WWII. The church reconstructed 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. In 2009 the church was visited by President Barack Obama.
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7. Lindau 

Lindau

 

The historic city Lindau is located near 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.

 

6. Oktoberfes

Oktoberfest

 

The Oktoberfest in Munich is the largest Volksfest in the world with over 6 million visitors annually. Despite the name, the Oktoberfest starts at the end of September until the first weekend in October. An important part of Bavarian culture, the festival has been held since 1810. Visitors enjoy a wide variety of traditional fare such as Hendl, Schweinebraten, Würstl, Knödel and large quantities of German beer.

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5. Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral

 

Easily the greatest Gothic cathedral in Germany, Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) has been Cologne’s most famous landmark for centuries. Construction of the Cologne Cathedral began in 1248 and took, with interruptions, more than 600 years to complete. It is dedicated to the saints Peter and Mary and is the seat of the Catholic Archbishop of Cologne.

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4. Holstentor (Lübeck) 

Holstentor

 

The Holstentor is one of the two remaining city gates of the city of Lübeck. Built in 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.
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3. Heidelberg Old City 

Heidelberg

 

Located in the Neckar river valley, Heidelberg is one Germany’s most popular tourist destinations. During WWII, the city was almost completely spared by allied bombings which destroyed most of Germany’s larger inner cities. As a result, Heidelberg has retained its baroque charm of narrow streets, picturesque houses and the famous Heidelberg Castle.

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2. Brandenburg Gate (Berlin)

Brandenburg Gate

 

The Brandenburg Gate is the only surviving city gate of Berlin and symbolizes the reunification of East and West Berlin. Built in the 18th century, the Brandenburg Gate is the entry to Unter den Linden, the prominent boulevard of linden trees which once led directly to the palace of the Prussian monarchs. It is regarded as one of the most famous landmarks in Europe.

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1. Neuschwanstein

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The ultimate fairytale castle, Neuschwanstein is situated on a rugged hill near Füssen in southwest Bavaria. It was the inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty castles in the Disneyland parks. The castle was commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria who was declared insane when the castle was almost completed in 1886 and found dead a few days later. Neuschwanstein is the most photographed building in the country and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Germany.

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8 Most Beautiful Castles Near Munich

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As the capital city of Bavaria, Munich is unquestionably one of the most exciting and popular tourism destinations in Germany. It boasts boisterous beer halls, authentic Bavarian cuisine, countless museums and historic cathedrals. Munich is also home to some impressive castle palaces, notably the Baroque Schloss Nymphenburg and the 14th century Residenz. Whether you’re interested in architecture, history or German royalty, you can plan to see some of the other castles near Munich that are definitely worth a visit.

8. Prunn Castle

Prunn Castle

 

If you head 120 km (75 miles) north of Munich, you’ll reach Burg Prunn. Built in the early 13th century, this castle was designed in the late Gothic style. The castle’s design is impressive, but equally impressive is its location. Prunn Castle is situated on an outcrop that overlooks the Altmühl River Valley below. From the castle, you will be treated to spectacular views. One of the best things about touring Prunn Castle is that it still retains its medieval decor. On the ground floor, a large hall remains exactly in the Gothic style of the 13th century. The castle is also from where the Prunner Codex hails, a historic manuscript of a classic German epic.

7. Schloss Herrenchiemsee

Schloss Herrenchiemsee

 

Roughly 90 minutes from Munich is Chiemsee, a beautiful lake. In the middle of that lake is an island where you can find the remarkable Schloss Herrenchiemsee. Built by King Ludwig II in an attempt to replicate the beautiful Palace of Versailles, this castle palace is the epitome of opulence. On a tour of the interior, prepare yourself for state bedchambers dripping in gold decor, world-famous portraits and an unparalleled collection of porcelain. Just like at Versailles, the gardens of Schloss Herrenchiemsee are phenomenal, and you won’t want to leave before taking a stroll through the English and French inspired lawns.

