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The TOP 100 sights and attractions in Germany

Situated in the heart of Europe, Germany has plenty of fantastic tourist attractions and unique sights to offer. Visitors from all over the world travel to Germany to see architectural treasures and fascinating places of natural beauty. The German National Tourist Board (GNTB) is interested in gathering the most popular attractions and has its international visitors name their German favorites. Travelers to Germany from over 40 countries named their personal favorite. The 100 most mentioned were put together into Germany’s top 100 attractions in our new app. Attractions and sights that received the same number of votes share the same ranking position.

With the TOP 100 app, you can find out about the most popular attractions in Germany. It is packed with information about these great places to visit, including a brief description, opening times, admission prices and directions. The app also includes mobile vouchers offering discounts on admission tickets, guided walks and rental cars. Moreover the app provides free daily updates on news and events in Destination Germany!

The most popular sights for 2015!

The results of the rankings for the TOP 100 for 2015 are updated. Voting was possible worldwide on our website and via the TOP 100 App. We just announced the results of the ranking. Find out more in our press release.

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Völklingen Ironworks (UNESCO World Heritage)

The Völklingen Ironworks are the world's only surviving smelting works from the Golden Age of the iron and steel industry in the 19th and 20th century. In 1994 these gigantic ironworks covering an area of 600,000m² became the first industrial monument to be inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list. Today, they are a cultural attraction, themed discovery park and science centre rolled into one.

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Old town of Goerlitz

Görlitz – the most easterly town in Germany and for many the most beautiful. Perhaps not surprising when you consider the town has over 3,500 architectural monuments spanning 500 years. Most have been lovingly restored and are a real visual treat for visitors. Among the grand old churches, mighty fortifications and ornate facades, there is a wonderful, vibrant and friendly town just waiting to be discovered.

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Golden Hall in Augsburg

With its rich, gold-adorned ceremonial room in the Augsburg Town Hall, the Golden Hall is regarded as one of the most important cultural icons of Germany’s Late Renaissance. The ceiling of the 14-metre-high hall is clad with gold foil. It was completely destroyed in 1944 and reinstated in 1996 after 17 years of restoration. Since then, the Golden Hall is used as reception hall and meeting room for the city.

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BMW Welt & BMW Museum in Munich

With a prime location close to the BMW corporate headquarters, museum and factory, BMW Welt is not just for car buffs and lovers of all things technical. It also offers a wide range of activities and regular special exhibitions, combining engineering, design and innovation with lifestyle, enterprise and culture, in a stunning, state-of-the-art building. Read more

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Römerberg square in Frankfurt/Main

Frankfurt's Römer town hall is one of the most beautiful historical town halls in Germany and has been the seat of local government for more than 600 years. Both its exterior, a reconstructed triple-gabled facade in the neo-Gothic style with many decorative elements, and the imperial hall inside are well worth seeing. Römerberg square in the heart of Frankfurt's old quarter dates back to the Hohenstaufen period. It enjoyed its heyday in the late Middle Ages when it was the scene of Frankfurt's trade fairs and great ceremonies such as the coronations of German emperors.

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New Town Hall of Hannover

"All paid for in cash, your majesty" announced the chief city clerk Heinrich Tramm with great pride when the New Town Hall was officially opened by Emperor William II in 1913. Hannover paid more than ten million Marks back then for this magnificent construction built on 6,026 beechwood posts. In the hall beneath the almost 100m high dome there are four models depicting Hannover in the Middle Ages, 1939, 1945 and the present day – a firm favourite with visitors. The sloping elevator up to the dome is one of a kind: it sets off vertically and then changes its course to an angle of 17 degrees. From this vantage point you can enjoy fabulous views out over the city.

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Germany Fairy Tale Route

Welcome to the home of fairies and princes, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella. Let the 600 km German Fairy Tale Route transport you to the magical world of the Brothers Grimm, from their birthplace in Hanau to Bremen, the home of the famous four-legged town musicians (Tiercombo).

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Cathedral of Our Dear Lady Munich

With its onion-shaped towers, their green domes, the Devil´s Footstep and the view of the Alps, the imposing Late Gothic landmark at the Marienplatz in Munich is unparalleled. The cathedral was built by the Archbishop of Munich and Freising in 1468–1494. Despite its capacity for 20,000 people, the place of worship shows an unusual “less is more” attitude. The 3 aisle brick construction, with choir stalls that are quintuple-cornered, houses the family vault of the Wittelsbach Elector family. It is not only the 100-metre onion domes, the numerous chapels and the precious artistic treasures that make this beautiful yet modest church special. Included among its legendary attractions are the Devil’s Footstep near the entrance and the fantastic view of Munich all the way to the Alps, which is available to anyone who climbs the southern tower.

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Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial

The Hohenschönhausen memorial site is a spacious area steeped in history, as well as a museum and memorial of the socialist GDR regime. Well-preserved and in sound condition, this destination is one of the most important memorial sites for the victims of communist dictatorship in Germany. It was originally a socialist warehouse, before becoming a central Soviet remand centre for Germany, and finally a prison for the GDR’s Ministry for State Security (Stasi). Around 40,000 people were detained there from 1946 to 1989. Since the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961, the majority of the inmates were potential escapees, those aiding people wishing to escape and those attempting to emigrate. Guided tours through the Stasi prison offer an insight into the prison conditions and into the fate of the prisoners, bringing to life the experience of persecution during the communist dictatorship.

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Erfurt Cathedral

Unmissable highlights for your sightseeing calendar are the architectonic masterpieces of the Cathedral and Church of St. Severus, which greets visitors with its silhouette long before entering Erfurt. The monumental ensemble in the cathedral square is among the most colossal construction projects of Medieval Germany. The ecclesiastical buildings stand close together and impact the cityscape, drawing the visitors in with magnetic effect. The imposing landmark, the oldest and most important church building in Erfurt, can be reached from the cathedral square via the 70 steps of the impressively tall, outdoor staircase. The multitude of artistic treasures that can be found in the cathedral can hardly put into words. Every summer, the Cathedral Steps Theatre Festival takes place and is not to be missed!

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