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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.
Bernkastel-Kues, located directly on the Middle Moselle in the Rhineland Palatinate (approximately 50 km from Trier) is a recognized health resort, a famed wine growing region and one of the most charming old towns imaginable. Whether you choose to visit the wine museum and wine-sampling centers or the birthplace of the 15th century scholar and humanist Nicholas de Cusa and the “Graacher Tor” (1300), Bernkastel-Kues has something for every taste, including great restaurants!
Bernkastel-Kues is approximately 50 km northeast of Trier and 150 km west of Frankfurt. It has no railway station and is best approached by bus from Wittlich station (24 minutes).
98. Hamburg Fish Market
From 5am to 9.30 am from March to October, and from 7am to 9.30 am during the winter months, the Hamburg fish market attracts 70.000 visitors a week to the banks of the Elbe: those who get up early especially to visit it, and those who are still up after a night of partying alike! Not only fish, but fruit and vegetables, clothing, souvenirs and many other goods can be bought there after the traditional haggling. Street vendors still cry their wares so raucously that they can be heard at the nearby Reeperbahn. You cannot leave Hamburg without visiting the Fish Market!
Bus stop is “Landungsbrücke” (10 minutes) or “Reeperbahn” (12 minutes) from the railway station.
99. Hofbräuhaus (Munich)
Munich’s “Hofbräuhaus” or “Beer Temple”, formerly a brewery, is the perfect place to drown your disappointment if you happen to miss the Oktoberfest! With an estimated 30,000 guests a day, it is probably the largest beer hall in the world. Waiters in Lederhosen and waitresses in dirndls still serve foaming glasses of beer in the famous Mass (1 litre tankard) and culinary specialties from Bavaria fill the air with delicious smells.
The “Hofbräuhaus” is located in the old quarter of Munich at “Am Platzl” , 9 minutes from the main railway station by tram (nearest tram stop “Marienplatz”), or 13 minutes on foot.
100. Historical Market Place (Hildesheim)
Hildesheim is one of Germany’s oldest cities, having been the seat of the bishopric since 815 AD. Once considered one of the loveliest market places in the world, it was razed to the ground by bombs during an air raid in March 1945. However, in the years between 1984 and 1990, little by the little, it was restored to its former state with a great deal of love, attention to detail and professional expertise. Today it attracts coach loads of visitors from all over the world to marvel at this miracle of restoration.
Hildesheim is approximately 37 km south of Hanover and easily accessible by rail or road in about 40 minutes.