Things To Do In Germany

Germany may not be an obvious pick for traditional laid-back vacation, but the juxtaposition of its medieval spirit against cutting-edge industrialism makes it a destination to be explored according to a grand scheme. Hilly and forested, it brings to life legends of chivalry that have long dwelt in the staggering fortresses. Intellectual and refined, it glorifies the memory of Einstein, Beethoven and Goethe amidst countless museums, historic buildings, and quaint old town quarters. Fun-loving and progressive, it brims with cultural events and excels among the European capitals as far as nightlife goes. All you need to do is give it a chance.

Following some research into the preferences and opinions posted by users of various social media sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, as well as own resources and reviews by the most popular travel sites, Open Travel has compiled a list of top 25 things to see or do on your German Vacations. It will certainly throw some light on the country that has always been one of the prime driving forces in the European history, and hence, definitely worth a while.

  1. 1

    Neuschwanstein Castle (Schloss Neuschwanstein)

    Location: Hohenschwangau, Germany

    Neuschwanstein Castle (Schloss Neuschwanstein)

    Photo by cesargp

    Rising from the Bavarian woods like a fairytale castle behind seven mountains and seven seas, this blueprint for Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle is unbelievable like the existence of seven dwarfs and enchanting like the delicate beauty of Snow White. A product of Ludwig II's distorted mind and a tribute to Richard Wagner, Neuschwanstein is a dream of a stage designer and a masterpiece of aestheticism in architecture, with exquisite adornment both inside and on the outside of the residence. Let the fact that it is the most photographed building in Germany testify to its excellence.

    RATE IT

    Please review this attraction, so your rating counts!

    • What did you like and dislike about this place and why? Can you recommend it? (Aim for 2-3 paragraphs).

    cancel
  2. 2

    Berchtesgaden National Park

    Location: Berchtesgaden, Germany

    Berchtesgaden National Park

    Photo by tttaaaooo

    This is beauty in its purest form. Here nature has developed freely, almost without a touch of a human hand, and produced an alpine heaven of lush forests, steep rock faces, crystal clear lakes, sleepy villages, and rolling meadows. It's just you, the chirping of birds, and cows ringing their brass bells. Well-marked trails wind through the spectacular scenery brimming with opportunities for hiking, nordic walking and cycling. Be sure not to miss lake Königssee, which could surely rival many a Norwegian fjord for beauty, except that it's perhaps a lot cleaner. A treat for the body and the senses.

    RATE IT

    Please review this attraction, so your rating counts!

    • What did you like and dislike about this place and why? Can you recommend it? (Aim for 2-3 paragraphs).

    cancel
  3. 3

    Berlin Wall

    Location: Berlin, Germany

    Berlin Wall

    Photo by M5

    Early Sunday morning, August 13, 1961 marked a dramatic moment that for long years changed the cityscape of Berlin and the minds of the whole world. The wall that was supposed to stop East Berliners escaping from the Soviet-controlled East German state from then on has always been synonymous with universal oppression, fear, and disunity. And although today the remnants of the Berliner Mauer are nothing but dilapidated, graffiti-covered stretches of concrete, the sight of it always give sends shivers down visitors' spines. Not in the least bit attractive, but simply unmissable.

    RATE IT

    Please review this attraction, so your rating counts!

    • What did you like and dislike about this place and why? Can you recommend it? (Aim for 2-3 paragraphs).

    cancel
  4. 4

    Erholungspark Marzahn

    Location: Berlin, Germany

    Erholungspark Marzahn

    Photo by Dr. Minx

    The ambitious undertaking by German authorities to equip the capital with authentic samples of world's most astonishing gardens has been worked upon with full commitment, resulting in a unique combination of cosmopolitan beauty in a concrete jungle and an oasis of tranquility in the middle of a bustling urban reality. The Chinese Garden, completed exclusively by native artisans and landscape architects, is the largest outside China and a true rarity. Pavilions, ponds, watercourses, traditional buildings, and ceremonies symbolic of countries from Korea to Italy are to be experienced first hand. Relaxation and learning guaranteed.

    RATE IT

    Please review this attraction, so your rating counts!

