The Must-see Cities in Germany

Germany is one of the most popular European countries for most tourists. The country is a universal choice for any trip as everyone will find something to enjoy: Berlin’s trendy nightclubs or Bremen’s chamber music halls, art galleries or car museums, ancient wine cellars or noisy beer restaurants, majestic nature or no less magnificent architecture.

 

The country offers a huge variety of attractions, including lively cities, beautiful nature and amusing entertainment. And it does not matter that these places are quite far apart, excellent autobahns and a highly developed railway system will allow you to easily see the most interesting things in one vacation.

 

It is easy to travel around the country, and the only difficulty is precisely the choice of direction. Thus, in this article, I’m going to suggest you explore the most beautiful cities in Germany, which should definitely be included in your traveler’s list.

 

Munich

 

 

The capital of Bavaria mixes a unique history and modern European atmosphere. Munich will certainly impress you with its beautiful architecture. Some buildings were destroyed during the Second World War, but there are still many beautiful sights left.

 

During your trip to Munich, you must see the following top sights, many of which are located in the center of Munich’s Old Town, so you can easily walk from one landmark to another.

 

Marienplatz (Marien Square) is the central square in the heart of Munich and holds the New Town Hall of Munich. From here, you can explore many historic buildings, churches, and landmarks such as the Mariensäule and the Marian Column.
The tower of the New Town Hall has the Glockenspiel, a beautiful, over 100 years old clock. If you come here at noon, you’ll be able to watch the performance of 32 life-sized figures re-enact historical Bavarian events.

 

Frauenkirche is together with the Rathaus (Town Hall) are the most famous landmarks of Munich. The sturdy twin towers of Frauenkirche shape Munich’s skyline and make it a great point of orientation. You can also climb the steps of the towers, from which the view of Munich and the Bavarian Alps is breathtaking.

 

At the edge of the Old Town, lies the Residence Palace of Munich, the former royal palace of the Bavarian monarchs. Today the Residence houses one of the best European museums of interior decoration. The museum itself displays 130 rooms with antique furniture, art, porcelain, and tapestries that span the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and the neoclassical era.

 

Just a few blocks northeast of the Munich Residence is the English Garden, Munich’s largest park. This green oasis is a beautiful place to explore: rent a paddle boat, stroll along the wooded paths, and visit one of its traditional beer gardens.

 

West of the English Garden is a unique ensemble of three museums, each of them highlighting a different period in European art: the Alte Pinakothek, the Neue Pinakothek, and the Pinakothek der Moderne.

 

Olympic Stadium of Munich is very interesting and is worth visiting as its design is revolutionary and futuristic: the sweeping and transparent canopies of acrylic glass that were modeled on the Alps are the signature characteristic of the Olympic Stadium.

 

Finally, if you want to drink your beer like Germans do visit one of the many beer halls in Munich, for example, Hofbrauhaus, one of the most famous beer halls in Germany or even in the world. Here you can experience Bavarian hospitality at its best.

 

Only a few steps away from Marienplatz, you’ll find the bustling Viktualienmarkt, Munich’s daily outdoor farmers market. Stroll past the 140 colorful booths and enjoy the fresh and seasonal food.

If you like shopping, Munich will be the best place in Germany for you. My article Shopping in Germany. What to bring as a souvenir?describes the best places in Munich, as well as in Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, and Nuremberg, where you can go shopping. Of course, it’s best to visit Munich during the famous Oktoberfest festival.

 

In my article “9 Interesting Things to Do in Munich That You Will Remember All Life», you’ll find the complete information about incredible Munich, the capital of Bavaria.

Related: Travel from Salzburg to Munich

Frankfurt am Main

 

 

Frankfurt is the financial center of Germany and Europe. Located on the river Main, it combines a futuristic view of skyscrapers with the elegant and cozy Old Town center called Römerberg.

 

The Römerberg (“Roman Mountain”) is the historic heart of Frankfurt and home to its City Hall. Flanked by half-timbered houses, this historic square used to be the place for Frankfurt’s first trade fairs in the 13th century.

 

There is no better way to see Frankfurt than from the top of the “Main Tower”, the city’s only high-rise open to the public. Take the elevator up to the 650-feet high platform to enjoy sweeping views of Frankfurt’s cityscape. Here you can enjoy a cocktail and meal at the Main Tower bar and restaurant, located on the upper floor of the tower. The restaurant offers international cuisine and 26 feet panoramic high windows.

