Have you wondered what are the locations even Germans don’t know about in Germany? Here is the list. Now you know!
While Germany is widely known for its scenic Alpine landscapes, these are not the only rock formations in the country that inspire wonder. The Externsteine, located in the Teutoburg Forest in North Rhine-Westphalia are certainly stunning in their own right. What’s more is that the Nazis thought so too, and placed uncanny interest in these jagged sandstones, which were used as nationalistic propaganda under the Third Reich. To this day, the Externsteine draw a good deal of neo-Nazi visitors.
2. Burg Neuleiningen
Indeed, regions throughout Germany are studded with phenomenally well-preserved castles and palace residences from various architectural eras beginning during the Middle Ages. Yet, sometimes the ruins of said castles can be equally as impressive. This is certainly the case with regard to Burg Neuleiningen in southwest Germany, which was destroyed in a battle with the French in 1690.
3. Rothenburg ob der Tauber
For those who are in love with the fairytale aesthetics of old Germany, there are luckily a handful of other beautiful towns and villages that have maintained their original charm. When conjuring a mental image of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, think timber homes with gabled roofs and cobblestone streets, filled with well-preserved historical buildings including towers, gatehouses, and St. Jakob’s Church. The best time to visit is during the holiday season when everything is dusted with sparkling white snow and the Christmas markets have commenced.
One thing to note about Rothenburg is that it gets a crazy number of tourists every year, especially during the summer months and December, when tourism is at its peak across Germany. But nearby Dinkelsbuhl has all the charm of Rothenburg without all the people elbowing you out of the way to take that perfect picture! The town has an interesting history as it was accepting of both Protestants and Catholics during the Reformation—and it’s just a quaint little place with half-timbered buildings and window boxes galore!
5. Rakotzbrücke in Kromlau
The next epic spot on our list is located in a village in the district of Görlitz, which is situated in eastern Germany near the Polish border and is worth visiting in itself. The reason that we are mentioning Kromlau here, however, is for its stunning arched Rakotzbrücke, which extends like a bridge across the water, creating a perfect circle when reflected on the surface. What’s more is that this is also the site of the largest rhododendron park in the country.
Let’s jump up to the northern part of the country and talk about a medieval city: Lubeck. This city has one of the most extensive Altstadt, or old town, areas of any northern German city. Today, it’s still guarded by its iconic 15th-century red brick gate, and you’ll find plenty to love from the medieval city-center to the bustling Baltic Sea port areas.
Basteibrücke, or Bastion Bridge, near the German-Czech border functions as a different kind of juncture altogether, albeit no less beautiful. The sandstone bridge was built in 1851 and stands at over 194 meters above the Elbe River. It is surrounded by jutting rock formations and trees, which only adds to its fantastical appeal.
8. Cochem, Rhineland-Palatinate
The tiny town of Cochem in Rhineland-Palatinate dates back to late Roman and Celtic times. Today, it remains filled with dozens of intriguing historical buildings including the Cochem Imperial Castle, which is surrounded by vineyards. It is popular to take a sightseeing tour from a boat on the Moselle River. From this vantage point, it is possible to see Cochem’s many colorful homes set against the backdrop of the castle poised on a sharp hill.
9. Wernigerode Castle
Another one of Germany’s most underrated castles is Wernigerode Castle located in Saxony-Anhalt in the lesser-known Harz Mountains. It is actually similar in architectural style to Neuschwanstein, but it was actually built far earlier in time, with its foundations first having been laid in 1213. In 1710, it was rebuilt in a baroque style for Count Christian Ernst who ruled over the area for more than 60 years. Today, it is a common tourist attraction in Wernigerode.
Bamberg became a UNESCO Heritage City in the early ’90s, and it’s easy to see why, given the medieval architecture that’s present in the old town. The city is spread over seven different hills, and it’s known for its arched bridges and the old Rathaus, which is perched on one of these arched bridges over the river. You’ll find many different styles of architecture here, from medieval and half-timbered to baroque to modern.