If you are looking for a country which has plenty to do, then Germany is the answer! You will find many fantastic tourist attractions, and unique things and places to visit. The German National Tourist Board (GNTB) has taken many years to gather information on things that tourists want to see and do, and the country has earned the reputation for being one of the countries that people want to visit. Over 32,000 travellers named the country as their personal favourite place to visit. Whether you like museums and art galleries, historic buildings and landmarks, or eclectic shops and boutiques, Germany has something for everyone.
1. Neuschwanstein Castle
This world-renowned fairy tale castle is symbolic of romantic architecture, and tells the story of its owner Ludwig II. It is possible one of the most photographed sights in the country. After ascending to the throne, Ludwig was forced to cede power to the Prussians, and he then retreated to the castle.
There are among all the rooms, two magnificent halls to see. One is the Singers’ Hall, which is filled with banqueting tables and adornments. The sleeping quarters show a Gothic influence, and the throne room will dazzle you with the gold and blue decorations.
Another feature is the grotto where you will find little waterfalls and coloured lights creating the feelings of a mysterious cave.
You should allow a full day here, to see the castle and the surrounding gardens.
This is the world’s largest beer festival and travelling funfair. This event is normally held for 16 – 18 days in mid-September to first weekend in October. More than 6 million people from all over the world arrive to sample the beer and use the fairground.
You will find a good selection of foods ranging from roast pork and roast chicken, to sausages, pretzels, cheese noodles and potato pancakes. In fact, there is so much food, you will be hard pressed to decide what to eat!
This is a full day out, especially if you have children and want to spend time at the funfair.
3. The Berlin Wall
This barrier used to separate the east from the west, until it was opened in 1989. It was also known as ‘the wall of shame’ which was a term used by Willy Brandt when referring to the wall and the restriction of movement.
Through the years some 5,000 attempted to escape over the wall, with the death toll reaching about 200 in the Berlin area.
In 1989 the wall was opened and people were free to move from one side to the other without being prosecuted. The wall unfortunately became a paradise for souvenir hunters and many parts were chipped away. The actual demolition of the wall began in 1992.
This will take you an hour to see what remains and walk around the area.
4. Europa-Park in Rust
This is rated as Germany’s number one theme park. You will find it in south-west Germany, between the towns of Freiburg and Offenburg. It is also one of the few parks which stays open during the winter months.
You will find a sensational mix of rides and themed areas, beautiful parks and children’s theatres. You might try the Silver Star Rollercoaster which is the second highest in Europe. The wooden Wodan-Timbur coaster reaches speeds of up to 100km/h, and there are plenty of wild water rides, and loop-the-loop coasters.
In winter, the park is transformed into a winter wonderland with attractions leading right up to Christmas and New Year.
There are plenty of food places to eat at. Be prepared to spend the whole day here, if possible stay nearby and return the next day – this will please the kids!
5. Miniature Wonderland
This is the biggest model railway in the world. You’ll see things like the City of Hamburg with the port, the Grand Canyon, then Everglades, and the bright lights of Las Vegas to mention but a few. There are sections devoted to many different countries.
There are some 400,000 tiny figures on display across eight regions of the world. The collection is made up of 1,300 trains and 20,000 metres of track. More than 500,000 lights and 100,000 moving cars which never stop! All this is controlled by more than 64 computers.
It is a good idea tobuy your ticketsonline so you are assured of a place.
There are guided tours that you may join, or you can go around by yourself. By arrangement, they accommodate wheelchairs.
6. The Alps
The Alpine region contains over 100 peaks which are higher than 13,000 feet, and they run through Germany, Italy, Austria, France, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Slovenia, and Switzerland. The highest mountain is Mont Blanc which stands at 15,781 feet.
You’ll be able to see wildlife such as Ibex at higher elevations and plants like Edelweiss in the lower elevations.
In the small villages, there is still a tradition of farming, cheesemaking and woodworking. 120 million people visit the Alps throughout the year.
Plan to spend a night in a hotel and explore the area. If hiking appeals to you, then pack those walking shoes!
7. City of Dresden
Dresden is famous for many things, although there are three landmarks, namely Zwinger Palace, Semper Opera House and the Church of Our Lady.
There are many other sights to see such as the gardens of Brühl Terrace, with fantastic views over the river Elbe, and the Albertinum Museum with an amazing gallery and sculpture collection.
The Green Vault – the world’s largest treasure chamber – is at the Royal Palace.
Plan to spend two to three days exploring this area, you will not be disappointed!
8. The Zugspitze
If you like mountaineering or walking, then this may be a trip for you. The Zugspitze is the highest peak of the Wetterstein Mountains. It is also the highest peak in Germany.
There are three recognised routes to the summit, the first one starting from the Höllental valley, the second is from the Reintal valley, and the third over the Austrian Cirque. There are plenty of stops along the way if you need overnight accommodation. You will find the Münchner Haus on the western summit, and on the slopes look for the Wiener-Neustädter Hut.
Three cable cars run to the top. On average 500,000 people climb to the summit each year. In the winter months, there are nine ski lifts in the area surrounding Zugspitzplatt.
Plan on spending a few days at least, so that you can plan your climb, and then recover afterwards.
This theme park is about 20km from Cologne, and is the perfect place for a family holiday. It is also open during the winter season. With rides like the steam carousel, the log flume, and loop-the-loop rollercoasters, there is something for all ages here. For the braver ones, there is the Black Mamba, Winja’s Fear & Force and the Mystery Castle.
At Christmas, you will be able to visit the Christmas Market, and see some fantastic events, as well as the magical winter illuminations.
Whichever time of year you visit the park, be prepared to spend the day. A good idea is to stay overnight in a village nearby and take two days to see the park.
10. The Pergamon Museum
You will find this museum on the Museum Island in Berlin. The museum is home to the Pergamon Altar, the Ishtar Gate of Babylon, and the Market Gate of Miletus. This was recovered from ruins many years ago, discovered in the Middle East.
There are different sections in the museum, notably the antiquity section, the Middle East Section, and the museum of Islamic Art.
This is the most visited museum in Germany, with over 5 million visitors each year. It is also one of the largest in the country.
