Historic sites in Germany

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Home of the ancient Germanic tribes, impinged on by the Romans, centre of the Holy Roman Empire and the focal point of 20th century conflict, this is a nation with a diverse history, reflected in the historic sites of Germany today.

There’s a fantastic selection of historic sites in Germany and you can plan some great trips by browsing our selection. Once you’ve explored the historic sites in Germany you can use our itinerary planner tool to chart out your trip and then print off a free pocket guidebook.

Our database of German historic sites is growing all the time, but we may not cover them all. So, if you know of other historic sites in Germany, you can always add them to Historvius now by visiting our upload page.


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1. Brandenburg Gate

Few historic sites in Germany have such political, social and symbolic importance as the Romanesque gateway known as the Brandenburg Gate. Today, among other things, it is seen as a symbol of German reunification.

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2. Imperial Baths of Trier

Amongst the largest Ancient Roman baths outside of Rome, the Imperial Baths of Trier are some of the best preserved Roman historic sites in Germany. They provide a startling reminder of the diverse nature of German history.

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3. Berlin Wall

Built within just a day, the Berlin Wall surrounded East Berlin, separating it from West Berlin from 1961 to 1989. Today, its remains are amongst the most iconic of all the historic sites in Germany.

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4. Berliner Dom

Berliner Dom was the royal church of the Prussian monarchy. Built in the early twentieth century during the reign of Kaiser Wilhelm II, it is a startlingly impressive place to visit.

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5. Schwerin Castle

Schwerin Castle is a picturesque palace and once the home of the dukes of Mecklenburg. The history of the site itself dates back as far as 1160, with the current incarnation of the castle being built in the 19th century.

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6. Cologne Cathedral

One of the best known ecclesiastical historical sites in Germany, Cologne Cathedral is an iconic gothic church built over the course of six hundred years and is a World Heritage site.

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7. Basilica of Constantine - Trier

One of Germnay's best - yet lesser-known - historical places, the Basilica of Constantine in Trier was the Roman Emperor’s audience hall and the biggest surviving single room from Ancient Rome.

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8. Worms Cathedral

Worms Cathedral is a 12th century church and burial site of the Salian Dynasty. It boasts a rich and diverse history stretching back through the centuries.

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Ansbach Residenz

A former medieval castle, Ansbach Residence was remodelled in both the 16th and 18th centuries leaving a splendidly furnished state residence.

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Babelsberg Castle

Babelsberg Castle is a picturesque 19th century Gothic castle which boasts stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

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Berlin Stasi Prison

The Berlin Stasi Prison was a notoriously brutal Cold War prison in East Berlin from 1951 to 1989.

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Braunfels Castle

Braunfels Castle is a beautifully picturesque medieval castle which towers above the Lahn valley. Highlights include the museum and Knight’s Hall which showcase collections of weaponry, armour, art, sculpture and medieval furniture.

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Burg Rheinfels

Burg Rheinfels was an imposing medieval fortification, the dramatic ruins of which lie in St Goar in Germany.

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Burgkloster

The Burgkloster was a medieval monastery turned poorhouse, court and Nazi prison.

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Burgtor

The Burgtor is one of only two surviving medieval gates in Lubeck.

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Celtic hillfort of Otzenhausen

The Celtic hillfort of Otzenhausen contains the remains of an ancient fortification in Germany, thought to have been constructed by the Treveri tribe.

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Charlottenburg Palace

Berlin's largest royal estate, Charlottenburg Palace was finished in 1713 in a Baroque style, as a summer getaway for the first queen of Prussia, Sophie Charlotte, wife of Frederick I.

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Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie was an important crossing point in the Berlin Wall between the east and west of the city. It is one of the most popular historic sites in Germany for tourists to visit.

Dachau Concentration Camp

Dachau Concentration Camp was a Nazi concentration camp in Germany.

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German Resistance Memorial Centre

The German Resistance Memorial Centre in Berlin commemorates those who rose up against the Nazis, particularly in the July 20 Plot.

Hassenhausen Museum

Hassenhausen Museum in Auerstedt is a museum of the 1806 Battle of Jena-Auerstedt of the Napoleonic Wars.

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Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz

Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz was the site where the Nazis planned the extermination of the Jews known as the Holocaust.

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Heiliger Sand

Heiliger Sand in Worms in Germany is the oldest Jewish cemetery in Europe.

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Herrenchiemsee Palace

A stunning 19th century Bavarian palace, located on its very own 230-hectare island, modelled on the Palace of Versailles.

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Hohenzollern Castle

Hohenzollern Castle is a truly impressive 19th century castle and popular tourist destination located 40 miles south of Stuttgart.

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Holstentor

Holstentor is a picturesque medieval gate which houses the city museum of Lubeck. UNESCO listed.

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Jakobikirche

Jakobikirche was built in 1334 and now represents one of the best preserved medieval churches in Lubeck.

Jena Battlefield

Jena Battlefield was the site of a Prussian defeat in 1806 during the Napoleonic Wars.

