Ranging in beautiful landscapes, castles, from lush forests and flowing rivers to busy cities and majestic mountain ranges, Germany is a wonderful place to visit. Visitors can explore the nightlife and boutique shops in Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt, or enjoy sweeping views of the Rhine River in Cologne. Here are the best cities to visit in Germany.
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Germany's capital, Berlin, is a huge part of the country’s historical and cultural significance. For example, the 18th century Brandenburg Gate is a symbol of reunification and a main landmark for tourists to visit, housing a massive park and parliament nearby.
Visitors will enjoy Museum Island, a complex of five internationally significant museums such as Neues, with Egyptian artwork and prehistoric archeology, and Pergamon with Greek, Roman, and Islamic masterpieces. A must-visit when in Berlin is the Holocaust Memorial and the East Side Gallery which houses a part of the Berlin wall. Kurfurstandamm, Friedrichstrabe, and Bohemian Kreuzberg are ideal for shopping as they have a range of high end boutiques and vintage shops.
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Celle is situated in Lower Saxony, Germany. Lying on the banks of the River Aller, the city is also the southern gateway to the Lüneburg Heath, which is home to a large and splendid castle known as Schloss Celle. Visitors can explore the castle which is built in a stunning baroque and renaissance style.
The old Ducal town is the epitome of ‘postcard perfection’ as 400 timber-framed homes line the town center creating a remarkable view. Other places of interest include the Bomann Museum which is famed for the way it has captured and displayed the local history of Celle and its folklore to visitors, and the St. Ludwig’s Celle which is a stunning 18th century catholic church.
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Visitors will love exploring this 2,000 year old city in Western Germany as it has so much to offer. From sweeping views of the Rhine River to stunning birds-eye views from a cable car above the city, the sights alone are worth a visit.
Fun places that the entire family will enjoy visiting include the towering Cologne Cathedral, the Museum Ludwig, the Cologne Zoological Garden, and Imhoff-Schokoladen Museum, a museum dedicated to chocolate! Other must-visit museums are the Fragrance Museum which marks the birthplace of Eau de cologne, and the Roman- German Modern Museum which holds ancient Roman antiquities and mosaics.
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One of the largest and oldest cities in Bavaria, Germany, Augsburg was founded by the Romans in 15th century BC and has been at the heart of European trade ever since. The diverse architecture in the city center tells the story of the city’s importance throughout history. It includes numerous medieval guild houses, the beautiful 11th-century St. Mary's cathedral and the ornate onion-domed Sankt Ulrich und Afra abbey. Some of the most significant Renaissance buildings are the stately Augsburger Town Hall and its Golden Hall. The Fuggerhaüser and the Fuggerei – the banking center and home of the powerful banking family – are witnesses of their wealth. The city is a treasure trove of art and culture, which you can find in the old palaces, churches, and museums.
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Often considered to be one of the most beautiful towns in Germany, Görlitz is a visual treat for its visitors. There are over 3,500 well-preserved architectural monuments which span over 500 years including fortifications, theaters, and grand old churches. The variety in architectural styles is enough to excite any visitor, but what can be found inside is even more spectacular. For example, the late Gothic church, St. Peters, has two steeples and an 18th century organ, while the Gorlitz Museum of Cultural History has paintings which date back to the 17th century.
Unsurprisingly, Görlitz is a favorite filming location amongst movie directors who are drawn to the various beautiful backgrounds. Film-buff visitors will love visiting the shooting sites of famous movies such as Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, and Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. Castles in Germany
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The culture and atmosphere of the major port city, Hamburg, is incomparable to any other place in Northern Germany. Many of the waterside hotels offer amazing views of the North Sea, but visitors who are looking to do rather than see will love the bars, cafes, restaurants, and nightlife that’s offered here.
Foodies will love indulging the various cuisine offered, from the ocean-fresh oysters and other seafood to dishes such as the famed aalsuppe. Visitors who enjoy art and theatre can explore Hamburgische Staatsopper, the Hamburg State Opera, or the Hamburg Ballet theatre. The Colonnaden is one of the oldest pedestrian streets in Hamburg and is lined with several stores for travelers looking to shop.
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Leipzig is the largest and the 14th most populous city in the federal state of Saxony, and has become a major urban center after the World War. It has been a trade city since the times of the Roman Empire because it's placed on the crossroads of two important medieval trade routes, known as Via Regia. The town also merges with the White Elster, Pleisse, and Parthe rivers at the end of the north German plains.
Leipzig is famed for two famous trades, both of which visitors are bound to come across during their visit: Music and publishing. Visitors will enjoy exploring the Museum of Musical Instruments, the Museum of Applied Arts, and the Ethnography Museum, all located in a complex called Grassi Museum. Iconic landmarks include the art in the giant glass cube at Leipzig's Museum of Fine Arts, and the 91 m high Monument to the Battle of the Nations.
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Lindau is a beautiful location on Lake Constance, also known as Bodensee, in Bavaria. The city's old town is located on a lovely island, making it a must-see location for those visiting Germany. Lindau is also the starting point for many cruises over the Bodensee, giving the waterside a great touristy feel with knick knack shops, and bars and restaurants serving local cuisine.
Other than the stunning images of the harbor, lakes, and the majestic mountains, the architecture found in the old town will mesmerize visitors. Landmarks and attractions such as the Bavarian lion statue at the harbor, the towering stone Lindau Lighthouse, and the St. Peter’s Church are not to be missed.
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Located in Baden Wurttemberg in southwest Germany, Meersburg is a celebrated medieval city that is unique due to the town being separated into two parts, a lower and upper town, connected by a steep staircase. The main attraction when visiting Meersburg is the Burg Meersburg, a 12th century castle beside Lake Constance.
