Germany’s most famous sights

Dresden Frauenkirche

Tourism in Germany is booming. 2019 was the tenth record year in a row. Domestic and foreign travelers are mainly drawn to the big cities and they have a lot to see. Here is a selection.

Most popular sights in Germany Cologne Cathedral

Cologne cathedral

Its almost 160 meter high towers rise majestically into the sky: Cologne Cathedral is the symbol of the city of Cologne. It is one of the largest cathedrals in the Gothic architectural style and is accordingly impressive. Around 6 million people visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site every year.

City of Heidelberg Castle most popular tourist attractions Germany

Heidelberger Castle

The symbol of the Neckarstadt is possibly the most famous ruin in Germany. The castle was first mentioned in the 13th century. At the time of Louis XIV, the Palatinate electors resided here.

Most popular sights in Germany Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle

The Bavarian King Ludwig II had a fairytale castle built near Füssen because he wanted to withdraw from the public eye. It was opened to visitors just a few weeks after his death in 1886. The castle is now one of the most visited in Europe.

Most popular sights in Germany's Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate

Berlin is Germany’s tourist magnet. In 2018, the city had almost 33 million overnight stays. The Brandenburg Gate as a national landmark and symbol of German reunification is one of the most popular places.

Germany's most popular sights Berlin TV Tower Museum Island

Berlin Museum Island

Another Berlin attraction is on an island in the middle of the Spree. Five important museums present exhibitions from prehistory to antiquity to 19th-century art. A highlight is the world-famous bust of the Nefertiti.

Germany Architecture as Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam

Sanssouci Palace

The summer residence of Frederick II of Prussia is located in Potsdam. The name “Sanssouci”, in German without worry, indicates the king’s desire for a retreat. The palace and park are often referred to as Prussian Versailles, and since 1990 they have been a World Heritage Site.

Germany's most popular sights Dresden Frauenkirche Elbufer Altstadt

Dresden Frauenkirche

Many still remember the Dresden Frauenkirche as a ruin and memorial to the war. Since its reconstruction and consecration in 2005, it has been one of the favorite destinations of German and foreign visitors.

Germany's most popular tourist attractions


The Wartburg rises in Thuringia, above the city of Eisenach. Here Luther translated the New Testament in the early 16th century. In 1817, the Wartburg Festival, the first bourgeois-democratic meeting in Germany, took place at the castle.

Germany Porta Nigra in Trier most popular tourist attractions

Porta Nigra

The “Black Gate” in Trier is one of the best-preserved gates in the ancient world. The former Roman city gate was used as a church for almost a thousand years before Napoleon ordered it to be restored to its original shape in 1802.

Germany, Aachen: Cathedral (DW / D. Dedović)

Aachen Cathedral

The core building is considered one of the best-preserved architectural monuments of the Carolingian period and became the first German monument to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. Emperor Charlemagne was buried in Aachen Cathedral, and almost all German kings were crowned in the chapel until 1531.

Germany's most popular sights Holstentor Lübeck

Lübeck old town

The Holsten Gate, which once limited Lübeck to the west, is now a symbol of the city. It is part of the historic city center, which is located on an island surrounded by watercourses and the remains of the ramparts. Many of the houses in the style of the old brick Gothic are listed buildings.

Metropolis of the World picture gallery (Fotolia / sborisov)

Marienplatz in Munich

Marienplatz with its lively pedestrian zone is located in the heart of Munich. Visitors can admire the carillon at the adjacent New Town Hall several times a day. Small music figures, reminiscent of the city’s history, turn to the air at an airy height.

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