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Top 5 Popular German Cities You Must Not Miss

Top 5 Popular German Cities You Must Not Miss

Located in Central Europe, Germany is such a large country that it would take travelers weeks or even months to discover it thoroughly. The country has a lot to offer: from rich history and culture, great cuisine, to one of the best nightlife in Europe. There are such great differences between the North, Central, and Southern parts of Germany that you need to visit many highlighted cities just to have a profound understanding of the country. Below is a quick guide to explore the most popular cities worth seeing throughout Germany.

1. Berlin

If you are young and into partying, Berlin is the place to be! It’s such a young and multicultural city that you would probably end up hearing English and Spanish more than German here. This capital city is full of history and culture, with the phenomenal Berlin Wall that used to separate the two parts of the country during the Second World War. Nowadays, the Berlin Wall is a massive work of art, especially with the East Side Gallery masterpiece. You can also find here many other historic monuments, such as the Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column, showing Victoria who is known as the goddess of victory. The city is very tourist-friendly and easy to get around. You can find a typical kebab store, eat traditional German sausages, or grab a cup of beer on any corner of Berlin.

See our full list of recommended Hotels near Berlin Wall Memorial and also compare the prices with airbnbs near Berlin Wall Memorial

2. Hamburg

If you love port cities and waterways, Hamburg is the top destination to see in Germany. Known as the busiest port of Germany, it is the second busiest in Europe. With its harbour being the heart of the city, Hamburg offers great views on Binnenalster and Speicherstadt, especially on sunny days as you can view the old and small houses lying along the rivers. Remember to take a boat tour here to adore the sunset view, watching the small boats as they pass by. Check out Top 5 must-see attractions in Hamburg and Top 5 Romantic things to do in Hamburg

See our full list of recommended Hotels near Hamburg Cruise Center and also compare the prices with airbnbs near Hamburg Cruise Center

3. Frankfurt

Known as the business and financial capital of Germany, Frankfurt is an interesting city of contrasts. Rich bankers, poor students, prostitutes, and drug dealers coexist in one area surrounding the Central Station. Just a few miles away, you can find the historical Frankfurt at the Römer Square, and the old town rebuilt after being destroyed during the 2nd World War. You will never get bored of this city, as walking through the bridges above the Main River while watching the sunset, or going on a shopping spree at Zeil, the longest shopping street of Frankfurt, will never get old

Do not miss traveling to Heidelberg, a small city near Frankfurt, reachable in approximately one hour by bus. This city is well-known for the Heidelberg Castle and a fantastic sunset view from the Old Bridge on the Main River.

See our full list of recommended Hotels near Frankfurter Goethe-Haus and also compare the prices with airbnbs near Frankfurter Goethe-Haus

4. Munich

Located in the richest area of Germany, Munich is the capital of the Bavaria region in Bayern. Munich is one of the most special areas in Germany for having its own dialect and culture. If you love sports, come join the tour at Allianz Arena Stadium, including a visit to the famous FC Bayern Soccer Grounds. The city is also rich in history with the main attractions focusing around the central square Marienplatz or St.Mary’s Square: the Marian Column, the New City Hall, and the Old City Hall. The city is especially well-known for Oktoberfest during late September, and for having one of the best Christmas Markets in Germany. The market takes place in Marienplatz as well as between Marienplatz and Karlsplatz - some of the most crowded pedestrian zones in Munich.

See our full list of recommended Hotels near Marienplatz and also compare the prices with airbnbs near Marienplatz

5. Cologne

Another city worth exploring in Germany is Cologne. It’s such as small city that you can explore it on foot in just a couple of days. Cologne is well-known for its famous Cathedral and Carnival that takes place every year during February.

See our full list of recommended Hotels near Cologne Cathedral and also compare the prices with airbnbs near Cologne Cathedral

How to get around Germany

It’s easy to get around Germany by train (Deutsche Bahn) and low-cost buses (Eurolines, Flixbus, Megabus, etc). Check when the best time is to visit Germany and book your flights accordingly. There are plenty of good times to visit this massive and multicultural country.

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