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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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Historical sites in Germany : Editor's Picks

  • Brandenburg Gate 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.

  • Imperial Baths of Trier 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.
    Photo by BurgTender (cc)

  • Berlin Wall 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.
    Photo by siyublog (cc)

  • Berliner Dom 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.
    Photo by Andrey Belenko (cc)

  • Schwerin Castle 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.
    Photo by saturn ♄ (cc)

  • Cologne Cathedral 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.
    Photo by Wyatt Wellman (cc)

  • Basilica of Constantine - Trier 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.
    Photo by QuartierLatin1968 (cc)

  • Worms Cathedral 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.
    Photo by Robert Scarth (cc)

Historical sites in Germany: Site Index

  • Ansbach Residenz Ansbach Residenz
    A former medieval castle, Ansbach Residence was remodelled in both the 16th and 18th centuries leaving a splendidly furnished state residence.
    Photo by D.j.mueller (cc)

  • Babelsberg Castle Babelsberg Castle
    Babelsberg Castle is a picturesque 19th century Gothic castle which boasts stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
    Photo by piotr-iłowiecki (cc)

  • Berlin Stasi Prison Berlin Stasi Prison
    The Berlin Stasi Prison was a notoriously brutal Cold War prison in East Berlin from 1951 to 1989.
    Photo by CxOxS (cc)

  • Braunfels Castle 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.
    Photo by MikePowell (cc)

  • Burg Rheinfels Burg Rheinfels
    Burg Rheinfels was an imposing medieval fortification, the dramatic ruins of which lie in St Goar in Germany.
    Photo by Her Own Journey (cc)

  • Burgkloster Burgkloster
    The Burgkloster was a medieval monastery turned poorhouse, court and Nazi prison.
    Photo by froutes (cc)

  • Burgtor Burgtor
    The Burgtor is one of only two surviving medieval gates in Lubeck.
    Photo by froutes (cc)

  • Celtic hillfort of Otzenhausen 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.
    Photo by Cayambe (cc)

  • Charlottenburg Palace 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.
    Photo by Leandro Ciuffo (cc)

  • Checkpoint Charlie 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.
    Photo by roger4336 (cc)

  • Dachau Concentration Camp Dachau Concentration Camp
    Dachau Concentration Camp was a Nazi concentration camp in Germany.
    Photo by ho visto nina volare (cc)

  • German Resistance Memorial Centre 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.
    Photo by dionhinchcliffe (cc)

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

  • Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz
    Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz was the site where the Nazis planned the extermination of the Jews known as the Holocaust.
    Photo by nagerw (cc)

  • Heiliger Sand Heiliger Sand
    Heiliger Sand in Worms in Germany is the oldest Jewish cemetery in Europe.
    Photo by roger4336 (cc)

  • Herrenchiemsee Palace Herrenchiemsee Palace
    A stunning 19th century Bavarian palace, located on its very own 230-hectare island, modelled on the Palace of Versailles.
    Photo by fionasjournal (cc)

  • Hohenzollern Castle Hohenzollern Castle
    Hohenzollern Castle is a truly impressive 19th century castle and popular tourist destination located 40 miles south of Stuttgart.
    Photo by JimTrodel (cc)

  • Holstentor Holstentor
    Holstentor is a picturesque medieval gate which houses the city museum of Lubeck. UNESCO listed.
    Photo by mar.krebs (cc)

  • Jakobikirche Jakobikirche
    Jakobikirche was built in 1334 and now represents one of the best preserved medieval churches in Lubeck.
    Photo by Christian Stock (cc)

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

  • Jewish Museum - Berlin Jewish Museum - Berlin
    The Jewish Museum in Berlin explores the history of Germany’s Jewish community.
    Photo by Lauren Manning (cc)

  • Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church 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.
    Photo by heatheronhertravels (cc)

  • Karl Marx Haus 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.
    Photo by paularps (cc)

  • Konigstein Fortress Konigstein Fortress
    Konigstein Fortress in Dresden has been everything from a stronghold to a World War II prisoner of war camp.
    Photo by rs-foto (cc)

  • Liebfrauen Liebfrauen
    Liebfrauen is a thirteenth century UNESCO-listed gothic church in Trier.
    Photo by zugaldia (cc)

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

  • Lubeck Cathedral Lubeck Cathedral
    Lubeck Cathedral is one of the oldest buildings in this UNESCO listed city centre.
    Photo by Giåm (cc)

  • Lubeck Town Hall Lubeck Town Hall
    Lubeck Town Hall is a picturesque medieval building which began as a 13th century cloth hall.
    Photo by Christian Stock (cc)

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

  • Marienkirche Marienkirche
    Marienkirche in Lubeck is Germany’s third largest church.
    Photo by eriwst (cc)

  • Munich Frauenkirche Munich Frauenkirche
    The Munich Frauenkirche is one of the city’s most iconic historic sites.
    Photo by xoque (cc)

  • Neuschwanstein Castle Neuschwanstein Castle
    A fairy-tale castle built for an introverted and reclusive king, Neuschwanstein Castle’s idyllic mountainous setting attracts millions of tourists.
    Photo by K.Hob (cc)

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

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

  • Reichstag 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.
    Photo by Wolfgang Staudt (cc)

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

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

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

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

  • Soviet Memorial Treptow 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.
    Photo by Montecruz Foto (cc)

  • St Matthias Abbey - Trier 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.

  • The Altes Museum The Altes Museum
    The Altes Museum in Berlin contains a collection of ancient Greek and Roman artifacts.
    Photo by Francisco Antunes (cc)

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

  • The Berlin Flak Tower 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.
    Photo by Thomas Angermann (cc)

  • The DDR Museum 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.
    Photo by La Citta Vita (cc)

  • The Holocaust Memorial - Berlin The Holocaust Memorial - Berlin
    The Holocaust Memorial in Berlin commemorates the European Jews murdered under the Nazis.
    Photo by sanzante (cc)

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

  • The Neues Museum The Neues Museum
    The Neues Museum in Berlin has a vast collection including Prehistoric, Ancient Egyptian, Roman and Greek works.
    Photo by Olivier Bruchez (cc)

  • The Pergamon Museum The Pergamon Museum
    The Pergamon Museum in Berlin displays ancient exhibitions and those of Muslim art.
    Photo by SpirosK photography (cc)

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

  • Weiden Roman Burial Chamber 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
    Worms Synagogue is built on the site of two former synagogues destroyed during the Crusades and on Kristallnacht.

  • Xanten Archaeological Park 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.
    Photo by By Veles (cc)

  • Zionskirche Zionskirche
    Built in 1872, the Zionskirche is an impressive 19th century historic church in Berlin and a beautiful example of the neo-romantic architecture.
    Photo by Anna (cc)

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