There are so many great things to do on a trip to Germany. So when you visit, you need a bucket list! Germany is one of the most culturally influential European nations. Often referred to as the capital of Europe and with over two millennia of history, Germany is a must visit destination. Berlin, its hipster capital, is home to art, great nightlife and the Brandenburg Gate. Frankfurt, the Berlin Wall and Munich… Oktoberfest! Whether you prefer to explore hip German cities or lose yourself in the stunning scenery of the Black Forest, Germany has something for everyone, especially the foodies among us (hello bratwurst and flammkuchen). So without further ado, here is what we consider to be the top things to do on a trip to Germany, certainly worthy of a place on your Germany Bucket List anyway.
Here’s our pick of the top things to do on a trip to Germany
Berlin, the capital of Germany, has a lot to offer to its visitors. This city is well known for it’s creative vibe and great music art scene. You’ll find several world-class museums, a rich café culture, excellent nightlife and great street food. Don’t miss the gold-colored, swoop-roofed Berliner Philharmonie, built in 1963. Believe it or not, Berlin is still one of the most affordable cities in Europe.
Linderhof Palace is a Schloss in Germany, in southwest Bavaria near Ettal Abbey. Set in woods and surrounded by beautiful fountains with sculpted Italian gardens, Linderhof Palace is absolutely gorgeous. Linderhof Palace and its surrounding park is one of the most artistic and stylistically complex ensembles of the 19th century. It is the smallest of the three palaces built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and the only one which he lived to see completed.
Travelers looking to live out a fairy tale in southwest Bavaria should head to the enchanting European palace known as Neuschwanstein Castle. A 19th century Romanesque Revival palace that perched on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and in honor of Richard Wagner.
Lose yourself in Munich
Munich, Bavaria’s capital, is a cocktail of beloved sights, opulent Baroque churches and numerous museums. The city is famous worldwide for the annual Oktoberfest celebration and its many beer halls, including the ancient Hofbräuhaus. In the Old Town, central Marienplatz square contains the Neo-Gothic Neues Rathaus (town hall). Here you can watch the popular glockenspiel show that chimes and reenacts stories from the 16th century.
Located in the heart of the old city, Aachen Cathedral is one of the main attractions of Aachen. Also known as the Kaiserdom (“Imperial Cathedral”) of Aachen, this building is of great historical, architectural and religious importance. Visit this Roman Catholic church and see one of the oldest cathedrals in Europe which was constructed by order of the emperor Charlemagne, who was buried there in 814.
Black Forest Hiking
Germany’s Black Forest contains 23,000km (14,000 miles) of hiking trails and as its been inhabited for a millennia, you’re never far from a town or rail spur to get you to that trailhead. There are countless local circular hiking trails with a great variety of lengths and levels of difficulty. The three main long distance hiking trails all run from north to south. They are the Westweg, a hiking trail in the western Black Forest, the Mittelweg trail in the central Black Forest and the Ostweg, a hiking trail in the eastern Black Forest.
Immerse yourself in nature
An amazingly diverse country with lots going for it, Germany also has a lot of beautiful national parks which are definitely worth visiting. Germany’s national parks (Nationalparke) are part of the country’s natural heritage. If you love outdoor activities, why not hike the Berchtesgaden National Park, Müritz National Park or Kellerwald-Edersee National Park. You can also explore Lake Constance which is Germany’s largest freshwater lake.
Berlin’s Museum Island
Berlin’s most important treasure trove, The Museumsinsel Berlin is a museum ensemble which houses the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin’s unique collections of art and cultural artefacts from Europe and the wider Mediterranean region. Spanning 6000 years’ worth of art, artefacts, sculpture and architecture, Museum Island is the name of the northern half of an island in the Spree river in the central Mitte district of Berlin, Germany, the site of the old city of Cölln.
Eltz Castle (German: Burg Eltz) is a medieval castle nestled in the hills above the Moselle River between Koblenz and Trier, Germany. It is still owned by a branch of the same Eltz family that lived there in the 12th century. The best way to reach Burg Eltz is by hiking from the small town Moselkern, which can be got to by car, train, or boat. On many weekends, a bus service is available that can take you closer to the castle but some hiking is usually required to get to the medieval building itself.
The Berlin Wall
The Berlin Wall enclosed West Berlin, cutting a line through the entire city center. This guarded concrete barrier physically and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. Decades later, ghostly reminders of the wall that divided the city remain.
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There is so much more to see and experience in this amazing country. Plan ahead so that you can take your time exploring and be prepared to be flexible because sometimes travelers you meet along the way will have the best suggestions for undiscovered gems and awesome things to do on a trip to Germany.
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