Germany is one of the most visited nations in the world. In 2015 alone there were 1.1 billion international visitors visiting Germany. Berlin has turned into the third most visited to city in Europe.
Germany has been called Das Land der Dichter und Denker (“the land of poets and thinkers”). Germany is popular for the traditional festivals and celebrations – the Oktoberfest and Christmas traditions, which incorporate Advent wreaths, Christmas trees and shows, Stollen cakes, and other practices. There are UNESCO recorded 40 properties in Germany on the World Heritage List. Every state in Germany have different public holidays out of which 3rd of October has been a national day of Germany since 1990, celebrated as the Tag der Deutschen Einheit (German Unity Day).
Here are top 10 Ausey.com picks for things to do in Germany, the land of the music, art, landmark and a remarkable heritage:
- Brandenburg Gate – One of Berlin’s greatest treasure is an 18th century neoclassical monument. This sign of peace is a monumental entry to Unter den Linden, which leads directly to the royal City Palace of the Prussian monarchs.
- Cologne Cathedral – Welcome to the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne and the administration of the Archdiocese of Cologne. It is a Roman Catholic cathedral and is a World Heritage Site.
- Europa-Park – Do not miss the largest theme park in Germany and one of the most popular resort in Europe. Located in Rust, it houses 12 roller coasters and also features the Euro Dance Festival.
- Neuschwanstein Castle – or in plain English “New Swanstone Castle” sits on the rugged hills above the village of Hohenschwangau. It is a 19th century Romanesque Revival palace. Prominently appeared in several movies such as The Great Escape and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the main inspiration behind Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.
- Reichstag building – One of the major historical edifice in Berlin. It was severely damaged during WWII. After a full restoration and completions of work, it is now the meeting place of the German parliament.
- Heidelberg Castle – Visit the romantic city of Heidelberg and see the most important Renaissance structures.
- Berlin Wall – It is a must for visitors to Germany. The barrier divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989 to separate the West from the East. It was erected to restrict emigration between the two and caused major civil unrest.
- Museum Island – In the Spree river is the complex of 5 museums which are internationally significant – The Atlas Museum, The Neues Museum (New Museum), The Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery), The Bode Museum and the Pergamon Museum. It is listed in the World Heritage sites.
- Zugspitze – It is the highest mountain in Germany rising to 2962 metres above sea level. It is home to 3 glaciers and the most beautiful ski resort. With around 20kms of deep covering of natural snow, it is perfect for the thrill seekers to enjoy quality skiing and boarding. For the non-skiers, enjoy a 360 degree panoramic views of 400 mountain peaks in four countries.
- BMW Museum – Munich’s best attraction, located near the Olympia park and showcases the making of one of the top-leaders in automobile manufacturing.