17 Most Beautiful Places In Germany

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Germany is home to some of the most stunning natural landscapes and landmarks you’ve ever seen, from the majestic Black Forest to the fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein. You might not know as much about these places as other destinations you’re considering, but in our opinion, it’s well worth a visit to Germany to see some of these incredible sights. 

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In today’s guide, we’re going to be introducing you to 17 of the most beautiful places in Germany, so come along for the ride and discover some of Germany’s loveliest locations! If you are planning on spending some time in Germany then you will want to read through this 7-day Germany itinerary.

Visiting other destinations in Germany? Check out our guide to traveling in Germany that includes information on many popular destinations like Berlin and Munich, plus Oktoberfest in Munich. Going outside of Germany? Here’s our Europe travel guide.

Discover These Beautiful Places In Germany

1. The Black Forest

The Black Forest

The Black Forest, located in southwestern Germany, is a picturesque region that beckons with its deep, dense woods, traditional half-timbered houses, and serene lakes. It’s a haven for those of you who love the outdoors, offering a plethora of hiking trails, ski slopes, and scenic routes for both cycling and driving.

You’ll find charming villages along the way, where time seems to move at a leisurely pace, and the air is filled with the scent of traditional Black Forest cake—a delightful concoction of chocolate, cherries, and whipped cream.

The region is steeped in folklore and tradition, offering a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural richness that makes it a must-visit for anyone looking to explore the heart of Germany.

2. Lake Königssee

Lake Konigssee

Nestled in the German Alps, Lake Königssee is a gem that captures the essence of natural beauty with its emerald-green waters and surrounding dramatic mountain peaks. This lake, located in Berchtesgaden National Park, Bavaria, is renowned for its serene atmosphere and crystal-clear water, making it one of the cleanest lakes in Germany.

As you glide across the lake on one of the electric boats, you’ll be mesmerized by the echoing sound of a trumpet or flugelhorn played by the boatmen, demonstrating the lake’s remarkable acoustics against the steep rock walls. The journey takes you past the iconic St. Bartholomä, a pilgrimage church with red onion domes that sits picturesquely on the lake’s edge against the backdrop of the Watzmann mountain.

For the adventurous souls, hiking trails abound, offering breathtaking views and a chance to explore the area’s lush flora and fauna. Lake Königssee is not just a destination; it’s an experience that connects you with the tranquility and majestic beauty of nature.

3. Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenberg ab der Tauber

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a fairy-tale town that seems to have sprung straight from the pages of a storybook, with its well-preserved medieval architecture, cobblestone streets, and vibrant history. Situated in Bavaria, Germany, this town is a standout on the Romantic Road, captivating visitors with its picturesque beauty and timeless charm.

As you walk through the Plönlein, the town’s most photographed spot, you’re greeted by half-timbered houses and the iconic forked road, a scene that looks like it hasn’t changed in centuries. The town wall encircles Rothenburg, offering a unique vantage point for stunning views over the rooftops and the surrounding countryside.

Make sure to explore the Christmas Market if you’re there during the holiday season; it’s like stepping into a real-life winter wonderland. Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a testament to the enduring allure of historical preservation, inviting you to wander, discover, and be enchanted by its old-world beauty.

4. Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle, perched atop rugged cliffs in the Bavarian Alps, is a vision of fairy-tale splendor that has inspired awe and wonder in the hearts of visitors from around the globe. Commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria in the 19th century, this castle was intended as a personal refuge for the reclusive king but has since become a symbol of romantic architecture and the inspiration behind Disney’s iconic Cinderella Castle.

As you approach Neuschwanstein, the first glimpse of its soaring turrets and intricate facades against the backdrop of the lush, green mountains is truly breathtaking. Inside, the castle is just as impressive, with lavish rooms that reflect Ludwig’s fascination with medieval legends and his penchant for opulence.

The throne room, adorned with gilded details and majestic murals, and the Singers’ Hall, inspired by the legends of Richard Wagner’s operas, are standout features. Exploring Neuschwanstein Castle is like stepping into a different era, where the line between history and fantasy blurs, offering a glimpse into the dreams of a king who sought to escape the confines of reality.

