Germany is an exciting mix of medieval castles, fairytale palaces, big city marvels and stunningly stirring scenery. There is plenty on offer, but at the top of everyone’s travel bucket list are the country’s history-filled UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Here the top 7 to explore in Germany.
Sanssouci Palace has been drawing in Berlin tourists for years, causing many to dub its surrounding town, Potsdam, as ‘Berlin’s Versailles‘. Built in the 1740s as a summer retreat for the Prussian king Frederick the Great, the palace comprises ten meticulously decorated rooms. However, the surrounding gardens are equally charming, and it’s hard to beat the palace grounds of Sanssouci Palace for Baroque grandeur and opulence. Home to Neues Palais, massive sculptures, fountains, and a Chinese teahouse, these gardens are a must-see in the city. An exciting mix of truly European architecture and surroundings, Sanssouci Park is inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage, recognised for its cultural value and the exceptional quality of the area.
The Upper Middle Rhine Valley, or Rhine Gorge, is a 65-kilometre (40-mile) stretch between Koblenz and Bingen. Dotted with castles, historic towns and vineyards, the breathtaking views and century-spanning architecture is a unique example of evolving traditions. In 2002 the region was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites for its unique blend of geological, historical, cultural elements. Understandably, these are the same marvels that have been drawing in tourists and fellow Germans for years to explore the sloping hills, castles and manifold vineyards in the area.
The castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl encompass the sprawling grounds of Schlosspark. The historic mix of castles and gardens date back to the 18th century, combining a marvellous array of art and history. Located in Brühl, the UNESCO sites include the Augustusburg Palaces, which continue to hold concerts and culture events, standing as a rococo masterpiece, while the equally stunning Falkenlust attracts visitors from around the world, ranking the spot among Germany’s top palaces and attractions to visit.