    • What did you like and dislike about this place and why? Can you recommend it? (Aim for 2-3 paragraphs).

    cancel
  5. 5

    Burg Eltz

    Burg Eltz

    Photo by Daniel71953

    Those knowledgeable in the field call it the most beautiful German castle and the epitome of courtyard romanticism. To be sure, there's no accounting for tastes, but the fact remains that Burg Eltz makes a dazzling impression, being one of the few medieval fortresses that remained completely unscathed to date. Its conical towers seem to rise straight from the lush greenery of the Elzbach valley, and its elaborate Gothic ornamentation is definitely worth a strenuous walk up the hill. Funnily enough, the castle has a number of 15th century flushable toilets, as opposed to the glamorous Versailles that has none.

    RATE IT

    Please review this attraction, so your rating counts!

    • What did you like and dislike about this place and why? Can you recommend it? (Aim for 2-3 paragraphs).

    cancel
  6. 6

    Sylt

    Sylt

    Photo by rbrands

    Sylt epitomizes all that people actually tend to think Germany lacks - nail-biting surf, serenity, laid-back atmosphere, shifting dunes, picturesque lighthouses, and a lot of sunshine. Dubbed as the 'St Tropez of the North', this elongated piece of land is widely held to be a fine combination of world-class glamor and exuberant blessings of nature, where top-notch boutiques compete with fields of heather, bustling restaurants abut tranquil coves, and the waves of tourists coincide with rhythmical tidal activity. A lot of fun and even more bewitching vistas.

    RATE IT

    Please review this attraction, so your rating counts!

    • What did you like and dislike about this place and why? Can you recommend it? (Aim for 2-3 paragraphs).

    cancel
  7. 7

    Würzburg Residence

    Location: Würzburg, Germany

    Würzburg Residence

    Photo by Rauf Guliyev

    The archbishop Johann von Schonborn suffered from a curious, insatiable need to erect splendid constructions, and it was down to his obstinacy that this marvelous Baroque residence was completed. The most distinguished architects from Austria, France and Germany lent their ideas to finally conceive of an imposing U-shaped palace with as many as 300 rooms. Overflowing with luxury inside and surrounded by well-groomed garden stretches, the residence has been placed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

    RATE IT

    Please review this attraction, so your rating counts!

    • What did you like and dislike about this place and why? Can you recommend it? (Aim for 2-3 paragraphs).

    cancel
  8. 8

    Aachen Cathedral

    Location: Aachen, Germany

    Aachen Cathedral

    Photo by Hühnerauge

    Completed in stages between the 8th and 19th, the Aachen Cathedral reflects all the aesthetic tendencies ever adopted throughout ages. Originally inspired by the churches of the Eastern Holy Roman Empire, it was developed in the Middle Ages, and further decorated by successive authorities to end up as a sophisticated, complex masterpiece of sacral architecture that served as an inspiring groundwork for other German constructions. What makes the Imperial Cathedral (as it is called) even more attractive is the fact that it has been chosen as the final resting place of Charlemagne.

    RATE IT

    Please review this attraction, so your rating counts!

    • What did you like and dislike about this place and why? Can you recommend it? (Aim for 2-3 paragraphs).

    cancel
  9. 9

    Upper Middle Rhine Valley

    Location: Germany

    Upper Middle Rhine Valley

    Photo by King

    As one of the most significant transport routes in Europe, the Middle Rhine Valley has always facilitated the transition of culture between the Mediterranean and the north. Yet what deserves special attention is Its 65 km upper stretch, whose magical charm has for two millenniums served as a limitless source of inspiration for artists. Overflowing with castles, historic towns and vineyards, it aptly reflects the relationship between people and their surroundings. Once there, don't miss the deepest point along the way. Famous for its echo and central to local folk, the Loreley brings legends to life. Who knows, perhaps you'll be lucky to catch a glimpse of a mermaid.

    RATE IT

    Please review this attraction, so your rating counts!

    • What did you like and dislike about this place and why? Can you recommend it? (Aim for 2-3 paragraphs).

    cancel
  10. 10

    Schloss Herrenchiemsee

    Location: Herreninsel, Germany

    Schloss Herrenchiemsee

    Photo by Reiner Zenz

    In 1873 King Ludwig II of Bavaria acquired the Herreninsel with the intention of erecting his Royal Palace in the middle of Bavaria's largest lake. And one can hardly find his determination surprising as the location is truly breath-taking. Modeled on Versailles, Herrenchiemsee (New Palace) was Ludwig's final and most extravagant project, consuming more money and effort than his other two castles. The epitome of luxury, overabundance, vanity, and splendor, overflowing with gold and reflecting in its thousand mirrors, the place should not be missed for, be it for the glorious setting or the palace itself.

