Germany announces its Top Ten travel sites

The German National Tourist Board surveyed over 15,000 visitors to find out the most popular places in the country. Here's the Top Ten. Photo: Ludwig's Neuschwanstein Castle Photo: GNTB

GERMANY, May 12, 2013 – The German National Tourist Board (GNTB)recently surveyed more than 15,000 international visitors to select the best places to visit in Germany.

It came as no great surprise that Ludwig II’s NeuschwansteinCastle, one of the most recognizable photographic images on the planet, took top honors.

From more than 700 German tourist destinations that were mentioned, the GNTB ranked the Top 100 according to popularity. The complete list is being incorporated into a new app that will provide travelers to Germany

Following is a shortlist of Germany

1 - Neuschwanstein Castle, Schwangau/Füssen, Bavaria – Thanks to Walt Disney, who patterned Sleeping Beauty’s Castle after Neuschwanstein, you feel you know it even if you have never been there. Mad King Ludwig II’s homage to the great German composer Richard Wagner sits high on a hill overlooking the village of Hohenschwangau. It has been open to the public since 1886 and is clearly one of Germany’s best known, and most beloved, attractions.

Cologne Cathedral at night

2 -Europa-Park, Rust, Baden-Württemberg– Situated between Freiburg andStrasbourg,France in the Upper RhineValley, Europa-Park is the largest theme park inGermanyand second largest inEuropebehind Disneyland Paris.

The Alpenexprress Mine Train, which races through a diamond mine, is the oldest of eleven roller coasters in the park. There are also pavilions featuring numerous European countries.

3 - Cologne Cathedral (UNESCO World Heritage), North Rhine-Westphalia – With its location beside the railway station, the twin spires of Cologne Cathedral are truly majestic for any visitor arriving by train. Construction began in 1248 but was not completed until 1880.

It is the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe

Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate

4 - Brandenburg Gate, Berlin – It is impossible to stand in front of the Brandenburg Gate and not be inspired. The former city gate is the entrance to the wide boulevard known as Unter den Linden for the trees that line the route that led to the city palace of the Prussian monarchs.

The gate, which stands a block south of the Reichstag building, is a reminder of the wall that separated Berlin for many decades in the 20th century.

5 - The Berlin Wall (East Side Gallery, Berlin Wall Park, Berlin Wall Trail) – Only remnants remain of the once ominous wall that divided Berlin, but they stand there as powerful reminders of a not-so-ancient history.

The East Side Gallery, which is actually an outdoor museum of graffiti art on a strip of the former wall, is a colorful display of Germany’s quest for reunification.

Cruising past the Lorelei

6 - Lorelei rock in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley (UNESCO World Heritage), Rhineland – PalatinateIf you happen to be cruising the Rhine

Legend has it that a beautiful golden-haired siren would distract sailors with her songs causing them to crash upon the rocks.

7 - Nature reserves in the Black Forest, Baden-Württemberg – The Romans called this large area of thickly-wooded conifers the Black Forest

At nearly 100 miles in length and 40 miles in width, this popular tourist region features numerous historic towns and an open-air museum that focuses upon life as it was in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Heidelberg Castle overlooks the Nekar

8 - Heidelberg Castle, Baden-Württemberg – Perhaps Mark Twain described it best in his book A Tramp Abroad: when he wrote, “A ruin must be rightly situated, to be effective. This one could not have been better placed.”

Peering from its hilltop perch above the NekarRiver with its idyllic bridge below, HeidelbergCastlest1 dominates its surroundings. Heidelbergis a world renowned university citythat blends the youthful exuberance of student life with the romantic charisma of its history.

9 - Lake Constance and its islands – The third largest lake in Central Europe actually consists of three bodies of water surrounded by Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

The glacier-fed lake is a popular tourist region as well as a primary source of drinking water in southwest Germany.

10 -Museum Island(UNESCO World Heritage),BerlinBerlin’sMuseumIslandis a treasure trove for museum lovers. Five world-class museums occupy the northern section of this island in the center of the River Spree.

Bode Museum on Museum Island

There is also a park as well as Berlin Cathedral, which makes for an ideal day-trip within the heart of Berlin. Best of all, it is possible to purchase a single ticket that allows admission to all the venues.

Don’t be misled. This is only the Top Ten. There are 90 other sites not mentioned here, that could easily replace some listed above. With a little research, you might discover you can spend a lifetime in Germany

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Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services inCharlotte,NC.Tayloris founder ofThe Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com) whichoffers tours andtravel information for people who share his wanderlust spirit.

Inquiries for groups can be made atPeabod@magellantravelclub.comTaylored Media has produced marketing videos for British Rail, Rail Europe, Switzerland Tourism, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council, the Finnish Tourist Board, the Swiss Travel System and Japan Railways Group among others.

As author ofThe Century Clubbook,Peabod is now attempting to travel to 100 countries or more during his lifetime. To date he has visited71 countries.Suggest someplace new for Bob to visit; if you want to know where he has been, check hisliston Facebook.Bob plans to write a sequel to his book when he reaches his goal of 100 countries. He also played professional baseball for four years and was a sportscaster for 14 years at WBTV, the CBS affiliate in Charlotte.


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Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com) and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.

 

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