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Germany's natural wonders: The 20 most beautiful places in Germany

The following places show that you don't have to wander into the distance from one of the German airports - at home you will also find breathtaking landscapes like from a fairy tale book!

Many of the most beautiful places in Germany are worth a weekend trip or a short excursion, as the journey is short and the accommodation options are diverse.

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Excursion destinations in nature are also perfect for a spontaneous wellness holiday. No matter what you choose: these 20 beautiful places in Germany should be seen!

Spreewald, Brandenburg

Not only in Venice you punt from A to B with boats. This is also possible in the Spreewald, which is just 100 kilometers away from Berlin. As a result of the last Ice Age, the Spree branches out into a labyrinth of small watercourses and has been partially expanded by the residents into navigable canals. Life took place here on the water for many centuries. Today, 250 kilometers of the 1550 kilometers of watercourses can be navigated by boats. The most popular are tours with the historic Spreewald barges.

Devil's Wall, Harz, Saxony-Anhalt

Germany also has a great wall. The Devil's Wall can be found north of the Harz Mountains, stretching 20 kilometers between the small towns of Ballenstedt and Blankenburg. In some places only individual rocks rise steeply, in others, for example in Neinstedt, the compact wall appears to have been created by supernatural forces. In reality it was created as a result of the formation of the resin. Huge tectonic forces were at work and shifted layers of rock from the horizontal to the vertical.

Königsstuhl on Ruegen, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

White rocks, blue sea - these are the chalk cliffs on the island of Rügen. In the north of the largest German Baltic Sea island, on the Jasmund peninsula, a bright white chalk coast stretches for several kilometers. The most famous formations are the stump chamber and the 118 meter high Königsstuhl. According to tradition, the Swedish King Charles XII. from here in 1715 a naval battle against the Danes was conducted. Today the national park welcomes you peacefully and invites you to hike through ancient beech forests.

Tip:If you travel a little further north, you will find another natural wonder at the sea. Part of the Gulf of Bothnia in the Baltic Sea forms the Höga Kusten / Kvarken archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site between Sweden and Finland that looks really spectacular.

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Saalfeld fairy grottoes, stalactite cave, Thuringia

You don't have to go to Disneyland to experience fairy tales and fairies. In the middle of Thuringia you will find a fairytale dome with a Grail Castle when you dive into the underground world of the Saalfeld fairy grottoes. The caves were created through mining work in the Thuringian Slate Mountains hundreds of years ago. The huge underground rooms turned into colorful stalactite caves over time. In 1914 it became a show mine. You can let a grotto fairy accompany you on the tour and visit the fairy magic land with your children.

Tip:In addition to the Saalfeld fairy grotto, there are other extraordinary stalactite caves in Germany that are unique in the world. For example, you can take part in an underground treasure hunt!

Triberg Waterfalls, Black Forest, Baden-Wuerttemberg

In the middle of the small town of Triberg you will find the highest waterfall in Germany. Triberg extends at an altitude of 600 to 1038 meters in the central Black Forest. The waterfalls plunge 163 meters down on seven steps. The best thing to do is to start your trip to Triberg with the picturesque mountain railway. The 40 kilometers between Hausach, Triberg and St. Georgen are definitely the most beautiful section of the route with a total of 37 tunnels and great views.

Hohes Venn-Eifel Nature Park, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Belgium

The unique nature park Hohes Venn-Eifel is located on the German-Belgian border. The area of ​​almost 3,000 square kilometers offers a variety of natural worlds, which are characterized by raised bogs and peat bogs, heathland, forests, rivers and lakes and extend over different altitudes.

There are also more than 100 castles, palaces and monasteries. Medieval half-timbered towns like Monschau are also worth a visit; There you can fortify yourself with hearty food or sweet Monschauer Dütchen (a specialty of the city made from light egg bisquit).

Bastei, Saxon Switzerland, Saxony

The bastion is an impressive sandstone formation and a natural monument. If you want to hike there off the beaten path through Saxon Switzerland, then you should choose the path through the Hellmouth. Off the marked hiking trail, an old path leads down to rocky steps into the gorge, which is framed by huge sandstone cliffs and rich vegetation. Past the stone bear you can then return to the hiking trail and enjoy the magnificent view from the bastion over the Elbe valley.

Hainich National Park, Thuringia

The Hainich is the largest contiguous deciduous forest area in Germany and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2011. On the area of ​​the national park, nature is largely left to its own devices, so a primeval forest awaits you here in the middle of Germany. Absolute highlights are the treetop path, which offers wonderful views over inaccessible parts of the forest, as well as the special fauna (with wild cats!). For a truly unforgettable stay, visit the Hainich in spring - you can expect a blooming spectacle that seems to come from a fairy tale.

Wurzacher Ried, Allgäu, Baden-Wuerttemberg

Anyone who hears Allgäu thinks of the Alps, the lush meadows of the foothills of the Alps and the world-famous castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau, which attract crowds of tourists all year round. But in the region there are also quieter, equally attractive areas, such as the Wurzacher Ried in the Ravensburg district. Here visitors will find an immediate closeness to nature and heavenly peace. In addition, there are varied landscapes, the oldest moor spa in Baden-Württemberg and the clear waters of the Haidgau spring lakes, which incidentally have the same temperature of around 15 ° C all year round.

Western Pomerania Lagoon Area, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

Forest and beach do not go together? In northeast Germany, yes! The Western Pomerania Lagoon Area National Park is a truly unique stretch of land with dunes, cliffs, lagoons and windswept trees. The whole area looks like it's from another world, and with a bit of luck you may encounter seals as well as roe deer. The name comes from the so-called ‘Bodden’ - bays separated from the Baltic Sea, some of which can be explored by boat.

