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A Destination of a Lifetime

 

Year after year Deutschland, regarded as one of the crown jewels of world travel, is rated among  the world's most visited countries . Scenic landscapes, beautiful villages, quaint castles and a profound sense of history are just a few of the reasons travelers are attracted to this delightful country.  Germany's culture, which is both industrious and fun loving, mixes the old with the new, the common with the technologically innovative and, in the process, manages to create a society that is both unique and impressive.

Be sure to see our road map of Germany, based on Google Maps, if you are planning a trip to Germany. Note, also, that we provide suggested itineraries near the bottom of this page.

Neuschwanstein Castle in Fussen Germany is pure storybook

Neuschwanstein Castle near Hohenschwangau, Germany

 

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Places shown in teal are regions or interesting areas of the country.

Bavaria

Photographs of the Old City Hall in Bamberg and the courtyard of the Neuschwanstein Castle Munich   Click for a chart of Munich's annual precipitation and temperature ranges.    

  • München, although known as a large and sophisticated business center, is a city that carries a warmth and charm unlike many other of Germany's major urban areas.  It appears that the Prussian formalism ingrained in much of country's north  missed Bavaria and Munich.  The inhabitants of Munich genuinely like to party (e.g. Oktoberfest) and the feeling is infectious.
  • München offers numerous galleries, exceptional museums, wonderful opera and a world-class symphony orchestra.  History is on display in the delightful Old Town, which is a charming area to walk.
  • The city is a delight: compact and park-like, it offers much to see and do. In the nearby aareas of Bavaria, you will find some of the best castles in Germany and other interesting attractions. You can visit the famous Neuschwanstein Castle  on a day trip from Munich (several companies run tours to southern Bavaria) or as part of an exploration of the Romantic Road, which we describe below.
  • Click here to view the best places to visit in Munich, Germany in our Munich City Guide
 

  • Romantic Road

    • Crossing idyllic countryside and winding its way through quintessential "tourist Germany", the Romantic Road, wanders from Würzburg to Füssen. The towns along the "Road" provide an atmosphere of times long past and are among the most visited in Germany.
    • Contrary to the name, the attraction of the Romantic Road is not the road, but the towns that are loosely linked to it.  We recommend that you s take the Autobahn between towns along the Romantic Road whenever you can do so.
    • We cover the best places to visit along the Romantic Road in our multi-page guide, which includes:

    • If you are just looking for an overview of the most interesting of the towns on the Romantic Road, continue reading below. Click the links above for more detail on the leading attractions in each of these delightful towns.

  • Augsburg   

    • Offering fine churches, good food, and a pleasant location, Augsburg is one of the best-known towns on the Romantic Road.   As one of Bavaria's larger cities, it provides a broader range of lodging opportunities than you will find in most other towns in this section of Bavaria.
    • Founded in 15 B.C., as an outpost of the Roman Empire, and named in honor of the emperor Augustus, Augsburg is the oldest city in Bavaria. The city was an important center of trade in the Middle Ages and its wealth helped create its important historic buildings.
    • Today, Augsburg offers interesting museums (including the Roman Museum and the Maximillian Museum), as well as several attractive, historical buildings.
    • Be sure the visit the Rathaus (City Hall). Although severely damaged in World War II, this beautiful building has now been restored to its former glory and its Golden Hall is worth seeing.
    • Click here for our detailed guide to visiting Augsburg.


  • Rothenburg  Photograph of the the building detail in this marvellous medieval German town.   

    • Considered by many to be the most desirable and authentic  medieval town on the "Romantik Strasse" (the Romantic Road), Rothenburg is the prototypical walled-town with dramatic architecture, ancient buildings, an interesting history, good food, and great trinket shopping. 
    • Many reviewers deride Rothenburg as too touristy, but we disagree. Rothenburg is universally acclaimed the best example of a medieval town in Germany and we think it would be a shame to miss this glorious village.
      • The town is known for its "Christmas Market" but you will find Christmas decorations for sale here year round.
      • Click here to read our detailed guide to visiting Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

 

  • Würzburg   

    • Once an important medieval center and an historic university town, the city is located in a noted grape growing region of Germany. Wurzburg offers a number of notable historic attractions, good food, interesting shopping and fine wine.  We consider Wurzburg a pleasant, but short stop for tourists. 

    • See the Princebishops Palace (The Residence (Residenz)) and its Court Garden.  The Fortress (Festung) Marienberg, across the river and up the hill from the center of the city, is worth a stop. 
    • Finally, the city has an amazing collection of historic churches that  exhibit dramatic architecture.  Click here for our detailed guide to exploring Wurzburg.


