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7 August 2019

10 Best Cities to Visit in Germany

From modern and cosmopolitan Berlin to the medieval streets of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, there are many charming cities to visit in Germany, each with its own unique set of attractions, sights and even kitchens. Not sure which cities you want to mark on your visit to Germany?

Here is our guide to the 10 best cities to visit in Germany, without any particular order.

BERLIN

As the capital of the country, they will pressure you to find a more diverse German city than Berlin. With an estimated population of 3.7 million, Berlin is the second most populous city in the European Union and is home to a wide range of people with truly diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Although it can be a metropolis with an impressive city skyline and many shopping options, a third of Berlin is covered with lush forests, picturesque parks and gardens, rivers, canals and lakes. But, of course, one of the main tourist attractions of the city is its diverse history. A tour of Berlin will undoubtedly include some monumental places, such as the Berlin Wall (including Checkpoint Charlie), which is also one of Germany's main tourist attractions; the Brandenburg Gate, the Holocaust Memorial and a variety of fascinating museums.

MUNICH

Munich is the capital of Bavaria, a German state with its own unique culture. Bavaria is home to a variety of traditions that are quite diverse from the rest of Germany, including Oktoberfest (a popular annual celebration that usually involves a lot of beer), as well as traditional clothing such as leather pants and dirndl.

Munich is nestled in the Bavarian Alps, along the Isar River. Visit this city to get to know some of the best beer gardens in the world, a couple of fairytale palaces (The Residenz and the Nymphenburg Palace) and delicious fresh pretzels! Museum buffs will be particularly fond of Munich, which houses more than 80 museums that celebrate everything from modern art to potatoes (yes, vegetables).

HEIDELBERG

Heidelberg is one of the oldest student cities in the world and houses the oldest and best known university in Germany, reflected in the city's youthful and energetic atmosphere. While it is a city by definition, Heidelberg is completely surrounded by lush forests, with the Neckar River winding through it, so you'll never feel far from nature.

Be sure to visit the Old Bridge (beautiful in itself, it also offers spectacular views of the city), the partially restored ruins of Heidelberg Castle, which is also one of Germany's most visited tourist attractions, and the Sammlung Prinzhorn, a museum fascinating that presents art of psychiatric interns from 1840 to 1945.

NUREMBERG

Most famous for the Nuremberg trials, when 22 leading Nazi criminals were convicted of war crimes, the city of Nuremberg has a lot to offer its visitors. Those interested in Germany's turbulent and dark past can visit the Nazi Party Rallying Grounds Documentation Center, a museum housed in the transformed remains of the former Nazi Party Congress Hall. Nuremberg also has a beautiful historic center, highlighted by its medieval castle and palace, Nuremberg Castle and its ancient walls.

COLOGNE

Although it is rarely at the top of a list of German visitors who "must see", Cologne is another of Germany's bustling and cosmopolitan cities, a true center of culture and history. While many of the city's old buildings were destroyed by bombings during World War II, the old town of Cologne (Altstadt) features some very photogenic colorful buildings and cobbled streets, which makes it one of the best cities for Visit in Germany.

However, the only thing you cannot miss in Cologne is the Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral), a tall Gothic cathedral with 56 impressive pillars. Be sure to enter and climb the south tower to enjoy panoramic views of the city and the Rhine River that runs through it.

HAMBURG

Is there anything more beautiful than a port city? Hamburg is a magical city founded on the Elbe River and is the second largest port in Europe. In fact, Hamburg has a lot to offer, as it is also one of Europe's largest centers for science, research and education.

Art and culture lovers will love a visit to Hamburg, with its art halls, Elbphilharmonie and Laeisz concert halls, musical shows and more. In addition, it is worth visiting the Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, the largest railway model in the world that takes you on a trip from Scandinavia to America and vice versa.

ROTHENBURG OB DER TAUBER

Although it is officially a town instead of a city, there was no way that Rothenburg ob der Tauber would not find its place on our list. Walking through this impressive medieval city is like entering a time machine, since the city has remained virtually intact since the Thirty Years' War in the 17th century.

While there is much to see simply wandering the cobblestone streets of the city, Rothenburg ob der Tauber also houses some unique museums, such as the Christmas Museum, the Craft House and the Doll and Toy Museum. Before leaving, be sure to climb the Roeder tower to enjoy the views of the city's arched red roofs. Don't forget your camera, since this city is a perfect image!

BAMBERG

Bamberg is a small city so beautiful that it has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Scattered with buildings in the style of medieval architecture, Bamberg was designed by the German king Henry II to be a "second Rome". While you won't find a colosseum here, you'll find many ancient treasures to discover.

Take a cruise on the Regnitz River to see the half-timbered houses of what has been dubbed "Little Venice", formerly a fishing village. Also be sure to take a picture of the Old Town Hall, which is located right in the middle of a bridge over the river.

FRANKFURT

Frankfurt can be very commercially focused as the largest financial center in Europe, but there is also much to see as a visitor to the city. The most popular tourist attraction in Frankfurt is undoubtedly its Altstadt, or the old town, and its main square: Römerberg. There you will find Römer, the emblematic building (reminiscent of a colorful gingerbread house) that has been the town hall since 1405.

Other popular places in Frankfurt include Palmengarten, a large botanical garden with impressive greenhouses, the birthplace of the famous writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and the Frankfurt Cathedral.

DRESDEN

Finally, we have Dresden, the state capital of Saxony. Dresden was another city that was heavily bombed in World War II, but much of its old town and many of its historic buildings were immaculately restored after the war. The pride and joy of Dresden is undoubtedly Frauenkirche, a baroque church famous for its great dome. Also worth a visit is the Zwinger Palace (inspired by the Versaille of France), Semperoper (the city's impressive and luxurious opera house) and the restored Dresden Castle, which houses the state art museum.

Regardless of the cities you choose to visit in Germany, there is something to get the attention of any traveler. From dazzling architecture to fairytale castles, rich history and tasty cuisines, Germany is a country worth exploring. Can't you decide which city to choose? Visit them all!

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