Top 5 man-made wonders of Germany
Germany is a spectacular country with numerous places of interest, historic attractions, fantastic cities and natural attractions. If you are a lover of buildings, Germany is the perfect destination for you. There are numerous spectacular man-made wonders in Germany, such as castles, cathedrals, churches and other historic buildings or structures. These are famous tourist attractions and are visited by dozens of tourists each year. If you happen to visit Germany on your next vacation, I suggest you not to miss the following attractions: the Heidelberg Castle, the Brandenburg Gate, the Neuschwanstein Castle, the Kölner Dom and the Dresden Frauenkirche.
The Heidelberg Castle
The well-known ruins of the spectacular Heidelberg Castle can be found in the city of Heidelberg. The building is considered one of the most important Renaissance jewels in Germany. The castle is set in a gorgeous landscape, sitting on the Königstuhl hills. It was rebuilt partially after its demolition in the 18th century. Today, it can be visited by funicular, as there is a railway which starts from the city of Heidelberg and makes its way up to the castle. The spectacular castle can be visited daily from 8:00 to 17:00. The price of the ticket is €3 for adults and €1.5 for children and concessions. (October 2012)
The Brandenburg Gate
One of the best-known landmarks of Germany and Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate is a spectacular structure. It used to be the city gate and today it is one of the most popular tourist attractions of the city. The gate was rebuilt in the 18th century. It is a neoclassical triumphal arch which is situated at the entrance of the Unter den Linden Boulevard, in the western part of the city centre. It needed restoration, which was accomplished between 2000 and 2002.
The Neuschwanstein Castle
Another outstanding man-made wonder is the fantastic and famous Neuschwanstein Castle. It can be found on a hillside, near the village of Hohenschwangau, in the south-western part of Bavaria. The beautiful building was built in Romanesque Revival style and attracts thousands of tourists each year. Visitors of the castle will have the opportunity to admire not only the castle, but the magnificent views from it over the surroundings. The castle can be visited from April to September daily from 9:00 to 18:00 and from October to March daily from 10:00 to 16:00. It is closed on the 1st of January and the 24th, 25th and 31st of December. (October 2012)
The Kölner Dom
The Kölner Dom, also known as the Cologne Cathedral is one of the most spectacular architectural jewels of Germany. The fantastic Roman Catholic cathedral was built in Gothic style and is considered the most visited cultural attraction of Germany. It can be found in the city of Cologne and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The magnificent cathedral is famous for having the world’s second highest spires. Besides the outer beauty of the building, the inner part is also breathtaking, housing some amazing features, such as the Shrine of the Three Kings or its bells. It is undoubtedly a must-see of Germany.
The Dresden Frauenkirche
Situated in Dresden, the famous Lutheran church is of an outstanding beauty. The interior of the church is as spectacular as its exterior. The exterior part of the Church of Our Lady was reconstructed, works being completed in 2004. It is a magnificent tourist attraction of Cologne and the best-known landmark of the city. Visitors of it are amazed by the immense and beautiful interior part of the church.