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Unique Destinations in Germany

by Angelique Platas

Dec 10, 2017

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Destinations / Europe

Take the road less traveled on your next family trip to Germany. Explore some of the beautiful country’s more unique destinations, uncovering some rich history and folklore along the way.

 

Castle Frankenstein

Bring the famous story’s setting to life for you and the kids on a trip to Mühltal, Germany. In Mühltal reside the ruins of Castle Frankenstein, once inhabited by Johann Konrad Dippel in the late 1600s. The goings-on within Castle Frankenstein are believed to have inspired Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, as Dippel was known to be an eccentric scientist experimenting with human and animal cadavers in the 18th century.

 

Castle Frankenstein in Odenwald, Darmstadt, Germany

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The castle still stands with two towers intact and welcomes visitors to explore the grounds, chapel and restaurant. Add depth to the kids’ English homework and visit over winter break getting the full effect of the snow-covered architecture.

 

Rakotzbrücke Devil’s Bridge

The incredible architecture of the Rakotzbrücke, also known as the Devil’s Bridge in Kromlau, Germany, is a sight to see. Commissioned in the 19th century by a knight in the town, the bridge was built with local stones in a high, delicate arch, forming the shape of a circle in the reflection in the water below. Explore Kromlauer Park with the family and take in the incredible natural beauty and lush green forests. Any historians in the family will enjoy the unique history of the bridge and the folklore surrounding its construction.

View of the rock formations and stone bridge - Bastei, Germany

Bastei, Germany. Photo: Scorpionpl | Dreamstime

 

The Bastei

Rock climbers and hikers may know of The Bastei in Lohmen, Germany, but the average tourist may not. The Felsenburg Neurathen was built in the 11th century and for three centuries dominated the land until it burned down in 1484. All that remains now are the incredible natural stone towers and a stone bridge — built in the 1800s to accommodate visitors. The incredible natural views are unlike most in the country and actually account for Germany’s first landscape photography focal point. Snap a family picture with the rolling countryside in the background, or use the ancient architecture as your own unique backdrop.

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