Fairytale castles, lush forests, beautiful rivers and majestic mountains are the attributes that best define, Germany.
On your holiday in Germany, you’ll get plenty of opportunities to explore its history, culture, wineries and scenic landscapes. Here are some of the best places that you cannot afford to miss on your trip to Germany.
Located around the Elbe valley in Saxony, the Saxon Switzerland is a beautiful national park. A hotspot among adventure enthusiasts, this place is home to more than 1,000 climbing peaks. It is popular for rock climbing and hiking. Saxon Switzerland and Bohemian Switzerland (Czech Republic) jointly form the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. You will get to see many caves and rock castles in this region.
Nestled in the southeast Berchtesgadener Land, this crystal clear lake is the cleanest lake in Germany. The breathtaking surroundings make the Königssee Lake, a popular place among nature lovers. Rock walls around this lake create an echo. During boat tours, it has become a custom to halt the boat and play a trumpet to exhibit the echo.
Tucked away atop Mount Hohenzollern, the Hohenzollern Castle is impressive, isn’t it? Well, it is the ancestral seat of the imperial House of Hohenzollern. One of the best examples of Gothic Revival architecture, it was designed by architect Friedrich August Stüler. This hilltop castle is open on all days from 10 am to 5.30 pm.
Out of the world, isn’t it? Tucked away in Mettlach, the Saar river moves in a winding course through forested landscapes. Photographers from across the globe flock to this haven to capture stunning shots. You can also visit Völklingen Ironworks, a UNESCO-World Heritage Site which is home to the world's only surviving smelting works from the 19th and 20th century.
Exuding mysticism, the Black Forest is a mountainous region in Baden-Württemberg. A trekker’s paradise, this exotic haven is home to quaint villages and evergreen jungles. It is believed that the Grimm Brothers drew inspiration for the fairy tale of ‘Hansel and Gretel’ from the Black Forest. Visit Freiburg and treat your eyes to beautiful vineyards and Gothic architecture.
At a height of 2,962 metres above sea level, the Zugspitze is the highest peak of the Wetterstein Mountains. Home to glaciers, this is a popular destination for skiing. If you aren’t into skiing, take the cable car ride to enjoy the bird’s-eye view of Lake Eibsee. You can also bask in the sun on the deckchair and get your dose of Vitamin D.
How to reach here
By flight: Nearest airport, Frankfurt Airport.
Author : Vijaylaxmi Thakur