Germany has sooo many great cities to visit; Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, and more. However, if you want to go to attractions that are off the beaten track and not completely overloaded with American tourists, below are three sites that you have to check out. To get to these places you can either book a tour (super expensive) or rent a car and drive (relatively inexpensive, which is what I did).
Americans are allowed to drive in Germany with just an American license BUT make sure to have the rental paperwork in the front seat near you at all times. Lucky I did so when I got pulled over by the German police (for going too slow on the Autobahn, so be sure to gun it) I was able to prove that the car company lent me the car legally.
About an hour and a half to a two hour drive outside of Berlin, this was the best site I’ve ever seen in my life. A short walk from the parking lot the site is something you would see out of a movie.
About a 20 minute walk around the entire little lake, the pictures speak for themselves about the true beauty of this site.
About an hour and half outside of Frankfurt is an amazing suspension bridge that is almost 1200 feet long (360 meters to be exact). The bridge does move in the wind so this is not advised for anyone who is afraid of heights!
My advice is either wake up super early to go OR stay at a local B&B/Airbnb in the area so you’ll only have a short drive in the morning. I made the mistake of sleeping in and casually driving to the bridge thinking it wouldn’t be a major tourist site. Although not a major tourist site for Americans, it’s a huge tourist site for Germans roadtripping through the country.
The bridge is about a two mile walk from the parking lot BUT trust me it doesn't feel that long as there are plenty of things to see along the way.
About an hour and a half outside of Frankfurt, and a 45 minute drive from Geierlay (both can be done in one day). Eltz Castle is another site I suggest going to either early in the morning or staying at a local spot in the area. Its definitely a tourist destination for everyone.
One huge bummer is that since the castle is technically on private property they have a giant sign saying no drones (I was looking forward to flying mine all around the castle the entire trip). However, I bet if you woke up early in the morning to get the shot then you'd be fine. There's a lookout spot that does make it seem like a drone picture as it’s high above the castle.
Word of advice, walk down the hill to the castle and then take the shuttle bus back up (2 euro each way but worth it once you see how steep the hill is). You can take the walking route the whole way but then you miss the lookout spot.
I hope that I gave you some great places to visit off the beaten track, and good advice on how to conquer the crowds. Comment below to let me know what you think!