Located in Western Europe and is one of the most populous nations of the European Union. With its vibrant economy, Germany is also famous for its impressive innovations in terms of modern technologies.

Germany is distinctive and fascinating in many ways. The country is home to well-known people, landmarks, and a rich culture and history. There are major tourist attractions in Germany that attract visitors yearly, such as Oktoberfest- the world’s most popular and largest beer festival held every year. At the same time, the most visited destinations are the famous landmarks of Germany.

Neuschwanstein Castle, this stunning 19th-century castle, is well known for its Fairy-tale feature and interesting history. Also, the Brandenburg Gate, this magnificent 18th-century monument in the heart of Berlin, was recognized as the country’s symbol of reunification and one of Germany’s iconic and famous landmarks. 

These were just a few famous landmarks in Germany, with many more to discover. So if you are planning to visit Germany soon, we have listed some of the famous landmarks in Germany for you to explore, from its stunning natural scenery to the historical structures.

19 Famous Landmarks In Germany

19 Famous Landmarks in Germany

1. Victory Column

Victory Columns

Opening Hours: 

Monday – Friday  9:30 am –  6:30 pm.,  Saturday and Sunday 9:30 am – 7:00 pm.

Admission Fee:

€ 4.00 to climb the tower

Berlin’s Victory Column, also known as the Victory Tower or Siegessäule in German, is an iconic monument that was constructed to commemorate the Prussian victory in the Danish-Prussian War of 1864. The tower has been prominently featured in various forms of pop culture such as the 1998 film Aimée & Jaguar, the music video for U2’s song Stay (Faraway, So Close!), and the video game Mario Kart 8.

The Victory Column stands at a height of 67 meters (220 feet) and comprises a base, a column, and a statue. The base is decorated with four large bronze reliefs, which depict scenes from the war. The column is made of sandstone and is decorated with four golden mosaics, which were added in 1902 to celebrate the German victory in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71.

At the top of the column is a statue of Victoria, the Roman goddess of victory, which was designed by the German sculptor Friedrich Drake. The statue itself is 8.3 meters (27 feet) tall and was crafted with gilded bronze. It weighs over 35 tons and was originally located at the Royal Palace in Berlin before being moved to the Victory Column in 1873.

The Victory Column is located in the Tiergarten park in central Berlin and is a popular tourist attraction. There are many places to stay and other famous landmarks nearby. For € 4.00, visitors can climb a spiral staircase of 285 steps to the top of the tower to enjoy panoramic views of the city. While people can admire the tower at any time, it can only be climbed Monday through Friday from 9.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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2. East Side Gallery in Berlin

East Side Gallery Berlin Germany

Many of Germany’s important landmarks are in Berlin, and the East Side Gallery is one of them. During the Cold War, this was part of the Berlin Wall which separated East and West Berlin. The Berlin Wall was roughly 160km (100 miles) circling West Berlin keeping friends and family apart for over 28 years.

The Wall came down in 1989, and in 1990 artists from around the world came to Berlin to create murals on a section of the Wall that parallels the Spree River. This is what became the East Side Gallery.

The East Side Gallery is 1.3km (0.8 mile) long, and it’s considered to be the longest outdoor art gallery in the world. The art here covers many topics, but most are about the Berlin Wall and serve to remember this dark period in history.

The Berlin Wall is such an important part of Berlin’s history, and visiting the East Side Gallery is a great place to see that history. When you visit, take your time to wander down the street admiring the many different murals, not just the famous ones.

The East Side Gallery is one of the best free things to do in Berlin. It’s open 24 hours a day, but it’s best to visit during the day. The closest transport stations are Ostbahnhof and Warschauer Strasse. Each is located at a different end of the East Side Gallery, so you can start from one and end at the other.

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3. Bastei Bridge

Bastei Bridge

A very special landmark in Germany is the Bastei Bridge. It is located in the Saxon Switzerland, which is close to Dresden, and it is a real jewel of nature. Outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers and photographers will find their personal highlight of Germany here. Fantastic hiking trails lead through deep gorges, green fairy tale forests and up to the grandiose vantage point of the local Elbe mountain range.

