Whether or not most people realize it, Germany is a country filled with spellbinding scenery and marvelous historical buildings, towns, and villages. While some are rather obvious like the Alps or the many landmarks found in the nation’s capital, there are plenty that elude even the savviest German. Here are 16 epic places in Germany that you’ve probably never heard of.
Germany’s many natural landscapes promise breathtaking hiking experiences overlooking rivers, forests, mountain ranges, and even the occasional medieval castle. Yet, one of the most unique natural features just waiting to be explored is found in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a ski resort in Bavaria. The Gorge Walkway looks like something out of Lord of the Rings. The winding creek is surrounded on either side by steep precipices that form the ‘walls’ of the corridor.
Despite its name, Schrecksee doesn’t actually bear any connection to the fictional green ogre, except perhaps for the lush coloring of the surrounding mountain peaks. The lake is situated in the Alps, and it has remained astoundingly untouched by civilization. In fact, images of the lake appear to be taken from an entirely different era altogether, as if it functioned as the inspiration for Jurassic Park or The Land Before Time.