Top Ten List of Best Destinations to Visit in Germany

Visit the Best 10 Most Popular Sights to See as Voted by German Tourists

The Cologne Cathedral, Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, and Frauenkirche in Dresden are at the top of the ten best tourist sights to see as dream vacation destinations in Germany.

Kölner Dom & St Martin

The top ten (or twelve) best sights to see in Germany according to Germans surveyed by the Deutschen Tourismusverbandes (DTV) and German internet portal include many free and cheap sites. This top-ten list is of dream sights and destinations rather than the actual most popular or most visited sites in Germany. However, the Cologne cathedral has also for years topped the list of most visited monitored attractions in Germany.

Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral)

At the top of the list with just less than 9% of the votes is the Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral), the largest Gothic church in the world with the largest western church façade bar none.

Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate)

Second place went to the Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate) in Berlin. Although a late-eighteenth-century town gate, it is nowadays mostly remembered as symbol of the divided Berlin during much of the twentieth century.

Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady)

The Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) in Dresden is the third most desirable sight to visit in Germany. This symbol of the resurrection of mostly Baroque Dresden following the re-unification of Germany was recently completed using many original stones from the church that collapsed in 1945 following the bombing of the Saxon capital.

Schloss Neuschwanstein Castle

The Disney-like Schloss Neuschwanstein Castle, a top draw for many foreign travelers and clearly also popular with the Germans, is the neo-Romanesque fantasy castle of Mad King Ludwig of Bavaria. It may have inspired Disney himself. It is the highest listed of any sight that charges admission but like the ones that came higher on the list, Schloss Neuschwanstein can also be appreciated for free from the exterior – it has a spectacular natural setting in the Bavarian Alps.

List of Top-Ten Most Popular Sights in Germany

The complete top-ten list of ten sights most popular with German visitors is as follows:

  1. Kölner Dom / Cologne Cathedral (Köln / Cologne) – a huge, impressive Gothic cathedral in the Rhinelands.
  2. Brandenburger Tor / Brandenburg Gate (Berlin) – an eighteenth-century town gate and symbol of German division and unity.
  3. Frauenkirche / Church of Our Lady (Dresden) – a Baroque church rebuilt with stones from the original church that collapsed in 1945.
  4. Schloss Neuschwanstein Castle (Schwangau, Southern Bavaria) – the hugely popular Disney-like castle built by Mad King Ludwig.
  5. Hamburger Hafen / Hamburg Harbor (Hamburg) – Germany’s largest harbor.
  6. Berliner Fernsehturm / Berlin Television Tower (Berlin) – Germany’s highest building.
  7. Oktoberfest (München / Munich) – the largest folk festival and beer-drinking extravaganza.
  8. Stadt Berlin City (Berlin) – an increasingly popular and surprisingly cheap European capital and holiday destination.
  9. Michel Church (Hamburg) – a Baroque church and symbol of the Hanseatic city.
  10. Heidelberger Schloss / Heidelberg Castle (Heidelberg) – Romantic castle with an old town and university on the banks of the Neckar River
  11. Wartburg Fortress (Eisenach) – the most German of castles and once the hiding place of Martin Luther
  12. Zugspitze Mountain (near Garmisch-Partenkirchen) – Germany’s highest mountain in the Bavarian Alps is easily reached by cog-wheel train or cable car.

The last three sights drew equal votes allowing twelve sights to sneak onto the top ten list of best destinations in Germany.

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Henk Bekker

Henk Bekker is a freelance travel writer with over 20 years of experience writing online. He is particularly interested in history, art, and culture. He has lived most of his adult life in Germany, Switzerland, and Denmark. In addition to, he also owns a travel website on the Lake Geneva region of Switzerland and maintains statistical websites on car sales and classic car auction prices. Henk holds an MBA from Edinburgh Business School and an MSc in Development Finance from the University of London.

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