I’m gonna keep it totally real for a minute and not even try to guess why you’re here. Because the truth is, we all need this list of amazing Germany places to visit in our lives, especially if you’re planning one of the best road trips in Europe…EVER!
Don’t ya think?
Because let’s be honest, what’s not to love about traveling through Germany?
Between the beer, brats, sauerkraut, historic culture, and fantastic scenery, all I need is a pair of lederhosen and the lyrics to Edelweiss and I’ll be all set for my very German adventure!
Okay, totally kidding about the last two items on that list.
Yeah, I just feel like doing both of those things, at the same time, is only socially acceptable when your uber-drunk at one wicked awesome Oktoberfest.
But all lederhosen and Edelweiss lyrics related kidding aside:
This list of 30 insanely epic, fairytale level beautiful places to visit in Germany is perfect if you’re looking to plan a fantastic, Germany itinerary, but kind of want to get off the beaten path and explore some lesser-known parts of the country.
Feel free to grab yourself a giant glass of Reisling wine, a pretzel, and a piece of black forest cake because we’re about to jiggy with this post on 30 of the best places to visit in Germany.
I really did just go there and do a little shout-out to Will Smith, a la the 90s.
It’s all good since that little bit of dorkiness will make everything else in this post seem ten thousand times cooler. Especially all of the amazing hidden gems in Germany that are listed below and some of the free universities for international students too!
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By: Holly Connors of Four Around the World
Some of the most beautiful cities and towns in Germany are located within the country’s Bavaria region.
Bamberg has always been a favorite of ours.
Not only can this charming village be reached by train easily, making Bamberg the PERFECT day trip from either Nuremberg or Munich, but the enchanting architecture of this UNESCO World Heritage town makes you feel as though you’ve journeyed back in time, to the 11th century.
The best way to pass your time in Bamberg is simply by meandering through the town’s many quaint cobblestone streets on foot.
Because along the way:
You’ll encounter a wide variety of intricately painted buildings, as well as a series of stunning murals that adorn every inch of this amazing town.
While you’re here:
Also be sure to stop be Bamberg’s magnificent, gravity-defying town hall, which precariously sits along the Regnitz River.
Now, if German beer is a favorite of yours:
You’re in luck because Bamberg is also home to a ton of fantastic breweries, all of which craft their own unique style of German beer, known as smoke beer.
So, to sample some of this alcoholic deliciousness for yourself:
Be sure to stop by either the Schlenkerla or Spezial brewpubs, both of which serve up great food too!
If you’re looking for a great place to stay, then try the fantastic, centrally located, Hotel Nepomuk. A truly beautiful hotel where you can relax and savor your time in Bamberg.
By Lee and Stacey of One Trip at a Time
The capital of any country is usually worth visiting, and Berlin is no exception.
So, if you decide to visit this vivacious, German city:
You’ll be rewarded with enchanting views of architectural wonders like the Reichstag parliament building, with its mixture of classical and modern design, and the immortal, Brandenburg gate.
Now, if history is something that intrigues you:
Then you’ll love Museum Island since, as the name suggests, its home to a series of world-class museums where you can see priceless, ancient relics like the Ishtar Gate and the bust of Egyptian Queen Nefertiti.
This fantastic little island is also home to the Berliner Dom, an exquisite cathedral where you can climb to the top of the building and enjoy stunning, panoramic views of Berlin.
You can also learn more about some of the darker periods of Germany’s past, by paying your respects to all those murdered during the holocaust at either the Holocaust Memorial or at Platform 17 in Grunewald station.
And while trains no longer depart from this platform:
This part of the station still stands, forever marked by the multitude of trains that transported people to concentration and death camps all around Europe during the holocaust.
But, with such a vast wealth of history and culture to discover:
You’re obviously going to need somewhere to stay during your weekend in Berlin.
We’d recommend staying at the Scandic Berlin at Potsdamer Platz. We found it to be very comfortable and well located since you can either walk to the city center or take the Berlin metro anywhere that you need to go.
While walking to the city center one day:
We even stumbled across Amrit Indian Restaurant, a fantastic, local eatery that serves a delicious assortment of Indian dishes that taste even better than they smell.
And trust us, it really did smell absolutely scrumptious as we walked past.
By: Taylor of Travel Outlandish
Much of Leipzig was first built in the 1700s.
Plan a visit to this offbeat urban area and you’ll find a series of incredibly ornate, totally impressive, historic buildings that dot the skyline of this awesome German city,
Trust me, a lot has changed since then.
When visiting Leipzig, you’ll also find a wealth of overbearing, GDR (German Democratic Republic) monoliths (as well as various other remnants of the communist era) mixed in with all that fantastic, Baroque-style architecture.
As a result:
Modern Leipzig has become a gritty, post-industrial city, that showcases a variety of abandoned factories that have been repurposed into ultra-posh, super luxe, gallery spaces and apartments.
It’s definitely a strange mix of everything.
What really makes Leipzig worth visiting?
Apart from the city’s innate quirkiness, It’s an incredible place for outdoor recreation since this urban center has a Green Ring that runs all along the city’s perimeter.