Plan to spend a whole day here.
11. Dresden Frauenkirche
In the 11th century this was a missionary church, and is still one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Germany. The church underwent drastic architectural changes in the middle of the 18th century, and was completely destroyed by a bombing raid in WWII. The rebuilding began in 1994 and took 11 years to complete. Today you can see the Dresden Frauenkirche as it was originally. You will find it in the centre of Dresden’s old market area.
You will be able to find the programme of worship for any services you may wish to attend.
Allow a morning to look at the church, then perhaps explore the surrounding areas.
12. Hofbräuhaus am Platzl
This beer hall was built back in 1589 by Duke Maximilian I. Originally it was an extension of the München brewery. The public were only admitted in 1828, and the building was remodelled in 1897. The building was destroyed – apart from the beer hall – in World War II.
Most of the building is taken up by the restaurant, which also holds a ballroom and outdoor garden. You will be able to try traditional Bavarian foods such as soft pretzels, cheese dips and sausages.
If you look at the ceiling of the bar you will see many steins hanging there, these belong to locals who keep their own personal steins at hand.
Allow an evening to enjoy the restaurant and sample the beers.
13. Heidelberg Castle
This is not only one of Germany’s biggest attractions, but also considered to be one of the best examples of early Renaissance German architecture. The castle existed before 1214, and after that it was divided into two castles in 1294.
Two lightning bolts, along with wars and fires have taken their toll on the castle, although the magnificent views attract over 1 million visitors each year.
You can reach the castle by climbing the steps – 315 of them! Or you can take the easier way by shuttle bus which runs every hour from Frankfurt airport to Heidelberg.
You should allow yourself a day to see this, and explore the area around it.
14. The Moselle Valley
This is the oldest wine region in Germany. The Moselle Wine Route is the perfect opportunity to take your RV and explore not only the many vineyards along the way, but also some of the castles. Many castles host banquets, some offer accommodation.
There is a river boat cruise along the river which winds through the Moselle Valley, where you can enjoy the wonderful views of forests and mountains. The area is also perfect for cycling or walking. Whether you choose to stride out or amble along, the area is delightful and full of natural wonders.
Plan to spend some days along the wine route. Stop and explore, visit vineyards, and enjoy the area.
15. Erlebnis Zoo
The zoo is over 22 hectares and is home to over 2,000 animals. It is situated on the outskirts of Eilenriede Woods, with bus stops very close by. You can watch the animals at feeding times, and at various public shows they put on. There is also a boat trip for the younger children and an adventure playground.
There are many small cafes where you can get a bite to eat during the day. The zoo is closed on Mondays, and the winter season has different attraction from the end of October to March 21st.
Plan to spend a full day here.
16. The Semperoper
This is the magnificent opera house and concert hall of the Saxon State Opera and the Saxon State Orchestra. It is also the home of the Semperoper Ballet. You will find it near the Elbe River in Dresden.
The opera house is considered a very fine example of Dresden Baroque architecture. In 1945 the building was badly damaged although it was reconstructed, and reopened 40 years later. You will see monuments depicting such artists as Shakespeare, Schiller, Von Goethe, and Molière.
Plan an evening at the opera or see one of the many orchestra recitals. Booking is essential for any event here.
17. Nuremberg Christmas Market
Not many things can better a German Christmas market! Every Christmas gift that you could wish to buy can be found on sale here, ranging from wooden chalets, Christmas lights and unique tree decorations.
You will be able to taste some authentic German Christmas snacks such as mulled wine, roast chestnuts, donuts, and sugared almonds, while you listen to Christmas carols.
The market opens around 25th November until the 24th December each year, and attracts about 2 million visitors annually.
You can find the schedule of eventsonline so you can plan your trip.
You will find the market right next to the railway station.
Allow yourself a full evening here so that you see all that is on show.
This is a city which is rich in medieval charm, filled with churches, towers, and bridges. Martin Luther once remarked that Erfurt was the ‘city of towers’ because there are no less than 25 parish churches, 15 abbeys and monasteries, and 10 chapels.
Martin Luther spent five years at the Augustinian Monastery, where you will see classic examples of medieval and modern architecture.
Erfurt is also known as ‘the city of bridges’, with 142 bridges spanning the River Gera. The most famous bridge is the Merchants’ Bridge, which is where you will find the longest row of inhabited buildings on any bridge in Europe.
It is a good idea to spend a full day in the area as there are many quaint streets to explore. You will find plenty of small cafes where you can eat lunch, or get a snack.
19. Halbe Tropical Islands
You will find this 1,000-year-old village just 60 km south of Krausnick, Halbe. This is where you can explore the family park ‘Tropical Islands’. You won’t expect to see the palm trees, sandy beaches, and tropical birds, but this is what you will find on this amazing island. The island is literally a tropical island!
There are playgrounds and water games for younger children. Older guests will enjoy some time spent in the biggest sauna and wellness resort in Europe.
Plan to stay a night or two – or more if you wish. There is accommodation available for overnight, and longer stays. This is a perfect opportunity to relax and unwind in a beautiful setting.
20. The East Side Gallery
This is a 1316-metre-long part of the Berlin Wall which you will find near the centre of the city of Berlin. It is now a gallery consisting of 105 paintings from artists from all over the world. The wall was painted in 1990, and it is thought to be the largest and most long-lasting open-air gallery in the world.
You will find the works of some renowned artists such as David Monti, Barbara Greul Aschanta, and Jörg Kubitzki.
While it will not take you more than a few hours to see the paintings, you may want to spend some time in the area.
21. Gendarmenmarkt Open Air Festival
This open-air market is held every year in summer. It takes place in Berlin and stays open for a few days for people to watch classical concerts in the open, often at night under the stars. You can hear the works of many classical composers, as well as light opera, jazz, rock, and pop.
Often there are firework displays with the performances.
Arrive in good time to secure your place, and spend an evening enjoying the night sky and the concerts.
22. The Brandenburg Gate
You will find this monument in Berlin. It is an 18th century neo-classical building, which was constructed on the orders of Frederick William II. It is one of the most well-known landmarks in the country. The gate is at the entrance to ‘Unter den Linden’, which is the well-known boulevard lined with linden trees.
