With the gradual opening of cultural and tourist businesses in the states and the relaxation of entry regulations, Germany has begun to open its door to international travellers. Here is a list of some of Germany’s most impressive and unique natural sights and destinations along with a culinary voyage of discovery through Germany’s beautiful regions and districts you might want to add to your bucket list for your next trip.
Invention of fast food in Germany
Located along the banks of the Danube River, in the Bavarian city of Regensburg, this little gem is home to the perfectly preserved Old Town, a medieval architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The magnificent location also includes The Stone Bridge which is believed to be the oldest standing bridge in Germany and the oldest fast food joint in the world, a café, now known as the Sausage Kitchen, is said to have opened on that very spot in 1146, just as the bridge was completed.
Bratwurst Sausage, an edible German Icon
Bratwurst Sausage, a type of grilled sausage which has come to be symbolic of Germany did not actually originate there. But whilst the Ancient Greeks may have grilled sausages over glowing charcoal, it was the Germans that adopted the sausage as an edible part of their cultural heritage. This peculiar dish can be found at the first German Bratwurst Museum in Mühlhausen, Thuringia. The Bratwurst sausage is Thuringian, Nuremberg and Coburg‘s top speciality and is known for it in whole world.
The German divide is still illuminated at night
Berlin has come to be an increasingly united city since the fall of the wall in 1989. And yet if you look down at Berlin from space on a clear night, you will see that it is still divided in one sense. Satellite images reveal that the west of the city glows in a blue-white light, whilst the east has a warmer yellow shine to it.
The primeval forest reborn
Bavarian Forest National, located at just a two hour drive to the north-east of Munich has been left to grow naturally without any human interference for decades creating a magnificient and natural sight for tourists to visit. Similarly, Sababurg Primeval Forest, part of the Reinhardswald Nature Park in Hesse right at the heart of Germany, hasn’t been interfered with for more than 100 years now.
The modern caravan, another German invention
Luxurious caravan-style trailers may have been used to transport horses and oxen across England in the 19th century, but the caravans that modern campers tow behind their cars all around the world originated in Germany. Some 700,000 caravans are registered right now in Germany alone and they are growing in popularity.
Germany is home to 25,000 castles
Germany is a country home to enchanting castles straight out of fairytale. While Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, the most famous castle in the whole of Germany is located in the Thuringian Forest, the federal state of Saxony is another castle hotspot. Stunning fortresses line the spectacular landscape of the Swabian Alb in south-west Germany, is also a sight to behold.