An absolute highlight for many travelers is a visit to the world-famous Bastei Bridge. The entrance is free and there are no opening hours. This outstanding landmark is a bridge made of stone that connects a series of extraordinary rock formations. Each year, approximately 1.5 million tourists from all over the world visit this impressive attraction because the scenery is so unique and special.

From the Bastei Bridge, the rocks drop steeply to the Elbe River at a height of 194 meters. The view of the Elbtal and the rocky peaks of the Elbtal is breathtaking.

It is definitely worth your while to spend a couple of days in the area. There are many other great things to see besides the famous Bastei Bridge! Visit Königstein Castle, take a bike ride along the beautiful Elbe river, or walk along the famous Painters’ Path (Malerweg). Take a nostalgic steamboat ride and visit the Schandau spa.

Traveling by car or rental car is the easiest way to get to the Bastille Bridge. The nearest international airport is in Dresden, about 45 km away.

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4. Rotes Rathaus, Berlin

Rotes Rothaus

Rotes Rathaus is one of Berlin’s most recognizable and most featured landmarks. It is called the “Red Town Hall”, located near Alexanderplatz in the Mitte district, surrounded by a number of iconic architecture and popular attractions, including the Hackesche Höfe, St. Mary’s Church, Berliner Fernsehturm TV Tower, DDR Museum and Berlin Cathedral.

The Rotes Rathaus is one of Berlin’s must-see attractions because of its significance in Germany’s history, and culture. The town hall was originally completed in 1869 by German architect, Hermann Friedrich Waesemann.

Take a pleasant at the plaza on a sunny day and appreciate the exterior of the building – a strikingly red structure designed in the Italian Renaissance style with a tower resembling the cathedral tower of Notre-dame de Laon in France.

The town hall that visitors see today was a restoration in 1951 after it was seriously damaged during the bombing in World War II. The Rathaus is open from 9 am to 6 pm on the weekdays.

Book a tour in advance and walk through the many magnificent rooms in the Rathaus. Check out the Heraldic Hall and the Great Banqueting Hall, the main reception and ceremonial venues for important national guests. The Pillared Hall is one of the most beautiful rooms with its orange rib-vaulted ceiling.

During the holiday season, the Christmas market in front of Rotes Rathaus is one of the most popular among the locals, soak in the festive atmosphere and have a taste of local delicacies and mulled wine.

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5. Merkur Mountain Railway, Baden-Baden

Merkur Mountain Railway, Baden-Baden

Funicular Railways are safe and environmentally friendly modes of transport used to connect the low and high points of cities across the world. Over the years, they have become a fun way to experience panoramic settings, especially those found in lush environments like mountains, and the Merkurbergbahn Talstation (Merkur Mountain Railway) in Baden-Baden is no exception.

Serving as the longest and steepest funicular railway in Germany since 1913, the Merkurbergbahn summits Merkur Mountain (the city’s highest point) in about five minutes and is one of the best attractions in the region.

These five minutes, although quick, offer sweeping views of a beautiful mountain landscape and the iconic Black Forest as the tracks incline between 23% and 54%. On clear days, you can see the city of Karlsruhe in the distance too!

The funicular lifts you up to a lovely mountain-top restaurant and incredible viewing platform, so make sure you stay long enough for lunch, or at least for a drink. During the summer, the area is often buzzing with activity and visitors can join in with locals who enjoy sunbathing on the hills, while the off-season offers a quiet place to immerse in nature by yourself.

A return trip costs 5 euros, and it is open year-round. However, it may close due to uncontrollable events such as bad weather.

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6. Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg

Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg

One of the most famous landmarks in Germany is the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. This iconic building is a concert hall and was inaugurated in 2017. You don’t have to be a concertgoer to visit, however. Anyone can walk around Elbphilharmonie’s public viewing platform. Known as The Plaza, it offers impressive panoramic views of the River Elbe and Hamburg.

While standing on The Plaza, you’ll be 37 meters above ground level. Below you will be what was once a warehouse that stored coffee, tea, and cocoa. Above you will be the concert hall, a hotel, and residential apartments. It’s pretty cool how they kept some historic elements while creating something modern.

