Are you planning a vacation in Germany? If you’ve never visited this cosmopolitan country, choosing where to go first can be challenging. With so many charming regions and a myriad of sights to see, choosing between Berlin, Munich or Cologne won’t be easy. So, why not visit as many landmarks as you can? To make the choice a bit easier, we’ve come up with a list of must-see tourist attractions in Germany. Find the ones that appeal to you the most, and you’ll have a starting point.
Cathedral in Cologne
When you come to Cologne, you can’t miss out on visiting the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Mary. You will find the most impressive landmark of the city sitting on the banks of the river Rhine. As one of the largest cathedrals in Europe, its interior is 6,166 square meters large. One of the reasons to visit this masterpiece of Gothic Architecture is the Reliquary of the Three Kings, a 12th-century work of art. Once you’re in the cathedral, you’ll be able to enjoy the majestic panoramic views from the South Towers. If you want to witness mesmerizing vistas over the city and river, pay a small fee to reach the viewing platform in the South Tower.
Munich’s BMW Museum
If the road leads you to Munich, the BMW Museum is one of the must-see attractions that you cannot miss out on. The cutting-edge architecture creates a wow effect for every first-time visitor. The futuristic interior will lure you inside to enjoy the dynamics of the museum’s interior. Aside from BMW manufacturing, the museum is a true amalgamation of reality and inspiration. You’ll learn every detail about the industry and realise that automobile making faces various challenges and needs to be far more appreciated. Once you’re finished with touring the museum, look for hop-on, hop-off busses and take Munich city sightseeing tours to relish the beauty of the city. Are you planning a trip in October? Then you know that you must go to the famous Octoberfest as well.
The Neuschwanstein Castle
Make your childhood fantasy come true and stop by the Neuschwanstein castle. That’s the castle that served as an inspiration for Walt Disney’s palace at Disneyland. A fairylike grotto and a throne room, including a massive crown-shaped chandelier, will make you feel like you’ve stepped inside your favourite fairy tale. You can walk to the top of the hill to enter the castle, or you can make yourself feel like true royalty by hopping on a horse-drawn carriage that will take you to the top of the hill.
The Upper Middle Rhine Valley
Are you looking to spend a vacation touring the wineries? Then the Upper Middle Whine Valley is the region to travel to. From spectacular castles to picturesque historic towns, and scenic vineyards, the UNESCO World Heritage Site attracts tourists from all over the world year after year. Take a trip down the river to witness the stunning towns of Bingen and Rudesheim. This part of Germany is known for its 500 hectares of lovely vineyards that grow grapes from which Germans make the finest Riesling wines. Take a glass of Weisswein and marvel at the magnificent views and refreshments.
The city of Rothenburg
One of the crown jewels of Germany is the old Franconian imperial city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Its walls and towers are still perfectly preserved, ever since 1618, making it one of Germany’s most iconic landmarks. When you arrive in the city, do what every other tourist will do – take a walking tour. Start from the Town Hall (Rathaus) and don’t miss out on visiting the beautiful Ratstrinkstube, or Council Tavern, dating back from the 15th century. St.-Georgs-Brunnen fountain attracts eyes from everywhere thanks to its stunning design. Go to one of the town’s most iconic spots – Plönlein, and make sure you take a break and enjoy some fine dining at a restaurant. Christmas Markets are a must-visit if you’re travelling during the winter holidays.
The Berlin Wall and Museum Island
Coming to Berlin is an experience on its own. But when you add the visit to the remaining of the Berlin Wall to the equation, you get an unforgettable journey right there. The graffiti-covered remnants of concrete create the most sought-after sight in the city even today. Looking for something more fulfilling? Head to the Museum Island that sits in the Spree River. The five museums complex hosts impressive collections of ethnological and historical items. Byzantine and Late Antique works are a part of the collection, alongside a full spectrum of sculptures.
Germany features some of the most picturesque sites in whole Europe. Therefore, when you start planning your trip to this lovely destination, be sure to take at least a week to be able to visit as many sites as possible. No matter which one of the places from our list you choose, we’re confident that you’ll have the time of your life.