Germany lures visitors with its grand castles
, quaint villages
and boozy festivals
. But it’s well worth venturing out and seeing some of the breathtaking landscapes
, the country has to offer, even in the cold winter months. When the snow falls, Germany’s national parks transform into magical winter wonderlands, and these 21 photos prove it.
For jaw-dropping vistas of snow-topped mountain ranges like this …
Mountains | © canadastock/Shutterstock
… and this …
Berchtesgadener National Park, Germany | © Jon Chica/Shutterstock
… and this …
View of the Watzmann massif in the National Park Berchtesgadener Land | © canadastock / Shutterstock
… or this, head to the Berchtesgadener Land National in the German Alps. You won’t be disappointed.
Lake Hintersee in National Park Berchtesgadener Land | © Creative Travel Projects/Shutterstock
In winter, the Harz National Park becomes a hotspot for long romantic walks and winter sports aficionados.
Snow | © Emilian Danaila/Shutterstock
Berries | © Steff.H/Shutterstock
Winter in Harz National Park | © travelpeter/Shutterstock
Germany’s seaside national parks are not to be sneezed at in winter, either. You can watch the waves break in National Park Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft near Rostock …
Dunes | © kovop58/Shutterstock
… marvel at the white chalk cliffs on the island of Ruegen in Jasmund National Park …
The chalk cliffs of Ruegen in the Jasmund National Park | © Sabine Schmidt/Shutterstock
… or the frozen seaside promenade.
Lighthouse on the island of Ruegen in Jasmund National Park | © Sabine Schmidt/Shutterstock
Take a walk across the icy mudflats of the National Park Hamburgisches Wattenmeer …
Mudflats | © bluecrayola/Shutterstock
… or catch a salty breeze in the at the National Park Wattenmeer Schleswig-Holstein.
Dunes at the National Park Wattenmeer Schleswig-Holstein | © bluecrayola/Shutterstock
Skiing, walking trails, frozen waterfalls and endless snowy tree tops are what you can expect from a trip to the Black Forest National Park.
Black Forest National Park | © J.Schelkle/Shutterstock
Black Forest National Park | © Andreas Zerndl/Shutterstock
Magical Winter Landscape in the Black Forest National Park | © Patrick Poendl/Shutterstock
The Saxon Switzerland National Park wows visitors with surreal rock formations and sunsets like these.
Saxon Switzerland National Park | © Pavel Klasek/Shutterstock
The Bastei Bridge in Saxon Switzerland National Park | © Fexel/Shutterstock
The Bavarian Forest National Park is Germany’s oldest national park and a landscape of rugged forests, romantic streams and marshlands.
Small creek in the Bavarian Forest National Park | © CHRiiZ/Shutterstock
Winterscape in the Bavarian Forest National Park | © Gokula Englberger/Shutterstock
The Hainich National Park at the heart of Germany transforms into the epitome of a tranquil winter landscape.
Snow covers the forest in Hainich National Park | © Christian Mueller/Shutterstock
The snowy landscapes of the Eifel National Park make for the perfect refuge from busy days in Cologne or Bonn.
Eifel National Park | © gabigaasenbeek/Shutterstock
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