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Jewish Museum - Berlin

The Jewish Museum in Berlin explores the history of Germany’s Jewish community.

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Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is a ruined 19th century church and one of the most well-known landmarks in Germany of its time, particularly in Berlin.

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Karl Marx Haus

Karl Marx Haus in Trier was the birthplace of the father of Marxism and stands amongst the more popular things to do in Germany.

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Konigstein Fortress

Konigstein Fortress in Dresden has been everything from a stronghold to a World War II prisoner of war camp.

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Liebfrauen

Liebfrauen is a thirteenth century UNESCO-listed gothic church in Trier.

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Linderhof Palace

Unique in design and style, the ornate 19th century Linderhof Palace exhibits exquisite Rococo ornamentation and is surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens.

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Lubeck Cathedral

Lubeck Cathedral is one of the oldest buildings in this UNESCO listed city centre.

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Lubeck Town Hall

Lubeck Town Hall is a picturesque medieval building which began as a 13th century cloth hall.

Lutzen Battlefield

Lutzen Battlefield was the site of an important battle of the Thirty Years’ War in 1632 and a Napoleonic victory in 1813.

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Marienkirche

Marienkirche in Lubeck is Germany’s third largest church.

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Munich Frauenkirche

The Munich Frauenkirche is one of the city’s most iconic historic sites.

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Neuschwanstein Castle

A fairy-tale castle built for an introverted and reclusive king, Neuschwanstein Castle’s idyllic mountainous setting attracts millions of tourists.

Nuremberg Castle

Every Holy Roman Emperor between 1050 and 1571 is said to have stayed at Nuremberg Castle, which is one of the grander medieval historic places in Germany.

Nymphenburg Palace

Nymphenburg Palace is a grand baroque palace in Munich and one the city’s most famous sites.

Porta Nigra

Porta Nigra is a late second century Roman gate in Trier in Germany.

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Reichstag

Amongst the things to do in Germany relating to its modern history is a visit to the Reichstag Building. The seat of the German Government from 1894 to 1933, it is now the seat of the German Bundestag.

Rheinisches Landesmuseum

The Rheinisches Landesmuseum chronicles the history of Trier and the region as far back as the Stone Age.

Romano-Germanic Museum - Cologne

The Romano-Germanic Museum is a museum of Ancient Roman history in Cologne.

Romerbrucke

Still in use today, Romerbrucke is a 2nd century UNESCO-listed Roman bridge in Trier.

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

Sachsenhausen was a Nazi concentration camp 35km outside of Berlin during the Second World War.

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Soviet Memorial Treptow

Located in Berlin’s Treptower Park, the Soviet Memorial was designed by architect Yakov Belopolsky in order to remember the Soviet soldiers who were killed in the 1945 Battle of Berlin.

St Matthias Abbey - Trier

St Matthias Abbey houses the grave of its namesake, the apostle, St Mathias and is home to a cemetery dating back to Roman times.

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The Altes Museum

The Altes Museum in Berlin contains a collection of ancient Greek and Roman artifacts.

The Barbara Baths - Trier

The Barbara Baths were a second century baths complex of Roman Trier. UNESCO listed.

The Battle of the Nations Monument

The Battle of the Nations Monument commemorates the 1813 Napoleonic Wars battle in which the French emperor suffered one of his greatest defeats.

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The Berlin Flak Tower

One of the more hidden World War II historic sites in Germany is the Berlin Flak Tower, a bunker and anti-aircraft tower built under Hitler’s orders.

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The DDR Museum

The DDR Museum examines what life was like within the former German Democratic Republic, and provides an incredibly vivid look into this 40-year period of German history.

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The Holocaust Memorial - Berlin

The Holocaust Memorial in Berlin commemorates the European Jews murdered under the Nazis.

The Munich Residence

The Munich Residence was a focal point of Bavarian power for over four centuries.

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The Neues Museum

The Neues Museum in Berlin has a vast collection including Prehistoric, Ancient Egyptian, Roman and Greek works.

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The Pergamon Museum

The Pergamon Museum in Berlin displays ancient exhibitions and those of Muslim art.

Trier Cathedral

Trier Cathedral is a mostly medieval, UNESCO-listed church with a history dating back to Roman times.

Trier Roman Amphitheatre

Trier Roman Amphitheatre is a well preserved UNESCO site in use as early as the 1st century.

Weiden Roman Burial Chamber

The Weiden Roman Burial Chamber is an Ancient Roman tomb on the outskirts of modern day Cologne.

Worms Synagogue

Worms Synagogue is built on the site of two former synagogues destroyed during the Crusades and on Kristallnacht.

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Xanten Archaeological Park

Xanten Archaeological Park houses the remains of the former Roman settlement of Colonia Ulpia Traiana. It is one of the best preserved Roman historic sites in Germany.

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Zionskirche

Built in 1872, the Zionskirche is an impressive 19th century historic church in Berlin and a beautiful example of the neo-romantic architecture.