You can either cycle or walk along a grassy, tree-covered path that meanders through an otherwise totally urban area.
During the summer, some of the best things to do in Leipzig are to paddle down the Karl-Heine Kanal or to take a swim in the enchanting, New Lake District.
However, if a bit of culture is what you’re after:
Then you’ll be delighted to learn that Leipzig is also home to a diverse artistic and counter-cultural scene that makes this city a fun, ultra-alternative. place to visit.
During your visit, take some time to enjoy the tons of indie cinemas, gallery spaces (The Spinnerei Galleries at the former cotton mill was a highlight for me since they showcase some of the most unique works that I’ve ever seen in Europe), and uniquely redesigned, abandoned buildings that sit along the western and southern portions of the city.
Since Leipzig is not really a part of the well-trodden, European backpacker circuit, it’s a much less expensive city to visit and relatively devoid of annoying tourist traps that threaten to separate you from your hard
By: Rohan of Travels of a Bookpacker
Most travelers visiting Germany will probably pass through Frankfurt at one point or another.
Maybe not because it has the best tourist attractions but because it is home to one of Europe’s largest airports.
Just because this German city is a massive transportation hub in Europe, doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of things to do in Frankfurt.
Famous for its fantastic collection of museums:
You’ll find a variety of different art, history, and natural history museums here, as well as a botanical garden, all of which are within easy walking distance of the city center.
And if you’re lucky enough to visit during an idyllic summer day:
You can even enjoy a nice, leisurely stroll along the river Main or hop aboard an enchanting, scenic river cruise.
While you’re here:
Don’t forget to stop by the picturesque old town, which was recently renovated and offers plenty of photo opportunities in front of traditional, timber-framed, German-style buildings.
But, you know what else is special about Frankfurt?
The food! Yes, Frankfurt cuisine truly is one of a kind since local delicacies include delectable items like ‘green sauce’ and apple wine, both of which can be sampled amidst the vivacious atmosphere of the locally beloved restaurant, Apfelwine Solzer in Bornheim.
And for a reasonably priced place to stay, with a fantastic, central location:
Five Elements Hostel cannot be beat and is the perfect place to relax after spending a fun day exploring Frankfurt.
By: Toccarra of Forget Someday
Located not far from the German border with Austria:
Berchtesgaden is a charming village in Bavaria with a picturesque, historic center that looks like something straight out of a fairytale.
And while there are many different things to do in Berchtesgaden:
One of my favorite experiences was touring Berchtesgaden underground salt mine by train, a buisness that has been in operation since the 1500s!
Another highlight of my visit is located just outside of town and is known as Eagle’s Nest, a house that served as Hitler’s former summer residence.
You can learn all about Nazi history in the region and even enjoy some exquisite, panoramic views of Bavaria.
Be sure to grab a hearty meal and liter-stein of beer at Bräustüberl, a delightful beer hall in Berchtesgaden that dates all the way back to 1645.
No trip to Berchtesgaden would really be complete without a visit to Berchtesgaden National Park.
To get there:
Just take the Jennerbahn cable car to the summit of Jenner Mountain (6,000+ feet | 1800+ meters) and savor some truly superb views of the Bavarian Alps and the majestic, lake below (You can also get some fantastic, traditional Bavarian cuisine inside the park at Jennerkaser).
To descend the mountain:
You can either hike back down or take a cable car; closely followed by a ride on an electric boat, where you can marvel at the beautiful, turquoise waters of Lake Königssee.
To do all of these amazing things, you’ll obviously need a fantastic place to stay in Berchtesgaden.
For a comfortable place to rest your weary legs after a full day of exploring, be sure to book a room at Pension Hochödlehen.
It’s an enchanting, 8-room guest house that oozes Bavarian charm and that has a sumptuous, breakfast feast that will fuel you up for an incredible day filled with adventure!
By: Michelle of That Texas Couple
You cannot make a list of the best places to visit in Germany without including Bacharach. Especially since this town is home to some of the most amazing, fairytale castles in Germany.
Located along the UNESCO World Heritage portion of the Rhine River:
Bacharach is a charming little town that is known for producing world-famous wine that has been sought after for generations.
While you’re here, you’ll obviously have to try some of the region’s amazing wine.
And there is no better place to do so than at Weingut Karl Heidrich, which offers a relaxing tasting that you can easily pair with one of their fabulous meat and cheese plates.
You’ll also want to take some time to explore this fairytale village by foot since Bacharach is an incredibly walkable place.
After checking into the Hotel Bacharacher Hof, take some time to meander through this quaint village and stop by the beautiful Wernerkapelle ruins along the way, as you make your way up towards Stahleck Castle.
Take in the beautiful views from the castle (which is now a hostel) before making your way back towards the old town walls and the remaining towers.
After all that walking, you’ll probably want to relax a bit.
And what better way to do so than aboard a Rhine River Cruise that departs from Bacharach Port.
During the cruise:
You’ll be able to take in stunning views of the many fabulous castles of the Rhine, an experience that truly is the perfect way to end your day in Bacharach.
7. Neuschwanstein Castle
By: James Ian of Travel Collecting
Neuschwanstein Castle is everyone’s idea of a quintessential, fairytale castle.
