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Top Choice Cathedral in Speyer

Kaiserdom

Begun in 1030 by Emperor Konrad II of the Salian dynasty, this extraordinary Romanesque cathedral has been a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1981. Its square red towers and green copper dome float majestically abov…
Top Choice Stadium in Heidelberg & Around

HockenheimRing

The hallowed HockenheimRing, 22km southwest of Heidelberg just east of the A6, has three circuits and stands accommodating up to 120,000 fans. It hosts some of Germany’s most famous car races, including the Formula …
Top Choice Castle in Heidelberg

Schloss Heidelberg

Towering over the Altstadt, Heidelberg’s ruined Renaissance castle cuts a romantic figure, especially across the Neckar River when illuminated at night. Attractions include the world's largest wine cask and fabulous…
Top Choice Palace in Mannheim

Barockschloss Mannheim

Mannheim’s most famous sight is the mustard-yellow-and-red sandstone Schloss, Germany’s largest baroque palace. Now occupied by the University of Mannheim, the 450m-long structure was built over the course of 40 yea…
Top Choice Cathedral in Frankfurt am Main

Kaiserdom

Frankfurt’s red-sandstone cathedral is dominated by a 95m-high Gothic tower, which can be climbed via 324 steps. Construction began in the 13th century; from 1356 to 1792, the Holy Roman Emperors were elected (and, …
Top Choice Museum in Mainz

Gutenberg-Museum Mainz

A heady experience for book lovers, the Gutenberg Museum commemorates native son Johannes Gutenberg who in the 15th century ushered in the information age here by perfecting moveable type. Highlights include very ea…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Darmstadt

Grube Messel

A Unesco World Heritage Site, this one-time coal and oil shale quarry 10km northeast of Darmstadt is renowned for its superbly preserved animal and plant remains from the Eocene era (around 49 million years ago). Ea…
Top Choice German in The Moselle Valley

Liller's Historische Schlossmühle

A wonderland of waterwheels, wooden furniture and fairylights, this ancient mill was moved stone by stone in 1804 to its magical spot in the forest 21km southeast of Traben-Trarbach. Venison carpaccio marinated in p…
Top Choice Castle in The Moselle Valley

Burg Eltz

At the head of the beautiful Eltz Valley, a side valley of the Moselle, Burg Eltz is one of the most romantic medieval castles in Germany. Never destroyed, this fairy-tale vision of turrets, towers, oriels, gables a…
Top Choice Historic Building in Wiesbaden

Kurhaus Wiesbaden

Built in 1907, the neoclassical Kurhaus is now the city’s convention centre. Ornate interior spaces include the main hall, with its marble floor, granite columns, Greco-Roman–style statuary and sparkling dome mosaic…