The one ultimate bucket list doesn’t really exist, because almost everyone has different points on their bucket list. But I’m sure you’ll find one or more activities/sights from my list on your list! This Bucket List is my ultimate bucket list! A few “clichés/originals” like e.g. the Oktoberfest could not be missing of course, but above all I attached importance to other sights/activities. Can you think of anything else? Then write it in the comments! I was inspired for this article by Wayfaring With Wagner.
My Germany Bucket List
1. Take a punt trip in Tübingen. The punting boats belong unmistakably to Tübingen and are nationally known. The annual punt boat race in Tübingen is one of the highlights of the year.
2. Eat an original Black Forest cherry cake in the Black Forest. The cake is considered the most popular German cake and is known all over the world! It consists of cherry brandy flavoured chocolate biscuit bases, cream, cherries and a cherry filling.
3.Go to a thermal bath in Baden Baden. In Baden-Baden, thermal water from twelve springs and about 2,000 metres deep comes to the surface. The Caracalla Spa and the Friedrichsbad are particularly well known.
4. Drive along the alpine road! The route runs from Lindau on Lake Constance to Schönau on Lake Königsee over 450 kilometres full of curves. The panorama with alpine meadows and the mountains, which is offered on the route, is unique!
5. Hike once on a top trail from Germany. There are 14 top hiking trails in Germany, each with its own character. They are characterized by natural paths & good signage.
6. See the chalk cliffs on Rügen! The chalk cliffs are not only a natural wonder, but also Rügen’s landmark. The white rocks rise up to 120 meters and change constantly.
7. Picking apples once in the old country. The “Altes Land” is the largest contiguous fruit-growing area in northern Europe and is known for its delicious fruit. Some farms offer to pick apples from the tree by yourself!
8.See the Lüneburg Heath bloom. Seeing the heath in bloom is one of the most beautiful experiences Germany’s nature has to offer! An old rule of thumb says that the heath blooms from 08.08. to 09.09. of a year.
9. Take a guided tour through the Speicherstadt in Hamburg. The Speicherstadt is not only the largest warehouse complex in the world, but also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Speicherstadt was built on thousands of oak piles!
10. See the sunrise at the Saar loop. You can also experience this from the 42 meter high observation tower of the tree top path Saarschleife!
11.Climb Baden-Württemberg’s highest mountain, the Feldberg. The Feldberg is the highest mountain of Germany outside the Alps and offers a comprehensive and beautiful panorama.
12. See or drive up Germany’s highest point – the Zugspitze. The view from Germany’s highest mountain is indescribable!
13.Go through the Brandenburg Gate once. The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin is an important part of German history and has become the symbol of German unity.
14. Walking on the treetop walks in Germany. Meanwhile there are many treetop walks all over Germany. From each path you have a completely different view of the forests and they are a great experience!
15. Visit a folk festival. Folk festivals are typical regional festivals with a long tradition. A few examples are: Oktoberfest Munich, Gäubodenfest Straubing, Dult Regensburg and many more.
16. See one of Germany’s most popular castles – Eltz Castle in Rhineland-Palatinate. Burg Eltz is also one of the most famous castles in Germany and is one of the high-altitude castles. Special about the castle is its location and that it survived all wars undamaged.
17. Drive once with the Brockenbahn in the Harz. The steam-powered railway is one of the most popular and best-visited attractions in the Harz mountains.
18. Cross the Geierley Bridge. The suspension bridge is one of Germany’s longest and most popular suspension bridge. It is located in the Hunsrück in Rhineland-Palatinate.
19. Go on a boat trip on the Chiemsee, the Bavarian sea. Worth seeing are also the Fraueninsel and the Herreninsel with the Herrenchiemsee castle.
20. Visit Bavaria’s most popular gorge – the Partnach gorge. 100 years ago the gorge was opened up for tourism and has been a very popular excursion destination in Upper Bavaria ever since. It is also a natural monument.
21. Hike trough a “German jungle”. And by jungle I mean an uncultivated forest/area in which nature can develop freely without the influence of humans! Primeval forests are, for example, Hainich in Thuringia, the Brockenurwald in the Harz Mountains or the primeval forest off Saarbrücken.
22. Learn more about the industrial history of Germany. For example at the Zollverein colliery in Essen or at the Völklinger Hütte in Saarland.
23. Strolling over the Bastei in Saxon Switzerland. From the Bastei you have a wonderful view of the Elbe valley and the Elbe sandstone mountains!
24. Visit a wine festival on the Moselle and taste the popular wines.
25. Search for the great literary figures in Weimar and follow Goethe’s footsteps. Weimar is the most famous cultural city in Thuringia and full of traces of great German writers. Almost a “To-Do”: Visit the Goethe House and the Anna Amalia Library.
26. Walking to the lighthouse Westerhever – where the land ends and the sea begins. The lighthouse is visible from far away in the middle of a large salt marsh landscape directly on the mud flats.
27. See the Caribbean of Germany, also known as Eibsee, and take a walk around the lake. The lake is considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the Bavarian Alps.
