Which city should you visit in Germany?

If you only have a short time to visit Germany which city do you visit? Here’s my opinion and experience of 6 German cities to help you decide.

Only have a short time to visit Germany and need some help deciding which of the many popular cities to visit?

Here’s my thoughts on 6 German cities I recently visited.

Berlin —> Nuremberg —> Munich —> Füssen —> Heidelberg —> Cologne

 

Berlin

The capital of Germany combines rich history and architecture with an edgy, alternative subculture. It took me a day or so to really start to like the city as it’s not typically “pretty” and many of it’s best aspects are hidden away, waiting to be discovered.

One of my favorite things in Berlin was scouring the second hand and vintage stores for unique pieces- I loved these stores most. Somewhat surprisingly, Berlin is also home to my favorite Christmas Market. If you visit during December be sure to head along for some mulled wine, delicious food and gorgeous handcrafts in a beautiful setting. 

Overall, I’d recommend visiting Berlin if you like other culture packed cities like Melbourne. Here’s 5 unmissable sites that you can walk to from the cbd.

 

Nuremberg

I chose to spend Christmas here with some friends from Australia, as we’d heard it was a magical place to spend the holidays. Particularly I’d hear the Christmas markets set against a backdrop of the old town and castle were unmissable. In reality visiting the markets at Christmas Eve was not the experience I’d hoped for. It was extremely busy, rainy and after the stunning markets in Berlin, a bit of a let down.

The exterior of the castle also wasn’t very picturesque and during the three days I visited, the interior was closed. My opinion of Nuremberg may well have been clouded by the weather- the whole time it was grey and the city appeared very brown and a bit lackluster.

If you do visit, I’d recommend going in mid-December before the Christmas crowds become unbearable.

Munich

Arriving in Munich straight from Nuremberg, I was struck by how attractive the city was. Especially the towering buildings of Marienplatz with their beautiful, intricate details shining in the sun- my photos definitely do not do the city justice!

Munich is also famous for it’s large bustling beer halls and as it’s in the south of Germany, it’s also a perfect jumping off spot for trips to the alps and the famous Neuschwanstein Castle. If castles interest you then have a look at this post where I discuss all the specifics on how to get to Neuschwanstein from Munich.

Heidelberg

Arriving at the train station in the modern part of town, I was surprised at the size of Heidelberg. I’d imagined it to be a small, quaint historic University town, which is not really the case until you arrive in the old town itself.

I found the castle enchanting and much larger than I expected. Crossing the old bridge and walking up the hill on the opposite bank of the river provides a stunning vista of the castle and old town. The most famous of these walks is the Philosopher’s way, an ancient cobbled, stone wall lined path that meanders up the hill and was the pondering ground for many a philosopher of the past.

I’d recommend Heidelberg if you like castles and old towns, but again it was extremely busy in December.

Cologne

We visited Cologne for New Years Eve and it definitely had a bigger party vibe than other places I visited in Germany. Fireworks are freely available to anyone to release at will over New Years and during our cruise of the Rhine we were treated to a continuous sparkling show on both sides of the river purely put on by the locals.

Cologne is also home to the second tallest church in Europe. Located right next to the train station, the Cologne Cathedral is hard to miss and possibly explains why it’s the most visited site in Germany, with 20,000 visitors a day.

Füssen

I visited this quintessential Bavarian town whilst I was exploring Neuschwanstein Castle. I fell in love with the old town lanes and the stunning green-blue colour of the river. I only regret that I didn’t spend more time in the town. As it’s often overlooked while people rush to the nearby castle, Füssen was also refreshingly quiet compared to every other place I visited in Germany.

Füssen ended up being my favorite place in all of Germany and I highly recommend adding it to your itinerary. Here’s some more photos if you’re not convinced.

 

What’s your favorite city in Germany and why do you love it?

 

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Author: Emma

I'm an Aussie who loves exploring my new homeland of Finland in my day to day life and traveling around Europe in my free time. I'm particularly passionate about solo and eco-friendly travel.

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