10 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Germany

Germany is a beautiful, varied country with an impressive culture and endless travel opportunities, but, unfortunately, you rarely see it on top of travelers’ lists. Why and how this is happening I have no idea, but I do know that its deep forests, fairy-tale castles, and picture-perfect towns are something that you shouldn’t miss. Add to all these some excellent beer, the most beautiful Christmas Markets, and an abundance of activities, and you’ll soon wonder why in the world you haven’t visited Germany earlier.

The following destinations, with their splendid architecture and unquestionable charm, are hands down the most beautiful places to visit in Germany.


Berlin, Germany
Berlin Cathedral | Image licensed by Ingram Image

Berlin is one of the most interesting cities in Europe, and certainly the one that has changed the most in the last 20 years. Once the symbol of the Cold War, it has become Europe’s capital of cool – a vibrant mix of fashion, design, music, and art.

A cultural city always on the move and a budget traveler’s paradise, the German capital has something for everyone, from pulsating nightlife to more than 170 world-class museums, galleries, and philharmonics, and from stately relics that still tell the story of its turbulent past to all the promises of a glittering future.

Enrich your experience in Berlin with a visit to the Museum Island in the Spree River and a stopover at the fabulous East Side Gallery to see paintings by artists from all over the world displayed on the Berlin Wall. Other than that, you can go shopping to Kurfürstendamm, the city’s most famous avenue; experience the Berlinese coffee culture in the Mitte (the historical center of Berlin), and get a true taste of its tremendous nightlife in the fashionable Friedrichshain area.

If you’re visiting the city in winter, you’re in for a treat: Berlin hosts some of the best and biggest Christmas markets in Germany. The variety is outstanding and all of them sell high-quality products. You can choose between traditional and alternative, British-inspired and Scandinavian-themed, eco-friendly and designer-oriented – whatever it is that you’re into, the city’s got you covered!


Cologne, Germany

Home to one of the most impressive cathedrals in the world, a thriving art scene, and some of the most high-spirited locals, Cologne makes for a delightful European city break, whether you’re looking for culture, entertainment, or pampering thermal baths. It is the fourth largest city in Germany and one of its most libertine destinations, alongside Berlin.

The most beautiful sights in Cologne include its UNESCO-listed cathedral (Kölner Dom); the Hohenzollern Bridge, famous for its love padlocks; the Altstadt (Old Town), with its lovely historical buildings and monuments; as well as the fashionable areas of Agnesviertel and the Belgian Quarter.

If you happen to be in Cologne in November, don’t miss the Cologne Carnival. It is widely considered one of the greatest street festivals in Europe, and maybe the world.

The Romantic Road

Neuschwanstein Castle
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Germany’s most scenic drive, the Romantic Road, offers visitors the opportunity to discover the rich culture, picturesque scenery, and medieval character of this fantastic country. Running between Würzburg and Füssen, it leads travelers through Bavaria’s most stunning attractions, including the spectacular Neuschwanstein Castle, the baroque city of Würzburg, Rothenburg ob der Tauber – the best-preserved medieval town in the country, and the enchanting Pfaffenwinkel region, famous for its rolling countryside peppered with quaint villages and pilgrimage churches.

Although the route is quite touristy and can get pretty busy during the summer months, it delivers one of the most authentic experiences Germany has to offer, one that combines local hospitality with history, art, culture, and natural beauty.


Speicherstadt in Hamburg, Germany

From fascinating historical architecture to striking futuristic buildings to some of the best nightlife in Europe, Hamburg has it all. Nestled on the River Elbe, Germany’s second-largest metropolis prides itself on an abundance of parks and green spaces, a treasure-packed historic center, and more bridges than any other city in the world. Fine dining restaurants line the riverbank, museums are bursting with world-class art and naval memorabilia, and its beautiful Town Hall is a marvel of neo-Renaissance architecture.

Those with more contemporary tastes should definitely visit the futuristic HafenCity district, one of Europe’s most ambitious inner-city developments. This 2.2 sq km area along Hamburg’s port is a striking mix of towering skyscrapers, modern glass facades, and airy promenades, with a shimmering concert hall (Elbphilharmonie) designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron and its heart.

Otherwise, the UNESCO-awarded Speicherstadt is the largest warehouse district on the planet, a remarkable ensemble of Neo-Gothic brick buildings built on oak piles and interspersed with century-old waterways.


Dresden Old Town

Dresden, the mighty capital of Saxony, is a city full of life and one of Germany’s most prestigious cultural centers. It boasts a wealth of architectural treasures such as the astonishing Zwinger Palace – one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture, the impressive Brühl’s Terrace, or the stately Dresden Frauenkirche, a Lutheran church that dominates the city’s skyline.