This site was often the place where historical events took place and it is considered a sign of unity and peace.
You can find information on hotels in the area if you prefer to stay a night or two.
This will only take an hour to look at, but the area around it is worth looking at also.
23. The Jewish Museum
This museum is located about ten minutes from Brandenburg Gate. It is made up of three buildings which house the largest documentation of Jewish-German history in Europe, covering some 2,000 years.
The museum is very popular with 720,000 visitors a year.
Allow yourself a half day to look around here.
This is an area, rather than a place. It is in fact, the area where the official Oktoberfest is held. It covers 420,000 square meters and at one end you will find the Bavarian Statue which symbolises the State of Bavaria.
On the east side, you will find a square which is named for the international language of Esperanto. It is here that you will see a memorial to commemorate the victims of the 1980 Oktoberfest bombings.
If you look to the north, you will see the tower of St Paul.
In addition to Oktoberfest, there are spring and winter festivals each year. One of Germany’s largest flea markets takes place here in April.
Depending on the time of year you visit, plan to spend either a day, or an evening.
At the base of the majestic peak known as the Brocken’, you will find the small town of Wernigerode, which is full of small cobbled streets, and half-timbered houses. You will also find a castle and market place. The views of the Holtemme River are spectacular.
This town has also been called ‘the brightly coloured town of the Harz’.
Plan to spend a day here, if possible stay overnight in one of the many bed and breakfasts in the area. The nearest city is Brunswick, which is 55 minutes away.
26. Lake Constance
This is the third largest lake in central Europe and is a holiday makers paradise. Flower Island of Mainau is well known for the magnificent park and gardens.
You will also find the Monastic Island of Reichenau, which will show you about the role played by the Benedictine Abbey through the ages. There are three well preserved churches on the island.
You will find prehistoric dwelling s in Unteruhldingen. These date back to the Bronze and Neolithic ages.
Meersburg Castle will amaze you with the views of the lake. You will be able to see the Alps in the distance.
This is the perfect place to drive your RV and spend some time. You will not be disappointed.
27. Bad Gandersheim
You will find this quaint little town at the foot of the Harz mountains. It is known for the spas and hot springs. However, it is better known for the open-air theatre productions, which have been held since 1959. They take place in front of the small cathedral, and run from July through August.
The open-air theatre is the fifth largest in Lower Saxony, with an estimated 55,000 visitors each year.
Plan to spend a few days here, take in a performance, and enjoy the area. You can also get there by train from Hanover or Brunswick.
You will find this near to Berlin, it used to be the summer palace of Frederick the Great. The gardens are famed for the follies which you will find built around the park. The castle was built in 1745-1747, and the name means ‘without concerns’.
This is a very small castle, with only ten main rooms, but you will see examples of the king’s taste in design, which came to be known as ‘Frederician Rococo’.
Find out more about the palace and park and the king who lived there.
The gardens and the castle are now under the protection of UNESCO. About 2 million people visit the place every year.
Plan to spend a day there, and perhaps see surrounding areas.
29. 1888 Water-Powered Funicular
You will find this just north of the lovely city Wiesbaden. The Neroberg funicular railway line has been running since 1888. It is now regarded as a technical monument. This is one of the very few water powered funiculars in the world. What makes it special is that it is still working perfectly!
You will find it about an hour by train from Frankfurt. Plan to spend a day or more if you would like to overnight at the end, and return the next day.
This used to be a Nazi concentration camp, and was primarily used for political prisoners from 1936 until the end of the Third Reich. Later the buildings were used as an NKVD camp. This ended in 1950.
The camp ground is open to the public, and you will be able to see the remaining buildings.
Allow yourself a half day to visit here.
31. Westernstadt El Dorado
If wild west appeals to you, then you should head here. You’ll find it in Templin, Brandenburg. Live shows are held daily, with native American storytelling, and dancing, stunt riding, panning for gold and pitching horse shoes.
There is something for all ages here, from the youngest to the ‘young at heart’.
Plan to spend a day here, better still take your RV and spend longer. The kids will thank you!
32. Heidelberg Castle
This was built as a fortress with towers and moats back in 1300, and you can still imagine what it must have looked like. It remains one of Europe’s most famous landmarks. Even the ruins seen to look majestic with overgrown ivy.
The Ruprecht wing is the oldest residential wing and it is here you will see the magnificent Renaissance fireplace.
The Freidrich wing is the best-preserved area, while on the ground floor the church is still intact. The gardens are a delight to wander through.
On Saturdays, you may go on the guided tour called ‘Life at Court’.
Plan to spend a full day here, as once you have seen the castle, you can wander through the ‘Philosophers’ Walk’, which is a very scenic trail overlooking the castle.
33. Hamburg Dungeons
You will find these dungeons in Speicherstadt. They are among the most popular tourist attractions in Hamburg. There is a guided tour which lasts 90 minutes, and reveals 600 years of history. Some scenes are from the bubonic plague and the great fire. There are many special effects on the tour, one of them being a torture chamber.
Unfortunately, children under 10 are not recommended, and children of 14 and under must be with an adult.
If you book your tickets online you will save up to 30%.
Plan a morning or afternoon here.
34. Rothenburg ob der Tauber
This town is literally filled with building dating back to the middle ages! It is just like talking a trip back in time. Beautiful old houses, tucked away taverns, town squares with fountains – the list goes on!
Legend has it that in the ‘Thirty Years War’, the town was captured by General Tilly, who planned to burn it down. He decreed that he would spare the town if anyone could drink a tankard of wine which held three litres. It seems the former mayor successfully did this, and the town was saved!
There is an annual festival called the Meistertrunk festival every year.
Plan on spending one day at least, maybe longer while you verify the legend!
35. The Green Vault, Dresden Castle
Here you will find a magnificent collection of gold, silver, and precious stones, set into amazing pieces of work. There are two vaults, namely the Green Vault, and the New Green Vault, as the collection is so immense.
There are over 1,000 pieces of work from over three centuries. You will see pieces of ivory and amber along with many other stones.
