TripAdvisor Users Rate Cologne Cathedral As Favorite German Landmark

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Cologne Cathedral Night

The popular travel website TripAdvisor just announced their first ever Travelers’ Choice Awards, which is a listing of the top tourist stops around the world based on traveler feedback. Just about every travel category is covered, and the results can be narrowed down by location, making it a great resource for anyone looking to find the top sights to see on their next trip, wherever that may be. If it happens to be Germany you’ll find the typical locations, but what is the number one must see place in the country?

The Cologne Cathedral surprisingly tops the list as the top landmark in Germany, beating out Neuschwanstein Castle which came in at second place. Managing Director of the Cologne Tourist Board, Josef Sommer, was delighted with the news by stating that the “first-place ranking and the many authentic travel reports from the world’s largest travel community once again underscore that Cologne Cathedral is perceived internationally as an outstanding and unique example of all the things that Germany has to offer tourists”.

TripAdvisor determines the winners of the Travelers’ Choice Awards based solely on traveler evaluations over a 12 month period. In the case of the Cologne Cathedral, 2,059 user evaluations and 1,566 photos of the Cologne Cathedral made their way onto the TripAdvisor website.

As for the other categories of attractions, other areas of Germany received some love as well. Berlin’s Pergamon Museum ranked as the number one museum in Germany, Munich’s English Garden was voted the top park in the country, and the Europa-Park in Rust took the number one spot in the amusement park category.

Check out the top 10’s in all four categories below…


Top 10 German Landmarks

  1. Cologne Cathedral
  2. Neuschwanstein Castle
  3. Deutscher Bundestag
  4. Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)
  5. The Holocaust Memorial – Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
  6. Marienplatz
  7. Memorial of the Berlin Wall
  8. East Side Gallery
  9. Gendarmenmarkt
  10. Dachau Concentration Camp

Top 10 German Museums

  1. Pergamon Museum
  2. Mercedes-Benz Museum
  3. Deutsches Museum
  4. Deutsches Historisches Museum
  5. Neues Museum
  6. Topography of Terror
  7. Green Vault
  8. BMW Museum
  9. Old Pinakothek
  10. Porsche Museum

Top 10 German Parks

  1. English Garden
  2. Olympiapark
  3. Sanssouci Park
  4. Park Planten un Blomen
  5. Luisenpark Mannheim
  6. Lichtentaler Allee
  7. Bergpark
  8. Westfalenpark
  9. Staatspark Karlsaue
  10. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Worlitz

Top 10 German Amusement Parks

  1. Europa-Park
  2. Phantasialand
  3. Playmobil Fun Park
  4. Heide Park
  5. Legoland Germany
  6. Freizeitpark Ravensburger Spieleland
  7. Sensapolis
  8. Karls Erlebnis-Dorf
  9. Hansapark
  10. Tripsdrill


Sources: TripAdvisor, KölnTourismus
Photos: dziegener [stock.xchng]

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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