The charm of Dresden lies in its scenic location on the Elbe River, but also in its alluring neighborhoods and glorious green areas. In addition to the charming Altstadt, where most of the city’s landmarks are located, this German jewel box city is teeming with lovely spots just waiting to be discovered, such as the charming Baroque Quarter – full of sweet idiosyncratic shops and eye-catching baroque houses; the lively and fashionable Neustadt; or the Großer Garten – Dresden’s most delightful park.


Marienplatz, Munich

Munich is the capital of Bavaria and one of the most beautiful and livable cities in Germany. Most people know it due to the world-famous Oktoberfest, but its lure goes far beyond the local beer culture.

In the “cosmopolitan city with a big heart”, you’ll find magnificent architecture, castles, museums, and lovely parks, but also an exuberant atmosphere buzzing with creative energy.

When it comes to what to see and do in Munich, the city has no shortage of sightseeing, fine dining, shopping, and entertainment. Most popular attractions include the Marienplatz – Munich’s beating heart; the Deutsches Museum (German Museum), often regarded as the world’s largest technological museum; the iconic Hofbrauhaus brewery; and the stunning Englischer Garten (English Garden).


Danube River in Regensburg

One of Germany’s oldest towns, Regensburg is overflowing with medieval charm and vibrant student life. The mighty Danube flows through its center, and narrow winding alleyways crisscross its architecturally fascinating Old Town, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Founded by the Romans as early as 179 A.D, this welcoming mid-sized Bavarian town is a treasure trove for culture and history lovers. Its most remarkable sights are the 310-meter-long Stone Bridge (Steinerne Brücke) over the Danube and the 13th-century Cathedral of St. Peter, whose marvelous Gothic spires dominate the cityscape.

Nevertheless, Regensburg has more bars and pubs per square mile than any other city in Germany, including Wurstkuchl, the world’s oldest sausage tavern; and it’s a gateway to some great outdoor activities, from cycling to rock climbing.

The Mosel Valley

Most beautiful place in Germany

Lined with picturesque terraced vineyards, half-timbered medieval villages, and hilltop fairytale castles, the Mosel Valley is one of Germany’s most staggering sights.

This long and peaceful Rhine’s tributary flows for 195 km between Trier and Koblenz, marking one of the country’s top white wine-producing regions. This is a wonderful destination to escape the chaos of everyday life, immerse yourself in German culture, and indulge in wine tasting.

Highlights include the wonderful Roman city of Trier; Cochem, with its towering castle and quaint riverfront promenade; the sleepy village of Beilstein; and the elegant Art Nouveau town of Traben-Trarbach.

One of the best times to visit Germany’s idyllic Mosel Valley is late summer/early fall, when the villages come to life with sprightly harvest and wine festivals featuring street parades, live music, and delicious local produce.


Görlitz, Germany

Arguably the most beautiful town in Germany, Görlitz lures visitors with its quiet cobblestone alleys, glorious squares, and fabulous architecture spanning a variety of styles, from Gothic and Renaissance to Baroque and Wilhelminian.

Located in Saxony, near the border with Poland, this is the country’s easternmost town, and, if you cross the Neisse river via the pedestrian bridge, you can walk right into Zgorzelec, its Polish twin city. The immaculate Old Town packs around 4,000 listed buildings and a colorful array of cafés that spill out onto the sidewalks.

Görlitz’s lovely historical sites have been featured in movies like Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds (2009), The Book Thief (2013), or The Reader (2008).


Bamberg Town Hall

Built on seven hills, the characterful Bavarian town of Bamberg is often referred to as the Rome of Franconia. Its UNESCO-protected Altstadt is a warren of winding cobblestone streets, elaborate mansions, and beautifully preserved half-timber structures, and its beer culture is second to none.

Brightly painted fishermen’s houses line the Regnitz river, the City Hall stands on an island, and its ancient 11th-century cathedral is one of the most important in Germany.

What’s your favorite place in Germany?

  1. I really like Berlin. Last time was great.

    1. Germany is a highly organized country, it has a great economy and good living standards, but it is somehow very boring and many people are living their lives in endless depression. The weather adds on as a negative factor with gloomy days and heavy clouds that give you headaches and constant lack of joy. Berlin is excellent to explore and live for a while, but turns out to be stressful, very noisy and even boring(yes!) after living there for a little bit more. You can say Germany is efficient and competitive, but you can’t say it is relaxing and tasty as a day at the beach on the Mediterranean. These things in life you can’t have them in a combo, therefore you must choose where you really fit in. It is a matter of how you want to live your life.

  2. Doris Banks Doris Banks says:

    I would enjoy the opportunity to visit one day…..

  3. Justin Johnson Justin Johnson says:

    I loved Dresden! I spent hours just walking around the city exploring all of the beauty there.

  4. Regenburg is the most beautiful. Bamberg, Augsburg and Passau are gems as well.

  5. No other city compares to the beauty of Dresden.

  6. Been to all but Dresden. Absolutely amazing country with so much to offer. Each city really does have it’s own unique vibe. I hope to get to Dresden one day soon. Thanks for the post!