So much so that this exquisite piece of Bavarian architecture is thought to be the inspiration behind the design of Cinderella’s Castle at Disneyland.
No trip to Germany would be complete without a stop at this stunning, Bavarian castle.
To visit for yourself:
Just hop on a local train from Munich and get off at the nearby town of Fussen. From here, you can easily take either a shuttle or a local bus to the base of the castle itself (You can also join a day tour to the castle from Munich if you want to make things a little easier).
There are several different ways that you can ascend the mountain and reach the castle itself. You can board a horse-drawn carriage, take a shuttle van to a higher viewpoint near Mary’s Bridge (Marienbrucke), or do a 45-minute hike to the castle.
And while the hike will provide you the best views of the castle:
It’s also pretty steep, but does allow you to choose between a walk along a paved road and a hike along an unpaved path through the woods, to Mary’s Bridge; a narrow part of the hike that can get also become crowded with tourists since this is the perfect place to get an iconic shot of this legendary structure.
From the bridge, it just a steep, 10-minute walk down to the castle, where you can explore various rooms of the building, like the Knights House and the stunning, Singers’ Hall.
Before you visit, please be aware of the fact that entry inside the castle is by timed tours only, and that tickets can only be purchased in the village at the base of the hill.
Be sure to purchase any tickets that you may need BEFORE you begin to ascend the mountain.
By: Carole of Berkeley and Beyond
Regensburg first came onto my radar while I was planning a trip to Munich for Oktoberfest.
Because after all:
This prosperous town is just an easy, 1½-hour train ride from Munich and makes for the perfect stop before any trip to Dresden.
Because this tiny town was little damaged by the bombings of World War II, it is known for being one of Germany’s most historically, well-preserved cities and has even become a designated, UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Regensburg’s quaint, medieval city center features a labyrinth of narrow, winding streets that are all lined with these ancient, colorful buildings; structures that make this place resemble the most beautiful basket full of Easter eggs that you’ve ever seen.
Once you’ve taken in the ethereal beauty of the historic city center:
You can also enjoy some of the city’s top attractions, which include an ancient Stone Bridge with sixteen enormous arches (that is still in use today) and the ever immortal, Dom St. Peter’s (AKA St. Peter’s Cathedral), whose twin towers are visible from just about anywhere in town.
Now, during my stay:
I booked a room at the Hotel Bischofshof am Dom–a former bishop’s palace that was first constructed in 1810.
And honestly, I truly loved my time here.
Not only is this hotel located right next door to the cathedral/dom, but I loved getting woken in the morning by the tolling of the church bells.
And while my stay here did include breakfast at the hotel restaurant, my favorite meal was actually at the ultra-touristy Wurstküchl, where succulent Regensburger pork sausages are cooked over a charcoal grill and served to you outside, on picnic tables that give you enchanting views of the river.
Truly the perfect place to relax after a long day exploring one of my favorite Germany places to visit.
By: Carolyn of Holidays to Europe
One of my favorite towns to visit in Germany is Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Situated at the foot of Zugspitze, Germany’s tallest mountain, Garmisch is surrounded by stunning, alpine scenery and is an ideal place to visit in Germany for anyone who loves the outdoors.
If you’re looking to reconnect with nature and breathe in some fresh, mountain air, then definitely take some time to explore the area’s many fantastic hiking trails, waterfalls, gorges and lakes.
And for the most stunning views of Zugspitze and the Bavarian Alps:
Just take the Alpspitzbahn cable car to AlpspiX, a specially-designed, X shaped, viewing platform that is suspended between the sky and the Höllental valley 1000 meters below.
If you want:
You can also reach the summit of Zugspitze by using the Bavarian Zugspitze Railway, a 19 kilometer rack railway that takes you all the way to the top mountain.
Just because Garmisch sits amidst a stunning, natural landscape, does not mean that you should neglect a visit to the picturesque, city center.
Be sure to take a nice, leisurely stroll through Garmisch’s Old Town and marvel at the beautiful, painted buildings of Ludwigstrasse, all of which are done in a traditional, Bavarian style of decor known as Lüftlmalerai,
To really take in all of Garmisch’s vast beauty, you’ll obviously need a fantastic place to stay.
And there is no place better than the Obermühle 4S Boutique Resort.
It’s a tradtional, family-run, Bavarian style hotel, with guest rooms that have magnificent terrace or balocony views of the nearby, Bavarian Alps.
By: Jenny of TraveLynn Family
A city often associated with the dark history of the post-WW II war trials here:
Nuremberg is also rich in historic elegance and charm, boasting medieval architecture, world-class museums, and delightful beer cellars that visitors will love.
It also has a compact old town that makes it incredibly easy to walk from one attraction to another.
To start your visit:
Take a stroll through the old town and make your way to the impressive Imperial Castle, which offers sweeping, rooftop views of the entire city.
While you’re here:
You can also visit some great sights, including the DB Railway Museum, the Toy Museum, and the former Nazi Party Rally Grounds; as well as the Zoo and Playmobil Park if you happen to be visiting Nuremberg with kids.
