The Atlas Obscura Guide To Germany
687 Cool, Hidden, and Unusual Things to Do in Germany
Updated September 28, 2023
- Bad Dürkheim
- Frankfurt (Oder)
- Freiburg Im Breisgau
- Garching Bei München
- Garmisch Partenkirchen
- Halle (Saale)
- Landsberg Am Lech
- Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber
Unusual Attractions in Germany
Cool Places to Eat & Drink in Germany
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Get a Whiff of Ancient Egypt’s 'Scent of Eternity'
Experts reconstructed the smell of mummified organs—and it’s actually pretty pleasant.
by Roxanne Hoorn
The Beauty and Brilliance of Germany's 'Cow Chapels'
“The shape of the interior feels sacred, but it’s not. It’s where the cows were fed.”
by Christie Dietz
Are the Benin Bronzes Made From German Brass—And Does It Matter?
The famous West African artworks, long at the center of repatriation debates, were made from materials sourced in Rhineland.
by Gemma Tarlach
Meet the Mettigel, Germany's Hedgehog Sculpted From Meat
Now a cult-favorite party food, hedgehog-shaped snacks have a long history in Europe.
by Rachel Glassberg
Podcast: Sites of Vision with the Places Team
Join us for a daily celebration of the world’s most wondrous, unexpected, even strange places.
by The Podcast Team
The Once-Extinct Aurochs May Soon Roam Europe Again
After a decade, scientists are getting close to bringing back the massive wild cattle.
by Diana Hubbell
A Brief History of Germany’s Favorite Flaming Punch
How a fiery bowl of booze became a Christmas classic.
by Sam O'Brien
Lists Featuring Germany
Bog Butter, Ancient Beef, and Other Remarkably Old Foods on Display in Museums
Some of these foods are centuries past their expiration dates.
Including Ancient Bog Butter, Preserved Victorian Wedding Cake, and World’s Oldest Edible Ham