When traveling to Germany, your primary concern is having enough time to visit all the places you want. Unless you are doing the proverbial backpacking trip across Europe, time constraints will influence how many places you can visit before you have to return home. Here are the five best German tourist spots for travelers.
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The most popular amusement park in Europe is Disneyland Paris. The second most popular is Rust's Europa-Park. So, that’s all the reason you need to want to go there. After all, who doesn’t love a theme park?
Europa-Park is 40 years old, but the owners of the facility were making roller coasters all the way back in 1921. Their expertise is on full display with The Silver Star, a thrill ride that provides a 180-degree turn at 130 kilometers per hour. You know the ride is good, because it’s sponsored by Mercedes-Benz. There are a dozen roller coasters and many other attractions at Europa-Park. It’s a perfect way to spend a day.
When you think of this city, your first association is probably Bavarian cream. As a tourist, that won’t help you much outside of dessert. The city does have a crown jewel, though. It’s Neuschwanstein Castle, a 19th century palace so majestic in nature that it’s the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. Whereas Disney imagineers use tricks of limited perspective to create the illusion that their castle is large, Neuschwanstein Castle is titanic in scope. You can spend an entire day visiting without seeing every room.
There once was a wall in Berlin. Maybe you heard of it. Where that divider once separated citizens of the same city, there now stands a memorial, Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer. While Berlin features innumerable museums, landmarks, and tourist attractions, none of them carries greater significance than the Berlin Wall Memorial. You can stay at wonderful accommodations nearby and walk down the street to arguably the most historical significant landmark of the 20th century.
After you’ve appreciated the cultural significance of Berlin, you deserve some fun. What embodies the concept of German entertainment better than Oktoberfest? This 16-day celebration actually begins in September, and most of the events occur during this month, so you should plan accordingly. The Munich event occurs in an open field known as Theresienwiese, and there is a carnival atmosphere to the proceedings. Amusement rides are even included if you didn’t get your fill at Europa-Park.
As your tour of Germany winds down, this 350-kilometer trail represents the best way to embrace the country’s culture before you leave. Dating back to the Middle Ages, the intention was for this famous travel route to connect the center of the country where the main population resided with the southern residents on the outskirts of Germany.
Nowadays, Romantic Road presents a wonderful opportunity for explorers. There are dozens of small cities to explore as you traverse the countryside. Enjoy the food and drink of the locals as you prepare to depart.
Germany is a tourist’s dream. If you follow this itinerary, you will have the time of your life.