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Holidays in German cities

Whether it is the capital city of Berlin, with its many monuments, sights and museums, Munich with its Olympic Park, the English Garden and Oktoberfest or Dusseldorf with its Rhine Tower. The German cities have a lot to offer and they are just waiting to be discovered.

With over 30 million annual visitors, Germany is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Important areas for tourists are the bathing and health tourism on the coasts, the city tourism in major cities and the sports tourism in the mountains, which are held in the winter.

Furthermore, Germany has established itself as a trade fair and congress location. For example, the world's leading tourism fair ITB Berlin, the world's largest agricultural technology trade fair Agritechnica and the largest trade show for information technology CeBit take place in Germany.

Below, we would like to present some interesting cities that are worth visiting as a part of a short-trip or for an extended holiday:

• Berlin
• Leipzig / Halle
• Munich
• Frankfurt
• Dusseldorf
• Stuttgart
• Erfurt
• Weimar
• Hamburg
• Rostock
• Karlsruhe
• Hanover
• Friedrichshafen
• Bremen
• Cologne

Berlin

The old Town

Berlin is not only a state and the capital of Germany, it is also the area's largest and most populated city, with 3.5 million inhabitants. The cosmopolitan city is from the touristic point of view, with more than a million daily visitors, one of the major centers around the world and in Europe after London and with Paris in the third place.

In addition to numerous trade fairs and congresses, Berlin has a lot to offer in terms of culture. Whether you are interested in music, museums, theaters or festivals, there is something for everybody.

Berlin has a lot of architectural monuments and other attractions. The most famous building and at the same time the landmark of Berlin, is the Brandenburg Gate, which was completed in 1791, after three years of construction work. Furthermore, other known monuments and attractions in Berlin are the Reichstag building, which is considered the second most important tourist attraction in Germany, KaDeWe (department store of the West), which is the largest department store on the European continent and the Kurfürstendamm with its many shopping and strolling opportunities.

Top 10 Attractions in Berlin:

• Reichstag
• Zoo Berlin
• Brandenburg Gate
• Alexanderplatz
• Checkpoint Charlie
• Kurfürstendamm
• Television Tower Berlin
• Berlin Cathedral
• Schloss Charlottenburg
• KaDeWe

Leipzig

The Königsallee

Leipzig is the home to approximately 550,000 inhabitants and the largest city in Saxony. The Metropole, which was endowed with city and market privileges in 1165, is one of the fastest growing cities in Germany and is considered an important German center for trade, commerce, industry, education, government and culture.

The cultural metropolis Leipzig offers countless of interesting attractions like many historic buildings, historical sites and high towers, as well as the Leipzig Zoo, museums, theaters and shopping opportunities. There are also important international exhibitions and congresses and a lot of places with numerous pubs and restaurants.

One of the main attractions in Leipzig is the St. Thomas's Church, which was the domain of the German composer Johann Sebastian Bach, who died in 1750. The church also is the workplace of the Thomanerchor, which exists since 1212 and is a well know german boys' choir. The Church makes quite an impression from the outside due to its conspicuous steep roof and the 68 meter high tower. In the inside there are impressive grave slabs and a baptismal font consisting of marble and alabaster. Besides Thomas Church, St. Nicholas Church is another very popular place for foreign visitors. The construction of St. Nicholas Church took place about the same year in which the city of Leipzig was founded.

Conceived and founded in 1878, Park Zoo Leipzig is another attraction that should be visited, when vacationing in the East German city. The Park has the size of about 26 hectares and it is divided into six theme worlds. The Zoo has a lot of different animal species and serves not only as a visitor attraction but also as a center for wildlife conservation and captive breeding. The international Tiger Studbook is guided in this zoo since 1973, which serves as the basis for breeding programs in the region in all six animal subspecies.

If you like museums and galleries you should definitely visit Leipzig. The metropolis has an extensive art and museum scene, which can satisfy any artistic taste you might have. The Museum of Fine Arts is one of the most famous museums in the city. In this museum, which was opened in 1848, graphics and contemporary exhibits are showcased alongside paintings and sculptures. Other popular museums are the Grassi Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Leipzig Museum of Antiquities of Leipzig University.

