Germany is the seventh most visited country in the world as it is rated as one of the safest travel destinations worldwide. The country is not only well known for its F1 racers and Mercedes cars, it is also a country filled with beautiful nature, traditional handicrafts, breathtaking cathedrals and castles. If you are planning for a holiday, why not consider these 10 popular holiday destinations in Germany?
Cologne is one of the oldest large German cities with a 2000-year long history. It was one of the most heavily bombed cities in Germany during World War II. With the intention of restoring as many historic buildings as possible, the successful postwar rebuilding has resulted in a very mixed and unique cityscape. Some beautiful places that you must visit include Cologne Cathedral and Romano-Germanic Museum – Cologne’s 2,000-year history can be felt everywhere.
Heidelberg is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. The Old Town, and the river Neckar surrounded by hills, which inspired the poets and artists of romanticism, still fascinates millions of visitors from all over the world today. Don’t forget to visit the Kathe Wohlfahrt store to admire the traditional wooden crafts.
This is the tallest mountain in Germany. Most people visit this place to ski. However, you can simply visit this place to get an awesome view of the four different countries from the top of this mountain – Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland.
4) Nuremberg Christmas Market
During Christmas, there are Christmas markets in almost every single town in Germany. The larger and more well known ones are found in Aachen and Nuremberg. In Nuremberg Christmas market, you can experience endless stalls from selling traditional nutcrackers to smoking man for burning incense. If you simply like to try German food, try the apple with cinnamon covered in vanilla sauce or Gluhwein, a Christmassy cinnamony wine to keep you warm during Christmas.
5) Cruise along the romantic river Rhine, the Mosel
If you are into cruises, then try a boat ride along the Mosel river. In Summer or October, you can visit the wine yards the line the valleys of the Rhine river. Wonderfully relaxing and great to catch a view of many cities at once.
Berlin is the capital city of Germany and is worth a visit to their Reichstag or grand Parliament building. The city itself has several modern shopping malls to revel in hours of shopping.
Second only to Berlin in size and population, the city of Hamburg is home to one of the biggest harbors in Europe. It is full of delicious seafood and a rich night life. The area of Reeperbahn in the quarter St. Pauli is Europe’s largest red light district and home of strip clubs, brothels, bars and nightclubs. In the day, you can have fun with endless hours of shopping too.
8) The Bodensee
The Bodensee is a lakeside filled with many resorts and small towns. It lies next to Austria and Switzerland and is worth visiting if you are planning to visit any of these other two countries. You will get to enjoy and see a little bit of each country.
9) Neuschwanstein Castle
This is a castle out of the Grimm’s brothers fairy tales. It is astonishing to wonder at its architecture and interiors. Take the guided tours to learn more about this castle.
Dresden is a cultural city with baroque palaces and opera houses. This place famous for its world class museums and has the world’s largest green diamond. You can take a ride on the paddle steamer and appreciate the views of Germany. If you like to catch the Opera at the grand Semper theatre, remember to dress up and get cultured in Dresden.
11) Rothenburg ob der Tauber
If you like to visit a small little town with unique German architectures, then don’t miss this place. This unique town has also several boutiques selling handmade handicrafts and German wooden figures. Beautiful, calm and peaceful.