Top 10 Best Places to Visit in Germany in 2020

top German destination Heidelberg

Great things to do and see in Germany 

When you think of Germany, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Probably just the thought of beer, sausage, or maybe even pretzels. But believe it or not, Germany has a lot more to offer than the obvious noteworthy delicacies. Grab yourself a beer and stay awhile, the adventure doesn’t stop there. We have a list of the 10 best places to visit in Germany! 

Here are some of the best places you should consider heading to on your venture through Germany. 

10. Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Top German destination Rothenburg ob der Täuber a little cobblestones street surrounded by traditional German houses
Rothenburg ob der Tauber

This is as medieval as it gets. Rothenburg ob der Tauber is definitely one of the best places to visit in Germany with its beautiful cobbled lanes, towering walls, and Goldilocks looking houses. This is the very same town that inspired Walt Disney to create Pinocchio. This is a true fairy-tale town that almost doesn’t seem real when looking at pictures. Just one of those places you have to see for yourself.

9. Berchtesgadener Land

Top destination in germany Berchtesgadener land, a lake surrounded by mountains
Berchtesgadener Land

In the South of Germany, you will find this beautiful German destination. If you’re looking for postcard motifs from the Alps, for sure you will find them here. Picturesque lakes, beautiful churches, and green meadows if you would like to go hiking during your holiday in Germany, then you have come to the right place. The Berchtesgadener Land National Park lies around Lake Königssee, which, embedded in the landscape of the Alps, looks more like a Norwegian fjord. 

8. Sylt

places to visit in Germany Sylt beach sea, a beach with the blue sea in the background and little sun hats

An island off the west coast of Germany and definitely a travel-worthy stop is Sylt. This sand dune covered destination is only 38 kilometres long but is filled with amazing restaurants, boutiques, and reed-thatched cottages sitting perfectly on top of sand-swept beaches. If you are looking for some winter sun on the dreamy beach, Sylt will be the top destination for you. 

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7. Cologne

top destinations in germany, cologne Dom cathedral in the night

With more than 2,000 years of history, it should come as no surprise why we’ve added Cologne to our list of best places to visit in Germany. There are enough art and historic relics to keep you busy here for weeks on end. If you get thirsty, Cologne is the city with the most pubs per person in Germany, so you definitely won’t run out of watering holes to check out either.

6. Heidelberg

top destinations in germany, Heidelberg city

Every year, around three million people come to the beautiful city of Heidelberg and spend their holidays in Germany here. Reason enough, that you should also list Heidelberg as one of the best places to visit in Germany. Not only romantic places on the Philosophenweg or the Königsstuhl await you there, but also the ruins of the castle, which still rise imposingly above the city today. During the Second World War Heidelberg was spared, so that today you can stroll through the streets of the old town, which already existed in the 17th century. Heidelberg also has another advantage: the climate makes it a little warmer on the Philosophenweg.

5. Pellworm

places to visit in germany Pellworm, sunrise over a field of sheep

The North Sea islands are among the most popular German destinations. Which island you choose as your destination depends of course on your personal taste. However, we recommend the beautiful North Sea island of Pellworm. Here you won’t find typical North Sea beaches, but spacious landscapes and green meadows. On the dikes, there are sheep and cows grazing, a lighthouse, and thatched houses. On Pellworm you will find the perfect island idyll. Here you can spend a relaxing holiday in Germany and forget the stress of everyday life at home.

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4. Spreewald

places to visit in Germany, spreewald river and boat

The Spreewald is the perfect German destination if you want to be active on holiday and at the same time be out in nature. Whether as a couple, family with children, or sprightly pensioners. On the wide river branch of the Spree, you can go canoeing in the unique landscape of the Spreewald or take a boat ride. Just as well you can indulge yourself in the Spreewald and take advantage of a variety of wellness offers. The Spreewald is just as suitable for a cycling holiday. Ride on the Gurken-Radweg or the Spreeradweg through the region.

3. Sächsische Schweiz

best place to visit in Germany, Sächsische Schweiz long river surrounded by mountains with clouds
Sächsische Schweiz

Bizarre rock formations and a breathtaking landscape, these two things make Saxon Switzerland near Dresden the most travel-worthy destination in Germany. Along the Elbe, you will find the rocks and rock formations that make the heart of every hiker beat faster. Especially the viewpoint on the Bastei and the Bastei Bridge are two popular sights in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. Königsstein Fortress and Stolpen Castle are also often visited. Let yourself be enchanted by the uniqueness of the landscape. Also as an active holidaymaker, you will be happy here. Saxon Switzerland is known amongst climbers for its challenging rocks.

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2. Hamburg – Altes Land

top destinations in germany, Hamburg sunset in the harbour city
Hamburg – Altes Land

One more perfect place to visit in Germany is the Elbe, west of Hamburg. In the fruit chamber of the nation, as one could also call the Altes Land, it is typically North German: no hecticness. It is particularly beautiful here in spring when the 18 million fruit trees bloom. The many half-timbered houses make up the special charm of this region. They make up the well-known architecture of the Altes Land. The bridal doors are widespread here, artfully decorated wooden doors that can only be opened from the inside, either when the groom carries his bride over the threshold, the dowry is brought into the house or a deceased is brought out of the house. At least that’s how it used to be…

1. Teutoburger Wald

place to visit in germany, Teutoburger wald a field
Teutoburger Wald

We recommend the legendary Teutoburger Wald region in Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia for your holiday in Germany. Here the Germanic tribes are said to have devastated the Romans in the year nine after Christ and to have driven them out of the Germanic territories on the other side of the Rhine. The Hermannsdenkmal on the Grotenburg near Detmold is still a monument to the hero today. The Teutoburg Forest is also a popular hiking region and becoming increasingly popular among wellness tourists.

As you can see, Germany has so many amazing places to offer. There are so many locations that we might easily forget about because they’re still hidden gems. We hope this list has given you some ideas for your next summer holiday!

If you’re wondering whether to travel by yourself or with a group of people, we recommend reading our blog on why to travel in a group

We think that exploring Germany would be the perfect opportunity for a road trip. If you need some help to plan the perfect road trip then check out our blog on important tips for the best road trip

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