From half-timbered middle-class towns to cosmopolitan cities that offer an amazing view of the proper urban environment, Germany is one of the most charming countries on the continent. Home to the biggest economy, the most dramatic landscapes and cultural histories on the continent, it sits comfortably at the heart of Europe and houses more inhabitants than anywhere else in the European Union, and it also shares borders with no less than nine other countries.
Taking a road trip across Germany through the Romantic Road will help you appreciate the rich cultural heritage of Germany. These themed roads are devoted to either fairy tales, half-timbering or wine, and other cultural heritage. When it comes to nature, Germany’s natural beauty must not be overlooked. The Bavarian Alps, the Black Forest and the valleys of the Rhine and Mosel have always been celebrated as natural landmarks.
One other attraction that comes with a visit to Germany is the opportunity to meet new people. Germans are a very warm and accommodating set of people as their warmth and open-mindedness will make you appreciate the city more.
The official language of Germany is German, with over 95% of the population speaking German as their first language. Minority languages include Sorbian and North Frisian and are spoken by 0.09% and 10,000 people respectively. It has a total population of over 82 million people with a land area of 357,022 sq km. The unit of currency used in Germany is the Euro.
When planning a holiday trip to Germany, here is a list of five top-rated tourist attractions in Germany:
- Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate
Berlin’s most iconic structure was modelled on the Acropolis in Athens and built for King Frederick William II in 1791, and it was the city’s first Neoclassical structure. It towers high at a height of impressive 26 metres in height, including the Quadriga, the spectacular four-horse chariot carrying the goddess of victory perched atop the gate.
- Cologne Cathedral (Kolner Dom)
Covering an area of 6,166 square metres with a total of 56 huge pillars, the towering Cologne Cathedral (Kolner Dom) -the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Mary- sits on the banks of the Rhine and is said to be Cologne most impressive landmark. Perched above the high altar is the Reliquary of the Three Kings, a 12th-century work of art that was designed by Nicholas of Verdun, to serve as a home for the relics of the Three Kings brought from Milan.
- The Black Forest
Situated in the southwestern corner of Germany, the Black Forest with its dark, densely-wooded hills is one of the most visited upland regions in all of Europe. The topography of this forest makes it a hiker’s favourite spot. Other attractions in the black forest include:
- Germany’s oldest ski area at Todtnau
- Spa facilities of Baden-Baden
- The attractive resort of Bad Liebenzell
- The Black Forest Railway
- Triberg- home to the Black Forest Open Air
- The Rhine Valley
With a total length of 1,320 kilometres, The Rhine is Europe’s most beautiful and important waterway. It stretches from Switzerland through Germany to the Netherlands. The Upper Middle Rhine Valley was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site and it’s also the most popular spot for tourists to visit. This 65-kilometre long body of water boasts more than 40 castles and some 60 picturesque medieval towns.
- Berlin’s Museum Island
Situated between the River Spree and the Kupfergraben, Berlin’s world-famous Museumsinsel, or Museum Island is an excellent tourist attraction site that includes many of the city’s oldest and most important museums. With many historical details, there’s so much to see among these museums that cannot be done in a single day.
When is the best time to travel to Germany? The best time to visit Germany is from May through September, when the weather is pleasantly warm, with temperatures typically in the low to mid-20s
Travel essentials; An ultimate travel packing checklist to Germany should include transportation, documents and travel insurance, theft-proof backpack, luggage lock, clothes; tops, bottoms, loungewear, underwear and socks, shoes, accessories and other essentials.
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