Take time to visit both vaults, if you can. Dresden Castle is not too far away, so plan on spending the day there.
36. Hellabrunn Zoo
This zoo opene3d in 1911, and now houses 19,000 animals on about 40 hectares of land. It is the most bio-diverse zoo in Germany, and was in fact the world’s first ‘geo-zoo’.
Youi will find elephants, seals, tigers, birds of prey, and monkeys – to name a small selection. The animals are grouped together on the continents they came from.
There are also sections on reptiles, and a first-class aquarium with more than 9,000 fish, jellyfish and even sharks in a 14-metre tank.
Even without children, you should plan on spending a full day here, as there is just so much to see.
37. Steinhuder Meer
This is the largest shallow lake in Germany, with the average depth being just 1.5 metres. You will find the lake in the Steinhuder Nature Reserve.
If you enjoy wind surfing, angling, hiking or any outdoor activity, then this is a ‘must’ for you.
This vacation resort is the perfect place to bring your RV, spend a few days, and just relax in the beautiful surroundings.
The Nature park is about 33 km north of Hanover.
38. The Autostadt
As the name indicates, this is a place for cars, and certainly for car lovers the world over! You will find many things here such as the car museum, which holds the Volkswagen group, and where you can pick up your new car.
Before driving any vehicle, you must produce a current driving licence. After that you can take a test drive in one of the many demo cars. There is also a test track for youngsters.
The auto storage units will amaze you, with two 60-meter tall glass silos housing new Volkswagens. If you buy your new car, and arrange to collect it there, they will give you free entrance tickets, meal tickets, and free entrance to many events. You will see your car roll out of the silo and be delivered to you with ‘zero’ miles on the clock!
You will find the car tower right next to the distribution centre.
Plan to spend at least a half day here, although longer if you plan to buy a car!
39. Baden Baden Spa and Hot Springs
The Romans established the spas in this town as far back as AD69. Today there are 12 thermal springs, and visitors come from around the world to ‘take the waters’.
The city is not only famous for the spas, but also for horse racing. Additionally, you will find it the perfect base to start exploring the Black Forest.
Plan on spending at least one day here, although longer if you want to look further afield.
40. Cologne Cathedral
Since the 4th century, the site has had churches on it. It was only in 1248 that the site became the home of cathedrals. This cathedral was completed in 1880, and was then the tallest building in the world.
With over 6 million visitors each year, this ranks as one of the most popular tourist attractions. You will find priceless pieces such as St Peter’s cross and chain, and the Gero Cross, which is the oldest life size crucifix in the world.
The stained-glass windows are worth looking at, as are the 14th century paintings.
There are regular performances on the organ, as well as choir performances once a month. These are held from September to June.
Plan on spending a half a day here, although you may want to stay for a recital one evening.
41. Karl`s Village of Discovery
This is a themed adventure park which is about three hours from Berlin by train. It is in the small village of Rövershagen. You can try your hand at cheese making, bread making, pottery, and glass blowing. There are plenty of attractions for the younger visitors, with a ball bath, and many climbing frames.
Plan to spend a day here, try your hand at some of the activities, and grab a snack at the café.
42. The Partnach Gorge
You will find this near the south German town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The gorge is over 80 metres deep in places, and is 702 metres long.
In 1991, there was a rockfall which brought a lot of rock crashing down, and a small, dammed lake was formed.
The gorge served as location for the production of films such as Nosferatu the Vampyre. This is also the route which led to Count Dracula’s Castle.
Plan to spend a half day here, or more if you plan on walking or hiking. Take care with small children, as the water is flowing.
43. Island of Rügen
You will find this island off the west Pomeranian Coast of the Baltic Sea. His is one of the largest of the islands. Note the long, white beaches, and the chalky cliffs, which are lined with elegant hotels and resorts.
The island plays host to the open air Störtebeker theatre festival, which brings 100,000 visitors annually.
If you plan to come for the festival, then be sure to book accommodation well in advance.
44. Island of Sylt
You may also have known of this island as the ‘Queen of the North Sea’. This is the largest of the North Frisian islands, and is well known for the sporting events which are held there. The annual Windsurfing World Cup takes place there. The event is praised for the food which is served at that time. The island gets busy during this time.
There are twelve villageson the island for you to explore.
At any other time, you will find the island a peaceful and relaxing place to spend a holiday. There is a ferry which runs from the Danish Island of Rømø. The island also has an airport so you can fly direct to it.
45. Black Forest
Whether you like hiking and walking, or just relaxing, the Black Forest has something to offer you. You will find it in the south west area of Baden-Württemberg. Dense woods, rolling hills, and quaint timber framed houses are all part of the beauty of the area.
There are many family friendly places where you can stay a few nights while you enjoy this lovely area.
You can also bring your RV and stay as long as you like while exploring the surroundings.
46. Wadden Sea
This area is rich in wild life such as wading birds, seals and porpoises. It is made up of mud flats and wetlands, and is now a UNESCO heritage site.
There are three National Parks, namely Hambury, Lower Saxony, and Schleswig Holstein.
You can take your RV here, explore each of the parks at your leisure. There are also vacation rsorts and seaside towns such as Cuxhaven or Neuharlingersiel.
47. Geierlay Rope Bridge
This rope bridge connects the towns of Mörsdorf and Sosberg, near the Luxembourg, and is the longest rope bridge in Germany. This is most definitely not for the fainthearted! It is 100 metres above the ground and is 360 metres long.
The bridge opened in 2015 and draws some 170,000 visitors each year.
Plan to start off in Mörsdorf, where you will find the reception area. Make sure you wear good walking shoes, as the bridge is actually 2 km away from the village.
Allow yourself a day here, to get to the other side, have a look around and then come back again. Be aware that children may not enjoy this!
This is one of the most exciting theme parks you will visit! There is every kind of ride you can imagine, from loop-the-loop coasters, to merry-go-rounds. Fun is guaranteed here!
You may not be able to see and do all you want to in one day, so plan on staying a second day in the Adventure Hotel, where children under 11 get free bed and breakfast.
