→ Filled with Medieval architecture
→ Has got great art and cultural scenes
→ Home to famous historic sites
Germany is all about World War II history, fairy tale castles, stunning art, and medieval architecture, and historic sites.
Snorkeling and Scuba diving, Surfing, White water rafting, Trekking/Hiking, Exploring National Parks, Bungee jumping, Sky diving, Sailing, Sea Kayaking, Four-wheel driving, Bike riding
Beaches, National Parks, Forests, Mountains, Scenic Landscapes
Architecture, Museums and Galleries:
Culture and Traditions:
Festivals and Events:
Best season: September – early October
This is the list of top destinations in Germany where you can have a lot of experience in one trip. This saves your time not only while surfing the internet for the top destinations to travel but also while traveling or exploring that particular location. And of course, this can save your money too.
Capital of Culture and Beer
Delicious Bavarian Food
- Renowned for the great cultural scene, Oktoberfest, beer festival
- Close proximity to Neuschwanstein (fairy tale castle) (about 1 hr 48 min)
- Day trip to Fussen
- Lake Constance at a distance of about 2 hr 17 min from Munich
- The Marienplatz
- Munich Residenz
- Nymphenburg Palace
- Alte Pinakothek
- English Garden
- St. Peter’s Church
- Allianz Arena Stadium
- Cuvilliés Theater
- The Deutsches Museum
- BMW museum
- The Olympic Park
- Neues Rathaus
- Visit churches and museums
- Visit Munich Residenz and Marienplatz Square
- Visit Alte Pinakothek, one of the world’s oldest art galleries
- Eat breakfast with beer at Brauhaus
- Watch the surfers on the Eisbach
- Attend Oktoberfest
- Eat at Viktualienmarkt
City of Art and Culture
- Ideal place to know about World War II history
- Dresden is at a short distance from Berlin.
- Easy day trip to Leipzig from Berlin
- Bradenburg Gate
- Berlin Cathedral
- Berlin Television Tower (Fernsehturm)
- Charlottenburg Palace
- Museum Island
- Neues Museum
- The Berlin Wall Memorial
- Potsdamer Platz
- Tempelhofer Feld
- Trip to Reichstag
- Visit Museum Island
- Visit Pergamonmuseum
- Stroll around Tiergarten
- Visit Tempelhofer Feld
- Visit Potsdamer Platz
- Visit East Side Gallery, the longest section of the Berlin Wall
- Visit Zoologischer Garten Berlin
- Visit Brandenburg, the land of 3,000 lakes
- Visit the TV Tower
- Visit Charlottenburg Palace
- Spectacular natural scenery
- Rhine Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage SITE, lies in Rhine Valley
- Packed with cathedrals and medieval architecture
- Rhine Gorge
- City of Mainz
- Palatinate Forest Nature Park
- Boppard Town
- Walking along the Rhine River
- Cycling around
- River cruising
- Visit museums in Mainz
- Relax in spas at Wiesbaden
- Heidelberg is home to Heidelberg Castle, a famous landmark in Europe
- Schloss Heidelberg
- Schloss Schwetzingen
- Alte Brücke (Old Bridge)
- Heidelberg Zoo
- German Museum of Pharmacy
- Kurpfälzisches Museum
- Königstuhl (King’s Seat)
- Visit Heidelberg Castle
- Visit Haupstrasse and Altstadt (Old Town)
- Walk through Philosopher’s Walk
- Relax on Heidelberg’s River Bank
- Stand above Alte Brücke (Old Bridge)
- View from Königstuhl (King’s Seat)
- Short trip to the Rhine Valley (about 1 hr and 38 min)
- Rhine River
- Gothic Church/Romanesque Church
- Cologne Cathedral
- Roman-Germanic Museum
- Stellar Arts
- Rathaus City Hall
- The Wallraf-Richartz Museum
- The Ludwig Museum
- Cologne Zoological Garden
- Botanical Garden
- Cologne Carnival
- Climb the Cologne Cathedral
- Shopping at Schildergasse
- Rhine River cruising
- Ride the Cologne Cable Car
- Eat chocolates at Chocolate Museum
- Participate at Cologne’s winter carnival
- Drink Kölsch, a local beer
Lindau (Lake Constance)
Lindau (Lake Constance)
- Beautiful island with Lake Constance
- At a distance of 2-3 hrs (by train) from Munich
- New Lighthouse
- Haus Zum Cavazzen
- Lake Constance
- Church of St. Peter
- Mangturm Tower and Powder Tower
- Mainau, a butterfly island
- Visit Lindau’s Harbor
- Ferry ride, Canoeing, Windsurfing, Sailing on Lake Constance
- Biking on Lindau Island
- Skating and Skiing (in winter)
- Visit Mainau, a butterfly island
- Camping at Gitzenweiler Hof
For non-European citizens, either a valid passport (valid for 3 months beyond the length of stay) only or valid passport with a visa (depending on your country) may be required to enter Germany.
But for EU nationals either a passport (valid for the duration of stay) or any other valid national ID card should suffice. EU citizens can travel freely to Germany and do not require a visa and return ticket regardless of their visit purpose and length of stay.
