Visited Berlin? Good start, but don't stop now. With beautiful Bavaria, the Black Forest and Bodensee, Germany has so much more to offer than its stunning capital. Use this bucket list to kickstart your adventures in Central Europe, and remember to eat lots of bratwurst on the way!
Visit Nuremberg's Christmas market
Germany is the king of Christmas markets, and Nuremberg's is something very special. Wander around one of the oldest Christmas markets in the world, smelling cinnamon, gingerbread and glühwein on the cold air.
Get lost in the Black Forest
Schwarzwald, or the Black Forest, is a magical area in southern Germany. From dark conifer forests, to hidden waterfalls and traditional villages, there's so much to explore in this natural wonderland.
Have a drink at Oktoberfest, Munich
Oktoberfest is Germany's most famous festival, and there's a reason why. From late September to early October, join visitors from around the globe in Munich to drink beer, go on fairground rides and soak up the atmosphere. Oh, and don't forget your lederhosen!
Toboggan at Tegelburg Mountain
Tegelburg Mountain is a hotspot for extreme sports, but don't miss the summer toboggan on the lower slopes. Slide your way down the mountain, with the fresh air whistling past. Afterwards, take the cable car up to the summit for amazing views of Neuschwanstein Castle.
Visit Neuschwanstein Castle
If only one castle existed in the world, it would have to be Neuschwanstein. With its white walls and turrets rising above the forest of Hohenschwangau valley, this beautiful castle was the inspiration for Disney's Sleeping Beauty. Take a guided tour around the stunning interior (book in advance!), before snapping yet another photo from the outside.
Visit the Berlin Wall, Berlin
The Berlin Wall, cutting the city into East and West, was a symbol of the division of Germany and its bloody 20th century history. Though few pieces of the Wall remain, visit these to learn more about Berlin's tragic past. Key sights include the Berlin Wall Memorial, Checkpoint Charlie and the East Side Gallery.
Spot street art, Berlin
Berlin is recognised as one of the street art capitals of the world, and visiting some of its prominent pieces is always a good idea. Join a street art walking tour to discover the city's popular artists and styles, exploring areas such as Mitte, Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg.
Sail on Lake Constance
Stretching between Germany, Switzerland and Austria, Lake Constance is a wonderful stop for all Central European travellers. Visit the charming towns of Konstanz and Lindau, before heading out onto the lake for some well-deserved fun.
Visit Cologne Cathedral
With its iconic black facade and Gothic decoration, Cologne Cathedral is one of the most recognisable churches in Europe. After visiting the interior, climb up 533 steps to be rewarded with magical views across the city.
Take a photo at the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin
As Berlin's most iconic landmark, a photo at the Brandenburg Gate is a must. This neoclassical triumphal arch holds great historical and political significance, symbolising the reunification of Berlin after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Take the time to learn about its history, before figuring out the perfect photo angle. Say cheese!
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