    RATE IT

    Please review this attraction, so your rating counts!

    • What did you like and dislike about this place and why? Can you recommend it? (Aim for 2-3 paragraphs).

    cancel
  11. 11

    Cologne Cathedral (Dom)

    Location: Köln, Germany

    Cologne Cathedral (Dom)

    Photo by Ger1axg

    The curious thing about the Cologne Cathedral is that, although its completion took around 600 years, the outcome not for an inch departs from the original design. On the grounds of being a masterpiece testimony to this admirable endurance in faith, UNESCO has drawn the church on its World Heritage list in 1996. Quite another thing is that the Cathedral stands on the site of a 4th century Roman temple and houses the reliquary with three golden-crowned skulls believed to belong to the Three Magi; to say nothing of its imposing facade and elaborate decoration that invariable strike visitors with awe.

    RATE IT

    Please review this attraction, so your rating counts!

    • What did you like and dislike about this place and why? Can you recommend it? (Aim for 2-3 paragraphs).

    cancel
  12. 12

    Dresden Elbe Valley

    Location: Saxony, Germany

    Dresden Elbe Valley

    Photo by DHausBT

    Historic centers, bucolic villages, towering castles, colossal bridges, and magnificent churches dot the 20 kilometer stretch of the river valley whose cultural and natural values combine into a perfect weekend road trip route. Blessed with unpretentious beauty, but also marked with dramatic events, Dresden Elbe Valley is a soothing and stimulating landscape with a bulk of interest for everyone. In its very heart, Dresden appears as a cultural, educational, political and economic center of Germany, almost as if the tragic 1945 bombing has never taken place. An interesting fact is that the place was removed from the UNESCO World Heritage Site after the authorities had transgressed a ban on building a four-lane bridge across the valley.

    RATE IT

    Please review this attraction, so your rating counts!

    • What did you like and dislike about this place and why? Can you recommend it? (Aim for 2-3 paragraphs).

    cancel
  13. 13

    Museumsinsel (Museum Island)

    Location: Berlin, Germany

    Museumsinsel (Museum Island)

    Photo by ForsterFoto

    The cluster of nineteenth century neoclassic buildings - widely held to be one of world's most significant museum complexes - seems all the more exciting to visit down to its location. Settled on the tip of the island in the Spree, the museums offer splendid collections of art, history and ethnology, including numerous aspects of ancient and oriental culture, as well as diverse portrayals of modern impacts. A real treat for all kinds of museum-goers as, given the vastness of the selection, everybody is bound to find something of personal interest.

    RATE IT

    Please review this attraction, so your rating counts!

    • What did you like and dislike about this place and why? Can you recommend it? (Aim for 2-3 paragraphs).

    cancel
  14. 14

    Old Town of Regensburg

    Location: Regensburg, Germany

    Old Town of Regensburg

    Photo by joiseyshowaa

    Founded by the Romans in 179 A.D, Regensburg has turned into a thriving trading and cultural center, but its old town bears so many exquisite marks of prosperous history that UNESCO decided to distinguish it with World Heritage honors. And indeed, a walk through old Regensburg is a sensory experience of German romanticism and artistry. Unscathed by wars and brilliantly preserved, it's more of an outdoor museum than urban hub. Among its patrician houses and towers, countless churches and monastic ensembles, one is bound to embark on a journey back to the Middle Ages.

    RATE IT

    Please review this attraction, so your rating counts!

    • What did you like and dislike about this place and why? Can you recommend it? (Aim for 2-3 paragraphs).

    cancel
  15. 15

    Wies Church

    Location: Bavaria, Germany

    Wies Church

    Photo by mattana

    On approaching the Wies Church, standing humbly in the middle of nowhere, incidental visitors are almost invariably on the verge of passing it by. Anyway, they certainly wonder who in their right mind would have built a church in such a solitary place. Driven by curiosity, they enter the whitewashed building...and turn speechless. Where a dilapidated wooden figure of the Scourged Saviour was once seen crying, today rises a divine palace fully deserving its UNESCO status. The clash of the raw surrounding with the fabulously ornate interior makes for a unique aesthetic and spiritual experience.

