Planning a trip to Germany? Germany is a wonderful country to plan your next vacation. You must have heard cities like Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin and so much more. However, apart from all the popular names you have heard there are more stunning places to see. Germany is blessed with wonderful nature and spectacular surroundings of the Alps and the mountains. Travelling to Germany has grown in popularity, and offers incredible and unique features either you are backpacking, Solo travel, hiking, experience the biggest Ocktoberfest in the world and so on. Here are the most picturesque places you must visit during your trip to Germany.
With fascinating architecture, Eltz Castle is the embodiment of the knight’s castle. It is located in the heart of the Elzbach valley. For more than 850 years the castle belonged to a family of the same name. The castle is like one of those fairytale castles of prince and princess. The approach to the castle is by walking through the scenic route by the forest. Burg Eltz was the only Castle that miraculously survived during WWII undamaged.
Route – Eltz Castle, Wierschem 56294
Wernigerode castle located in the Harz mountains above the town of Wernigerode. The castle was built as a fort, for the German emperors in the medieval ages. The castle offers a panoramic view of the surrounding hills and the city. Leaving you to wonder if you are in a fancy world. Strolling around the town you can’t help but notice the well preserve half-timbered houses which look so stunning.
Rothenburg is perhaps the most famous small town in Germany. This picturesque village is located in northern Bavaria. The well-preserved walled medieval village is well known for its half-timbered houses and red rooftop, and cobblestones streets. The stories of the famous night watchman. They made rounds in the night while everyone else slept peacefully. The city stood as an incomprehensible fortress for centuries. The Romantic Road and Castle Road are very closely connected to the city. Rothenburg ob der Tauber is perhaps the best-known of all the medieval “sights” on the Romantic Road.
Route –Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Bastei Bridge is one of the highlights of the German Saxon Switzerland National park. It is one of the most unique landscape. It is located 40km east of Dresden, Germany. From above the Bastei bridge, you will have a panoramic view of the mountains which is ultimately magnificent. There are many hiking routes around Bastei. Most recommended is from Wehlen via Bastei to Kurort Rathen. the best way to get to Bastei is by car. You can visit Bastei by using public transport from Dresden.
Route –Bastei Bridge
Beautiful gorge nestled amid nature. It is 700m long gorge. Partnach Gorge is a wonder located in Garmisch-Partenkircein in southern Germany. The tunnels and caves are carved directly into the rocks. Inside the Partnarch George, You will find massive rocks surrounding you and the water rushing through the gorge beneath you.
A small fairytale town is located along the Austrian border. Nestled in the foothill of the Alps. Mittenwald is popularly known for violinmaking. Known as the “Village of a Thousand Violins” Mathias Kloz brought the craft of making instruments to his native village. The small village has beautifully painted houses and buildings and the mountain as a backdrop. This a nice town to stop by for a couple of hours for a coffee and stroll along the cobbled streets and admire the beautiful fresco painted houses. There are many cafes and restaurants along the streets. the Old town(Altstadt) is a very beautiful and traditional Bavarian style.
Route –Mittenwald, Germany
You must have heard and seen the Rakotzbrücke devil’s Bridge all over Instagram. This bridge is located in Kromlauer Park in Eastern Germany and is best accessed by driving. It is a manmade bridge built-in 1860 by the knight of the local town. When the waters beneath the bridge are calm and the light is right, it forms an image of a gorgeously complete circle made of stone.
On the most beautiful suspension rope bridge(Geierlay) in Germany in the Hunsrück. You should overcome your fear Walking 100 meters above the Mörsdorfer Bachtel and enjoy the stunning view. This bridge was opened in 2015 and connects the villages of Mörsdorf and Sosberg east of Cochem in Germany. Far ahead, of course, is Burg Eltz. The town of Cochem with its castle is also worth a visit. Not far from there is the famous Bremm viewpoint on the Moselle Loop.
