10 German Cities You Need to Visit

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Even though Germany is one of the largest countries in Europe by both area and population and home to such incredible diversity, many travellers only manage to visit one or two cities on their travels. Here at WOW we’ve put together a list of the top 10 German cities you should consider adding to your itinerary to encourage you to see more that this country has to offer.

10 German Cities You Need to Visit, Berlin

 1. Berlin

Berlin is not only Germany’s capital and largest city, it is also the cultural hub of the nation. One of the most fascinating cities in Europe, Berlin is vibrant and edgy and is Germany’s centre for fashion, art and culture. It’s not surprising that Berlin is the most popular tourist destination in the country, with many visitors keen to learn about its turbulent political history as well as experience the energy of its world-renowned nightlife. To get the most out of your visit, be sure to check off these 20 must see Berlin attractions.

10 German Cities You Need to Visit: Munich

2. Munich (München)

Munich is the wealthy capital of Bavaria and the gateway to the Alps. It is said to be one of the most beautiful and charming cities in all of Germany and is filed with museums and beautiful architecture. It is most famous for being the centre of Oktoberfest festivities, which attracts over 6 million visitors every year. (Image by Martin Falbisoner via Wikimedia Commons)

10 German Cities You Need to Visit, Frankfurt

3. Frankfurt am Main

Frankfurt am Main is Germany’s most international city and a major European hub thanks to its huge international airport. It is also the economic centre of Germany (and Europe for that matter), which is reflected in its towering skyscrapers; a feature that you’ll find nowhere else in the country.

10 German Cities You Need to Visit, Cologne

4. Cologne (Köln)

Having been founded by the Romans, Cologne is one of Germany’s oldest cities and its beautiful architecture from various time periods reflects its long history. Stroll past old Roman towers, Gothic churches and then past the contrast of modern architecture. Don’t miss a visit to Cologne Cathedral, which took 600 years to complete. A visit to the Chocolate Museum alone is worth making the trip here! (Image via PlanetWare)

10 German Cities You Need to Visit, Hamburg

5. Hamburg

Germany’s second largest city, Hamburg, is located in the north of the country only a few hours from Berlin. It is a port city and boasts one of the biggest harbours in Europe. Strolling over its many bridges and canals makes it easy to understand why it has been nicknamed the ‘Venice of the North’. (Image via Hamburg Tourism)

10 German Cities You Need to Visit, Leipzig

6. Leipzig

Leipzig is quickly developing the reputation for being the up-and-coming art capital of Germany and, aside from Berlin, is the most dynamic city in eastern Germany. This city was once one of Europe’s art and cultural centres and today, cheap rents and a vibrant nightlife make it a favourite for young people. The impressive town centre boasts impressive Renaissance and Baroque architecture. (Image by Templermeister via Wikimedia Commons)

10 German Cities You Need to Visit, Dresden

7. Dresden

Nestled prettily on the banks of the Elbe river, the baroque beauty of Dresden is unquestionable. Almost completely destroyed by bombing during WWII, it has been rebuilt splendidly to reflect its original magnificence. As the capital of Saxony, Dresden was once home to the kings and electors of this eastern German state. Today it is a very green city filled with parks and gardens. (Image via Cube: Travel)

10 German Cities You Need to Visit, Nuremberg

8. Nuremberg (Nürnberg)

Nuremberg is associated with gingerbread, Christmas and, perhaps most infamously, the Nuremberg trials that occurred after WWII. Yet, it is its gorgeous architecture that it should be most known for. Medieval fortifications still stand in its impressive old town as well as splendid Gothic churches and a colourful market square. Don’t miss an inspiring visit to the hilltop castle during your stay. (Image by Johannes Kerstiens via Wikimedia Commons)
10 German Cities You Need to Visit, Düsseldorf

