Historic Highlights of Germany

Take the road less travelled...

Understanding Germany’s historic cities often means more than just visiting its buildings. It’s about understanding its customs and traditions. The brand `Historic Highlights of Germany´ is representing 17 of the best alternative cities for short breaks and itineraries and would like to help travellers to get to destinations off the beaten track. As varied as its melting pot of cultures and storied past, Historic Highlights of Germany member cities are as well-known for their preserved customs and traditions, outstanding cuisine and unique heritage.

Participating cities are:

Our aim is to suggest tours with a rich cultural experience, friendly environment and a relaxing time. We believe that our walkable neighborhoods with proximity to the people and places our travellers love are the key to a happier, healthier and more sustainable lifestyle. Travellers are able to experience the unexpected, chat with locals and gain a whole new impression of Germany.

Towns, Cities and Culture

Must sees for groups and FIT


UNESCO World Heritage Site Aachen Cathedral, Town Hall, Centre Charlemagne

Renaissance Town Hall/ Golden Hall, Maximilian Museum, The Fuggerei, Fugger and Welser museum


Beethoven House and Museum, Bonn Minster, Old Town Hall, Museummile

Church of St. Severus & St. Mary’s Cathedral, Old Synagogue, Augustinian Monastery

Freiburg Cathedral, Fischerau Quarter, Wiehre Art Nouveau Quarter

Heidelberg Castle, Palatinate Museum, Historical Student Pubs

Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, Electoral Palace, Deutsches Eck (German Corner), Romanticum


Holsten Gate, European Hansemuseum, UNESCO World Heritage Old Town

Prinzipalmarkt Square, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Pablo Picasso Museum, Münster Baroque Palace

Felix Nussbaum House, Old Quarter and Romanesque Cathedral, Town Hall, Erich Maria Remarque Peace Center

Unesco World Heritage Sites, Sanssouci Palace, Dutch Quarter, Babelsberg Film Park

UNESCO World Heritage: Old Town with St Peter´s Cathedral, Old Stone bridge, Thurn and Taxis Royal Palace

Old Town, St.Mary’s Church, Seaside District Warnemünde, Brick Gothic Architecture

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Roman monuments, Cathedral and Church of our Beloved Lady, “Hauptmarkt” square

Hölderlin Tower, Hohentübingen Castle, Bebenhausen Monastery and Castle, Neckarfront, Former Student´s Institutions, Old Town with half-timbered houses

Kaiser Friedrich Thermal Bath, Kurhaus with Casino, Neroberg Funicular Railway, Russian Church

Unesco World Heritage Würzburg Residence, Main-Franconian Museum, Franconian Wine Country, Old Bridge and Marienberg Fortress

Social Commitment / Green Travel

Green startups for travellers
Historic Highlights of Germany member cities offer City Cards. The use of eco-friendly public transport is included. Bought for an affordable price, City Cards give travellers reduced entrance fees for many sights and museums.

Freiburg is one of the pioneers in eco-development and internationally well known for its environmental approach and its extensive use of solar energy and other renewable sources.

Now, the city of Koblenz has come up with an innovative and environmentally-friendly solution: a cable car operating between the city center and the high-altitude Ehrenbreitstein fortress across the Rhine river.

To get up to the Neroberg in Wiesbaden travellers can take the “Nerobergbahn” – a funicular from 1888 that runs eco-friendly with water!

Deutsche Bahn offers its passenger transport customers a variety of CO2-free products under the Umwelt-Plus and Eco Plus programs. The energy comes exclusively from renewable sources.

Heidelberg has a solar-powered passenger ship that can carry up to 250 people along its waterways offering an alternative view of Heidelberg. The solar boat SOLAARIS crosses the lake Aa in Münster, bringing you to Allwetterzoo (Zoological Gardens) or the Mühlenhof Open Air Museum via the lake.

Osnabrück is the only large German City situated in the middle of a nature park - the UNESCO Geopark TERRA.vita.



Historic Highlights of Germany e.V.

Max-Planck-Str. 14
DE-54296 Trier

Phone +49 (0) 651 / 979 004 60
Fax +49 (0) 651 / 979 004 62


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