Germany is a land of attractions. Unique attractions attract guests from all over the world magically. But which structures and natural beauty are the most popular? With this question, the German Center for Tourism (DZT) made a list of TOP 100 Attractions in Germany.
1. Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg – Small world very big
The miniature wonderland in Hamburg’s Speicherstadt is a unique superlative: the largest model railroad system in the world sends its visitors on a journey through countries and continents, through natural landscapes and fantasy landscapes.The miniature wonderland in the Hansestadt is full of big and small stories, there is something to discover: From Hamburg with its harbor, it is only a few steps to the Grand Canyon, which a US-Fernzug ??crosses over a huge wooden bridge. The America section takes visitors on a round trip through the United States, from the Everglades over the Zockerstadt Las Vegas to the Rocky Mountains. From there, it goes on to Scandinavia, where freighters and cruise ships drive through 30,000-liter real water and Pipi Langstrumpf is just as at home as a family of hollow reels. To admire, there is also a magical ice landscape with many small details. The Fantasiestadt Knuffingen is another highlight: Here trucks and small cars are driven by ghosts through the small streets. And there is even more to discover: a rock concert, a fire service, a love couple in the sunflower field and even the legendary Atlantis. In addition to the Alps, Scandinavia, America and Switzerland, you will also discover the beautiful Hansestadt Hamburg.
2. Heidelberg Castle. The epitome of German romanticism
Since the 19th century, the romantic ruin of Heidelberg Castle has been one of the most famous sights in Europe and the visitor magnet par excellence.It is probably the special mixture of presence and transience, which gives the Heidelberg Castle and Park its fascinating aura. It seems as if it were the world, and it is the epitome of German romanticism. Even the ivy-covered majestic backdrop of the castle ruins still reveals the power and glory of its former inhabitants, the Wittelsbacher. When Wehrburg was built with towers, casemates and ditches around 1300, the complex developed over the city in four hundred years as a feudal sign for the respective electors of the Palatinate. The oldest still recognizable residential building is the Ruprechtsbau with a splendid Renaissance fireplace inside. The Ottheinrichsbau is considered to be the first palace building on German soil with extensive facade design.
The best preserved building is the Friedrichsbau with the ancestral gallery of the electors in the façade. On the ground floor is the still undisturbed castle church, above it are the living rooms. Particularly fascinating is the magnificent Lustgarten, founded under Friedrich V, as the idea of ??a man-made paradise created by human hands. For a long time the Hortus Palatinus was regarded as the eighth world-wide, although it was never completed. In order to gain an insight into the everyday life of the inhabitants of Heidelberg Castle, the special guided tour “Das Leben bei Hofe” will be offered on Saturdays. Fun for the whole family! The German Pharmacy Museum is housed in Ottheinrichsbau. Here you will learn about the exciting past of pharmacy history.
3. Europa-Park in Rust – The Magnum edition of German leisure parks
Have you ever been to Europa-Park in Rust? If not, you should be on your way quickly! The Europa-Park in Rust, between Freiburg im Breisgau and Offenburg, is the largest leisure park in the German-speaking world and one of the few with winter opening.1-A-Fun quality – if you check in here, you want one thing: really have a lot of fun! In the Europa-Park you can experience all sorts of exciting things on more than 95 hectares. The giant leaves little to be desired and has been one of the top spots for families in the amusement parks for years. With a mixture of cool driving events, exciting theme parks, beautiful park facilities, plus a 6-hour show program every day, including the children’s theater, ice-cream parlor and variety shows, the resort stands for many different entertainment and fun needs.
