Things to See in Southern Germany

Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart

If you’re a fan of cars, the Mercedes-Benz museum will be easily one of your favorite places you’ll visit in the south of Germany. Even if you aren’t all that much into cars, you’ll find that the Mercedes-Benz museum is surprisingly interesting because of the cool car exhibitions on display such as the “first fire engine truck” and the “first automobile” ever built.

The Mercedes-Benz Museum really does a fantastic job at illustrating the history of the automobile from the late 19th century right through to the present time. You can easily spend 3-4 hours reading details about each display, sitting on the vehicles, and touring Mercedes-Benz’s famous factory assembly line.

English Garden, Munich

Munich’s English Garden is easily one of the most stunning public parks you’ll ever visit anywhere in Germany.

The English Garden (Englischer Garten) is actually one of the biggest urban parks in the world (bigger than Central Park in NYC) and it's renowned for its host of attractions such as a Chinese Tower, Japanese Garden, beer gardens, a Greek style temple, and a nudist meadow area where you can do nude sunbathing.

Heidelberg Castle, Heidelberg

Heidelberg Castle is without a doubt, one of the most spectacular castles you’ll come across in Bavaria and it’s an absolute must-see when visiting the south of Germany. Heidelberg Castle is huge and it will truly take your breath away when you see it up-close!
Things to See in Southern Germany

The guided tour of the castle is surprisingly cheap (at 4 euros) and it allows access to much of the castle and the top section, which offers wonderful views of the old town of Heidelberg. If you can, be sure to visit the castle at night to see it beautifully lit up!

Nazi Party Rally Grounds, Nuremberg

The Nazi Party Rally Grounds is sure enough one of Germany’s most infamous attractions but it's a must see even if you aren’t a history buff. The Nazi grounds are interesting to see because of their impressiveness and the buildings still standing such as the “Hall of Honor” and “Congress Hall" where Hitler gave speeches.

The museum center (documentation center) is world-class and it's a great place to learn about the Third Reich through video exhibits and photographs.

Friedrichsbad Bath House, Baden-Baden

Friedrichsbad (Roman-Irish Baths) is not only one of the biggest spas in Germany but it's also one of the most stunning bath houses in the world. Most people that visit this spa do it for the ultimate bath experience, which includes over 15 bathing stages.

Friedrichsbad is also famously known for being a nude spa, though the spa’s real claim to fame is the beautiful neoclassical décor of the building, which includes spacious rooms and gorgeous decorations adorning the walls and ceilings of Friedrichsbad bath.

Wurzburg Residence, Wurzburg

Wurzburg Residence is another must see in Bavaria that you must add to your itinerary of things to see in southern Germany. The Residence is one of the most stunning palaces ever constructed in Europe and it’s undoubtedly, the best example of German Baroque architecture you’ll see in the region.

The Residence palace boasts an impressive façade that oozes exuberance from every angle you look at it. Once inside it, you’ll encounter lavishly decorated interior designs that include marble stucco work ceilings, glass panels, gold-engraved paintings and an amazing 8,000 sq feet painted fresco that stretches across the main stairway.

Ulmer Munster, Ulm

The Ulmer Munster is located in the German southern state of Baden-Wurttemberg and it’s renowned for being the tallest church in the world (even taller than the Lincoln Cathedral in England). Sure enough, the climb to the top through the narrow stairs of the church is the main reason to visit the Ulmer Munster, which offers unrivaled views.

However, the views from the top of the Ulmer Munster aren't the only attraction. You’ll also be pleasantly surprised with the huge aisles of the church, the stained-glass work, the colorful main altar, and the detail of the filigree work of the main pulpit.

Old Town, Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is another place you certainly have to visit during your travels in the south of Germany. This small town is home to one of the best preserved medieval towns anywhere in Europe, and you certainly get a medieval feel walking along the beautiful cobblestone streets, marveling at the old town walls and the gorgeous colorful buildings.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber boasts an even more amazing atmosphere during Christmas time when the town is beautifully adorned and lit up with Christmas decorations. While you’re in town, don’t miss the opportunity to take a tour with Hans Georg – the Night Watchman of Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

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