When thinking about backpacking through Europe, Germany may not sound quite as appealing as places such as France, Spain or Italy; but you would be surprised just how many beautiful, historical and cultural landmarks this country has to offer.
In addition to hosting the historical city Berlin, Bavaria's castles, and the immense Black Forest in the south west of the country, Germany has plenty to offer in terms of a young and active culture and atmosphere. There really is something for everyone, which explains why Germany's popularity is ever growing.
- Berlin is host to two very famous German landmarks: the Berlin Wall and The Brandenburg Gate. The Berlin Wall symbolizes the divide between East Germany and West Germany, while The Brandenburg Gate was a peace offering by Frederick William II of Prussia in the late eighteenth century. Other historical landmarks in Berlin include the Rathaus Schöneberg where J.F.K. held his iconic speech: "Ich bin ein Berliner!"
- In the south of Germany, in Bavaria to be exact, one can find the famous Neuschwanstein Castle, near Füssen. This Gothic castle from the nineteenth century inspired Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle and it is one of the most popular attractions with over one million visitors each summer.
- Bavaria's biggest city, Munich, is utterly mesmerizing. The city's architecture remains almost entirely historic, thanks to the great lengths the city has gone to in preserving its beauty. Iconic places include the Frauenkirche and the Marienplatz (with the Old-and New Town Hall).
The Black Forest
- For the nature lovers out there; the Black Forest near the French and Swiss boarder should meet all your needs. Mountains, forests, and rivers support a wide range of activities that include everything from simple hiking to extreme sports. There are also a lot of very old, small towns, which offer traditional food and crafts within the largest of famous German landmarks.
Buchenwald Concentration Camp
- This is one of the most famous concentration camps left, which makes it one of the most famous German landmarks as well. It is located near Weimar in Central Germany. The ghosts of the past are still haunting the ruins of this place and it is an eerie reminder of one of the darkest times of Europe's history.