Top 10 Incredible Architectural Structures in Germany

Top 10 Incredible Architectural Structures in Germany

Germans are good at what they do. And one of the things they do, they build monumental structures. The country had a tumultuous history, passed through many eras, that are evident in the architecture. We have chosen ten examples, most of them – historic, but also a few modern ones, that prove this country to be so amazing and skillful.

10. Umschreibung, Munich

The winding staircase was erected in 2004 by Olafur Eliasson – a Danish-Icelandic artist, who is known for his sculptures and installation art. The title means „transcription“ or „rewriting“. Umschreibung is located in the patio of the global accounting firm KPMG. It is 9 m (30 ft) tall, made of steel and slightly reminds the Möbius strip.

Why to go there?

It is a real treat for the photographers, who manage to get in and get a glimpse of this creation.

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Photo by Ali Erturk

9. Rakotzbrücke, Rhododendronpark, Kromlau

If you will search for the attractions in Kromlau, the Rakotzbrücke will certainly pop out. The largest park in Saxony was commissioned by Friedrich Herrmann Rötschke, the knight of Kromlau, in the middle of the 19th century. The Medieval looking bridge is outstanding, however it dates back to 1860s. Its high canopy and reflection in the water of the river Rakotzsee create a full circle.

Why to go there?

The park also is proud of rich nature, its gardens and other architectural attractions. It provides a wonderful environment to have an exhilarating walk.

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8. Vischering Castle, Lüdinghausen, North Rhine-Westfalia

The building is a beautiful moat castle example – it stands in the middle of a deep ditch, filled with water. It was built by an order of Bischop Gerhard von der Mark in 1271. The ensemble includes a sandstone castle and a chapel. The trees grow around the ditch, adding a beautiful aura to the landscape.

Why to go there?

Today a museum and a restaurant are open to visitors, who are welcome to explore this unique architectural wonder.

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7. The Semperoper, Dresden

Part of the historic center of beautiful Dresden, the opera house was built in 1841 by Gottfried Semper. The very first opera performed here was written by German composer Carl Maria von Weber. Today numerous operas and ballet performances, mostly classical, entertain the visitors. Moreover there is a chic restaurant Bean&Beluga, which offers delicious meals and a list of unique wines.

Why to go there?

Various guided and themed tours allow tourists to explore the magnificent building and its sumptuous interiors.

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Photo by Martin Busse

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Photo by Dirk Wiemer

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6. Stadtbibliothek Stuttgart

The public library is housed in a newly built building, which is not very unusual from the outside. However, on the inside there is a whole another story. Dazzling white, spacious halls and vast collection of books make it a relevant tourist attraction for its design alone.

Why to go there?

The library is said to have even a meditative effect. The 9 storey building has a viewpoint on the roof, from where panorama to the city opens.

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5. Duchess Anna Amalia Library, Weimar

Besides a 1 million books collection, the library houses medieval and early modern manuscripts and thousands of music scripts. Meanwhile the building is so elegant and a fine example of Rococo. Famous German poet and writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was one of the patrons of the library.

Why to go there?

Explore the library collection as well as impeccable design, architectural details and beauty.

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4. Hohenzollern Castle

Built on the Mount Hohenzollern, 855 m above sea level, the castle is one of the most beautiful in the country. Just as the name suggests, the castle once was the ancestral seat of the Hohenzollerns, who emerged in the Medieval era later to become the emperors of Germany. In the 19th century King Frederick William IV of Prussia took over and rebuild the destroyed palace.

Why to go there?

Today the castle is a popular tourist destination. Besides the amazing scenery and historic architecture, the visitors get to explore the luxurious interiors and a museum. Its collection features such exhibits like a letter from George Washington and various artifacts of Prussian history.

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Photo by Berthold Steinhilber

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Photo by Alex Gaflig

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3. Wiblingen Monastery Library

Founded in a former Benedictine abbey, the library boasts opulent interiors. Together with a church, the library is open to the public to views. Even guided tours are available, that provide and insight into German history and this particular complex.

Why to go there?

Numerous statues, art works and impressive Baroque style provide an unforgettable experience and an insight into the achievements of German architecture.

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2. Neuschwanstein Castle, Hohenschwangau, Bavaria

The glorious and most famous European castle is a jewel of Bavaria. It was built in the 19th century by the personal fortune of Ludwig II of Bavaria. The castle looks like from a fairytale from the inside out! The Neo-Romanesque palace’s interior design often adopts the themes and characters from Wagner’s operas. And the landscape is breathtaking: situated in the Bavarian Alps, the amazing panorama of the Alps and Hohenschwangau valley opens from the palace.

Why to go there?

The palace has become the main German attraction and the most recognizable structure in the world.

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1. Cologne Cathedral

One of the most monumental cathedrals in the world. You can see it almost from anywhere in Cologne. The tall towers overlook the city, while once you are near it and approach it from below, it feels as if it reaches the sky. Built in the 13th century, the temple is an incredible architectural achievement.

Why to go there?

A brilliant example of Gothic architecture, a World Heritage Site, Cologne Cathedral is definitely worth seeing at least once in a lifetime.

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