The 20 best alternatives for a home vacation in Germany

Where to go this year?

Every year, the question arises as to where the annual vacation should go. This year the decision is particularly difficult, because the entry in many countries is not yet possible at all or only with difficulty . To ensure that the vacation does not fall into the water despite Corona, is recommended vacation at home. We have located the top sights in Germany and picked out the most popular destinations for a home vacation. Here you will find first the 10 most popular regions and then still 10 sights in Germany that you should know. 

Corona as a vacation killer?

Because of the Corona crisis, the borders were completely closed for a long time. And even now, when most travel in Europe is possible again, many are unsure whether their vacation can take place as they had imagined. If you want to be on the safe side, take a vacation in Germany. Here one is not dependent on whether entry is possible. Travel within the country should not be a problem in any place now during the vacation season. You may think you already know your home country inside and out. We have picked out 20 real highlights for vacations in Germany.

1. Bavarian Allgäu

The Bavarian Alps are the right destination for all those who seek relaxation and love nature. Countless hiking opportunities across green meadows and rustic alpine pastures will surely let you take a deep breath. The alpine pastures, which are often still family-run, entice you with regional specialties and fresh cow’s milk. If you are looking to cool off, you can visit one of the numerous and often crystal-clear Bavarian lakes, such as Lake Chiemsee. Culturally, there is also a lot on offer here, just think of the dreamlike fairytale castles.

2. The Harz Mountains

Saga and tales wind around the Harz Mountains and its largest mountain, the Brocken. The Brocken is also called Blocksberg and on May 1, the witches celebrate Walpurgis Night here. However, the highest mountain range in northern Germany offers several other highlights. The amusement park on the Possen is the right destination for adventurers. A ride on the Harz narrow-gauge railroad is a good idea if you want to trace the history of the Reformation. And if you are a fan of the schnapps Doppelkorn, you can visit the original distillery. 

3. the baltic coast

For a long time, the beaches of the Baltic Sea are no longer an insider tip as a travel destination in Germany. Especially Rügen, Usedom and Rostock are considered popular vacation spots. The picturesque beaches invite you to linger or do sports. Here comes up even in the homeland South Sea feeling. If you get bored with the beach, you can visit one of the great coastal cities like Lübeck, Stralsund or Kiel. In addition, many attractions and museums. 

4. Bavarian Forest

The Bavarian Forest offers more than its reputation suggests. Since it is located directly in the triangle of countries of Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic, there are almost endless possible activities. The Großer Arber is ideal for challenging or even leisurely hiking tours. If you like more action, you should dare a paragliding flight and enjoy the breathtaking view. The gastronomy spoils you with regional Bavarian specialties. Other excursion destinations such as the Waldwipfelpfad in Neuschönau or the Hundertwasser Tower can be found in the immediate vicinity. 

View over the shore at Arber Lake

5th Black Forest

The Black Forest is best known for its regional souvenirs and specialties. The cuckoo clock, Black Forest ham and regional wine are just a few examples. But the area around the highest low mountain range has even more to offer. The proximity to the French border is ideal for short trips, for example to Strasbourg. But also the Swiss Basel is not far away. In addition, you will find numerous beautiful cities for day trips.

6. North Sea coast

The North Sea is not as popular with beach vacationers as the Baltic Sea coast, since a critical eye is often cast on the weather. But those who are hardy here will be rewarded. Mudflat walks in the Wadden Sea of the North Sea are an absolute highlight and must. It is worth joining a guided tour to get to know the special features of this unique ecosystem. And who then enough through the mudflats trudged, can make day trips to the great North Sea cities of Cuxhaven or Borkum.

7th Mecklenburg Lake District

This area is a real insider tip for those who like to take it easy. The Müritz is the largest of the 50 or so lakes located here. If one has arrived here, one has almost the feeling to be at the sea. If you like, you can fish, swim or simply relax. Even a boat trip on one of the countless lakes is conceivable. 

Mecklenburg Lake District

8th Lake Constance

Lake Constance has an ideal location, because here you almost feel a bit like in Italy. The Mediterranean climate additionally plays into the cards of this place. This destination is especially suitable for fans of water sports, because almost everything is on offer here. In addition, the Alps are in the immediate vicinity.

9. Spreewald

The Spreewald captivates with its vibrant green colors. The unlimited waterways invite you to take a long boat or rowing trip. The Spreewald gherkins – a regional specialty – should of course be tasted on occasion.

10th Saxon Switzerland

The uniquely shaped rocks of Saxon Switzerland are also an insider’s tip. Here you can hike wonderfully or walk along the banks of the Elbe. Located directly on the Czech border, there are also some enchanted ruins. Hiking enthusiasts will certainly not be bored here.