9. Düsseldorf

Often said to be Germany’s answer to Milan, Düsseldorf is the fashion capital of the nation. While it might appear to be posh, modern and a little closed to outsiders, when you look under the surface you’ll discover its great art scene as well as a pumping nightlife. The Düsseldorf Altstadt (old town) is even nicknamed “the longest bar in the world” because the historic, central district has over 300 bars and nightclubs concentrated in a small area! (Image by Francçois Philipp via Flickr Creative Commons)

10 German Cities You Need to Visit, Bremen

10. Bremen

Bremen has the reputation of being one of Germany’s most hospitable cities. Located in the north of Germany, Bremen is a city that is over 1,200 years old and is bursting with history. The old town itself is like the backdrop to a fairytale and is one of Germany’s 38 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. During the lead up to Christmas especially, the city becomes even more magical. (Image via Bremen Tourism)

For more Germany travel inspiration, read The Cutest German Towns to Visit.

Which German cities are your favourites?

WOW Contributor

Story by World of Wanderlust contributor Rachel.

October 22, 2015

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  1. BrianAllen@yahoo.com'

    Brian Allen

    April 7, 2016

    Bremen Travel Facts

    When starting to understand a new city like Bremen it is a good idea to have some good local information. Here are a few that could prove useful.

    Continent: Europe
    Country: Germany
    Region: Bremen
    International Dialing Code: 49
    Bremen Coordinates: 53.0769° N, 8.8089° E
    Altitude: 12 m (39 ft)
    Currency: Euro (EUR)
    Language: German
    Bremen Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)
    City Population: 547,976
    Metro Population: 2,400,000
    Temperature High In 22.6°C / 72.7°F
    Temperature Low In −1.1°C / 30 °F

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    Dresden_obsessed

    March 30, 2016

    Hey,
    I lived in Dresden for a year and loved it, just wanted to point out the image you have for Dresden is actually Meissen! whilst it is a lovely little town just north of Dresden it is not the actual city.

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    Itchyfeetsblog

    March 3, 2016

    Great list you put together there! As our hometown is Bremen we can agree that it indeed really beautiful.

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    Jana

    February 18, 2016

    I am from Cologne and it is a beautiful city with wonderful people. You should come during Carnival, if you want to have a crazy and different experience.

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    Sanj

    January 22, 2016

    A definite under rated town would be Bamberg. Bamberg is an absolutely beautiful town with medieval churches. It is one of few places in Germany that was not devastated during the war. I remember, a guy telling me it is the Rome of Germany, or rather Rome is the Bamberg of Italy as it is laid out over 7 hills. And you also get the famous Smoked beer. And I guess it is one of the UNESCO’s world heritage site. A must visit if you are travelling to south Germany.

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    monika

    January 21, 2016

    10 German approaching in cities you needed to visiting on their more sites and can be describe most protection theme.

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    FREIHEITSGEFÜHLE

    November 12, 2015

    you definitly have to add “Regensburg”. It’s a wonderful town in Bavaria that didn’t got destroyed in WWII.

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    Nora @ The Forgotten Recipe

    October 31, 2015

    I love Germany. I know so many people that would choose Paris, Madrid and Rome before coming to Berlin, but Berlin has a more alternative fun vibe of any city I’ve ever been too. There are so many cute quaint cities as well AND SO MANY CASTLES! 🙂 Thanks for getting us all a little more excited about Germany!

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    Best Vacuum for Pet Hair

    October 24, 2015

    It is a great collection of German cities. We will try our best to visit them.

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    Leni

    October 24, 2015

    I would recommend Stuttgart for everyone who loves cars. Mercedes Benz & Porsche 😉

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    Tabitha

    October 23, 2015

    As a German, I find this list quite interesting! You got it though, those would be the top 10 cities I’d recommend. Of course there are some other hidden cool spots around those towns, but if you don’t have much time, you gotta prioritize I guess! Nice post!

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    Alys | A Girl Who Reads

    October 23, 2015

    My husbands family are from a little town outside of Bremen so I was very excited to see it on your list. Its a fabulous city and I loved exploring the old part of town.

