If you look at the tourism statistic of Germany, it is clear what sights and cities tourist mostly like. But there is so much more off the usual beaten track that’s worth seeing. So I made a list of my favorite hidden gems in Germany, which shouldn’t be found on every tourist page.
1. Silberbachtal in North Rhine-Westphalia
The Silberbachtal is about 14 kilometres from Detmold and is easily accessible by bike on the cycle path R1. It belongs to the most romantic (hiking) areas of the whole Teutoburg Forest. And the name doesn’t come from anywhere; the water in the stream really shines like silver. You can see that especially when the sun is shining! But unfortunately the name does not come from there, but from a water mill that has been in operation here for centuries.
At the beginning of the 18th century the people her found silver, but not enough to mine silver in larger quantities. The only thing that has remained is the name, which refers to the old times; today the mill stands still. But here you can find some worthwhile photo motives instead of silver – that is worth a lot! You can park at the free Silberbachtal forest car park near the silver mill, from where the hiking trail begins. The Silberbach stream meanders along the hiking trail in its natural state and also offers a beautiful background noise. The Silberbachtal valley is very mystical and romantic due to the interplay of the dense trees and the splashing silver stream!
2. Höllbachtal in Bavaria
The Höllbachtal is a nature reserve where “hell” lies. The Höllbach rises at Wiesenfelden and flows into the Danube at Wörth. The Höllbach valley is my favourite destination and also one of the most beautiful in the entire Bavarian Forest!
The circular path, which leads directly into the forest, is particularly beautiful. Along a quiet stream you enter the nature reserve and follow the course of the river until mossy granite rocks rise out of the water. The gentle stream quickly turns into a torrential river and the granite boulders pile up. And exactly on these you can (in good weather) climb around very well. Therefore the Höllbachtal is also a popular destination for families in spring and summer. Although the Höllbachtal is well visited especially in the warm months, but you can also visit the excursion destination in winter. The nature reserve is not only beautifully covered with snow, but also definitely worth seeing due to icicles in the water and frozen waterfalls.
3. Schwäbisch Hall in Baden-Württemberg
Schwäbisch Hall is located in Baden-Würrtemberg and, despite its sights, is not yet crowded with tourists. The city is located about 60 kilometres from Stuttgart in the Kochertal valley and has about 40,000 inhabitants.
Particularly worth seeing is the old town with its sweet half-timbered houses and the imperial Abbey of Comburg.
4. Castle Falkenfels in Bavaria
Many of you probably won’t know Falkenfels Castle, because this lovingly restored castle is still an insider tip. It is located in Lower Bavaria in the district Straubing-Bogen; the area is freely accessible, only for the observation tower you have to pay 1 €. There are also hotel rooms and a restaurant in the castle.
5. Castle Prunn in Bavaria
Burg Prunn has totally surprised and impressed me from the beginning! The castle stands on a vertical Jura rock above the Altmühl river valley southwest of Regensburg and is my Number 1 excursion destination in the Altmühl valley. From the parking lot, which is located a few minutes walk above the castle, one goes down a beautiful path to the castle and is rewarded with a beautiful view of the castle. The castle is one of the best-preserved knight’s castles in Bavaria and became famous through the discovery of a manuscript of the Song of the Nibelungs. Castle tours take place in the summer every hour from 09.00-17.00 o’clock and last about 45 minutes.
My tip: Make a short stop in Nußhausen to see the castle from below (picture in the middle of the upper row).
6. Treetop path Bavarian Forest & National park Lusen
One of the coolest destinations in the Bavarian Forest is the treetop path. The path has a length of 1300 meters at an altitude of 8-25 meters and meanders through beech, spruce and fir trees of the mixed mountain forest. On your way you will also find numerous learning and adventure stations. The highlight of the trail is the 44-metre-high observation tower, from which you have a great view of the Bavarian and Bohemian Forests.
The animal area in the Lusen National Park is located directly next to the treetop path and can be reached from there in a few minutes. The area is embedded in a varied forest landscape and is perfect for a day trip. The circular trail is 7 kilometres long and the outdoor area is open all year round and always open to the public. 45 native animal species live here in the middle of their natural environment (40 hectares of enclosures), including wolves, lynxes, wildcats, beavers, deer and more. The animal enclosure is the perfect place to relax, marvel and discover.
7. NABU Bird sanctuary
On our North Sea trip we came across the NABU birdwatching station by chance and simply tried it out. Of course this is something for ornithologists and bird fans, but it was really exciting to see how the different animal species behave in their natural habitat. . Nearby the NABU station there are three birdwatching huts from which we could see and experience the birds through my camera. Thus we got a great insight into the life of the birds.
On the way to the birdwatching stations you pass sweet and trustful sheep. One of them was really nice to stroke and didn’t leave our side anymore! We called it cuddly fuzz because he was so soft!;)
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