6. Trausnitz Castle

Trausnitz Castle

 

Northeast of Munich in the Bavarian town of Landshut is Trausnitz Castle, a medieval structure dating back to the 13th century. For several hundred years, Trausnitz Castle was the seat of Bavarian monarchy. Several major remodels over the years have given the castle a German Renaissance style, a Florentine influence and even an opulent upgrade in the 19th century. Today, notable areas to explore within Trausnitz include the Knights Hall, which is still used for banquets, the unfinished room known as the White Hall and the Tower Terrace, or Söller, which you can climb for vistas over the town of Landshut below.

5. Nuremberg Castle

Nuremberg Castle

 

The city of Nuremberg is best known for hosting criminal and military trials following the Second World War, but the medieval destination is also home to an incredible castle. Parts of the huge castle date back to the 12th century, and today the Nuremberg Castle dominates the old city center. Visiting the castle means taking a peek into the history of the Holy Roman Empire and the role that the city of Nuremberg played in the Middle Ages. The stunning Romanesque double chapel is a centerpiece of the castle, but you won’t want to miss other parts like the deep well, which was previously the only source of water for the castle.

4. Linderhof Palace

Linderhof Palace

 

About 100 km (60 miles) from Munich, right outside of a town called Oberammergau, is Linderhof Palace. This is yet another of King Ludwig II’s fantastical palaces, and it is one of the few that was completely finished and used by the king. Linderhof Palace was again modeled after the French castles so in vogue in the 19th century, and this structure is no less ornate than others built at the time. The facade is decidedly Baroque, but many of the interior touches are over-the-top Rococo. That means lots of embellishments, heavy textiles and opulent materials. While the palace has much to admire, the gardens are also very stylized and worth an extensive tour.

3. Hohenschwangau Castle

Hohenschwangau Castle

 

If you head southwest from Munich, you’ll eventually reach the border with Austria. Less than one mile before crossing the border you’ll find one of the most beautiful castles near Munich: Hohenschwangau Castle. Since this castle is just opposite the world famous Neuschwanstein, many visitors don’t give it the recognition it deserves. However, Hohenschwangau Castle is definitely worth a visit, especially if you’re already in the area. This 19th century castle was the home of King Ludwig II when he was a child, and it boasts many interesting features. Of note is the exterior Swan Fountain as well as the beautiful salons and ballrooms.

2. Burghausen Castle

Burghausen Castle

 

Head 90 minutes east of Munich, and you’ll find Burghausen Castle right on the border with Austria. Overlooking the Salzach River, this beautiful castle is one of the longest castle complexes in the world. Burghausen Castle was constructed in the 11th century, although the site had been used as far back as the Bronze Age. Self-guided tours of Burghausen Castle offer lots of freedom, so you can explore most of the rooms on your own. Be sure to visit each of the six courtyards, and make time to admire the incredible Gothic art collection in the State Gallery. Ask for directions to the viewing platform on the roof, which provides sweeping views of the river and across the border into Austria.

1. Neuschwanstein Castle 

Neuschwanstein

 

Near Hohenschwangau Castle is Schloss Neuschwanstein, a castle that is perhaps one of the best known tourist attractions in the world. Legend says that Walt Disney used the stunning castle as the inspiration for his own Disney castles. Schloss Neuschwanstein was built in the 19th century thanks to King Ludwig II, who used personal rather than government funds for construction. The design is inspired by the Romanticism movement, and it was a sort of homage to the operas of Wagner. The palace rooms are spectacular and dripping with high-quality features. Some of the most extravagant spaces to admire include the colorful Hall of the Singers and the king’s bedroom.

