Germany is often wrongly portrayed as a boring country. From Husum to Berchtesgaden it is not only more than 1000km distance, but there are also many unique, even more breathtakingly beautiful and diverse cultural landscapes in between. Landscape photographers and photographers in general tend to forget this in “boring Germany”. In this article we would like to introduce you to the most beautiful photo locations for photographers in Germany.
Like every selection, this selection of photo locations in Germany is deeply subjective. We at Mountain Moments naturally love the mountains and mountain landscapes, so they may be a little overrepresented.
We would like to inspire you not only to graze the known photo spots but also to actively encourage you to find your own favourite places and explore them photographically.
The most beautiful places in Germany attract photographers like magic. Germany’s interesting places for photographers are also usually the most beautiful landscapes. It is therefore not surprising that the Neuschwanstein Castle, the Heidelberg Old Town or the Zugspitze are crowded. If you go to this list of the most beautiful photo spots, you must expect not to be the only photographer.
It is important to us that you observe the following basic rules when searching for a photo location:
- Don’t leave no garbage! In case of doubt, leave the photo spot cleaner than you found it in.
- Follow the special rules on site: Some of the photo spots mentioned are located on private property, treat it as if it were your own property and treat the owners with respect and gratitude. Some specific rules apply to the publication of these locations, you should follow them as well.
- Respects other photographers, people, animals and nature. We only have one life and one planet, it would be a pity if we could not enjoy the beauty of nature together and not preserve it for posterity.
If you follow these basic rules, you will not only ensure yourself a beautiful photo experience, but you will also be able to enjoy and enjoy the most beautiful photo locations for landscape photographers in Germany together with others. It is well known that joy increases when you share it.
The 10 most beautiful photo spots in Germany
Moselle valley – Moselle loop (moselschleife)
The Moselle cycle path meanders through the picturesque Moselle valley along the river that gives it its name. Especially between Cochem and Trier there are many castles, fortresses, even more bridges and quaint little winegrowing villages.
Those who have not yet indulged Bacchus, the god of wine, will do so here at the latest. To the left and right of the Moselle, the world-famous hillsides are steep and often still handcrafted, the often small winegrowers produce excellent wines on barren steep slopes.
The best time to photograph the landscape here is in late summer and autumn, when the vines gleam yellowish and sometimes a photographically exciting fog forms over the Moselle.
The best-known photo spot is located at or above the Moselle loop near Bremm, but Cochem and especially the vineyards and small winegrowing villages are also top landscapes. The main difficulty for pleasure-oriented landscape photographers is probably not geting distracted from drinking too much wine ;).
To get to the view point just follow the local directions from Bremm up the hill through wineards.
Alternative: Saar loop
Neuschwanstein Castle – Germany’s Dream Castle
Germany is the land of castles and palaces. The fairytale castle par excellence lies in the Bavarian foothills of the Alps and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, and has been rebuilt several times worldwide.
If you are on a holiday in the Alps over the Fernpass, you might want to take the short detour at the Austrian border, as Germany’s dream castle is only 10 minutes away by car.
Sure, it is teeming with tourists and it’s photographically no uncharted territory. Nevertheless, the view of the castle from almost all sides is a cultural treat that is unique in the world. Especially in autumn, and when the first snow is already in the higher regions of the Alps, or after a fresh snowfall, Neuschwanstein Castle unfolds its dreamlike character on your landscape photographs.
You can just stroll around and enjoy the views. Walk up the mountain after the castle. But generally speaken, there are several really excellent photo spots, you will not have a problem finding some of them.
Alternative: Fürst-Pückler-Park in Bad Muskau, Saxony
Nearby we hold one of our popular photo workshops with hiking and overnight in a traditional hut. The Bavarian foothills of the Alps are probably our favourite region in Germany – not without reason.
Heidelberg – Germany’s most beautiful Old Town
Heidelberg is not a secret photographic tip. The city in the southwest of Germany is also known beyond its borders for its idyllic location, its renowned university and its mild climate. As original Heidelberg citizen there is a tiny bit homeland pride involved when i state: Heidelberg must have been seen and photographed.
Our favorite photo spots: The Old Town with its enthroned castle, the Philosophenweg (“philosophers way”), and the Neckar Valley with the “Old Bridge” offer spectacular photographic opportunities.
If you go off these three photo spots, you’ll be busy for 3-4 hours. The many small, hidden photo spots in the old town and at the Philosophenweg you better discover on your own.
Burg Eltz – Germany’s model castle
Eltz Castle has been a magical photo location ever since its growing fame on Instagram. The hidden castle is the only one in the region to have been spared raids and destruction and to have an almost magical energy due to its location. It’s hidden in a small picturesque tributary of the Moselle.
