Germany continues to attract tourists in record numbers. During just the first half of 2019 saw foreign tourists spending nearly four million nights in German hotels – up by 3% from the same period in 2018. It’s also not only foreign visitors that are supercharging the German tourist industry – domestic tourism is up as well. Most of these tourists (both foreign and domestic will visit the tourism spots that have always attracted visitors.
Bavaria, Berlin and the Baltic sea all feature highly. Tourists travel to those spots to enjoy history, cultural attractions and great cuisine. However, some tourists will want to visit some of the lesser-known attractions in the country – experiencing a touch of the unusual.
Here are 10 unique things to do in Germany
For those with a sense of adventure . . .
1. Visit the ‘Dachshund Museum’.
The museum can be found in the Bavarian city of Passau – and the subject of its exhibits makes it completely unique. it has interesting exhibits on the history of the breed, what makes it what it is today and plenty of themed purchases that celebrate this short-legged canine companion.
2. Enjoy the Great Heidelberg Tun Experience
Deep in the cellars of Heidelberg Castle is one of the great wonders of the world (even if it simply appeals to wine lovers). This is the Great Heidelberg Tun, the largest wine vat in the world. It can hold nearly 220,000 liters of wine (although it is no longer used for wine storage.
3. Have a Literary Experience at Frankenstein Castle
Located in Darmstadt in Hesse (and in the middle of the unsettling Odenwald Forest) this is said to be the castle that inspired to write her classic. Even creepier is the fact that it was once home to Johann Conrad Dippel – a scientist who is said to have experimented with human body parts.
4. Visit the World’s ‘Most Beautiful’ Milk Shop
Pfunds Molkerei in Dresden does not make this boast idly – it is a Guinness World Record holder. Built in the 1880s the stunning beauty of the hand-painted gold and blue Villeroy & Boch ceramic tiles is undeniable. those who visit can select from a wide range of products, including milk, cheese, liqueurs, fine chocolates and other treats.
5. The Kunsthofpassage Singing Drain Pipes
In more modern marvel, the Singing Drainpipes can be found on the exterior of Garlitzer Str. 21-25 in Dresden. When it rains the pipes channel the water through a network of drains to create sounds that closely mimic the productions of a world-class orchestra.
6. Immerse yourself in the Wonders of the Saalfeld Fairy Grottoes
Another Guinness World Record attraction these grottoes have been recognized as the most colorful in the world. The spectacular beauty of the mineral deposits and the informative tours are a delight for young and old. They can be found in Saalfeld/Saale, Germany.
7. Be Puzzled by the ‘Upside-Down House’
A slightly disorientating experience awaits those who visit this house, which has been built upside down. The roof is at ground level and ascending one comes to the wine ‘cellar’. But the entire house in Putbus on Rügen Island in Pomerania.
8. The Berlin Museum of Medical History
A slightly macabre experience awaits those who visit this museum located in a Berlin hospital. Medical oddities abound (deformed brains anyone?). Visitors have been known to faint when exposed to the more disturbing of the exhibits – but it is a fascinating way to explore medical history.
9. One, Two, Three, Four, I Declare a Thumb War
The Alpine regions of Bavaria see two grown men hooking fingers to be declared champion of the art of ‘fingerhakeln’. Observing this practice is truly one of the top 10 unique things to do in Germany.
10. Hit the Mud Flats
Visitors heading to the North Sea in parts of Germany can experience the wonders of ‘Wattwandern’ (mudflat hiking) where the fun is to be had exploring the islands of the region on foot – across the mudflats which are exposed at low tide. It’s good, dirty fun for all involved.
Germany is full of wonderful tourist destinations. But for those who want a tourist experience which is slightly different from the usual, then these 10 unique things to do in Germany offer the opportunity to really get under the skin of what makes the country such a popular place to visit.