Natural beauty, culture, and history are perhaps the best adjectives to describe the essence of a quintessential German vacation. With its small towns, historic cities, magnificent mountains, and enchanting forests, visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to picking places to visit in Germany. The popular cities to visit in Germany include the likes of Berlin, Hamburg, and Munich, all exhibiting century-old traditions and values.
21 Places To Visit In Germany In 2019
If you are curious about what to do and where to go on your trip to Germany, continue reading. The best places to visit there are covered in this list!
1. Brandenburg Gate
If you are wondering what to see in Germany, we recommend you start with the historic Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Built in 1791, the sandstone monument is modeled after the Acropolis in Athens.
Where: Berlin, Germany
2. Museum Island
Berlin is without a doubt one the best places in Germany. And among its many treasures is the infamous Museumsinsel aka Museum Island. This pedestrian-friendly district is among the best places to visit in Germany.
Where: Berlin, Germany
Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM
Entry fee: Approx. INR 1,400/- per person
3. The Berlin Wall
Your list of places to visit in Germany is incomplete without a visit to the iconic Berlin wall. Among the most popular Germany tourist attractions, some of Berlin Wall’s sections have been well preserved and some are even covered in colorful graffiti. Also, visit the Berlin Wall Exhibition and Berlin War Memorial.
Where: Berlin, Germany
4. Cologne Cathedral
A Gothic architectural masterpiece, the Kölner Dom is among the best places to visit in Germany. It’s one of the largest Catholic churches in Europe covering an area of 6,166 square meters with 56 huge pillars. The 56 pillars around it boast of the magnificence of the place even further. The panoramic view from the south towers accentuates the importance of the place even further. The interiors have spectacular gold artworks and a stained-glass window dating back to the 12th century.
Where: Domkloster 4, 50667 Köln, Germany
Timings: 6 AM to 9 PM
5. The Rhine
The most significant and beautiful water in Europe, the Rhine Valley features on every list of places to see in Germany. The Rhine river flows through Switzerland, Germany, and the Netherlands. There are nearly 60 medieval towns and 40 castles along the stretch of the river, just waiting to be explored.
Where: Rhine, Cologne, Germany
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6. Miniatur Wunderland
Your list of cities to visit in Germany is incomplete without the inclusion of the very chic city of Hamburg. Make sure you visit the world’s largest model railway attraction aka Miniatur Wunderland on your trip here.
Where: Hamburg, Germany
Timings: 8 AM to 9 PM
Entry fee: Approx. INR 1,200 /- per person
7. St. Michael’s Church
This Baroque-style church was built in the year 1762 and is among the most famous churches in Hamburg. The church houses a 132-meter high tower which can be accessed by an elevator. There is also a viewing platform at the top, offering the visitors amazing views of the cities landscape. This is must visit when in Hamburg, it’s among the most important landmarks in the city and the most beautiful churches in Germany.
Where: Hamburg, Germany
Timings: 9 AM to 8 PM
Entry Fee: Free
Perhaps the most beautiful and popular attraction in Munich, Marienplatz aka Marien Square is located in the heart of this historic city. There are many attractions here such as the New Town Hall, Clock Tower, Historic Buildings etc. The best time to visit is 11 AM or noon especially if you want to hear the Glockenspiel bell ring. As well as see a re-enactment of historic Bavarian events by 32-lifesize figures.
Entry Fee: Free
Another popular tourist attraction in Munich is the famous Catholic Church called Frauenkirche. it’s among the most recognized landmarks in the city and can accommodate up to 20,000 people at a time. Visitors can climb the steps of the church towers and catch some spectacular views of the city and it’s skyline.
Where: Munich, Germany
Timings: 10 AM to 12 PM, 1 PM to 6 PM
Entry fee: Free, donations welcome
10. The Black Forest
One of the most captivating places to visit in Germany is the enchanting Black Forest. This densely wooded hill is among the top-rated Germany destinations and a great place to enjoy panoramic views, luxury spa, skiing, trekking, and more etc.
Where: Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Last but not the least on the list of places to visit in Germany is the beautiful town of Weimar. It is located in the eastern part of Germany. This town is also famous for being home to some of the most popular artists like Bach and Goethe. Many tourists visit this place to see and witness the place that the famous poet Goethe spent his life in. Others come to see the traumatizing remains of the Buchenwald concentration camps.
12. The Bürgerstadt and Bamberg
One of the best parts of traveling in Europe is visiting its charming old towns and cities. Among all places in Germany, we recommend the valley of Regnitz, where on one side is the charming old town of Bürgerstadt and on the other is the old imperial city of Bamberg.
13. Zugspitze Massif
The best way to enjoy Germany’s natural beauty is by visiting the Zugspitze Massif. At 2,950 meters above sea level, this eastern summit is a spectacular location to enjoy uninterrupted panoramic views of the German landscape.