If you’re traveling on a budget, the Elbphilharmonie is the perfect attraction for you to visit. It’s one of the many free things to do in Hamburg. Tickets are required to visit The Plaza, but same-day tickets are free and you can get them at the Visitor Center across the street.

Once you have your ticket, head over to the main entrance. You will use your ticket to go through a turnstile. From there, you will enter The Tube. It is an impressive 82-meter-long curved escalator. After you’ve reached The Plaza, make sure to walk around the entire perimeter of the building for those fantastic views.

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7. Burg Eltz, Wierschem

Burg Eltz

Opening Hours:

Daily from April 1 to November 1, from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Admission Fee:

Adult: €14

Close to the popular Moselle river, lies Burg Eltz, one of Germany’s most famous castles. Rightfully so, as both the castle itself and the surrounding woods look like a fairytale come to life. Almost 900-year old Burg Eltz is still owned by the eponymous family, but they do not live here anymore.

As the castle is so well-known, visiting early in the morning or late in the afternoon is advisable. Burg Eltz is open every day from April 1 to November 1, from 9.30 to 17.00. To get there, it’s easiest to go by car, but if that’s not possible there’s also a bus that drops you off at the castle’s parking lot. From there, you can take a shuttle to the entrance of Burg Eltz or choose between two walks: a longer, easier one and a shorter, steeper path. The longer path (1,2 km) is absolutely lovely and offers great views on the castle.

Tickets are 14 euros for adults and can be bought at the castle gates. The entrance fee includes an inside tour of Burg Eltz, which is the only way to see the beautiful interior. A tour takes about 40 minutes. Afterwards it’s possible to visit the courtyard and treasure chamber without a guide. As exploring Burg Eltz doesn’t take the whole day, you can combine it with the magical Moselle town of Cochem.

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8. Lübeck Holsten Gate, Lübeck

Lübeck Holsten Gate

Opening Hours:

January to March
Tuesday to Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m

April to December
Daily 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m

The Lübeck Holstentor is a well-known city gate in Germany, and visiting it is one of the best things to do in Germany. It was built between 1464 and 1478 as part of a fortification modernization on the Trave side.

The gate has walls up to 3.50 meters thick and housed 30 guns, though it was never fired upon. The Holsten Gate could be closed with two gate wings, and a bastion was built in front of it for added defense in the 16th century. However, the bastion was demolished in 1853 to make space for Lübeck’s first train station.

Over time, the south tower sank, causing the gate to lean westward, and the ground gave way, causing the lowest loopholes to sink more than half a meter below the surface.

Despite calls for demolition in the 1800s, the gate was restored and reinforced in the early 1900s with reinforced concrete anchors, iron rings, and tie rods in the walls.

The gate bears the inscription “CONCORDIA DOMI FORIS PAX” and the signs “S.P.Q.L.” on its city-facing side.

Today, the Holstentor is a symbol of Lübeck and has been featured on postage stamps, the Deutsche Bundesbank 50 mark note, and the 2 euro coin. It is also part of the exhibition “The Power of Trade,” which explores the history of Lübeck and the Hanseatic League in seven themed rooms.

The exhibition features installations that require visitors to take action, such as standing on the market square in the days of the Hanseatic League and touching and smelling goods that were traded while the background noise of the market square fills the room.

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9. Plönlein, Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Plönlein, Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Nestled in the north of Bavaria, the enchanting medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber boasts numerous architectural marvels and historical landmarks. Among these, the picturesque Plönlein stands out as a must-visit destination for travelers exploring famous landmarks in Germany.

Plönlein, which translates to “little square,” is a captivating intersection of two cobbled streets, framed by half-timbered houses and adorned with flower boxes. What makes this spot truly magical is the backdrop of two iconic medieval towers: the Siebers Tower (Siebersturm) and the Kobolzeller Tower (Kobolzellersturm). These towers once formed part of the town’s fortifications and served as watchtowers and gatehouses in the 13th and 14th centuries.

The charming half-timbered buildings that surround Plönlein date back to the 13th and 14th centuries. Their well-preserved facades create a perfect harmony with the natural beauty of the area, transporting visitors to a bygone era. Plönlein’s fairy tale charm has made it one of the most photographed spots in Germany, appearing in numerous movies and postcards.

