Things To Do In Germany..
Explore Lake Constance
Located on the country's southwestern border with Switzerland and Austria, Lake Constance is the largest freshwater lake in Germany and the third largest in Central Europe. The area around the lake and the lower Rhine valley has a very mild, mild climate and fertile plain, making it the most important region in the country for wine and fruit production.
Hanover is not a typical European city. Don't expect to see beautiful centuries-old buildings; The city was one of the hardest hit during World War II, leaving it with only a few historical sites. The area is surrounded by gray buildings from the 1950s which give some heavy atmosphere to the streets. But what I loved about Hanover was the large green area, with forests and large parks, the Leine River running through the city, and the Sprengel Museum. Not many people come here but I think it is one of the most underrated destinations in Germany.
Hike Berchtesgaden National Park
This national park is an alpine paradise of lush forests, steep cliffs, crystal clear lakes, sleepy villages and rolling meadows. It's just you, the birds chirping, and the cows ringing their brass bells. Well-marked trails wind through spectacular scenery, which is filled with opportunities for hiking and cycling.
It is the oldest city in the country. With a history dating back 2000 years, Trier was home to six Roman emperors and has many impressive ancient ruins. By far the most outstanding example is the Black Gate - a monumental structure that was once part of the city walls. Nestled in the Moselle River valley, picturesque Trier is crowned with myriad vineyards and pastoral villages. This is a very off-the-beaten-path destination.
Explore the treasures and grand buildings of this baroque beauty, which is bisected by the majestic Elbe River. The city was completely rebuilt after the war and is today one of the biggest nightlife spots for youngsters.
Spend a Day in Cologne
A historic city with a great cathedral, Cologne is a great place to stop on your way to or visit the Netherlands in West Germany. The cathedral is the most popular landmark in the city (and one of the most popular in the country), with a vibrant arts scene, incredible international restaurants, and riverside cafes and pubs.
This is a 19th-century neo-romantic palace built on a rugged hillside near Füssen. The palace was commissioned by the "mad" Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as a tribute to Richard Wagner. It's the model for the Disney castle, and should definitely be on any German's bucket list. Admission is 13 EUR ($15 USD).
Another great city in Germany, Frankfurt is home to many different restaurants, historical sites, and mentally stimulating attractions. There is a great exhibition hall - one of the largest in the world - and several science museums to visit. It is less expensive than other cities in Germany, and is a great airport hub for flying in and out.
Visit Olympia Park
Located in Munich, this massive complex was originally built for the 1972 Olympic Games. It is topped by the world's largest roof, which extends over 700,000 feet. There is a great restaurant here and the tour is great. The BMW Museum is also nearby and worth visiting.
Head to Schloss Colditz
Originally built to be a Renaissance palace, this interesting structure has a long, bizarre history. At various points in history, it has been a hunting lodge, a poor house, and even a mental hospital. It is most famous for being a prison during WWII. There is also a museum inside the palace, with tickets costing 4 EUR ($4.50 USD). A guided tour through the palace is only 9 EUR ($10 USD).
Located in northern Germany, Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany. This port city with the second busiest port in Europe is famous for its parks and canals. Near its origin, Inner Elster Lake is surrounded by boats and cafes. The city's central street connects Neustadt (new town) with Altstadt (old town) and is home to landmarks such as the 18th-century St. Michael's Church. It is a generous city.
Located in Hamburg, this open enclosure covers over 60 acres and is home to over 2,500 animals. In addition to the classic attractions, there is a petting zoo, a miniature railway, pony rides, a great playground for children, and a Japanese garden for adults. Combination tickets for the zoo and aquarium are 30 EUR ($34 USD), with discounts available for families and children.
Take a break in Bremen
Located in the north (near Hamburg), Bremen is a small town worth visiting. The charming Shnoor district makes for a great stroll, and the market square has a lovely cathedral. If you're looking for a lesser-visited city, Bremen is it.