 

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10 Best Places to Visit in Germany

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Best known for its famous Oktoberfest and World War II history, Germany is also home to some of Europa’s most beautiful scenery, fairytale castles, important historic sites and lively party scenes. Located in the heart of Europe, Germany maintains the continent’s most powerful economy. An overview of the best places to visit in Germany:

10. Leipzig

Leipzig

 

The largest city in Germany’s federal state of Saxony, Leipzig is known for its vibrant arts and culture scene shaped by famous music composers like Bach, Richard Wagner and Felix Mendelssohn. Tourists today can enjoy performances of Bach’s music at the St. Thomas Church where Bach once served as choir leader and is now buried. In addition to historic sites like the Old Town Hall, the city boasts several impressive structures such as the Napoleonic Monument to the Battle of the Nations and Reichsgericht, the former high court of the Reich. One of Europe’s largest town squares, the Augustusplatz, is situated at the central campus Germany’s second-oldest university.

9. Rugen Island

Rugen Island

 

Located in the Baltic Sea, Rugen Island is the largest island in Germany, connected to the mainland by the Rugen Bridge and Rugen Causeway. Charming villas, romantic seaside resorts and beautiful beaches all draw tourists to Rugen Island, but the star attraction is the Jasmund National Park, famous for its unique chalk cliffs rising 528 feet (161 meters) over the sea. Another notable feature of Rugen Island is Cape Arkona, East Germany’s northernmost tip, where tourists can visit an old lighthouse, remnants of a Slavic castle and a picturesque fishing village.

8. Romantic Rhine 

Romantic Rhine

 

Stretching between the cities of Bingen and Bonn, Germany, the Middle Rhine flows through a dramatic geological formation called the Rhine Gorge. This region features a spectacular landscape dotted with some 40 medieval castles, picturesque villages and terraced vineyards. The region’s most famous natural attraction is the Lorelei, the deepest and most narrow section of the Rhine Gorge, which features a large, treacherous rock that caused several boating accidents prior to the 19th century. The best way to experience the Romantic Rhine is by a riverboat cruise.

7. Cologne 

Cologne

 

Situated on the Rhine River in the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Cologne is one of the most popular places to visit in Germany. The city offers a vibrant array of attractions, buzzing nightlife and a stellar arts and culture scene. Cologne also packs impressive landmarks such as the city’s informal symbol, the Cologne Cathedral, a stunning Gothic church. Moreover, the Twelve Romanesque Churches are magnificent examples of medieval architecture.

6. Dresden 

Dresden

 

Before it was severely damaged from World War II bombings, Dresden was known as the Jewel Box because of its lavish collection of stunning art and architecture. After many years, the city has restored much of its former glory. The capital of the federal state of Saxony, Dresden offers a number of historic sites like the stunning Frauenkirche cathedral. The city also boasts many cultural institutions of which the Semper Opera is most widely esteemed.

5. Lubeck 

Lubeck

 

As one of the largest Baltic seaports in Germany, Lübeck is located in the country’s northern-most state, Schleswig-Holstein. Founded in 1143, Lübeck served for several centuries as the capital seat of the Hanseatic League. Although it was the first German city to be bombed and damaged during World War II, Lübeck still retains much of its medieval architecture, making it a popular tourist destination. A walk through the narrow streets of the Altstadt offers views of historic sites like the stunning cathedral, the 12th century Town Hall and the old city gates of which the Holstentor is the most famous.

4. Heidelberg

Heidelberg

 

With historic treasures like the medieval Old Bridge, the Heidelberg Castle, the Church of the Holy Spirit and the Knight St. George House, it is no wonder that Heidelberg is a popular tourist attraction. The city center’s main street, Haupstrasse, is packed with pubs, restaurants, museums, art galleries, shops and markets selling the likes of beer steins, cuckoo clocks and German sausages. Home to Germany’s oldest university, Heidelberg’s long academic history can be retraced along the Philosopher’s Walk, a scenic footpath often walked by many earlier philosophers and professors.

3. Neuschwanstein 

Neuschwanstein

 

The most photographed building in Germany, Neuschwanstein Castle, is also one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations. Nestled among the breathtaking beauty of the Bavarian Alps near the town of Fussen, this fairy-tale castle served as the inspiration behind Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. Constructed in the late 1800s, Neuschwanstein Castle was never built for defense purposes as most castles. Instead, this castle was created as a fanciful retreat King Ludwig II of Bavaria who had a reputation for abiding in daydreams instead of reality.