Where: Zugspitze, Germany
Timings: 8:45 AM to 4:15 PM
Tip: You can book train tickets to Zugspitze and cable car rides here.
14. The island of Rügen
Rügen is not only the largest but also the most beautiful island in Germany. The beauty of the island stems from its diverse landscape, flat farmlands, hills, forests, sandy beaches, peninsula, and lagoons. Also visit the old town of Putbus housing many neoclassical parks and buildings.
Where: Rugen, Germany along the Baltic Sea Coast
15. Kings Lake aka Königssee
This lovely Bavarian Lake is a treat for sore eyes. The lake can either be explored through its beautiful walkways via a boat ride aboard a 17th-century vessel. The lake is also home to famous mountain resorts where you can stay during your trip.
Where: Schönau am Königssee, Bavaria, Germany
Boat timings: 8 AM to PM
Boat tour duration: 2 hours
Boat tickets: INR 1,000/- per person
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16. Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Among the most attractive places in Germany, the old Imperial City of Rothenburg remains virtually untouched since its thirty-year war of 1618. Preserving its medieval charm, the attraction houses the Town Hall, St. James Church, City Museum, and Imperial Church.
The city of Rothenburg doesn’t necessarily require any kind of introduction, right? But, have you heard of the Rothenburg ob der Tauber? Located on the picturesque banks of the river of Tauber, the Rothenburg ob der Tauber is one of the most beautiful tourist spots to visit in Rothenburg. The place is an ode to the history of this place and the country of Germany. The walls along with the towers are completely untouched and pristine. The best way to enjoy here is by walking down the streets. If possible, visit Plönlein which is one of the most picturesque sites around the town.
Where: Rothenburg, Germany
Timings: 9 AM to 4 PM
17. Sanssouci Palace and Park
Next on the list of the amazing spots to visit around Germany is the Sanssouci Park and Palace. The entire construction of the park and palace took place between the years of 1744 and 1756. The park is spread across a large area and showcases a rich designation of not just a flower but a fruit garden as well. The park has over 3000 fruit trees which makes it unique. The area is covered by trimmed hedges and a perfectly maintained lawn. Apart from the natural buildings, you will also find a number of park buildings like the Picture Gallery, Chinese House, and the Roman Baths complex which further add to the beauty of the place. This specific landmark celebrates the beauty of the infamous Potsdam Rococo.
Where: Maulbeerallee, 14469 Potsdam, Germany
Timings: 10 AM to 4 PM
Entry fee: INR 1,500/- per person
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18. Insel Mainau
Also known as the Flower Island of Lake Constance, the Insel Mainau is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Germany. Spread around a total area of 110 acres, this is completely covered in vibrant hues of flowers and the sweet smell further adds to the fervor of the place. The combination of the beautiful parks as well as the gardens along with the tropical and semitropical vegetation is what adds to the beauty of the place. The island can only be accessed via boats which is an experience in itself. While there, visit the 18th century Schloss which is known for its amazing White Wall, which stands tall as a defensive tower.
Where: Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
Timings: 10 AM to 7 PM
Entry fee: INR 650/ – per person (average)
19. Neuschwanstein Castle
Germany is known around the world for its plethora of castles and the architecture surrounding them. The Neuschwanstein Castle is believed to be the legacy left behind by the popular German King Ludwig II. It stands tall atop the German Alps and is a testimony to every fairytale that one has heard of that place. The landscape around the castle is too good to be missed out on. It is perched upon the beautiful and quaint town of Hohenschwangau and is known worldwide for the magnificent drawbridges and turrets that adorn the beauty of the castle even further.
Location: Neuschwansteinstraße 20, 87645 Schwangau, Germany
Timings: 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM
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When it comes to exploring the cities in Germany, Lindau is a must include in the list. The charming streets and the passageways are not just filled with history and tradition but have spectacular views as well. It is also often known as the Garden of Eden and lies on the shores of the popular Lake Constance. The half-timbered buildings along with the Alpine vegetation further add to the beauty of the place. If your trip is scheduled around summertime, you can charter a boat to admire the beauty of Switzerland, Austria and even the Alps across the lake.
This city is located along the banks of the Elbe River and add to the fervor and the mystique beauty of the place around. It is also often known as the ‘Florence of Elbe’ and is known for its lush greenery, picturesque location along with the parks, and forests around. Apart from that, you will also be able to experience the beauty of the Baroque architecture and the wide range of museums that will help you learn about the rich history of the place. Majority of the landmarks that date back to the time of the Second World War were rebuilt and reconstructed to bring them to their former glory.
There is no dearth of places to visit in Germany. From stunning landscapes to charming attractions, this country has everything. Explore it all on a customised trip to Germany with your loved ones. Book now!