28. Walk through the magical Silberbachtal. The Silberbachtal is one of the most romantic (hiking) areas of the Teutoburg Forest. And yes, the stream really shines like silver!
29. Visit a typical German Christmas market and drink mulled wine there. Or children’s punch, like me. Especially beautiful: Dresden’s Striezelmarkt as the oldest German Christmas market and Nuremberg’s Christkindlmarkt.
30. Take a Mudflat hike along the North Sea. A mudflat hike opens up a completely new world and you will learn a lot about this exciting habitat!
31. See the dreamy Disney Castle – Neuschwanstein Castle. Neuschwanstein is the most famous castle of Ludwig II and lies above Hohenschwangau in the Bavarian Allgäu.
32. Enjoy a concert on the Waldbühne in Berlin. The Waldbühne is one of Europe’s most beautiful open-air stages and lies in the middle of a forest.
33. Visit the Blue pot(Blautopf) in Blaubeuren. The Blautopf is Germany’s most famous karst spring and like a place from fairy tale!
34. Ride with the small Arberseebahn and then take a walk along the small Arbersee!
35. Take a bike tour through Munich and explore the city centre! Munich is not only Bavaria’s capital, but also a great travel destination!
36. Sit in a Bavarian beer garden (and drink beer). Almost nothing is more Bavarian than the beer garden. In summer just sit in a beer garden & enjoy a good meal!
37. Explore the Museum Island in Berlin. The island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest museum complexes in Europe!
38. Write a letter to Santa Claus in Himmelpfort. The wish lists should be received by the third Advent.
39. Visit the bridegroom oak in Schleswig-Holstein and find a letter there! The oak has its own postal address. Here also every day letters are brought to the oak, which can be opened then by everyone.
40. Eat Lübeck marzipan in Lübeck. Lübeck is considered a “marzipan town”, so it is a must-do to eat marzipan here.
42. Follow the music track in Leipzig. The music track is almost 5 kilometres long. You can discover and experience the world of music in a slightly different way.
43. Celebrate once carnival in Cologne. Nowhere is carnival celebrated so properly as in Cologne. From the Weiberfastnacht to the Karnevalsdienstag carnival is celebrated in the whole city!
44. Walking the Philosophenweg in Heidelberg. The path is popular and about two kilometres long, and one of the sights of Heidelberg.
45. Once through the romantic Rothenburg ob der Tauber. The Franconian small town is known for its well-preserved old town from the Middle Ages. (Blog post image)
46. See the water games in the Kasseler Bergpark. The work of art of the baroque horticulture art is UNESCO world cultural heritage. From May to October you can see the water running over the cascades, the bridge and other stations.
47. Visit the seal station Friedrichskoog. The station is the only place in Schleswig-Holstein where abandoned or sick seals can be admitted. Here you can see seals and grey seals and learn a lot about species protection, the environment and the life of the animals!
48. Take a walk through the Fuggerei Augsburg. Almost 500 years ago, Jakob Fugger built the terraced house settlement for poor citizens, making it the oldest existing social settlement in the world.
49. Once turn the brass ring at the beautiful fountain Ring in Nuremberg. This is considered a lucky charm. A few Nuremburgers claim, however, that the iron ring is the “real lucky charm”. Just try it out!
50. Climb the Externsteine and see the Teutoburger Forest from above. The 40 meter high rock formation is also one of the most famous natural and cultural monuments in Germany.
51. See the cold water geyser in Andernach. This is the largest cold water geyser in the world!
52. Stroll through the gardens of Sanssouci in Potsdam. The park is the largest park in Brandenburg and definitely unique!
53. Eat original Swabian Spätzle. Swabian Spätzle are known and loved nationwide. They are especially well known in combination with lentils, as cheese spaetzle or with sauce.
54. Visit the Wartburg in Thuringia. The Wartburg Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and closely linked to the history of Martin Luther.
55. Walk through the Porta Nigra in Trier. The “Black Gate” is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but also a protected cultural asset and the best preserved Roman city gate in Germany.
56. Visit the Mercedes Benz World in Stuttgart. The museum is the most visited sight in Stuttgart. Here you can learn a lot about the 130-year history of the automotive industry.
57. Once drive with the Schwebebahn/Wuppertal Suspension Railway. The train is the landmark of the city.
58. Visit the northernmost city of Italy – Regensburg. Regensburg lies at the northernmost point of the Danube and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the Old Town and the Stadtamhof district.
59. Visit Cologne Cathedral. Cologne Cathedral is the most visited sight in Germany.
60. Take a boat trip across Lake Königssee and visit St. Bartholomä. The pilgrimage chapel on the western shore of Lake Königssee with its mountain panorama is beautiful.
61. Climb into the head of Hermann. The Hermann Monument is one of the most famous monuments in Germany and Europe.
62. Go (and play) in the casino of Baden Baden. The Casino Baden Baden is a top class casino and an architectural landmark of Baden-Baden.
And that are just a few points… the list could go on forever! What have you already experienced?
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