Most Important Tourist Attractions In Germany (I)
Although most of the tourists visiting major European destinations are German, their country is also known for its very own world-famous destinations. Below you will find a list of what we consider to be the most important tourist attractions in Germany.
1. Neuschwanstein Castle is probably the most famous castle in the world and definitely one of the most important tourist attractions in Germany. Neuschwanstein Castle (New Swanstone Castle in English) is a nineteenth-century Romanesque Revival palace, located on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau, near Füssen, in southwest Bavaria, Germany. Built at the express wish of King Ludwig II of Bavaria, nicknamed “The Mad King” or “The Swan King”, Neuschwanstein is probably the best-known castle in the world, especially after it served as a model for Walt Disney’s Castle for the Sleeping Beauty. The palace was intended as a personal refuge for the reclusive King Ludwig, but it was opened to the paying public immediately after his death in 1886. Since then, more than 60 million people have visited Neuschwanstein Castle.
Europa Park in Rust was Europe’s highest-rated amusement park in 2012 and allures its visitors with over 100 fantastic attractions and shows, 11 roller coasters and 13 European themed areas. All these tourist attractions in Germany’s Europa Park have been designed to overcome even the most fearless and wildest expectations its visitors might have, regardless of their age. At least this is what the Managers promised and it seems they have pretty much fulfilled their mission if we were to take into consideration the large number of visitors per year. Europa Park in Rust is located about 59 kilometers away from Strasbourg, France and close to other airports like: Baden-Baden (80 km), Stuttgart (176 km) and Basel’s Euro Airport (97 km).
3. Köln Cathedral, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, is one of the most amazing tourist attractions in Germany. Construction of the cathedral began in 1248 and it lasted 600 years, but this place of worship dedicated to the Virgin Mary and St. Peter eventually became one of the most beautiful ecclesiastical sites in the world. A true symbol of Gothic architecture, Köln Cathedral or The Dome of Köln was designed to preserve some of the most important symbols of Christianity: the relics belonging to the Magi who worshiped Christ in Bethlehem and brought gold, frankincense and myrrh as offerings. Köln’s medieval builders have designed this impressive structure with a distinctive mission: Köln Cathedral is the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe and has two 157 meters high towers, exceeding any other church in the world in terms of size of its façade.
To be continued..