The best sights to see in Germany
Germany is the powerhouse of the European Union, boasting bustling cities, industrial centres and a rich heritage. Fortunately its status as a global economic power has not led to the country being spoiled, instead Germany boasts vast forests and spectacular vistas making it a great place to visit or live. The following list will highlight just a few of the best and most famous locales.
The famous Rhine valley is filled with beautiful scenic views and gives a real taste of rural life in Germany. The best way to take in the sights is by taking a river cruise. Along the course of the river you will pass many spectacular medieval castles, rolling hills and quaint valleys. Large forests line much of the route highlighting just how seriously the Germans value their nation’s natural environment.
Possibly the most famous landmark in Germany, the Brandenburg gate stands proud in the capital, Berlin. The monument was built in 1791 as a triumphal arch, but was severely damaged in the Second World War. It was fully restored in 2002 and now stands as a symbol of peace after it caught the world’s attention when the Berlin wall fell in 1989.
The Black Forest
This vast region of lush forests, rolling hills and small towns and villages is the best place to experience traditional Germany. The Black forest region covers an area of over 4,600 square miles and is filled with walking routes, cycle routes and scenic roads. No visit to the Black forest is complete without sampling the delights of a proper piece of Black forest gateaux.
The Cologne cathedral is one of Germany’s most important architectural sites and is the third tallest cathedral in the world. Incredibly it took over 600 years to build this gothic masterpiece and when it was finally finished in 1880, it was still identical to the original design made in 1248. Luckily the cathedral was the only building in the city that survived World War Two, standing strong whilst the rest of Cologne was devastated by US and British bombing raids. It’s thought that the pilots used its spire as a waypoint during their missions.
For a literal taste of German Bavarian culture you have to visit Munichs Hofbrauhaus, the most famous beer hall in the world! Established in 1589 the hall offers the very best beers and traditional German food you can get, nibble on a giant pretzel before washing it down with a litre glass of beer.