The park closes from November to mid-March, so plan your trip earlier. If you come by train, you can get there from Hanover, Hamburg or Bremen.
49. The Deutsches Museum
This is the largest museum of science and technology in Germany. You will find about 28,000 items on display. The museum receives around 1.5 million visitors per year.
The museum was opened in 1903, and used to host rock concerts for stars such as Jimi Hendrix, and The Who.
The main area of the museum is on a small island in the Isar river, and in 1903 the city council donated it as the museum.
Plan to spend a day here, perhaps pack a picnic lunch and explore the area after you have seen the museum.
50. Botanical Gardens, Frankfurt
Anyone who loves plants will be thrilled to visit these gardens. They are right in the centre of the city, and you will find 14 greenhouses, with varying climates inside them.
The Palm house is particularly impressive as it stands 18 metres high. It was built in 1869, and is as impressive now as it was back then. You will be able to see tropical plants from almost every climate in the world.
If you buy a RheinMainCard you will receive 50% off entrance tickets.
Allow a half day to walk around and enjoy the gardens.
51. Porta Nigra Gate and Roman Monuments
Trier is the oldest city in Germany, and that is where you will find the gate and monuments. They were founded by the Romans back in 17BC. Of all the buildings from that era, the ones left still standing are the amphitheatre, the Roman Baths and Porta Negra Gate. These are very popular tourist attractions, with visitors coming from all over the world to see them.
Allow a half day to look around here.
52. Museum Quarter
Lübeck has ten museums within walking distance from each other, hence the name of the Museum Quarter.
The St Annen was erected on the site of the ruined At Annen cloister, and some of the walls and arches can still be seen. This museum is regarded as one of the most beautiful in Germany, and here you can find out about the history of the town from the Middle Ages from theb14th to the 17th centuries.
The museums are:
Gunther Grass House
Industrial Museum History Workshop
St Annen Museum
Museum Holsten Gate
Theatre Figure Museum
Willy Brandt House
Lübeck is about 80 km north of Hamburg. You may want to spend more than a day here so that you get to see all of the ten museums.
53. The Reichstag
This historic building is in Berlin. It was officially opened in 1894, repaired after a fire in 1933, and reopened again in the 1960’s.
There is a restaurant on the rooftop east of the dome, which is open to the public. If you plan to try this, you should reserve a table as it gets very popular. You can make your bookings online.
Plan to spend an evening if you go to the restaurant.
54. The Green Citadel
This was named after the architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser after one of his works. It was completed in 2005 after he had died five years before. The pink walls and towers, complete with minarets are typical of the architect. You will find the building colourful and interesting in an area where other buildings seem drab in comparison.
Plan to spend an hour or two in the vicinity of Magdeburg. It is only 8 minutes from the railway station ate Magdeburg.
55. Moritzburg Palace
This is about 16km from Dresden and in the middle of a lake. It was originally a hunting lodge back in 1542, and today it is considered one of the finest examples of Baroque in Sachsen.
If you are amazed by the exterior, then wait till you see the interior! It will enthral you!
Also in the grounds of the castle you will find the ‘Little Pheasant Castle’. This is also a fine example of the architecture of the time.
Check online for a list of any upcoming events and plan a day out here.
Finally, if you are a gingerbread lover, then this is the city for you to visit!
Plan to spend a day here, seeing the castle and then looking at the town.
56. Nuremberg Castle
You will find this in the centre of Nuremberg, in Bavaria. The castle is now considered to be one – if not the most – formidable fortifications in medieval times.
In World War II it received damage but was repaired and rebuilt to the original form.
The castle is now owned by the state of Bavaria.
Plan to spend a day looking at the castle and the gardens.
This is the very well-known and famous boulevard. It is 3.5 km long and has on both sides elegant shops, tasteful cafes, and restaurants. In between these you will find more historical buildings.
This is also the street where you may find car shops, in fact for car manufacturers, it is ‘The street’, and the place to shop in Berlin.
Plan to spend a day here, there are plenty of places where you can grab a bite to eat.
You will find this amazing aquarium in Stralsund, on the Baltic coast in the town Western Pomerania. It is in a beautiful area, right on the waterfront.
The museum received the award as European Museum of the Year in 2010, and here you will find the largest whale collection in the world! There are 45 tanks of whales and sea life! If you are at all interested in life under water, then this is a ‘must’ for you!
The museum is just twenty minutes from the station at Stralsund, and you should plan to spend at least a half day there, although it may take you longer to see everything.
59. The Zwinger
You will find this palace in the city of Dresden, in the eastern side. It was formerly a part of the Dresden Fortress, with a part of the wall still conserved there.
Today this is a complex which contains, the ‘Old Masters’ Gallery’, the Dresden Porcelain Collection, and the Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments.
Allow yourself a day to enjoy this lovely castle.
This city is built on seven hills, with each hill having its own church. The entire city has been under UNESCO since 1993.
Visit the Town Hall with the interesting rococo architecture. More interesting though, is that it is in the middle of the Regnitz River!
The city cathedral dates back to the 11th century, and along with St Michaels Monastery, are worth looking at.
You can find any special events by looking online here.
You can reach the city by train from Nuremberg, and it takes less than an hour.
Allow yourself a full day to visit this lovely city.
This is the name given to the area which is just before you reach the Alps. You will find lush, green hills, and mountains with clear lakes and many quaint villages.
The area is known for mountain sports. It is also well-known for the excellent quality cheese that it produces.
This is a great area for a re3laxing holiday, perhaps drive down in your RV and explore the area.
Both the air and the water are said to contain healing properties.
One of the oldest towns in Kempten, which you can reach by train from Memmingen-Allgäu airport in less than an hour.
Plan on spending a few days in this area, depending on how much walking or hiking you plan to do.
62. The Speicherstadt
This district is known as the City of Warehouses, because it is the largest warehouse district in the world. Originally it was an area where people could transfer goods without paying customs. Since 2009 the warehouses have begun to be redeveloped.
Many of the warehouses are now museums such as the German Customs Museum, and the Model Railway. Hamburg Dungeon is also there.
Some are still warehouses, handling goods such as cocoa, tea, coffee, and spices.
