Germany is one of those countries where people from all over the world go all sorts of reasons. To say that education is one of the finest features of the country would be an understatement and then again, so would saying that Germany is best for tourism. Germany has everything for almost every one and those who have toured it would vouch for this particular fact. Did you guys know that Germany is one of those country that has one of the most elaborate and vast historical backgrounds? From 500 BC to the twentieth century, Germany has seen almost everything that history has to offer be it wars or unification or reunification or whatever. A country with such a diverse historical background deserves an article that sheds light on some (because all of them cannot be covered) of the most visited top historical places in Germany.
10. Berlin Wall
So the first entry on our list of the top historical places in Germany is (because it has to be) the Berlin Wall. For those of you who aren’t aware of the historical importance of Berlin Wall here is the smallest recap. The Berlin Wall was built in just one day and it surrounded East Berlin. This meant that the wall effectively separated East Berlin from West Berlin for 28 years. The fall of the Berlin wall in itself was one of the biggest historical events in Germany and today, what remains of the wall is the biggest and most iconic historical places in Germany.
9. Medieval Castles
The next historical place or rather places that we taking you to are the Medieval Castles spread around Germany. We could have just mentioned one of these but we are all about options so cheers. First we have the Schwerin Castle which was built back in the year 1160 however the remodelled and renovated version was completed back in the 19th century. This splendid structure will delight you with its architecture as you experience how the Dukes of Mecklenburg lived. The second castle that we would like to highlight is called the Ansbach Residenz. This is one of the most prominent medieval castles in the world. As far as this building is concerned, renovations took places in the 16th and the 18th century.
8. Checkpoint Charlie
Since we have already reminisced about the Berlin Wall it was only fitting that we enumerated upon Checkpoint Charlie. Like we said before, the Berlin Wall was built to stop the East Germans from escaping into West Germany. Checkpoint Charlie is as important a historical site as the remains of the Berlin Wall because this was the only crossing point between the east and the west part of the city.
7. The Birthplace of Karl Marx
Are you guys aware of the concept of Marxism? The concept, given by the very well known Karl Marx the German philosopher, sociologist and economist, refers to the importance of self-emancipation. It talks about the fact that social class and the struggle there in was a force in itself. It would interest you to know that the next place on our list of top historical places in Germany is the birthplace of the famed sociologist himself. The place is known as Karl Mars Haus and is a treat for many a tourists.
6. The Holocaust Memorial in Berlin
Next up we come to the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin. We are all aware of the main points of German history and amongst them was the came the mass murder of Jews under the Nazis. This particular memorial is in commemoration to that event.
5. Xanten Archeological Park
We next come to one of the most highly preserved historical sites in Germany. The Xanten Archeological Park is home to the archaeological remains of the Roman settlement of Colonia Ulpia Traiana. If archaeology is your field of interest as far as history goes then this is a must visit site and not only in Germany but all over the world. You will be delighted by a first hand experience of the ruins.
4. Hitler’s Flak Tower
Next on our list of top historical sites in Germany is related to World War II and also to Hitler. The Flak Tower was built on order by Hitler and it served as a bunker as well an anti-aircraft tower during the hustle bustle of the World War. To this date the place attracts plenty of tourists due to historical value and importance.
3. The Neues Museum
The Neues Museum is another one of the top historical attractions in Germany and although this is not the only museum worthy of attention but would do well to honour the rest. The collection in this museum dates back to the prehistoric era and includes works by the Roman people, the Greek and even the Ancient Egyptians. It certainly will capture interest for all those interested in history, art, architecture and archaeology to mention a few.
The next historical place in Germany that we will be taking you too is a actually a city also known as Treves in English. We are mentioning the whole city and not a certain place within because the whole city is historical considering that it was founded in 16 BCE and is the oldest city in Germany. For starters you can go to the Trier Roman Amphitheater, then the Trier Cathedral, The Barbara Baths and St Matthias Abbey to name a few.
1. The Battle of Nations Monument
Last but certainly not the least we come to the Battle of the Nations monuments as the last entry on our list of top historical places in Germany. This particular monument was built in commemoration of the Napoleonic Wars that took place in the year 1913 causing immense defeat to the French Emperor.