Germany is one of the largest countries, located in the heart of Europe and among the top destinations for tourists. Do you want to know the best cities to visit in Germany for future adventures? With its incredible diversity, travelers only tend to visit a few German cities; you might as well make the best of your experience.
Germany is famous for its stunning landscapes, deep forests, mountains, colorful castles, cathedrals and intriguing architectures revealing its rich history.
Do you know Berlin is the largest city in Germany by size and population with an estimation of 3.7million?
The last time I visited Germany, I went via plane but the country is also accessible by road or train. The beautiful Christmas markets, excellent beers, German castles, and world-famous Oktoberfest festival are a few of the many fascinations in the country.
Here’s a list of the best places to visit in Germany that you should add to your itinerary. I likewise included things to do and see in Germany to make your visit a great experience.
What is the Most Beautiful City in Germany?
Cologne is one of the most beautiful cities amongst the many others in Germany. Located on the Rhine River, Cologne is one of the oldest in Germany and a hub for culture and history.
The city displays the most beautiful cathedrals, Gothic architectures, ancient streets, trendy neighborhoods and picturesque towns. Cologne is a bustling city with something for every tourist.
More so, the Cologne Cathedral supported by 56 pillars and filled with treasures is a must-see. Not to mention the panoramic views of the city you get to enjoy when you climb the south tower.
Top attractions include the Hohenzollern Bridge, famous for love locks, Cologne’s Old town, the Chocolate Museum and the trendiest Belgian Quarter.
If you visit the city in November, try not to miss the Cologne festival or the fun and merriment of the Christmas markets in December.
Top 10 Best Cities to Visit in Germany
Berlin is the capital city of Germany and one of the most exciting cities in Europe. The vibrant city which was once a focal point of the Cold War is now the country’s Centre of fashion, culture and art.
Do you know Berlin is the largest by size and population with an estimation of 3.7million? Berlin is one of the famous German cities amongst tourists with a diverse history and happening nightlife.
Asides the fact that the city is home to the famous Berlin Opera and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, it also has a lively cultural and arts scene. There are over a hundred museums, events and galleries in addition to the many other attractions in the city. Museum Island is a place to experience Berlin’s oldest and most significant museums.
The Berlin Wall, Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Cathedral, Holocaust Memorial and the East Side Gallery are incredible sights to explore. Experience some of the best Christmas markets in Germany when you visit Berlin in winter.
Hamburg is a port city located on River Elbe in the North of Germany. It is the second-largest city in Germany after Berlin and boasts one of the biggest port in Europe. The city has many bridges, waterways and a network of canals in addition to the parks, green spaces and museums.
I shouldn’t forget to mention how fascinating the city is with its combination of classic and modern style. Start by exploring the Miniature Museum of Hamburg then head on to St Paul’s District to experience nightlife in the famous Reeperbahn.
Visit the HafenCity District, the developing urban part of Hamburg encompassing the Speicherstadt and Elbphilharmonie concert hall- the tallest building with a 360-degree viewing platform.
Just before leaving the city, spend time at the renowned Fischmarkt (Fish Market) on Sunday morning. There you will find the freshest fish, exotic species and fruits for sale while you dine and enjoy live music entertainment.
Munich is the third-largest city in Germany and the capital of Bavaria. The city is known for its annual Oktoberfest beer festival in which millions of tourists visit for the beer tasting experiences.
Also, Munich is among the best cities in Germany to visit for an ideal tourist vacation. The city is blessed with impressive architectures, historic sites, renowned museums, parks, beer gardens and massive departmental stores.
Visit Marienplatz, the prominent public square that stands as the focus of social activity in the city. Explore the world’s largest museum of technology and its exhibits at the Deutsches Museum. The English garden with beautiful scenery and the Olympic Tower are other attractions to explore.
Frankfurt is the most cosmopolitan city in Germany. Amazingly, it is the major travel hub for connecting people travelling in Germany and around Europe thanks to Frankfurt International Airport.
Additionally, Frankfurt is the financial center of Germany (and Europe) and home to the European Central bank and German Stock Exchange. Frankfurt is a top city in Germany with its towering skyscrapers and several museums worth visiting.
There are lots of indoors and outdoors activities to get occupied with, which includes exploring the recreated Römerberg. The specular Christmas market, local delicacies, shopping streets, exhibitions, festivals and boat tours are all worth experiencing.
The city has many parks, playgrounds and gardens to spend time with your little one. You could as well enjoy breathtaking views from the Main Tower of the city’s skyline while you grab a bite to eat, that’s if you are not acrophobic.
Although the most populated city in the state of Saxony, Leipzig is one of the best German cities to visit for art and culture. The city is located at the convergence of three rivers, which makes it possible to explore parts of the city by boats.
The low rents and vibrant nightlife of the city continue to attract the younger generations. The city has an extensive range of museums, galleries and concert halls in additions to its other top attractions.
Start by exploring the historical landmarks and sights at Augustusplatz and enjoy classical music at Gewandhaus Concert Hall.
You can also explore exhibitions in the museums and painting in the galleries or more so check out the Leipzig Zoo. Try out a regional dish at Auerbachs Keller and enjoy lots of shopping options to your satisfaction.
Nicknamed the Florence on the Elbe, Dresden is the capital city of Saxon region located on the banks of River Elbe. The beauty of the city doesn’t only lie in its location but also its green spaces and cultural landscape.
It boasts Baroque-styled architectures, famous museums and its collections. It was almost destroyed entirely during the Second World War but was rebuilt to its original state.
Dresden was once the royal residence for kings and electors of the state of Saxony. Famous landmarks include the Zwinger Palace, the Frauenkirche, Dresden Castle, Albertinum and Semper Opera House.
