Oh, Germany. It’s a country that is full of rich history, beautiful architecture, and delicious food and beer.
Some locations in Germany, however, are so incredibly beautiful — they look like they are straight out of a fairy tale.
We found 13 of the most magical, whimsical, and dream-like places that exist in Germany. Get ready to add a few more things to your bucket list because these are absolutely insane. It’s hard to believe that they’re real.
In the beautiful Kromlau, exists Kromlau Park; within Kromlau Park is the ‘Rakotzbrücke’ or Devil’s Bridge. The perfect arch will reflect on the water and create the perfect shape of a circle on a bright day.
2. Schwerin Castle
Schwerin Castle is the stuff dreams are made of. The breathtaking castle sits on an island in the city of Schwerin. Schwerin is known for its gorgeous parks and gardens, so go ahead and get lost on the grounds of this Renaissance-inspired palace.
3. Teufelsmauer Harz
Teufelsmauer Harz or ‘Devil’s Wall’ has many myths and legends surrounding its formation. One thing is for certain, the unique landscape is enough to take your breath away. Located in Central Germany, there is even a 19-mile hiking trail through the epic land formations.
According to Wikipedia, “numerous legends and folk tales refer to the Blautopf. Its characteristic color was explained by the account that every day someone would pour a vat of ink into the Blautopf.” It is even said that a mermaid has prevented anyone from measuring its depth. Rent a reasonably priced room in Blaubeuren and experience this legend-filled spring.
5. Teutoburg Forest
Just outside of Augustdorf lies the insanely beautiful Teutoburg Forest. There was once a brutal and well-known battle that occurred here between the Romans and the Germanic tribes of 9 A.D. Today, you can walk or bike along its many gorgeous paths surrounded by nature.
6. Hainich National Park
In Thuringia, Germany, there is a national park with large fields of wildflowers and moss-covered trees. At any moment you might expect a fairy to fly by or an elf go walking past you.
It’s going to take some difficult hikes to reach this wondrous lake, but the view and the scenery are worth it. It is actually Germany’s high alpine lake with an island. Even though you might be tempted to jump into the lake at Schrecksee, the freezing temps are hypothermia-inducing. Head to the village of Hinterstein and follow the signs for Hinterbachhof.
8. National Park of Saxon Switzerland
Another national park to add to the list of magical places in Germany, the National Park of Saxon Switzerland looks like it was created for a movie set. It is most notably famous for the incredible Bastei Bridge. You’ll need to head southeast from Dresden to reach this sprawling park.
9. Neuschwanstein Castle
The Neuschwanstein Castle is the epitome of a fairytale castle. It’s no wonder that 1.2 million tourists flock to visit the beautiful castle every year. Located above the village of Hohenschwangau, just outside of Füssen, the castle completed in 1886 is a sight to behold.
10. Saalfelder Feengrotten
The Saalfelder Feengrotten, aka Saalfeld Fairy Grottoes, are caverns of a former mine need Saalfeld, Germany. You can find stalactites and stalagmites in all shapes and colors; you’re certain you’d see a fair fly by at any moment.
Eibsee is a lake located just five and a half miles from Garmisch-Partenkirchen; its hues of blues with reflections of the mountains are enough to make your heart sink. In fact, it’s located at the base of Germany’s highest mountain, Zugspitze. The best part? You can find hotels starting at just $60 nearby.
The Spree River has created an incredible landscape that tourists can now explore on a wooden barge or paddle boat. Located halfway between Berlin and Dresden is where you can find Spreewald. Extend your trip and stay along the banks of the river in a guesthouse.
13. Linderhof Palace
It might not be a big place, but the fairy tale Linderhof Palace was the only one of King Ludwig II’s three palaces he ever saw completed. You’ll need to head to Oberammergau in Southern Germany to find this little gem.
Source: The Culture Trip