Germany is full of picturesque backdrops, blithesome people, unique cultures, idyllic palaces, and timber-framed houses that flaunt the country’s old-world charm and yet exhibit modernity. With over two thousand cities and towns, you would never be short of tourist spots in Germany. If you wish to chug a mug of freshly-brewed beer, relish some baked delicacies or participate in the world-famous fests, Germany is one of the best places to be. While you would already be aware of all the must-visit places in Germany, here are some ways through which you can revamp your trip to Germany: –
1. Take The Cable Car to The Zugspitze
If you wish to witness Germany in all its glory, you must hop on the cable car that takes you to the highest peak in Germany – The Zugspitze. With a surreal view of The Alps and Bavarian valleys, your cable car experience will be a lot more mesmerising. At 2,962 meters above sea level, Zugspitze’s Peak offers a panoramic view of both Austria and Germany that is bound to make your trip to Germany a remarkable one.
2. Attend the Oktoberfest
Each year at the end of September, Munich hosts one of its signature events – Oktoberfest, also known as Wiesn. Being the world’s largest folk fest, millions of people from all across the world attend this fest. The event dates back to 1810 and was originally the celebration of a Bavarian royal wedding. The celebrations included several activities, including parades, concerts, balls, parties, and even a horse race. The Bavarian royal family enjoyed these celebrations so much that they decided to host another fest a year later. Thus began the annual Oktoberfest tradition. So if you are planning your weekend trip in Germany with your loved ones, and wish to understand the German culture as you chug some freshly-brewed beer, you must attend the Oktoberfest.
3. Go Hiking in The Berchtesgaden National Park
After all the celebrations and festivities, you are bound to crave some moments of solitude in the lap of nature. So to rejuvenate, you can hike and cycle across the Berchtesgaden National Park and enjoy some picturesque sights of the lush green forests, tranquil villages, crystal clear lagoons, and vast pastures. You can listen to the chirping of birds and the cows’ bells ringing while they graze in the meadow, making it one of the perfect things to do during a day trip in Germany. Also, do not forget to sail across The Königssee Lake in electric boats. This emerald green lake is also Germany’s third deepest lake.
4. Relish a Pretzel in Munich
The German pretzel is one of the greatest culinary creations in the world. While the tourists here would consider this a kind of chewy bread, for Germans, it is not just a baked delicacy but an emotion. With a golden-brown crust that is crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, sprinkled with fine sugar, a pretzel is a must-try on your trip to Germany! If you are in Munich, you cannot miss out on this delectable snack at your nearby bakeries, eateries, stalls or even beer halls. Relish each bite of this chewy and salty treat with a cup of coffee or a mug of beer.
5. Shop at the Christmas Market
Germany is a treat to watch during Christmas. And if you are lucky enough to spend your holidays here, you must stroll across the Christmas markets of Germany. Take our word on this you’re your trip is around the year-end, then visiting the Christmas Markets are a must in your Germany holiday package. With each city decked up in a unique manner to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, Germany looks nothing less than a dream during this season. With ethnic handicrafts, eccentric ornaments, striking decorations, gingerbread houses, and lustrous crystals, Germany exhibits a magical fairytale-like setting. You can also stop by the regional food stalls at the market and satiate your taste buds with sausages, pancakes, waffles, mashed potato and, of course, some pretzels.
6. Chug at Weihenstephan’s Beer Garden
The Bavarian State Brewery – Weihenstephan was found in the year 1040 and is still the world’s oldest brewery in existence. This brewery is one of the most happening places in Germany, ideal for your family trip to Germany. Sitting right on top of a hill, Weihenstephan’s Beer Garden offers a stunning view and a peaceful spot for the visitors to enjoy the Bavarian food and drinks.
7. Experience The Royal Life at The Neuschwanstein Castle
Built for King Ludwig II in 1886, the Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Germany. Each year, the “fairy-tale” castle attracts over 1 million people all across the world and is one of the best places for your day trips in Germany. The mesmerising beauty of this castle is also believed to be the inspiration behind the palace in Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. Apart from this, the castle is featured in various movies and is also the basis for the Disneyland Palace.
8. Celebrate Halloween at the Castle Frankenstein
Sitting on top of a hill, overlooking the city of Darmstadt in Germany, Frankenstein Castle is one of the most mysterious places in the world. Believed to be the inspiration behind the 1818 Gothic novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, the castle has several myths and tales associated with it, making it one of the best adventure places in Germany. Attracting thousands of visitors each year, the castle is a must-visit during Halloween. People come dressed as zombies, monsters, and ghouls wander in the castle and turn it into a real haunted house.
9. Traverse the Romantic Road
If you wish to spend some quality time with your partner on your trip to Germany, you can stroll across the romantic road, also known as the romantic route. The enthralling drive takes you through Franconia wine country to the foothills of the German Alps. Peek outside your car and get the spellbinding view of vineyards, rolling hills, and clear waters flowing by and enjoy your romantic road trip in Germany.
10. Visit the Mercedes-Benz Museum
If you are an automobile enthusiast, you must visit the Mercedes-Benz Museum on your trip to Germany. Being one of the most popular destinations for car fanatics in the world, the museum showcases the brand’s 130+ years of history within the global auto industry. Get a sneak-peek of what takes place at the factory plant of the luxury automobile manufacturer. And see up close the making of the SL, SLK, C-Class, E-Class Coupé and the GLK cars. Be sure to get this tour included in your travel deals to Europe the next time!
11. Rakotzbrücke Devil’s Bridge
To get your dose of nature, you can visit the Rakotzbrücke Bridge, also known as the devil’s bridge. Nestled among the lush verdure in Kromlau, Germany’s Kromlauer Park, this stunning 19th-century bridge forms a perfect circle from its own reflection in the lake beneath. You can plan an excursion to this bridge on one of your weekend trips in Germany. The delicate arch stretching over the waters of the Rakotzsee is built out of varied local stones. Extremely risky and peculiar, this bridge is nothing short of miraculous in the way it has been built.
You see, there’s a lot that you can do to revamp your trip to Germany from India and weave some of the most beautiful memories that you can cherish for a lifetime. And we assure you that with these experiences, the fulfilment derived will be greater than the travel cost incurred.