If you begin to feel a bit peckish along the way, you can always stop and try a traditional, Nuremberg Bratwurst.
To procure this delectable gastronomic delight:
Simply do as the locals do and say, “Drei im Weggla” (“Three in a bun”).
It’s a bit different than your standard, one-sausage in a bun, but it’s so much tastier.
As for a place to stay:
You cannot go wrong with a stay at the centrally located, Nuremberg Holiday Inn since breakfast is included and is a perfectly delicious way to start your day in Nuremberg.
By: Valerie of Valeries Adventure Time
Ladenburg is without a doubt one of my favorite Germany places to visit.
Besides being an absolutely gorgeous town:
Ladenburg is packed with history and actually claims to be the oldest German city east of the river Rhine, dating all the way back to Celtic and Roman times.
While walking along the narrow, cobblestone streets of Ladenburg’s historic town centre, you’ll definitely feel as though you’ve travelled back in time.
The area around Market Square (Marktplatz) is particulairly charming and makes for a great place to stop and enjoy some traditional German food, and beer, in one of the many local restaurants here.
Apart from wandering through the town’s charming streets, you can also visit the home and final resting place of Carl Benz, the creator of the first car, and even explore the Carl Benz museum while you’re here.
It’s a really neat place to visit, even if you’re not all that interested in cars.
Now, because Ladenburg isn’t a very big place:
There really aren’t too many hotels in the city itself.
Because Ladenburg is just 10 kilometers from both Heidelberg and Mannheim, you can easily stay in one of these bigger cities and make a day trip to this exquisite, tiny German town.
By: Roshni of The Wanderlust Within
Located near the foothills of the Harz region of Germany:
Wernigerode is a true hidden gem. It’s a small town of just 35,000 people and is fairly unknown to most tourists.
While this enchanting, medieval town may be small, it’s brimming over with colorful, half-timber buildings, is home to a unique 16th-century, Gothic-style town hall (Rathaus), offers visitors Michelin star rated cuisine from Zeitwerk restaurant, and even has a charming, central square with a quaint local market.
You can even stay in the historic market square itself, at Travel Charme Hotel Gothisches Haus, since this amazing hotel sits right next to door to Wernigerode’s ultra-photogenic, town hall.
Wernigerode is also home to a romantic, 12th-century baroque castle that was once used a medieval fortress. It towers 300 feet above the town and offers breath-taking, panoramic views of the city.
And if you’re looking to do something a bit more adrenaline pumping:
Then just catch the bus to the Titan RT bridge, which is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the entire world.
Situated 100 meters above Germany’s highest reservoir, Rappbode Dam, you can actually zipline across or bungee jump from the bridge.
No trip to Wernigerode would be complete without a visit to Brocken, the tallest and most famous mountain in the Harz. You could easily spend the day hiking here or take a relaxing, steam train ride to the summit instead.
13. Hohenzollern Castle
By: Kat of Wandering Bird
Let’s face it:
One of the main reasons to visit Germany is to experience the country’s incredible history through its many, beautifully ancient castles (and yes, you’ll probably want to eat some delicious German food at some point too!!)
And without a doubt:
One of the most memorable places that we visited during our two-week trip to Germany was Hohenzollern Castle in the Black Forest.
Which, if I’m being honest, was a total surprise.
I mean, we just hadn’t really expected Hohenzollern Castle to be so impressive and to be perched atop a mountain in a way that completely defies logic.
We were also stunned by the incredible, far-reaching views of the Black Forest that we found at the top of the castle.
The castle’s rich history (complete with ghoulish ghost stories about an ominous, white lady) is what really intrigued us most of all.
We spent our time exploring the many dungeons and secret passage ways that are found throughout the castle complex.
Our daughter was so enthralled with the castle, that she didn’t even want to stop at the cafe to enjoy some coffee and cake.
And trust me, that’s saying something (She did, however, want to buy up the entire gift shop, so don’t say that I didn’t warn you!).
If you want:
You can even stay in the nearby town of Hechingen and visit the castle first thing in the morning, well before all the tour buses arrive!
14. Rudesheim am Rhein
By: Diana of The Elusive Family
Rudesheim am Rhein is a picturesque village that sits along the hilly vineyards of this famous, wine producing region of Germany.
An easy day trip from Stuttgart or Frankfurt:
This city is part of the Upper Rhine Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a spectacularly unique and inspiring place to visit.
Known for its production of German Riesling wine:
This amazing little town also has a variety of other things for your to do, like visit Eibingen Abbey, a functioning Benedictine monastery, or take a cable car up the mountain, to Niederwald Monument.
You can see the entire Rhine River Valley strecthed out for miles before you.
During the summer months:
You can even visit a local wine cart and enjoy a refreshing glass of Riesling wine while admiring the jaw dropping views that surround you.
Whiel you’re here:
You can also explore Niederwald temple, a white rotunda where you can get some fantastic photos of the enchanting wine valley below.
Before you leave the area though:
Be sure to visit one of many wine cellars or wine bars in town, where you can enjoy a varietiy of different local wines that the have been in production here for nearly 2,000-years.
