Out of the most visited and traveled countries in the world, Germany occupies the first place. Occupying a place in the center and west of Europe, it has a very pivotal position. It has Denmark on its north, Poland and Czech Republic bordering the east, Austria in the southeast, Switzerland in the southwest, France, Luxembourg and Belgium occupy the west, and the Netherlands the northwest. It is surrounded by plains in the north and east, tall mountains in the south and sandy hills in the west.
In 1815, the German Confederation was founded and Germany turned into a nation state in 1871 when many German states came together to form the German Empire. Germany was the home of the Nazi regime, the center for Hitler’s rule. It was a part of both the World Wars, the second one being the deadliest of all time. Germany has an illustrious history – the devastation caused by World War II and its rise from the ashes, decades of partition, and the many years of German Empire before it.
It is safe to say that Germany is very rich and diverse when it comes to tourism. The beautiful Rhine flows in from Switzerland, the central city of Berlin and its art, literature and culture. The medieval castles increase Germany’s aesthetic beauty and hundreds of market areas and towns, churches and its unique cuisine are more tempting reasons to go visit this beautiful country. It’s balanced weather conditions almost all through the year make it possible to be the 7th country in tourism in the world.
Places to visit in Germany
- The Brandenburg Gate: Also famous as the Brandenburger Tor, this was built in 1791 for King Frederick Wilhelm II. This 26-meter-long monument has long been Berlin’s most famous monument and is inspired by the Acropolis in Athens. It is made in sandstone with a 4-horse chariot on top and has 6 columns. It also commemorates the breaking down of the Berlin Wall in 1999.
- Berlin Wall Memorial: The Berlin Wall Memorial is the remainder of the now broken-down Berlin Wall which once divided Berlin. After the fall of the 155-kilometer wall, only small parts of it remain. And as a part of the wall memorial, 1.4 km of it has been saved, to always remind the people of Berlin of their history.
- Kölner Dom: Also called the Cologne Cathedral, Kölner Dom towers over the banks of the Rhine. It is one of the largest cathedrals in Europe. It is so huge that its interior covers an area of 6,166 square meters and has 56 huge pillars. One also gets panoramic views from the South Towers and other things of historic and cultural importance.
- Neuschwanstein: Just out of a royal fairytale is the Neuschwanstein Castle, which can be considered as one of Europe’s most famous castles, in the old town of Füssen. It was brought into being by King Ludwig II of Bavaria from 1869-86 and this fortress has been an inspiration for the theme park castles made famous by Walt Disney.
There are varied tours available which make you admire this authentic medieval castle also give some breathtaking views of Germany. If you haven’t visited Germany then, you are depriving yourself of an unforgettable experience.