Neuschwanstein Castle by Softeis (Creative Commons)
Neuschwanstein Castle by Softeis (Creative Commons)

Germany is a country full of history and culture, and it is known all over the world for its recent struggles as well as its innovation and creativity. With multiple tourist attractions, stunning landscapes, rolling lush hills and an abundance of natural beauty, Germany is the number one getaway location for millions of tourists every year, and it’s clear to see why.

Germany holds a character unlike any other European country, and because it is divided into many different states, each city is unique is culture as well as history. Whether you’re travelling to experience Oktoberfest, or to take a look at the latest cars from the BMW exhibitions, there’s so much to do in Germany that it is hard to keep up! Let’s take a look at some of the country’s most famous landmarks this year.

Neuschwanstein Castle

When translated into English, this castle simple means ‘stone palace’ – and what a palace it is! Built in the 19th century, this is one of Bavaria Hill’s most famous attractions, and it can be seen from all around the roaming landscapes. King Ludwig II decided to build this castle to protect his family’s treasure, and to show off his team of architects and designers’ ability to construct the biggest castle in the land. As soon as you step foot inside, you’ll be able to see the jaw-dropping detail in the walls and floor, but remember that visitors aren’t allowed to take photos so keep your camera in your bag.

Heidelberg Castle

Standing as one of the biggest Gothic buildings in Germany, the Heidelberg Castle represents the pinnacle of Renaissance style and creativity. Construction began in 1214, however lighten destroyed vast sections of the castle in 1537, and again in 1764. Rebuild by hand however, this castle has unending historical value, and it is regularly considered as one of the best examples of German architecture in the world.

Brandenburg Gate

The Berlin wall separated East and West Germany for many years, and after its destruction, and the Brandenburg Gate remains the only piece left of the divide. Carl Gotthard Langhans built the wall in 1788, and construction was finally completely in 1791. Not only is this one of the most visit tourist attractions in Germany, but it’s rare you’ll see a sight that leaves you in such awe and amazement.

Nymphenburg Palace

This palace was the residence of Bavarian royalty during the summer months, and it was built in 1664 by Henritta and Ferdinand Maria in the name of their son. This palace is a hot tourist attraction in Munich, and there are a number of daily tours around the grounds that will show you the luxury chambers where royalty used to sleep. Compare prices on car rentals in Germany if you are thinking about holidaying here this year.

Cologne Cathedral

Certainly one of the most famous landmarks in Germany, Cologne Cathedral is a truly spectacular sight. Not only does the Archbishop of Cologne live here, but it is also a UNESCO World heritage site. Built in the 4th century, this cathedral is a work of art in itself, not just because of its historical importance, but because it stands as a beacon of light for the Germany Christian community.