Once again the German Tourism Office (DZT) has conducted a survey on the favourite tourism attractions in Germany. From the beginning of July 2012 to the end of March 2013, over 15,000 tourists from all over the world took part in the survey which was available in 26 different languages. Below are the top ten results:
1. Neuschwanstein (above)
In at number one is the idyllic setting of Neuschwanstein – the romantic, fairy-tale castle nested neatly within the Bavarian mountains. Originally commissioned by the king of Bavaria, Ludwig II, the castle has become well known as the setting for many movies, including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Located in south-western Germany and an unlikely favourite to the list, Europa-Park is credited as the second most popular theme park resort (after Disney Land Paris) in Europe. Numerous rides, shows and attractions are located throughout the 90-hectare grounds which are divided into individually themed European countries.
3. Cologne Cathedral
Impressive from every angle, Cologne Cathedral, despite being badly damaged during WWII is an absolute triumph of Gothic architecture and the most visited attraction in Germany. Interesting fact: the supposed remains of the Three Wise Kings are venerated in the Cathedral which was the primary reasons for its construction.
4. Brandenburg Gate, Berlin
A symbol of pre and post-war Berlin, the Brandenburg gate stands proudly as one of Germany’s most well-known landmarks. Along with many other German landmarks, the gate was severely damaged during the bombing of Berlin during the war but was restored to its former glory in 2002.
5. Berlin Wall
Unlike most other attractions on this list, the Berlin Wall is not particularly nice to look at – I mean, it’s just a wall! However, as a historic landmark, this attraction is highly significant. There are also numerous things to do, see and learn around what’s left of the former wall.
6. Loreley on the Rhine
Shrouded in mystery and enchantment, the Lorelei (or Loreley in German) is a rock named after a mermaid-like creature that is said to have beguiled all men with her beauty. Located in the stunning surroundings of the Middle Rhine Valley, the area is a magnet for tourists who come for the breath-taking views along the Rhine.
7. The Black Forest, Baden-Württemberg
Not too far from the Rhine region is the Black Forest, an area rich in vineyards, panoramic views and river valleys. An ideal getaway for a family trip or active holiday with so many things to see and do from skiing and cycling to thermal baths and tasty regional cuisines – the Black Forest embodies everything you’d expect from a typical German holiday.
8. Heidelberg Castle
Germany is home to many castles but the romantic surroundings of Heidelberg castle and its unique history make it an unforgettable German landmark.
9. Lake Constance
The beautiful Lake Constance located on the Rhine has shores in three countries and is located in one of the most beautiful parts of Europe. This is the ideal location for those looking to relax while enjoying the panoramic views of the Alps and surrounding countryside.
10. Reichstag, Berlin
The ultimate symbol of German power and government, the Reichstag is much more than just a public building with an amazing dome-shaped viewing platform, restaurant and exhibitions.
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