The Top 10 Sights in Germany

Travel to Germany completely without tourist traps: Here you will find the top 10 sights in Germany. Read which highlights and attractions you should not miss on vacation in Germany! 

The Federal Republic of Germany is Europe's state with the most inhabitants. The versatile country has fantastic architectural gems to offer with its picturesque cities. At the North Sea there is pure beach feeling and if the idyllic dunes are too boring for you, you should visit the annual Oktoberfest in Munich.


Brandenburg Gate in Berlin

View of the Brandenburg Gate with the famous Quadriga - the goddess of peace Victoria on a carriage with four harnessed horses, Berlin, Germany - © cameraeye / Fotolia
© camera eye / Fotolia

After the division of Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate became a symbol of the Cold War. The sandstone structure is one of the most impressive creations of German classicism. After the fall of communism in the GDR, the gate was reopened on December 22, 1989 to the cheers of 100,000 people and has since been considered the symbol of German unity.

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Sylt island

Beach impression on Sylt, Germany - © DeVIce / Fotolia
© DeVIce / Fotolia

Sylt is the fourth largest island in Germany with 1,750 hours of sunshine a year. The island is located 9 to 16 kilometers off the German mainland coast and is 37 kilometers long. The main attraction is the almost 40 kilometer long sandy beach with its magnificent dunes and nudist beach sections on the west coast. About 850,000 guests visit the island every year.

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Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral, the landmark of Cologne by night, Germany - © Nickolay Vinokurov / Shutterstock
© Nickolay Vinokurov / Shutterstock

Cologne Cathedral, with its height of 157 meters, is the third highest church in the world. It is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and is the most visited sight in Germany. Cologne Cathedral can seat 20,000 people and its south tower offers a sensational view over the city. In 1996, Cologne Cathedral was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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Munich Oktoberfest

Three ladies with a stein at the Munich Oktoberfest, Germany - © Werner Heiber / Fotolia
© Werner Heiber / Fotolia

The Munich Oktoberfest is one of the largest folk festivals in the world and has been held on Munich's Theresienwiese since 1810. The festival always starts in mid-September and lasts 16 - 18 days until the beginning of October. During this time, the city of Munich is virtually in a state of emergency. Every year, about 6 million people visit the humid and cheerful spectacle.


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View of the Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain - © Picturenick / Fotolia
© Picturenick / Fotolia

At 2,962 meters, the Zugspitze is the highest mountain in Germany. The Zugspitze peak is easily reached from Germany or Austria by means of three railroads. Several trails of varying difficulty also bring mountain hikers to what is probably the most beautiful panoramic mountain in the Alps.

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Neuschwanstein Castle

The fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle near Füssing in southern Bavaria, Germany is one of the most visited castles in Europe - © Tiberiu Stan / Shutterstock
© Tiberiu Stan / Shutterstock

The Bavarian "fairy tale castle" Neuschwanstein was commissioned by King Ludwig II as an ideal conception of a medieval castle. With its picturesque towers, pointed roofs, bay windows, columns and round arches, it rises majestically on its hill and is today one of the most visited castles in Europe.

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Reichstag in Berlin

View of the spectacular Reichstag building, one of the most visited sights in Berlin, Germany - © Katja Xenikis / Fotolia
© Katja Xenikis / Fotolia

The spectacular Reichstag building is one of the most visited sights in Berlin. There is hardly any other building where so many important political decisions were made in the past as in the Berlin Reichstag. The Reichstag building including the glass dome can be visited at any time, but registration is required.

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Semper Opera House in Dresden

The Semper Opera House in Dresden is the most famous opera house in Germany and is one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world - © draghicich / Fotolia
© draghicich / Fotolia

The Semper Opera House in Dresden is one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world. Four tiers and the stalls offer seats for 1300 visitors. The best way to experience the Semperoper is during a regular performance. The acoustics are said to be better than in La Scala in Milan. Alternatively, you can visit the Semper Opera House on one of the guided tours offered during the day.


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Reeperbahn in Hamburg

Street sign Reeperbahn, Hamburg - © Marco2811 / Fotolia
© Marco2811 / Fotolia

The Reeperbahn in Hamburg's red light district of St. Pauli is symbolic of the most sinful mile in the world. Here you can find clubs, bars, nightclubs, discos, theaters, restaurants and the most famous brothel street in Germany - Herbertstraße.

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Rock massif "Bastei" in Saxon Switzerland

The rock massif "Bastei" in Saxon Switzerland with its breathtaking view can be reached via the spectacular Bastei Bridge, Germany - © Val Thoermer / Shutterstock
© Val Thoermer / Shutterstock

The Bastei is a spectacular rock massif in the German state of Saxony. With its breathtaking views and spectacular Bastei Bridge, it is one of the most popular destinations in eastern Germany. Since 1938, the Bastei area in Saxon Switzerland has been under nature protection and is part of the Saxon Switzerland National Park.

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