11th Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle is certainly the tourist attraction in Germany. Have you already visited the fairytale castle? If not, it is high time now. Booking tickets in advance is worthwhile, especially because due to Corona only a limited number of visitors can take part in the tour at the same time. Then you will have the opportunity to visit the dream residence of Ludwig II, as more than 1.5 million tourists from all over the world do every year.

View of Neuschwanstein Castle

12th Brandenburg Gate and Berlin

The German capital has a lot to offer. The Brandenburg Gate is both a landmark and a starting point for exploration, and certainly one of the top sights in Germany. Steeped in history, the Siegestor is witness to a wide variety of historical events, which you can learn more about as you make your way through Berlin – alone or on a guided tour. And of course, while you’re there, a visit to the Reichstag, the Holocaust Memorial, Checkpoint Charly and the thousands of other attractions in Berlin is also recommended.

13th Dresden Frauenkirche

The Dresden Frauenkirche is arguably the symbol of destruction and suffering during World War II. In 1945 it was destroyed down to its foundation walls and only since 2005 has it shone again in its full glory. It has been painstakingly restored over the years and is one of the most popular sights in Dresden. At the same time, it is also considered a memorial to the suffering of war. Today it is an official symbol of reconciliation.

14th Marienplatz in Munich

The Marienplatz in Munich is the starting point for numerous activities in the Bavarian capital, but it is also a real eye-catcher per se. The old city hall can be admired in the middle of the square and the view of various historic buildings of the city is released. Those who want to visit the most important sights in Munich can use Marienplatz as a starting point. But also an extensive shopping tour is possible from here.

View over Marienplatz

15th Miniature Worlds in Hamburg

For those who want to take a little trip around the world without having to get on a plane or even leave their country, Hamburg is the place to go. The miniature worlds are a real insider tip. Here you can find original and true-to-scale replicas of the world’s most impressive sights and most beautiful places. These include St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, the Bavarian Alps and Venice. You can easily spend a whole day here. Technology fans will also get their money’s worth, for example with the numerous model trains or the realistic airport replica.

16th Kaiserburg in Nuremberg

The Franconian city of Nuremberg is worth a visit in itself, as it not only has the famous Christkindlesmarkt to offer. The beautiful old town is home to some historic buildings that are well worth seeing. 
The almost 1000-year-old Kaiserburg, which towers over the city, is particularly impressive. Once the seat of the mighty Hohenzollern, it was almost completely destroyed during the war, but has been rebuilt to this day. The museum of the castle tells about its history and still some relics of past times can be visited. Also the garden of the castle is absolutely worth seeing.

17th Mainau Island

Not only in spring, the flower island of Mainau is a real feast for the eyes. Here bloom the most magnificent flowers and exotic plants, so that really vacation mood arises. Either you take a cozy picnic with you or eat on site and enjoy the magnificent view. Even the arrival by ferry is a real experience. The island’s beautiful castle – built by the Swedish king himself – completes the scenery. Mainau Island is certainly one of the most beautiful sights in Germany.

Insel Mainau am Bodensee

18th Luebeck Holstentor

The Lübeck Holsten Gate is the landmark of the Hanseatic city of Lübeck and a popular photo motif for tourists. The gothic gate is a witness to the former wealth of the city. At the same time, it serves as an entrance to the historic and absolutely worth seeing old town of Lübeck. Numerous smaller and larger stores and boutiques invite you to stroll and look around. On the market square you can also buy regional delicacies. Lübeck is probably one of the most beautiful cities in northern Germany.

19th Europapark in Rust

Vacation at home does not have to be boring. The Europapark in Rust, among other places, proves that. Fans of adrenaline and speed will get their money’s worth here, as will those who enjoy watching one of the breathtaking shows. Younger guests are also well catered for. At Europapark, you can experience all of Europe in just one day by simply walking through the individual themed areas – or you can use the park’s own monorail. 

20.The Moselle Valley

Fans of wine growing and enjoyment are in good hands in the Moselle Valley. One of the oldest wine-growing regions in Germany attracts with numerous opportunities for wine tasting, hiking in the vineyards and many other possible excursion destinations. Those who like it leisurely can take a boat trip on the beautiful Moselle. Regional specialties await you in the Palatinate forest huts. A real tip for connoisseurs!

There are alternatives in Germany, too

Home vacations don’t have to be boring or monotonous. No matter whether you choose one of the beautiful regions and select on the spot what you would like to visit and experience, or whether you head directly for one of our Top sights in Deutschand, there is sure to be something that is also suitable for your vacation. Because even in your own country there are still many places that you have certainly not yet visited. So you are quasi independent of the Corona crisis and the associated border regulations and can relax.

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