By: Nicolette of Semi-Budget Travel
Approximately 90 km (56 miles) southwest of Munich sits a quaint little town that is nestled deep within the hills of Bavaria.
Its name is Oberammergau, and once here, you’ll find picturesque landscapes everywhere, including vast fields of green and incredible, panoramic views of the German Alps.
And although this town is German:
You’ll see many, chalet-type homes dotting the countryside, including the fantastic, Mammhofer Suite & Breakfast.
This enchanting bed and breakfast offers guests family-sized rooms (with 2 king beds), a delicious, home-cooked breakfast (hence the name), warm hospitality, free parking, and complimentary WiFi.
But, if you get hungry for something other than breakfast:
Then head over to the locally beloved, s’Wirtshaus restaurant and enjoy some authentic German schnitzel and apple strudel.
Stunning landscapes and delicious food aside, Oberammergau is actually most famous for presenting the Passion Play every ten years.
During this event:
Well over 2,000 citizens (either native-born or long-term resident) will conduct more than one-hundred performances to an audience of more than 500,000 people.
Now, interestingly enough:
The history of the Passion Play dates all the way back to the mid-1600s when much of Europe was being ravaged by the effects of the Bubonic Plague (AKA Black Death).
According to local legend:
The residents of Oberammergau vowed to God that If He should spare them from the ill-effects of the plague, then they would present the Passion Play every ten years.
As you can probably guess, the residents of Oberammergau were spared.
Get ready for the next Oberammergau Passion Play, which will be held in 2020.
By: Dhara of It’s Not About the Miles
Rostock is a pretty Hanseatic town in northern Germany that is a fantastic place to visit, especially if you’re planning a weekend trip to the seaside resort satellite of Warnamunde.
And while you can see most of the top attractions in Rostock in one day:
The relaxed vibe of this charming German town will make you want to stay longer.
Historically a powerful shipbuilding town:
Rostock was protected by a series of strong walls that helped keep the town’s many wealthy merchants safe during the Middle Ages.
Even today, you can still see remnants of this wall in Rostock, as well as two of its former gates.
Now, once you’ve seen these historic ruins:
You can take a short walk over to the pretty, central square of Neuer Markt, which is a great place to start your day since it is the site of a morning, open market.
You’ll also find St. Mary’s Church, the largest church in all of Rostock, sitting right next door to Neuer Markt.
You’ll discover an enchanting, red brick facade that is home to one of the oldest astronomical clocks in all of Europe.
If you can:
Try and plan your visit for noon, so that you can see the twelve Apostles on the clock move in a procession around Jesus.
And, if you’re not sure where to stay in Rostock:
Then try The Radisson Blu Hotel.
Not only is this hotel located right in the center of the city:
But it also has a wealth of comfortable, contemporary rooms that come with spectaculiar views of the harbor and of Rostock’s charming skyline.
17. Rothenburg ob de Tauber
By: Jeff of Our Passion for Travel
Nestled in the heart of the Franconia region of Bavaria:
Rothenburg ob de Tauber is a picture perfect town that is also one of the most popular stops along the Romantic Road drive through southern Germany.
Filled with cobblestone streets, colorful pastel hued homes, and medieval fortifications:
Rothenburg is easily explored by foot and has a fantastic, evening, Night Watchman’s tour that is an excellent way to get acquainted with the town and its unique history.
And for a fantastic daylight view of the city:
Simply climb one of the city’s many fortified walls and take in the multitude of towers and red roofs that make up Rothenburg’s charming skyline.
Now, regardless of when you visit:
Rothenburg is famed for its amazing variety of Christmas shops. with Kathe Wohlfarht being one of the most amazing Christmas shops that you’ll find anywhere in the world.
Just picture dazzling ornaments, sparkly tinsel, and shiny fairy lights everywhere abd you’ll have some idea of just how amazing this shop really is.
And if you’re looking for a nice place to stay:
Then you’ll love Hotel Reichskuchenmeister since it offers a good selection of simple, reasonably priced rooms that are still luxurious enough for you to actually enjoy your stay.
It also doesn’t hurt that their on-site restaurant serves up sensational Bavarian fare that includes schnitzel, sausages, sauerkraut, and basically any other German food you can think of.
By: Paula and Charles of Expert Abroad
Munich’s annual Oktoberfest festival is typically the main reason why people visit this city. It is also a great excuse to plan a lovely, one day Munich itinerary.
There really is so much more to Munich than beer halls.
Not that there is anything wrong with beer halls, lol.
If you do make it to Germany’s third city, be sure to explore beyond the famed Hofbräuhaus.
There are some truly epic museums in Munich, including the BMW Museum with its collection of vintage cars and the Deutsches Museum, which is home to the world’s largest museum of science and technology.
And if you’re an art lover:
Then consider purchasing a one-day pass to the Pinakothek art museums since this pass includes admission to the Pinakothek der Moderne, The Neue Pinakothek, and the Alte Pinakothek, which showcases works of art from almost every great artist on the planet.
If you want:
You can also spend a quiet afternoon wandering through the center of town, enjoying the many Baroque and neo-Gothic style buildings everywhere.
