Germany maintains Europe’s most powerful economy and sits in the very heart of the continent. With its strong GDP and abundance of sights and attractions, it’s no wonder Germany is one of the most popular countries to visit in the entire world! So, where do you go once you get there? Here are some of the most popular things to do and see when traveling abroad in this exciting country!
Miniature Wonderland, Hamburg
Miniature Wonderland is the biggest model railway in the world. Travelers love this place because they can hop on a train and be carried through realistically-landscaped countries and continents. You can see the Everglades and the Rocky Mountains on this trip, as well as Pippi Longstocking and cave trolls. It’s a mixture of reality and fantasy, and it’s a tourist favorite.
Considered Germany’s fairytale castle, Neuschwanstein Castle is well-known thanks to its dazzling architecture and romantic story. It’s located in southern Bavaria, and it’s one of Germany’s most frequently photographed sights. Ludwig II used this castle as his retreat, and after he was dethroned, he spent his time there living in the Middle Ages of his imagination.
Lake Constance – Flower Island
Germany borders Austria and Switzerland in this region, and it also happens to be the site of Central Europe’s third largest inland lake. Overseas travelers usually seek to take the excursion to the Flower Island of the lake, famous for its parks and gardens and the family residence of Count Bernadotte of the baroque age.
Monastic Island of Reichenau
Also in the Lake Constance region is the Monastic Island of Reichenau. This island has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 2000, where it has three Romanesque churches of monastic architecture. The story of the large Benedictine abbey and its religious role in the culture is told here.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is unique in that it’s a small town full of original buildings from the Middle Ages. Rothenburg is full of historical sights, museums, churches, abbeys, and monuments. While you’re there, take some time to explore the Romantic Road, Germany’s most famous and scenic road.
Dresden is famous for its three major landmarks – Zwinger Palace, Semper Opera House, and the Church of Our Lady. It’s also home to Bruhl Terrace and the Royal Palace, the Elbe palaces, the villas of Blasewitz, the garden city of Hellerau, and the twelve Dresden State Art Collections. Visit this city for a large dose of culture!
This castle was built as a fortress with towers and moats back in the 1300s for the Wittelsbach dynasty. It’s perched up high above the town in which it resides. Most of the castle is in ruins and overgrown with ivy, but the church on the ground floor and some of the residential rooms are still intact. With other attractions nearby, such as the Philosopher’s Walk and the German Limes Route, there’s no reason to miss this majestic sight.
The Moselle Valley
The Moselle Valley is the oldest wine-growing region in Germany. There are castles nearby which you can visit while on your way over, but make sure to reach your destination if you want to enjoy some of the finest wines in Germany. While at the valley, you can also enjoy a riverboat cruise and take in views of forests, castles, and mountains.
This Gothic style cathedral was the tallest building in the world when it was first constructed in 1880. It was built after Notre Dame in France, and the goal was for it to be bigger and grander than the French cathedral. The Cologne Cathedral is dedicated to St. Peter and St. Mary, and you can climb up to the top for marvelous views of Cologne.
A city known for its beauty, Erfurt is filled with churches, towers, and bridges for viewing. It has medieval charm and a rich history, since it’s situated at the crossroads of ancient European trade routes. There are 25 parish churches, 15 abbeys and monasteries, and ten chapels. You can find the especially alluring St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Church of St. Severus there as well, which are strong examples of German Gothic design.
While it’s already been a heavily populated tourist and expat destination for a number of years, Germany still has all the charm in the world to offer. Learn all about this regal country and all of its rich history and medieval appeal before traveling abroad there. Who knows? You might even decide to stay.
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