Whether you’re looking for a destination rich in history, stunning architecture, and vibrant culture OR delicious food and welcoming people, Germany has it all! With Oktoberfest upon us, we wanted to highlight five must-see cities for you to explore between your brats and beer!
1. Berlin - Germany’s capital city offers an enormous number of things to see and do. These suggestions just touch the surface:
- The UNESCO World Heritage Site Museum Island offers five different museums ranging from art to history.
- Visit the Memorial of the Murdered Jews and the Jewish Museum to see how Berlin acknowledges its dark past.
- Checkpoint Charlie is now a little touristy but is a nod to the American soldier’s time in the city. And the interactive DDR museum explores everyday life in the former East Berlin.
- The Berlin Zoo is one of the most popular zoos in Europe, with over 1500 different species to see.
- For relaxation, try one of the city’s thousands of swimming lakes.
2. Munich - Though Munich might be best known for Oktoberfest, there is much more to explore in this city.
- Marienplatz is the center of the city, a social hotspot surrounded by beautiful historical architecture.
- The massive Englisher Garten offers vast lands and groves and even surfing in the Eisbach River.
- Car lovers can also enjoy the BMW museum, which even houses Elvis Presley’s BMW.
- Another must-see is St. Peter’s Church, where you can enjoy an incredible view of the city from the top of the tower.
3. Cologne - This historically significant city is situated on the Rhine River and is home to the Cologne Cathedral, the most visited landmark in all of Germany.
- At the Cologne Cathedral, you can view artifacts dating as far back as the 10th century.
- For more modern art, the Ludwig Museum features The Avant-Garde and pop art.
- And no trip to Cologne is complete without visiting the Old Town, where you can experience what the city was like before it was destroyed in World War II.
4. Hamburg - This port city’s most popular spot is Speicherstadt, a warehouse district with plenty of visitor attractions.
- The oldest warehouse is home to the International Maritime Museum, which has artifacts dating back thousands of years.
- Another warehouse is filled with Miniatur Wunderland, where those who love miniature trains can enjoy models of cities around the world.
- The city’s tallest building is the new Elbphilharmonie, which is not only a great place to enjoy music, but the architecture with curved windows is a wonder all its own.
5. Dusseldorf - Another city situated on the Rhine river, Dusseldorf is the best place for those who love to dine out and shop.
The Rheinuferpromenade is a highlight as a long, sunny strip lined with cafes and shops.
- For high-end shopping, visit Konigsallee, another strip that features premium shops.
- And if you’re into exciting nightlife, the old town Altstadt offers over 300 bars and nightclubs.
- But the city also offers modern art museums, such as the North Rhine Westphalia.
Which city do you think would be the first stop on your itinerary? Click here to schedule your call with Lisa, and let’s chat about how you create your perfect getaway and experience them all for yourself!