A week in Germany...




It is often easy to get negative during these gray, winter months,  so let's talk about the positive.  This week, I will have posts highlighting some of the great things, hidden treasures and cool info on Deutschland.  So, Willkommen to Deutschland!

24.9 Million tourists visit Germany every year to tour it's diverse regions and relish in it's traditions.  Germany is roughly the size of the U.S. state of Montana, and is the sixth largest country in Europe.  It has a population of 81,305,85 people made up of mostly German's and Turkish.  The country is made up of seven different regions and they vary from flat plains, plains dotted with marshes, to some of the most spectacular mountain ranges in Europe. 

There is a reason so many people travel to Germany every year.  It has some amazing things to see.  Here are the top five tourist destinations in Deutschland...



1.  Neuschwanstein Castle~or Cinderella's Castle as we call it, was the inspiration for Walt Disney's castles at his Disneyland parks.  This castle is hidden in the Bavarian mountains and is well worth the trip.  You can only tour the rooms of the castle with a guided tour, so make sure to check times and book ahead.  


2.  Immediately upon seeing the above image, you think of Berlin.  The Brandenburg Gate is the symbol of the unification between the East and the West, and is one of the most recognized landmarks in Europe.  The design of the Brandenburg Gate was inspired by the Acropolis in Athens and is topped with the winged goddess of victory.  The gate was refurbished in 2000, and is a free and easily accessible attraction to visit while in Berlin.


3.  Heidelberg Old City is number 3 on the list.  This romantic city is a popular destination for tourists due to the fact that it's cityscape was mostly left untouched during the bombing of World War II.  It is located on the River Neckar and boasts a castle as well as many museums on it's "things to do" list.  This quaint town is a must see if you are visiting Germany.


4.   Built in 1477, the Holstentor Gate has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 and is located in Lubeck, Germany.  The gate was one of the gates built to protect Lubeck from Danish invaders.  Inside of the gate, you can tour rooms filled with historical exhibits and interesting stories.  Lubeck, Germany is in the Northern most part of Germany.


5.  This amazing structure is number 5 on our list.  The Cologne Cathedral, or Koln Dom as locals call it is a sight to be seen.  Located in the center of Koln, Germany, this is Germany's most visited landmark with an average of 20,000 people a day visiting.  Construction of the cathedral was started in 1248 and completed in 1880.  With it's towers reaching to 515 feet it is the largest gothic church in Northern Europe.  This cathedral is believed to hold the remains of the Three Wise Men in a shrine made of bronze, silver and gilded ornaments.  Even if you choose not to climb the 509 stone steps to the top of the tower, you must be sure to visit the Koln Dom.

So tell me, have these tourist attractions inspired you to visit Germany?  They sure have inspired me to tour a bit more of my host country.





22 comments:

  1. I've been to some of these places, but there are a couple that weren't on my list. Now I'll have to add them!

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    1. I've only been to one Jennifer. Makes me realize that I need to travel in my own country a bit more!

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  2. Dena,
    Thank you so much for the tour, oh yes, it's always been on my bucket list, but now even more. My maiden name is Zimmerman. My faternal grandparents were full german.
    Hope to see you at the link party tomorrow.
    xoxo
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

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    1. Yes Wanda, Zimmerman is so German! Let me know if you ever come this way.
      Will be at the party tomorrow. See you then.

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  3. I'm 3 for 5 on this list. I need to expand my horizons north of Bavaria...

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    1. Im only 1 for 5 Heather, you have me beat!

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  4. Hi I am a new follower to your lovely blog and it looks like we both have some kind of similar thoughts. really feel pleasure meeting new awesome bloggers like you. Found you through GFC Blog Hop.

    my blog: www.wilsontom.blogspot.com

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    1. Wow what a blog you have! Just followed you as well. Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you enjoy "the jouney".

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  5. What a lovely place to tour around. It's truly amazing!

    Hello! This is Aileen of iHeart Good Health visiting from the GFC blog hop.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Aileen. It really is a magical place that we live.

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  6. Heya, just found you on GFC blog hop. SO glad I did! I am living in Sevilla, Spain right now.

    I am going to have to check out your posts on Granada and Ronda. I am heading there soon.

    Also, how did you do your "travel" tab? I LOVE it!

    www.dominiquecoulter.blogspot.com

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    1. LOVED Ronda and Granada. Also love Nerja! You live in a gorgeous area. So glad that you stopped by, and I love your blog!

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  7. Hi! Newest follower here -- found you on the GFC blog hop and I love your blog!
    Monica
    http://monicasrrr.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Monica, hope that I can keep you entertained!

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  8. I lived in Germany for 4 years. I really should say WE because my husband was there too =) We lived in Wiesbaden so reading your blog has brought back some fun memories for me. I got so caught up reading I was almost late driving my son to school!

    I found you through the GFC blog hop =)
    Ashley
    http://this-unscripted-life.blogspot.com/

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    1. Glad that you liked it! Germany really is an amazing place to be. So close to so many wonderful things to visit and the castles are mind blowing. Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Why hello! I am your newest follower & found your blog via the GFC Blog Hop -- just in time to see your post on Germany. Great timing, because I am hoping to visit the country this year. If I do, I'll definitely try to squeeze in some of these main attractions. They look stunning & a great way to learn about Germany's history. Thanks for sharing!

    Tschüss!
    Kristina

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    1. Guten Tag! Thanks for the post, and I hope that you can make it to Germany. It is an amazing country and I am very lucky to call it home. Singapore is pretty nice as well. My in-laws were Expats there for 12 years and loved it. Thanks for the post, and the follow. Im following you as well!

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  10. Found you via the blog hop! This made me soooo nostalgic for Europe! Went (and got engaged there) last year and absolutely FELL IN LOVE.

    A few of my friends also stopped over in Germany (we went to Rome).. after looking through all their snapshots, I am lusting after Germany! xx

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    1. It is an amazing country and it's so fun to find something new around every corner. Glad you like the post and thanks so much for stopping by!

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  11. The castles and Bavaria Germany have always been a huge draw for me. We're heading there this summer and we're so excited. I have a feeling it's going to be one of my favorite countries. Lucky you for living there :)

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    1. Oh, I hope that you love it. There is so much to see and do here!

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