    RATE IT

    Please review this attraction, so your rating counts!

    • What did you like and dislike about this place and why? Can you recommend it? (Aim for 2-3 paragraphs).

    cancel
  16. 16

    Weimar Museums

    Location: Weimar, Germany

    Weimar Museums

    Photo by maha-online

    What may today seem a hotbed for the intellectually-oriented part of the tourist swarm was once a stomping ground of Bach, Goethe, Nietzsche, Schiller, Liszt, and the likes. The air of inspiration whizzes through the extended parkland, and the number of exquisite museums reflects the mightiness of the creation Weimar has ever witnessed. The epicenter of the German Enlightenment and the very heart of its culture as you see it today, the 1000-year-old town may not make you go into raptures over splendid architecture, but will certainly stimulate your mind and is well worth paying a visit.

    RATE IT

    Please review this attraction, so your rating counts!

    • What did you like and dislike about this place and why? Can you recommend it? (Aim for 2-3 paragraphs).

    cancel
  17. 17

    Sanssouci Park

    Location: Potsdam, Germany

    Sanssouci Park

    Photo by Wolfgang Staudt

    Sanssouci Park was originally a mere terraced garden for Frederick the Great to put his green fingers to some use and fight off his royal anxieties (hence the name 'sans souci' - without worries). Once the King discovered the magical ambiance of the location, he ordered a residence to be built, which was later followed by more and more venues, transforming the orchard into an extensive park with sumptuous palaces and lavish gardens, the tendency reflected throughout Potsdam as a matter of fact. A sophisticated place fit for self-reflection and a taste of relaxation royal style.

    RATE IT

    Please review this attraction, so your rating counts!

    • What did you like and dislike about this place and why? Can you recommend it? (Aim for 2-3 paragraphs).

    cancel
  18. 18

    Old Town of Quedlinburg

    Location: Quedlinburg, Germany

    Old Town of Quedlinburg

    Photo by Punxutawneyphil

    The beginnings of Quedlinburg date back to the 9th century and remember the times of the Carolingian Dynasty. Surrounded by a wall, the town sprang from a bunch of tiny villages that have much retained their character over ages. Today a maze of quaint cobblestoned streets takes visitors to most enchanting nooks and magnificent temples, past decorative facades of old tenements and flower-clad multicolored houses. A lot of historical value and loads of romanticism.

    RATE IT

    Please review this attraction, so your rating counts!

    • What did you like and dislike about this place and why? Can you recommend it? (Aim for 2-3 paragraphs).

    cancel
  19. 19

    Trier

    Location: Trier, Germany

    Trier

    Photo by H.-D.N.

    This oldest German town is well worth exploring not only by virtue of its age. In its 2000-year-old history Trier was home to six Roman emperors and has therefore inherited a number of impressive ancient remnants, some of which stun with their level of preservation. The most outstanding example is by far the Porta Nigra (the Black Gate), a monumental structure that was once part of the city walls. Nested in the Moselle river valley, picturesque Trier is crowned with myriad vineyards and pastoral villages, whose hospitality and cuisine you'll certainly never forget.

    RATE IT

    Please review this attraction, so your rating counts!

    • What did you like and dislike about this place and why? Can you recommend it? (Aim for 2-3 paragraphs).

    cancel
  20. 20

    Maulbronn Abbey (Kloster Maulbronn)

    Location: Maulbronn, Germany

    Maulbronn Abbey (Kloster Maulbronn)

    Photo by Joachim Köhler

    One of the best preserved medieval monastic complexes north of the Alps was founded in 1137 by a few Cistercian monks. Legend has it that on their way from Alsace they paused for a while to water their mules, and being head over heels bewitched with the place, they decided to settle down (Maulbronn actually means "mule-well". The monks diligence drew the attention of the emperor Frederick Barbarossa, who took the monastery under his auspices and marked the beginning of its heyday. The thriving period of development was broken by the Reformation, when the Maulbronn forefathers were asked to leave the monastery.

    RATE IT

    Please review this attraction, so your rating counts!

