Germany is an amazing and vibrant country, made up of 16 federated states which each have something great to offer to travelers. Since Germany is surrounded by several other Central European destinations including Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium and several others, it is easily reached by train, bus, plane, or any other method of transport. There are plenty of great places to visit in Germany, from creative urban areas to relaxing rural retreats. Whether you are just passing through Germany or planning your entire trip around its destinations, be sure to visit one or more of these great places:
Historic Berlin: This capital city of Germany boasts an incredible variety of historical landmarks and monuments. Once split in half by the Berlin wall, the city is a unique blend of communist architecture, modern vibrant culture, and is inexpensive for travelers when compared to many Southern cities. A plethora of museums make this one of the top places to visit in Germany. Don’t miss a chance to visit the Brandenburg Gate, an 18th century symbol of peace that today stands as a sign of German reunification after the wall of the Berlin Wall. The wall is definitely one of the most popular places to visit in Berlin and for good reason.
Neuschwanstein Castle: This incredible Bavarian castle is a breathtaking piece of architecture. It is the true representation of a fairy tale castle, set in the Alps which provides a stunning and scenic backdrop for the castle. The castle was built in 1869 by King Ludwig II, who hired a theater set designer to create his dream castle. This is evident in the flamboyant and over the top decorations, which contribute to this fantastical building. It was the inspiration for Disney’s Cinderella castle, and today is the most photographed building in the country.
Cologne’s Cathedral: This is perhaps Germany’s most important architectural contribution to society. The incredible cathedral towers over the entire town of Cologne, which took over 600 years to complete. It was commissioned in 1248, and was finally finished in 1880, completely true to the original plans and designs. It is a gothic icon, that dominates the skyline of the town. Incredibly, it was completely unharmed about the bombings of World War II, while nearly all the surrounding buildings were destroyed.
Munich’s Hofbräuhaus: No trip to Germany would be complete without a beer in the country’s most famous beer hall, the Hofbräuhaus. Built in 1589, is the ultimate beer lover’s destination within Germany. The giant hall seats thousands of guests each day, and offers traditional lagers and ales by the liter, along with popular soft pretzels. If the crowded, comfortable nature of the Hofbräuhaus excites you, then don’t miss out on a chance to experience it further during Oktoberfest each year. Sixteen giant halls in Munich fill up each year to host 6 million people. There is more than just the beer to celebrate, thanks to great entertainment, alpine yodelers, and attractions. It truly is one of the greatest places to visit in Germany!
The Black Forest: While it may be be better known as a type of dessert cake, the Black Forest is the quintessential German countryside. Rolling hills and historic destinations makes this the perfect place to explore nature and enjoy natural scenic beauty. With over 4,600 square miles falling under the designation of Black Forest, there are innumerable places to go and things to see.