And since you’re in the area anyway:
Might as well stop by St Peters Cathedral and tackle the seemingly neverending stairs here for some fantastic panoramic views of Altstadt.
When you get hungry, be sure to visit one of Munich’s most famous food markets, Viktualienmarkt.
It’s only a short walk from Marienplatz and is the perfect place to pack a picnic lunch that you can enjoy amidst the botanical splendor of the nearby, Englischer Garten (English Gardens).
To really appreciate the divine German food that this city has to offer, be sure to visit a local restaurant and order either Schweinsbraten (roasted pork) or Schweinshaxe (roasted pig’s knuckle).
We ate both several times and chased it down with a huge stein of beer for added deliciousness!
Vegetarians need not feel left out because if you visit during asparagus season (mid-April through June), then you’ll be able to try some of the best asparagus that we’ve ever tasted.
And if you’re not sure where to stay in Munich:
Then consider booking a room at the Englischer Garten Hotel.
Not only is this amazing hotel situated in the Schwabing neighborhood, with its fun atmosphere and excellent transport connections, but it also sits right next door to one of the prettiest green spaces in the city, Englischer Garten.
19. Königssee Lake
By: Shelley of Lifejourney4two
Located in Berchtesgarden National Park in Southeastern Germany:
Königssee Lake has to be one of the prettiest lakes in all of Germany.
Bavaria itself is beautiful, but Königssee is like the icing on the proverbial cake and was definitely one of the best European lakes that we visited during our year-long trip through Europe in a campervan.
To fully appreciate Königssee’s outstanding beauty, it’s best to take an electric boat ride across the lake, since the area’s natural peace and serenity is only broken when the captain stops the boat at Echo Cliff and plays the flugelhorn.
And trust me:
The ensuing echo is just one of the many enchanting experiences that you’ll have while exploring this amazing place.
While you’re here:
You can also explore Königssee’s western shore (a thirty-minute ride by boat) and see the distinctive red domed baroque Bartholomew Church, which is named after the patron saint of alpine farmers (You can also enjoy some delicious, fresh, local fish from Fischerei St. Bartholomä restaurant right next door).
It’s here, near the church, that you’ll find a one-and-a-half-hour hiking trail that takes you all the way to the Eiskapelle (Ice Chapel).
This six-kilometer hike is quite strenuous, but the stunning, Alpine landscape views at the end of the trail make this hike well worth it.
And for a fantastic place to stay:
Try Hotel Königssee, with its convenient location and fantastic views of the lake.
By: Melissa of Thrifty Family Travels
Just one of the many awesome places to visit in Germany:
Zugspitze mountain stands at 2963 meters tall and is the highest mountain in all of Germany.
Part of the Wetterstein Mountain chain:
Zugspitze is located just south of Garmisch-Partenkirchen and sits along Germany’s border with Austria.
Zugspitze is also home to Germany’s highest ski resort and is covered in snow for around 6 months of the year.
Even if you’re not a skier, this mountain still makes the perfect day trip from Munich or Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Because once you reach Zugspitze’s summit:
You can see over 400 peaks from the Bavarian, Austrian, Swiss and Italian Alps!
You can spend the remainder of the day skiing and sledding.
You can always go back down the mountain and take a walk, visit the local church, or have a stein of beer at the local ice bar.
For those of you wishing to spend several days in Zugspitze, the best place for you to stay would be at an Airbnb in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
You could also try spending the night atop Zugspitze in one of the awesome igloos at Iglu Dorf, for a truly unique experience.
To get to Zugspitze from Garmisch-Partenkirchen, you can either take the old cogwheel train or use the local cable car.
I would take the train up and ride the cable car back down since the journey from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Zugspitze is truly breathtaking and is filled with one amazing view after another.
21. Linderhof Palace
By: Linda of Travel Tyrol
Linderhof Palace, the former palatial home of King Ludwig II of Bavaria, is often overlooked in favor of the bigger, more iconic, Neuschwanstein Castle (If you want, you can even do a joint day tour of both castles)
Those who do take the time to visit Linderhof will be pleasantly surprised by the beauty of this little palace and the enchanting gardens here.
The only palace, or castle, that Ludwig II ever lived to see completed:
The edifice’s ornate design was inspired by Versailles and is best viewed during a guided tour, which is included with the purchase of a Linderhof Palace ticket.
During your visit, be sure to leave enough time to explore the palace’s expansive gardens, which include the Moorish Kiosk and the Moroccan Pavillion, which was originally designed for the Paris World’s Fair.
And since you’re in the area anyway:
You can also visit the nearby towns of Oberammergau and Ettal, which is home to a stunning, baroque style basilica.
Once in Ettal:
Spend the night at the Klosterhof Ludwig der Bayer and enjoy the hotel’s amazing beer garden and restaurant, both of which serve fantastic cuisine and delicious beer that is actually brewed by the local monks.
By: Cate of My Germany Vacation
One of my favorite cities in Germany is Hamburg.
I lived there for a year and if I could, I would move back in a heartbeat.
To get the most out of your trip to Hamburg, I would recommend booking an Airbnb so that you can experience life in Hamburg like a local and get to know the many restaurants, bars, cafes, bakeries (oh, the bakeries!) and grocery stores that residents frequent.
