Germany's 'Fairytale Castle' is No Longer the Country's Top Attraction
Here's what replaced it.
The German National Tourist Board (GNTB) has released its annual list of the country's top 100 tourist attractions and a familiar face has ended its years-long reign at No. 1. It was never a shock that the Neuschwanstein Castle sat at the top for so long—with its fairytale looks and well-known history, the attraction brings in more than 1.4 million visitors every year. The castle, which was built by King Ludwig II as a private refuge in 1886 was quickly opened to the public after his death, has become the attraction that Instagram photo dreams are made of.
The new must-visit spot is actually an amusement park: Europa-Park, Germany's biggest theme park. And hey! It's one of the few parks in the country that are open throughout the harsh wintertime. Given that the park is essentially a European version of Disneyland—their mascot is goes by the name of "Euro Mouse"—this isn't entirely surprising. You can check out the full list of Germany's must-see sites on the GNTB website.
Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.