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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.
94. Ducal Vault and Historical Graveyard (Weimar)
Weimar’s Ducal Vault and Graveyard is the last resting place, not only of the members of the duchy of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, but also of those two literary Weimar giants, Goethe and Schiller. It is also one of the finest examples of classical architecture in Thuringia. The Ducal Vault contained 43 caskets until 1994, when ten had to be removed for conservational purposes. The oldest contains the mortal remains of Duke Wilhelm IV (1598-1662).
Further places of interest in Weimar include Liszt’s house and the Kirms-Krackow house, the Goethe museum and the Buchenwald memorial. The nearest large towns are Erfurt and Jena. Weimar is accessible by rail or air from Berlin in around 2 hours.
95. Rakotzbrücke (Kromlau)
The exquisite Rakotz bridge is located in the Azalea and Rhododendron Park, Kromlau in Gablenz, Saxony. It was built to create the illusion of a perfect circle when reflected in the water. The park itself, conceived in the English style in the 19th century, is a beautiful place to visit, especially in the spring when the azaleas and rhododendrons are flowering. Entry to the park is free and it is always open.
The park is most easily accessed by rail via Cottbus from Berlin. The nearest railway station is Weißwasser, from which buses run regularly to Kromlau (around 15 minutes).
96. Summer Toboggan Park and Fairy Forest (Ibbenbüren)
Located in the beautiful Teutoburg Forest between Lower Saxony and North Rhine Westphalia, the Ibbenbüren Summer Toboggan Park and Fairy Forest delight all who visit them, combining the fun and excitement of tobogganing with the magic of fairies and elves hiding between the trees and dwarves working and singing in walk-through caves. Dodgems, bowling and a large adventure park for children round off this marvellous family venue.
Osnabrück (25.7 km to the West) and Münster (43 km to the South) are the nearest large cities. Münster/Osnabrück is the closest airport (25 minutes by road).