Constituting 16 different states and home to nearly 85 million inhabitants, Germany is one of the most important members of the European Union. The capital city and the largest metropolis in the country are Berlin. Germany is a part of the Schengen area and known for its national military might and its extremely stable economy. The world’s fourth-largest economy also upholds the global leader in several technological & industrial sectors. Germany is also the third largest importer & exporter of goods and boasts an extremely high standard of living. Added to that, Germany’s culture and natural beauty contribute to its ever-growing tourism industry. The abundance of wild regions in shape of the Bavarian Alps, the culturally rich towns and the grandeur-soaked cathedrals and modern-day structures provide immaculate tourism and sightseeing opportunities’.
Europa-Park is the largest amusement and leisure park in Germany that has also, just recently, become the topmost tourist attraction of the country, unseating Neuschwanstein Castle in the recent survey. Located in the town of Rust, this park offers everything that demands thrill and adventure. With the mind-boggling rides, 11 roller-coasters with flight simulators, more than a 100 enterprising attractions and a 4-D cinema, Europa-Park attracts nearly 5 million visitors per annum. The park is divided into sections such that each section represents lands and countries of the European continent.
9) The Black Forest
The Black Forest is a dark, deeply-forested mountain range in the southwestern region of the country. Known for its thick tree canopy and a diverse range of geographical features, the place is an outdoor haven for recreation & leisure. It rises and descends deeply around the River Rhine surrounded by lush green valleys and ski resorts. Swimming, hiking, and mountain biking are popular activities. The Forest also has an urban touch to it as it offers world-famous spa facilities in a native village and also boasts an Open Air Museum.
8) Miniatur Wunderland
Miniatur Wunderland is the world’s largest model railway and a tourist attraction of a unique kind. Established in the magnificent Port of Hamburg, it meanders through a total stretch of 12,000 meters. The humongous scale model boasts nine different sections, each one of them representing a specific culture, people or a country altogether. The system embodies several hundred trains & trams that roam around this fascinating mini world with its pint-sized airports, bustling harbors, and jam-packed cities. Tourists from all around Germany of all ages visit this place for entertainment of a unique kind.
7) Rügen Island
Located in the coast of Pomerania, Rugen is the largest and the most beautiful of Germany’s Baltic Islands. It is connected to the mainland by both road and railway and is thus a very popular tourist destination. Rugen’s beauty branches out from its vast, sandy beaches to its expansive farmlands to its open bays and chalk cliffs in its forested woods. Amongst the highlights of its seaside resorts is the Jasmund Peninsula, boasting the Stubnitz beech forests. Rugen is frequently occupied by adventure-seekers and windsurfers and the island also offers a diverse variety of neoclassical buildings and parks in the old town of Putbus.
Located in the Western Mountain range, Zugspitze is the highest mountain in Germany soaring a staggering height of 2962 meters. The peak is a globally-renowned spot for mountaineers and skiers. It is accessible via a cable car or a cog railway that runs sideways through a mountainous railway station. The summit has dazzling panoramic views in store including display of the landscape of four different countries at one time. The journey to the top also includes a walk through an 800-meter long tunnel that opens out to a gorgeous gorge in a local town.
5) Heidelberg Castle & Old Town
Situated in the ruined structures of the Heidelberg Old City in the Neckar river valley, Heidelberg Castle is a place known to exemplify German romanticism and dominates the old downtown. The region was scarred badly during the series of allied bombings. Since then, it has been a retention procedure to gain back its grandiosity and ornate charm. Heidelberg Castle is constantly visited by a massive number of foreign tourists. The Old Town with its picturesque streets and exotic squares also boasts Germany’s oldest university till date.
4) Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a medieval Franconian town in Bavaria known for its primeval touch and well-preserved architecture. It has a big reputation amongst the tourist agencies and looks as if it has been plucked straight out of the fairy tale books. The walled city with its narrow lanes and picture-perfect range of interconnected houses & buildings offers and endless charm. Individual highlights include the Tauber River, Old Town Hall, Council Tavern and several churches & fortifications that date several centuries back. The famous Romantic Road also traverses through Rothenburg.
3) Neuschwanstein Castle
Nestled in the old town of Fussen near the Alps of Bavaria is the ultimate fairytale spot, the Neuschwanstein Castle, the world’s most famous and greatest royal castle of its kind. Constructed over the inspiration of Walt Disney’s fantasy castles, Neuschwanstein is a battlement-covered fort that was completed in 1886. Tourists can take a tour through the artificially designed pathways that lead to the Minstrels’ Hall, the Singers’ Hall, and the Throne Room. The flamboyant interior and crown-shaped chandeliers almost always leave its guests awe-inspired.
2) Cologne Cathedral
Cologne Cathedral is a transcending structure situated on the banks of the Rhine and is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. It definitely is one of the greatest landmarks of the city of Cologne and Europe whose construction plan begun as early as 1248. The imposing façade, lavish interior and massive towers highlight the panoramic views of this majestic icon. The Treasury and Three Kings Reliquary from the 12th and 13th centuries are still preserved in their original shape.
1) Brandenburg Gate
Soaring to nearly 26-meters in height, the magnificent sandstone Brandenburg Gate is located in Berlin and was the city’s first ever neoclassical structure. The gate was modeled on the Acropolis in Athens, including the stupendous four-horse chariot stature on top. It has been used for normal vehicle traffic and often reserved for royal carriages and parades. Undoubtedly, one of the most notorious icons of the city, the Brandenburg Gate is emblematic to division and reunification, thus representing the turbulent German history.