Historic Highlights Of Germany
There are 17 cities that make up the Historic Highlights of Germany and they all provide different destination experiences. These destinations, some more well-known than others, each have their own quirks and highlights that are part of Germany’s historical beauty. Some of these smaller destinations will still give you an insight into Germany without having to deal with overcrowded cities.
These destinations include Aachen, known for being a spa city and its gothic cathedrals, and Freiburg that was known for being a reconstructed medieval town but is now a vibrant university city. Many of these towns and cities feature UNESCO heritage sites that will help you delve deeper into these hidden gems.
The other places that are part of the Historic Highlights of Germany are Augsburg, Bonn, Erfurt, Heidelberg, Koblenz, Lübeck, Mainz, Münster, Osnabrück, Potsdam, Regensburg, Rostock, Trier, Wiesbaden and Würzburg.
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Every October, in Osnabrück, ‘the City of Peace’, primary school children ride to the top of the town hall steps on hobby horses to receive pretzels. This is done in celebration of the Peace Treaty of Westphalia.
Here you will find the impressive Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, which can be reached via cable car, as well as Deutsches Eck at the confluence of the Rhine and Mosel Rivers.
The cathedral, town hall and historic Maximilianstrasse are all worth visiting here. You can also explore the Fuggerei – a town within a town.
A beautiful city and once the gem of the Hanseatic League, Lübeck offers medieval city gates, a Romanesque cathedral and a town hall dating back to 1230.
Located just outside of Berlin, the Potsdam palaces and parks stand elegantly awaiting your visit. From Sanssouci to Charlottenhof, they offer the perfect place for a relaxing and educational stroll.
The cathedral here dates back to the year 800 and was Germany’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Aachen has a great sense of humour and its famous Printen (gingerbread) will delight your taste buds.
Flight time from London to Flugplatz Koblenz/Winnigen: 1hr 30 min – Transfer to Koblenz: 20 min
Flight time from London to Augsburg Airport: 1hr 50m – Transfer to Augsburg: 13 min
Flight time from London to Flughafen Lubeck: 1hr 35m – Transfer to Lubeck: 14 min
Flight time from London to Berlin Schonefeld Airport: 1hr 50m – Transfer to Potsdam: 36 min
Flight time from London to Maastricht Aachen Airport: 1hr 20m – Transfer to Aachen: 30 min
Beethoven’s house is one of the many highlights that you can see within Bonn, where you will get a chance to see his manuscripts and last piano. This memorial site studies the life and work of the famous composer.
Krämerbrücke is a large bridge that is situated in the middle of Erfurt. On the bridge, there are apartments, restaurants and shops. Some of the shops include wine merchants, art galleries, cafes and bakeries.
Europa-Park is a huge amusement park that any thrill seeker would enjoy, with plenty of rides and shows that are suitable for all ages. There are also restaurants that serve a variety of food depending on where you are in the park and a number of themed hotels onsite.
The famous Heidelberg Castle is known as one of the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. You can explore the castle and also take a tram down the mountain to the town below.
The Walhalla in Regensburg is a memorial that honours many distinguished politicians, sovereigns, scientists and artists who have a close connection to Germany. This Museum’s structure resembles an ancient Greek temple.