    • What did you like and dislike about this place and why? Can you recommend it? (Aim for 2-3 paragraphs).

    cancel
  21. 21

    Europa-Park

    Location: Rust, Germany

    Europa-Park

    Photo by ThomasPusch

    Europa Park combines great fun with unobstructed, pleasurable learning. Nested in the heart of a top-of-the-range resort, the theme park boils down to a pocket-size version of the continent, where the highs of the most beautiful European countries can be experienced hands-on. From a visit to the Russian MIR space station and a ride on the Silverstone Race-Track to the Mediterranean charm of Italian spots and freshly baked bread in the "Quartier Français". Everyone will find their niche here, both kids and adults, and if you by any chance have the miserable case of "I'd love to see the world but can't afford it", Europa Park will most definitely alleviate the pain.

    RATE IT

    Please review this attraction, so your rating counts!

    • What did you like and dislike about this place and why? Can you recommend it? (Aim for 2-3 paragraphs).

    cancel
  22. 22

    Schlenkerla Brewery and Tavern

    Location: Bamberg, Germany

    Schlenkerla Brewery and Tavern

    Photo by Graham Fellows

    If beer is what you're coming to Germany for, and your trip doesn't coincide with Oktoberfest, head to Bamberg and compensate for the loss at one of its best breweries. Big deal, you may say. One doesn't need to go all the way to Franconia to get a glass of decent barley pop, but if you dig the idea of having one-of-a-kind smoke beer tapped directly from the wooden barrel, Bamberg, and especially Schlenkerla, is the place. Let alone that the town has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the grounds of exerting a major architectural influence over the country and being the centre of the Enlightenment in southern Germany. Cheers!

    RATE IT

    Please review this attraction, so your rating counts!

    • What did you like and dislike about this place and why? Can you recommend it? (Aim for 2-3 paragraphs).

    cancel
  23. 23

    Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)

    Location: Berlin, Germany

    Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)

    Photo by Der Wolf im Wald

    One may argue that it's a gate like thousand other gates in the world, and as far as the superficial aspect goes, it's certainly true. To call the Brandenburg Gate a worthwhile attraction, it takes a gist of the story behind it. Situated at the end of Unter den Linden, the 60m tall construction was part of the infamous wall surrounding the city, constituting a symbol of physical division and a mental barrier in Berlin's split personality. Yet much as it was dramatic, it is a story with a happy ending, and today the Gate is a towering symbol of unity watched over by the shiny Quadriga of Victory.

    RATE IT

    Please review this attraction, so your rating counts!

    • What did you like and dislike about this place and why? Can you recommend it? (Aim for 2-3 paragraphs).

    cancel
  24. 24

    Miniatur Wunderland

    Location: Hamburg, Germany

    Miniatur Wunderland

    Photo by Tobias Grosch

    The picture absolutely can't give it justice. If you happen to be currently recalling your old Russian railway play set, the bigger your astonishment will be if you actually decide to visit the Modelleisenbahn Miniatur Wunderland. 11 kilometers of track winding on 1,150 square meters of floor take you to the US, Scandinavia, the Swiss Alps, and German destinations, revealing unbelievable care for detail and authenticity. The £8m enterprise is the biggest in the world and deserves attention, hands down.

    RATE IT

    Please review this attraction, so your rating counts!

    • What did you like and dislike about this place and why? Can you recommend it? (Aim for 2-3 paragraphs).

    cancel
  25. 25

    BMW Museum

    Location: München, Germany

    BMW Museum

    Photo by Steve.Jackson

    Integrated into the existing structural fabric of the group headquarters in Munich, with its distinctive shape of a futuristic silver bowl, the museum is something on the verge of a cutting-edge architectural undertaking, a phenomenal exhibition and a communicative medium. Once in the snakelike, dynamic interior, you'll probably understand that there's something more to car making than just prestige. It's a means of expression, an artistic creation, and an ultimate product of inspiration with reality. You may not have the faintest idea about motorization, but you certainly notice the power of design and leave the premises with deep appreciation of the trade.

    RATE IT

    Please review this attraction, so your rating counts!

    • What did you like and dislike about this place and why? Can you recommend it? (Aim for 2-3 paragraphs).

    cancel
FEEDBACK