Germany is a land of industrious people with a rich culture and history. It is also home to millions of migrant workers, many of whom regularly send remittances to support their families via trusted channels like the Ria Money Transfer App. Their efforts add value to their home and host countries. Germany is full of surprises. Vast expanses of well-preserved natural beauty contrast with the nation’s massive industrial powerhouse. Here is a short list of unexpected attractions which invoke a sense of mystery, awe, and wonder.
Mary Shelley’s seminal novel Frankenstein was inspired by a real place. As it turns out, Frankenstein’s castle, as described in Shelley’s book, closely resembles Burg Frankenstein situated on a hill just outside Darmstadt in Frankfurt. It’s unsettling enough in the daytime. Wandering through the castle at night under a sparse glow of moonlight can be a terrifying albeit exhilarating experience.
Kunsthofpassage Singing Drain Pipes
Drainage systems and pipes usually have little to do with aesthetics or music. Sculptor Annette Paul together with designers André Tempel and Christoph Roßner managed to create a true marvel – a house that plays music in the rain. The pipes are arranged in an intricate pattern. When it rains the water pours down the system to produce a set of gentle and melodious notes. Some observers describe it as an orchestra conducted by nature. The sculpture is built on the side of a house inside a complex called Neustadt Kunsthofpassage in the district of Dresden. April, May, and June are the best months to experience this unique creation as Dresden experiences the most rainfall during this time.
The Wadden Sea
Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2009, the Wadden Sea is an expansive stretch of North Sea coastline along the Netherlands and Germany. It consists of the largest system of unbroken intertidal sands and mud flats. Low tide occurs twice a day. During these times one can wade deep inside this ecosystem without diving or snorkeling gear. Walking barefoot in the silt is relaxing. One can take an excursion to the nearby seal bank and watch seal babies flopping around in the water. The many unique natural features of the Wadden Sea are best enjoyed on a guided tour with a ranger. The region is rich in biodiversity and is a favorite stopover for migratory birds.
Karl Junker House
This is an intricate structure designed by a brilliant architect battling a schizophrenic mind. The house’s weirdly eccentric eponymous architect lived in a small town called Lemgo. It is situated in the Lippe district of North Rhine-Westphalia, close to Clogne. The house features gothic architecture that is simultaneously fascinating and repulsive. Some describe the experience of traipsing through the rooms of this house as being akin to taking a trek through the troubled mind of a brilliant artist.
The Beer Garden
Nestled 6,000 feet atop a hill in Munich, The Beer Garden is rather well known for its ‘infamous’ history. The estate was previously known by the name ‘Eagle’s Nest’. It was commissioned and designed as the 50th birthday present for Adolf Hitler. In the 1960s the German government revitalized it into a sprawling hilltop restaurant and gave it its present name. The Beer Garden is a tourist attraction more for where it’s located than what it actually offers. It was an engineering marvel for its time, and its beauty has so far remained unparalleled. The only way to reach it in the past was via the steepest slope in Germany. This is still the route most tourist adventurers prefer to take.
Tiger & Turtle Magic Mountain
When in Duisberg, make sure to visit this ‘rollercoaster with a twist’. The twist here is that you don’t ride a car, but walk. The structure is 69 ft high. Depending on the path taken, one might walk as much as 2 km before reaching the top. The apex offers a 360 degree view of the surrounding landscape, most of which is scenic German countryside.
This natural marvel is located 1.5 km northwest of Scharzfeld in the Göttingen district. It was first discovered in the mid 16th century. Explorers found skeletal remains of a unique single-horned creature. More recent studies revealed that these bones actually belonged to prehistoric animals which took shelter in the cave. The Unicorn Cave is 610 m long, and houses the remains of as many as 70 different species.
International tourists from countries in and out of the European Union are welcome to come and enjoy this little-known side of Germany. Tourists from certain countries may be subjected to mandatory testing for COVID-19.
About the author:
Hemant G is a contributing writer at Sparkwebs LLC, a Digital and Content Marketing Agency. When he’s not writing, he loves to travel, scuba dive, and watch documentaries.