Get off the beaten track in Germany.
When it comes to Germany, most people visit the same sites over and over again. This is a shame since the country has so much more to offer than what initially expected. HiVino.travel showcases some of the hidden gems that the country has, those that are particularly interesting to visit during your next vacation, no matter the season.
Freiburg instantly stands out as Germany’s warmest and greenest cities. It is small and has a population of just around 200,000 people but the entire town is cheerful and lively. The cobblestone lanes are lined with plazas, cafes and townhouses. There is even a University present so you do not end up visiting a sleepy village. Students keep the party going even after the sun goes down.
National Park Berchtesgaden
Berchtesgaden is a mountain town that is located 6 hours away from the above mentioned Freiburg, right in the Bavarian Alps. It was actually founded during the Middle Ages so you can easily find Gothic and Romanesque buildings that were built during the twelfth century. There are also some salt mines present that were dug during the early 1500s.
Watzmann stands out as the main attraction in the area. It is the third tallest mountain in Germany that offers an incredible landscape view of Koenigssee, the Bartholomea Chapel and nature.
The Harz Mountains are renowned as they are a huge German Folklore source. This is where the renowned Brothers Grimm actually collected most of their stories. There are countless cobblestone streets you can see, houses that have narrow windows, dark forests, stormy mountains and rushing streams.
The scenery in the area inspired so many imaginative stories like Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Tom Thumb, Rapunzel and even little Red Riding Hood. You can also see some silver mines. They were actually the inspiration behind Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.
If in the area, be sure to check out Broken, the highest mountain in the region. You can take a stream train right to the top for wonderful scenery.
The historic Regensburg is located right on the Danube River and can be traced until the Roman occupation of 2000 years ago. The war did not touch it and so much of the town is actually right now a UNESCO Heritage Site. Regensburg is filled with homes, monasteries and ancient churches.
If you decide to visit, be sure to check out the Old Town, The Walhalla and The Museum Of The Danube.
Quedlinburg is a photogenic, romantic, historic and cute town that was built around the ninth century. It is highly underrated and located between Hanover and Leipzig. There are many houses that are made out of timber and the town features UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You can enjoy the area for an entire weekend and is a must-see if you explore the Romanesque Road.
Last but not least, Erfurt is a place that you will surely love if you enjoy seeing churches since there are 25 of them just in the center area. The old town is really well-preserved, showcasing numerous examples of German Democratic Republic, neoclassical and medieval architecture.
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