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    Olga

    October 23, 2015

    Glad to see Leipzig on the list! I lives there for two years and it’s super nice!

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    Bell Santiago

    October 22, 2015

    Love all of these cities, I lived in Munich for quite a while and absolutely loved it, it just feels like home!

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    John

    October 22, 2015

    Great post! Dresden is my favourite city in Germany, but I love Leipzig, Cologne and Berlin too. Oh and I live in Dusseldorf right now 😀

    P.s. that is a photo of Meissen, not Dresden…

  16. tina.jahn@live.de'

    Tina

    October 22, 2015

    I’m from Germany and I find it always interesting how other nations see my home country. I have already traveled to the most cities of your list and live near to Leipzig. Leipzig is the perfect mix of city and town and I love it so much.

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    hopflower

    October 22, 2015

    Many European cities were in a shamble. That is what war does. The Germans had a lot of help rebuilding, too.

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    pat..

    October 22, 2015

    In the years after WWII I remember seeing pictures of many of these places in shambles. Glad to see a half century has brought recovery. My dream was visiting The Mouse Tower (Mäuseturm) outside Bingen am Rhein, Germany.

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    Mel

    October 21, 2015

    You missed my favourite city, Heidelberg 🙂 Such a hidden Gem!

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    Kenza

    October 21, 2015

    I lived one year in Germany and it definitely represents one of the best moment of my life.
    Germany has something special for me, I totally fell in love with this country and this culture.

    I look forward to see other post about it ! Maybe you can do one about the christmas market which are REALLY amazing in the country ! 🙂

    Have a nice day !

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    Holly

    October 21, 2015

    On this weekend Leipzig has another good reason for visiting the City: The “Designers Open” take place. Its a fair for Art and desgin and a festival with over 30 spots all over the city. 🙂

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    Iida-Emilia

    October 21, 2015

    I just love Düsseldorf. When I was a kid we lived there for a year because of my dad’s work. After that I have kept going back there over and over again. I just adore that city and I’m so glad it’s on this list 🙂

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    Vicky

    October 21, 2015

    This is a great list. I’ve only been to Berlin (which is such a wicked city) but there is so much more of Germany I’d like to explore!

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    Britt

    October 21, 2015

    I’ll be in Germany in December for the Christmas Markets. I’m planning on visiting Munich, Regensburg, Bamberg, Wurzburg, Speyer, Trier and Cologne. Then I’ll do Berlin later that year in the summer! Can’t wait

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    Jessi

    October 21, 2015

    I would add Heidelberg to the list, such a beautiful city!

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    Sarah - Tasting Lifestyle

    October 21, 2015

    Never been in Berlin, but it’s high on my list!! Thanks for sharing these tips! x

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    Luisa

    October 21, 2015

    The picture you inserted for Dresden actually shows Meissen, which is a small city near Dresden and certainly also worth a visit, hehe. Just thought I’d let you know! Great post! 🙂

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    Yujung

    October 21, 2015

    Germany looks so gorgeous:) I hope to visit there one day!!

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    Miles of Happiness - Marie

    October 21, 2015

    Can’t believe I still haven’t been in Germany… I’d love to explore all these cities, especially since I’ve got many friends from there..

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    Tereza

    October 21, 2015

    Berlin is really cool – it has many stylish cafés and great night life! Hope I will be back one day.

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    Jessica

    October 21, 2015

    This is so helpful! Germany is definitely on my list of places to visit, so this list gives me some direction. Thanks for sharing!

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    Chalsie

    October 21, 2015

    Germany is such a beautiful country! I’d love to experience some of its rural areas. I’ve been to Freiburg, which sits on the Black Forest. It’s almost medieval. Truly glorious!
    Chalsie x

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    Maddy @ Travel Alphas

    October 21, 2015

    I’ve visited many of these but have a few to go! I can’t wait to visit Berlin again for New Years Ever this year! Thanks for sharing!

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