 

Visit the Goethe House. Frankfurt is the birthplace of Germany’s most important writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Although Goethe’s house was destroyed in World War II, it was entirely restored with the original furniture, paintings, and books of the family Goethe.

 

Paulskirche is the cradle of German democracy: the church was used for political meetings and became the seat of the first freely elected German parliament in 1848. Today, the Paulskirche is used mainly for exhibitions and special events.

 

Take a walk along the river Main, which runs through Frankfurt’s city center and is lined on both sides by some of the best museums in Germany, such as German Film Museum, the fine art Städel Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, as well as the Senckenberg Museum, the largest museum of natural history in Germany.
The area is called Museumsufer, “Museum Embankment,” and on Saturdays, you can hunt here for treasures at Frankfurt’s largest flea market.

 

Many attractions are not very far from one another in the city center. And with public transport, you can quickly reach further sights such as the Palmengarten or Botanical Gardens and the Zoo. As for the culture lovers, they will find an impressive selection of renowned museums on both banks of the Main.

 

Berlin

 

 

Berlin is not only the capital of the country but also a nightlife center with many famous sights. It is a beautiful historic city, and the remnants of the Berlin Wall will remind you of this. Berlin is one of the world’s cultural capitals, with many museums and galleries. Do not forget about restaurants and nightclubs, and your trip will be unforgettable.

 

Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate) is one of Germany’s most visited landmarks and an icon of Berlin. During its more than 300-year history, it has played many different roles. It has been a symbol of peace, war, victory, terror, and war, and since 1989, it stands for the reunification of Germany. Visit it at night, when it’s illuminated, and you’ll feel the true spirit of Berlin!

 

There are about 200 museums in Berlin. You’ll find some of the most important ones all in one spot at the “Museumsinsel”, the Museum Island in the Spree river and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The museums display essential historical artifacts from antiquity such as the famous Ishtar Gate of ancient Babylon or the bust of Egyptian queen Nefertiti. In Berlin’s Museum of Natural History, you’ll see the world’s largest dinosaur skeleton. Another very famous museum is the Jewish Museum with its spectacular building.

 

Reichstag building or Parliament is another must-see site in Berlin. At the top of the building, there’s a massive glass dome, from where you can watch the German politicians at work. And it also provides a fantastic view over Berlin.

 

The Fernsehturm or TV Tower is worth visiting as with its 368 meters, and it’s the tallest structure in Germany. From the observation deck, you have a breathtaking view over Berlin, at the visibility up to 42 kilometers.

 

The Zoological Garden is Germany’s oldest zoo, and with its 16,000 animals including about 1,500 various species, it’s one of the biggest zoos in the world. Visit it in spring as it’s the best time to see newly born animal babies there.

 

Berlin Cathedral or Berliner Dom is the most famous and largest church in the city and leaving without visiting this magnificent building would be regretful. With its striking, green dome, the Berlin Cathedral is one of the most popular and most beautiful attractions in the city. You can also enter the cathedral and climb the 270 steps up to the top of the dome for stunning views over Museum Island.

 

Visit beautiful Unter den Linden Boulevard with planted linden trees. In the evening, it’s full of lights so that you can enjoy this incredible place.

 

You can also see amazing Palace Bridge, Kaiser Willhelm Memorial Church or Gedächtniskirche, which is now a memorial to peace and reconciliation, and Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. And don’t forget to try the best Currywurst in German and drink famous beer!

 

Please visit my blog and read the article “Top 5 sightseeing in Berlin” to get complete information about the capital of Germany.

Related: Travel from Prague to Berlin

Düsseldorf

 

 

The capital of North Rhine-Westphalia offers travelers a unique excursion into its history. Düsseldorf is rightfully among the most beautiful cities in Germany. You’ll be impressed by the local architecture and the famous Old Town, which was almost completely destroyed during the Second World War, but later rebuilt according to historical plans. The only building that was not restored after the war is the impressive Baroque church of Neander.

 

Düsseldorf is a university town and a center of art and fashion. It is also a city of wide streets lined with elegant shops, with a ring of parks and gardens encircling its downtown area. Known as an important cultural center, the city boasts dozens of museums and in excess of 100 art galleries encompassing everything from internationally renowned facilities such as the impressive North Rhine-Westphalia Art Collection to the smaller installations found in the city’s trendy Königsallee area, Düsseldorf’s most elegant shopping street.