  • Neuschwanstein Castle

    • Ludwig II, King of Bavaria, was known for his castle building.  His interest in architecture, however, was an attempt to recreate an earlier time when knights were heroes and chivalry was in bloom. 
    • Ludwig's foremost creation was Neuschwanstein Castle in the town of Hohenschwangau.  The castle was never fully completed, but what does exist is amazing and very popular with visitors. 
    • We cover Neuschwanstein Castle in detail in our Guide to the Romantic Road.
    • In addition, the town of Hohenschwangau hosts Hohenschwangau Castle, which was Ludwig's summer home when he was a boy.  He later inherited his family's home and stayed at this castle when he visited the construction site of the Neuschwanstein Castle on hill, across a the valley.
    • If you want to see more of Ludwig and his whimsies, Linderhoff Castle is about 30 miles to the northeast of Fussen.     
    • Linderhoff was Ludwig's modest attempt to bring the grandeur of Versailles to the German countryside.  For more information, visit Linderhoff Castle's official website.
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Additional Information

The official tourism website for Germany is  "Germany - the Travel Destination ."  The site includes information on the best places to visit in Germany that we describe here, as well as locations that did not make our list.

Links to the official tourism websites for the locations we mention are usually included in the detailed tour guides we produce, or on the page in which the locations are mentioned if we do not publish a detailed guide for these attractions.

For country facts and tourism information (driving rules, medical care, personal safety, etc) see this page on Germany  from the U.S. State Department Bureau of Consular Affairs.  We think you will find it a good tool for planning a trip to Germany.

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Germany's Best Places to Visit

The Regions

The Romantic Road
Bavaria
Rhine Valley
Mosel Valley
The Castle Road
The Black Forest

Major Cities

Berlin and Potsdam
Munich
Dresden
Hamburg
Frankfurt

Special Attractions
In-depth Guide to the Romantic Road

Guide to Heidelberg and its Castle

Guide to Trier and its Roman Heritage

Itineraries

 

The Neues Rathaus in Munich Germany

Munich's Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) and its musical clock  are outstanding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rathausplatz in Augsburg is focused on the town's impressive Rathaus (City Hall)

 

 

 

 

View of Rothenburg froma tower on the city wall

View of Rothenburg from a tower on the city wall.

 

 

 

The Residenz Palace and gardens in Wurzburg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Germany's Best Places to Visit

The Regions

The Romantic Road
Bavaria
Rhine Valley
Mosel Valley
The Castle Road
The Black Forest

Major Cities

Berlin and Potsdam
Munich
Dresden
Hamburg
Frankfurt

Special Attractions

Detailed Guide to the Romantic Road

Guide to Heidelberg and its Castle

Guide to Trier and its Roman Heritage

Itineraries

Itineraries   Top of Page
 

Germany provides a wide range of destinations some of which are best seen while cruising Germany's scenic waterways.  If you have the time (and the budget) consider taking a river cruise on one of the many tour lines that ply the Rhine. The country offers an incomparable travel experience laced with good food, exciting festivals, and hidden treasures along most every road. 

If a river cruise is not for you, rest easy as most of Germany is best seen by automobile: set out on a relaxed schedule that lets you experience the wonders of the countryside. Lodging is easy to find, but during summers reservations are a must at Germany's best places to visit.

Many of the attractions in Germany's cities were seriously damaged towards the end of Word War II. Most of the historic building  that were damaged have been extensively renovated or completely rebuillt.  The effort has produced amazing results and the historic glories of Germany, once again look like new.

If you are planning your first trip to Germany, we suggest you head for Munich and tour the city and its surroundings. Next take some time to explore the Romantic Road (Bavaria). 

While you can see some of these towns as long day trips from Munich, we advise renting a car and creating your own itinerary (be sure to visit Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Neuschwanstein Castle and Wurzburg

Follow this with a jaunt over to the Rhine Valley  (perhaps stopping at Heidelberg along the way ) and be sure to take a Rhine River cruise, even if just for a day. 

If you only have a week to see Germany, focus on Munich and the Romantic Road.  If you have ten days, add in the Rhine Valley for a spectacular tour.  Of course, while you are in Munich, you might want to cross the border to visit the delightful Salzburg, Austria.

       

 
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  If you are planning a second trip to Germany, consider visiting

If you have seen these areas before, consider driving the Castle Road.  

 
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Salzburg and Lake District Day Tour from Munich

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Royal Castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Day Tour from Munich

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