The wind is blowing around your ears, the landscape in front of you looks harsh and seems lonely and forgotten. At this time of the year, when the days are getting even shorter, Germany is unfolding its very special charm. Just after the first snow, the landscapes are more fairytale-like, forests more mysterious, lakes more enchanted and castles more romantic than ever. Nature is patiently waiting for you to be discovered in its new garment. Don't let the Advent go by just like that. Put on your warmest jacket and discover the beauty Germany offers during this time of the year.
A castle like from a book. In this case, that's actually true. The castle from Wilhelm Hauff's novel "Lichtenstein" from 1826 provided the suggestion and template for the reconstruction of the Lichtenstein ruins in 1842. It also looks like this: a real fairytale castle built dangerously close to the slope.
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Like a fjord, the Königssee lies between towering gray rock walls. The nearly 2,000-meter-high walls are so steep that they plunge seamlessly into the water of the lake. Since there is no riverside path, the fastest and most promising way across the lake takes you through one of the excursion boats. To protect the water quality and the nature, all used boats are operated exclusively with electric motors or physical strength.
Between Azalea and Rhododendron Park you will find one of the most bizarre bridges in the world. If you ask locals for the bridge, they sometimes look questionable. In the vernacular, it is often referred to as the Devil's Bridge. Namely, especially at sunset, it receives a devilishly red color. Devilishly beautiful.
The comparisons range from Yosemite National Park to Lord of the Rings. Probably the Sababurg forest is somewhere in between. Along beautiful, mystical paths you will discover ancient oaks and beech trees, which also have a special appeal for photographers. Always worth seeing!
One of the most famous motifs in Germany, v.a. for foreign tourists.
Attention: Tickets for Neuschwanstein Castle are only available at the Ticket Center in Hohenschwangau below the castle.
regular price: 12, - Euro
Reduced price: 11, - Euro
Children and adolescents under the age of 18 have free admission.
Ticket sales times in the ticket center:
April to 15 October: 8 to 17 o'clock
16th October to March: 9am to 3pm
Opening times Neuschwanstein Castle:
April to October 15: 9am to 6pm
16th October to March: 10am to 4pm
open every day except January 1st and December 24th, 25th and 31st
As unreal and magical as in a fairy tale it is down here. In the "Fairytale Dome", the most beautiful of the hollows, one should be able to recognize with imagination the fairy, which gave the cave its name. The Saalfeld fairy grottoes are in the Guinness Book of World Records as the "most colorful sightseeing areas in the world". Here you can spend a whole day in the visitor mine, the exhibition Grottoneum and the adventure forest fairies, without getting bored.
May - October: 9.30am to 5pm
November - April: 10.30 to 15.30
every 20 to 30 minutes guided tours take place every day
Adults 10.90 €
Children 6,90 €
The highest waterfall in Germany! In the middle of nature, but still located right next to the center of Triberg, the amounts of water plummet over 163 meters. However, word has spread outside the local borders that there is something to see here. Therefore, I recommend coming in the evening or earlier in the morning when there is less going on.
Admission: 4.50 euros. Admission is even free with the local guest card.
One of the highlights on the Hermannsweg through the Teutoburg Forest is definitely the imposing Externsteine. They are among the most important natural and cultural monuments in the entire Teutoburg Forest. But myths and legends also haunt the Externsteine. If you are not afraid of heights, you can also climb the five rocks and enjoy a wide panoramic view.
Information and events around the Externsteine:
The Urach waterfall is one of the absolute highlights of the Swabian Jura and, with a total drop of 37 meters, is one of the highest waterfalls in Germany outside the Alps in several stages. It is particularly impressive when the snow melts or after heavy rain, because then a lot of water flows. Together with the very damp and therefore dense and green forest all around, you almost feel like you are in a different world. There is a hut at the top of the waterfall for meals.
Bike Touring Highlight
Located directly on Lake Schweringer is this great gem. Schwerin Castle is certainly one of the most beautiful in Germany. I could not decide from which side it is most beautiful. Whether at sunset from the lake side or with the beautifully landscaped castle park in the foreground. After the walk you can also visit the fairytale castle from the inside as part of a guided tour.
Opening times Castle Museum:
14th April - 13th Oct
Tue - Sun 10-18 o'clock
14.Oct - 13. April
Tue - Sun 10 am - 5 pm
Mo - closed
Hiking Highlight (Segment)
If in the summer fog billows just above the water and in winter the icicles from the walls, the magic of this place is almost tangible. 80 feet deep, the Partnach has cut here in the rock. Below it is dark, cold and humid. The path continues for 700 meters through tunnels and passageways cut into the rock.
The Partnachklamm is open all year round, a rain jacket and clothing for cooler temperatures and good footwear are advisable in every season.
May, June, October: 08.00 - 18.00
July - September: 08.00 - 19.00
November - April: 09.00 - 18.00
Outside these times, it is possible to walk the gorge at your own risk. During the snowmelt in the spring, the gorge may be closed for a short time.
Adults 4 €
Children & adolescents (from 6 - 16 years): 2,50 €