Germany - Travel, Vacation, Architecture, and Adventure

Germany Travel and Vacations
From the ancient architecture, castles, and countryside greenery to the modern buildings and cities, Germany has it all. Visiting Germany is like touring different European countries. It has many vacation spots, having something in store for children and adults, adventuresome and nature lovers, and the first-time honeymooners.
Germany is one of the leading tourist destinations in the world. Scenic landscapes, beautiful orthodox villages, age-old festivals, astoundingly magnificent castles, and modern industrial towns are the reasons why tourists are attracted to this culture-rich country. It is also known for its unspoiled rivers and grand river cruises. The hospitality of the people and their fluency in English is sure to amaze you. Here are a few interesting places to visit places in Germany.

The Black Forest

The Black Forest is possibly, the best place in Germany. Visiting Germany is definitely incomplete without seeing its rolling hills, small villages with roads made of cobblestones, and the lush green forests of the Schwarzwald (Black Forest). Whether walking, driving, or biking ― many paths will lead you to small villages, wineries, and old monasteries. These are areas which are known all over the world for their famous wines. In fact, Germans celebrate many wine festivals too. The region also has many spas running through almost 200 kilometers. The town of Baden-Baden is famous for its spas, and has 14 award-winning thermal and mineral baths. Lake Titisee, the largest lake in the Black Forest is formed by the Feldberg glacier.

The Romantic Road

One of Germany's best scenic routes is The Romantic Road, which runs from Bavaria through the Franconia wine country, right to the foothills of the German Alps. The area along the road is full of German culture and scenery, picturesque towns surrounded by walls and towers, castles, half-timbered houses, unspoiled nature, etc. From romantic, courtyard restaurants to beautiful vineyards, this route has everything that will make a nature lover fall in love with it. Some of the highlights along this route are:
  • The town of Würzburg, known for its excellent wines and gourmet restaurants.
  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber ― the best preserved town in Germany.
  • Augsburg is one of the oldest cities in Germany.
  • The castle of Neuschwanstein in Bavaria.
Neuschwanstein, Bavaria

Nuzzled in the majestic Alps, the famous castle of Neuschwanstein is the most photographed building in Germany. The castle was also the inspiration behind Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty. Instead of taking help from architects, King Ludwig II of Bavaria realized his own fairytale castle for pure pleasure, in 1869.

Berlin and Potsdam

The capital of Germany, Berlin, has many places to visit; from old to new, combining great views of its historic past and modern outlook shown in its culture, restaurants, and nightlife. Do not miss out the Brandenburg Gate, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, and the Museum Island. Brandenburg Gate is a national symbol for Germany, crowned with the winged goddess of victory on the four-horsed chariot. During the Cold War, when Germany was divided into East and West Germany, the Brandenburg Gate stood between them. Potsdam which is a short distance from Berlin, was the heart of the Prussian Empire. Potsdam reflects pan-European history and is also a UNESCO world heritage site.

Oktoberfest

The world's largest fair with 6 million people attending, Oktoberfest is a sixteen-day festival, celebrated in Munich, where people come to sing, drink beer, and dance. German food like sausages, hendl (chicken) and sauerkraut (red cabbage) are delicacies that one must sample during this festival. It is celebrated during late September running into early October. A notable feature of this festival is the Oktoberfest 1-liter beer mugs, which are made of glass, and have decorative brewery logos on the sides.

Germany is truly a unique place. There are so many places to visit, that you may need to plan out a month of vacation, or even more to cover all the areas. Some of the most visited places include the City of Weimar, the Cathedral of Cologne, the Dresden Frauenkirche ― Church of Our Lady, the Christmas Market of Nuremberg, and the Rhine Valley. The list is never ending. Events like the Bach Festival and the Stuttgart Beer Festival will take your breath away.
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