Germany is a beautiful country with plenty of things to see. You can savor some incredible local cuisine, see fascinating historic sites, and wander through the beautiful countryside. If you’re planning a trip to see this exciting country but aren’t sure exactly where to start, this list of the ten most beautiful places in Germany will give you a great place to start.
1. Neuschwanstein Castle
Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria is Europe’s ultimate fairytale castle; it inspired Sleeping Beauty Castle, which you can see when you visit Walt Disney World Orlando. The castle is one of three that were built by King Ludwig II who wanted to craft a retreat that was simultaneously a tribute to German composer Richard Wagner. The castle was paid for by the king and he lived there until he died in 1886. After his death the castle opened up for tours and you can visit to this day.
Neuschwanstein Castle Travel Guide & Planning Resources:
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2. Monschau Altstadt
Stepping into Monschau’s old town area will really feel as though you are stepping back in time. The timber-framed houses, medieval walls, and original stonework are present at every corner in the shadow of the castle from which the town gets its name. The city is a cultural hub for the region which has both French and German influences running through it. The Red House is a textile museum with plenty of artifacts and displays as well as a stunning three story self-supporting wooden staircase. A trip to the castle not only shows off the impressive structure but gives an incredible view over the city. If you want more unique views, a boat trip down the river is a can’t miss opportunity, especially at sunset. These boat trips are only available during the summer months but are perfect for a warm evening in the peak season.
The Monschau Altstadt Travel Guide & Planning Resources:
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- Horchem Hotel-Restaurant-Cafe-Bar
- Eleganza Monschau
- Manoir -1654- historisch schlafen in Monschaus Altstadt
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3. Wiblingen Abbey
Wiblingen Abbey has seen many residents in its history, starting with monks as the name implies. Later on it housed soldiers as a barracks, and now it hosts some faculty members of the university of Ulm and tourists. The Abbey has a small museum on site that tells you more about the building which is a monument to baroque architecture. The church and library on site are perfectly preserved and cannot be missed. Feel free to take your time and take in all the fine details, as this destination lies just off the beaten path despite easy access via bus.
Wiblingen Abbey Travel Guide & Planning Resources:
Find the best flights, train tickets, or rent a car for your trip to Wiblingen Abbey, one of the most beautiful places in Germany. Also, here you can browse our list of the best hotels near Wiblingen Abbey to stay in. Can’t decide where to stay? Here are three of our favorite hotels near Wiblingen Abbey you might like:
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The Rakotzbrücke is a famed and fabled bridge in the southeast edge of Germany. Commissioned by Friedrich Hermann Rotschke in the mid 1800s to mimic the devil bridges of the Middle Ages. The nickname of a devil’s bridge comes from the belief that the bridges were too perfect to be made by man alone, so logically the devil had to help. The story goes that to get his pay, the devil claims the soul of the first born from whomever was foolhardy enough to cross the bridge first. But don’t worry – this stunning bridge was built exclusively by man and is completely safe to visit. If you have the choice, visiting in early or mid autumn provides the best photos and views with the foliage changing in the background of the nearly circular bridge.
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The Basteibrucke feels straight out of Middle Earth and you’ll feel like you’re in another world as you gaze up the 1850s stone bridge that connects to huge sandstone spires. Water and erosion carved away what is now the stunning natural landscape which has drawn people for decades. Some of the spires reach over 600 ft above the waters of the Elbe River. A hastily constructed wooden bridge was built in the early 1800s to connect some of the spires, but that original structure has long since been replaced by the stone one which stands to this day. A walk to the bridge will take you on well-maintained but challenging trails and you may also walk on the bridge when you arrive.
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6. Black Forest
While most are probably familiar with the cake of the same name, the actual Black Forest offers a multitude of experiences for those wanting to visit this landmark in the very southwestern corner of Germany. This mountainous region received its nickname from the dense canopy making the underbrush much darker than one might expect. The mystery and allure of the mountains also inspired the Brothers Grimm and their fairy tales. Reading some of their stories before venturing into the woods can help add to the atmosphere, just be warned they are not as lighthearted as the Disney versions most people are familiar with. If you need a break from these enchanting woods, you can find a spa, winery, or lakefront resort nearby.
