Everybody admires a great photo. And Instagram is one of the most used social media platforms which has been used for so many people to express themselves via photos. Whether to take a photo of a beautiful landscape photo or a gorgeous selfie, when you are traveling, it is good to know where to go to capture the best moments! So if you are a photography enthusiast and planning to visit Germany, here are the top 21 places to be photographed!
This magnificient castle in Bavaria, Germany , was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria aka "Fairytale King" in 1886. Vey close to the town of Fussen, the Neuschwanstein Castle (New Swanstone Castle) is located in the Alps in Bavaria and has an amazing view since it is on the top of a hill, gazing the Hohenschwangau valley. So when you visit this castle, you will be not only mesmerized by the otherworldly castle but also breathtaking lanscapes of the Alps and the valley. No wonder why this castle is also one of the most visited castles in the World! With its white limestone façade and deep blue turrets, it is no secret that the Neuschwanstein castle is the main inspiration for Walt Disney when it comes to creating castles for the most famous fairytales! It is known that Cinderella's castle are inspired from here but not only that, also Sleeping Beauty's castle was inspired from here too! Not only the amazing interior or mesmerizing sight, this gorgeous castle also have a very beautiful inner garden. The garden is so perfect, it even has an artificial cave!
Berlin, the capital of Germany, is the largest city in Germany which known by its rich history, museums, street art, clubs, bars and diversity of its population. The city's architecture is mixed like its population, due to World War II and the Cold War. The city got damaged from the war quite a bit but it rebuilt itself right after and faster after the fall of Berlin Wall in 1989. In this marvelous city, you can find much interesting stuff from different historical eras. There are lots of amazing places to see but the first stop must be the "Berlin Cathedral" or "Berliner Dom" in German. This impressive church was built at the end of 19th Century, is definitely a landmark of Berlin. The entry of this amazing church is 7 Euros and you can get to see the amazing view of central Berlin from the top of the dome. You can find the well preserved "Berlin Wall" on the east side of the city. As well as, you can check the "East Side Gallery" to see a section of this historic wall as well. You should also check the "Berlin Wall Memorial" or "Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer Hohenschönhausen". This spot mostly missed by tourists since it has a dull looking with absolutely no attractive part but in order to understand the cold era of Germany, there is no better place. Also, you can check out the Documentation and Visitors‘ Centre as well as the Memorial site for free! The "New Synagogue" is the center of Judaicum foundation which is an institution for the preservation of Jewish memory and tradition. This amazing synagogue was built between 1859-1866 and heavily damaged on Kristallnacht -very basically its a pogrom of Nazis- and during the World War II, but it was rebuilt again and now it stands with its glory. "The Pariser Platz" is a square located by the "Brandenburg Gate" after you take a walk on the "Unter den Linden" street. This square is named after Paris to honor anti-Napoleon allies. The neo-classic "Brandenburg Gate" was built around the 1790s and today it is a symbol of German reunification. The "Unten den Linden" street/boulevard is named after the lime trees that lined the pedestrian carriageways. If you find here, you can reach plenty of landmarks of Berlin. It is a great walking path from Berliner Dom till Brandenburg Gate.
Potsdam is a 1000 year old city with lots of historic buildings and landscapes as a World Heritage Site! If you are close to Berlin, you should definitely visit this unbelievably beautiful city with lots of castles, gardens and many more. We owe so much to 5 great architectures -Peter Joseph Lenné, Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff, Carl Phillipp Christian von Gontard, Karl Friedrich Schinkel and Friedrich Ludwig Persius- that re-built the city after Second World War. And today Potsdam have lots of historical landmarks and places that on the UNESCO World Heritage list! Sanssouci park which is an enormous and glorious park outside of Berlin is so gorgeous, you will never want to leave. This park is also on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Sanssouci park got its name from its beautiful rococo styled palace which is so far the most romantic palaces in the World with its vineyards, amazing interior, temples, fountains, marble statues and many more! Another must visit place is the Babelsberg Palace which is a Gothic palace, built as the summer residence of Prince William. The palace was built in 1849 and since 1990, Babelsberg Palace has been also a part of the UNESCO World Heritage List!
Aachen, a Baroque city, is located at the North part of the Germany. This spa-city with great history is at the point where Germany borders meet Belgium and the Netherlands and also forming the economic region called the Euregio! In this medieval styled city, you can admire lovely buildings, gorgeous city gates, cute fountains and many more. It is not only a point where countries meet, it is also a city of where Baroque style meets modernity. Aachen is famous for it's old town and historical landmarks but the most famous one is the Aachen Cathedral. In this standing history, more than 30 Kings were crowned, 12 Queens were anointed and inside the Cathedral you can see the Palace Chapel from the year 800, the Gothic choir from 14th Century, bronze railings, golden masterpieces, beautiful glasswork and many more! This important venue for pilgrimage is on the list of UNESCO's World Heritage! Inside this amazing Cathedral, you can also get to see the burial place of Charlemagne - and his white marble imperial throne- and the cathedral treasury. Also in every seven year, you can get to see Christ’s loincloth, Mary’s cloak, the clothes used for John the Baptist when he was beheaded and clothes from when Jesus was an infant. So if you are in Aachen around 2021, you should definitely check that out too.