Visiting Plönlein provides a unique opportunity to appreciate Rothenburg ob der Tauber’s rich history and architectural heritage. Wander through the narrow, winding streets and immerse yourself in the town’s romantic atmosphere. While you’re there, don’t forget to explore the town walls, which offer stunning panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

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10. Munich Residenz

Munich Residenz

Opening Hours:

April to October:  9:00 am -6:00 pm, Winter: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Admission Fee:  Adult: €9.

The Munich Residenz is the palace of the former ruling royal family of Wittelsbach of Bavaria. The German state of Bavaria was an independent kingdom for over 100 years from 1806 to 1918, ruled by the Wittelsbach branch.

The most well-known ruler was the mad king Ludwig II, who built the fairy tale castle Neuschwanstein, the Linderhof Palace and Herrenchiemsee palace. Surprisingly, the palace complex has been around for much longer than that, as it started out as a castle during the Middle Ages.

Over the ages it emerged into a lavish palace, which saw many personalities come and go. With over 180 rooms, a 250 meter long banqueting hall, a prestigious theater known as the Cuvilliés Theatre, ten courtyards, a court church and a court riding school, it is the largest German palace located in the inner city.

Adorned with Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo style Stuccoes and Frescoes, it has some of the most beautifully decorated inner rooms. The most well known are the Renaissance Antiquarium and the baroque ancestral gallery.

The treasury museum can be found in the premises and displays all the riches of the Wittelsbach, including their royal crowns and jewelries. Visitors can come anytime, from April to October, between 9 am and 6 pm and in winter from 10 am to 5 pm, there is no waiting queue. A free audio guide is included with an entry ticket.

They offer various tickets for each section. An adult ticket for the Residenz museum is priced at €9 and the ticket to the treasury is another €9 separately. Fortunately, visitors can get a combo ticket.

This is the best option for those who want to spend a whole day exploring the Residenz. A Residenz museum only entry ticket might be a better option for those who want to spend more time discovering more things to do in Munich.

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11. Neues Schloss, Stuttgart

Neues Schloss

Neues Schloss (New Castle) is a stunning palace located in Stuttgart, Germany. The palace was built in the Baroque style in the mid-18th century and has since become one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. It is also one of the largest palaces in southern Germany

It was built by Duke Carl Eugen von Württemberg in the mid-18th century. The palace features a stunning Baroque facade. The palace served as the residence for the Dukes and Kings of Württemberg until the early 20th century where in 1918 it was passed onto state ownership.

In 1942, the same year Auschwitz Birkenau started functioning, the city of Stuttgart was severely bombed and the palace suffered significant damage during this time as well an additional bombing in 1944. The building however, was restored in the 1950s.

The New Palace is an active seat for the regions Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Economics, Labor and Housing therefore group tours are unavailable and while tours are offered, it is at irregular intervals. However, the beautiful White Hall can be rented for events such as cultural festivities.

Neues Schloss is a must-visit attraction for anyone interested in history, culture, and architecture. Its stunning Baroque facade and importance to the region’s political seat, make it a popular site for visitors to Stuttgart.

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12. Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle

Opening Hours:

Daily-9:00n am -6:00 pm

Admission Fee:

Tickets to explore the castle cost €17.50

Neuschwanstein Castle is arguably the most famous castle in Germany and possibly even Europe, thanks to the surrounding stunning landscape and fairytale architecture.

Nestled in the mountains of Bavaria, outside of the charming town of Fussen, Neuschwanstein was dreamed up by King Ludwig II, who was known by many names, including the “Fairytale King”. Construction started on the castle in the 1860s and after almost two decades, Ludwig moved into Neuschwanstein, when 15 of its rooms were complete. Unfortunately, the king mysteriously died just a few short weeks after moving into his fairytale castle.

Now, while you’re visiting Neuschwanstein Castle, you can go on a guided tour of some of its extravagantly decorated rooms, learn more about the castle’s bizarre history, and admire the view of the surrounding Bavarian countryside. Be sure to explore some of the hiking trails around the castle as well, which provide several overlooks with jaw dropping views of the building that inspired Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyworld!