Explore the history of the Saxon collectors at the Dresden State Art Collections and experience Striezelmarkt in Dresden. Dresden is one of the best cities to visit in Germany if you are a lover of history and culture.
The beautiful town of Bamberg is a known UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the north of Bavaria. The city is famous for its numerous breweries and beer gardens. The charm of the city lies in its beautiful medieval architecture exhibiting gothic and Romanesque styles.
Explore the Old Town Hall and the treasures of the Bamberg Cathedral with towers dominating the skyline of the town. You can go on a beer tour in the city and also try out the smoked beer at Schlenkerla Brewery.
A visit to the Franconian Brewery Museum will give you more insights into the beer-making process. Other sights to explore include the Neue Residenz, the 17th Century Palace, Altenburg Castle and of course the adorable Little Venice.
After Munich, Nuremberg is the second-largest city in the German state of Bavaria. The city is associated with gingerbread, toys, Christmas and famous for the Nuremberg Trials that happened after the Second World War.
History lies in all areas of the city. There’s the imperial castle which was once the residence of the emperors to the Holy Roman Empire, the walled Old Towns, Gothic churches and its stunning architecture.
Explore the old town with historical buildings and museums, visit the Kaiserburg castle and the documentation Centre Nazi Party Rallying Grounds.
If you are visiting Germany in December, don’t miss the colorful Christkindlesmarkt (Christmas Market). Nuremberg has a lot of places worth visiting coupled with its beers, bustling nightlife and lively shopping streets.
Oh! Stuttgart is a friendly city with a blend of architecture and surrounded by vast green spaces of parks and gardens.
Do you know Stuttgart is a car lover’s fantasy? It is home to famous automobile industries, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz, with both car museums within the city. Need I say more, there is a whole lot of places to see and explore.
From museums to the zoological and botanical gardens to explore, Stuttgart is one of the best German cities to visit. There’s the Fernsehturm Stuttgart- the world’s first television tower, Schlossplatz, Stuttgart Public Library, the beautiful Ludwigsburg Palace and many more sights worth experiencing.
The last on my list of the best cities to visit in Germany is the elegant and vibrant Dusseldorf city. The cosmopolitan city is the capital of North Rhine and nicknamed the “Pearl on the Rhine”.
Although, the city appears to be a posh and modern city with banking and fashion industries to many. However, beneath the surface, it is an exciting city with a great art scene and pulsating nightlife.
Dusseldorf is Germany’s fashion city, and it holds one of the biggest fashion trade fairs annually. A stroll along the Königsallee (Ko) will lead you to a shopping paradise.
Highlights include Altstadt (old town), Rheinturm, Schloss Benrath, Museum of Art, Rheinuferpromenade and the Classic Remise Düsseldorf.
Top 5 Things to Do and See in Germany
Explore the Miniature Wonderland, Hamburg
Explore the magic of the world’s largest railway model system at the Miniature Wonderland. The railway model displays a miniature replica of Hamburg and other countries in sections for visitors to admire.
Many guest spend hours admiring the fascinating world with miniature exhibits of 1,000 trains, airports, moving vehicles, lights, human figurine and more.
Visit Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate
The Brandenburg Gate is a famous landmark in Berlin and a symbol of German unity. It is a must-see sight when visiting Germany on a trip to Berlin. The gate has a connection to German history surviving severe damage during the Second World War and was then reconstructed.
Also, the Brandenburg Gate symbolizes the reunion of the East and West Berlin. Although you can visit the gate at any time of the year, you can also enjoy live music and stunning fireworks on New Year’s Eve.
Tour the Cologne Cathedral
The Cologne Cathedral is the tallest Gothic Cathedral in Cologne with two towers dominating the city’s skyline. Its construction started in 1248 and took about 600 years to be completed.
Additionally, the dominant structure has a sandstone exterior and its interior of stained glass and floor revealing the beauty of the Cathedral.
Explore the art treasury in the likes of the High Altar, the shrine of the three kings and the Gero Cross. Climb the steps to the viewing platform of the South Tower to enjoy amazing views of the city and the Rhine River.
Explore the German Christmas Markets
You’ll find one of the best in Nuremberg which opens up from November all through till Christmas Eve. The enticing smell of gingerbread, roasted almonds and Nuremberg Bratwurst filling the air and worth tasting.
Browse through the many markets stands for beautiful Christmas tree decorations and gifts from all over the world. There are also delicious holiday treats, nostalgic merry-go-round, a Santa Clause house and more to give your family an unforgettable experience.
Wander in Marienplatz, Munich
The Marienplatz is famous for many of the tourist’s attractions in the city. Asides being the focal point of festivals and Christmas markets, the Marienplatz is well known for its stores, restaurants and boutiques. I would recommend you go prepared to get yourself spoilt on a shopping spree.
More Things to Do When Yoy Vist Germany
- Experiencing the Oktoberfest Festival, Munich
- Explore the Chocolate Museum, Cologne
- Enjoy a boat cruise on Rhine River
- Visit the Museum Island, Berlin
- Take a stroll and explore the Sanssouci Park.
Although I listed a few of the best cities to visit in Germany, there are many other charming cities like Bremen, Heidelberg, Regensburg, Gorlitz and more.
The rich history, German castles, stunning blend of architectures, renowned museums are some of the sights that make Germany worth exploring.
Regardless of the city you visit, there are unique attractions to exceed the tourist’s expectations. And if you can’t decide, you could as well visit all.
I would appreciate your comment below. Tell us the best place you visited in Germany and what you like about the place.
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