Places to Visit in Germany – 40 most beautiful cities and towns

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There are countless beautiful places to visit in Germany. It is a country with a rich history and is, therefore, a place with lots of historic monuments and old cities and towns. Here I prepared a list of 40 most beautiful cities and towns to visit in Germany. Enjoy! 🙂

Places to Visit in Germany – Top cities and towns

1. Berlin

The city of Berlin is the capital of Germany as well as its most populated one. It can be found in the northeastern part of the country and its history began in the 13th century.

One of the most interesting things about Berlin is that about one-third of the city is covered by parks and forests, rivers, gardens as well as lakes. Today it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe and its biggest attractions are Reichstag Building, Brandenburg Gate or Pergamon Museum.

Reichstag building, Berlin, Places to Visit in Germany
Reichstag building, Berlin, Places to Visit in Germany by Jürgen Matern

You can find more about Berlin in another article: Things to do in Berlin – Top 35 Places To See in Berlin.

2. Munich

Located along the banks of the Isar River, just north of the Alps, you will find the city of Munich. Munich is considered to be the third most populated city in all of Germany as is currently home to more than 1.42 million residents.

Its history dates back to the 12th century and is considered to be one of the world’s most livable cities. The city offers such great sights as Marienplatz, Nymphenburg Palace, New Town Hall and much more.

New Town Hall and Marienplatz, Munich, Places to Visit in Germany
New Town Hall and Marienplatz, Munich, Places to Visit in Germany by Diliff

3. Cologne

The fourth largest city in Germany is that of Cologne. Cologne is situated along the banks of the Rhine River. Cologne is home to one of the oldest and most respected universities in Europe; the Universität zu Köln.

There are more than 30 museums in the city, but you must also visit Cologne Cathedral, Zoo or Botanical Gardens Flora.

Cologne Cathedral, Places to Visit in Germany
Cologne Cathedral, Places to Visit in Germany by ger1axg

4. Frankfurt am Main

The city of Frankfurt am Main is considered to be the fifth largest city in Germany and it is currently home to almost 700,000 people. With the recent 2007 European Union expansion, the geographical center point of the Union can be found only 45 kilometers to the east of the city.

Frankfurt am Main is the most expensive city to live in Germany. Once here, you must see a medieval building of Römer, Cathedral, Staedel Museum among others.

Römer medieval building in Frankfurt am Main, Places to Visit in Germany
Römer medieval building in Frankfurt am Main, Places to Visit in Germany by Mylius

5. Nuremberg

The city of Nuremberg is known as the center of Bavaria and is considered to be a jewel among all German cities. Therefore, if you want to see Germany at its best, you must visit Nuremberg.

Nuremberg Castle, St. Lorenz Church, Palace of Justice, St. Sebaldus Church and lots of other great places and sights are waiting for you in this wonderful city.

Nuremberg Castle, Places to Visit in Germany
Nuremberg Castle, Places to Visit in Germany by AlterVista

6. Hamburg

The city of Hamburg is the second largest in Germany and can be found in the northern part. Located along the banks of the Elbe River, the city of Hamburg is home to the 2nd busiest container port in Europe (just after Rotterdam).

Here you can see Binnenalster artificial lake and visit amazing Park Planten un Blomen during the water-light concert, or the world’s largest model railway in Miniatur Wunderland.

Binnenalster, Hamburg, Places to Visit in Germany
Binnenalster, Hamburg, Places to Visit in Germany by LuxTonnerre

7. Düsseldorf

The city of Düsseldorf is home to some of the world’s largest companies as well as some of the most prestigious trade shows and fairs in the world. Every year more than 4.5 million people make their way to Düsseldorf to become a part of the Largest Fair on the Rhine.

The city of Düsseldorf is known in the arts community as the home of Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, an academy for fine arts. If you are interested in cars you should visit Classic Remise Dusseldorf – number one attraction in the city.

Düsseldorf, Places to Visit in Germany
Düsseldorf, Places to Visit in Germany by Mike Macke

8. Dresden

You will find the city of Dresden located in the Elbe River Valley, close to the nation’s border with the Czech Republic. For centuries, Dresden has been home to many of the Saxon kings and royal elites.

As a result of allied bombings, many of the fine palaces in Dresden were destroyed along with the old city center, but there are still a lot of sights to see and visit including Zwinger palace, Frauenkirche church or Pillnitz Castle & Park.