The castle is open 9 AM to 6 PM every day and tickets to explore the castle cost €17.50. If you’re a budget traveler, it’s totally free to explore the grounds around the castle, which is arguably the best part of visiting!

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13. Rakotzbrücke Bridge

Rakotzbrücke Bridge

Rakotzbrücke Bridge (or Teufelsbrücke) in Saxony is one of the best places to visit in Germany in autumn due to the vibrant trees that surround it in the park, though it’s a worthy destination any time of year. Located just outside of Gablenz near the border with Poland, it’s a popular (though long) day trip from Berlin or Dresden.

Many come here because it looks like something out of a fairy tale (or Harry Potter). Its nickname is the “Devil’s Bridge” because its ring shape looks like it extends all the way down to the underworld. When there is water below, the semi-circular bridge and its reflection form a perfect circle.

The bridge dates back to the 19th century when it was commissioned by a local knight to sit over the Rakotzsee. After World War II, the area was turned into Kromlau Azalea and Rhododendron Park.

The best way to get here is to rent a car and drive, as no guided tours typically come here. There is a parking lot across the street with paid parking. Give yourself enough time to explore the park, which is an example of an English-garden-style park in Germany and has more to see than just the bridge!

Contributed by: Stephanie from History Fangirl

14. The Eagle’s Nest, Berchtesgaden

The Eagle’s Nest, Berchtesgaden

Opening Hours:

Open only from mid-May to October, 8:30 am – 4:50 pm

The Eagle’s Nest, locally known as Kehlsteinhaus, is one of Germany’s most iconic landmarks. It is a small house located on the edge of a mountain cliff near the beautiful German town of Berchtesgaden. With a precarious placement on a hilltop that was once extremely inaccessible, the Eagle’s Nest is a true engineering wonder.

However, its history is not so impressive. The Nazis built Eagle’s Nest in 1938 and gifted it to Hitler. It was later used for important meetings and decision making by the Third Reich. Today, it is one of the few Nazi-era buildings that stands unharmed and functions as a restaurant and a beer garden.

With an amazing location on the top of the Kehlstein mountain, the Eagle’s Nest boasts of spectacular views of the Bavarian Alps and surrounding villages. If you are interested in history and keen to learn more about the history of the Second World War, then the Eagle’s Nest is also a good place to start.

The Eagle’s Nest is open only from mid-May to October, 8:30am – 4:50pm. It is possible to visit Eagle’s Nest without a tour by local transport (combination of train and bus) from both Munich and Salzburg.

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15. Gothic Cathedral of St. Mary, Hildesheim

Gothic Cathedral of St. Mary in Hildesheim

The Gothic Cathedral of St. Mary in Hildesheim, Germany is a stunning example of medieval architecture that is still standing today. The cathedral was built in the 11th and major renovations were done in the subsequent centuries.

The Hildesheim Cathedral has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. It is one of the most well-preserved Romanesque churches in Europe and is considered a national historic landmark in Germany.

The cathedral contains some of the finest examples of Romanesque and Gothic architecture in Europe, with its façade featuring intricate carvings of scenes from the life of Christ, as well as several statues of saints. The bronze doors are amazing too.

Inside, visitors can admire the soaring ceilings, stained glass windows, grandiose organs, and magnificent altarpieces. The Cathedral also houses several important artworks which are considered one of the finest examples of medieval religious sculpture in Europe.

The Gothic Cathedral of St. Mary in Hildesheim is a remarkable landmark that has endured for centuries, representing an important part of Germany’s unique cultural heritage and history. It is a must-see destination for anyone visiting the country, offering visitors a chance to experience firsthand some of Europe’s most impressive medieval architecture.

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16. Marienplatz, Munich

Marienplatz, Munich

Marienplatz, or Mary’s Square, is one of the most famous landmarks in Munich, Germany. Located in the heart of the city, Marienplatz has been a gathering place for locals and tourists alike since it was first established in 1158.

The centerpiece of Marienplatz is the neo-gothic Mariensäule, or Column of Mary, which stands tall in the center of the square. The column was built in 1638 to commemorate a victory over Swedish forces during the Thirty Years’ War and is topped with a golden statue of the Virgin Mary.