 

Düsseldorf’s Rhine Embankment Promenade is a must-see place, too, as it offers one of the best ways of enjoying the city’s beautiful riverside. It’s lined with cafés, restaurants, galleries, and shops on one side, and the Rhine river on the other. Running all the way from the Oberkassel Bridge and connecting the Old Town to the state’s Parliament buildings, the tree-lined promenade offers countless opportunities for sightseeing.

 

I also recommend you to visit Düsseldorf’s amazing parks and gardens: Nordpark’s Japanese Garden and the Hofgarten. Düsseldorf’s location on the Rhine along with its numerous wide squares and beautiful riverside walkways makes it a particularly pleasant place to spend time.

 

While staying in Düsseldorf, visit Kaiserswerth, one of Düsseldorf’s oldest neighborhoods, and is a beautiful place to explore due to its many old buildings and its picture-perfect location on the Rhine.

 

By the way, every July Düsseldorf hosts the largest Fair on the Rhine, a massive week-long funfair attracting more than four million visitors, as well as the popular Karneval, held each November 11th with its parades and colorful costumes.

 

Cologne

 

 

Cologne is the oldest city in the country, located on both sides of the Rhine River. The most famous landmark in the city is Cologne Cathedral, the epitome of high gothic architecture. Cologne Cathedral’s immense size is accentuated by the two soaring towers which dominate the skyline, making it the largest cathedral in the world. If you have an extra hour, go up to the South Tower, and you’ll be rewarded with a magnificent view.

 

If you walk towards the river from the Cathedral, you’ll find one of Cologne’s more unusual attractions – Hohenzollern Bridge, or “Padlock Bridge.” When you get closer, you’ll notice a wall of padlocks in every shape and size stretching from one side of the bridge to the other.

 

Without a doubt, Cologne is a cultural city boasting a total of 36 museums and over 100 galleries. From Museum Ludwig, including major collections from Picasso and the largest pop art collection to the Roman-Germanic Museum with its famous Roman mosaic, and even Chocolate Museum, there is something for everyone. I also advise you to visit the Fragrance Museum, which showcases a collection of historic perfume bottles and famous Cologne water.

 

Visit my Shopping in Cologneif you’re going to have a shopping in Cologne.

 

Hamburg

 

 

Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany, and also the largest port. It is located on the Elbe river, mixing medieval history and modern views. The city is called the German gateway to the world. Old buildings like the Town Hall, the Museum of Hamburg History and the Church of St Michaelis are imposing.

 

Hamburg is also famous for the beautiful Alster Arkaden, one of the most picturesque places for the retail therapy. The historic arcades, inspired by Venetian architecture and lit by wrought iron lamps at night, lead you along the canals to Hamburg’s main square and its richly decorated city hall.

 

Take a deep breath in Hamburg’s green scene, the park “Planten un Blomen,” which features the Botanical Garden and the largest Japanese Garden in Europe. Throughout the summer months, you can enjoy free water-light concerts, theater performances, and festivals in the park.

 

Take a boat tour, stroll along the waterfront, visit famous Hamburg Fish Market, and have an excellent seafood dinner. If you have additional time, you can also go shopping. (See my article “Shopping in Germany. What to bring as a Souvenir“).

 

Dresden

 

 

The capital of Saxony is located close to the Czech border and has a unique Eastern charm. The most attractive place for tourists is the Altstadt or Old Town, compact enough to explore on foot. The Dresden Opera and the Picture Gallery are essential landmarks. Dresden is one the most beautiful cities in Germany.

 

Go to the bank of the Elbe river, to Augustus Bridge (Augustusbrücke). Here you’ll have a fantastic and picturesque view. From Augustus Bridge across the Castle Square (Schloßplatz) you can get to Dresden Residential Castle.

 

The Zwinger is a must-see complex of museums in Dresden, situated in a magnificent Baroque palace of the 18th century. This building houses Dresden Porcelain Collection, the Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments, the Old Masters Picture Gallery, the Zoological Museum and the Historical Museum.

 

If you want to know more about Dresden and how to get there from the Czech Republic, please read my article “One day trip from Prague to Dresden.”

 

Stuttgart

 

 

Stuttgart is located in southern Germany and is a paradise for all car-lovers. Stuttgart is the city, where Mercedes, Porsche, and Maybach are produced. Even if you are not a fan of sports cars, the huge museums of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche will surprise you. Going on a tour around Stuttgart, you can enjoy the impressive castles, palaces, and vineyards as well.

 

Visit the magnificent Castle Place (Schlossplatz) in the heart of Stuttgart. In the back of the castle, you’ll find the Castle Garden, the Opera, and the world famous ballet. If you are interested in culture, make sure you check out inside in these awesome buildings.