At the entrance, the large statue of the park mascot – the Euro mouse. Inside, the resort is divided into European theme areas, packed with over 100 attractions and fantastic events that surpass even the wildest expectations. “Silver Star”, the breathtaking, widely visible, second-highest roller coaster in Europe or the gigantic 100-km / h fast wooden roller coaster “Wodan-Timburcoaster”, the white water course, the water tracks and the looping roller coaster Thrill. At the flight simulator, in the 4D cinema and the many other experience stations, it is no less exciting. Gastronomy also plays a corresponding role. If you prefer something quieter, you can have a nostalgic ride at the wheel of a vintage car. From the end of November to the beginning of January, the park turns into a dreamy winter landscape with numerous winter attractions in line with the Christmas and Advent season as well as New Year’s Eve. Europa-Park in Rust – the Magnum-Edition of the German leisure parks and concentrated competence in fun – here you just have to come back again and again!
4. Neuschwanstein Castle – the fairy-tale castle of Germany
The symbolic power of Neuschwansteins fascinates world-wide by the interweaving of an idealized romantic architecture with the tragic life history of his owner – with the loss of his sovereignty in his own realm, Ludwig II created his own world of legends and fairy tales.Neuschwanstein Castle in southern Bavaria is one of the most photographed sights of Germany. With the construction of the castle from 1869, Ludwig II combined elements of the Wartburg with those of a Grailburg from Wagner’s opera “Parsifal”. Neuschwanstein Castle was, for Ludwig II, an escape castle. Since 1864 King of Bavaria, he had been hated by the Munich residence, since he had to submit to the Prussians two years later. Obendrein, he preferred the fine arts. Because he could no longer be sovereign in his real realm, he created his own counter-world of legends and fairy tales. The most sumptuous rooms have two rooms. The singing hall unites the idols of the singer and festal hall of the Wartburg in a hall, larger and more glorious than the originals, except that it has never been sung or celebrated here.In the two-storey, 15-meter-high throne room with arcades, an abundance of equipment in gold and blue blends. Ludwig II, however, devoted himself above all to the “Grailhalle”, in which he pursued his longing for the Middle Ages with the then most modern technique. The king also wanted to imagine the Middle Ages during his meal – his dining room was decorated with motifs of the Wartburg singer war. The bedroom was inspired by the Gothic, and even details refer to Wagner’s operas, such as the wash table with a water dispenser in the form of a swan, a tribute to Wagner’s “Lohengrin”. Another highlight of Neuschwanstein is the grotto with small waterfalls and colorful lighting, which gives the impression of a dripstone cave. Also recommendable are trips to Hohenschwangau Castle, which was reconstructed from a ruin of the 12th century in Neo-Gothic style in 1832, and to the Roman baths at Tegelberg.
5. Where the Middle Ages remained alive: Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a small town with a great reputation. Nowhere else is so much medieval age preserved as just here. Whether the time has stopped? Anyone who strolls through the old town with its ancient houses, with cozy squares and corners, with towers, fountains, gates, defense systems, magazines and wine taverns, might well believe.In the Thirty Years’ War the town was taken in 1631 by the Catholic General Tilly. In their distress, the rulers offered him wine in a cup of more than three liters. Tilly, who wanted to burn down the city, was mild enough, and ordered that if someone jammed the mug in a train, he would spare the city. The old mayor answered, and to the general astonishment he succeeded in emptying the cup in a train. Tilly was impressed – and let the city stand. Whether this is true, you do not know exactly, but it is a beautiful story. And, of course, a reason to hold the festival “The Master’s Drink” every year, a colorful historical spectacle of the most entertaining kind.
On Germany’s most beautiful street. And all year Christmas. As small as Rothenburg is, the abundance of historical sites, museums, churches, monasteries and monuments is unmistakable. A little time should be planned. Perhaps also to explore the romantic road from Rothenburg, Germany’s most famous – and probably the nicest – holiday road. Whether you are heading for Füssen, the Alps or Würzburg to the Main, Germany is like a fairytale of royal castles, magnificent landscapes and not least culinary delicacies. A small dream trip: The Romantic Road is nostalgia from its most beautiful side. Back in Rothenburg, nostalgic feelings can also arise when visiting the Christmas village of Käthe Wohlfahrt: Here, in Europe’s largest year-round Christmas shop, there is simply everything that belongs to a festive Christmas celebration: pyramids, nutcrackers, smokers, candles, festive table linen and much more.