The Best Tourist Attractions & Things To Do In Germany

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Berlin Wall
Berlin Wall

Modern history is on display when you visit the remnants of the infamous Berlin Wall. Constructed in 1961 to divide the city, the wall was finally torn down in 1989, but only after decades of suppressing people who wished to cross from east to west. Study the impressive graffiti and street art, and imagine the great trauma this wall has caused to the people of Berlin over time.

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Cologne Cathedral (Kolner Dom)
Cologne Cathedral (Kolner Dom)

When in Cologne, a visit to the Kolner Dom (Cologne Cathedral) is a must! This magnificent building is the largest Gothic church in the north of Europe, and its spires reach 157-metres into the sky! Take time to circle the exterior and admire the intricate architecture, remembering that it took over 600-years to complete its construction. As you head inside, enjoy the art and treasures on display, and study the kaleidoscope of colour that explodes from the stained-glass windows. If you’re feeling energetic, you can even climb the steps up to the top of the south tower!

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Frankfurt Cathedral
Frankfurt Cathedral

In the heart of the city, you will find Frankfurt Cathedral, which was the main venue for the coronation of emperors for over two-centuries. Dating back to the fourteenth-century, the cathedral was severely damaged in WWII, but was then loving restored. Admire the magnificent architecture and explore the many artefacts that are on display, as you stroll through the soft ambience of the interior. If you are feeling energetic, climb to the very top of the tower for spectacular views of the city!

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Marienplatz
Marienplatz

Get your bearings in Munich with a visit to Marienplatz, the hub of the city centre since the twelfth-century. Originally the square was busy as a marketplace, today it is the location of the New Town Hall, and is bordered by boutique shops and restaurants. Visit the square at 11am, 12pm or 5pm, and join the crowds in witnessing the Glockenspiel chime, with 32 characters acting out historical events of the past!

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Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)
Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)

A visit to the Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) shows the grandeur of the past and provides a poignant reminder of the tumultuous history of Berlin. Built in 1791 - as a gateway to the boulevard that led to the royal residence - admire the stunning architecture and the magnificent chariot that adorns the monuments top.

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Cologne Old Town (Altstadt)
Cologne Old Town (Altstadt)

Soak up the atmosphere and culture of Cologne as you explore Cologne Old Town (Altstadt). Stroll along the narrow streets and admire the charming old houses that are so typical of the district, and enjoy the beautiful waters of the Rhine. You’ll will find yourself close to many of the city’s attractions, but stay for a while and explore the shops, or have a meal and drink at one of the many pubs and restaurants as you watch the locals go about their day.

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Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site
Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

Whilst being very confronting, a visit to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site provides a fascinating insight into this terrible chapter in history. Established in 1933, more than 40,000 were murdered here, and over 200,000 more were imprisoned, until its liberation in 1945. The visit will take you through the fate of those imprisoned, through to either death or liberation.

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Roman Mountain (Romerberg)
Roman Mountain (Romerberg)

A great place to start exploring Frankfurt is the heart of the historic centre, at Roman Mountain (Romerberg). This picturesque square is surrounded by charming buildings with Gothic style architecture, as well as the pink Town Hall. Take some time to people-watch and absorb the history that dates to the twelfth-century, when trade fairs and coronations took place here.

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Charlottenburg Palace (Schloss Charlottenburg)
Charlottenburg Palace (Schloss Charlottenburg)

Dating back to the seventeenth-century, the magnificent Charlottenburg Palace (Schloss Charlottenburg) was severely damaged in WWII, but has since been lovingly reconstructed. The largest palace in Berlin, this grand and extensive building displays both Rococo and Baroque architecture, with a wide variety of ornaments on display. It is recommended that you allow a full half-day to explore the rooms and enjoy the manicured gardens.

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Frankfurt Main Tower
Frankfurt Main Tower

For a bird’s eye view of the city, head to Frankfurt Main Tower; a 200-metre-high office building in the heart of town. Whilst not the tallest building in the city, it offers an observation deck with spectacular views of the city skyline. Take the fast elevator and stay as long you like while you look for the surrounding attractions and plan your itinerary for the day!

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Nymphenburg Palace (Schloss Nymphenburg)
Nymphenburg Palace (Schloss Nymphenburg)

Step back in time to the opulence of the past, with a visit to the Nymphenburg Palace (Schloss Nymphenburg), which dates to the seventeenth-century and was the residence of the ruling families of the past. Explore the palace, and absorb the magnificent history as you admire exquisite ornaments, tapestries and portraits. Stroll through the buildings that house carriages and relax in the perfectly manicured gardens, or take a gondola ride on the lake!

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Schokoladen Museum (Chocolate Museum)
Schokoladen Museum (Chocolate Museum)

If you enjoy chocolate, a visit to the Schokoladen Museum (Chocolate Museum) will be a true delight! Learn all about the history of chocolate and its role across various civilisations over time, and see how the production systems have evolved as well as the way it has been advertised. Then for the tasting that we have all been waiting for; it’s just superb!

