Top Places to Vacation in Germany

A picture of a sight along the romantic road located in Germany.

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A picture of a sight along the romantic road located in Germany.

Despite having a disturbing past plagued with the horrific memories of World War II and the Berlin Wall, Germany has emerged into a prosperous country and currently boasts some of the most beautiful and historic sights in Europe.

Within the southern provinces of Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemberg, is a route partially based on a Roman trail, called the Romantic Road. Beautifully nestled in between the occasional forest, the road is centered along a string of participating charming towns, and was created after World War II during an attempt to re-spark Germany’s practically obsolete tourism industry. Its first visitors were families of soldiers stationed in large military bases. Having a total of 350 stunning kilometers, it ends at the Alp’s foothills after traversing multiple castles and quaint towns. 

Along the Romantic Road’s rambling route, is Schloss Neuschwanstein Castle, located in Schwangau. Almost depicting a fairy tale scene, this site was commissioned by Ludwig the II in the midst of the 1800’s. While originally intended as Ludwig’s place for recluse, Neuschwanstein quickly became a tourist attraction following his death in 1886. Of a neo-romanesque style, Ludwig interestingly funded its construction with his personal fortune. Neuschwanstein Castle has inspired numerous Disney palaces, including Sleeping Beauty’s. 

For those looking for a bustling city, Berlin can offer myriads of experiences. Berlin, approximately 112 miles from the Baltic Sea, experiences a temperate climate during the summer, but a fairly chilly one during the winter’s duration and was formerly part of East Germany’s capital. Within Berlin are the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag Parliament Building, and the Berlin Wall Memorial, and more. 

            A historic monument symbolizing peace, the Brandenburg Gate, is perhaps Berlin’s most recognizable building. The gate, erected upon the order of King Frederick Wilhelm II, has a considerable neo-classical influence and displays a distinct inspiration from Propylaea in Athens. As well, this destination served as the famous background on which Ronald Raegan implored Mikhail Gorbachev to take the Berlin Wall down. 

Just minutes from the sandstone structure is the Reichstag Parliament Building. Although the establishment was completed in 1894, the structure was burned in 1933. No attempts to rebuild were initiated until Germany’s reunification. The new replacement dome, called the Kuppel, offers a magnificent view of the city during night.  

Within the same city, as most know, bears witness to the remnants of the Berlin Wall, which previously served as a divider between East and West Germany. A 1.4 kilometer portion of the four meter structure remains, and currently brings back vague, yet cold and dull, memories of the animosity which once divided Europe. 

As can be witnessed, Germany is a prime destination that contains numerous attractions,  stunning and impressive in nature. From this country, the past and present can easily be observed simultaneously and Germany’s social, economic, and cultural influence are all features to be equally noted.