With an array of World Heritage Sites that beckon tourists from all over the world, notably the Black Forest, the Alps, its major cities as well as Oktoberfest and globally renowned for being the Land of Poets and Thinkers, Germany is home to 51 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Discovering Germany takes one on an adventure of modernity and gorgeous natural landscapes blending seamlessly into this Renaissance epicentre that has more than 20,000 castles with histories dating back up to 7,000 years.
Here is a selection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites to explore the nation’s cornucopia of distinct experiences :
Ancient Beech Forests
Unspoilt Beech Forests found nowhere else in the world, these ancient woodlands exhibit a very special perspective into nature’s diversity and wilderness adventure. In a process that has been going on for a few thousand years, European Beech has spread from a few isolated refuge places in the Alps, Carpathians, Dinarides, Mediterranean, and Pyrenees since the end of the last Ice Age. More than 10,000 different plant, animal, and fungi species can be found in the remaining forests, despite the shadowlands that beech trees cast under their canopies.
Perched at a height of some 400 metres, its varied aspect and the sense of harmony it evokes are only two of its charms for visitors. Wartburg Castle serves as a memorial to the cultural heritage of Germany, Europe, and beyond making it a devoted place for pilgrimage, memory, and tradition. The huge castle with lavish interiors feature tapestries, golden mosaics, mediaeval musical instruments, and precious wares on display from as far back as the 19th century.
Off the Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands’ coast stretches the largest tidal flat system in the world. Its globally unique geological and ecological features have listed it among the UNESCO heritage tag. About 10 million migratory birds use the Wadden Sea as a stopover site every year. Often called ‘two faced’, exploring the Wadden Sea is a different island altogether, one moment visitors can stroll over the seabeds while on the very next it may all appear submerged. With beaches and dunes, stunning flora and fauna, wide sky, and expansive views of the North Sea and the Wadden Sea, the Wadden Islands are rich in both flora and fauna life.
Old town Bamburg
Charming old town of Bamburg is known for its Medieval old town, protected by Europe’s largest intact city wall. It is built over seven hills, earning it the name “Franconian Rome.” The churches and cathedrals of the Episcopal Town on the Hills, where the cathedral is the dominant structure, date back to the 10th century. The Island Town, an island in the middle of the river that was developed in the 12th century to house a market, residences, and establishments, is another attraction open to visitors.
Opera House in Bayreuth
One of the most well-known tourist destinations in Frankfurt is the Old Opera House, which is the ideal destination for music enthusiasts. This location is perfect for music lovers and kids because it organises more than 300 musical events, including classical, jazz, and children’s performances. Built between 1745 and 1750, the Opera House is a masterpiece of Baroque theatre architecture and the only completely preserved example of its kind where an audience of 500 can authentically experience Baroque court opera culture and acoustics because its auditorium still has its original materials such as wood and canvas.