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There is so much to see and do sometimes you don’t know where to begin! Just a little list to get you started on some ideas of things you need to see, do and eat when you make a trip to Germany!!

1. You can’t come to Germany without going to Neuschwanstein Castle

98 Things to do in Germany - Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany - California Globetrotter

2. If you’re near the castle, then you need to go to the German Alps and go to Zugspitze – the tallest mountain in Germany

3. Eat a schnitzel, pork or veil. With pommes!

4. Climb the Peterskirche in Munich which will offer amazing views like this:

98 Things to do in Munich, Germany - City Giude to the Top Attractions - California Globetrotter

5. Go to Oktoberfest in Munich at least once and then try to find your way home, drunk

6. Visit Nuremberg and stroll the river walkways and then take a tour of the darker history from WWII

7. Eat a Bavarian breakfast with a Weizen

8. Take a boat ride on the Herrnchiemsee to visit the Herrnchiemsee Palace

98 Things to do in Germany - Schloss Linderhof - California Globetrotter

9. Spend many hours socializing in a beer garden drinking a beer on a nice sunny day

10. Watch the raising of the Maipole on May 1st

11. Take a boat ride down the Danube or the Rhine

12. Dance in a disco until the sun rise

13. Then eat a Döner kebab

14. Go to Starkbierfest

Bavaria's 5th Season: Starkbierzeit - California Globetrotter

15. Go to the Regensburg Bürgerfest ever two years

16. Take your lover to Heidelberg and stroll along the Neckar river or the city center

17. Rent a paddle boat in Heidelberg and float down the Neckar and under the Alte Brücke (Old Bridge) on a warm sunny day

18. Climb the stairs of the tallest cathedral in the world in Ulm

19. Follow the Romantic Trail from from Würzburg, via Augsburg, to Füssen

20. Go to a wine festival in Würzburg and drink on the Old Main Bridge

21. Check out the world’s largest fresco at the Würzburg Residence

22. Eat a Black Forest Cherry Cake in the Black Forest

23. Visit the largest Cuckoo clocks in the world in the Black Forest

24. Eat a traditional Schweinebraten mit Knödel (Roasted Pork with a potato dumpling)

25. Go to the Munich Hofbräuhaus at least once and rub elbows with tourists and very traditional Bavarians in full Lederhosen

