Germany has so much more to offer than beer, sausage and lederhosen! Although, all of those things are amazing – yes, even the lederhosen! If you’re planning a trip to Germany this year then you’ll want to know some of the best attractions and experiences for an epic German adventure. Here are 10 highlights for visiting this beautiful European country:
#1 Neuschwanstein Castle
You might think you’ve seen impressive castles before but you’ve seen nothing that compares to this stunning structure. It’s so beautiful that it was even the inspiration for Disney’s Magic Kingdom castle. Nestled in the Bavarian region of the Alps, this fairytale castle is a must-see attraction and can boasts being the most photographed building in Germany.
#2 Berlin Wall
This iconic symbol of the division of a city between East and West, a trip here should definitely be on your bucket list. Between 1961 and 1989, the Berlin Wall divided the city geographically, politically and culturally. Torn down in 1989, parts of the wall are still visible and trails follow the former border. Visit the East Side Gallery to see colorful artist paintings on a section of the wall that were completed by artists from around the world in 1990.
Trier is the oldest town in Germany with a 2000-year-old history. You’ll be amazed to learn that Trier was home to six Roman Emperors so boasts some unbelievably well-preserved ancient artefacts. Not only will you find ancient history but fine examples of Medieval architecture as well. If you love history, then a visit to Trier is an absolute must. The town is surrounded by the rural beauty of the Moselle Valley where you’ll discover picturesque villages and vineyards. The food here is pretty awesome too!
#4 Brandenburg Gate
What was once a symbol of blocking the journey between East and West of a divided city, now the Brandenburg Gate is very much a tourist attraction. Take a walk around and under this iconic landmark which was modelled on the Acropolis of Ancient Greece. The impressive structure was built in 1791 for King Frederick William II.
#5 Europa Park
For a bit of action-packed adrenaline-fuelled fun, head to Europa Park, the largest theme park in Germany. You’ll discover 100 rides spread across 13 themed islands, all based on the different countries of Europe. The huge site has rides for every age, as terrifying or sedate as you choose. There are hotels, restaurants and beautiful gardens surrounding the original 15th century castle that the site is built around. It makes a fantastic day out and if you’re traveling with kids, it’s a must-do attraction.
#6 Dusseldorf Altstadt
The ‘Old Town’ of Dusseldorf is a wonderful, vibrant district where you’ll find the longest bar in the world. There are more than 260 pubs here of all varieties, from cocktail bars to local breweries. If sampling some fine German beer gets you excited then this is the place to be. There are also loads of cultural places to visit here including museums, beautiful churches and theaters. There’s never a dull moment in this down-to-earth, quaint but bustling location.
#7 Lake Constance
The largest lake in Germany, Lake Constance sits below the northern part of the Alps. It is absolutely stunning, with incredible scenery and sparkling waters. You’ll find many lakeside villages and pretty towns along its shore and is also a major draw for watersports enthusiasts, nature lovers and hikers. The area oozes in charm, with medieval castles dotted about and outstanding views of the Swiss Alps.
#8 Black Forest
Disappear into your own fairytale adventure when you visit the Black Forest. Evergreen forests and charming villages, cuckoo clocks and old gothic buildings – it really is the stuff of storybooks. It is said to be Germany’s most beautiful region and as well as being the country’s biggest nature park, there are many spas along the way to unwind in while you enjoy some pretty amazing local cuisine.
#9 Cologne Cathedral
This cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage site and an iconic landmark of Cologne. The first cornerstone was laid in 1248 and the cathedral grew in importance as a place of pilgrimage due to housing the supposed remains of the Three Wise Men. The stunning Gothic architecture, shrine to the Three Wise Men and impressive stained-glass windows make this an awe-inspiring place to behold.
A public park in Berlin with an area of more than 250 acres, Erholungspark features gardens from around the world. You’ll discover gardens from China, Bali, Korea, Italy and Japan. Incredibly popular with visitors, the park is a tranquil, beautiful spot in a busy, bustling city. If you’re visiting Berlin, then a walk through these gardens is a must.