12 Cities That Give You Reasons To Fall In Love With Germany
Germany is more than just beer and cars. The world-class museums of Frankfurt. The nightlife of Berlin. The Bavarian charm of Munich. Each is enough to make every tourist swoon. Though all these spots are popular, it is the diversity of the country that makes it appealing for every kind of traveler. If made to, I can list thousands of reasons to visit this treasure trove of culture. But for now, here are 12 places to visit in Germany which will make you visit this country time and again:
1. Berlin: A brew of grit and glamor
What do you get when you blend turbulent history, streets boasting of triumph and horror at the same time, and the German culture at its best? You get the capital giant of Germany, that is Berlin. The city offers something for everyone. It has rich culture and history but also does not lack in being a paradise for the party and booze lovers.
What’s cool: Berlin Wall, Reichstag Building, Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Cathedral, Topography of Terror
2. Hamburg: Coolest of the lot
Only a few destinations in the world have a year-round appeal of Hamburg. The city is and used to be one of the wealthiest ports in the country and its maritime spirit reflects the same. The dynamic and year-round live music gigs happening in the city and classy cocktail bars totally support the city’s arguable claim of being the coolest cities in the world.
What’s cool: Fischmarket, Elbphilharmonie, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Mojo Club
3. Frankfurt: An epitome of modernity
The sky-soaring towers and stunningly lit glass structures make Frankfurt look like an offbeat destination among the somewhat traditionally built cities in Germany. An abode to the headquarters of the powerful European Central Bank, the city boasts of being a temporary home to thousands of business travelers from all over the world while also maintaining the age-old traditions and traces in its old town. Frankfurt is your only chance to experience the suave and rustic in one place.
What’s cool: Städel Museum, Kaiserdom, Museumsufer, Main Tower, Römerberg
4. Dresden: An aesthetic restoration of history
Anyone who has visited Dresden, the ‘Florence of the Elbe’ anytime before, won’t need much persuading to do it again. The city streets lined with buildings built in Baroque architecture and world-class museums define Dresden. Despite being destroyed during World War II, the city has managed to emerge like a rising phoenix with its many rebuilt landmarks.
What’s cool: Church of Our Lady, Zwinger Palace, Dresden Royal Palace and Museums, The Georgentor and the Procession of Princes, Brühl's Terrace
5. Cologne: The hip capital of Germany
The bustling Oktoberfest and traditional Christmas markets are among the many reasons to visit Cologne. Often overlooked in the favor of Berlin and Frankfurt, this city has something to offer to the tourists which these don’t have: serenity and a break from the crowded tourist places. Although the city is enriched with history and culture, there is one thing unique about Cologne: It has more pubs per person than any other city in Germany.
What’s cool: Cologne Cathedral, Cologne’s Old Town, The Wallraf-Richartz and Ludwig Museums, National Socialism Documentation Center, Altenberg Cathedral
6. Heidelberg: Where romance resides in Germany
The ruins of the Renaissance Castle have been a subject of many art forms in Germany since the 19th century. The city’s many historic treasures and its location on the banks of Neckar River make Heidelberg the most picturesque cities in Germany. The city is nothing short of a lovers’ paradise and an artist’s muse.
What’s cool: Hauptstrasse and the Altstadt, Heidelberg Castle, Heidelberg University, Schloss Schwetzingen
7. Stuttgart: Elegance at its best
Stuttgart is the city with the headquarters of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. Period. As opposed to its superficial image of reckless cars running down the streets, Stuttgart has much more to offer with its head-turning architectural marvels and museums. It is a heaven for car lovers, beer lovers, and history lovers.
What’s cool: Mercedes-Benz Museum, Porsche Museum, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Neues Schloss and Altes Schloss, The Sepulchral Chapel on Württemberg Hill
8. Munich: A paradise for beer lovers
Munich is classic Germany. It is a host to the biggest beer festival in the world. This cosmopolitan city in Germany has no shortage of cultural and architectural centers. With a plethora of places to visit and things to do, Munich is a perfect blend of antiquity and modernity.
What’s cool: Oktoberfest, Munich Residenz, English Garden, Church of Our Lady, Deutsches Museum, Viktualienmarkt
9. Leipzig: The art and culture city
Leipzig is a budding playground for all the creative souls in Germany. It is as vibrant and youthful as it gets. But when it comes to art, it also nurtures a great deal of history and culture. The beautiful churches and significant monuments in the city make it the place to be. And, the multicultural environment makes it one of the most livable cities in Germany.
What’s cool: Leipzig Market Square, Monument to the Battle of the Nations, St. Thomas Church, Auerbach’s Cellar, Museum der Bildenden Künste
10. Düsseldorf: everything avant-garde
The Largest fair on the Rhine is an annual fair hosted by Düsseldorf is attended by more than four million people every year. The city is a cultural hub by day and a vibrant party spot by night. The city is dotted with many luxurious shopping hubs. The east of the Rhine River is the Old Town and the west part has everything modern.
What’s cool: Königsallee, Embankment Promenade, Schloss Benrath, Old Town Düsseldorf, Neue Zollhof and the Gehry Buildings, Museum Kunstpalast
11. Nuremberg: A hotspot for Christmas markets
Nuremberg is a witness to many historical events that changed the world. This 950-year old city can be deemed as one of the most energetic cities in Germany. The nightlife in Nuremberg is as intense as Vegas and the beer is darker than coffee. Nuremberg is crowded with tourists, especially during Christmas. The Christmas markets in Nuremberg are not to be missed.
What’s cool: National Germanic Museum, Nuremberg Castle, Town Walls, Nuremberg Transport Museum, St. Lawrence Church, Hauptmarkt
12. Lubeck: Where fairy tales come to life
The history of Lubeck dates back to the 12th century. The thousands of historic buildings in the city tell a lot about the rich heritage of this city. The streets of Lubeck have a picture-book appearance due to its medieval-style merchant homes and age-old churches. Lubeck is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
What’s cool: Altstadt, Holstentor, St. Mary’s Church, Lübeck Cathedral, St Peter’s Church, Burgtor
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