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5 best places in Germany that will take your breath away – Crosspay

Germany or as some may prefer to call it, Deutschland, the German word for Germany, is one of the most perfectly built countries in the world. The country has an abundance of colossus museums, art galleries, restaurants, and buildings carved in astounding architecture. The country also boasts the best of the fashion, art, design, and music world. With a long history, rich culture, and home to some of the great minds, Germany has always been a great nation. Great minds like Albert Einstein, Karl Marx, and Ludwig van Beethoven are some of the examples of the gifts Germany has given to the world.

In addition, the country also has a wealth of natural landscapes. 

For these reasons and many more, Germany is a must visit for everyone. Here are five great places which will kick-start the curiosity to travel Germany.

 

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

The Brandenburg Gate is a military monument that has become a symbol of peace and unity. It is the site where hundreds of thousands of people congregated to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The place continues to serve as one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world.

The Brandenburg Gate is surrounded by three primary buildings: The Luxury Adlon Hotel, the US, and the French embassies. These are often referred as “Gute Stube” of Berlin, meaning the “best room”. Every new year, more than a million people concourse at Brandenburg Gate to celebrate New Year with music, dance, and fireworks.

Now, one can walk both under and around this momentous iconic symbol of peace and unity.  

 

Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral is a truly breathtaking Gothic masterpiece. The construction began in the year 1248 and was worked on in several stages and was not completed until 1880. To think that this one coherent and exceptional masterpiece has been crafted by so many different great artists over this period of time is in itself a wonder.  

The place was primarily built to house the remains of the Three Wise Men brought to Cologne by Archbishop Rainald von Dassel. For the same, it became one of the primary places of pilgrimage to Christians. The Cologne Cathedral is among the tallest cathedrals  in the world.

UNESCO declared Cologne Cathedral as a World Heritage Site in 1996 due to its impressive Gothic architecture and the shrine of the Three Wise Men.

 

Neuschwanstein Castle

If you have ever dreamed of experiencing fairytale world, then Neuschwanstein Castle is the place to visit. The castle was once home to Ludwig II also known as “Fairytale King”. It is even said that this castle is the inspiration for the castle in Disney’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’.

Located in the Alps of Bavaria, it is one of the most popular castles and tourist destinations, not just in Germany but Europe on the whole. The castle was built in honour of the world-renowned composer Richard Wagner and represents many of Wagner’s characters. It is also equipped with the best of art & technology, where every floor of the castle has automated flushing toilets and air heating systems.

Ludwig wanted the castle to be a perfect piece, and for the same, it was not even finished until his death in 1886. Although the construction of the castle is not yet completed, the beauty and the grace fill and make it a wonderful art.  More than 1,300,000 people cross Neuschwanstein Castle’s gate every year.

 

The Black Forest

The Black Forest (Schwarzwald) is a densely-wooded National Park in the state of Baden-Württemberg covering over 11,000 square kilometers. It boasts a vast expanse of magical groves, pine trees and evergreens and there are parts of the forest where the sun has barely penetrated. It also boasts beautiful peaks, valleys, lakes, nature reserves and vineyards. It also has its own mind-pleasing Black Forest Open Air Museum. The Black Forest is also home to the world famous cuckoo clocks. Legend has it that the Grimm Brothers were inspired by this Forest when they wrote Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty.

It is one of the most visited upland regions in Europe, and one of the most preferred places for hikers and trekkers. Lush valleys on the Westside, slopes on the East side which go down to the Neckar and Danube valleys make this place even more interesting. To spice up the enthusiasm, one can explore parts of the forest on foot, bike, and also on horseback.

 

Rhine Valley

Rhine Valley is candidly the best picturesque spot in the world. It is decorated with beatific palaces, castles, and vineyards. It covers over 1,300 kilometers, stretching from Switzerland passing through Germany and all the way to the Netherlands. The Rhine valley cuts from Koblenz, a famous Roman town past Loreley rock.

Some myths state that a heart-throbbing beauty, Loreley would sing and entice sailors to death on the rocks. We’ll let you decide if you want to believe this or not.

Bingen Am Rhein and Rudesheim Am Rhein are some of the most beautiful towns you come across while traveling down the Rhine Valley. The place is also famously known for the local Riesling and Pinot Noir varieties of wine.

 

While there are many places in Germany where the river passes, The Rhine Valley has its own significance for offering the best stretch of riverboats, cruises, and even car routes. With over 40 charming castles and 60 delightful medieval towns and wine, what else could one ask for?

 

To conclude, if we were to describe Germany simply, it would be 3Gs: Gigantic, Graceful and Gallant with mind-blowing landscapes and tempting culture. It has always been the center of Europe, be it in politics or the sciences and arts. In today’s age, Germany is considered as an economic powerhouse with advanced technology and and edgy culture.

 

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