The 10 Best things to do in Germany
Discover a selection of the 10 Best Things to Do in Germany, the must-see attractions in Germany, the Coolest & Funniest Things to do in Germany, the top Sights and Attractions in Germany await you.
Are you adventurous or do you want to put your luggage down at the hotel and be guided? Plan the trip that suits your desires and your personality and book your flights, accommodation, tours and activities in Germany, such as a visit to the Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich or your TV Tower fast view ticket in Berlin.
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1. Day trip to Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich
Schwangau - Bavaria
A Day trip to Neuschwanstein Castle is arguably one of the Best Things to do in Germany. This is the fairy-tale castle, children and adults dream of.
You hesitate to make the trip for a single castle? No problem, this castle also has for neighbour another famous castle, built 30 years before it, the castle of Hohenschwangau, also classified among the most beautiful castles in Germany. On a single day you will visit two of the Best Sights and Attractions in Germany.
Are you an adventurer? Drive from Munich to Schwangau (2h), park and take a photo from the "Marienbrücke" bridge, the best spot to take a photo of Neuschwanstein Castle. Are you on holiday and want to be taken care of? Treat yourself to a transfer from Munich and a guided tour (audio guide) of this emblematic castle, this is one of the Coolest and Funniest Things to Do in Germany.
Opening hours: The castle is open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where to stay: “Hotel Das Rübezahl”. With its superb views of the Hohenschangau and Neuschwanstein castles, this 4-star hotel also offers a spa, sauna and hammam.
Munich - Bavaria
Recently brought under the world spotlight by stars and celebrities like Paris Hilton, the Oktoberfest is anything but the image one can think of.
This event, one of the 10 Best Things to do in Germany, is an opportunity for Bavarians to carry on their traditions; purists come in traditional clothes, some will have been training for months to master the most complicated Bavarian dances, others will have spent days cooking hearty Bavarian dishes.
Of course, beer is the star of the show and you will enjoy the festival’s many activities and the giant funfair. Surprisingly, few marquees are open access and you will have to organize yourself in advance.
Where to stay: One of the closest hotels to the Oktoberfest (and well served by the metro) is the "Motel One München Campus"
3. Alternative Street Art Tour
Berlin is known as the capital of alternative culture in Europe and an Alternative Street Art Tour in Berlin is one of the Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Germany.
There are many reasons why artists, painters, musicians and poets come to Berlin. One of them is that Berlin remains one of the cheapest capitals in Europe with affordable rents.
In addition, the German capital offers many walls (old Berlin walls, industrial wastelands) on which artists can express themselves freely.
Find out how art broke free from the once difficult political situation in Berlin. Discover Berlin's history through urban art by booking your Street Art Tour, one of the Best Things to do in Germany.
How to get there: Book your flights to Berlin.
Where to stay: Are you ready to sleep on a boat? Book your room at the "Haus Direkt am see" hotel.
4. Cologne Christmas Market
Cologne is a magical city all year round and a visit of its Christmas Market is one of the Best Things to do in Germany.
You will discover its colourful houses, its famous cathedral, craft shops, chocolate museum, and so much more.
In winter, Cologne hosts one of the most beautiful and largest Christmas markets in Germany. Cologne’s Christmas markets attract millions of visitors from all over the world every year. You too can savour the unique atmosphere of this metropolis on the Rhine at this special time of year. You’re sure to be enchanted!
You can also book a soberer guided tour that will take you to explore the historic centre of Cologne. You will learn a lot about the customs, legends and traditions of this incredible city in Germany.
How to get there: Book your flights to Cologne.
Where to stay: "25 hours Hotel The Circle". We love its original deco and its location in the heart of the city.
5. From Frankfurt: Day Trip to Eltz Castle
This medieval castle, sometimes shrouded in thick mist, is one of the most beautiful castles in Germany and one the Top Sights and Attractions in Germany.
