Germany is a seriously spellbinding country. Filled with marvellous historical attractions and possessing a wondrous natural landscape, there are so many incredible gems to uncover in this great European country. From the majesty of the The Bavarian Alps to the rugged charms of the Black Forest, walking holidays in Germany never disappoint. And here we outline the very best views the country has to offer.
Neuschwanstein is best described as the ultimate fairytale castle. It is located in the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen, about 2 hours from Munich by car. The castle was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria between 1869 and 1886, and the fortress was the inspiration for Walt Disney’s iconic theme park castles. If you hike on the trails of the The Poellat Gorge Waterfall (or Pöllatschlucht Wasserfall in German), you will be afforded some of the best views of the castle. And the views from inside the castle itself are also breathtaking.
2. Obersee Lake
Obersee Lake is one of Germany’s hidden gems. Deep in the heart of Berchtesgaden National Park, near to the Austrian border, this stunning lake has crystal clear waters in front of a stunning alpine landscape. Quiet, peaceful and majestic, Obersee Lake is one of the most beautiful views in the whole country. Rocky crags and steep mountain valleys form an impressive backdrop.
3. Zugspitze Massif
Perhaps the most dramatic views in Germany are seen from the Zugspitze Massif. At 2,962 metres above sea level (9,718 feet) The Zugspitze is the tallest mountain in the country. And at its summit hikers can view an expansive panorama of over 400 mountain peaks in four differen countries — Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland. The eastern summit, at 2,962 meters, is easy to access via cable car or cog railway. Its summit is crowned by a gilded cross.
4. Königssee (King’s Lake)
The Königssee is an emerald-green a lake in the Berchtesgaden National Park in Germany. Located at the foot of Mount Watzmann hikers can rent a paddleboat and enjoy the National Park’s beauty from the water. The lake is 5 miles long, more than a mile wide, and almost 200 metres deep. Surrounded by steep rock walls, the views of the lake are breathtaking and provide a rest bite from the busy world.
5. Rakotzbrücke in Kromlau
Rakotzbrücke is also known as The Devil’s Bridge. It is an epic location, located in a village in the district of Görlitz in eastern Germany near the Polish border. The bridge was specifically designed to create a circle when it is reflected in the river waters beneath it. It was commissioned in 1860 and built using local stone, but today the bridge is known for its great Instagram fame. Visitors flock from around the world to take their own amazing photography. The bridge is best visited during the autumn months, when a rusty colour palette gives it even more mystery.
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