Route –56290 Mörsdorf Geierlay
The Königssee lies in the heart of the Berchtesgaden National Park. You have to take the boat if you want to discover the impressive natural scenery around Bavaria’s most famous mountain lake and beautifully embedded in the mountains. Nestled between the rock faces of the Watzmann, the lake stretches for eight kilometres. Many mountaineers and hikers only go to the pilgrimage church of St. Bartholomä. There are many activities you can do here like winter sports, cycling, hiking and trekking. From Salet you can reach the Obersee with a 20-minute walk. The Obersee lies south of the Königsee. If you want to see the waterfall, you have to walk to the end of the valley and have a wonderful view of Germany’s highest waterfall falls from a height of 400 meters.
Route –83471 Schönau am Königssee
Another fairytale castle situated in the Graswang valley in a beautifully landscaped park. The smallest of the three palaces built by King Ludwig II. Linderhof Palace has beautiful parks spacious landscapes and impressive Terrance. The building of the castle started in 1869 on the site of Ludwig’s father, Maximillian II’s hunting lodge.
Route –Linderhof 12, 82488 Ettal
Oberstdorf is the largest hiking and mountain sports area on the northern edge of the Alps located in the Oberallgäu (Germany, Bavaria (Bayern). Disconnect yourself from stress and daily routine and engage yourself with the idyllic nature. Oberstdorf offers the scenic beauty of the mountains and the Alps. There are so many things to do here be it, Winter or Summer. It is popular all year round to visit with friends and families. There are a couple of great ski resorts Kanzelwad, Klienwalseretel and Nebelhorn. For hikers, you will be astounded by the valleys of Breitach, Stillach and there more. What else could you discover here? Breitachklamm is one of the natural wonders. This beautiful rocky gorge is truly magnificent. Breitachklamm is worth hiking in Allgäu every season. There is much other beautiful hiking trail both in Allgäu and Kleinwalsertal.
Göttingen is located south of Lower Saxon. It is famous for its old University (Georgia Agusta Universität). It became the most visited university in Europe. Founded in 18C by King George II of Brunswick-Luneburg. This town is vibrant and full of students. There are a lot of young people out and small cafes and shops. The fountain with the Statue of Gänseliesel in front of the old town hall. The students climb the fountain and kiss the statue of the goose girl after students at the university finish their doctorate. A wonderful way to mark their achievement. They put flowers in the basket as a ritual tradition. Göttingen old town hall is another attraction hired out for weddings.
The Botanical Garden maintained by the University of Göttingen is a perfect place for relaxing and outing. Visit the Bismarck Tower right in the middle of the forest on a hill. Climbing up to the top of the tower is a must. The walk up to the tower is fascinating and enjoyable even for the children. the view from the top is stunning where you can see the whole city of Göttingen. St.Jacobi Kirche is one of the highlights of Göttingen. You will be fascinated by the architectural pillars and colourful windows. The optical illusions created by the painting inside are something you will not see anywhere. The views from the top of the tower of the Göttigen city is magnificent.
A picturesque old town is full of history and culture. Surrounded by wine vineyards Bernkastel-Kues is a popular wine-producing region in Germany. Explore the old town (Alstadt)The colourful medieval Market Square (Markt) is one of the most beautiful in the Moselle Valley. Explore the old town (Alstadt)The colourful medieval Market Square (Markt) is one of the most beautiful in the Moselle Valley. A well preserved medieval town surrounded by half-timber houses giving travellers a feeling of stepping back in time. Hilltop Landshut Castle offers one of the best viewpoints in the town and the river. The castle was originally built in 1277.
Regensburg is one of the most picturesque cities in Germany. Situated at the northernmost point of the Danube river. Approximately an hour and a half northeast of Munich, this UNESCO World Heritage site is living history. if you are on vacation in Regensburg, you cannot avoid a short walk around the old town. You will find small streets full of special and many traditional shops. Visit the Walhalla, the Old Stone Bridge is a masterpiece of old medieval architecture and the oldest bridge in Germany, St.Peter Cathedral. The Gothic Cathedral started around 1270. Visit the Walhalla which is located in Donaustauf only 20 mins from Regensburg. The Wahalla looks like a gigantic temple inspired by the Athens Acropolis. Walhalla was built by King Ludwig’s favourite architect Leo von Klenze.