No country in the world is as well-known for its precision and order much like Germany. With so much stress on efficiency and organization, one would think that Germany would be a dull place to visit. But nothing could be farther from the truth!
LeafCanoer, sociokathy, recently shared her highlights from living in Germany in her leaf entitled, “Destination Dresden.” Focusing on the city of Dresden, sociokathy’s leaf is full of helpful tips and suggestions of what to visit in Dresde. But there is more to Germany than just the city of Dresden. The country is chock full of cities waiting to be explored. For those planning a trip, here are eight must-see cities in Germany:
The largest city in Germany, Berlin is also the country’s capital city. Berlin was once a divided city, separated by a wall running through the center of the city. The western part of the city, known as West Berlin belonged to the French, Americans, and British, while the rest of the city, known as East Berlin, belonged to the former USSR. In 1989, the Berlin Wall was torn down, and the city of Berlin, as well as the rest of the country, became united.
Situated along the Rhine River, the city of Cologne is one of Germany’s most liberal cities. The main attraction in Cologne is the Dom Cathedral, a Roman Catholic church that is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For those interested in religious architecture, the city has other historical churches and synagogues worth visiting.
The city of Dresden can be found in the state of Saxon. It is known as a cultural center in the region, and is a popular city to visit among Germans, attracting around ten million tourists each year. Many tourists enjoy visiting the city’s historic center, which has a large selection of interesting buildings, palaces, and gardens.
The Bavarian city of Munich is also worth a visit. Known primarily for its Oktoberfest celebrations, Munich is also a technological hub in Germany. For visitors to Munich, there are several royal avenues, squares, and palaces worth visiting. Munich is also one of Germany’s art capitals, and within the city, there are over 16 museums and 40 galleries to choose from.
As Germany’s largest port, and Europe’s second busiest port, Hamburg is often called Germany’s Gateway to the World. The fish market, located on the harbor, is worth a visit, as are other parts of the city, including city hall and the Speicherstadt, the city’s historical warehouse district. Besides the importance of the harbor, Hamburg has also become one of Germany’s media hubs.
The city of Dusseldorf is known for its vibrant nightlife, abundant shopping, and exciting events. Each summer, the city hosts the Kirmes Fun Fair, which attracts more than 4 million people annually. One part of the city worth visiting is the Old Town, which is home to shopping malls, as well as bars, coffee shops, and brewing houses.
Known as the business and financial center of Germany, Frankfurt is a bustling hub of commerce and technology. The city is famous for its skyline, which features futuristic architecture, but there are also many well-maintained historical buildings scattered throughout the city. Frankfurt attracts millions of tourists each year, and is one of Germany’s transport hubs, both for air travel and train travel.
The city of Heidelberg is the quintessential German city, full of beautiful historical architecture and neighborhoods. You can easily spend your days strolling through the Alstadt, Heidelburg’s city center, or take a hike up Heiligenberg mountain to see an aerial view of the city. In addition to the sites, Heidelberg also has more than eight theaters, to ensure your entertainment options are not limited.
These eight cities in German are not to be missed, especially if you have a lot of time to spare on your upcoming trip to Germany. You can check out more of sociokathy’s leaf to get additional ideas of what to visit in Dresden. And to get information and tips on other destinations, download the LeafCanoe app.