Worth a Visit - Germany's Top Tourist Attractions

Jan 13, 2011

Cologne Cathedral and Hohenzollern Bridge Enlarge image Cologne Cathedral and Hohenzollern Bridge (© picture-alliance/Lonely Planet Images) The Cologne Cathedral is Germany's most popular tourist attraction, according to a recently released survey.

Conducted online by the German Tourism Association (DTV), it determined that the dramatic gothic-style cathedral dominating the city's skyline along the Rhine River maintained as in previous years its No. 1 position.

It was followed by Dresden's Church of Our Lady, or Frauenkirche,  a striking Baroque church steeped in history. A second Dresden landmark, the Zwinger, a palace and landmark of German Baroque architecture, also made it into the Top 15 list, which was based on a poll of 1,600 respondents and administered by the DTV along with the German city portal meinestadt.de.

Other popular places of interest included the fairytale Neuschwanstein castle in the southern German state of Bavaria, an international tourism magnet which has been immortalized by Andy Warhol in one of his famous pop art multi-sequence portraits, as well as the bustling Hamburg harbor along the Elbe River and the mass transit suspension railway, or Schwebebahn, in the western German city of Wuppertal.

Three of the 15 must-see sights in Germany are moreover located in Berlin: The iconic Brandenburg Gate, the federal parliament Reichstag building, and  Germany's tallest structure - the Fernsehturm, or TV tower - should be on the itinerary of any Berlin tourist.

Germany's Top 15 Sights - DTV Online Survey
1. Cologne Cathedral / Cologne
2. Church of Our Lady / Dresden
3. Brandenburg Gate / Berlin
4. Neuschwanstein Castle / Schwangau
5. Zwinger / Dresden
6. Hamburg Harbor / Hamburg
7. Suspension Railway (Schwebebahn) / Wuppertal
8. TV Tower / Berlin + Peoples' Massacre Memorial (Völkerschlachtdenkmal) / Leipzig
9. Reichstag (German Federal Parliament) / Berlin
10. Heidelberg Palace / Heidelberg
11. Porta Nigra / Trier
12. Wartburg Castle / Eisenach + Zeche Zollverein / Essen
13. Münster Church / Ulm
14. Holstentor Gate / Lübeck + Schwerin Palace / Schwerin + Residenz / Würzburg
15. Herkules / Kassel

Related Links:

German Tourism Association (DTV - in German)

German National Tourist Office - New York

City of Wuppertal (in German)

City of Hamburg

City of Dresden

City of Cologne

City of Berlin

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From the Black Forest to the techno temples of Berlin, Germany boasts astonishing diversity in a compact country at the heart of Europe.  So if your idea of a vacation is high culture in a European metropolis, a romantic journey back in time, outdoor adventure or all of the above - Germany is your destination.