The Romantic Road
When it comes to travel, Germany is one of the most underrated countries in Europe. But there is a wealth of cities and countryside attractions that make Germany worth a visit on any European itinerary. Here are the best.
Perhaps the coolest city in Europe, Berlin is one of the most popular places to travel in Germany. With a reasonable cost of living, an abundance of history, and a lively arts and music scene, Berlin offers no shortage of things to keep visitors entertained.
One of the prettiest cities in Germany, Munich is a great place to visit for culture lovers. The city’s many museums have great collections, and the parks and gardens are perfect places to relax in the warmer months. And let’s not forget Oktoberfest, the most famous event of the year in Munich.
Straight out of a fairytale, Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria is one of the most visually arresting sights in Germany. Built high on a mountain, the castle features a number of stunning interiors and great views over the valleys below. If you’re visiting Munich, Neuschwanstein Castle makes a great day trip, and if you have extra time, neighboring Hohenschwangau Castle is equally beautiful.
Up in the north, Hamburg often gets overlooked in favor of Berlin or Munich. But it is one of Germany’s most beautiful cities, and is worth a special trip in its own right. Set on two idyllic lakes, the city offers a wealth of historic buildings as well as some famous modern ones. Summer is a great time to visit, as it allows you to take advantage of the weather and spend time in the city’s beautiful gardens.
Driving the Romantic Road is a highlight of any trip to Germany. Running from north to south through some of the most beautiful parts of Bavaria, the road takes in storybook towns and pretty countryside. Places like Harburg and Dinkelsbuhl are the perfect places to stop, and don’t miss the chance to visit Neuschwanstein Castle at the beginning or end of your trip.
With its famous cathedral and huge annual Christmas markets, Cologne is one of the best places to visit in Germany. December is a great time to go, as it will allow you to take in all of the city’s festive cheer and explore the many markets dotted throughout.
Nuremberg is not often on people’s radar screens when they plan to visit Germany, but it certainly should be. The city has a beautiful historic old town, idyllic river, and famous castle. In the summer months, outdoor markets and beer gardens fill the open spaces, and people gather throughout the city to soak up the sun amongst the flowers. The city has an excellent zoo, too.
Although badly damaged during World War II, Dresden has re-emerged in recent years to become a vibrant city once again. The rebuilt Frauenkirche church is the heart of the city’s old town, and around it are museums and palaces with so much art that it’s hard to believe. Dresden might just be the most underrated city in the most underrated country in Europe.