Top Four Cities to Visit in Germany

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One of the many impressive beer halls at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

Germany is a country of contrasts, with much to offer its visitors. From world-class museums and historic architecture to fine dining and vibrant nightlife, Germany has it all, and with over 10,000 towns and cities between the Alps and the North Sea, choosing which to visit can be a daunting decision. Each of this country’s dynamic cities has a charm all of its own, so once you’ve checked out the foreign currency exchange rates (Germany’s currency is the Euro), have a look at our list of Germany’s top four cities to visit.

Berlin

The capital of Germany, Berlin is the third most visited place in Europe and is a melting pot of old and new, culture and cool, the traditional and the contemporary. A dramatic history provides an interesting backdrop to everything this city has to offer, and it is worth taking a tour of various landmarks such as the Reichstag and the Berlin Wall to get closer to the story of Berlin’s past.

Munich

Munich, much like the rest of Germany, basks in its own contradictions. As sophisticated as it is provincial, this city in the south is a strong rival to Berlin in terms of popularity and cultural cool. Munich is also home to Oktoberfest, a festival that runs from the end of September to the beginning of October and celebrates traditional German food and beer. With over five million people attending each year, Oktoberfest has become the largest fair in the world.

Cologne

Located in the west, a walk through Cologne will provide an abundance of fascinating history and beautiful architecture. The sights of this stunning city are dominated by the cathedral, a spectacular Gothic structure that was once described by UNESCO as an “exceptional work of human creative genius”. If you’re visiting in November, add a splash of color to your vacation at the Cologne Carnival. This six day party of street revelry is now one of Europe’s biggest festivals.

Hamburg

This multicultural metropolis is Germany’s biggest port and second largest city. Much of Hamburg was destroyed during the Second World War and has since been rebuilt to include buildings shaped like ocean liners, a Philharmonic hall and a modern waterside district. This cosmopolitan city is surrounded by two beautiful lakes, the Binnenalster and Aussenalster, both of which are perfect for sunlit strolls or romantic boat cruises.

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Bettina Kraft

.. besides the popular destinations mentioned in this article there are many more hidden gems in Germany that people may not heard about, but which offer a great travel experience. For example, Bamberg, Quedlinburg, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Büsum, Berchtesgaden, … (just to name a few).

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