If you can:
Try and stay in either the hip neighborhood of Sternschanze or in St. Pauli, since this area is close to many of Hamburg’s top nightlife spots.
“What is there to do in Hamburg?”, you may be wondering.
I’m so glad that you asked because there are a ton of museums to explore (popular museums include the Miniature Museum, the International Maritime Museum, and the U-434 Russian espionage submarine turned year-round museum) and fantastic art galleries to visit.
You could even take an escalator ride to the top of Elbphilharmonie (for exceptional views of the city), wander through the scenic canals of Speicherstadt, head out to Ohlsdorf (the largest rural cemetery in the world), walk under the Elbe via the Elbtunnel, or take ferry number 62 from Landungsbrücken to Finkenwerder, for a free harbor tour on the Elbe.
If you’re feeling really adventurous, you could even rent a canoe or stand-up paddleboard and explore Hamburg’s many canals by boat (and the gorgeous homes that line the canals) or take a stroll along the Alster and picnic in the beautiful Planten un Blomen Park.
I know what you’re thinking, “What about the food?”
If you’re looking to dive headfirst into Hamburg’s fantastic foodie scene, then you cannot leave the city without trying a Fischbrötchen (a fresh roll that is filled with either fish or shrimp and various other condiments), a Franzbrötchen (a buttery pastry with cinnamon and various other fillings), a bowl of Rote Gütze (a red berry dessert topped with fresh cream, and either vanilla sauce or ice cream), and of course beer!
Whatever you do though:
Be sure to let go of any and all notions that you will maintain any semblance of a sensible diet while exploring this amazing German city.
23. Burg Eltz Castle
By: Hannah and Adam of Getting Stamped
Tucked away in the vast forests of Germany is Burg Eltz Castle, one of our favorite places in the entire country.
It’s honestly one of the most epic castles that we’ve ever seen and one of only three castles on the left bank of the Rhine River that still remains today.
To see this beautiful, medieval castle for yourself, you can get here by car, bus, or train.
But whatever you do:
Be sure to arrive as early as possible so that you can avoid the hordes of tourists that tend to descend upon this amazing place later in the day.
To do this:
Try staying at a nearby hotel for the night, at either LandHotel Ringelsteiner Muehle or Schloss-Hotel Petry.
Once you finally do get here, take some time to explore the building’s exterior before signing up for a fantastic, guided castle tour.
This really is the only way for you to catch a glimpse of the building’s stunning interior.
There are even two on-site restaurants where you can stop and grab a bite to eat if you get a little hungry during your visit.
And if you really love castles:
You can easily add Cochem Castle, Burg Thurant, and Burg Metternich to your Germany itinerary since all of these amazing structures are less than 20 miles away.
By: Tom of Travel Past 50
One of the only disappointments of visiting Germany is that much of the country’s historic infrastructure was completely destroyed during World War II.
Because of their strategic location and military importance, many small towns, like Breisach, suffered the greatest damage.
It’s a real lesson in history if you can do a Rhine River shore excursion and visit some of these quaint, German towns, to see what locals have persevered through and what they have built to replace what they’ve lost.
In Breisach, for example:
You can visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a church that was almost completely destroyed during the bombings of World War II.
Since then though:
This iconic, center of worship has been restored to its former, architectural grandeur, just minus any interior decor.
Both the side altars and crypts of the church were totally destroyed during the war.
Because the church’s magnificent, hand-carved, wooden altarpiece was removed from the church and hidden, it remains in St. Stephen’s today, for both visitors and locals to enjoy.
What is perhaps even more joyful than the preservation of the old is the celebration of the new.
Which is why:
Anyone who visits Breisach should see the various Modernist sculptures that proliferate throughout the old town center, including an old town well wheel pump that has been transformed into a whimsical piece of modern sculpture that pays tribute to Breisach’s medieval past.
Don’t forget to check out the town’s well-regarded history museum, which showcases a variety of interesting, Renaissance-era sculptures that sit all along the building’s exterior.
By: Vicki of Vicki Viaja
Most people traveling to Germany visit either the capital or some of the small towns within the Southern portion of the country.
Which is a pity since you can find a wealth of enchanting, picture perfect villages in Northern Germany too!
And one of my favorite among them happens to be the stunning town of Goslar.
With its historic charm and multitude of medieval-half timbered homes:
Goslar really does look like it’s been plucked straight out of one of your favorite, childhood fairytale.
During your visit, take some time to walk through the old town and savor the historic feel of this magical place.
Along the way:
You can even stop in one of the local beer halls and try some of Gostar’s famous Gose Beer, which has been in production here since the middle ages.
But you know what I really love most about this amazing town?
The fact that you can find a ton of fun things to do here, regardless of the season.
If you visit during the summer, you can sit within the beautiful market square and enjoy some yummy Apfelstrudel with vanilla ice cream and coffee.
If you travel here during the winter, you can check out Goslar’s magical Christmas Market, which is consistently voted one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in all of Germany.
It’s not just the city itself that is appealing to visitors.
