Best travel experiences in Germany


Are you looking for inspiration for your travel to Germany? Use this list from the Rough Guide to Germany to fuel your travel dreams. And if you are already on location, you can discover some great things to do in Germany that might not have been on your radar.Are you looking for inspiration for your travel to Germany? Use this list from the Rough Guide to Germany to fuel your travel dreams. And if you are already on location, you can discover some great things to do in Germany that might not have been on your radar.

1 – Schloss Neuschwanstein


Mad King Ludwig’s maddest creation combines Wagnerian inspiration with a superbly dramatic alpine site to create a romantic fantasy from the age of chivalry. This makes Schloss Neuschwanstein the ultimate fairy-tale castle. In general, there is no shortage of castles and palaces in Germany – each with their own style, so you can be sure to find one that will amaze you.

2 – Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich


This iconic white building of this museum in Munich is a temple to modernism, from the classics of modern art to masterpieces of furniture and automotive design.

3 – Visiting a spa


Spa culture has a long standing history in Germany (as well as FKK (Freie Körper Kultur, aka skinny-dipping). Soak, sweat and rejuvenate in one of the many saunas and spas in Germany. You will find one in every city, some of them with amazing design.

4 – Go Long-distance cycling


Almost every major German river – including the Mosel – has a long-distance cycle path alongside. Rent a bike and cycle multi-day tours, stopping by in small pensions and hotels along the way, enjoying the great regional food and wine.

5 – Go kitschy on Christmas markets

Things not to miss: Traditional christmas market, Frankfurt, Germany.

Christmas cheer the way it’s been for centuries – gingerbread, mulled spicy wine, hearty food and locally crafted Christmas presents and decoration. Most German cities have a Christmas market starting in December. Among the most famous ones is the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg.

6 – Travel along the Romantic Rhine


Rhine-side castles and vineyards along the romantic Rhine passage show a picture-postcard side of Germany.

7 – Lift a Maß at the Octoberfest, Munich


The world’s biggest excuse for a beer – and it comes in big measures, too. Bring your lederhosen and Dirndl to drink a “Maß” or two at the Octoberfest. In general, German beer comes in a great variety – if you are not sure which one might fit your taste check this overview of German beer.

8 – Explore the Ostalgie


Revel in the Eastern Bloc nostalgia fondly known as Ostalgie. In Berlin, you can take a city tour by Trabbi car, or visit the GDR museum to get a taste of live in separate Germany, behind the iron curtain.

9 – The Zwinger, Dresden

Zwinger Palace art gallery museum Dresden, Germany © Georgios Tsichlis/Shutterstock

The most extravagant alfresco ballroom Germany ever built is found at the Zwinger in Dresden.

10 – Fairytale villages and medieval towns

Timber framing houses Quedlinburg old town, Germany

Take a Disney-like Bavarian road-trip on the romantic road, where the steep roofs and ancient towers are real. There is an abundance of historic town centres, like these pretty romantic German towns. So even if you are not in the south of Germany you are likely to find one close by.

11 – Visit one of the many UNESCO world heritage sites

Bamberg, Germany © Haidamac/Shutterstock

Currently listed are a whopping 46 UNESCO world heritage sites in Germany – covering a diverse range from architecture, intellectual achievements or significant history, nature, landscape and parks to some highly original and unusual places. While you are travelling in Germany, it is worth to explore the culture and history of the country by visiting some of them. To make it easier for you to fit them into your Germany trip, we have compiled a Rough Guide to World Heritage Germany with background information and practical tips. You can download it here for free.

12 – Visit Cologne


Cologne is an easy-going, liberal, cosmopolitan metropolis with two thousand years of art and history, a world-famous cathedral and a cozy beerhall culture – plus the famous Cologne Carnival festivities. It is also one of the most beloved tourist destinations of Germans within Germany – and by some deemed as the coolest city in Germany.

13 – Have a Wurst or two

Things not to miss: Sausage, currywurst, Germany.

Germany id famous for its sausages, and they come in over 1.500 varieties – from pale, lemony Weisswurst to Currywurst with ketchup and curry powder.

14 – Go Clubbing

Electronic dance music rules in Germany, but there’s plenty of room for quirkier sounds too.

15 – The Ruhr’s Industrial Heritage Trail

Volklingen Ironworks in Volklingen, Germany © Pecold/Shutterstock

The Ruhr’s reinvented industrial heritage offers some of Europe’s most original travel experiences. If you are a fan of industrial heritage, you. will find many great places in Germany to visit.

16 – Bavarian Baroque


Bavaria’s heavenly church interiors pair élan with excess. One famous example is the Wieskirche – one of the many spiritual UNESCO world heritage sites in Germany.

17 – Marvel at the chalk view of Rügen’s Cliffs


Edged by white cliffs, Germany’s largest island remains a gentle, pastoral place where it’s easy to escape the crowds.

18 – Taste German wine


High local demand means that many German tipples barely leave the valleys where they are grown. Go for a wine-tasting and a walk through the wine yards at the Deutsche Weinstraße.

19 – Go Skiing in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Soak up the views from high-altitude pistes, or brave the fearsome Kandahar World Cup Run in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

20 – Aachen’s cathedral


Aachen’s ancient cathedral is a taste of Byzantium in the heart of the city.

21 – Celebrate Christopher Street Day


Berlin’s and Cologne’s massive lesbian and gay communities know how to throw a party. Check the dates in June to join them for their celebration of life.

22 – North Sea islands

Sylt at the North Sea, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany © Thorsten Schier/Shutterstock

Idle in escapist Strandkörbe seats or skim across the sea on a kite-surf in one of the many small sea resorts on the North Sea.

23 – Hiking in the Allgäu, Bavaria

Hiking in the Allgäu, Bavaria

Enjoy the alpine scenery, clean air and moderate to challenging hikes in Bavaria’s beautiful south.

Top image: Neuschwanstein Castle – Shutterstock


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