The 11 Most Weird and Wonderful Things to See in Germany

Saalfeld Fairy Grotto
Saalfeld Fairy Grotto | © uschel / Pixabay
Photo of Anwesha Ray
21 January 2018

It’s true that Germany is full of famous, spectacular things to explore. However, if you venture beyond the tourist attractions, you would discover a side to Germany that is quirky, astonishing, and sometimes even downright weird but wonderfully unique. Let us take you on a tour of offbeat attractions in Germany that guarantee super-interesting Instagram posts and wonderful stories to go with them.

World's most beautiful milk shop

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Pfunds Molkerei
Pfunds Molkerei | © Lvova Anastasiya / Wikimedia Commons
Another Guinness World Records entry is Pfunds Molkerei, Dresden—proud winner of the title of World’s Most Beautiful Milk Shop. There might not have been too many contenders for this title, but the beauty of Pfunds Molkerei is undeniable. The interior of this 1880’s architecture is done in hand-painted gold and blue Villeroy & Boch ceramic tiles, featuring angels, cherubs, and creatures. Locals and tourists flock to this shop to soak up the ambience and dig into delicious milk, cheese, cream liqueurs, chocolates and more.

The Great Heidelberg Tun

The Great Heidelberg Tun is a fascinatingly gigantic wine vat housed in the cellars of Heidelberg Castle. Made with wood from 130 oak trees, this vat has a capacity of 219,000 liters (57,854 gallons). Today, it is not used to store wine any longer but is a famous tourist attraction. To add to the fun, a dance floor has been constructed on top of the vat, accessible by a short staircase.

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Upside-Down House

Kopf Über Haus (Upside Down House) in Putbus, Rügen Island, is exactly what its name promises—a house standing on its head with the wine cellar on top! This spot is sure to draw endless giggles and provide the most awesome photo opportunities. After all, where else can you get snapped hanging from the ceiling over an impeccable living room or standing on your head on a kid’s table?

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The Goseck Circle

At first sight, it is a random set of concentric ditches and two fence rings. But let’s blow your mind by telling you that the Goseck Circle is a Neolithic Henge structure that is believed to be the remains of the first solar observatory in the world, dating back to 49th century BC. Traces of ritual fires and human bones leads scientists to believe that this circle was also used for human sacrifice. The Goseck Circle offers public tours.

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Frankenstein Castle

Frankenstein Castle (Burg Frankenstein) sits broodily on a hill in the Odelwald, and is believed to be the inspiration for the eponymous novel. Johann Conrad Dippel, an eccentric scientist known to experiment with human body parts, once resided in the castle. That, combined with its setting in the midst of dark forests and narrow valleys, makes this castle one of the spookiest places in Germany. Every Halloween, the castle hosts a big, “scary” Halloween program.

Burg Frankenstein, 64367, Burg Frankenstein, Mühltal, Germany, +49 6151 501501

Thousand-year-old rose bush

The world’s oldest rose bush clings to the walls of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Hildesheim, blooming into pale pink roses every summer. It is believed that the bush was planted in the year 800, around the time the cathedral was constructed. The bush was completely burnt during the Second World War, but miraculously grew again from its ashes. Today, each of its main roots has a name and the bush is protected by an iron fence.

St. Mary’s Cathedral, Domhof 17, Hildesheim 31134, Germany, +49

Saalfeld Fairy Grottoes

Saalfeld Fairy Grottoes have been officially bestowed with the title of “the most colorful cave grottoes in the world” by the Guinness World Records. These caves are known for their breathtaking colorful mineral formations. Public tours through the grotto are informative, interactive, and enjoyable for both adults and kids.

Saalfeld Fairy Grottoes, Feengrottenweg 2, Saalfeld/Saale, Germany, +49 3671 55040