When people think about Germany, there are typically a few places that come to one’s mind: Cities like Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, or Hamburg. At first, Germany may look relatively small on the map but be cautious! There are too many things that you can see. Here are six destinations that you should take into account if you want to explore and get in touch with the country’s enriching history.
1. Eisenach, Thuringia: Learn the place where Luther changed the Church’s fate forever
Eisenach is most famous for its Wartburg Castle. It’s the place where Martin Luther translated the New Testament. He had lived under the identity of Junker Jörg from 1521 and 1522 after being excommunicated by the Pope for its refusal to withdraw from its writings. It’s a gigantic piece of German, European and religious history all in one place. The views are amazing and the history that his place offers are worth a trip. After that, one can head to cities as Weimar or Kassel to continue experiencing more German and European history.
2. Saxon Switzerland, Saxony: Find Calmness In The Modern
Love climbing? Love nature? Tired of cultural trips or city tours? Then head to the national park of Saxon Switzerland (German: Sächsische Schweiz), located at the German-Czech border. Approx. 50 kilometres away from Dresden, Saxony’s Capital, it’s worth a visit to explore the beautiful views and wander along the many routes that this place offers. Check out its webpage to find out the best route for yourself.
3. Weimar, Thuringia: Meet Goethe and Schiller
Weimar is often associated with the Weimar Republic, the first republican system of government for Germany that existed from 1918 to 1933. But it’s also home and place of Goethe and Schiller, two of the most influential writers in German and European history. A 30-mins drive away from Erfurt, the Capital of the state of Thuringia, it’s easy to get there. Travellers can visit the Goethe national museum, wander around the Goethe and Schiller monument or visit Schloss Belverede.
Another worth-visiting, and symbol of the darkest time period of the 20th century, is concentration camp Buchenwald. One of the many death camps the Nazis constructed during their horrible reign over Germany. It’s one of the first and largest of its kind that the Nazis established.
4. Ruhrgebiet, North Rhine-Westphalia: Meet The Coal Miners
One of West-Germany’s largest region, the Ruhrgebiet, is most well-known for its industrial sector, including coal mining. It does represent one of the biggest cultural components of the region. Travellers cannot only visit big stadiums of international football clubs, such as those from FC Schalke or Borussia Dortmund but also one of the Ruhrgebiet’s Zeches. Those mines are a popular destination and sights amongst locals and Germans across the country. Zeches such as Nordstern (Gelsenkirchen) or Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex (Essen) can be explored by travellers.
5. Nuremberg, Bavaria: Experience German Christmas Markets And More
Nuremberg is one of the major metropolitan areas in the state of Bavaria in South Germany. It’s the name giver for Nürnberger Rostbratwürstchen (Nuremberger sausages) and gingerbread. its annual Christkindlesmarkt (Christmas Market) is famous for people from far and wide.
Besides that, Nuremberg has its place in history to be one of the major headquarters for the Nazis. Hitler and the nazis used Nuremberg to be a place for its propaganda machinery and programmes. Furthermore, after the World War II, the alliances chose Nuremberg to be the trial to prosecute and sentence the nazis.
Nuremberg also offers places like Germanisches Nationalmuseum and the National Imperial Castle to be explored by travellers who want to explore Germany.
6. German State of Mecklenburg-West Pommerania: From Lake Paradises To Historic Fairytales
A rather unknown region amongst international travellers, the German state of Mecklenburg-West Pommerania offers a wide range of destinations that are yet to be discovered by the industry: From the lake region, the Mecklenburgische Seenplatte in the southern part of the state to the island of Rügen in the north-east and to cities like Schwerin and Rostock. The state offers an enriching set of destinations that can make everyone happy. It’s best recommended to travel by car to easily visit one place to another.
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