Furthermore, Leipzig is known for its many parks and recreational areas. One of the most popular parks in Leipzig is Rosenthal, which is held in an English style. In addition, there are numerous lakes in Leipzig, which are just perfect for relaxing and enjoying your holidays.

There is a lot of things you can do in Leipzig, so it is unlikely that you will be able to see everything you wanted in just one day. We therefore recommend a multi-day city trip to Leipzig, so you have plenty of time to get to know the culture and the essence of the city.

Top 10 attractions in Leipzig:

• Thomas Church
• St. Nicholas Church
• Zoologischer Garten Leipzig
• Museum of Fine Arts
• Grassi Museum
• Naturkundemuseum Leipzig
• Museum of Antiquities of Leipzig University
• Rosental park
• Moritzbastei
• Old Town Hall

Halle

Halle was first mentioned in 806. In the 10th century it became a big part of the Archbishopric of Magdeburg and remained so until 1680. It is the only city in Germany that survived the World War almost unscathed. It is architecturally considered as very special.

The Market Church, which is surrounded with four towers, is also known as the "Marienkirche" or "Market Church of Our Lady", and is one of the main attractions in Leipzig. The 450-year old building is further considered as one of the most important churches in the central German late Gothic. Together with the Red Tower, the four towers of the medieval building are the landmark of the city. The choir church will easily impress anybody, and not only from the outside by its size and architecture, but also from the inside because of its impressive facilities. That includes the existing wooden wing age of 1529, an existing bronze baptismal font and a pompous pulpit of sandstone.

In a list of the main attractions of Halle, there are two castles that should not be overlooked: Giebichenstein castle, which is located in the North downtown, and the Moritzburg castle, which is located in the northwest of the old town. The Giebichenstein Castle is partly running through Saxony-Anhalt "Romanesque Road" and since it is about 1,000 years old, it is considered as the oldest castle of the Saale. The Moritzburg castle was built in a late Gothic style in the year 1479 and it is considered as the youngest of the Saale castles.

Furthermore, the State Museum of Prehistory is also worth a visit. It's the museum with the largest, oldest and most important archaeological collections in Germany. Among its most famous pieces are the Nebra Sky Disc, the family graves Eulau and a mammoth skeleton. Additional exhibits include finds from the beginning of the Stone Age to the early Iron Age as well as the works that are presented at irregular exhibition intervals.

Halle is ideally positioned, when talking about parks and gardens. A particularly rich biodiversity can be experienced in the Botanical Garden Hall. Among all of the plants that can be found there, there are also tropical orchids, carnivorous plants and Victoria water lilies. But the university garden is also the place, where the monastery that was founded in 1116 and the Observatory Halle was built in 1788.

However, Halle has even more to offer. There is a number of different attractions, events and other similar things, that would only make sense for you to read up about this and create a travel plan of all of the things you might be interested in, before actually visiting the city.

Top 10 attractions in Halle:

• Marktkirche
• Red Tower
• Burg Giebichenstein
• Moritzburg
• State Museum of Prehistory
• Halloren Chocolate Museum
• Händel Monument
• Botanical Garden Halle
• Neuwerk monastery
• Observatory Halle

Munich

Der Medienhafen

Munich is the capital of Bavaria and at the same time the largest area and most populous city in the state. This city is the second largest community, and a home to about 1.5 million people.

Munich has some great attractions and is considered one of the most important cultural centers in Germany. There are some significant values that occupy Munich, such as Marienplatz, with its Old and New City Hall, the art galleries and the Oktoberfest. Also the English Garden needs to be mentioned, because it is the largest city park in Europe.

People who love imposing buildings and Historical sites have a perfect opportunity in Munich. There is the huge Frauenkirche, Nymphenburg Palace and the magnificent National Theatre.

A zoo without bars named the Hellabrunn Zoo, is another highlight, which you should not miss when visiting Munich.

