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The Top Cities in Germany

Last update on Dec. 10, 2013.

The Top Cities in Germany

Attracting hoards of visitors from all over the world every year, Germany’s magical cities have something to offer to everyone from the shopaholic foodie to the intrepid explorer. Bursting with life, music and club fans can get involved in the big party scene while families explore the range of activities available.

‘City of Cool’: Berlin.

The famous capital of Germany is becoming renowned for its innovative art scene, edgy party life. Ahead in fashion, design and culture, the city is brimming with exciting new ideas and things to see. Theatre culture is thriving, with colourful performances impressing audiences – the current production of ‘Show Me’ is said to be one of the most dazzling spectacles ever seen in the Palast. As well as richness in art and creativity, the city remains to be one of the most historical landmarks in Germany. With the remnants of the Berlin Wall glued to the centre of the city, important characteristics of previous times are well kept to appreciate the past. The Brandenburg Gate lies at the heart of the city, previously symbolizing division and now standing as a centre point for ingenuity and originality. Berlin should be top of the list for all, with amazing sights that cannot be found anywhere else.

‘City of Exuberance’: Cologne.

Among fantastic museums, the Cathedral, vibrant shops, and interesting exhibitions, what separates Cologne from any other city is its year-round enthusiasm for festive cheer. In November’s Carnival (Fastelovend), Cologne does it like no other. Street mayhem and crazy scenes make this week’s atmosphere buzzing, exciting and completely unique. It may be a once in a lifetime visit for some, but for those who can’t get enough of the Carnival mood, the scores of bars and pubs that characterise Cologne help to keep the party going 365 days a year. Welcoming brewery taverns with Kölsch on tap inhabit the old quarter, while their warm and friendly kitchens dish up Rhineland specialities. If the beer and laughter all gets too much, however, you can take a relaxing cable car trip to the beautiful Rhine Park.

‘City of Music’: Leipzig.

Music has a special place in the hearts of the people of Leipzig, as part of the peaceful revolution of 1989. The importance of song, sound and rhythm is shown through the city’s heritage and architecture. The Gewandhaus concert hall, home to the similarly titled Gewandhaus Orchestra, holds a 6,938 piped organ which creates an unbelievable sound that your ears will never forget. Then there’s one of the oldest European music theatres, the opera house, magnificent on account of its impressive repertoire from baroque to contemporary. You can integrate with the city and hum a little tune as you explore the bespoke little shops, boutiques and second hand rustic bookshops.

‘City of Lifestyle’: Munich.

As the city of richness and beauty, expect to pay high prices here for luxury. Top quality means top price, so don’t try to haggle in the stalls of the Viktualienmarkt! However, don’t panic if you’re pockets are a little empty, or the purse strings are a little tight: there is plenty to see for the cost of nothing in the luxurious city of München. Head to the English Garden for a relaxing piece if paradise, or why not amble down to the more affordable pub and club quarter for lively beer gardens and alternative shops? The museum are a proudly regarded by locals for their innovation and interest, and it wouldn’t be worth the visit without seeing Bayern Munich play. Even if you’re not a fan, the view of the stadium in breathtakingly magnificent, you won’t regret it.

These are just some of the sights on offer in Germany. If you're looking to book a holiday to Germany, why not check out our holiday packages page? We have some fantastic trips to Europe on offer. Alternatively, ring into our office and we will be happy to cater for your travel requirements.

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Lauren Forse

This article was written by: Lauren Forse

Born and bred in the Eastern Cape, Lauren is an experienced travel writer who enjoys visiting wild beaches and exploring new cities. You can follow Lauren Forse on , Twitter and LinkedIn.

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