The Top 10 Best Tourist Attractions in Germany
Germany is renowned for its wealth of culture, historical influences and the most amazing architecture. It is also an easy country to explore, due to the modern transportation system and the majority of English speaking people.
Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate
The impressive structure used to be part of the very famous Berlin Wall and for several decades it was representation of the Berlin divide of East and West. It stands
26-metres and has an amazing four-horse chariot at the top and six massive columns on each side of the building that form five passage ways – four were for normal traffic but the centre was only used for the royal carriages.
Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom)
This huge Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Mary is situated on the banks of the Rhine in Cologne. It is one of the largest cathedrals in Europe; its superb interior covers an area of 6,166 square metres and houses 56 enormous pillars. The main highlights are the 12th century stained glass in the chapel and the Treasury with containing precious artefacts.
The Black Forest
This amazing Forest starts from the south western corner of Germany and extends 160 kilometres from Pforzheim in the north to Waldshut in the south. The most popular regions are the ski area at Todtnau and the majestic spa facilities of Baden-Baden. There is also the famous Black Forest Railway and the open air museum both in Triberg.
This is one of Europe’s most famous royal castles. From 1869-1886, King Ludwig II of Bavaria built this magnificent tower including the battlement-covered fantasy fortress and it was, of course, the inspiration for Walt Disney’s famous theme park castles!
Miniatur Wunderland and the Historic Port of Hamburg
In this historic Port lives the amazing Miniatur Wunderland, the world’s largest model railway, boasting more than 12,000 metres of track, and includes 890 trains, over 300,000 lights and over 200,000 human figures. The vast Port of Hamburg is an outstanding place to explore as well.
The Rhine Valley
The Rhine is a beautiful waterway, and stretches from Switzerland through Germany and finishes in the Netherlands. The highlight is the Upper Middle Rhine Valley region which boasts over 40 castles and 60 charming medieval towns all waiting to be explored.
Museum Island in Berlin
This world famous island, lies between the River Spree and the Kupfergraben – a 400 metre canal that runs from the river. It includes some of Berlin’s oldest museums. In the heart of this area is the Old Museum, constructed in 1830 as a place to house the royal treasures. Do be aware because there are so many stunning museums to visit, you will need more than a day!
Bamberg and the Bürgerstadt
Bamberg is one of the best preserved towns in Germany. It boasts an incredible 13th-century cathedral and the old Benedictine abbey of Michaelsbergar. Bürgerstadt is a tiny borough of Bamberg that contains the Grüner Marke and a pedestrian area that’s home to the 17th-century Baroque church of St. Martin and, the Old Town Hall, built on top of the upper bridge.
This is part of the Wetterstein mountain range that forms the frontier between Germany and Austria. It can be reached by the Bayerische Zugspitzbahn (cog railway), cable car or the fabulous Tiroler Zugspitzbahn – a railway that runs to the Zugspitzkamm station, and then you can continue your journey by the cable car to Zugspitz-Westgipfel Station which sits at 2,950 metres high and has the most amazing views and a superb restaurant.
The Island of Rügen
The island of Rügen is linked to the mainland town (Stralsund) by a causeway. The island includes forests, beautiful sandy beaches, lagoons, and peninsulas. An absolute ‘must see’ is the quaint resort town of Putbus.