Many people will tell you that the greatest thing about Germany is its cities. Described by one former mayor as 'poor, but sexy', Berlin
is an unusual capital known for its boundless creativity and strong anti-establishment streak. While the innovation is undoubtedly there and the city is one of the contemporary art hubs of Europe, Berlin has something for every visitor — there's plenty of classical architecture and landmarks like Altes Museum, Brandenburg Gate, and Checkpoint Charlie.
Very different in character, but equally beloved is Munich
, the largest city in southern Germany. Best known outside the country as the home of Oktoberfest, the cozy character of the Bavarian capital has sometimes led to it being referred to as the world's largest village, but there's also plenty of high culture and architecture to enjoy.
Located near the North Sea, Hamburg
is similar to Berlin in its independent spirit but unique in many other ways. A proud port city with centuries-old traditions, it is home to an array of stunning churches, more futuristic landmarks like the Elbe Philharmonic Hall, as well as, naturally, the bohemian character of the Altona and St. Pauli neighborhoods.
Best known for its financial muscle, Frankfurt
is also a surprisingly fun city to visit. Second to no one in Germany when it comes to stunning skylines, the city also boasts a number of high-quality museums and pleasant green areas. On top of that, Frankfurt can also be a gateway to the scenic Middle Rhine Valley.
Located in the state of Saxony, Leipzig is one of the prime destinations of former East Germany. This is a city that grows faster than any other in Germany, not just in terms of industry, but also in culture — some even dub it 'the New Munich'. And if you're in this part of Germany, why not also pay a visit to Leipzig's neighbor, Dresden
- the 'Florence of the North' has seen most of its famous architecture renovated, as exemplified by the beautiful Frauenkirche and other sites. Other cities of Germany that are beloved by tourists include Cologne, Nuremberg, Heidelberg
, and many more.