Things To Do In Germany In Winter – A Frozen Wonderland

When the temperature dips and the prices drop thats the time to act….Europe is now all about the local s and with that in mind I’ve made a guide for Things To Do In Germany In Winter! Its not all about fun in the sun you know. The prices are lower, the air is crisper and the hoards of tourists are no where to be seen. The same can be said about alot of places of course, but Germany has one thing that most places don’t – Weihnachtsmärkte – The famous German Christmas markets (there is over 1500 of them!) with their gorgeous lights, festive atmosphere and Glühwein, a wonderful spiced substance more commonly known as Mulled Wine which will surely warm your heart and soul.

For me it was enough to make up for the cooler temperatures, shorter opening hours and the ridiculously short day light hours!

 

I thought I would provide a summary of the places I visited with the best photos to inspire you – There are so many places to explore but some of these are very off the beaten track as it were (thanks UNESCO!) and maybe you have never heard of them and want to visit them yourself! Its up to you how long of course you stay but if you need any advice or help to get there, as always please leave a comment below. Enjoy!

Things To Do In Germany In Winter

 

#1: Berlin

Things To Do In Germany In Winter

Berlin’s incredible Museum Island – Five world-renowned museums on an island in River Spree, right in the middle of Berlin! Top of the list for things To Do In Germany In Winter when the tourists are gone! Check out Not a Nomad Blog for a awesome list of things to do in Berlin!

 

Things To Do In Germany In Winter

One of the few remaining sections of the Berlin Wall … I didn’t get out there but be sure to visit the East Side Gallery if you are interested!

Things To Do In Germany In Winter

“Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it” – The Memorial to Homosexuals Persecuted Under Nazism which I talk about here

Things To Do In Germany In Winter

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, also known as the Holocaust Memorial, is a memorial in Berlin to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

Things To Do In Germany In Winter

Brandenburg Gate – One of Berlin’s most famous sites. I had to laugh how the statue (Quadriga) on top was taken by Napoleon but in 1814, when the Prussian army descended on Paris after Napoleon’s defeat, that the Quadriga was reclaimed and returned to its rightful home. However an iron cross was added to make the statue the goddess of victory and the square was renamed Pariser Platz so that ‘Victory would always be had over Paris!’ – Who says German’s don’t have a sense of humour.

#2: Potsdam

Things To Do In Germany In Winter

Palace Sanssouci is the former summer palace of the King of Prussia, in Potsdam and is the German rival of Versailles.

Things To Do In Germany In Winter

Church of Peace near the Palace – Gorgeous reflection

#3: Wittenburg

Things To Do In Germany In Winter

Melanchthon’s house in Wittenberg, a fellow reformer of Martin Luther who posted his famous ’95 Theses’ on 31 October 1517 on the church of this city down the road.

#4: Wörlitz

Things To Do In Germany In Winter

The Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Realm, a UNESCO site that is hard to get to but well worth the visit.

Things To Do In Germany In Winter

So peaceful and serene, a perfect place to contemplate life.

#5: Quedlinburg

Things To Do In Germany In Winter

A peaceful sunset over Quedlinburg old town…One of the most peaceful things To do In Germany In Winter!

Things To Do In Germany In Winter

One of the most authentic and beautiful Weihnachtsmärkte in the whole of Germany and Europe! Top of the list for Things To Do In Germany In Winter…

Things To Do In Germany In Winter

Such an amazing and intact old town. A must visit and I talk about it more in depth here.

#6: Goslar

Things To Do In Germany In Winter

Amazing old town…Interesting to see how the town utilized the river in the middle ages to change their fortunes and that of their city!

#7: Hildesheim

Things To Do In Germany In Winter

One of the most inspiring Church’s I have ever been in… St Mary’s Cathedral should be on your list for sure!

Things To Do In Germany In Winter

Clearly I cannot get enough of the Weihnachtsmärkte!! Such a highlight! Almost dont need any other things to do in Germany in winter!

#8: Alfeld

Things To Do In Germany In Winter

Fagus Factory in Alfeld is a landmark in the development of modern architecture and industrial design. Serving all stages of manufacture, storage and dispatch of lasts used by the shoe industry, the complex, which is still operational today. With its groundbreaking vast expanses of glass panels and functionalist aesthetics, the complex foreshadowed the work of the Bauhaus school and is a landmark in the development of architecture in Europe and North America.

#9: Höxter

Things To Do In Germany In Winter

The former Benedictine abbey of Corvey … A little bit disappointing for me to be honest, but I have seen many many Abbey’s. If you haven’t then is a must, otherwise its very far out so skip it !

#10: Kassel

Things To Do In Germany In Winter

Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe is a unique landscape park is the largest European hillside park and was built in 1696.

Things To Do In Germany In Winter

Famously described as “”possibly the most grandiose combination of landscape and architecture that the Baroque dared anywhere.”

#11: Eisenach

Things To Do In Germany In Winter

Such an incredible and historic castle that is well worth the hike! Most famous for having been home to St. Elisabeth of Hungary, the place where Martin Luther translated the New Testament of the Bible into German, the site of the Wartburg festival of 1817 and the supposed setting for the legendary Sängerkrieg.

#12: Weimar

Things To Do In Germany In Winter

The Graveyard of Weimar is meant to be a must do – It really isn’t though!

Things To Do In Germany In Winter

The Haus am Horn was built for the Weimar Bauhaus’s exhibition of July through September 1923 and is one of the original works of Bauhaus. The the goal of the house’s construction was “the greatest comfort with the greatest economy by the application of the best craftsmanship and the best distribution of space in form, size, and articulation.”

#13: Dresden

Things To Do In Germany In Winter

Dresden is back and open for business!

Things To Do In Germany In Winter

One of the biggest, oldest and most beautiful Christmas markets in the whole of Germany!

Things To Do In Germany In Winter

Sunset with birds flocking outside the Opera House. Wish I had time to check out the inside!

#14: Würzburg

 

Things To Do In Germany In Winter

Imperial Grandeur – Even better on a nice sunny day! Though it is very small inside (well the part you can tour anyway)

#15: Bamberg

Things To Do In Germany In Winter

Gorgeous, historical old town – But really I found little to do here but walk around and was done in a few hours. It is a student town so maybe there is more at other times of year?

#16: Regensburg

Things To Do In Germany In Winter

One of the oldest bridges to cross the Danube and the first to be made of stone making it permanent and increasing the towns prospects greatly!

 

Things To Do In Germany In Winter

Stunning Cathedral and a great place to sit in silence and in awe!

 

#17: Munich

Of course the big thing missing here is Munich which I am absolutely guttered I was not able to include in this trip. No list of German Must See’s would be complete without it! Ill be heading there later this year but for now I recommend check out the Divergent Travelers guide for Things to do in Munich. I know I’ll be using it in my planning! [Photo Source: Divergent Travelers]

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So what do you think? Are you convinced on by these Things To Do In Germany In Winter ! Let me know your favourite things about Germany in the comments below!

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