GERMANY, April 8, 2015 — Everybody loves lists. Make any kind of a list and it will immediately stir a conversation that usually makes the old list even longer. So why not try a travel list?
Meet a travel blogger who goes only by the name of Jen. Jen has come up with a unique concept that lists the 100 best things to do in several countries in the world.
After consulting Jen’s top 100 from Germany, we thought it might be helpful to highlight a few of her suggestions for that country. They are listed in no particular order, but we include them here because they seemed intriguing or fit into a familiar category in which we concurred with Jen.
To view the entire group just click on the link above to discover dozens of ideas for your next trip to Germany.
Black Forest. Situated in the southwest of Baden-Wurtemberg in the central German highlands, the Black Forest is a locale familiar to us all. With its dense woods, green and rolling hills and quaint half-timbered houses nestled beside cobblestone streets in sleepy villages, the Black Forest has much to offer travelers of any type including families with children.
The Black Forest is easily accessible from the railway station in Freiburg (1 hr) or Karlsruhe (1 hr 20 mins). The nearest airport is Stuttgart.
Goslar. Some people say the tiny village of Goslar in lower Saxony is the prettiest town in Germany. Founded in 922 and featuring more than 1,500 beautifully preserved timbered houses from various periods of history, Goslar justifiably earned the designation as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1992.
Don’t let the size of this village fool you. There is plenty see and do including the old market place, the pewter museum, the Stabkirche and the Rammelsberg silver mine which has been in continuous operation for over 1,000 years.
For visitors who enjoy off-season travel, the Goslar Christmas market is quite simply a must-see event.
Goslar is around 25 miles from Brunswick (approximately 1 hour by car or train) and 50 miles from Hanover (around 1.5 hours). The closest airport is Hanover-Langenhagen.
Saalfeld Fairy Grottoes. Situated on the perimeter of Thurigia’s slate mountains is the town of Saalfeld. Since 1530, alum has been extensively mined in the area to such a degree that the excavations have produced magical fairy grottoes. So impressive have these caves become that they are now designated by the Guinness Book of Records as the most colorful cave grottoes in the world.
There are regularly scheduled guided tours of the grottoes, which include the history and geological composition of the mines along with stories and legends that have evolved with the caves.
The Saalfeld Fairy Grottoes attract over 160,000 visitors each year and are situated 1.5 hours south of Leipzig by car or train.
Hildesheim. Hildesheim is Germany’s Phoenix that has risen from the ashes. Though completely destroyed during World War II in an air raid in March, 1945, one of Germany’s oldest cities was lovingly restored between 1984 and 1990.
Taking advantage of skilled professionals, Hildesheim is a miracle of restoration, returning to its glorious past when it was the seat of the bishopric beginning in 815. Today it is still regarded as one of the loveliest market places in the world.
Hildesheim is located about 25 miles south of Hannover and is easily accessible by car or train in about 40 minutes.
Nuremberg Castle. Chances are, the name Nuremberg is familiar to most travelers even if Nuremberg Castle is not. The oldest parts of Nuremberg’s Imperial Castle date to the beginning of the 13th century. However, it also served as an important fortress for the Roman Empire during the Middle Ages.
Of particular interest is the Deep Well which is probably as old as the castle itself. The well can only be visited as part of a guided tour. Other sites you can see on your own are the Palace and its Imperial Chapel and the Kaiserburg Museum.
The castle is 6 minutes by car of 15 minutes by bus from the railway station.
Hamburg Dungeons. Much like castles, dungeons have an eerie appeal for many travelers. Hamburg’s dungeons are among the most popular in Germany. A 90-minute program at the dungeons takes visitors through 600 years of history, with reenactments that include the Inquisition, the plague, the great fire, a torture chamber, a variety of special effects and two rides.
Children 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Note that the dungeons are not recommended for children under 10.
Subway stations Stadthausbrucke or Baumwell are close to the dungeons as well as “Miniature Wonderland” and Hamburg Port. Steinhuder Meer, where the dungeons are located, is just 22 miles northeast of Hannover. The nearest airport is Hannover-Langenhagen.
Martin Luther’s Home. This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The largest Reformation museum in the world can be found, appropriately, in Wittenburg, where Luther first posted his “95 Theses.” The Luther home was originally a monastery and later became part of the university.
To travel to Wittenburg, Berlin and Dresden in October to celebrate Luther’s anniversary, just click on this link “In the Footsteps of Martin Luther” for more information.
These are just nine of Jen’s top 100 sites in Germany. She also included Neuschwanstein, the Romantik Road, the Fairy Tale Road, the Zugspitze, Checkpoint Charlie, Museum Island, Kurfurstendamm, Sanssouci Palace, Cologne Cathedral, Berchtesgaden Eagle’s Nest, Heidelberg Castle and Brandenburg Gate plus dozens of others.
If you thought you had problems trying to figure out where to go in Germany before, now you have more than enough options to overwhelm you.
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About the Author: Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe.
He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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