Are you looking for inspiration for your travel to Germany? Use this list from the Rough Guide to Germany to fuel your travel dreams. And if you are already on location, you can discover some great things to do in Germany that might not have been on your radar.
Mad King Ludwig’s maddest creation combines Wagnerian inspiration with a superbly dramatic alpine site to create a romantic fantasy from the age of chivalry. This makes Schloss Neuschwanstein the ultimate fairy-tale castle. In general, there is no shortage of castles and palaces in Germany - each with their own style, so you can be sure to find one that will amaze you.
This iconic white building of this museum in Munich is a temple to modernism, from the classics of modern art to masterpieces of furniture and automotive design.
Spa culture has a long standing history in Germany (as well as FKK (Freie Körper Kultur, aka skinny-dipping). Soak, sweat and rejuvenate in one of the many saunas and spas in Germany. You will find one in every city, some of them with amazing design.
Almost every major German river – including the Mosel – has a long-distance cycle path alongside. Rent a bike and cycle multi-day tours, stopping by in small pensions and hotels along the way, enjoying the great regional food and wine.
Christmas cheer the way it’s been for centuries - gingerbread, mulled spicy wine, hearty food and locally crafted Christmas presents and decoration. Most German cities have a Christmas market starting in December. Among the most famous ones is the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg.
Rhine-side castles and vineyards along the romantic Rhine passage show a picture-postcard side of Germany.
The world’s biggest excuse for a beer – and it comes in big measures, too. Bring your lederhosen and Dirndl to drink a "Maß" or two at the Octoberfest. In general, German beer comes in a great variety - if you are not sure which one might fit your taste check this overview of German beer.
Revel in the Eastern Bloc nostalgia fondly known as Ostalgie. In Berlin, you can take a city tour by Trabbi car, or visit the GDR museum to get a taste of live in separate Germany, behind the iron curtain.
The most extravagant alfresco ballroom Germany ever built is found at the Zwinger in Dresden.
Take a Disney-like Bavarian road-trip on the romantic road, where the steep roofs and ancient towers are real. There is an abundance of historic town centres, like these pretty romantic German towns. So even if you are not in the south of Germany you are likely to find one close by.
Currently listed are a whopping 46 UNESCO world heritage sites in Germany - covering a diverse range from architecture, intellectual achievements or significant history, nature, landscape and parks to some highly original and unusual places. While you are travelling in Germany, it is worth to explore the culture and history of the country by visiting some of them. To make it easier for you to fit them into your Germany trip, we have compiled a Rough Guide to World Heritage Germany with background information and practical tips. You can download it here for free.
Cologne is an easy-going, liberal, cosmopolitan metropolis with two thousand years of art and history, a world-famous cathedral and a cozy beerhall culture - plus the famous Cologne Carnival festivities. It is also one of the most beloved tourist destinations of Germans within Germany - and by some deemed as the coolest city in Germany.
Germany id famous for its sausages, and they come in over 1.500 varieties - from pale, lemony Weisswurst to Currywurst with ketchup and curry powder.
Electronic dance music rules in Germany, but there’s plenty of room for quirkier sounds too.
The Ruhr’s reinvented industrial heritage offers some of Europe’s most original travel experiences. If you are a fan of industrial heritage, you. will find many great places in Germany to visit.
Edged by white cliffs, Germany’s largest island remains a gentle, pastoral place where it’s easy to escape the crowds.
High local demand means that many German tipples barely leave the valleys where they are grown. Go for a wine-tasting and a walk through the wine yards at the Deutsche Weinstraße.
Soak up the views from high-altitude pistes, or brave the fearsome Kandahar World Cup Run in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Aachen’s ancient cathedral is a taste of Byzantium in the heart of the city.
Idle in escapist Strandkörbe seats or skim across the sea on a kite-surf in one of the many small sea resorts on the North Sea.
Enjoy the alpine scenery, clean air and moderate to challenging hikes in Bavaria’s beautiful south.
Top image: Neuschwanstein Castle - shutterstock