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Goethe House & Museum (Goethehaus)
Goethe House & Museum (Goethehaus)

Take a trip back to experience the life of the Gentry in the eighteenth-century, with a visit to Goethe House and Museum (Goethehaus). This charming house is the birthplace of the great German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and is an excellent example of how the high-born lived back in the mid-1700’s. With its fabulous architecture, and many fascinating displays - which including his desk and the library - this is an amazing day of learning for all!

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Kurfurstendamm (Ku'damm)
Kurfurstendamm (Ku'damm)

Meander along the shady Kurfurstendamm (Ku’damm), which stretches for over three-kilometres through the western district of Berlin. Lined by beautiful trees, and boutique shops and cafes, take your time to enjoy the magnificent culture of the city, and perhaps have a meal while you watch the locals go about their day.

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Neuschwanstein Castle
Neuschwanstein Castle

When you visit Neuschwanstein Castle, childhood memories of the Disney classic, “Sleeping Beauty”, will come flooding back to you, as this was the place which inspired the design of the castle used in that movie! Enjoy the fairy-tale charm of this magnificent castle, explore the fabulous decorations, and take in the spectacular views. Guided tours last around 30-minutes and it is best to buy advance tickets!

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English Garden (Englischer Garten)
English Garden (Englischer Garten)

Take a break from exploring the city and relax in the expanse of the English Garden (Englischer Garten), which is spread over 370 hectares. Why not have a picnic, and people-watch as the locals go about their day, or stroll along the walkways and take a paddle boat ride on the lake! Enjoy a meal and a drink at the Japanese Teahouse and Chinese Tower, and of course have a beer while listening to traditional Bavarian music. What a way to relax!

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Pergamon Museum
Pergamon Museum

One of the most popular museums in Berlin, the Pergamon Museum will take you back to ancient times, with magnificent displays from the Middle-East and Turkey, and one of the best collections of Greek and Roman art in the country. The highlight of your visit will be the Pergamon Altar, but there are over 270,000 artefacts in the collection that will make your visit a fascinating journey through ancient history.

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Stadel Museum
Stadel Museum

One of the most popular museums in the country is that of the Stadel Museum, one of several museums located along the banks of the Main River. Renowned for its collection of European art - spread over seven-centuries - the display includes works by Rembrandt, Renoir and Rubens, and the museum regularly has visiting exhibitions from around the world. It’s a perfect way to spend the afternoon!

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Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Holocaust Memorial)
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Holocaust Memorial)

Visit the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe to remember the six-million Jewish victims of the holocaust. As you approach the memorial - that covers over 4 acres - you will be confronted by 2,711 pillars, which has an impact that is fitting to the tragedy it remembers. Visit the underground information centre to learn more of this terrible part of history.

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Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus)
Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus)

The Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus) is an architectural gem, located in the heart of the Old Town. Admire the beautiful architecture and explore the magnificent tower to enjoy spectacular views over the city. If that’s not enough, the tower is also home to the marvellous Toy Museum, which has a special collection of a wide range of antique toys!

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Palm Garden (Palmengarten)
Palm Garden (Palmengarten)

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city with a visit to the Palm Garden (Palmengarten). Stroll along the pathways and relax in the deckchairs, as you explore plants from all around the world. With natives on display, as well as tropical and subtropical flora to be found - in both the open air gardens and in the greenhouses - there is so much to see here. Once you have finished exploring, unwind with a relaxing row around the lake, then sit down for a fabulous meal in the restaurant!

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Berchtesgaden & Eagle's Nest (Kehlsteinhaus)
Berchtesgaden & Eagle's Nest (Kehlsteinhaus)

Take a trip out of Salzburg and visit Berchtesgaden and Eagles Nest (Kehlsteinhaus), combining stunning scenery with history, as this was Hitler’s mountain retreat. Today, enjoy spectacular views and maybe take in a meal at the restaurant. From Berchtesgaden it is not far to the surrounding national parks, and the ski areas are also close by!

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Linderhof Palace
Linderhof Palace

Take some time to visit Linderhof Castle, the smallest of the palaces built by King Ludwig II, which dates back to the 1860’s. The gardens are exquisite, and as you stroll through the grounds, there are many grottos and huts to admire. The palace itself is ornate, and modelled on a “mini Versailles”, and the guided tour will provide you with the fascinating story of its long and extensive history.

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Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp
Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

Take a day trip (around 35-kilometres) from Berlin and visit the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, to gain some appreciation of the atrocities of the past, and pay respect to the 105,000 Jews who were murdered there. Established in 1936 - and liberated in 1945 - the camp is now a museum and memorial, where you can see the barracks, the prison, the kitchens and the offices of this infamous site.

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