Many wars have threatened the territory over the ages but the castle has never been destroyed.
On the contrary, it has been embellished over the centuries with new constructions which give it its unique aspect.
Go back in time to the 12th century and discover the secrets of this medieval castle, one of your Must-See Attractions in Germany.
This tour includes your transfer from Frankfurt along with dinner in a restaurant, admission to the castle and a private guide.
Where to stay: “Moxy Frankfurt City Center” is one of our top picks in Frankfurt.
6. Bamberg: 2-hour guided walking tour.
Bamberg was recently elected as the preferred city of Germans. The exact title of this recognition is “the nicest city to live in”. It is of course also in your Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Germany.
Bamberg is located just 40 minutes by car or train from the city of Nuremberg. Come and walk among the baroque style houses and medieval churches of this city which, like Rome or Lisbon, is built on 7 hills.
Bamberg has remained intact over the centuries and has even been spared the bombings of WWII because it had no significant industry.
How to get there: Book your flights to Nuremberg (50 min by car, 1 hour 30 minutes by public transport) or Frankfurt (2 hours).
Where to stay: Our best seller in Bamberg is the "Best Western Hotel Bamberg Nichtraucherhotel".
7. Hintersee Lake
Ramsau bei Berchtesgaden - Bavaria
Just a few kilometres from the Austrian border, the Hintersee Lake is one of Germany's most beautiful natural wonders and a visit to the Lake is one of the Coolest Things to do in Germany.
During your stay in Bavaria be sure to visit the Hintersee and Königssee lakes. These lakes, nearly 200 m deep, are captivating blue.
If you come there in summer or in autumn do not miss the sight of cows crossing by boat. They are transported from one end of the lake to the other to graze on the finest and tastiest grass in Germany.
How to get there: Book your flights to Salzburg Airport in Austria (50 min by car) or to Munich (2h).
Where to stay: “Gasthaus-Pension Seeklause” located on Lake Hintersee.
8. Trier Christmas Market
Now in its 42th year, the Trier Christmas Market is one of the Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Germany. Set on the medieval Main Market and in front of the imposing backdrop of Trier Cathedral, the 95 attractively decorated booths offer a fitting framework for this wonderful event.
The Trier Christmas Market is often described by travel organizers as being “romantic with wonderful ambience.”
Book your flights to Luxembourg Airport (30 min by car / public transport) or Cologne (2h30) as well as your accommodation in Trier. Select the "free cancellation" option and pre-book your Christmas holidays in Trier at the best price.
How to get there: Book your flights to Luxembourg Airport (30 min by car / public transport) or Cologne (2h30).
Where to stay: "Ibis Style Trier" for its stunning location in the heart of historical Trier.
9. Hiddensee Island
Hiddensee Island will leave you speechless. This magnificent island is one of the Top Sights and Attractions in Germany.
It is located just a few kilometres from Poland, has been car-free for ten years now. All the more reason to explore this little hidden paradise.
How to get there: Book your flights to Rostock and get to Stralsund by car (1h) or by train. There are several ferry crossings per day that connect Stralsund to Hiddensee Island. Please note, the ferry crossing is only possible from April to October (the crossing lasts 1.5 hours).
Where to stay: "Hotel Enddorn Appartment" located a few minutes by bike from the beach.
10. Cherry blossom in Bonn
It is certainly the most beautiful and the most famous Japanese alley of cherry trees in Europe and one of the Coolest Things to do in Germany.
Dozens of cherry trees in bloom are growing on the "Heertrasse" avenue in Bonn; they offer a wonderful setting for a romantic stroll. If you are a music lover, the house of Beethoven nearby is worth a visit.
Come visit the famous cherry blossom alley from late March to early May in Bonn, this is really one of the Best Things to Do in Germany.
How to get there: Book your flights to Cologne / Bonn airport
Where to stay: "Motel One Bonn-Beethoven" a perfect location which serves a fair trade and organic breakfast buffet.
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