Spend a day in the area, and choose a museum or two to visit while you are there.
63. Mainau Island
This island lies off the shore of Lake Constance in the south west part of Germany. It is locally known as the Flower Island because of the million roses which are grown there. Along with roses you will see tulips, dahlias, and many other flowering plants. Palms and citrus trees grow in abundance, and there is a distinctly Mediterranean feel to the island.
There is a castle, a church, and many attractions for children. This is in fact, a perfect setting for a family holiday.
It is accessible by ferry from Meersburg.
64. Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex
This was an active coal mine which opened back in 1851, and closed as active in 1986. It is now a part of UNESCO as an industrial monument. There is a museum on site, and you can explore the buildings. They offer an interesting look at the way the coal mine influenced society back then.
You should be sure to wear sturdy shoes and clothes you do not mind getting dirty!
It will take you a day to look around, and you can get there from the Essen railway station, which takes 30 minutes.
65. Englischer Garten
This is a very large public area right in the middle of Munich. It was created in 1789, with the park being extended and improved through time.
It is now one of the largest urban public parks in the world, even larger than New York Central Park.
It is called the English Garden because of the style which it was developed in, namely from the mid-18th century, associated with the famous garden developer Capability Brown.
The English Garden offers many leisure activities as well as cycle and jogging routes.
This town is only 14 km away from Stuttgart, and well worthy of a visit. You will be enthralled by the timbered houses and cobbled streets. The castle and houses stand on the river, and more than 80-0 of the houses are now protected.
The train from Stuttgard takes just 10 minutes. Plan a day in the town, grab a bite to eat in one of the many cafes, and enjoy the delightful area.
67. Legoland Deutschland
Every child who comes to Germany – and many parents – will want to visit here! Legoland is to be found in Günzburg, which is half way between Munich and Stuttgard. It ranks as one of the big four major attractions in the country.
You can buy either a Standard, Premium, or Gold pass, which allow you to reserve your place in the line of various exhibitions.
The park continues to expand, with new theme area being opened every year. One thing is sure – you will need to spend the full day here!
Whether you are young or olderthe exhibitions will amaze you!
68. Wartburg Castle
This castle was built in the middle ages and overlooks the town of Eisenach. This is the place where Martin Luther King translated the bible into German.
The castle is one of the most visited attractions in Thuringia. The interior is relatively new, but the exterior dates back to the 12th century.
Plan to spend a day in the area.
69. Bastei Bridge
You will find the bridge in the Saxon Switzerland National Park, about 42km south of Dresden. It is an area of breath-taking beauty, and very popular with hikers. There are over 400 hiking routes, along with 700 peaks for avid climbers.
You will find many campsites and RV parks, and of course the attraction – Bastei Bridge. Built in 1851 of sandstone to blend in with the surroundings, this bridge affords amazing views.
Pack up your RV, or take you tent, and spend some time here, you will not regret it.
70. Stolzenfels Castle
This castle was built in 1259 as a medieval fortress, and you will find it on the left bank of the Rhine. It was expanded and modernised before being transformed into the beautiful gothic castle you see today.
The castle and grounds are open every day apart from Monday. You will find it about 5km from Koblenz, with a short walk up the hill, so be sure to wear walking shoes.
71. Museum of Art
You will find this art museum right in the centre of Düsseldorf. It was first opened to the public back in 2001. The museum is famed for collection from Dali and Miró.
You will find a great collection of medieval exhibitions, as well as interesting things from modern day.
Be sure to visit the Hentrich Glass Collection, which holds items which date back to Roman times.
The museum is about 30 from the train station.
Allow yourself at least a morning to see everything, although it may take you longer if it is busy.
72. Städel Museum
This is one of the most highly acclaimed museums in the country, with art collections from seven centuries. There are over 2,700 paintings, 100,000 drawings, and more than 600 sculptures.
The museum received the ‘Museum of the Year’ award in 2012, and is extremely popular with artists from the world over.
Allow yourself a day to see everything, and wear comfortable shoes!
73. The Elbe
This river is one of the major rivers in Europe, with a total length of 1,094 km. The river basin spans four countries, with the largest parts being in Germany. About 24.5 million people inhabit the basin area.
The river passes through Dresden, and Hamburg, along with many other towns along the way.
There is a viaduct at Magdeburg Water Bridge which carries a canal, and traffic over the river, thus allowing the water traffic to keep moving.
You can take river boat tours which start off in most major cities along the way, and pass many interesting things such as the Elbe Philharmonic Hall in Hamburg. Tours vary in price and distance so you are best advised to check online and book that way.
Depending on the tour, allow yourself a half day on the water and then extra time to see the land areas.
74. The Port of Hamburg
Hamburg is a vibrant, bustling harbour town. The town history goes right back to AD 808 and the reign of Emperor Chalremagne. It is the most significant port – and has been since the 12th century. It is also the second largest city in Germany.
Whether you choose to take a boat trip, explore one of the many theatres, or visit the miniature wonderland, you will find that the city has something for everyone.
Try one of the excellent fish restaurants along the water’s edge or spend some time in one of the many street markets.
This is a great city to spend more than a day in, so check out a bed and breakfast, and spend a few days looking around the city – which is also the 8th largest in the EU.
75. The Bode Museum
This forms one of the group of museums on Museum Island in Berlin. It was completed in 1904. The sculpture collection displays art from the Christian Orient, the Byzantine era, and the middle ages. There are also exhibitions from the early Renaissance period, with Prussian art up till the 18th century.
The coin cabinet is well worth looking at, with one of the world’s largest collections of numismatic coins. This collection ranges from the 7th century to the present day.
With over 500,000 items on display, it will take you most of the day to see.
This is also known as the ‘Merchants Bridge’. It dates back to medieval times, and is lined with about 60 small houses, in the half-timbered fashion. The bridge crosses the river Gera and is 79 metres long, making it the longest inhabited bridge in the world.
Try to visit the bridge at night, when the reflections are amazing.
Erfurt is about 100 km south of Leipzig, although easier to get to by train which arrives at Krämerbrücke station which is1 km away.
