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Germany offers a path for every kind of traveler, whether it leads toward the castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof, a glass of local wine in Rhine Valley, or across to Austria's Salzburg Lake District, an area synonymous with the Von Trapp family and The Sound of Music. For history buffs, stories of the Cold War abound in Berlin, and day trips to World War II memorial sites offer a somber and significant look at the past. If you find yourself in Munich in the fall it can only mean one thing: a stop at Oktoberfest, the world's largest beer festival, for a taste of Bavarian brews, culture, and food.

Top 15 attractions in Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle

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With its snow-white limestone facade and fanciful turrets peeking out from the forested mountain tops of the Hohenschwangau valley, Neuschwanstein Castle (Schloss Neuschwanstein) could easily have been lifted from the pages of a fairy tale. In a way, it has—the German castle famously inspired Disney'sSleeping Beauty castle.More


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The seat of Germany’s Parliament and one of Berlin’s most recognizable landmarks, the Reichstag building is an impressive feat of 19th-century architecture, with a futuristic glass dome and classical columns on its facade. The structure stands proudly on the River Spree’s southern bank, a stoic reminder of Berlin’s turbulent history.More

Topography of Terror

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A history museum of the Third Reich, Topography of Terror is housed in the former headquarters of the Gestapo secret police and the SS. Artifacts, photos, and videos examine the history of Hitler’s Germany on the site where the fate of Nazi political opponents was decided and the genocide of the European Jews, Sinti, and Roma was organized.More

Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom)

With its imposing Gothic façade and dramatic twin towers, the Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) is the city’s most recognized landmark. Protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the magnificent cathedral is one of the most important in Germany and dominates the city skyline.More

Berlin Wall

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At the height of the Cold War in 1961, socialist East Germany erected the Berlin Wall as an imposing concrete barrier that divided Berlin's eastern and western sides for nearly 30 years. In 1989, toward the end of the war and the fall of East Germany and communism in Europe, the wall's demolition began, thus reunifying Germany. Today, sections of the wall remain as permanent reminders of the days when the country (and Berlin) was divided.More

Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)

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The grand gateway to Unter den Linden Boulevard and Tiergarten Park, the Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) is one of Berlin’s most recognizable landmarks. Built by Prussian kings, this monumental gate stood strong through World War I and the Cold War, becoming a symbol of reunified Germany and a poignant reminder of Berlin’s tragedies and triumphs.More

Eagle's Nest (Kehlsteinhaus)

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Just an hour’s drive outside of Salzburg lies the alpine town of Berchtesgaden and the historic Eagle’s Nest (Kehlsteinhaus), Adolf Hitler’s mountaintop chalet and the former southern headquarters of the Nazi party. Perched atop Mt. Kehlstein, Eagle’s Nest offers a dark history and panoramic views of Germany’s Bavarian Alps.More

Checkpoint Charlie

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Once one of three Berlin Wall border points, bridging the divide between the Allied-occupied West Berlin and Soviet-occupied East Berlin, Checkpoint Charlie is one of the most important Cold War sites in Berlin. Today, a recreated guard house marks the site where numerous confrontations, escape attempts, and protests took place, and the adjoining Checkpoint Charlie Museum is a moving tribute to those who risked their lives to escape from East Germany and bring about the fall of the wall.More


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Opened in 2017, the Elbphilharmonie (Elbe Philharmonic) is a striking work of modern architecture on the banks of the Elbe River in Hamburg. Made with 1,096 individual glass panes, it houses two concert halls, as well as a hotel and residential apartments. The halls’ acoustics are considered among the best in the world.More

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Holocaust Memorial)

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A somber yet striking memorial stretching over a 4.7-acre (1.9-hectare) plot in the center of Berlin, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Denkmal für die Ermordeten Juden Europas) was opened in 2005 to remember and honor the some 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.More

Hamburg Dungeon

Located in Hamburg’s UNESCO-listed Speicherstadt District, the Hamburg Dungeon offers a spooky, macabre, and entertaining way to discover the darkest parts of the city’s history. On an interactive, actor-led visit, you can learn about the Great Fire of 1842, hear gruesome tales of torture, and have plenty of suspense and surprises along the way.More

Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds

A vast tract of untended land southeast of Nuremberg's medieval city center, the Nazi Party Rally Grounds were once the stage for some of Adolf Hitler's most infamous and dangerous speeches during the rise of the Third Reich. The nearby Documentation Center museum chronicles the terrors inflicted by the Nazi party during World War II.More

Linderhof Castle

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Inspired by the Palace of Versailles in France, Bavaria’s 19th-century Linderhof Castle is one of the country’s most magnificent structures. The smallest in a trio of elaborate royal palaces built by King Ludwig II (also known as the “Mad King”), Linderhof was the only one he saw completed.More

Museum Island (Museumsinsel)

