There is more to Germany than Lederhosen, Oktoberfest or artsy capital cities. Deep in the German countryside you can find enchanted castles, palaces and forests that look like they jumped straight out of a story book or a Disney movie.
Are you ready to feel like you’re in a Grimm Brothers book? Let’s go on a magical road trip through Germany!
The beautiful Eltz Castle
Eltz castle has survived wars, housed only one family through the years and has incomparable architecture. It looks like something straight out of a fairytale as it stands on top of a hill, inside a valley. The Elzer Wald – the surrounding forest – is a national nature reserve which is filled with rare plants and animals. Visit it for a scenic hike around the surrounding nature or go inside for a visit to the treasury which is filled with silver and gold from around the world.
It is recommended that you either visit before 11am or after 3pm.
The Bad Nenndorf Spa Park
Spa Park aka. Kurpark is located in the German town of Bad Nenndorf. Created by Wilhelm IX in 1792, the park itself was inspired by its British predecessors. The buildings within the park have been completely refurbished and look just as regal as they did once upon a time. This is the perfect place to relax and look after your mental and physical wellbeing. Why not have a spa weekend with your friends?
The intimidating Schloss Drachenburg castle
Made internationally famous by tattoo artist Kat von D as it belonged to her ancestors, this palace has a seriously ominous look to it. It looks like a mix between the Cathedral Notre Dame and Schloss Neuschwanstein. It was built privately in the late 19th century, between 1882 and 1883. It is located atop a hill near the German town of Königswinter near Bonn and you can visit it and even go inside! Can you think of a better spooky location to get into the Halloween spirit?
This magical Ice chapel at Mount Watzmann
If you want to take amazingly surreal holiday photos in Germany, this is definitely the spot for you. Hike from St. Bartholomä boat station for 30 minutes, and you will reach the Ice chapel at the foot of Mount Watzmann. The nearest big city to this location is Munich, which is also a beautiful city worth the trip. Secret tip: there is a second ice chapel off the beaten path which also has a waterfall.
The Rakotzbrücke aka. the Devil’s Bridge
The Devil’s Bridge in Kromlau, Germany is located at Kromlauer Park. It is an arched bridge which looks so physically impossible that it got named the “Devil’s Bridge” due to the belief that it is so dangerous and miraculous that it had to be built by Satan himself. While the bridge was really built by mere mortals in 1860, it is still a very interesting sight to behold. The bridge – in conjunction with its reflection in the water – forms a perfect circle. You cannot cross this bridge due to preservation regulations, but you can definitely take very unique holiday photos there.
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