Try to arrive in the afternoon, take in the sight during the day, and then stay the night so you can see the night lights on the river.
This beautiful town and bridge housesis not something you will find every day.
77. Berlin Television Tower
You will find the tower close to the centre of bustling Alexanderplatz. It is the highest structure in the country, and the second highest in the EU. It stands at 368metres tall, and was built between 1965-1969.
There is a visitors’ platform and a rotating restaurant at 200metres, with the most magnificent views of the city.
You will find the tower just 28 minutes’ walk away from Brandenburg Gate, 7 minutes by taxi.
This is very well visited, so there are often lines to get in, so allow yourself plenty of time to wait and then see. You must book a table if you plan to eat there.
78. The Harz
This area is one of the highest elevations in the country. The Brocken is the highest point which is 1,141.1 metres above sea level. The mountain range runs for 110 km from the town of Seesen in the north west to Eisleben in the east. You may hear locals talk about the Upper and the Lower Harz.
If hiking and walking is what you like from a holiday, then pack those hiking shoes and head out this way. There are small villages where you can stay overnight, or campsites where you can pitch a tent for a night or two.
79. The Rhine Gorge
This whole area was included in the UNESCO list of heritage sites in 2002, because of geological and historical reasons.
The gorge has its own micro-climate, and you may see plants here that you don’t find elsewhere. The slopes are very good for vine growing, in fact most of the vineyards belong to the Mitterhein wine region.
There are many small villages along the gorge, and there used to be many castles, which are mostly ruins now.
Cruise ships follow the river, which is extremely attractive, with the pretty countryside and remains of castles.
This is a great area to hike or walk, or take a boat cruise, so allow yourself as much time as you need for these.
80. The Weser
This river flows through Lower Saxony, before flowing through Bremen, and off to the north-sea. The river is over 452 km long, and winds through many delightful towns and villages.
This is a great area for hikers and walkers, and there are mapped trails which you can follow.
Make sure to wear sturdy shoes, and take provisions as towns are scattered along the river.
81. Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
It is here that you will the concentration camp called Sachsenhausen, which housed over 200,000 people during the years of 1936 and 1945.
The camp was officially declared as a monument and opened as a memorial in 1961and it is now recognised as the most internationally significant memorial site of the Holocaust.
Be prepared for it to be a chilling and dark reminder of those times, which were not so long ago.
Allow yourself a half day to see the site.
82. The Reichstag
This building was originally used to house the German Parliament, but was damaged by fire and left unused. It was rebuilt in 1989, to include an amazing glass dome with breath-taking views of the city.
This building is one of the most frequently visited in Berlin. Be aware that visitors go in in groups so you must register to gain entry. You can do this online.
Allow yourself a half day to see this, then include the Brandenburg Gate afterwards.
83. Linderhof Palace
This is the smallest of the three palaces which were built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria. See the Hall of Mirrors which is where he enjoyed sitting. Rumour has it that the king never slept at night, so the mirrors created the effect of thousands of candles.
Be sure to check out the middle table which has a top of lapis-lazuli, amethyst, and chalcedony inlay. The ivory candelabra has 16 branches and you will spot this in an alcove, while the mantelpieces are laid with lapis-lazuli and gilded bronze ornaments.
Allow yourself a half day to look around this delightful palace.
You will be able to learn how the foresters lodge became the royal palace.
84. Aachen Cathedral
This is one of the oldest buildings in the country which is still in use. It was also the first building in the country to be added to UNESCO World Heritage list. The marble throne which was used by Emperor Charlemagne is still almost completely intact. This is one of the most popular attractions in the Cathedral.
You will be able to see the two gilded shrines from the 13th century, which contain the remains of the emperor, along with relics from that era.
The cathedral is popular for both tourists and pilgrims.
Allow yourself a half day to see the inside, then explore the grounds and gardens.
85. Herrenhäuser Gardens
You will find these gardens in Hanover, and if you are interested in landscaping and gardening, then this is sure to delight you. You will find four gardens, with over 1,500 plants from many different climates. Be sure to check out the collection of 800 Orchids.
There is also a museum in the grounds which hosts a summer art and music festival. The highlight of the event is the firework display. This takes place between May and September.
If you plan to stay for the festival then you should reserve accommodation in advance, as it is very popular.
Plan on spending a full day in the gardens, the castle, and the museum.
86. Schnoor Quarter and Old City
This is the oldest part of the city of Bremen. It is also the most charming and quaint. You will be thrilled with narrow, cobble streets and 13th century houses. Many years ago, this used to be a very poor area, where the home owners could not afford to modernise their houses. The houses have been left as they were all those years ago on the outside, and lovingly restored inside.
The area is very popular because of the eclectic shops, cheerful pubs, small intimate cafes, and an atmosphere of medieval charm.
The Schnoor Quarter is about 15 minutes by foot from the main railway station in Bremen.
Allow yourself a full day to explore the area, grab a bite to eat in one of the many small cafes, and enjoy the cuteness of the town.
This is widely believed to be the prettiest town in the whole country! It was founded in 922, and you will find over 1,500 timber houses from various bygone eras, all lovingly preserved. The town, along with the Rammelsberg silver mine has been designated as UNESCO world heritage site.
The silver mine has been in continuous use for well over 1,000 years, and it is from this that the town gets its money.
Spend some time in the market place as this is where you will find the pewter museum.
It is worth spending at least a day here as you can see the silver mine and the mining museum.
If you happen to be there at Christmas, you can visit the Christmas market, which will delight any trinket hunter!
The town of Goslar is about an hour from Brunswick by car.
88. Saalfeld Fairy Grottoes
These amazing caves attract some 160,000 visitors each year. The area was mined extensively for alum back in 1530 and onwards, and it is this that gives the caves and grottoes the amazing colours and formations. In fact, the fairy grottoes are now included in the Guinness Book of records as the most colourful caves in the world.
Book yourself onto a guided tour, where you will learn about the history of the mines, as well as hear some of the legends about the caves.
Both young and old will enjoy the fairy grottowith the amazing colours.
You will find the caves about 1.5 hours south of Leipzig, and it is a good idea to plan a whole day there.