98 Things to do in Munich, Germany - California Globetrotter

26. Act like a local and enjoy a BBQ along any river in a nice patch of grass during the summer

27. Smoke shisha at one of the many hookah bars

28. Eat a Krapfen during Faschingzeit

29. Celebrate Fasching in Cologne during the “Crazy Days!”

30. Check out the Cologne Cathedral which took 700 years to build

31. Go to a concentration camp at least once

32. Listen to some German rap

33. Try speaking German or having a conversation in German with a German

34. Straddle the line which designates where the Berlin Wall divided East & West Berlin

35. Visit Checkpoint Charlie

36. Check out the Frauenkirche in Dresden which has been completely restored

98 Things to do in Germany - Dresden, Saxony, Germany - A Quick Guide of What to See - California Globetrotter (16)

37. Eat a bratwurst with sauerkraut

38. Go to a thermal pool/spa/sauna…naked at least once

39. Drive 150+ mph on the Autobahn in an Audi or BMW

40. Join a Stammtisch group

41. Drink a Rauchbier (Smoked Beer) in Bamberg

98 Things to do in Germany - Bamberg Rauchbier, Bavaria, Germany - California Globetrotter

42. Hike through the Bavarian Forest

43. Watch an Autumn Almabtrieb in September/October as the herders bring the cattle back down from the Alps.

44. Go to the world’s oldest monastery brewery at Weltenburg Abbey

45. Buy a pair of Lederhosen or Dirndl

Regensburg, Germany, Dult - About Lolo - California Globetrotter

46. Go to Europa-Park

47. Walk the Medieval walls that still surround Rothenburg ob der Tauber

48. Go to the Landshuter Hochzeit every 4 years in Landshut

49. Go to the flower island of Mainau on Lake Constance (Bodensee)

50. Listen/watch some Alpine horn music

51. Stand among the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe blocks in Berlin

52. Drink Glühwein at the Christmas markets

53. Go to as many Christmas markets as possible

54. Take a tour inside the Reichstag in Berlin

55. Go to Eagle’s Nest and eat lunch there  (Kehlsteinhaus) in Berchtesgaden

98 Things to do in Germany - Berchtesgaden - Hitler's Kehlsteinhaus - California Globetrotter

56. Ride in the cable car in Rüdesheim which overlooks the surrounding vineyards

57. Hike the Bastei just SE of Dresden over the Elbe River

58. Visit the old town center of Regensburg which escaped damaged from WWII

59. Go to a German soccer game

60. Take a long bike ride through the German countryside or along the rivers

61. Go to Hohenzollern Castle, but not during the winter!

98 Things to do in Germany - Burg Hohenzollern, Germany - California Globetrotter

62. Listen to the Marienplatz clock tower chime in Munich

63. Take a drive to Burg Eltz

64. Stroll through the Deutsches Museum in Munich

65. Follow the German Fairytale route

66. Visit the birthplace of Beethoven in Bonn

67. Check out the romantic fairytale fortress of Schwerin Castle

68. Ride an ICE train

69. Eat white asparagus during Spargel season!

70. Mix a Weizen and Cola together to make a ColaWeizen

71. Mix Coke and Fanta together to make a Spezi

72. Go to the Burghausen Castle which is Europe’s longest castle

73. Eat a roasted duck in gravy sauce

74. Listen to some traditional Bavarian folk music

75. Go watch the Passion Play in Oberammergau every 10 years

76. Stay the night in a castle at the Bacharach castle overlooking the Rhine river

77. Visit the Loreley Rock on the Rhine river

The Loreley am Rhine - California Globetrotter

78. Watch the reenactment of the attacks on Heidelberg Castle – “Heidelberg Beleuchtung”

79. Ride the city rail line, Schwebebahn, in Wuppertal

80. Do a brewery tour of Kuchlbauer and then climb the Hunderwasserturm in Abensberg

81. Definitely go to Hamburg

82. Eat Lebkuchen during the Christmas season

83. Drive the Burgenstrasse (Castle road) from Mannheim through Bavaria to Prague which offers plenty of romantic castles

84. Go to the Ludwigsburg Castle Pumpkin festival

Schloss Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival - California Globetrotter

85. Eat a Leberkäse Semmel (sandwich). No it is not Liver.

86. Check out the Library at the Wiblingen Monastery in Ulm

87. Check out one of Germany’s oldest towns – Trier

88. Drive the Deutsche Weinstrasse (German Wine road) which starts in Bockenheim and ends near Schweigen

89. Spend some time along the German coastline near Lübeck, Rostock or Rügen

90. Hike the walking routes in Mittenwald to check out the gorges there

91. Eat your way through  the Imhoff-Stollwerck Museum, also known as the Chocolate Museum in Cologne

92. Go to one of the many dance festivals in Germany

93. Go to a Color Festival somewhere in Germany

94. Go to Wacken for the world’s largest metal festival

95. Eat a currywurst

96. Eat a German pretzel! Better than any Auntie Anne’s

97. Buy a traditional ceramic Bierstein or Beer glass

98. Date/Marry a German 🙂

98 Things to do in Germany - Schloss Linderhof - California Globetrotter

Do you have any suggestions that are a MUST DO/SEE/EAT for visitors to Germany that I missed? Please let me know! 🙂

If you’re interested in visiting Germany and are looking for more information, I highly recommend using the DK Eyewitness Travel Guide! Without these guides, I would be lost! This is my travel Bible!

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Replies to 98 Things to Do in Germany

  1. OMG this list is amazing – have noted down lots of them – a pumpkin festival? YES!! I would say the Marienschloss is stunning and you can’t leave off cheesecake! 😉

  2. Potsdam didn’t appear in this list! A must in summer (most close in winter) -visit the beautiful parks, castle and orangerie and a bonus as its so close to berlin!

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