2. Munich 

Munich

 

Best known as the origin of the world famous Oktoberfest, Munich is one of the best places to visit in Germany with a great culture scene. Munich is home to several sophisticated opera houses and theaters like the National Theatre. The city center is an attractive blend of classic and modern architecture, teeming in historic churches, medieval walls and royal palaces as well as bustling shopping centers and nightlife venues. Munich’s Oktoberfest began in 1810 with a royal wedding celebration. Today, this famous beer festival draws millions of visitors every year to take part in the revelry that involves several gigantic beer tents, delicious Bavarian food and millions of liters of beer.

1. Berlin 

#1 of Best Places To Visit In Germany

 

A federal state and the capital city of Germany, Berlin is widely associated with its World War II history and former division of East and West Germany by the Berlin Wall during the Cold War. Since the fall of the historic wall in 1989, Berlin today is now a vast, unified city diverse in ethnic groups and abundant in sightseeing attractions, culture and nightlife. Many tourists are drawn to Berlin’s famous historic structures, which include the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag. Although most of the Berlin Wall was demolished, there are some portions still standing near Checkpoint Charlie and Reichstag.


10 Top Tourist Attractions in Munich

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 Munich is a glorious city that shrugs off the coldness and sternness of buildings that are so prevalent elsewhere in Germany. Sure, it has a few of these buildings, but in the old city visitors will find attractive historic buildings and monuments. Munich has a good public transportation system (bus and subway) that makes it convenient to move around the city. Munich makes a good base for day trips to outlying areas, such as the Nazi concentration camp at Dachau or scenic Salzburg, but there is plenty to keep visitors in the city too. Here’s a look at the top tourist attractions in Munich:

10. Allianz Arena Stadium

Allianz Arena Stadium

 

Sports fans who’ve ever wondered if football (soccer) is popular in Munich need only visit Allianz Arena Stadium, which seats more than 75,000 spectators who want to see one of the city’s two teams take the field. The stadium replaced the city’s Olympic stadium beginning with the 2005-2006 season. The stadium, which hosted the World Cup finals in 2006, is known for its panels that change colors, depending on which team is playing and the type of match, i.e., local or national, being played.

9. Pinakothek Museums

Pinakothek Museums

 

Pinakothek Museums are actually three museums: Old, New and Modern. The Old Pinakothek is one of the oldest art galleries in the world, and houses an outstanding collection of paintings by Old Masters. The New Pinakothek covers the 19th century, while the newest, the Modern exhibits modern art. They are part of Munich’s art area that is known as Kuntstareal. When it was ordered built in 1826 by King Ludwig I, the Old Pinakothek was the largest museum in the world; its neo-renaissance exterior soon became the model for museums located throughout Europe.

8. Deutsches Museum

Deutsches Museum

 

The Deutsches Museum is a world class science and technology museum that appeals to visitors of all ages, even those who profess not to be interested in such subject matter. Visitors can take free guided tours (conducted only in German though) through the museum’s 50 exhibit areas, view demonstrations on subjects ranging from electricity to musical instruments, and participate in a wide variety of hands-on activities. The museum has a mind-boggling collection of more than 100,000 science- and technology-related objects from the Stone Age to today. The museum is family friendly, with 1,000 activities for kids 3-8 offered in Kids Kingdom.

7. Munich Residenz

Munich Residenz

 

The Munich Residenz was home to Bavarian rulers, the Wittelsbachs, for centuries before it was opened to the public in 1920. Its art collections and various architectural styles became symbols of the royal family’s power. The residence sustained heavy damage in World War II, but has since been restored as much as possible; today, it is considered one of the finest palace museums in Europe. The Wittelsbachs collected fine art and objects for centuries, so visitors will be able to see outstanding collections of porcelain, paintings, silver objects, rare furniture, chandeliers and sculptures.