89. Kiel Week
If sailing interests you, then make sure you are here during this week, as it is the largest sailing event in the world. It also hosts one of the largest festivals in Germany.
The festival provides free music events, cabaret, and beer tents, along with some of the best food that Kiel can offer.
The regatta normally has around 2,000 sailing boat entrants, with disciplines of every kind.
Keil week takes place during the last week of June.
If you plan to stay for nay part of it, you must book accommodation far in advance, it places sell out fast.
You can reach Kiel from Hamburg by train and this takes about 1.5 hours.
90. Checkpoint Charlie
This was the crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War of 1947-1991. After the end of the Cold War, the spot became a tourist attraction, and is still very popular. You will find it in the Dahlem neighborhood, in Berlin.
While it will not take you very long to look at the actual site, you may want to take some time to look around the area.
91. Allianz Arena
If you are a football fan, then this must go on your list of places to visit. The arena opened in 2005, and has hosted the World Cup in 2006, as well as the Champions League Final between Chelsea and Bayern which took place in 2012.
The arena is in Munich and takes about 25 minutes from the station by car.
92. The Fairytale Route
This route has been a huge tourist attraction since 1975, when it was first marked out. The route runs from Hanau in central Germany to Bremen, and covers some 600km. Along the route you will find many towns and villages all associated with the Brothers Grimm, and numerous buildings with historical significance.
There are also lovely nature reserves along the way, and this is the ideal route to pack an RV and head out for a few days. You can also hire bicycles and follow the route as there are plenty of overnight stops along the way.
There are also guided tours which you can follow which explain all about the area.
93. Bad Mergentheim Wildpark
You will find interesting animals and birds in this lovely park. You can see all types of birds of prey, wild boars, otters, lynxes, and many types of deer.
You should be sure to see the wolves, as this collection of wolves is the largest in Europe. You can watch them being fed, and then see the flight exhibitions of the birds of prey.
Beavers are another addition to the wild park, as are the rare European swamp turtles.
For the smaller children, there is a petting area with goats, horses, and sheepdogs.
Plan to spend the day here, certainly young children will be entertained for a good amount of time.
The park is situated about 1.5 km outside the town of bad Mergentheim.
94. Müritz Nationalpark
There are over 100 lakes in the national park, and lots of wooded areas. If you are a nature lover, then this park will delight you. There are many endangered species of birds here, and some animals which you may spot from special hides where you will not be seen.
There are many mapped hiking routes and cycle paths. You can hire a canoe and head out onto the lake.
You will see steamboats going along the lake, and you could take a trip on one of those. Whatever you like, there is something here that you will enjoy.
Plan to spend a day, or better still, take your RV and stay longer.
If you enjoy photography, you may want to attend a photography workshop and learn how to take better shots of wildlife
You will find this in the centre of Munich, it is the city’s main square, and has been since 1158.
You will notice a tall column erected in the centre. This was built in 1638 to celebrate the end of the Swedish occupation.
You will find interesting buildings on all four sides of the square, such as the Old City Hall, and the Glockenspiel in the tower of the new city hall.
There is a pedestrian area between Karlsplatz and Marienplatz where you will find dozens of eclectic shops and cafes.
Plan to spend a day here, exploring the area.
96. Zollverein Coal Mine
This used to be a large industrial site, however in 2001, it was designated by UNESCO as a world heritage area.
The first coal mine opened in 1847 and mining went on until 1986. Shaft number 12 is now an architectural masterpiece, and the mine as a whole, is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world.
Plan to spend a half day at least, to explore the mine, and learn about the history of the area. Be sure to wear good, sturdy shoes.
97. Maulbronn Monastery
This monastery is 850 years old and is one of the best preserved in Europe. It is a very fine example of gothic architecture.
The complex is enclosed by turreted walls, with a tower gate, which houses the admin offices of the town. The monastery is still active, so if you walk around, please respect this.
Inside the complex you will find a police station, and several restaurants.
Spend some time looking around, and then find out more about the extensive water management system of channels and reservoirs.
An interesting point here is that a picture of the Abbey is on the obverse side of the 2 Euro commerative coin from 2013.
98. Tübingen`s Chocolate Market
You will find this town on the banks of the river Nektar, about 30km from Stuttgart. The town is one of the oldest university towns in Germany, being founded in 1477. There is a beautiful castle high above the town, called Hohentübingen Castle, where you will find a medieval church.
The town is famous for the chocolate festival, where chocolatiers from all over the world come to display their goods. Demonstrations are held in the art of chocolate making, and chocolate can be tasted before buying.
If you are a chocoholic, or just someone who loves a good chocolate every so often, then this is where you should come to taste the most delicious chocolates in the country!
You can reach the town by bus in under an hour, leaving from Stuttgart.
Make sure you check out the winter opening times to avoid disappointment.
You should plan to spend a full day here, explore the chocolate area, and then look at the lovely town.
This is Pied Piper land! The small town nestles among the Wester Hills. Legend has it that in 1284, the Pied Piper rid the city of rats, and then when the town refused to pay him for his services, he took all the children.
Whether you believe the tale or not, you can see the Pied Piper’s house – a popular attraction – and even buy loaves of bread in the shape of rats. Ferry trips are available up and down the river.
Plan to spend a day here and explore the town, and maybe find out more about the legend of the Pied Piper.
100. Die Zugspitze
This is the highest peak in the Wetterstein mountain range, and you can access it by cable car or cogwheel train followed by cable car. The cable car takes about ten minutes.
There are hiking routes which you can follow, as well as guided tours with overnight stops.
This is a paradise for avid walkers and hikers. On a clear day, the views are spectacular! You can see the mountain ranges in four countries – Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Austria.
Depending on the time of year you visit, you may choose to stay overnight in an hotel rather than an RV. However, in the warmer months you will have the freedom to explore the area at your leisure.
Whether you like walking and hiking, mountain climbing or caving, exploring old buildings, or just relaxing in a beautiful area with mountain or sea views, you will find that Germany has something to offer everyone. With delicious food, and delightful towns and villages, you will not be disappointed when you plan a holiday to this lovely country!