You can get to the castle in just a short journey from Munich by train.

» Take a tour: Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castle Day Trip from Munich.

5. The Rhine Valley

The Rhine Valley

The Rhine Valley in Germany is a captivating blend of natural splendor and rich cultural heritage. This picturesque region stretches along the Rhine River, offering views that seem to have leapt out of a landscape painting, with steep vineyards, quaint medieval towns, and numerous castles dotting the hillsides.

One of the highlights of the Rhine Valley is the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site, renowned for its approximately 40 castles and fortresses that have inspired countless artists, poets, and composers over the centuries.

A cruise along this part of the river offers a serene way to take in the sights, with the Lorelei Rock standing as a sentinel, echoing the myth of a siren who lured sailors to their doom with her enchanting song.

The Rhine Valley is not just a feast for the eyes; it’s also a delight for the palate. The region is famous for its Riesling wine, produced from grapes that thrive in the unique microclimate and terroir of the valley’s slopes. Visiting the charming wine villages and partaking in a wine tasting.

6. Eibsee 

Eibsee

You might not have heard of Eibsee before, but once you’ve seen photographs of this peaceful Bavarian lake, we think it will be high on your list of places to see in Germany. 

Part of the appeal of Eibsee as a lake is how clear the waters are. The lake itself reflects the Alpine scenery and makes for absolutely stunning photographs. 

However, visiting Eibsee lake. isn’t just about taking in the view. You can also go fishing or kayaking, or even swim in the calm, clean waters.

Alternatively, once you’ve seen the lake, you can go and explore the tranquil town of Eibsee, which is an excellent retreat from the busy city.

7. Bamberg 

Bamberg city hall

You might hear Bamberg referred to as ‘the Rome of Germany’, and that’s because of the city’s historic architecture. 

If you want to see why Bamberg has been named a UNESCO world heritage site, you should head to the Old Town, where you can see buildings (including the cathedral) dating all the way back to the 13th century! 

The River Regnitz passes through Bamberg, as do many streams, making Bamberg the ideal city to spend a day simply observing the surroundings from the comfort of one of the city’s plentiful beer gardens (the perfect opportunity to try some authentic German beer)!

8. Quedlinburg 

Quedlinburg

Quedlinburg may not be as well-known as some other towns in Germany such as Heidelberg or Rothenburg ob der Tauber, but it’s definitely the place to go for vibrant colors, historical buildings and amazing scenery. 

Quedlinburg is yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site, and unlike some of the other UNESCO sites on this list, it has a relatively small population of 24,000.

This means that it’s an ideal place to stop and catch your breath if you’ll be visiting several major cities during your time in Germany. 

Speaking of major cities, Quedlinburg is not far from Munich, so if you’re heading to Munich for Oktoberfest, Quedlinburg should definitely be on your itinerary.

9. The Moselle Valley

Luxembourg's Moselle Valley Wine Region

If you planned a trip to Germany with the intention of sampling some German beer and wine, the Moselle Valley is another place to add to your list of destinations. 

Not only is the Moselle Valley home to some romantic vineyards and equally romantic traditional taverns, but you can also see some beautiful castles and picturesque villages in this area of south-western Germany. 

The Moselle Valley has also been an integral part of German history for over 2000 years due to its diverse influences when it comes to culture, so you can learn a lot from a day in this area of Germany, too.

10. Bavarian Forest National Park

Bavarian Forest National Park

We’ve mentioned Bavaria a couple of times already throughout this guide, and that’s because so many of Germany’s most beautiful places are within the Bavarian region.

This includes the famous Bavarian Forest National Park, which is well worth a visit if you enjoy spending time in nature. 

The Bavarian Forest National Park is Germany’s oldest national park, which makes it interesting from the outset.

It’s a wild and rugged forest, made even more so by a storm in 1983 which caused significant damage which officials declined to have repaired to maintain the natural environment. 

Not only does the Bavarian Forest National Park provide some enchanting views, but it’s also a great place to spot some unusual wildlife, from the three-toed woodpecker to the pygmy owl!

