Being one of Europe’s best country’s to start a family, Germany is a dreamland for many. Place, where work ethic and enthusiasm are highly rewarded and where having a comfortable and enjoyable life is such a normal thing.
But Germany is not just about hard work and discipline.
It is a country with rich history, astonishing culture and natural beauty rarely seen anywhere else in the Old Continent. Throughout the country, you will have a chance to discover its lovely old cathedrals and grand palaces, picturesque villages, charming cities and small towns, each unique in its own way and ready to tell you their story.
Even though exploring entire country would take a lot of time, we have come with the best from the best. Places you just must not miss when the road takes you here.
So here it is.
10 amazing places you must visit in Germany before you die.
1. Learn some history at Brandenburg tor
One of Germany’s most visited landmarks, Brandenburg gate is a place you just cannot afford to miss in Berlin. The place was officially opened to traffic on December 22, 1989, when more than 100,000 people came to celebrate the event.
But, during its more than 300-year rich history, the place has been a part some of the most important events in the entire country. It was a symbol of peace. Symbol of war. Symbol of victory. And even terror!
And it is here on June 12, that Ronald Reagan said his famous words: “Mr Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall”. The speech delivered to West Berliners was also audible on the east side of the Gate and echoed President von Weizsacker’s words which translate as: “The German question is open as long as the Brandenburg Gate is closed”.
Special Tip: To enjoy this place at maximum, come by night! There will be fewer people and you will get a chance for a perfect selfie in front of illuminated Brandenburger Tor. Just like you can do it in Vienna.
2. Get a closer look at Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom)
3. Discover the Fairytale Castle: Neuschwanstein
What makes this place so great are its unique towers, frescoes, as well as the memorable throne hall. But just seeing it from the distance, it will be a one of the best views you ever had.
The place became super important in the last years and more and more tourists are coming here. To be precise, 1,6 millions of them came to see Neuschwanstein last year, making it one of the most visited castles in the entire world.
4. Embrace culture at Museum Island
Between the River Spree and the Kupfergraben, lies Museum Island, one of the coolest parts of the city. If you are looking to embrace some culture and see some creative art, don’t look any further.
Many of the city’s oldest and most important museums are located right here, including the Old Museum,New Museum, National Gallery, Bode Museum, as well as the Old National Gallery with its fine collections of 19th-century paintings.
What is amazing is that the entire island is completely traffic free!
Special Tip: If you’re only able to see one or two museums due to time restrictions, make sure one of them is the Pergamon with its spectacular reconstructed historic buildings from the Middle East.
5. Discover the best of Bavaria in Munich
Known for super famous Oktoberfest, one of a top 5 football teams in the world, Bayern Munich and some of the best quality of life in Germany, Munich is a dream destination when it comes to visiting Germany. The place is also home to several opera houses and theaters, where we recommend taking a visit to the National Theatre.
But your first stop on your discovery of Munich should be Marienplatz, where you will see probably the most beautiful old town in the entire country, the highlight being the New City Hall and the Old City Hall.
What is especially interesting is that in the Middle Ages, right here on this exact square, many markets and tournaments were held. Just imagine the sound of old trumpets and smell of homemade food.
If you are staying for more days, check out the Allianz Arena, as well as the old Olympic Stadium, the amazing Englischer Garten, one of the biggest parks in Europe and a very interesting Old and New Picture Gallery.
6. Rothenburg ob der Tauber
7. Venture into the Black Forest
Thoroughly deserving its name, the National Park of Schwarzwald or literally ‘Black Forest’ is so dense in parts that the sun barely penetrates, leaving you to explore a twilight world of magical groves and pine trees, breaking out into vast lakes and idyllic farmland. Use Freiburg as your base, a pleasant student city with some beautiful churches and fairytale Gothic architecture of its own.
There’s plenty of good value accommodation if you want to stick around for a short break; try Hotel Classic, located north of the city on the tram route and 5 minutes away from the highway for road-trippers. To get out into the wilderness for the day, join one of many Black Forest guided and self-guided tours, including helpful DIY itineraries from Freiburg by car or train from companies like Black Forest To Go.
8. Berchtesgaden: Berchtesgaden National Park
Trails that are clearly indicated wind through the gorgeous scenery while they brim with opportunities for cycling, hiking, and Nordic walking. And do be sure to see lake Königsee, which rivals most Norwegian fjords for sheer beauty, the only difference being that the lake is far cleaner.
9. Old Town Hall in Bamberg
Bamberg, a charming city located in beautiful Bavaria, is home to a number of astonishing architectural landmarks. None more interesting than the Old Town Hall, a true gem of the city. The city lies on the edge of the Regnitz, a river, which flows into the Main seven kilometers downstream.
The city is known as a university town and is also a significant important cultural hub, with a great number of festivals and activities. What is most amazing in Bamberg is its wonderfully preserved historic downtown, where walking down the street feels like taking a step back into medieval time.
You can almost see royal knights on their horses galloping proudly down the streets.
10. Learn some history at Checkpoint Charlie
You might not know it by this name, but Checkpoint Charlie was the best-known border crossing point between East and West Berlin. Today, it is a symbol of the Cold War. Place where many citizens escaped from East Berlin and where hope for a better future was created.
After the erection of the Berlin Wall in 1961, this was the place where the famous standoff between US and Soviet tanks happened. Right beside in the “Mauermuseum (Haus am Checkpoint Charlie)” you can see some of the most spectacular escape vehicles such as the one-man submarine and some other exhibits that document the time during the division.
Special tip: Checkpoint Charlie is frequently featured in spy movies and books. New Tom Hanks movie “Bridge of Spies“ has many cool scenes shot here.