Dresden, Places to Visit in Germany
Dresden, Places to Visit in Germany by Julius

9. Stuttgart

The city of Stuttgart is the sixth largest in Germany. The city is spread out across a number of hillsides which are homes to parks and vineyards.

Stuttgart is also home to Mercedes-Benz Museum and Porsche Museum, and on its largest square Schlossplatz, you can find monumental New Palace.

The 'New Castle' on Schlossplatz, Stuttgart, Places to Visit in Germany
The ‘New Castle’ on Schlossplatz, Stuttgart, Germany by Julian Herzog

10. Hannover

The city of Hannover can be found along the banks of the Leine River. It is known for the many commercial trade shows that occur every year. Hanover is home to the largest marksman festival in the world -Schützenfest as well as the second largest Oktoberfest in the country. Back in 2000, Hanover was the host for the World’s Fair Expo.

Among its biggest attractions are Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen, City Hall, Berggarten garden with mausoleum or Zoo.

New Town Hall in Hannover, Places to Visit in Germany
New Town Hall in Hannover, Places to Visit in Germany by Thomas Wolf

11. Heidelberg

In the southwestern portion of Germany, you will find the city of Heidelberg. Located in the steep Neckar River Valley, the city of Heidelberg has grown over the years to become one of the more popular tourist destinations in Germany.

Many people who come to the city make their way over to famous Heidelberg Castle, which is a city’s main landmark.

Heidelberg with castle, Places to Visit in Germany
Heidelberg with castle, Places to Visit in Germany by Luftphilia

12. Leipzig

Just south of Berlin you will find the city of Leipzig which has played an important role in the regional economy dating back to the days of the Great Roman Empire. Leipzig is home to several institutes of higher learning that are well known throughout Europe.

It is now home to the Zoo, St. Thomas Church, St. Nicholas Church, Monument to the Battle of the Nations and other sights and attractions.

Monument to the Battle of the Nations in Leipzig, Places to Visit in Germany
Monument to the Battle of the Nations in Leipzig, Places to Visit in Germany by Tobi 87

13. Bremen

Located on the River Weser, the city of Bremen has grown to become a very important port town in Germany. The city is located only 60 kilometers from the North Sea.

You will want to visit Market Square where you will find main sights the city has to offer, such as UNESCO Roland Statue and the Town Hall, cathedral, Deutsches Haus and many others.

Bremen, Places to Visit in Germany
Bremen, Places to Visit in Germany by Jürgen Howaldt

14. Garmisch-Partenkirchen

The mountain resort town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen is situated along the Austrian border, not too far from Mount Zugspitze – the highest mountain in the country (2961 m).

Just south of Garmisch-Partenkirchen you will find the Partnach Gorge which is a 2 kilometers long gap in the limestone cliffs that has been cut out by the Partnach River. The King’s House on Schachen is a small castle and one of the most popular attractions just 10 kilometers from the city.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Places to Visit in Germany
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Places to Visit in Germany by Octagon

15. Bonn

You will find the city of Bonn situated along the banks of the Rhine River. Until the Berlin Wall came down, Bonn was the official West Germany capital city. Today Bonn is still the main place of German Politics. There are many well-known international institutions in Bonn.

Since Bonn is the birthplace of the famous composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven, you should start your tour in its house which is now one of the most popular museums in the city.

Bonn, Places to Visit in Germany
Bonn, Places to Visit in Germany by Matthias Zepper

16. Trier

The city of Trier is known as the oldest city in the country; it was first founded back in 16 B.C. The city can be found close to the Luxembourg in the Moselle River Valley.

Centralized in the Mosel wine region Trier has become known over the years for its fine wines. You cannot miss its St. Peter’s Cathedral, Black Gate, Hauptmarkt or Imperial Roman Baths.

Porta Nigra, Trier, Places to Visit in Germany
Porta Nigra, Trier, Places to Visit in Germany by Berthold Werner

17. Baden-Baden

The spa town of Baden-Baden can be found in the Black Forest foothills along the banks of the Oos River. Since the days of the Roman Empire, the springs around Baden-Baden had been a popular destination.

It is said that even Emperor Caracalla once visited Baden-Baden to ease arthritis which he had been suffering from. Here you can visit The Trinkhalle, Old town and Old Castle.