11. Sylt 

Sylt beach and ocean view

Sylt doesn’t get as much attention as some of the other beautiful places in Germany because it’s not directly on the mainland, although the island is connected by a causeway to the rest of the country.

This island is one of the Frisian Islands, and its natural beauty has been maintained by its relatively solitary location. 

From Frisian-style houses to beaches that look like they should be on postcards, Sylt is the perfect destination for a peaceful day trip and one of Germany’s best-kept and most beautiful secrets.

12. Mittenwald 

Mittenwald village with mountains in the background

If you’re going to be passing through Garmisch-Partenkirchen during your stay in Germany, you should make a point to visit Mittenwald. 

Mittenwald is nestled between the Bavarian alpine peaks, but the mountainous scenery isn’t the only reason Mittenwald is considered one of the most beautiful places in the country. 

The architecture of this picturesque town includes cobbled stone streets, old churches, and buildings painted in a rainbow of colors. 

Additionally, Mittenwald is the perfect destination for music lovers because one of the town’s claims to fame is its manufacture of stringed instruments, mainly cellos and violins.

If you want to learn more about Mittenwald’s connection to the music scene, the Mittenwald Violin Crafting Museum should be at the top of your itinerary. 

13. Wurzburg Residence 

Wurzburg Residence

Wurzburg Residence is a Baroque palace that was built starting in 1720, although the building task was so immense that construction was not completed until 1744.

Those twenty-four years of building were definitely worth it, though, because the French-style architecture and stunning gardens have marked this palace as one of Germany’s most beautiful places. 

Not only that, but Wurxburg Residence carries huge historical significance since its construction was ordered by Prince Bishof of Wurzburg Johann Phillip Franz Von Schonborn. 

14. Ramsau 

Ramsau church

Yet another beautiful Bavarian location, Ramsau is a quaint, picturesque village located in the Bavarian alps. With a population of just 1,800, this is a peaceful, hidden gem of a town. 

There might not be as much to do in Ramsau compared to some of the larger towns and cities on this list, but you won’t get bored of exploring this village.

Not only is it the home of Watzmann mountain (the third tallest mountain in the country), but you can spend hours just strolling through the streets and taking in the gorgeous alpine setting, stopping at some of the town’s cozy taverns and restaurants on your way.

15. Lichtenstein Castle 

Lichtenstein castle

Lichtenstein castle, located in the Swabian Jura of southern Germany, is one of the most famous castles in the whole of Germany, and you only have to look at it to see why it’s earned this reputation. 

Not only does the Gothic Revival architecture look like an image from a fairytale, but this fairytale is one you can experience first-hand because the castle is open for public visits despite being privately owned. 

The castle was built in the 1840s, but it was recently restored in 2002 so it looks as good as it did when the bricks were first laid in the 19th century. 

16. The Harz National Park

Harz National Park

In addition to the Bavarian Forest National Park, we think that everyone who visits Germany should consider going to the Harz National Park. 

This forest looks genuinely enchanted, and the folklore surrounding this part of Saxony-Anhalt and Lower Saxony helps to maintain its mysterious and magical ambiance. 

Whether you choose to take a stroll through the forest or ski down the mountains (Harz National Park is home to Brocken, which is the tallest mountain in the north of Germany) you’ll have plenty of opportunity to see the local fauna and flora, especially the numerous butterfly species. 

17. Hohenschwangau 

Hohenschwangau Castle
Hohenschwangau Castle

Another stunning castle, Hohenschwangau is indisputably one of the most beautiful buildings in the whole of Germany, so it takes the final spot on our list. 

Like Neuschwanstein Castle, Hohenshwangau dates back to the 19th century, and it’s considered one of the most visually appealing castles in the country not just because of its architectural features but because of the surrounding area, in which you can see forests, lakes and mountains all within the same view. 

Conclusion

This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the beautiful places in Germany.

If we could, we would have added dozens more because there’s seemingly no end to both the natural and architectural beauty that Germany has to offer. 

With that being said, we hope that you’ve managed to take some travel inspiration from our top 17 beautiful places in Germany and that you’ll be able to see at least a few of them when you next visit the country!

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