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Here are the 100 best things to do in Germany that will show you the charm, beauty and cultural diversity of this country.
Germany is rich with surprises and contrasts just waiting to be discovered by the discerning tourist. A country of enchanting little villages nestling between lofty and imposing mountains, fairytale castles and churches and lush vineyards rolling down towards the banks of the Rhine or the Mosel, Germany also boasts of the more rumbustious Munich Beer Festival and the Cologne Carnival, a very fine choice of gateaux, sausages and beer and a powerful and somewhat spooky folkloric tradition.
40. Heidelberg Castle (Heidelberg)
This lovely, partially-ruined old castle is generally considered to be one of the finest examples of early Renaissance German architecture, as well as Heidelberg`s biggest landmark and attraction. In its earliest form, the castle existed prior to 1214 and was developed into two castles around 1294, with additions and changes being made in the 17th and 18th centuries. Although wars, fires and two lightning bolts have caused recurring damage to the castle and it has never again been fully restored, its majestic position in the hills above Karlsplatz and the amazing view it affords attract over 1 million visitors a year.
The castle can be reached on foot via 315 steps up the hill, or by funicular. Both start from P12 at the “Kornmarkt”. A shuttle bus runs every 60 to 90 minutes from Frankfurt airport directly to Heidelberg.
41. Gendarmenmarkt Open Air Festival (Berlin)
Every year the in the heart of summer, one of the loveliest town squares in Europe – Berlin`s Gendarmenmarkt – opens for a few days to invite visitors from all over the world to a series of classical concerts under the night sky.
Against the spectacular backdrop of this beautiful square, you can hear works of classical composers, but also light opera and jazz, pop or rock played on classical instruments. Many of these concerts are also accompanied by fireworks to amaze and delight the eyes as well as the ears. Closest subways from Berlin railway station are “Französische Str.” or “Hausvogteiplatz”.
42. Jewish Museum (Berlin)
The three buildings of Germany’s Jewish Museum in Berlin comprise one of the largest documentations of German-Jewish history in the whole of Europe, spanning a period of over 2,000 years. With 720,000 visitors in 2012, it is one of Berlin’s most popular museums.
Quite apart from its content, the main building itself is a fascinating example of contemporary architecture. Designed by the Jewish architect Daniel Libeskind, it most clearly resembles a broken Star of David with its futuristic angles, planes and facets. A visit to this museum should definitely not be missed! The Jewish Museum is located on Lindenstr., 10 minutes by taxi from Brandenburg Gate and 11 from Berlin`s railway station.