There are lots of interesting and beautiful places to visit in Germany but for some reason, it’s quite an unexplored and underrated country by international tourists.
I think this list is a great start when planning your trip! The places aren’t ranked in any particular order, and they’re just numbered as a reference to the list of 25 Amazing places to Visit in Germany.
I traveled around Germany by car and drove across the country from North to South and from West to East, and I love it!
1. Lichtenstein Castle
One of my favorite castles in Germany is Lichtenstein Castle in the Baden-Württemberg state. It’s a great example of a place frequently visited by local tourists, but not so much by international tourists.
But it’s well worth a visit, and visitors can go on a guided tour inside the castle for just 8 Euro.
2. Lake Schrecksee
This fantastic lake lies right next to the Austrian border in Bavaria, and it’s the highest Alpine in the whole country. A fair warning though, the hike is quite exhausting, so make sure to bring snacks, good shoes, and a happy mood.
3. The Mosel Valley
Germany might not be the first country you think of when mentioning wine, but the Mosel Valley is renowned and has some excellent wines to offer. Besides the vineyards, it’s very picturesque, lush and charming as well.
Don’t miss to visit the Moselle Bend and Cochem castle!
This lake is beautifully located at the foot of Germany’s highest mountain, Zugspitze. Eibsee is located in Bavaria, and can easily be reached from Munich or Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
5. Burg Eltz
If you want to visit a genuine castle in its original form, then Burg Eltz is one of the best places to visit in Germany. It has been in the same family for at least 33 generations, and thankfully it has been spared from wars and bombings during World War II.
The medieval castle was built in the 12th century and is located in a valley above the Moselle river.
Schönau am Königssee is one of the most famous places to visit in Germany, but the nearby Obersee is equally stunning, if not even more beautiful thanks to its unspoiled nature.
There are also fewer tourists here, and it’s a lovely area to go hiking.
About 30 minutes driving from the German city Ulm, you can be amazed by the ridiculously blue water of Blautopf.
8. Rugen Island
White beaches and turquoise blue water might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Germany, but Rugen island is a great exception, and it’s a popular destination for Germans to go during summer.
The beaches on Rugen Island are stunning, and it’s one of the best places to visit in Germany for a nice beach vacation.
A quaint village with some classic old German architecture that is located in the central part of the country. What makes Quedlinburg even more special is the fact that it is designated a World Heritage Site status by Unesco.
10. Neuschwanstein Castle
Perhaps the most famous attraction in all of Germany, and rightly so. I’ve been to many castles and fortresses around the world, but none have been as majestic as the Neuschwanstein Castle, which makes perfect sense when you learn the history behind “the Mad King”.
Neuschwanstein is also the real-life Disney castle that inspired Walt Disney and his creation of the Cinderella castle.
11. Saxon Switzerland
The name of this place is a bit confusing because it is indeed located in Germany, and not Switzerland. But anyhow, Saxon Switzerland is a real gem filled of beautiful landscapes.
12. Miniatur Wunderland
This is one of the best places to visit in Germany if you’re traveling with kids, but the Miniatur Wunderland is quite fun for everyone. It’s the largest miniland theme park in the world, and there are plenty of famous sites to see in a miniature version.
The Minatur Wunderland is located in Hamburg.
Often mentioned as one of the most beautiful German towns, and the city of Görlitz has more than 3500 architectural monuments that are well-preserved from the last 500 years.
14. Rothenburg ob der Tauber
This charming town is part of the Romantic Road in Germany, and it’s a well-preserved historical town. Rothenburg ob der Tauber attracts visitors from all over the world, and it was founded already during the Middle Ages.
Don’t forget to try the local delicacy known as Schneeball.
In the northern part of the country, 1.5 hours from Hamburg lies the old Hanseatic city of Bremen. The old area of Schnoorviertiel is one of the most charming areas I’ve seen in Europe, and it’s well worth a visit.
But the other parts of the city are nice too, and if you’re looking for a good hotel I suggest Radisson Blu Bremen.
Saarschleife lies 1 hour south of Trier and has some impressive nature to admire.
Schiltach is one of many charming villages in the Black Forest region. It was founded in the 11th century, and there are many well-preserved houses from various time periods.
Also known as the Devils Bridge, located in the Kromlau Park, known for its rhododendron flowers. Rakotzbrücke is a spectacular arch bridge that has an even more interesting story behind it. According to the legend, it is said that the devil helped finished the bridge.
Meersburg is a beautiful city in Southwestern Germany at Lake Constance, and the name of the city actually translates as the “Castle on the Sea”.
It’s a lovely destination where restaurants and cafes are lined up along the boardwalk. The city itself is quite charming as well, and is home to two castles and several half-timbered houses.
Trier was founded by the Celts already in the 4th century B.C but was later conquered by the Romans. It is sometimes referred to as the oldest German city.
Porta Nigra is one of the most famous attractions in Trier.
21. Saalfelder Feengrotten
Known as the most colorful cave grottoes in the world, formed some 440 million years ago. It’s an exciting place to explore in the central-east part of the country.
Want to walk across Germany’s longest suspension bridge? Then you should visit Geierlay, which is located just 45 minutes driving from Burg Eltz.
From the parking lot, you will have to walk for about 20-30 minutes, but it’s an easy hike, and the reward of seeing the bridge and views makes up for it.
Köln, or Cologne as the city is known in English is one of the most populous German cities, and it is home to the Kölner Dom, which is one of the most iconic buildings.
24. Black Forest
The Black Forest is one of the best places to visit in Germany if you like to spend time outdoors. There are many hiking trails available with various difficulty levels.
Another fun fact about the Black Forest is that it was here that the famous German sagas originated, such as Hansel and Gretel.
The German capital is one of the trendiest cities in the world right now, but it’s also a historic city. It was here that the Berlin wall divided West and East after World War II.
Top 10 Best Places to visit in Germany
These are my 10 favorites. Do you agree? Share your own favorite places to visit in Germany in the comment section below.
- Lichtenstein Castle
- Neuschwanstein Castle
- Burg Eltz
- Saxon Switzerland
- Rothenburg ob der Tauber
- Black Forest
- Rugen Island
More Places to Visit in Germany
- Schönau am Königssee
Best Places to Visit in Germany for Christmas
German Christmas markets are renowned worldwide, and rightly so, nobody does Christmas better than the Germans with their Glüwhein and cozy markets that will give the best Christmas vibes.
Some of the most famous German Christmas markets can be found in Dresden, Berlin, Nuremberg, Cologne, Bremen, and Leipzig.
Book Your Trip
So, now that you know about all these beautiful places to visit in Germany, it’s time to book your trip!
Germany is an underrated destination where you can spend weeks or even months. If you know some more beautiful places to visit in Germany, feel free to share in the comment section!