Dresden, located in the East Germany, is an important tourist route for Baroque architecture and World class museum lovers. After the World War II, Dresden has risen from its ashes like no other and now it is the perfect city for history and innovation. Dresden is not only famous by its beautiful banks of the Elbe river, it also hosts the famous painting The Sistine Madonna by Raphael Sanzio and many more. But first, the Frauenkirche. It is not only a mesmerizing building from outside, the Frauenkirche has also beautiful interiors. This outstanding church was built to be as a Catholic church but due to Reformation, it became Protestant. During the World War II, the church was bombed and didn't reconstruct for a while because of the communist era. After the reunification of Germany, it has rebuilt and reopened in 2005. It is now one of the most beautiful symbols of the German Reunification. The church also hosts concerts and musical events every year. You have to see the Frauenkirche at night with the amazing lightings. The Opera House was destroyed during the World War II (like the rest of Dresden) and reconstructed in 1985 and reopened with the same piece that was performed before its destruction. Not only for the musical events, Semperoper also offers multiple tours that you can view the interior. It is located on Dresden's Theatherplatz which is an amazing public square. You can buy the tickets online or at the box office at the front of the square and enjoy gorgeous Dresden Cathedral.
With its Gothic churches, chocolates, liberal people and of course its rich history, Cologne (Köln) is Germany's most visited city by tourists! It is the fourth largest city in Germany and it is also Germany's media and tourism hub. There is a great number of immigrants of Polish, French, Turkish, Russian and many more which makes a great diversity in this wonderful city. Cologne is a fascinating place with lots of wonderful sightseeing! First of all, let's praise the architecture of Kölner Dom. This beautiful cathedral is also protected by UNESCO. It is the first sight you will notice if you take the exit of the main station. If you have comfortable shoes and trust your breath, don't forget to take 509 stairs to go top of the South tower! Trust me, it is worth it. Also, the entry is free to the Dom but a little donation to the cathedral won't hurt anyone :).
Munich -which is probably known with its yearly beer fest- is the largest city in the south of Germany and also where BMW was born! It is one of the most beautiful cities in Germany with its museums, architecture, people and of course the culture. As Ernest Hemingway (<3) said, " You don't even go somewhere else, I tell you, there's nothing like Munich. Everything else is a waste of time in Germany.". The City Hall has the most historical attractions of Munich. The New City Hall was built between 1867 and 1908 with a Gothic style and has the world's famous Glockenspiel. The first floor has a big balcony that you can watch concerts or football championship. You can also get a nice view of Munich with its 85-meter high tower. The Glockenspiel performs at 11 am, 12 pm and 5 pm every day and it's the main tourist attraction! The Old Town Hall has the Residenz which is former residence of Bavarian Kings! The Residenz was originally a small castle but it was expanded. In this lovely building, you can find Cuvilliés Theatre, Hercules Hall where you can listen to Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, of course, the Renaissance Antiquarium, the Baroque Ancestral Gallery, and the Bavaria treasury!
Hamburg is located astride of the River Elbe and it's Germany's "Gateway to the World"! Its harbor is the second busiest harbor in Europe and the city is the second largest city in Germany. Hamburg has also a great history since its harbor has a great importance for Europe over years. The city's largest part was destroyed during the World War II but the historical value has been preserved. The city center starts from the street called Mönckebergstrasse where you can also find St.Jakobi and St.Petri churches. This street is a great place to do some shopping and at the end of the street City Hall (Rathaus) will welcome you with its impressive architecture. Also don't forget to visit Miniatur Wunderland where you can find panoramas of Hamburg, the Alps, and Scandinavian exhibits and of course, photos! The Speicherstadt, a Hamburg landmark, is one of the main tourist attractions in the city, definitely instagram-worthy place!
Heidelberg is one of the most romantic cities in Germany with its famous castle ruins, exquisite old bridge and magnificent nature. The city stands along the Neckar river which inspired Mark Twain to write Huckleberry Finn. At first sight, Heidelberg gives everyone a heart-warming welcome with the mixture of many natural colors of green and auburn. Heidelberg was also one of the best-preserved cities in Germany after World War II, that's why the city itself offers a great experience of history and cultural activities. The Heidelberg Castle is one of the famous landmarks of the city. Its ruins stand at the top of the hills above the Altstadt/Old Town. The castle was constructed in 1214 but the "higher" castle was struck by lightning and destroyed by fire, so today we can only see the "lower" castle. You can reach it by climbing the stairs (if you really trust in your fitness) while gazing at the Neckar river or you can take the Bergbahn. Inside the castle, you can taste amazing Heidelberg wine and take a photograph with the world's largest wine barrel! After that, you can visit the German Pharmacy Museum which is also inside of the castle, to enjoy the large collection of everything related to historic pharmacy. Children can also blend their own herbal tea or take a sniffing test :) To become mesmerized by another entrancing view of Heidelberg, you can take a walk in the castle's garden and even get married from February to December :). If you visit the castle between June and August, you can enjoy The Heidelberger Castle Festival which is a mix of theater and music. And of course, Karl Theodor bridge! This famous bridge, known by a lot of painters and poets, connects the two sides of the city. It was built in the 18th century as a replacement - the wooden bridge that had previously stood in its place had been destroyed in a fire. Various sculptures charm every person who visits the bridge. At first sight, the brass Monkey greets you with its mirror and it's mice friends. Legend says that if you touch the mirror, it will bless you with wealth. If you touch its fingers, it will give you a chance to return back to Heidelberg, and if your children touch the mice, it will bring them gifts and luck.
This historical city was founded by Romans by building Castra Regina, the Roman fortress, at the bend of the Danube river in 179 A.D. . But Regensburg is not only famous for its rich history and Roman ruins and also famous by its universities and landmarks dated way back to the Middle Ages which makes the city to be eligible for the UNESCO World Heritage List! But for the best picture, you should check out St Peter's Cathedral aka Regensburg Cathedral. This gothic styled cathedral was built in the year 700 but it was burnt sadly in 1156. The renovation took till 1872 and it is still in use!
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My name is Alara Benlier, I am Turkish but currently living in Germany! I share my experiences in Germany, Turkey and the Netherlands!