7 best places to visit in Germany
Settling down in Germany can take a while, but once you know what you’re doing, it’s a great idea to start exploring and experience some of the country's most wonderful scenery. Whether you’re working, studying or simply living in the country at the moment, there are some really great places for you to visit in Germany when you have a day off!
7 places to visit in Germany at least once in your lifetime
If you’re looking for a day out to remember, here are some of our favourite places to visit in Germany!
Have a spin around the Berlin TV Tower
The TV tower in Berlin is an iconic part of the capital city’s skyline. That being said, people often don’t realise that you can actually visit the tower and take in the amazing views from the top! The tower stands at 368 metres tall and offers visitors 365-degree panoramic views of the entire city.
For those looking for a little treat, you can also book a table at the restaurant “Sphere”, placed just above the visitor platform on the tower. Here, you can enjoy great food while the tower turns once every 30 minutes - a truly spectacular place to grab a bite to eat.
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Explore the Black Forest
The Black Forest region is a must-see spot for newcomers with its dense forests and strong mountains. The region is known not only for its beauty, but also for its cuisine. The Black Forest is known for its association with the Grimm’s Fairy Tales, the region’s spas and its famous cuckoo clocks.
In the Black Forest there are plenty of things to do. You can simply hike or cycle your way around, or you can plan a tour of all the sights. For a sightseeing tour, be sure to check out the Triberg Waterfalls, Friburger Münster and the Baden-Baden Casino.
Visit the Autostadt Museum
For a more unusual day out, you could visit the Autostadt Museum next to the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg. The museum focuses on the history of Germany’s huge automotive industry, which by some estimates accounts for 5 percent of the country’s economy.
Many of the pavilions showcase cars and engineering pioneered by the Volkswagen group and some of its subsidiaries. There is also the option to take a tour through the Volkswagen factory, and even a customer centre where visitors can purchase cars on-site.
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Take a trip to Rügen Island
Nature lovers in Germany should definitely take a trip to the island of Rügen. Rügen is situated just off Germany’s northern Baltic Sea coast, and is known as a home to many wonderful creatures, such as the white-tailed eagle.
You can travel to the island via public transport, as it is well-connected to the mainland via train. Once on the island, visitors can expect to see stunning white chalk cliffs and wonderful flora and fauna.
Have fun at Europapark
Baden-Württemberg is home to Germany’s largest and most famous theme park - Europapark, the perfect place to visit for a day of fun with the whole family. Here there are 18 different themed areas and roughly 100 different rides, making it a great day out for everyone - whether you like scary rides, or not! The park was opened in 1975 by the German Mack family, who still own the park today, and who have shown strong commitment to the amusement park industry and have received many awards for entrepreneurship.
The park receives more than 5 million visitors each year and is ranked in the top 25 theme parks to visit worldwide. The US magazine Amusement Today has also voted Europa-Park the “best theme park in the world” for at least eight years in a row.
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Take a look inside Cologne Cathedral
Cologne Cathedral is not only beautiful but also boasts the label of being the tallest twin-spired cathedral in the world. Located alongside the Rhine River in Cologne, the cathedral started to be constructed in 1248 but was halted around 1560. Eventually, the cathedral was finally finished 632 years later in 1880 and now stands as one of the most famous structures in the world.
While the building remains primarily a house of Catholic worship and prayer, Cologne Cathedral is a much-beloved tourist attraction in the city. It is Germany’s most-visited landmark and was given UNESCO status as a culturally important site in 1996.
Discover the Mauerpark
Last, but definitely not least, on this list is a trip to the Mauerpark in Berlin. A fan-favourite in Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg, the park is a great place to relax and walk around during the weekend, but also offers many fun activities to take part in as well.
The park is home to one of Germany’s most famous flea markets, which is open on a Sunday, offering many second-hand fashion items for sale, such as bags, coats and shoes as well as jewellery and accessories. The market also sells antique trinkets and old vinyl records, and even local produce such as wine, regional food and art created by local artists.
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Visit some of the best places in Germany
We hope to have inspired you to take a trip out for a day somewhere in Germany and visit one of our favourite spots. Make sure to check the weather forecast before heading out on an outdoor visit, and consider booking ahead at indoor destinations to avoid missing out. Most of all, enjoy exploring!