Visitors love exploring the many rooms and their decor, the architecture, museums, and cafe that is now found in the baroque hall. The museum houses a reconstruction of a Stone Age village that is interesting to visitors of all ages.
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A small resort town in the Eifel region of West Germany, Monschau is home to the High Fens, which was declared a nature reserve in 1957. Exploring it is a fun way for the entire family to spend the day together. There are numerous tours that take visitors through the great outdoors and near the Belgium-German border in which the 11,000-acre nature reserve lies.
The town played an important role in Germany’s history during both World War I and World War II, as its location was vital in the Battle of the Bulge. Other places of interest are the Mustard Mill, and the Red House Open Museum which has an amazing collection of fine art.
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Bavaria's capital and the third-largest city in Germany, Munich is filled with art, culture, technology, education, and tourism. There is so much for visitors to do here, especially for those who enjoy visiting museums and centuries-old churches.
There are several iconic churches such as St. Peter’s, and the Frauenkirche Cathedral, important art galleries such as Museum Brandhorst, and the Neue Pinakothek, and museums such as the German Museum. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy visiting the clubs of professional football teams or having a go at river surfing, which Munich is reputed for. Let’s not forget the event that attracts people from all around the world; Munich’s annual Oktoberfest celebration, and the famed Hofbrauhaus beer hall is a must visit!
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The first capital of Germany, Quedlinburg is a storehouse of German history from past eras. The old town, the renaissance-style castle, and the stunning Romanesque church were all designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1994. Visitors will love exploring the cobblestone streets of the old town, the 1,000-year-old church situated atop a sandstone cliff, and the stunning castle along the scenic Romanesque Road.
The collegiate church of St. Servatius, a well-known cathedral treasure, the Roman Catholic Church of St. Wiperti, and the remains of the Marian monastery well-preserve Germany’s history. Other activities include exploring the 1,300 timber houses which date back to the 8th century, canoeing on the Concordiasee, or hiking in Selketal-stieg.
13.Rothenburg ob der Tauber
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Rothenburg ob der Tauber is one of the most attractive towns in Germany and is located on the steep banks of river Tauber. It is truly amazing how the old buildings, narrow streets, and soaring towers reflect how the olden days have remained untouched since the war.
Attractions such as the Master Builder's house with its spectacular courtyard and wooden balustrades, the Burggarten, or the castle garden and its stunning flower beds must all be visited when in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Other unique points of interest are the 700-year-old stained glass at St. Jacob’s church, and the Medieval Crime Museum which has artifacts on crime and punishment dating back to over a thousand years ago.
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The town of Rottweil is situated between the Black Forest and Swabian Alps and is very famous for three different types of festivals held annually. One is the Rottweiler Festival where hundreds of Rottweiler dogs come together from around the world.
Second is a festival dedicated to a summer jazz festival, and third is an old town carnival celebrating German culture. There are many other festivals and markets held throughout the year as well so visitors are bound to come across one event or the other. Other points of interest include museums dedicated to medieval sculptures, Roman mosaics, salt production, and local dolls and toys.
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Trier was conquered by the Romans in the late 1st century, which is why visitors will find many sites and attractions which reflect that in this wine region town. The remains of the Porta Nigra, the largest Roman city gate to date, and the ruins of Roman baths are some of the most visited sites in Trier.
Visitors also enjoy crossing the stone bridge over the Moselle River and exploring Eltz Castle and the nearby amphitheater. Trier is also home to one of the oldest cathedrals in Germany, the Cathedral of St. Peter. St. Paulinus’ Church is also highly visited for the famed painting found on its ceiling.
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Dresden, the capital of East Germany, was initially completed in 1743 but rebuilt again after it was destroyed during the World War. The Dresden Cathedral and Semperoper Opera House can be found within the vicinity of Dresden Castle and are part of a museum complex which houses Neues Grunes Gewolbe - a place for visitors to explore the amazing artwork and jewelry of the 1500s.
Other places of interest in Dresden include the Albertinum Museum which displays fine art from the 19th and 20th century, Pillnitz Castle which was once the royal residence, and the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister which houses major Renaissance works such as Raphael’s Sistine Madonna, Vermeer’s The Procuress, and Giorgione’s Sleeping Venus.
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16 Best Places to Visit in Germany
- Berlin, Photo: Courtesy of Alexi TAUZIN - Fotolia.com
- Celle, Photo: Courtesy of borisb17 - Fotolia.com
- Cologne, Photo: Courtesy of sborisov - Fotolia.com
- Augsburg, Photo: Stefan Seider/stock.adobe.com
- Gorlitz, Photo: Courtesy of Liane M - Fotolia.com
- Hamburg, Photo: Courtesy of JFL Photography - Fotolia.com
- Leipzig, Photo: Courtesy of Manuel Schonfeld - Fotolia.com
- Lindau, Photo: Courtesy of Photorelease Stgt - Fotolia.com
- Meersburg, Photo: Courtesy of Manuel Schonfeld - Fotolia.com
- Monschau, Photo: Courtesy of yasmapaz - Fotolia.com
- Munich, Photo: Courtesy of Noppasinw - Fotolia.com
- Quedlinburg, Photo: Courtesy of Tobilander - Fotolia.com
- Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Photo: Courtesy of JFL Photography - Fotolia.com
- Rottweil, Photo: Courtesy of tk photography - Fotolia.com
- Trier, Photo: Courtesy of Stefan Korber - Fotolia.com
- Dresden, Photo: Courtesy of Emi Cristea - Fotolia.com
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