Because right next to Goslar lies the majestic, Harz Mountains, which are a great place for long walks, mountain bike rides and some epic skiing during the winter season.
By: Mikkel of Sometimes Home
Passau is a small German town that sits right at the point where three rivers converge in Bavaria.
It’s an incredibly popular destination for river cruises, especially since one of the three rivers that meet here is the famous Danube. (The other two are the Ilz and Inn.).
Even if you don’t have access to a river cruise, Passau is still worth visiting since it’s an incredibly charming town that is quite walkable too.
And the number one attraction here?
None other than St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a 17th century, baroque-style church, that showcases an impressive assortment of ceiling paintings that are well worth seeing.
Now, sitting just in front of the church:
You’ll find a little town square, which is a fantastic place to relax and admire the enchanting architecture here, while doing a bit of people watching.
Another great place to visit in Passau, is the Schaibling Tower.
There may not be a lot to see inside the tower itself, but this beautiful, city icon is still a fantastic place to capture a lovely view of the river.
And if you’re planning an overnight stay in Passua:
Then try Hotel Konig, since it’s not too far from the dock that all of the river cruises use.
And for a no fuss, German pub meal that you’ll love:
Head to Altes Braeuhaus, just off the Danube River.
Because let’s be honest:
Who doesn’t love a great bratwurst, with sauerkraut and mustard, that is served with a nice, tall, stein of beer?
Exactly. Glad we agree.
By: Kamila of My Wanderlust
Not many people think of visiting Goerlitz, which is why this amazing city is such a hidden gem!
It’s also the easternmost city in all of Germany and as a result, is one of the few places in the country that wasn’t destroyed during World War II.
That’s why today:
You’ll be able to see over 4.000 monuments and historical buildings in Goerlitz alone, making it one of the most beautiful cities in Germany!
You might have seen this enchanting city before, but without even knowing it.
Goerlitz is a favorite film location of many top movie directors, with films like The Grand Budapest Hotel, Inglorious Bastards, and The Reader all being shot here.
Goerlitz is also a border city and is located just a few minutes from the bridge on the Lusatian Neisse river that will take you into the Polish city of Zgorzelec.
These two places used to be a single city but were permanently divided by the new border demarcations that created after World War II.
And while the majority of super cool, historic monuments remained in Goerlitz, it’s still fun to jump across the border and visit Poland.
Goerlitz is also just a little over an hour away from Dresden, making it the perfect day trip from this amazing city.
You should obviously stay here for more than a day since there is just so much to see and do in this awesome German metropolis!
By: Nicole of Travelgal Nicole
Located just 16 miles outside of Berlin:
Potsdam is the capital of Brandenburg and until 1918, was also home to Prussian Kings and German Kaisers who used to spend their summers here, enjoying the beautiful gardens.
Now a designated Unesco World Heritage Site:
Potsdam is known the world over for its Grand Palaces, beautiful gardens (including a fabulous rose garden), and Roman baths, all of which can easily be explored during a delightful, day tour from Berlin.
While you’re here:
Be sure to see visit the immortal opulence of the Baroque-style, Sanssouci Palace, since this former royal home is basically the German equivalent of Versailles
29. Mosel Valley
By: Paulina of Paulina on the Road
One of my favorite places to visit in Germany is definitely the Moselle Valley.
Located in Western Germany:
This region is a fantastic destination for anyone who wants to take a hike, explore a fairytale castle, or visit an enchanting, hillside vineyard.
Historically, wine culture has been a huge part of this place, at least since it was first introduced to the area by Roman invaders.
During your stay, you’ll be able to try some of the best wines in Germany, including the ever-famous, sweet, Riesling white wine.
If you’d like to experience more from the region than its delicious wine, you can also do a bit of castle hopping, as you hike through vineyards and exquisite rolling hills to see the beautiful grandeur of Burg Eltz castle.
To really make the most out of your time here, I would suggest taking a Mosel River cruise.
You can see several different villages within this picturesque valley region; an experience that is particularly magical during the holiday season, when you can visit several different Christmas Markets while on a European Christmas Market cruise along the Mosel river.
30. Franconian Switzerland
By: Margherita of The Crowded Planet
Franconian Switzerland is a region in Germany, just north of Nuremberg, that is famous for its natural beauty, its historic, charming towns, and its ancient, beer brewing traditions.
And while this part of Germany may be relatively unknown to foreigners:
It is familiar to Nuremberg locals, who typically frequent this area as part of a day trip from the city.
There is so much to see and do here that we’d recommend visiting for at least two or three days.
First of all:
Franconian Switzerland is an outdoor lover’s paradise and is the perfect place to enjoy a variety of different activities like hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, and caving.
And if you’re beer lover:
Then you’ll be delighted to know that there are several different hiking trails from which you can visit a local brewery!
During our most recent stay in Franconian Switzerland:
We had the opportunity to hike the Funf-Seidla-Steig, an amazing, 18 kilometer, round trip hike that takes you past five different, local breweries.
It was a great day out, with gentle hikes in between breweries that make this an ideal way to take in some of the area’s stunning, natural landscapes, while enjoying a nice tipple.
Truly the perfect experience for any beer-loving, nature enthusiasts out there.