10 Top Sights in Germany
The beautiful country of Germany holds many treasures for the visitor; here are what I consider the top 10 sights in Germany.
If you head south of Munich, you will find some of the most beautiful scenery Germany has to offer. The Alps stretch over most of Southern Bavaria and include breathtakingly beautiful mountain ranges, green pastures, rivers, and picturesque German towns such as Fussen and Garmisch-Partenkirchen. This mountainous region is also home to many of Germany’s castles and a multitude of parks for hiking, biking and camping.
The Baltic Coast
The coast of the Baltic Sea offers a contrasting combination of scenic pleasures from sandy beaches to jagged cliffs. Sleepy coastal towns dot the coastline offering a more relaxed and slower pace of life than in the rest of Germany.
Mecklenberg-Western Pomerania and Schleswig-Holstein
The Black Forest
In keeping with its dark name, this vast forest was feared by ancient Romans and Celts as a haven for ghosts, wild animals and barbarians. The Black Forest is now home to artisans (notably, watch makers and glass blowers), restaurants, and a considerable network of walking paths.
Built in 1791, the Brandenburg Gate has become a symbol of Berlin’s past and is one of the top places to see in the world. Prussian parades and German armies marched through its threshold. Napoleon marched his troops through its columns before his defeat in Russia. Barricades were erected around the gates when the Berlin Wall was constructed., but in 1989 the Brandenburg Gate was reopened and traffic now passes through it every day. Over the years, it has become a proud monument to German history.
Koln (Cologne) Cathedral
An historical landmark, this massive cathedral towers over the city of Cologne (Koln). The construction of the Cologne Cathedral took place from the 13th through 19th centuries and is a wonderful example of Gothic architecture. Amazingly, the cathedral remained largely undamaged during World War II.
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Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia
The romantic town of Heidelberg boasts one of Europe’s finest castles. The 600 year-old structure lies along the banks of the Neckar River, and contains styles of both Gothic and Renaissance architecture and design. Heidelberg Castle also plays host to the world’s largest wine vat at 55,000 gallons.
Built between 1869 and 1886 by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, this stunning fairy tale castle sits perched high atop the mountain range near Füssen and is one of the top castles in the Germany. Neuschwanstein Castle has been used as a summer home for royal friends and family including the famous composer Richard Wagner, whose piano still occupies one of the rooms.
The River Rhine
Because of its stunning beauty, the Rhine and its regions are among the most popular travel destinations in Germany. The riverside towns along the Rhine afford ample opportunities to experience German culture. Hiking trails, cathedrals, and cities such as Bonn and Düsseldorf inhabit the Lower Rhine. The Middle Rhine region, best known for its wine production and museums, has long been the inspiration for poets and painters. The area from Mainz to Karlsruhe is home to many of Germany’s castles, historical towns, and the Black Forest.
Built in 1744 by Frederick the Great, this small palace in Potsdam has traditionally been used to showcase fine and performing arts. Today visitors can roam around the Sanssouci’s 12 elegantly decorated rooms and nearby parks. There are also other historical sites and attractions nearby the palace that make for a full day of sightseeing.
This beautiful square in the heart of the Old Town is home to the town hall and its world-famous carillon (Glockenspiel), which has existed since 1908. The mechanical figures delight the audience on the Marienplatz square below by dancing to chimes at 11 am and midday throughout the year. During Spring and Summer there is an extra performance at 5 pm.