July 21, 2024

For more ideas on which museums to start with, check out our article on Munich’s must-see museums.

According to legend, witches fly to Mount Brocken on the night of April 30, where a feast is held to mark the beginning of spring. Many people come to this Oktoberfest 2023 area dressed as witches and dance around a fire. Storms are common when spring festivals begin, and in the summer you can enjoy up to 18 hours of sunlight.

Oktoberfest is the most eye-catching international event, as millions of visitors come to drink beer and eat sausages. In September, the city of Bad Dürkheim celebrates wurstmarkt, the largest wine festival in the world. Also worth a visit are the Light Festival in Berlin and the Frankfurt Book Fair. The cherry blossoms make the country a beautiful natural spectacle. Tourists and locals visit the flower-dominated trails and parks, but there’s no crowds yet, as it’s not high season yet. This month’s events are also eye-catching and top-notch, such as Burning Rhine.

Learn about my road trip past king Ludwig II’s castles, including Neuschwanstein. I love a road trip in Germany and there are many routes to choose from. The Rhine Route from Cologne via Koblenz to Freiburg is one of my favorites. In this land of Riesling you will pass many castles, picturesque medieval towns and miles of vineyards. Be sure to stop in towns like Rüdesheim, Bacharach, and St. Goarshausen.

This is the perfect place to enjoy a local beer and some traditional brewing dishes. The famous Cologne Cathedral, the epitome of Gothic architecture, dominates the city skyline. The imposing UNESCO World Heritage Site is also home to Gero’s Ottonian Cross; the oldest large statue of Christ crucified, north of the Alps.