Trinkhalle, Baden-Baden, Places to Visit in Germany
Trinkhalle, Baden-Baden, Places to Visit in Germany by digital cat

18. Potsdam

The city of Potsdam is only 24 kilometers from Berlin and has become known over the years for the many fine parks and palaces located throughout the city, such as Sanssouci Palace and Park, Cecilienhof Palace, Neues Palais or Potsdam City Palace.

It also has its own Brandenburg Gate which is one of the three preserved city gates. The others are Nauen Gate and Jägertor.

Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam, Places to Visit in Germany
Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam, Places to Visit in Germany by Andrea Schaffer

19. Königsee-Rottenbach

Königsee-Rottenbach is a small town located in the central part of the country. However small does not mean ugly. It has nice Town hall as well as Stadtkirche church.

Church in Königsee-Rottenbach, Places to Visit in Germany
Church in Königsee-Rottenbach, Places to Visit in Germany by Colin Marquardt

20. Kassel

Kassel is another wonderful city in central part of Germany. It is notable for its palaces and parks from which a landscape park Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe is even UNESCO Site.

Here you can find Kassel main landmark – Hercules monument, large park with fountains and cascades as well as Schloss Wilhelmshöhe palace and much more.

Kassel, Places to Visit in Germany
Hercules monument, Kassel, Places to Visit in Germany

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Julius

I am someone who left his open-spaced cubicle after spending there 8 years of his life. Someone who started to live more outside! :) I am in travel blogging since 2010 and with Traveltipy I am going to conquer the world :)

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22 Responses

  1. Scorpio says:

    Germany is wonderful place to visit. History, culture, and natural beauty. Germany is a riveting journey of surprise, every turn effortlessly matching the mood and combining the best of old and new Europe.

  2. Insidetale says:

    Nice, beautiful, and amazing places. Must visit areas of Germany. Thanks

  3. Jesse says:

    Hi, there, really amazing blog about Germany! Last month I came back from vacation in Berlin and I have to say it was really amazing. And also want to go:
    1. Dresden
    2. The Romantic Road
    3. Cologne

  4. Jen Joslin says:

    We haven’t been to Germany, or many places in Europe at all yet, but these cities look amazing! The architecture and the natural beauty all look beautiful.

  5. Volodya says:

    A good list. But, what about Luebeck? Also, Worms cathedral is quite stunning, in my opinion.

  6. Olga says:

    and Aachen? One of the oldest city in Germany!

  7. Heidi says:

    I live in Bayreuth and I am German. I visited also two interesting cities. Celle and Magdeburg. If you need anything photos let me know.

    • Julius Szabo says:

      That’s great, Heidi! I love Bayreuth! I’ve been there 4 times already. Two times during Christmas time for punch 🙂 and 2 times during summer. It was perfect experience every time. Hopefully I’ll get there soon again. I loved the castles and the city center as well as Eremitage, or the church just behind the Christmas pub :). But I also got there quite a bad headache after visiting one brewery – Aktien – too many beers :). Take care there!

  8. Maria says:

    This is actually a really handy list! I’ve been wanting to explore Germany more but didn’t know where to begin, you have given a great list to start from. Thank you!

  9. So much stunning old architectures it would be difficult to choose between them with limited time

  10. Mary says:

    I’ve only been to Munich but I loved it! We had a blast at the beer halls, checking out all the amazing architecture, and really enjoyed how modern and functional the city was compared to a lot of Europe. This was about 18 years ago though now Which one is your favorite?

  11. I visited many of them, and I was surprised that in Germany we can find so many lovely towns, like Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

  12. Oh my god, I’ve only been to 11 of those cities despite being from Germany. Shame on me. I really have to visit some of them!

    I’ve studied in Regensburg for the last three years and wrote a guest-article about it. If you’re planning to visit Germany, this might be helpful: http://www.solitarywanderer.com/2015/09/regensburg-germany/

  13. Himanshu says:

    Superbly you have summed up Germany. And complimented with great shots. Would love to read more posts from u.

  14. Carol Colborn says:

    Definitely Berlin and Munich are must-sees for me but you have so many other beautiful places here!!!

  15. We are so blessed to have been living in Bavaria for the last four years. This has given us the perfect base location to sight-see everywhere in Germany….which has so many amazing places to see! Great list! Here’s my suggestions for 20 things to see and do just in Bavaria alone 🙂 http://www.economicalexcursionists.com/day-trips-in-bavaria/

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