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Helmestausee, Kyffhäuser Nature Park, Thuringia

The Goldene Aue lies in the shadow of the legendary Kyffhäuser Mountains. It used to be a huge swamp area and was drained in the 12th century. The approximately 600 hectare water area of ​​the Helme reservoir, which was built to protect against the annual floods, offers ideal conditions for over 300 species of birds. Every autumn, thousands of cranes rest here before their onward flight to the south. If you want to observe the ‘lucky birds’, meadow breeders or other birds up close, pack your binoculars and use one of the many bird observation towers.

Altschlossfelsen, Eppenbrunn, Southwest Palatinate, Rhineland-Palatinate

The red rock formations are not in the southwest of the USA, but in the southwest of the Palatinate, in the immediate vicinity of the municipality of Eppenbrunn on the border with France. However, you first have to fight your way through the Palatinate Forest to get to this colorful rock group made of red sandstone. For a particularly intense color experience, you should set off in the spring, as then there are no foliage in the way of the sun and the rocks are fully illuminated.

Koenigssee, Berchtesgadener Land, Bavaria

The Königssee in the southeast of Bavaria, in the Berchtesgadener Land, looks like a Nordic fjord with its crystal clear water and its bends. And yet you are in the Alps and steep cliffs rise up on the shores of the lake. With an electric boat you can quietly cross to the peninsula St. Bartholomä and visit the pilgrimage church from the baroque era with its characteristic red onion domes. With a bit of luck, you can spot golden eagles, deer or marmots in the nature reserve at Königssee.

Tip:Not far from the Königssee is Slazburg in the middle of the Austrian Alps. Salzburg attracts with numerous award-winning hiking trails and some of the most beautiful accommodations in the region - including a view of the Alps.

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Felsenmeer, Lautertal, Hesse

Oceans are made up of water, everyone knows that. But in the Odenwald there is a sea of ​​rocks. According to legend, two giants used to live there, one on the Hohenstein and one on the Felsberg. In the fight they threw boulders at each other and one of the giants was literally buried under a sea of ​​rocks. In the valley of the Lauter brook, on the slopes of the Felsberg, you can still admire this spectacular natural monument and find out more about the UNESCO Geopark Bergstrasse-Odenwald in the information center.

Externsteine, Teutoburg Forest, North Rhine-Westphalia

The Externsteine ​​are among the most impressive natural monuments in Germany. They are also exciting because their cultural and historical significance has not yet been fully clarified. It is known that the mountain range was formed around 80 million years ago. The Lower Cretaceous sandstone was placed vertically in the area of ​​the Externsteine ​​and has been shaped by erosion since then. Today the stones can be climbed through two staircases. You should definitely go up, as you get a great view of the Teutoburg Forest and the Wiembecketeich from a height of 40m.

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Morsum Cliff, Sylt, Schleswig-Holstein

The Morsum cliff is a cliff that extends near the Hindenburgdamm over a length of about 2000 meters along the east coast of Sylt. The picturesque, protected area is a unique geotope in Europe. Layers of the earth from the last 10 million years have not deposited on top of each other but next to each other, which is related to the last ice age and the pressure exerted by the glaciers. The surrounding area can also be seen with heathland and Wadden Sea and invites you to go for walks and exploration tours.

Lusen, Bavarian Forest Nature Park, Bavaria

The Lusen is the third highest point in the Bavarian Forest and a popular hiking destination, as the 1,373m high summit offers panoramic views in all directions. Its top, completely covered by granite boulders, which, according to a popular legend, is the work of the devil, is also special. He piled up all the treasures in the world and then covered them with rocks and stones to protect them from other thieves. In fact, the tip of the Lusen is a geological peculiarity that can be traced back to erosion, but this does not detract from the beauty of the legend.

Müritz, Mecklenburg Lake District, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

With 116 square kilometers, the Müritz is the largest lake in Germany. It is located in the middle of the land of a thousand lakes in the Mecklenburg Lake District. A paradise for water sports enthusiasts, water hikers and nature lovers, because the eastern shore of the lake is part of the Müritz National Park with its unique flora and fauna. The largest city on the banks of the Müritz is Waren, where the Müritz Sail, a large inland sailing event, takes place every year in May: Because the Müritz is also an ideal sailing area, with beautiful little harbors and good anchorages near the shore.

Blautopf, Swabian Alb, Baden-Wuerttemberg

The blue karst spring in Blaubeuren on the edge of the Swabian Alb is a magical, legendary place. Eduard Mörike even dedicated the fairy tale of "Schönen Lau" to her. This melancholy mermaid was banished to the Blautopf, but learns to laugh again because of the happy residents of Blaubeurens, which ultimately leads to her redemption. A statue is dedicated to her today. The intense color of the water does not come from the fact that ink is poured into the blue pot, but is due to the lime content of the water and the associated light scattering.

Waldnaabtal, Upper Palatinate, Bavaria

The Waldnaab rises in the Upper Palatinate Forest, close to the border with the Czech Republic, immediately flows over after a few meters and returns almost 1.5 km later back to Bavaria. Between Falkenberg and Windischeschenbach, the river shows its full beauty. With the Waldnaab Valley, water, granite rock and erosion have created a true natural wonder that is romantic and wild at the same time. If you like hiking, you can be enchanted by a fairytale landscape of forest, water and unique rock formations.

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