10 Best Cities In Germany That You Should Not Miss

10 Best Cities In Germany That You Should Not Miss

If you are seeking an authentic and the most exciting vacation in one of those European countries then Germany is the best place to be. With an array of tourist attractions, it’s quite hard to decide which is the best place to visit in this European marvel as there are numerous cities in Germany that not only are worth visiting but also have plenty of things to do.

It doesn't matter whether you are planning a single trip or touring with your family, there is an endless list of things to explore in Germany that may take you weeks or even months to explore even if you are targeting a single destination. If you are planning your trip to Germany this summer season, then take a look at these 10 best cities in Germany for reference. 

Top 10 Best Cities In Germany

1. Berlin

The Capital and the largest city in Germany, Berlin represents the rich culture as well the history of the country dating back to the 13th century till the first and second World Wars. Berlin is one of the most affordable cities in Germany in comparison with other cities in Europe. 

Even after suffering a huge amount of destruction during the Second World, the city was rebuilt and overcome those calamities in such a way that the country still celebrates its success. Today, Berlin is one of the most reputed tourist destinations across the globe offering a combination of ancient architecture, rich culture, and diverse sources of entertainment. 

Best Time To Visit: May to September

Top Places To Visit:

  • Brandenburg Gate 
  • Museum Island
  • Berliner Fernsehturm: Berlin's Television Tower
  • Gendarmenmarkt
  • The Rebuilt Reichstag
  • Charlottenburg Palace

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2. Frankfurt

Frankfurt has served as a major commercial and economic hub of the country for years. Situated on the River main, thus also named Frankfurt’s am Main. The city has been regarded as the Manhattan of Germany due to the fact it has plenty of high-rise buildings just like in the Manhattan borough of New York. 

It has been frequently listed among the top cities for livelihood and business. There is an exceptional number of tourist places in Frankfurt including museums, cathedrals, public squares, and lovely streets that are worth exploring on foot. 

Best Time To Visit: April to September 

Top Places To Visit:

  • Römerberg
  • The Hauptwache
  • Maintower
  • Frankfurt Cathedral
  • Eschenheim Tower
  • Museumsufer

3. Hamburg

Hamburgh is the second-largest city in the country and lies at the bay of River Elbe. Being the main gateway to Germany, the city is linked with several German cities and the Island through the water. Hamburg is globally popular for its famous landmark named Port of Hamburg. 

Over the last few years, Hamburg has become one of the top cultural and commercial hubs and most popular tourist sites in Europe.    

Best Time To Visit: May to September

Top Places To Visit:

  • Miniatur Wunderland
  • St. Michael's Church
  • Museum am Rothenbaum
  • Alster Lakes
  • Hamburger Rathaus 

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4. Heidelberg

Widely popular as one of the most romantic cities in Germany, Heidelberg encompasses picturesque river views, gorgeous buildings, ancient ruins, and lovely streets. Heidelberg welcomes around 4 million visitors annually and what attracts the tourists the most is the range of beautiful historical sites and entertainment centers. 

It is one of those places in Germany that offers a variety of free things to do and explore such as wandering around the old town, scenic views from Philosopher's way, and much more. Furthermore, Heidelberg is one of the warmest locations and is home to several plant species like almond and olive trees along with Wild African parakeets. 

Best Time To Visit: May to September

Top Places To Visit:

  • Karl Theodor Bridge
  • Heidelberg Zoo
  • Heidelberg Castle
  • Dilsberg Fortress

5. Munich

Munich is also referred to as the Mecca for working professionals as most of the visitors come here either for business purposes or for pursuing their careers. The city is internationally renowned for having a strong profile in sectors like Engineering, health, and technology.  

Being the heart of Bavaria state, the locals in Munich considered themselves Bavarian first and then German. The locals are welcoming and are always ready to assist tourists whenever needed. Also, it is quite convenient to travel to Munich as the city has a very large network of public transport. 

Best Time To Visit: March to May

Top Places To Visit:

  • Deutsches Museum
  • BMW Welt & Museum
  • Munich Frauenkirche
  • Marienplatz
  • Munich Residenz
  • Englischer Garten

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6. Cologne

Cologne is one of the country’s oldest cities and was founded by the great Roman Empire. The main center attraction here is the Cologne Cathedral with twin towers as high as 157 meters and can be seen from any part of the city. In fact, the cathedral stands just next to the Main Train Station, making it the first thing a visitor notices in Cologne.

Apart from the magnificent cathedral, don’t forget to visit the old town that lies near the Rhine River. Here you will find several old houses dating back to the 19th century, some famous museums, and ice cream cafes. If you are a chocolate lover then don’t miss out on visiting a Chocolate museum and trying the most delicious chocolate. 

Best Time To Visit: November

Top Places To Visit:

  • Cologne Cathedral
  • Altenberg Cathedral
  • Old Town Cologne 
  • Chocolate Museum
  • Rhine River
  • Bruhl 

7. Essen 

Essen was initially founded as a small town and later became the country’s major industrial center for steel and coal. Other than being an industrial hub, Essen also hosts numerous cultural and heritage events throughout the year. The places that you should pay a visit to are the churches, museums, and entertainment centers. 

The most popular attractions in Essen are the old town werden and the UNESCO designated site “Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial”. Plan a day trip to Essen in order to explore other notable locations such as Dortmund and Dusseldorf.

Best Time To Visit: May to September

Top Places To Visit:

  • Alte Synagogue
  • Zollverein Park
  • Old Town Verden
  • Museum Folkwang
  • Ruhr Museum

8. Dresden

Known as the greatest Baroque city in Europe, Dresden stretches up to 30 km from the north of the Czech Republic. It remained under the rule of Saxon who abundant their riverside palaces taking away all of their antique collection. Here you will a huge collection of royal clothes and artifacts displayed in the city’s world-class museums. 

In case you are feeling tired after visiting so many historical palaces in Germany, then why not go for an adrenaline rush or sightseeing. Climb up the Bruhl”s terrace and witness the beautiful sea view or visit the breathtaking rose garden.  

Best Time To Visit: May to September

Top Places To Visit:

  • Dresden Frauenkirche
  • Theaterplatz
  • Albertinum
  • Brühl's Terrace
  • Saxon Switzerland 

9. Dusseldorf 

Unlike other German cities, Dusseldorf is famous for being a university town and a place for the country’s art and culture. With a combination of various shopping centers, world-class fashion, and amazing architecture, the vibe you get here is something that you may not find anywhere else.  

Most visitors come to Dusseldorf for shopping as you will find a range of world-class fashion and trendy clothes. If you are looking for the best place to shop then visit the Königsallee, the best shopping center in Europe only after the shopping districts of Paris. 

Best Time To Visit: September to December/May to June 

Top Places To Visit:

  • Königsallee
  • Hofgarten
  • Düsseldorf-Hafen & Neuer Zollhof
  • Düsseldorf-Kaiserswerth

10. Stuttgart

While you are German why don’t consider visiting Stuttgart especially when you are a car lover as the city houses two of the primary automobile manufacturers? Being the most appealing tourists destinations, there are multiple museums to explore including two automobile museums, the largest Christmas market in Germany, and many more.

It is not difficult to reach and travel to Stuttgart as you can easily discover the main attraction just by taking a short walk. 

Best Time To Visit: Mid-May to Mid-September 

Top Places To Visit:

  • The Mercedes Benz Museum
  • Ludwigsburg Palace
  • Christmas Market
  • The Porsche Museum
  • Wilhelma Zoological and Botanic Garden
  • Esslingen
  • Schloss Solitude

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