Fairytale architecture, soul-stirring scenery, vibrant cities, heart-warming gastronomy, and thousands of years of rich history all packed into one destination – Germany deserves a place on your travel bucket list. Whether you’re a culture vulture, adrenaline junkie, or an eco-conscious foodie – you’ll find something here that will see you returning home with a spring in your step and a smile on your face.
Architectural styles range from medieval, baroque, and modern and take the form of magnificent cathedrals from Germany’s religious heritage, towering monuments celebrating important political and historic events, innovations in modern design, stately homes and museums and so much more. Germany’s cities are for everyone with a wide availability of excellent public transport and accessible access options available. Highlights include the magnificent Aachen Cathedral where Emperor Charlegmane is buried, Berlin’s famous Brandenburg Gate, the UNESCO World Heritage Town of Bramberg whose medieval buildings and layout are well preserved today, and the innumerable majestic palaces dotted around Germany’s many key cities and regions.
The world’s first PlusEnergyHouse opened in Freiburg in 1994 – and German cities have been steadily developing ever since. Entire city districts are trying out new ideas for climate-conscious coexistence, green oases ensure a pleasant urban setting, electric mobility and innovative itineraries make the city trip both exciting and climate-friendly. Meanwhile, cultural heritage is being protected and historic buildings are being restored with sustainability in mind, to preserve them for the future.
Germany’s cities are world-famous, but the surrounding natural landscapes often remain unfamiliar to foreign visitors. Nevertheless, one third of Germany consists of protected natural landscapes. 16 national parks, 16 biosphere reserves and more than 100 nature parks vividly demonstrate how we can protect the beauty of nature and preserve biodiversity for the future.
Discover unspoilt forests, spectacular rocky landscapes and lonely mountain peaks. Take a discovery tour on well-signposted hiking and cycling trails or let qualified rangers introduce you to the wonders of nature. By the way: most of the natural landscapes are also accessible by bus and train.
If you love visiting a good castle, you won’t be disappointed by the huge selection just waiting to be discovered in Germany. The Thuringian Forest is an excellent place to start if you’re looking for something a little different. The most famous castle in the whole of Germany, Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, just so happens to be where reformer Martin Luther produced the first-ever translation of the New Testament in German.
Every Whitsun weekend (the seventh Sunday after Easter), Weesenstein Castle, rising up majestically from a rocky hilltop over the Müglitztal valley south of Dresden, provides the backdrop for a Medieval festival, where knights with horses and hunting birds, Medieval artisans, chefs and musicians invite visitors to experience a thrilling glimpse of days of old.
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Need a little more persuasion? We featured Germany in the November – December issue of Charitable Traveller Magazine. Click the button below to read Get to Know Germany!
As seen in Charitable Traveller Issue 13