HOLIDAYS IN GERMANY (2017 | Issue 1)

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best german cities to visit

What’s Up, Germany? explores the unique character of five major German cities: Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Dresden. Let’s begin our tour!

best german cities to visit

Berlin: Global City

A trip to Germany is incomplete without Berlin. And a trip to Berlin is incomplete without seeing the Brandenburg Gate. You’ll feel a sense of history, old-world charm and dynamism in the capital city. Since there are plenty of other must-see places, you can opt for a hop-on, hop-off bus tour or a walking tour, especially of the Berlin Wall. There are all kinds of walking and cycling tours—with diverse themes such as art, architecture, history, food, coffee, beer and nightlife—that give you a flavour of the city through a Berliner’s eyes. A worthwhile day trip from Berlin is to Potsdam. Just 25km away, it is home to the parks and palaces of Sanssouci, the largest World Heritage Site in Germany. If you’re looking for something unusual and want to feel like James Bond for a day, then add the Spy Museum to your wish list! Do check out Berlin’s alternative art scene, underground culture and unrivalled nightlife. This city has it all, both grunge and posh!

best german cities to visit

Hamburg: Maritime City

Known as the “gateway to the world”, Germany’s second-largest city is one of the most important ports in Europe. Its sea-faring history lends it a hedonistic, wealthy and cosmopolitan character. Situated on the Elbe River in northern Germany, the city’s many canals and lakes are a delight. Take a cruise on the Alster Lake and check out Speicherstadt, the old warehouse district, with its new concert hall, the Elbphilharmonie. If you’re a morning person, the famous fish market on Sundays is something you might enjoy. There’s lots more being sold besides fish, and you can haggle Indian style! For night owls, the exciting nightlife of Reeperbahn is not to be missed. An option is to live up the night at Reeperbahn and bring in a new day at the fish market!

best german cities to visit

Munich: City of Lifestyle

Bavaria’s capital is where old-world beauty meets high-tech. No wonder it’s called the city of “laptops and leather pants”! The gateway to the Alps and the site of the world-famous Oktoberfest, Munich is one of the most friendly German cities. Its elegant architecture spans from the medieval to the futuristic. If you’re an art lover, head to the trio of Pinakothek museums. If you’re an FC Bayern Munich fan, the Allianz Arena tour would be right up your street! If you’re a shopaholic, lose yourself in the many quirky boutiques, flagship stores and traditional costume shops. Intersperse your shopping with beer and coffee breaks at the ubiquitous beer gardens and cafés. Don’t miss the chance to have a “beery” good time at the 16th-century Hofbräuhaus!

best german cities to visit

Frankfurt: Mainhatten City

Sometimes referred to as “Mainhatten” due to its impressive skyline or “Bankfurt” in recognition of it being Germany’s financial powerhouse, this is a city of fascinating contrasts. Home to the European Central Bank, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and Germany’s busiest airport, it is also a haven for art and architecture lovers and history buffs. Feel the clock turn back as you explore the historic Römerberg Square in the old town or the cobblestone streets in Sachsenhausen. Don’t miss the outstanding collection of paintings at the Städel Museum. If you’re into theatre, ballet or opera, this is the city for you!

best german cities to visit

Dresden: Baroque City

Saxony’s capital lies in the erstwhile German Democratic Republic. Nicknamed “Florence on the Elbe”, Dresden is extravagantly green, making it a great city to explore on foot. Soak in the Baroque palaces, enriching museums and temperate climate. The iconic Frauenkirche is a must-see, especially its interiors. You can also go on lovely day trips to Saxon Switzerland and the Moritzburg water castle. If you visit Dresden in December, you can experience its delightful Christmas markets, which go back to 1434!

Don’t-Miss Attractions

BERLIN

  • Brandenburg Gate & Reichstag Building
  • The Berlin Wall Memorial & East Side Gallery
  • Kurfürstendamm
  • Checkpoint Charlie & The Wall Museum
  • Museum Island

HAMBURG

  • Town Hall
  • Elbphilharmonie
  • Harbour
  • State Opera House & Alster Lake
  • Speicherstadt & Miniature Wonderland

MUNICH

  • Frauenkirche
  • Pinakothek museums
  • Residenz Palace & English Garden
  • BMW Welt & Museum
  • Marienplatz & Town Hall

FRANKFURT

  • Römer & Goethe House
  • Main Tower & Eurotower
  • Frankfurt Cathedral
  • Museum Embankment
  • Old Opera House

DRESDEN

  • Frauenkirche & Brühl’s Terrace
  • Semper Opera House & Theaterplatz
  • Dresden Castle
  • Zwinger Palace
  • Kunsthofpassage

“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” — Miriam Beard