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At 2,962 meters above sea level, the Zugspitze is the highest peak in Germany. It is also notably the highest peak in the Wetterstein Mountains. Not only are the views of the mountains breathtaking, but you can also relax with an ice cold beer at the peak’s beer garden.
Zugspitze Travel Guide & Planning Resources:
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8. Lake Königssee
The Königssee is a natural lake in the German state of Bavaria’s Berchtesgadener Land district, close to the Austrian border. Berchtesgaden National Park encompasses the majority of the lake. The national park was established in 1978 to protect the Berchtesgaden Alps’ landscapes. The name “Königssee”translates to “Kings Lake” and the natural beauty of the region is absolutely fit for royalty. The sparkling lake itself is gorgeous and is said to be the cleanest lake in Germany. You can swim in it or hike around it if you’d rather stick to the land.
Lake Königssee Travel Guide & Planning Resources:
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9. Sanssouci Palace
The Sanssouci Palace was commissioned in 1744 by Frederick the Great. As a wartime king, Frederick wanted a safe haven that could be his retreat from the problems of the outside world. His solution was to build Sanssouci. It was used by the royal family until the end of World War II. In 1990 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The palace itself is beautiful, but the real treat is to wander the Palace Grounds and Terraced Gardens.
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10. The Rhine Valley
The Rhine Valley gets its name from the powerful Rhine River which is sourced from two tributaries that come from the Alps. The region is one of the most beautiful in the country with a lush natural landscape and inspiring sights and a rich culture. You can arrive or leave by boat or car and explore historic castles, drink incredible wine, and learn about the people who call this area home and see how they live. It’s easy to see how the Rhine Valley has remained a popular tourist destination all these years.
The Rhine Valley Travel Guide & Planning Resources:
Here you can find the best flights, train tickets, or rent a car for your trip to the Rhine Valley, one of the most beautiful places in Germany. Also, here you can browse our list of the best hotels in the Rhine Valley to stay in.
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Additional Resources for Planning a Trip to Germany
To make planning your trip to the most beautiful places in Germany easier, we included some of our recommended travel resources below. You can search and find the best flights, transportation options, hotels to stay in, tours/activities, and things you can do in each destination in Germany during your trip.
Agoda: Search thousands of destinations around the world & quickly compare prices to find amazing deals on the best flights.
CheapOAir: You can find airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, and vacation packages all on one site!
Kiwi.com: What we like about Kiwi is the fact that they are able to create combinations of flight, train, and bus tickets and offer them in a single itinerary. Also, Kiwi has what they called “Nomad” which helps you find the best way of visiting multiple destinations, saving you time and money.
JetRadar: You can search and compare airfares from 726 airlines and dozens of travel agencies and systems.
Agoda: Agoda is one of the world’s largest online travel accommodation platforms with a network of over 2,000,000 vacation rentals and hotels worldwide.
Hotellook: They have more than 250,000 hotels in 205 countries, working with data from more than 10 online booking systems, such as Booking.com, Agoda.com, Hotels.com, Expedia, and others.
Bus: Flixbus: Very affordable (as low as $6) and convenient way to transfer between cities in Europe.
Bike Rental: BikesBooking (Bikes & scooter rentals)
Transportation Comparison: Omio (search, compare, and book tickets for buses, trains, and flights all in one site)
Tours & Activities:
TakeWalks (WalkofItaly): This is our favorite site for walking tours & day trips.
Tiqets: Great site for entrance tickets. It offers directly bookable, instantly available, and completely mobile tickets for museums, shows, and attractions all over the world.
Musement: They have good activities and tours in Italy and Spain, also many great day trips you can choose from.
GetYourGuide: A large number of tours, excursions, and other travel activities
Viator: The largest one. It has everything from tours, attractions, shore excursions, and private guides in over 2,700 destinations worldwide. It also has many transportations and transfers options and some unique experiences we didn’t find anywhere else.
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