Top Tourist Attractions
Millions of visitors flock
to Germany each year, and as each year passes that number grows larger.
The United States alone accounts for almost 3 million visitors each year.
Visitors to Germany come for the welcoming and friendly nature of the people,
the breathtaking landscapes and natural beauty, and the world-class accommodations
available for every one from the budget-minded traveler to the jet-setting
celebrity. Here is a list of some of the top attractions that are considered
"must-see" in Germany, in no particular order.
The Black Forest
Secluded pine-laden woodlands
located in southwestern Germany, the Black Forest is famous for being the
origin of cuckoo clocks. The area gets its name from the dark shadows of
the fir and pine trees that grow very thick there. The Black Forest offers
first rate hiking, camping, and some skiing. Travelers on a budget can
find great deals on lodging and accommodations in the towns that surround
the Black Forest.
The Frisian Islands
These islands actually span
along the coastlines of three countries: Germany, Denmark, and The Netherlands.
Sylt is the largest and most populated of the islands and is a known destination
for Europe's jet-set as well as nudists. Amrum is also a hot tourist spot
but less crowded. The pristine beaches, panoramic views, and relative seclusion
continue to draw in visitors looking to escape the bustle of more traditional
Munich makes that claim that
it is the home of beer and if 6 million visitors is any indication, that
claim seems to be valid. Oktoberfest is known worldwide as a celebration
of Bavarian beer and lasts several weeks long, from mid-September to early
October. The 200 year old festival includes events such as parades, beer
tents, music features, feasts of authentic German cuisine, and exhibits.
City of Berlin
Berlin is Germany's largest
city and is the country's capital. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall almost
two decades ago, the city has grown and evolved into a modern, bustling
metropolis that prides itself on looking to the future while preserving
the past. There are landmarks to remind visitors of the strains that history
has put on the city, but much of Berlin now has an unmistakable American
feel to it. Berlin should be on every German visitor's list to visit.
Located near the Austrian
border, Neuschwanstein Castle has the title of the most photographed building
in Germany. It is also the most famous of all of the German castles and
was the inspiration for Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle located in Disneyland.
Neuschwanstein Castle was built in the 19th century by King Ludwig II.
Photography of the interior of the castle is strictly prohibited, as it
Lake Constance lies between
Germany, Austria, and Switzerland and is fed by the Rhine River, one of
the longest in Europe. It is a freshwater lake that is relied upon for
water consumption by nearby cities and towns. Recreation draws many tourists
from across Europe and beyond each year.
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