The square is also home to several other historic structures including St. Peter’s Church, the Glockenspiel clock tower, and the Fischbrunnen fountain. Marienplatz is surrounded by pedestrian streets lined with cafes and shops, making it a popular destination for shopping and dining.

Marienplatz is also known for its annual events like the Christmas market and Oktoberfest, which attract hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. It is a vibrant, lively place that has become an essential part of Munich’s identity and culture.

No trip to Munich is complete without a visit to Marienplatz, one of Germany’s most iconic landmarks.

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17. Berliner Dom

Berlin Dom

One of the coolest landmarks in Germany is the Berliner Dom, also known as the Berlin Cathedral. This stunning architectural masterpiece sits on the charming Museum Island in the Mitte district of the German capital, and is a must-visit destination for travelers and history enthusiasts alike.

The cathedral was originally built in the late 19th century as a royal church for the Hohenzollern family – it was meant to be an answer to St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome (and it does look very similar). With its grand dome, ornate decorations and beautiful stained-glass windows, it quickly became a symbol of the city’s power and prestige.

What’s so special about the Dom is that, today, as well as a place of worship, it’s used as a museum and concert venue.

How can you visit Berliner Dom? It’s pretty simple – the cathedral is open daily between 10am and 5pm (and from 12pm on Sundays), tickets cost 9 euros and should be bought in advance from the website.

Visitors can explore the beautiful interior of the cathedral, climb to the top of the dome for breathtaking views of the city, or attend one of the many concerts or services held there throughout the year.

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18. Lichtenstein Castle

Lichtenstein Castle

Opening Hours:

Summer:9:00 am – 5:30 pm, Winter: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Admission Fee:

Adult: €4, Children: €2

Lichtenstein Castle in Germany is a fairytale castle located in Baden-Württemberg in south-west Germany. Stuttgart to Lichtenstein castle is a distance of 58 km so it’s easy to take a day trip to the castle. One can also reach here by Munich in under 3 hours by car.

The castle is located on a tall hill in a scenic setting, overlooking German villages. Entry to the castle costs €4 for adults and €2 for children. This ticket grants entry to the castle grounds and not into the interiors of the castle. To enter the castle, one needs to take a guided tour which costs €12 for adults and €6 for children, lasts 30 minutes and can be taken in German or English.

The old Lichtenstein castle dates back to the year 1100 and has been destroyed numerous times and rebuilt as well. However, it was dismantled in 1802 and a hunting lodge was built instead.

In 1837, the Count Wilhelm of Württemberg bought the lodge and had a medieval knight’s castle built in its place which lay the groundwork for the castle that we see today. In fact, the ruins of the old castle can also be seen in the castle grounds. The turbulent history, picturesque location and the architecture make the castle worth visiting.

Lichtenstein castle is open to visitors between 0900 and 1730 in Summer and from 1000 to 1600 in Winter. There is a large parking lot, a restaurant and paid toilets available at the castle.

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19. Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate

One of the most iconic landmarks of Berlin, Brandenburg Gate is a must-visit destination if you’re in the capital.

At the end of the Unter den Linden boulevard, Brandenburg Gate symbolizes German unity and a testament to the country’s tumultuous history.

Brandenburg Gate was originally designed by architect Carl Gotthard Langhans – completed in 1791 – it marked the start of the road from Berlin to the town of Brandenburg an der Havel.

The gate was modeled after the Propylaea, the gateway to the Acropolis in Athens, and features twelve Doric columns; six are on each side and they create five passageways. The classical roof has a four-horse chariot on the top.

The gate became somewhat infamous after World War Two, when Germany – and Berlin – was divided between east and west. Brandenburg Gate stood between the two parts of the city and was part of the Berlin Wall. However, since the wall fell and the city reunified, the gate has served as a symbol of peace, unity, and freedom – and is one of the most iconic landmarks of Berlin!

If you’re on a winter city break to Berlin, there’s a popular Christmas market by the gate. There’s also an Oktoberfest in the early autumn, or it’s a popular meeting place in the summer months!

The gate is open 24 hours a day, and there is no entrance fee. But be prepared for crowds, especially in peak tourist season.

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