6. BMW Welt & Museum

BMW is known for its fast cars and motorcycles; what better place to learn more about them than BMW Welt and the BMW museum. BMW Welt is a place to see and gain knowledge of the company’s latest product offerings. BMW Welt also sells auxiliary accessories and parts for their vehicles, and hosts exhibitions of their latest models. It’s located near Olympic Park; park ticket holders can get a discount on BMW Welt admission. The nearby BMW Museum has exhibits tracing the history of these famous two- and four-wheeled vehicles. Many old cars and motorcycles are on display along a spiral ramp that curls along the inside of the bowl-shaped building.

5. Nymphenburg Palace

Nymphenburg Palace

 

The Nymphenburg Palace celebrates the birth of an heir to the Bavarian throne, ordered built by the parents of Maximillian II Emanuel in 1664. The palace served as the summer residence of Bavarian rulers. When he inherited the throne, Max Emanuel significantly enlarged the palace. Today this baroque palace is one of Munich’s more popular tourist attractions, even though sections are closed to the public since it also serves as the home for the current Duke of Bavaria. Original baroque ceilings, some with frescoes, survive to this day, as do King Ludwig I’s Galleries of Beauties that portray 36 beautiful Munich women.

4. Munich Frauenkirche

Munich Frauenkirche

The Munich Frauenkirche is another famous Munich landmark that towers over the rest of the city. It dates back to the 15th century when it was built in an astounding 20 years’ time, though completion of some features was postponed due to lack of money. The Munich Frauenkirche serves as the cathedral for the Archdiocese of Munich and is home to the archbishop. The Gothic cathedral is capable of holding 20,000 worshipers. The cathedral was damaged during World War II, but has been restored It is famous for its bells and as the final resting place for the Dukes of Bavaria.

3. Hofbrauhaus

Hofbrauhaus

 

Munich residents do love their beer, celebrating it annually at Oktoberfest. Travelers who won’t be here then can still sip the suds at the Hofbrauhaus, one of the oldest breweries in town. The Hofbrauhaus dates back to 1589 when it was founded by Wilhelm V, Duke of Bavaria, when it served as the official brewery for Munich’s royalty. Even back then, the beer had an international reputation, with Swedish invaders agreeing not to sack Munich in exchange for 600,000 barrels of beer. The brewery and the beer hall are among the most popular tourist attraction in Munich today.

2. Englischer Garten

Englischer Garten

 

The size of New York City’s Central Park pales in comparison to Munich’s Englischer Garten, one of the world’s largest urban parks. The park, which stretches from the city center to northeast Munich, was established in 1789, but has been enlarged over the centuries. It takes its name from the traditional English gardens that were popular in the 18th and early 19th centuries. It was built by soldiers during times of peace to teach them agricultural skills. The garden contains a Japanese teahouse, a meadow where nude sunbathing is permitted and an artificial wave used by surfboarders.

1. Marienplatz

#1 of Tourist Attractions In Munich

 

Marienplatz is the most famous square in Munich, drawing thousands of tourists every day who come to see the New Town Hall that dates back to 1874. The city hall was built in the Gothic Revival style, and features most of the Wittelsbach rulers on the main façade while statues of four Bavarian kings are on a lower level. This highly ornate building is a tourist magnet in itself, but what really draws the tourists to Marienplatz is the thrice-daily performance of the Glockenspiel. The famous Ratskeller restaurant is in the basement.


TOP 10 of Southern Germany

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Southern Germany is not only the country’s most economically strong region; it is also the home of some of its most picturesque attractions. It is a location where you can see the black forest, the Alps, and the many rivers like the Danube, Rhine and Rhone. Throughout the region, fairy tale castles adorn riverbanks, wineries grow grapes for some of the world’s finest vintages, and sheer mountains shimmer on the horizon. Here is a look at some of the top sites that Southern Germany has to offer:

10. Garmisch-Partenkirchen 

Garmisch-Partenkirchen

This hybrid town was united by decree in 1936 by Adolf Hitler so Germany could host the Winter Olympics. Today, the town is one of the nation’s most famous ski resorts. Winter sports like skiing and snow boarding are popular here, while in the summer the trails are full of hikers and mountain bikers. Garmisch-Partenkirchen sits along the Austrian border about an hour from Munich and can be reached by car or by train. The Romantic Road travels between here and Fussen and is perfect for a day trip in either direction.

