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  • 1 TheaterFigurenMuseum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Kolk 14 D - 23552 Lübeck

    Hidden away in one of the most picturesque parts of Lübeck's old town, in a gabled building dating from the 16C, the Theatre Puppet Museum presents one of the richest collections of puppets in the world. Fritz Frey has brought together pieces from th..

  • 2 Wind- und Wassermühlen-Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Bromer Straße 2 D - Gifhorn

    The vast park of the Windmill and Watermill Museum is dotted with little stretches of navigable waters (visitors can hire boats). It is home to a unique collection of 16 watermills and windmills, each one different. Visitors can eat in the Trachtenha..

  • 3 Museum of Indian Art (Dahlem) Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Lansstraße 8 8 D - Berlin

    The collection is divided up into three sections: the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia and the silk route - and includes India, of course, but also Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tibet, Burma and Vietnam. The high point of the museum com..

  • 4 Chorin Abbey Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    D - 16230 Chorin

    The remains of the abbey, built from 1273 onwards by the Cistercian monks of Lehnin, provide a fairly accurate picture of an Early Gothic brick building. The church is designed like a basilica with three naves and a seven-sided apse. Staircase turret..

  • 5 Partnachklamm Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D - 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen

    A track starting at the «Forsthaus Graseck» Hotel leads to the gorges: the path, carved into the rock, crosses two spectacular valley necks among roaring waterfalls. You can also take this walk in winter, when there is a magical decor of icicles.

  • 6 Freiburg Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Münsterplatz D - 79098 Freiburg-im-Breisgau

    The primitive Romanesque building begun around 1200 underwent numerous changes up until the 16C. From the top of the tower there is a splendid view over Freiburg and the surrounding countryside. The porch and west door are decorated with numerous sta..

  • 7 Augustinermuseum (Freiburg) Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Augustinerplatz D - 79098 Freiburg-im-Breisgau

    The Augustinian Museum is housed in the church of the former Augustinian convent. Home to a fascinating collection of medieval art, the museum's exhibits include a section of an altarpiece by Grünewald representing the miracle of the Madonna of the S..

  • 8 Maulbronn's Abbey Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Klosterhof 10 D - 75433 Maulbronn

    Founded in 1147, this is one of the first Cistercian communities in Germany. Inside its perimeter wall is the church (1178), with its 13C portico, 15C reticulated vaulting and Romanesque rood screen. See the cloister and monastic buildings with their..

  • 9 Schwetzingen Palace Gardens Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Schlossgarten D - 68723 Schwetzingen

    Laid out between 1758 and 1796 by the architect Nicolas de Pigage from Lorraine, these 72-ha gardens combine the formal perspective of French gardens with the more relaxed style of the 18C, a time when natural landscapes and artificial monuments such..

  • 10 Fairy-Tale Garden Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Schlossstrasse 30 D - 71634 Ludwigsburg

    Fairy tales, legends and folk tales from Germany (Tales by the Brothers Grimm) and elsewhere are illustrated in this fairy-tale garden (Märchengarten) with performances by mechanical figures.

  • 11 Island of Mainau Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D - 78465 Mainau

    This vast park created for the Grand Dukes of Baden blends romantic woods and the variety and bright colour of flowered terraces. The presence of hibiscus, orange trees and daturas shows the mildness of the climate. Don't miss the large butterfly gre..

  • 12 Fine Arts Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Friedrichsplatz 4 D - 68165 Mannheim

    The Stadtische Kunsthalle museum houses 19C and 20C art. The sculpture department is particularly rich, with works by Rodin, Brancusi, Giacometti, Barlach, Nam June Paik and Richard Long. There are also important works by the French Impressionists, p..

  • 13 Black Forest Open Air Museum Vogtsbauernof Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Vogtsbauernhof D - 77793 Gutach

    Situated in the Gutach valley, this open-air museum (Freilichtmuseum Vogtsbauernof) demonstrates the skill of the local inhabitants in rural housing, agriculture, and arts and crafts.

  • 14 Favorite's Castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Am Schloss Favorite D - 76437 Rastatt

    This lavish Baroque palace was built between 1710 and 1712 for the Margravine Sybilla Augusta. The interior decoration is particularly fine: the floors of scagliola, the Mirror Study, the Florentine Room. At the centre of the estate, the Sala Terrena..

  • 15 Marktplatz Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Am Markt D - 74523 Schwaebisch-Hall

    The square is dominated by the monumental steps leading to the church of St. Michael. Only the characteristic alignment of the half-timbered houses, spared by the fire of 1728, still reminds us of what the town must have looked like in the 17C.

  • 16 St Blaise's Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Weg Kirchweg D - 79837 Sankt-Blasien

    This 18C church is built in the middle of the quadrangle formed by the old abbey buildings. After the dome of St. Peter's in Rome, and Les Invalides in Paris, this is the third largest dome in Europe. Inside the dome is a false cupola, suspended from..

  • 17 Castle (Burghausen) Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Burg 48 D - 84489 Burghausen

    The Dukes of Bavaria made Burghausen into the largest castle in Germany. To reach the outer defensive wall, go under the Wöhrseeturm (good view of the fortifications). St George's gate leads to the innermost ring of battlements, protecting a small na..

  • 18 Maximilianstraße Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Maximilianstr. D - 88131 Lindau

    Numerous picturesque houses and inns line this main street of the old town. Note the old town hall and its façade, typical of the Alpine Rhine Valley and the Vorarlberg.

  • 19 Abbey Church of Ottobeuren Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Sebastian-Kneipp Str. 1 D - 87724 Ottobeuren

    The squat outside appearance of the church gives no clue to its actual size: 480m long, with 80m towers. Inside, the visitor is struck by the luminosity and varied colours of the frescoes. The solid, amply proportioned transept crossing is surmounted..

  • 20 Linderhof Palace Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    D - 82488 Linderhof

    Ludwig II had this palace built between 1874 and 1879 in one of the wild Alpine valleys used for hunting by the kings of Bavaria. With its second Italian Renaissance and Baroque styles, the palace has a lavish and harmonious feel. The luxurious decor..

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