Probably the most famous and popular perspective is directly on the main access bridge – even before sunrise you will rarely be the only photographer here. Please note the flight ban on drones and the fact that you are not allowed to sell pictures commercially – the castle and grounds are privately owned.
Elbe Sandstone Mountains
The Elb Sandstone Mountains are not located somewhere in New Zealand, Africa or anywhere else in the furthest tip of the earth, but in the middle of Saxony. The bizarre rock formations, deep gorges and gates form a unique natural beauty that attracts photographers from all over the world, especially in autumn.
When morning fog wafts sweep across the Bastei and the bridge of the same name, and underneath the forests shimmer in autumn colours, every camera sensor literally melts away. The Elbe Sandstone Mountains is situated between Germany and the Czech Republic, stretches along the upper reaches of the Elbe River, the German part is also known as Saxon Switzerland.
Herzogstand – Kochelsee (Bavaria)
It is not without reason that we offer a unique photo workshop here. Although Bavaria’s Alps are only a small part of the entire Alpine arc, they are enormously suitable for photography. Many easy access routes, a gondola and easy access from Munich captivate tens of thousands of mountain lovers, especially on weekends.
The region around Lake Kochelsee and Lake Walchensee is been particularly hard hit. Already Kaiser Wilhelm discovered this alpine jewel and let one reach an alpine accommodation with shelter at the summit at exquisite location. Nowadays the Herzogstand can be reached with a cable car ride and a 30-minute hike.
The view from Herzogstand ist just stunning and doesn’t fall short in an internaional comparison to the most beautiful viewpoints worldwide.
Alternative mountain hiking tour in the region with no less impressive views: Benediktenwand
Germany’s highest mountain attracts thousands of tourists every day. You hover about 3,000 meters above things here. Those who cannot manage the difficult and not quite easy ascent on foot can take the cable car from Ehrwald (Austria) or Garmisch-Partenkirchen to the summit.
On beautiful weekend days the summit is heavily overcrowded. The view is nevertheless breathtaking. Experienced mountain hikers won’t let one of the well-known climbs to Zugspitze be taken, of course, the easiest one goes over the “Gatterl“.
Alternative: Oberstdorf, Allgäu
Rakotz bridge (Devils Bridge)
Without some famous landscape and sports photographers, the “Azaleas and Rhododendron Park Kromlau” would have a hard time in the ballet of sights. The Rakotzbrücke (“devils bridge”), popularly known as the devil’s bridge, has achieved extraordinary fame in recent photographic history thanks to its fairytale-like shape and location in a small artificial lake.
Important: The bridge is not an actual bridge to walk on, but a work of art as an artefact made of basalt columns brought into shape. Entering the work of art is forbidden – even if photographer Lorenz Holder has won a well-known photo competition with such a photo: Please don’t copy.
Berchtesgaden region – Ramsau, Königssee, Obersee, Hinteresee
In Berchtesgaden, visitors encounter a wonderful combination of mountain culture and nature. The market town lies in the southeastern corner of Upper Bavaria, at the foot of the 2713 metre high Watzmann.
The Königssee, the Obersee with an old fishermen’s hut and the dividing mountain walls behind it are fascinating landscapes. From the boat you can take great photos of the pilgrimage church St. Bartholomä with Watzmann east wall in the background, as well as the church in Ramsau and the Hinteresse popular photo motives.
Germany’s Skylines: Cologne and Dresden
At the end of the Second World War, Germany’s cities were in a difficult position. During the area bombardments, many picturesque inner cities fell victim to the impacts and fires. The intactness of Cologne Cathedral is probably more to be blamed on the pragmatic attitude of the pilots searching for orientation than on the often described miracle. Landscape photographers often target the cathedral together with the Hohenzollern Bridge (and leave it where it is).
Dresden was not much better than Cologne. It is therefore all the more astonishing that the Dresden skyline and so-called “Dresden Florence on the Elbe” today reappear in their eternal glory. Especially at dusk, landscape photographers will find many grateful photo motifs here on the banks of the Elbe – probably the most rewarding is the skyline in its full splendour photographed from the opposite bank side.
Our favourite place among the Bavarian and Alpine lakes: the Geroldsee (“Gerold Lake”). A classic postcard motif with alpine huts, a perfectly formed lake and a view of the impressive Karwendel massif.
Our tips for beautiful places in Germany are ideal for a weekend full of landscape photography. Please also consider the environmental aspect: Try to save energy when travelling to the airport, travel in carpools or, as far as possible, by public transport. Those who travel particularly far should also consider staying on site for several days rather than just a weekend. In our experience, time is one of the most important design tools in photography anyway.
Important: When photographing please pay attention to environment and property, the photo spot is on private ground.
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