9. Linderhof Palace

Linderhof Palace

Linderhof is the only Schloss out of three that King Ludwig II of Bavaria completed in his lifetime. His intended to spruce up the already existing lodge but ended with a scaled down version of Versailles Palace. Of special interest are the Hall of Mirrors and the Peacock Bedroom. He lived in seclusion in this palace hideaway for much of his life. In honor of Wagner, Ludwig built a fantasy grotto partway up the mountain behind the palace based upon Wagner’s opera, Tannhäuser.

8. Lake Constance

Lake Constance

This glacial lake is one of Europe’s largest and sits along the border of the three nations of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The lake is a great opportunity to see both historic and natural wonders. Beautiful mountain vistas, orchards, vineyards and wetlands are all easy to find along the Lake Constance (Bodensee in Germany), in addition to a number of castles and monasteries. Three different ferry routes are also available between the major cities on the lake, from Germany between Freidrichschafen and Konstanz or Romansburg in Switzerland, and between Konstanz and Meersburg. There is also a train route around the lake with stops at all of the points of interest.

7. Wurzburg 

Wurzburg

This Bavarian city was an important royal home for many centuries of prince-bishops. The Baroque palace, Wurzburger Residence, is one of Europe’s most ornate examples of this style of architecture, and has been considered one of the continent’s finest royal homes. Of special note are the fresco paintings and elaborate staircase inside the palace. Also of note in town is the church, which is one of Germany’s oldest, and built directly atop an eighth century pagan temple. Finally, some of the wineries here have been in business since Roman times. It is worth spending time on the property, or at least buying a bottle.

6. Black Forest

Black Forest

Grimm’s fairy tales come to life in this region known for its legends. This small mountain range is known for its timepieces, both watches and cuckoo clocks, and has a number of craftsmen who have built them for generations. The hilly terrain, lovely lakes and wooded trails of the Black Forest are great for hiking and mountain biking in the summer, and for excellent ski slopes during the wintertime.

5. Bamberg 

Bamberg

Bamberg is known for its lovely architecture, especially in the old center of town. Two attractions of note are the old sculpture known as Dom, which depicts a young unknown rider. The second is the Altes Rathaus, which is a building that sits in the middle of the river with rooms hanging above the water. Of special note is the six day folk festival known as Sandkerwa. Several hundred thousand visitors descend upon Bamberg each August for the food, wine, beer, and local sports like fish jousting.

4. Munich

Munich

This Bavarian capital is the most populous city in Southern Germany. Located at the river Isar in Southern Bavaria, Munich is best known for its beautiful architecture, fine culture, and the annual Oktoberfest beer festival. Though the modern city has grown quite large, the original walled city, or Alstrading can be seen in the center, with remaining pieces of the walls and is worth a walking tour. Of special note are the 1972 Olympic village, the opera house, English Garden, and the nightlife in Ludwigsvorstadt-Isarvorstadt.

3. Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

This town along the romantic road is best known for its medieval center dating from the 14th centuries. A history of European wars and world wars have left the number of undisturbed cities of ancient architecture very decimated, and this is one of the best remaining examples of the old Medieval style in Germany. The small town is only around 6,000 but it gets many tourists stopping through on bus trips along the Romantic road. Whether the visit is short or long, don’t miss market square with the Town Hall tower, the Medieval crime and punishment museum, or the triangular plaza of Plonlein. If there is time, a walk around the restored city wall is a great way to get some spectacular views and photos.

