History, culture and natural beauty are what have made Germany famous. Thanks to the great historical cities and small towns, the abundance of forests and mountains, visitors have many options to choose from. Those who want to visit or discover art and architecture can go to metropolitan areas, and those who want to spend their free time in recreational activities and leisure can visit places like the Bavarian Alps, the Black Forest or the Rhine Valley. Below, we have listed six perfect weekend trips in Germany.
- Leipzig – The largest city in the region of Saxony, Leipzig is known for art and culture, famous composers of music such as Bach, Richard Wagner, and Felix Mendelssohn. The city is a perfect destination for weekend trips in Germany. Tourists can enjoy concerts to discover Bach’s works at St. Thomas Church, where Bach served as choirmaster and is buried. Apart from historical sites such as the old town hall, the city has quite a few iconic structures, such as the Napoleonic monument and “Reichsgericht”, the former high court of the Reich. Leipzig also has a massive city square, the Augustusplatz.
- The Rhine Valley – Sneaking between the cities of Bingen and Bonn, the Rhine flows through a spectacular geological formation called the Rhine Gorge. This region offers a spectacular landscape and is a popular destination for weekend trips in Germany. There are several medieval castles and picturesque villages with vineyards. The most famous natural attraction of the region is the Lorelei, the deepest and narrowest section of the Rhine Gorge, where there is a large, treacherous rock that caused many boating accidents before the 19th century. The best way to discover the Rhine is by taking a river cruise.
- Schwerin – The capital of Mecklenburg is a town more than a thousand years old, famous for its castle on an island in Lake Schwerin. The picturesque palace now houses the State Parliament. The State Art Museum has an outstanding collection of works by Dutch painters from the 16th century as well as works by German artists from medieval times to the present day. The city is surrounded by seven lakes that have turned it into a picturesque paradise.
- Cologne – Located on the banks of the Rhine in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Cologne is one of the most popular places to visit in Germany. The city offers a dynamic array of attractions, nightlife, art, and culture. But the symbol of this city is its Gothic cathedral which is beautiful. In addition, the city has twelve Romanesque churches that are magnificent examples of medieval architecture.
- Munich – Known for the world-famous Oktoberfest, Munich is one of the most beautiful cities to enjoy weekend trips in Germany. Munich is home to several houses and sophisticated opera theaters such as the National Theater. The city center is an attractive blend of classical and modern architecture, teeming with historic churches, medieval walls, and royal palaces, as well as lively shopping malls and nightclubs. The Munich Oktoberfest started in 1810 on the occasion of the celebration of a royal wedding. Today, this famous beer festival attracts millions of visitors each year to take part in the debauchery, in several gigantic beer tents where you can discover the delicious Bavarian cuisine and where millions of liters of beer are consumed.
- Berlin – Capital of Germany, Berlin is largely known for its history, from World War II to the division of East and West by the Berlin Wall during the Cold War. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Berlin has been present as a large, unified and diverse city. The city is today rich in the tourist attraction, cultural and nocturnal. Tourists are often attracted by Berlin’s famous historic structures including the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag. Although the majority of the Berlin Wall has been demolished, some parts are still standing near Checkpoint Charlie and the Reichstag.