10 Must See Places to Visit in Germany
You’ve had 10 Places to Visit in Germany: Off the Tourist Track, so now it’s time for 10 places you simply cannot miss when visiting the beautiful country that is Germany!
It’s your first time in Germany and you want to see all the places you’ve been told about and have seen pictures of in the tour guides. Yes, they may be a little busy but these are on your must-see list and there’s no stopping you getting that perfect picture of you with a German landmark. But, just which ones should be on your go-to list? Well, let us help you out in planning that trip – here are you 10 Must See Places to Visit in Germany:
First on the list should be the country’s capital. Once split in 2 by the historical Berlin Wall, this city has something that other cities don’t – the locals are rough yet friendly and there’s an incredible array of sights to see. The differences in the buildings of the East and West can still be seen but the city now has a new found swagger mixed in with it’s masses of history. There’s the Brandenburg Gate, the cathedral, the TV tower, the Riechstag, Gendarmenmarkt, Checkpoint Charlie, the zoo and of course the pieces of the Berlin Wall that are still standing, all of which cannot be missed. You can also check out the various brauhaus, the shopping and depending what time of year you visit, the festivals on offer in the city.
This seafaring hub in Northern Germany has just had some areas deemed UNESCO World Heritage sites. The maritime capital of the north boasts beautiful views and a lot of cosmopolitan charm – the locals find it hard to conceal their pride in their home city! Whether its a stroll around the beautiful Rathaus, a boat trip around the harbor, a walk through the Speicherstadt or an evening on the Reeperbahn, you’ll be sure to want to head back to Hamburg again and again.
Munich, most well known for the legendary Oktoberfest beer festival, is definitely much, much more than those loud beer tents, although they are definitely worth the visit! The city oozes beauty – check out the views from the top of the Frauenkirche, stroll around Marienplatz, head to the Olympic Park, check out Bayern Munich’s soccer stadium, take a tour around BMW World and visit some of the cities many museums, don’t forget to take in the beauty of the buildings along the way. And of course, you can’t forget to take a tour of the many brauhaus where you can tuck into a wurst and brezeln all washed down with a liter of beer!
Dresden is a city of culture which is sure to take your breath away. Situated in a valley on the River Elbe close to the Czech border, Dresden has a long history as the capital and royal resident for the Electors and Kings of Saxony. The city was heavily bombed during the Second World War but massive restoration work has helped to reconstruct parts of the historic inner city, including the Katholische Hofkirche, the Semper Oper and the Dresdner Frauenkirche as well as the suburbs. If you’re around the city at Christmas you’re in for a treat – Dresden is home to Germany’s oldest Christmas market.
5. Cologne Cathedral
When visiting Cologne, you can’t miss this masterpiece of Gothic architecture. There have been churches on the site since the 4th century, but it wasn’t until 1248 that this city on the Rhine became home to one of the foremost cathedrals in the Christian world. When it was completed in 1880, it was the tallest building in the world. That title is long gone but it’s still definitely worth the trip to see it. Cologne is a great city to visit – you can check out the history in the old quarter of the town and take a stroll along the river. You might also want to consider visiting during Carnival season – this city is famed for its celebrations!
6. Lake Constance Region
If you’re looking for natural beauty, harmony and relaxation, then the Lake Constance region is the place to go. It’s located where Germany borders Austria and Switzerland and can be described as a holiday paradise set around one of Europe’s largest lakes. We’re talking truly picturesque views here people, something that definitely cannot be missed! This is a place to go for some ‘me time,’ to leave the day-to-day routine behind and truly relax. There are various spas offering luxurious treatments to make sure you leave feeling refreshed. And we can’t forget those views, did I mention the picturesque views? Oh and there are vineyards, and a wine festival…
Heidelberg is a city that will capture your heart. Nestled between the Neckar river and the foothills of the Odenwald forest, the city is steeped in history and is full of character and charm along with culture and entertainment. You need to check out the castle where there’s a statue of our namesake, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in the gardens. Take a walk across the Old Bridge, stroll around the Altstadt, go to the theatre and eat a hearty and tasty meal in one of the city’s various restaurants.
8. Freiburg and the Black Forest
Freiburg is the city that gets more sun than anywhere else in Germany so, if you’re after a little sun, this is the place to be! Located in the Black Forest region, Freiburg is Germany’s southernmost city. The city is a great base camp to explore the Black Forest and also boasts one of the prettiest old quarters with narrow channels of water, cosy bars, delicious regional food and scenic surroundings. Don’t forget to venture out into the Black Forest where you can experience some of the most amazing views whilst hiking to the highest peak.
9. Eagle’s Nest, Salt Mine and National Park of Berchtesgaden
If you’re looking for majestic mountains, fantastic walking trails, scenic lakes and dense forests then Berchtesgaden is the place for you. Situatied in southern Bavaria, Berchtesgaden National Park is one of the oldest nature reserves in the Alps. A trip to Lake Königssee is also a definite must. Take a boat trip around through the lake and take in the spectacular views between Mount Watzmann and the Hagen mountains. During the winter, skiing is also on the agenda in this area. Other places to visit include Berchtesgaden’s visitor salt mine, the Watzmann thermal baths, Berchtesgaden Palace, the Marktschellenberg ice cave and the Eagle’s Nest.
10. Island of Rügen, chalk cliffs and Prora
Rügen in the Baltic Sea is Germany’s largest island and has a variety of things to do and see, from buzzing seaside resorts to sleepy fishing villages, from parks and gardens to tree-lined avenues and palaces and stately homes. As well as its 60 kilometres of fine, sandy beaches, Rügen has a large national park and a famous view of the chalk cliffs. Some of the views from this Baltic vacation hotspot are classes as world famous!
And that concludes our list of must see places in Germany! What do you think? Have you been to any of these spots? Would you add anywhere else to the list? Leave us a comment and let us know!
Posted on July 30, 2015, in Germany Vs. USA and tagged Berlin, Freiburg, German, Germany, Goethe, Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Munich, Tourism. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.