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Best cities to visit in Germany
June 4, 2018, 3:10 pm

There are plenty of reasons to visit Germany, from its fabulous food and medieval villages, to fairy-tale castles, exciting cities, festivals, and of course, Oktoberfest, but if you are not sure exactly where to go, this list of the country’s most unforgettable cities is sure to give you a great head start on your itinerary.

Hamburg: Second only to Berlin in size and population, Hamburg, a port city in northern Germany, is home to one of the biggest harbors in Europe. Take a stroll along its many waterways and canals, and you will immediately see why it is been called the ‘Venice of the North.’ With its flair and maritime charm, it truly is one of the most picturesque cities in all of Germany. It is also famous for its nightlife hub, ‘Reeperbahn,’ which also houses the city’s red light district, though this area tends to be quite a bit touristy. The Sternschanze offers an alternative scene, much more relaxed and less crowded.

Berlin: A federal state and the capital city of Germany, Berlin is widely associated with its World War II history and former division of East and West Germany by the Berlin Wall during the Cold War. Since the fall of the historic wall in 1989, Berlin today is now a vast, unified city diverse in ethnic groups and abundant in sightseeing attractions, culture and nightlife. Many tourists are drawn to Berlin’s famous historic structures, which include the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag. Although most of the Berlin Wall was demolished, there are some portions still standing near Checkpoint Charlie and Reichstag.

Cologne: With 2,000 years of history in Cologne, which was founded by the Romans and is one of Germany’s oldest cities, visitors will discover everything from Roman towers to Gothic churches along with fine examples of modern architecture. Its soaring cathedral is the centerpiece of the city as well as its rich architectural history. Cologne is home to a wide variety of outstanding museums as well, including the Museum of Applied Art, the Museum Ludwig and even the Chocolate Museum. It is also known for its contemporary art scene, and hosting the largest carnival celebrations in Germany.

Frankfurt: This city may be very commercially focused as Europe’s largest financial centre, but there is also plenty to see as a visitor to the city. Frankfurt’s most popular tourist attraction is certainly its Altstadt, or Old Town, and its main square - Römerberg. There you will find Römer, the iconic building (reminiscent of a colorful gingerbread house) that has been the city’s town hall since 1405. Other popular sights in Frankfurt include Palmengarten, a large botanical garden with impressive greenhouses, the birthplace of famous writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and the Frankfurt Cathedral.

Munich: Best known as the origin of the world famous Oktoberfest, Munich is one of the best places to visit in Germany with a great culture scene. Munich is home to several sophisticated opera houses and theaters like the National Theatre. The city center is an attractive blend of classic and modern architecture, teeming in historic churches, medieval walls and royal palaces as well as bustling shopping centers and nightlife venues.


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