The Rhine Valley
One of the most important waterway of Europe, Rhine, is simply beautiful. Spanning over a length of 1320 km, this beautiful river stretches from Switzerland while passing through Germany and finally entering Netherlands. There are a number of places in Germany from where you can catch a glimpse of this river however the Upper Middle Rhine Valley region is indeed the best place to enjoy the majestic river. Often dramatic, the river sprawls over a 65 km stretch and boasts of 60 picturesque medieval towns and 40 castles that are all waiting for you to explore on a river cruise. You can even explore the area via car. One of the best places to start your cruise is Bingen. It is the place where the river cuts through deep gorge before finally coming to the Bacharach valley.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Rothenburg is an old Franconian imperial city. It is indeed one of the most fascinating cities of Germany. The romantic Road tourist route lies on the steep banks of the magnificent River Tauber. Its towers and walls have been untouched every since the 1618’s, Thirty Years War. The place has neatly preserved the ideal medieval town vibe with its endless charm. Some of the individual buildings here that demand your attention include the St.-Georgs-Brunnen fountain, Town Hall, Ratstrinkstube, Imperial City Museum and St. James's Church. Taking a stroll along the streets can be one timeless experience.
The Black Forest
The Black Forest is undoubtedly one of the most frequented landmarks of Germany. Situated in the south western corner of Germany, the forest extends to over 160 km from High Rhine in the south to Pforzheim in the north. Indeed, a paradise for the hikers, this place is a must visit during your holiday to Germany. On the western end, the forest descends steeply to the Rhine that is brimming with the lush valleys. In the eastern end, there are slopes which are gentle down to the Danube valleys and upper Neckar. The oldest ski region of Germany, Todtnau is a great spot for adventure lovers. You can also come here for the magnificent spa facilities available here at Baden-Baden. Other things that demand your attention include the beautiful resort of Bad Liebenzell, Black Forest Railway, Triberg and Black Forest Open Air Museum.
Sanssouci Park and Palace, Potsdam
Beautiful Sanssouci Park was laid out in the period spanning from 1744 to 1756. It is indeed one of the most celebrated examples of Potsdam Rococo. The park presents the personal influence of Frederick the Great. Inclusive of the numerous greenhouses, Baroque flower garden and than 3,000 fruit trees, strolling around the park is indeed one of the best things to do in Germany. Known for its two-and-a-half-kilometer-long avenue, gorgeous gardens, perfect lawns and protected by trimmed hedges, nature lovers will enjoy being here. Here there are a variety of park buildings that demand your attention. One such building is the Picture Gallery that houses a vast collection of art. Other places to see include the Roman Baths complex and Chinese House.
Insel Mainau: the Flower Island of Lake Constance
Insel Mainau is a magnificent Flower Island found on the alluring lake Constance. Spread over an area of 110 acres, the island attracts several visitors who come here to see the different parks and gardens that are located here. Most of these gardens are brimming with tropical and semi tropical vegetation. You can access the island via boat. Another means to reach the island is via a pedestrian bridge that connects the island to the mainland. Be assured to spend some additional time apart from the two hours that will be need to explore the landmark properly. Another sightseeing attraction here is the 18th-century Schloss, which is known for its beautiful gatehouse, White Hall and old defensive tower.
The Berlin Wall
The Berlin Wall may not be the most picturesque places to see in Germany however The Berlin Wall and what lies left to it is something that every visitor to Berlin must visit. Built in the year 1961, The Berlin Wall has the most remarkable manifestation of the Cold war mentality which existed after WWII and by the period it was torn down, it further extended to about 155 kms. Thankfully, almost all the remains of the wall today are tiny graffiti-covered sections which put forth a stark reminder of over 70 people who died here when trying to escape from the East.
Berlin's Brandenburg Gate
Berlin's Brandenburg Gate was built in the year 1791 for the King Frederick William II. Modeled on the Athens’s Acropolis, the gate is a monumental sandstone located in the Berlin's Mitte district. It is the first example of Neo classical architecture in the city. Being 26 meters in height, the gate has a beautiful four horse chariot nestled on the top.
Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom)
Situated on the banks of River Rhine, the towering Cathedral of Kölner Dom and St. Mary is an interesting tourist attraction of Germany. This beautiful masterpiece is known for its high Gothic architecture and is also one of the largest landmarks of Europe. The construction for the cathedral began in the year 1248 and it is indeed one of the most ambitious building project of the Middle Ages. Spanning over an area of 6166 square meters, the cathedral boasts of 56 huge pillars.
Königssee (King's Lake)
King’s Lake also known as the Bavarian lake is indeed one of the most important tourist attractions of the Berchtesgadener Land. Located in proximity to Salzburg which is a haven for hikers, you definitely must visit the lake to relax and unwind. Another attractive sightseeing option is the boat trip which will lead you to the northern end’s Pilgrimage Chapel of St. Bartholomew that has been in existence since the 17th century. From here, you can take a walk to the Obersee.