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Museum Island (Museumsinsel) is the apex of culture in Berlin. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, in the middle of the Spree river, hosts five world-renowned museums that are all architecturally and historically significant. Each museum features different collections, from ancient artifacts to romantic and impressionist works.More

Black Forest

Although the Black Forest is located in one of the sunniest areas of Germany, its name dates back to a time when thick trees shielded the forest floor from light. While there are more clearings now, the country's largest and most renowned forest remains a real-life Grimm fairy tale dotted with gingerbread villages and serene wood-fringed lakes.More

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Top activities in Germany

Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castle Small-Group Premium All-Inc Tour from Munich
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Salzburg Sightseeing Small-Group Day Tour from Munich by Rail
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Neuschwanstein Castle Day Tour from Munich
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Private Berlin Complete History All Day Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in Germany

danitzacope, Dec 2022
Full-Day Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site Tour from Munich
A must to visit DACHAU CONCENTRATION CAMP in Munich Germany I always booked tours with VIATOR.
See everything available
Jacqueline_K, Oct 2022
Munich City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Got to see around Munich to get an idea overall what was available.
Bamberg is amazing and so was our guide
Margaret_H, Sep 2022
Bamberg Private Walking Tour With A Professional Guide
his historical knowledge was outstanding as well as his English.
Best tour guide ever!
Chandini_P, Jul 2022
Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour
Got to see some amazing sights and learned so much about the history of Germany.
The trip is organised...
Mario_F, Dec 2022
Romantic Road, Rothenburg, and Harburg Day Tour from Munich
Her approach and handling of the tour as well as the very useful suggestions she gave us regarding food, drink, souveniers, interesting sites to visit etc were much appreciated.
Walking Berlin
Doug_E, Nov 2022
Private Berlin Complete History All Day Tour
He talked about the universities in the area and had suggestions for other points of interest to visit while in Berlin.
Terrific Train
Mary_R, Nov 2022
City tour through Nuremberg with the Bimmelbahn
We found the tour very helpful as we were only in Nuremberg for 24 hours and wanted to see as much as possible.
Very informative and enjoyable tour with Elizabeth
Minerva_S, Oct 2022
Salzburg Sightseeing Small-Group Day Tour from Munich by Rail
She speaks English very fluently and clearly, making her an excellent guide for English language tours.
Great value and fantastic experiences!
Matt_L, Oct 2022
Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castle Small-Group Premium All-Inc Tour from Munich
Incredible experience and a great way to see some gems in southern Germany.
An awesome way to see Frankfurt highlights
Christopher_C, Oct 2022
Frankfurt on Foot Daily Walking Tour in English
This was the BEST way to see the major highlights of Frankfurt over 4 hours, with plenty of rest/water/restroom breaks + lunch in between.
Best Choice Every!
Joseph_R, Oct 2022
Neuschwanstein Castle, Ettal Abbey and Oberammergau Private Tour from Munich
We talked about other sights we wished to see and before we knew it we were there.
Munich with Franz-a perfect introduction!
Lisabeth_L, Sep 2022
Ultimate Munich History Tour with a Local Expert: Personalized & Private
He adjusted beautifully and we still managed to see many beautiful sights and learn so much about the history of Germany, Munich, the war and religion.
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Donna_E, Aug 2022
Dachau Tour from Munich
It was great to see the local flair.
The castles are a must-see
Al_W, Aug 2022
Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace Day Tour from Munich
And actually get to see a third bonus castle (Schloss Hohenschwangau) near Neuschwanstein that is really neat in its own right.
Not 5 but 10 stars!
Danilo_Q, Jul 2022
Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour
This was an amazing tour of Berlin; our guide was very knowledgeable and well prepared, gave a complete history lesson about Prussia, the first and second world wars, the East Germany era and the fall of the Wall.
Perfect Trip
Nicholas_S, Jul 2022
Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castle Small-Group Premium All-Inc Tour from Munich
I've already recommended the tour to a friend traveling to Munich in the fall.
A High Point of Any Visit to Germany
Leandre_F, Jul 2022
Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace Day Tour from Munich
Also, the smaller group and having all the tickets covered made things much more efficient and allowed more time to see the sights.
If We Don't Learn From Our Past, Then We Are Bound to Repeat It
Jada_R, Jul 2022
Dachau Tour from Munich
Yet I felt exhilarated that I did make that choice to visit the memorial I was on the verge of crying.
One of the best travels days I've ever experienced!
Roxanne_N, Jul 2022
Baden-Baden, Black Forest and Strasbourg Day Trip from Frankfurt
It is a beautiful city to visit!!
Superb walking tour, thoroughly recommended.
Martin_B, Apr 2022
Explore The Berlin Wall: Cold War Berlin and Behind the Berlin Wall
He also recommended a restaurant for lunch, and other sights to see in the afternoon.
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