Germany is a great, marvelous country with myriads of historical buildings and all other kinds of tourist attractions. So it does not come as a surprise that this country is a real hotspot for tourists from all over the world. However, don’t expect to see here lots of sunny beaches and a warm weather – a typical stereotype that many people have about getting a rest in the summer. Yet, this Germany travel guide will show you what travel opportunities you are ought not to miss in this country.
Germany travel guide: cities
So if you have made up a decision to go on a Germany travel, the first thing you are going to think about is, perhaps, what cities should you visit. Here, we will describe the country’s most attractive cities from the view of a tourist.
- Berlin. Yes, it is not something surprising that the capital is in the list of cities you should pay a visit to. Even though this city is typically associated with the World War II and the following division of it between the allies, now only a few stones left from the Great Berlin Wall bear a reminiscence of it. At the same time, the capital has transformed into an ultra-modern city with a mix of the old and modern architecture, comfortable infrastructure, and lots of bars where you can get some beer and snack a Kurrywurst. Top places to see: Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag, Fernsehturm (Television tower), the Museum Island, Potsdamer Platz, Berlin Cathedral, Sans Souce Palace in Potsdam (near Berlin), and Gendarmenmarkt.
Sans Souci Palace, located in Potsdam right near the country’s capital, is a marvelous piece of architecture
- Munich. If you are going to make a Germany travel in autumn, it would be irremissible to miss such an event like Oktoberfast, which takes place in this city every year. Despite the fact that the city is mostly associated exactly with the famous beer festival, it can boast a really great architecture and impressive edifices. Top attractions to see: the Munich Residenz, Marienplatz, Frauenkirche, Asam Church, the New Town Hall, St. Peter’s Church, the English Garden, the Bavarian State Opera, and the National Theater of Munich.
- Cologne. This city, which is able to boast a really magnificent architecture, is another popular destination in Germany. In particular, this city is heavily associated with a large gothic Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Mary that dates back to 1248, making it one of the largest and most beautiful buildings of Europe that had been built at that time. Apart from that impressive cathedral, you shouldn’t miss the following attractions in Cologne: Old Town, the Roman-Germanic Museum, St. Gereon’s Church, the Ludwig and Wallraf-Richartz Museums, Old Town Hall, the Cologne Cable Car, St. Pantaleon Church, Falkenlust and Augustusburg Palaces, Zoological Garden, and Altenberg Cathedral.
- Dresden. Notoriously known for being heavily bombed during the World War II, this city has been rebuilt and now appears to be a great tourist destination. After the reunification with the Western Germany, this city reminds a phoenix that experienced a rebirth. Namely, you can find the following attractions as highly recommended: Frauenkirche, the Zwinger museum complex, Semperoper and Theaterplatz, Dresden Transport Museum, the Catholic Court Church, Albertinum, Kreuzkirche and Landhaus, the Great Garden, and Dresden Residential Castle.
Is there any more renowned attraction in Germany than Cologne’s Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Mary, designed in a stunning gothic way?
Apart from those most frequently visited cities, lots of tourists also flock to Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Heidelberg, Lubeck, and Leipzig. One of the key destinations for many tourists in Germany is Neuschwanstein Castle, carefully nestled between the Bavarian Alps and seems like a castle from a fairy tale. Unlike the majority of castles, this one was not built for defensive purposes and so it amazes people from all over the world. On a Germany travel, don’t forget to enjoy the Middle Rhine that stretches between Bonn and Bingen and is also considered to be one of the most romantic places of Germany. If you want to try something unusual as for Germany, you can head to Rugen Island, located in the Baltic Sea and connected to the country’s mainland.
Germany travel guide: most popular tours in Germany
If you are the type of a person who, when deciding to go on a Germany travel, decides to resort to the services of touristic companies and agencies, then you need to know what tours are the most popular in Germany.
Perhaps, the most popular tours in Germany are those ones that include visits to various castles, especially the previously mentioned Neuschwanstein Castle. Most of those tours start from the Southern city of Munich, region of Bavaria. In particular, you can be interested in the following castle excursions in the South of Germany: Neuschwanstein Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Munich, Royal Castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Day Tour from Munich, Small-Group Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castle Luxury Coach Day Trip from Munich.
On the other hand, there is also Salzburg Small Group Day Tour, which starts in Munich as well and which will help you to discover the Austrian forth-largest city, located right on the border with Germany’s Bavaria. Also, there is a somewhat similar yet more enriched tour on offer: Sound of Music, Salzburg and Lake District Day Tour. For those people who are interested in history, there is Nuremberg Day Trip from Munich on offer. If the city, best known for the tribunal over the Nazis, is interesting for you yet you want something more, then you can take advantage of the following tours: Hitler and the Third Reich Munich Walking Tour, Private Tour: Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site Tour, and Half-Day Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site Walking Tour. If you want to get a more entertaining tour while being on a Germany travel, you can go for Bavarian Beer and Food Evening Tour.
The Neuschwanstein Castle looks in winter especially fabulous and lets you feel as if you were in a fairy tale
The second most popular destination in Germany is, indeed, Berlin, its capital. So on your Germany travel, you can take advantage of the following tours (most popular ones): Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour, Berlin Highlights and Hidden Sites Historical Walking Tour, Berlin City Hop-on Hop-off Tour, Berlin Bike Tour, and Berlin Segway Tour. Tourists that are interested in history may fancy taking the Private Walking Tour: World War 2 and Cold War Sites in Berlin. Also, such tours as Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Tour and Dresden Day Trip start from Berlin.
On a Germany travel, you can also take advantage of tours starting from Frankfurt: Heidelberg Half-Day Trip, Black Forest and Strasbourg Day Trip, Frankfurt Super Saver: City Highlights Tour plus Rhine Valley Cruise, Rhine Valley Trip, and Cologne Day Trip.
Germany travel guide: leisure activities of German people
Unfortunately, the German people cannot enjoy so thrilling activities in the Alps like the Italian, French, or Swiss people. Also, they cannot enjoy so ubiquitous seashores as Spanish and Portuguese people. One has to keep in mind, however, that family is one of the most important things in a life of German, and so you should be surprised that the Germans spend a lot of time at home. And, indeed, some of them tend to watch TV really much.
And of course, the Germans spend most of their time in the local communities, where they are able to join various sport clubs. That is the reason why the percentage of sport club memberships are higher in Germany than in almost any other European country. Actually, every local community has a swimming pool, theatre, concert hall, and sport center, which allows virtually every German to start going into sports or taking part in other activities.
Whereas culture is especially important in major cities, especially playing in theatres, most of the German people fancy going into sports, namely football, which is better organized in Germany than in other countries. The other most popular sports in Germany are swimming, cycling, and hiking.
Indeed, many Germans and tourists also like just to spend their time in cafes or restaurants, where they can have fun and taste delicious dishes along with amazing German beer.