Germany is one of the best places in Europe that you can visit. However, despite the places that Germany has on offer, it never gets its due share of travelers compared to other European countries.
So, if you’re someone who has never been to Germany, trust us, Germany has something great to offer to everyone. They say, if you want to be accepted, go to Germany.
We try and bring you the best places that you can visit in Germany along with some cool and unusual things that you can do in the European nation. Take a look:
#1. Berlin: The Laid-Back Metropolis
The capital of Germany is a remarkable city to begin your sojourn with. Especially if you’re traveling to Germany for the first time, you really have to forget anything that you might know of a typical German city. Berlin is nothing like that. What makes it one of the most incredible places to visit in Germany is its assemblage of people and culture. As you travel through the city, you can see the story of the whole nation captured in the landmarks of Berlin, from the Brandenburg gate to the 368-meter-tall TV tower at Alexanderplatz, offering the best view of the city. You can also visit the iconic Bundestag, the German parliament with its glass dome. A night out in Berlin is a must, as the city nights are long throughout the week with a huge selection of cozy bars, clubs and live stages, especially around the areas of Kreuzberg and Neukölln. Don’t miss out on a walk around the East Side Gallery, the longest preserved part of the inner Berlin Wall, covered with current and old graffiti art.
#2. Munich: The Village Of The World
Munich is the Bavarian capital and also the biggest metropolis in the southern state of Bavaria. Perhaps all your notions about Munich might come true, unlike Berlin. It is a very quiet city but as everyone knows, the entire city bleeds beer. It is also because of this multicultural personality that gives it the name, village of the world (Weltdorf in Bavarian). If you’re planning to go to Munich, make sure you schedule around October so that you can catch the iconic Oktoberfest, the largest beer festival in the world. Also, don’t forget to pack a pair of Lederhosen.
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#3. Cologne: The Imposing Beauty
Even if you are not a religious person and you have never felt impressed by the architecture of a church, the cathedral of Cologne will be the exception. No matter how many pictures you have already seen, or how prepared you are about what to expect, the first time you lay eyes on it, in its whole majesty, with its 157-meter-tall towers reaching for the clouds, you can’t help but stare in awe. The most enchanting fact about the cathedral is that this is where the bones of the “Three Kings’ are kept-yes, the men bearing gifts for newborn Jesus. It is recommended for endless strolls in the narrow, cobblestoned alleyways, the petite squares, the impressive, vividly colored houses of the 19th century and the lively bars and restaurants that serve the fresh, local kölsch beer.
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#4. Hamburg: Gateway To The World
The second largest city of Germany is also a major gateway to other parts of Europe. It is the third biggest port in Europe. Hamburg’s story takes us back to the Roman era and fortunately, the city has managed to preserve its identity despite being hit by a major war. While in the city, you can visit the City Hall (Rathaus) which is a prestigious neo-classical Building. You can also go for a stroll in the local fish market along the port.
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#5. Bremen: A Grimm Tale
'I tell you what,’ said the donkey, ‘I am going to Bremen, and shall be town-musician there. Go with me and engage yourself also as a musician. I will play the lute, and you shall beat the kettle-drum.’ A world-renowned fairy tale of the Grimm Brothers takes place in Bremen and makes the street musicians the trademark of the city. Bremen is relatively small and easily explored, with the majority of the tourist attractions located in the Old Town. The glorious City Hall with its Renaissance architecture still remains today the main landmark of the city, as well as a tribute to Roland, protector of the Trade and the city’s founder. Of course, here also stands the statue representing the Musicians of Bremen and these are are all must visit places in Bremen.
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#6. Dresden: The Treasure Of Germany
The distribution of the country’s artistic treasures among the German cities wasn’t particularly fair, as Dresden seems to have gathered the majority of them. The Frauenkirche (a Pink and White church), the Zwinger Palace, and the Semperoper opera along with the city of gardens, Hellerau, are only some of the sights that demand attention. Dresden is not all about art. The river landscape creates a beautiful scenery for many open-air activities, like movie nights on the river bank, the open-air Elbhangfest festival, and concerts in the romantic parks of the river castles.
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#7. Kiel: The Capital Of Sailing
Kiel is the capital of the Schleswig-Holstein state and a key waterway from Germany to the Baltic. Its strategic position in the homonymous gulf allowed it to become the center of shipbuilding and navigation during the 19th century. Today, the city is known as the ‘Capital of Sailing’ as it is the proud host of the ‘Week of Kiel,’ the greatest sailing event in the world and the largest summer festival in northern Europe. So definitely you can go out on a sailing tour when in Kiel.
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#8. Heilderberg: The Magic
Located in southwest Germany, Heidelberg is considered to be one of the most magical destinations in all of Europe. Walking around its cobblestoned roads is the best way to experience the idyllic atmosphere that inspired Mark Twain. The well-known writer spent a big part of his life in the city, where he managed to complete the book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. A two-kilometer path starts from Neunheim, the neighborhood of the old town, crosses Alte Brücke and ends on the other side of the river. Here you can enjoy a magnificent view of the city. This route is known as ‘The road of the philosophers’, a path said to have been walked, at least once, by every single philosopher and professor from the University of Heidelberg.
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