  7. I had the trip of my life in 1970, when I got to see the “Passion Play”. Never will I forget the beauty of it all!

    1. Definitely Munich, it’s beautiful and the people are friendly, it’s my favourite city along with Glasgow in Scotland.

  8. Mayra Enid Mayra Enid says:

    Bamberg is georgeous. Nothing like Bavaria.
    Mayra Acevedo

  9. Why and how YOU didn’t include Germany in your “Top 10 Most Beautiful Countries in Europe,” I have no idea. Nice article though, very informative.

  10. Christine Degen Christine Degen says:

    As a Cologne resident I would like to thank you for kindly listing my home town among the places to visit in Germany. Just one little correction concerning Cologne carnival: the opening of the carnival season takes place on November 11 , but if you really want to see Cologne go crazy you have to come in February / March when there is carnival in the streets for 6 days! (28 Feb – 5 Mär 2019, the Date depending on Easter each year)
    As to Christmas markets in Germany, I Would like to add the absolutely fantastic town of Esslingen (a few kilometers from Stuttgart). Nothing compares to its authentic medieval market located between the most pittoresque buildings (including THE oldest half-timber house in Germany). I‘m sure you will love it! Greetings from Cologne, Christine

  11. In my opinion the most beautiful city of Germany is Erfurt. It’s not that crowded of tourists yet, but has a ton to offer – from medieval architectures to a modern but traditional food culture. And of course the most fantastic christmas market in the world! (And yes, I have seen many christmas markets around the world and I live near Nuremberg, which has the famous but much overrated Christkindlmarkt.)

  12. Rotherbrg ob der Tauber
    Garmisch Partenkirschen

  13. Kelsey Foster Kelsey Foster says:

    Dresden, Würzburg, Hamburg and Heidelberg are my favorites.
    Germany is a pretty special place! I lived in this country for a couple years and must say I miss it each and every day. In addition to perfecting my academic background there, I had the honor of meeting Hanna Svensson, Delphine de Vigan, Brian Kobilka, Rodrigo de Oliveira Guizzardi and Helmut Kohl.
    When I think of Germany, I think of a culture that consistently produces success in all fields. I love the fairytale atmosphere, the castles, the food, the Christmas markets. There are so many awesome things!

  14. Munich is beautiful and serene. And the nice train journey from Mainz to Cologne via Koblenz along the Rhine is beautiful too. S

  15. Marion Mcneill Marion Mcneill says:

    Hannover, to me, is one of the most amazing cities of Germany, birthplace of my mother.

  16. The environs of Neuschwanstein Castle are simply surreal!!!

  17. Dale Peay Dale Peay says:

    Esslingen is a wonderful place with the old town lined with cobblestone streets complete with hillside vineyards and castle overlooking the city.

  18. I can’t believe you left out the Black Forest, which is, literally, an absolute fairy tale place.

  19. Susanne Kappler Susanne Kappler says:

    Born in Berlin, travelled all over from North to South and East to West in Germany. There you find beauty, history and all kinds of interest everywhere.

  20. Sherry Stewart Sherry Stewart says:

    Lived in Frankfurt for close to three years. Found Germany to be a beautiful country. Loved my trip to Munich where I watched the beautiful Glockenspiel Clock — a must see in my book!!

  21. Victoria Broadley Victoria Broadley says:

    Interesting. As a Brit living in Germany I would say that the Germans know how to live and how to have a wonderful time doing it. The weather is better than the UK in general and the people seem happy, friendly and certainly not boring. They are well educated, interested in cultures other than their own and have a zest for life which is very endearing. German cities continue to amaze me – they are designed for living in and citizen seem to come first as opposed to big business. Culturally rich, scenically beautiful and impossibly easy to travel around by train we are having a far better standard of life than we ever thought possible.

  22. Sabine Price Sabine Price says:

    Ulm, highest church spire in the world, 161meters; Fisherquarter; the Danube. I grew up there. German cities make features of their rivers, as places for relaxation.

  23. I loved Trier when I visited there in 1992. I was born in Northern Germany near Bremen which is a nice city in it’s own right but Trier (oldest city in Germany) is one of the nicest places I have been to.

  24. Edgar Borchardt Edgar Borchardt says:

    Just spent a weekend in Quedlinburg. A truly beautiful small town. Easily reached from Hannover.

  25. Charles Heusel,Jr. Charles Heusel,Jr. says:

    Tubingen Germany really is a hidden jewel in Southwestern Germany. Has the warmest weather and was untouched by World War II. The Neckar River is so quaint and beautiful picturesque. Young students studying from the University. Great food and is close to Stuttgart a wonderful City.

  26. Mary Kay Walmer Mary Kay Walmer says:

    I loved visiting the castles and dining in Germany when my son and his family were stationed there.
    I also learned to drink Rhine Wine hot while visiting.

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