 

One of the most beautiful places in Stuttgart is the Karlshöhe. It’s a 343-meter high mountain in Stuttgart’s South West. For the most rewarding route, you can climb up through the vineyards, and you’ll get a beautiful view over Stuttgart.

 

Heidelberg

 

 

Heidelberg is beautifully located in the Neckar River Valley, on the edge of the legendary Dark Forest. It will charm you with its red roofs and the spirit of youth, since for many years, Heidelberg was a university city. It is necessary to visit the medieval castle and the historic center of the city.

 

Heidelberg’s main attraction is the sandstone castle, which overlooks the Old Town (Altstadt). It’s worth going up to have a closer look, and the easiest way to get there is to take the two-minute funicular ride half way up the hill.

 

There you can explore the Gothic-Renaissance Courtyard and check out the German Pharmacy Museum, located on the grounds of the Heidelberg Castle. This museum hosts more than 20,000 objects which represent the rich history of the medical sciences, with old instruments, manuscripts and Baroque-style furnishings from pharmacies.

 

Taking a stroll along the river Neckar is a great idea, and if the weather is good, you can go to the riverside park on the northern side of the river near Karl Theodor Bridge. The Old Bridge (Alte Brucke) is also Heidelberg’s most visited bridge, which you can closely see if you walk along the Neckar.

 

Down in the Old Town, there are plenty of small cute streets and squares. Most are packed with shops and cafes, but there are still plenty of quiet places to relax. The main square Marktplatz is not quiet, but it’s a fun place to sit for a drink.

 

One of the most exciting parts, the Heidelberg Zoo, is a home to more than 1000 animals that belong to 250 different species. Established in 1593, it is one of the oldest and largest gardens in Germany and is worth a visit.

 

Other Worth Visiting Cities

 

 

 

1. Mittenwald

Goethe called Mittenwald “an animated illustration of the book” thanks to the amazing beauty of the frescoes on the biblical scenes, depicted on the walls of the houses. In this small town, there are only about eight thousand people today, but it will certainly be to your taste if you love the fabulous charm of the Middle Ages. In summer, in Mittenwald, which is also considered the center of violin craftsmanship, classical music concerts are held, and in winter, the town turns into a ski resort.

 

2. Rust

Rust would have been an ordinary small town in southwestern Germany, had it not become the site of the construction of the Park Europe. This is the second most popular theme park in Europe after Paris Disneyland. Rust is conveniently located between Germany and France, attracting nearly 5 million visitors every year.

 

3. Bremen

This historic city in Northern Germany is the home of Beck’s beer, the brewery of which hosts excursions with a tasting session. To plunge into the historical atmosphere of the city, visit Schnoor, the oldest quarter of the city with idyllic alleys, family restaurants, shops, benches, and pubs. The center of Bremen is the Market Square with the amazing beauty of St. Peter’s Cathedral and the Town Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When exploring the city’s charming restaurants, do not miss the Ratskeller, as its wine cellar contains a collection of the oldest German wines.

 

4. Baden-Baden

This luxury spa town, located in the northern foothills of the Black Forest, is so good that even its name sounds like a cheerful exclamation. The picturesque valleys and curative springs of Baden-Baden are an ideal place for healing and relaxation, as the very name of the city translates as “bathing” and it is not by chance that the European nobility visits it for centuries. In addition to spa hotels, be sure to visit the Festspielhaus, the second largest opera and concert hall in Europe, and the Baden-Baden casino, the oldest in Germany and perhaps one of the most beautiful in the world.

 

5. Quedlinburg

Coming to Quedlinburg is like going back for several centuries into the past. This cozy medieval town, located just north of the Harz Mountains, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will be fascinated by its cobbled streets and colorful half-timbered houses. Be sure to visit the old part of the city on top of Münzenberg. The reward for climbing 99 steps will be a delightful view of Quedlinburg.

 

Conclusion

 

Germany is a picturesque and majestic country. Its rich history surprizes historians of the whole world. In Germany, you will see amazing cathedrals that will conquer you with their beauty. You will be interested in both big cities such as Berlin and Munich and small ones, such as Quedlinburg, Bremen, and Rust, which are certainly worth visiting.

Germany has long been considered one of the most stable countries with a highly competitive economy. Besides the fact that it is one of the largest car manufacturers, Germany has picturesque cities and lands, visited by tourists from many countries. And, of course, Germany is known throughout the world for its national art—brewing beer. Only in Germany, you will taste the most delicious beer in the world.

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