Citizens from other selected countries (including Australia, Canada, Britain, and the USA) can stay up to 90 days (within a 6 months period) without a visa for tourism purposes.
For nationals from other countries, check your visa requirements (depend on the nationality) for Germany with the embassy/consulate near you before traveling.
Nationals from certain countries may require to obtain a transit visa to pass through Germany.
Since Germany is a member of the Schengen Countries, visitors from non-member states are allowed to travel to all Schengen areas without a visa. According to the category in which your country falls, you may have to apply for Schengen Visa, which is valid for a maximum stay of 90 days within a six months period. Applicants applying for the Schengen visa must also provide bank statements from the previous 3 months along with their application.
Different border control checks will apply for non-EEA nationals, and you may be asked to show a return ticket or onward ticket.
Credit Cards and Debit Cards are widely accepted. ATMs are available throughout the country. Changing a traveler’s check can be hard. A traveler’s check is becoming outdated.
Since there are lots of international flights to Germany, you should choose one based on where you want to go and what you want to see.
Since the major attractions are well scattered across Germany, domestic flights are convenient and fast for traveling long distances.
Underground trains and suburban trains provide services within cities. A well-connected network of railways provides fast and affordable service throughout the major cities.
You can take advantage of Rail Passes available within Germany.
Germany has got a good public transport system that is cheap too. In the case of time availability, buses are a fair option for traveling not-too-long distances. Major towns and cities are well connected by roads. City buses/coaches/trams are an affordable option as long as you are a familiar rider.
Inside the city, you can get around on foot or by taxi. Hiring a car or picking up a taxi (registered/officially licensed) can be the best alternatives too. You can rent a bike too.
Boats/ferries also provide services in areas consisting of lake/river/coast.
Most of Germany’s attractions are free to visit while others require fees and permit.
You should be cautious during extreme summer and extreme winter. It is a good practice to always check the latest weather updates and avalanche conditions before going to mountainous regions/ski resorts. Do not ignore the suggestions given by local people and always follow the instructions given by local authorities.
It’s better to take precaution against tetanus and tick-borne encephalitis while traveling to some regions of Germany. Although immunizations are not required while traveling to Germany, it is advisable to update your standard vaccinations of mumps, measles, rubella, polio, diphtheria, rabies, hepatitis and tetanus.
It’s better to make full travel insurance.
You should be aware of the petty crimes (from pickpockets, thieves, scammers, etc.) taking place inside and outside the cities. You should take care of your travel documents, luggage, and other belongings, especially in public transports. Don’t walk alone at night and don’t walk through less traveled areas alone.
Based on the places and experiences that you will never get in other countries i.e they are uniquely different from other countries, we tried to narrow down the lists in terms of ‘must-see’ places.
Must-visit destinations in Germany:
If you are an outdoor activities lover:
- Mount Zugspitze
- Lake Constance
If you are medieval architecture and history lover:
- LeipZig (close to Berlin)
- Dresden (close to Berlin)
- Rhine Valley
If you are a nature lover:
- Lake Constance
- Rhine Valley
If you are museums, galleries and culture lover:
For Art, Museums and Galleries:
For Cultures and Traditions:
From the above list, you can see that Munich and Berlin overlap in three categories, whereas Hamburg, Lake Constance, and Rhine Valley overlap in two categories. You can make your trip worthy by planning an itinerary according to your priorities and make much out of it by having a lot of experiences in your single trip without having your time and money wasted in traveling and just covering distances in-between.
Our Pick: Since Germany is mostly about medieval architecture and buildings, fairy tale castles, World War II historic sites, culture and Oktoberfest, our first pick would be Munich, Berlin, Heidelberg, and Cologne.
Follow these itineraries ideas (below): If you want to make most out of your trip; if you want to have a lot of experiences in one trip missing almost nothing in your whole trip; if you also don’t want to miss the must-see places and if you also don’t want to miss ‘nowhere-else’ destinations on the planet, then follow these tips.
If this is your first-time visit to Germany and
If you have 7-8 days, then we recommend you to choose the following itinerary:
Munich (Day 1-2)→Heildelberg (Day 3)→Cologne (Day 4)→Hamburg (Day 5-6)→Berlin (Day 7-8)
If you have 14 days, then you can extend the above itinerary.
Munich (with side trip to Neuschwanstein and Lake Constance) (Day 1-3)→Heildelberg (Day 4)→Frankfurt, Rhine Valley (Day 5-6)→Cologne (Day 7)→Hamburg (Day 8-9)→Berlin (with side trip to Dresden and Leipzig) (Day 10-13)
(Note: Please note that the itineraries mentioned here are focused on the routes or directions to follow for saving time and money and still not missing the ‘must-see’ destinations. The days mentioned here in-between the places is a rough estimation just to give you general itinerary ideas. You can shorten or lengthen this time according to your interests, season, budget and time available. For example, sometimes you might want to experience the nature, activities, and culture in a relaxed manner without any haste and without feeling cramped.)
We’ve covered our recommendations for ‘must-visit destinations’. The list of other wonderful places throughout Germany can get long. The priorities for a destination to visit can be different from person to person as it depends upon personal preferences and interests. But these are the itineraries covering ‘must-do’ or ‘must-see’ places once in your lifetime.