2. Heidelberg

Heidelberg

With historic treasures like the medieval Old Bridge, the Heidelberg Castle, the Church of the Holy Spirit and the Knight St. George House, it is no wonder that Heidelberg is one of the top tourist destinations in Germany. The picturesque city suffered little damage during World War II, with its baroque town center remaining intact. Home to Germany’s oldest university, Heidelberg’s long academic history can be retraced along the Philosopher’s Walk, a scenic footpath often walked by many earlier philosophers and professors.

1. Fussen

#1 of Destinations In Southern Germany

Nestled at the foot of the Alps, the small village of Füssen is the southern climax of the Romantic Road, with the nearby castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau the highlight of many a southern Germany trip. The town itself is home to the enchanting Hohes Schloss, or “high castle.” This medieval building has a lovely Trompe l’oeil (optical illusion) facade on the outside and a stunning clock tower among its most famed features. The village also has a former Benedictine monastery called St Mang. Many lakes and beautiful trails are nearby if you would like to venture out of the village. Though most of the highlights can be seen in a day or two, the charming ambiance here is worth taking time to soak in and explore.


Two Active Ways to See Germany (and one way to indulge)

What comes to mind when you think of Germany? Do you start thinking of bratwurst, marzipan, and beer? You wouldn’t be wrong to associate these great dishes with this country, but there’s another side to Germany you should explore as well! Check out these alternatives to culinary indulgence (and one way to unwind after all that healthy living).

1) Cycling through Germany

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Did you know that Germany has more than 150 long-distance cycle routes? How about the numerous mountain-biking trails? While a love of cycling is more often associated to the Dutch, Germany has a healthy obsession with this sport as well. The routes you’ll want to check out are these three:

Green Metropolis Leisure Route: 370 km

Predominantly flat and mostly away from busy roads, running from Duren in North Rhine-Westphalia via Limburg in the Netherlands to Beringen in Belgium.

Tour de Fries: 250 km

This one’s for those in the northwest of Germany. It begins at Wilhelmshaven, where you cross by boat over Jadebusen and continue in the saddle to Bockhorn, Friedeburg, Wittmund, Schillig, Horumersiel, and Hooksiel, before stopping for a well deserved beer in the brewery town of Jever.

Solling Vogler Nature Reserve: varying lengths of trail, 600 km all together

Off-road biking is the style here, where the terrain varies from valleys crisscrossed with streams and forested trails up to exposed wide ridges of the Grosse Blosse peak. There are 15 different circuits along the trails, and one 160 km trail around the entire park.

2) Cross-country skiing in the Bavarian Alps

Germany-Skiing

Cross-country skiing is nothing like downhill – or any other kind of workout, for that matter. One of the best places to put your body to the test is the Ammer Valley, in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps, where there are 100 km of cross-country skiing trails. The King Ludwig Run, from Oberammergau to Linderhof, is a healthy 26 km round trip. The circular Ettaler Runde is a mere 4 km, so you’ll be back in time to have the sauna all to yourself. With plenty of places to stay nearby, you’ll be able to get out on the snow bright and early every morning (if that’s your thing).

3) Tasting cocktails in Freiburg

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Whether you’ve got a taste for the sweet, the bitter, the savory, or something completely different, we’re willing to bet the bartender at the Hemingway Cafe in Freiburg’s Hotel Victoria will be able to make it. There are a hundred or so different cocktails to chose from here, and you’re just 200 m from the main train station in the heart of this city. Of course, this being Freiburg (known for its eco friendly buildings and extensive public transport system), this hotel is one of the most progressive in Europe. While affiliated with a well-known chain, it is independently owned and operated by a local German couple, who have overseen the hotel’s green makeover.

The entire hotel is powered solely by renewable energy: on a sunny day a 30-square metre solar plant heats the water; a vast woodchip boiler powers the central heating (which the hotel says saves it 50,000 litres of heating oil a year); and an innovative air-conditioning unit sucks up cool water from the ground and circulates it through pipes leading to each room. Guests are also given a free public transport pass for the duration of their stay! The list of amenities is almost as long as the number of cocktails – so go try one!


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