Top 10 attractions in Munich:

• Marienplatz
• Pinakotheken
• English Garden
• Frauenkirche
• Nymphenburg Castle
• National Theater
• Hellabrunn
• German Museum
• Hofbräuhaus
• Olympic Park

Frankfurt

Frankfurt

Frankfurt is the fifth largest city in Germany, with about 720,000 inhabitants. The city is known worldwide as an important financial center and has also established itself particularly in the industrial, exhibition and services area. Since the city is characterized by the presence of many skyscrapers, Frankfurt is also known as "Mainhattan".

Frankfurt is not only a beautiful city because of its good economy. It is also known for its attractions. The Palm Garden, which is directly adjoining the latter Botanical Gardens of the Frankfurt environments, is a place that every garden lover should visit. In the summer, especially the jazz enthusiasts love to visit this garden, because since 1959, the "oldest continuous Jazz open air series" takes place there. Among other attractions, you will also be able to see the Rose and Light Festival and the Night of Museums, which are also held in the Palm Garden.

The ones, who are more interested in the historic buildings, should visit the old town center, since it is has a lot of medieval churches, houses and other buildings. However, the highlights are definitely the Cathedral of Saint Bartholomew, the town hall, the Paul Church and the Goethe House.

There is also something for the ones who enjoy exploring various cultures. For example, visiting one of the many museums in Frankfurt. In this city, you can find over 60 different museums and exhibitions. Among the most famous museums are the Museum of Applied Art, the German Film Museum and the Museum of Communications (former Postal Museum). In the historical museum, you can immerse yourself in the history of the city and take several interesting exhibitions.

The Top 10 attractions in Frankfurt:

• Palm garden
• Botanical Gardens Frankfurt
• Frankfurt Cathedral
• Römerberg plaza
• Goethe House
• Museum Applied Art
• German Film Museum
• Museum of Communication
• Historical Museum
• Kleinmarkthalle

Dusseldorf (Düsseldorf)

Dusseldorf

Dusseldorf is the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia and with about 600,000 inhabitants, it is also the second largest city of the state. The city has a high reputation in the fields of business, advertising and fashion. Many companies represented in the stock market have their headquarters in Dusseldorf.

Nevertheless, the city is also rich in cultural highlights. The first-time visitors should definitely visit to the Old Town. There, on the way to the pedestrian promenade along the Rhine, you can enjoy a tasty beer from the micro-breweries, explore nice little shops and try delicious food in numerous restaurants. On the pedestrian promenade, there are a lot of cafes, restaurants together with a magnificent view of the Rhine and the Rhine Bridge. Here you can comfortably sit outside, in the summer, while enjoying a cappuccino or just stroll along the promenade.

Fashion lovers should definitely look for the Königsallee, when visiting Dusseldorf. This is, from a fashionable view, the heart of the city. On the boulevard, which the locals like to call the "Kö", there are a number of expensive and famous fashion stores as well as plenty of shopping opportunities for the "normal" budget.

Due to its height of 234 meters, the Rhine Tower can be seen from almost anywhere in Dusseldorf. The Rhine tower is not only beautiful from the outside but also from the inside. Inside you will find an incredible view of the entire city. In the upper part of the tower you can find a restaurant, which rotates every hour, so that you can see the whole city while sitting on the same spot.

Anyone who is interested in the history of the city should take a trip to the City Museum. It is the oldest museum in Düsseldorf, and lets you see history of Dusseldorf from the old times to today. Other interesting museums are i.e. the Neanderthal Museum and the Aquazoo - Löbbecke Museum.

The most famous park in Dusseldorf is the Hofgarten. It is often called the "green heart" of the city. The “green heart” is a designated, carefully landscaped green area, in which you can enjoy a nice day after shopping or sightseeing.

Top 10 attractions in Dusseldorf:

• Old Town
• Rheinuferpromenade
• Königsallee (Kö)
• Rheinturm (Rhine-tower)
• City Museum
• Neanderthal Museum
• Aquazoo - Löbbecke Museum
• Hofgarten
• Media Harbour
• Benrath Castle

Stuttgart

Stuttgart

Stuttgart is the sixth largest city in Germany and the capital of Baden-Wuerttemberg. The city is very popular among nature lovers, as it consists of one third of forests and is riddled with numerous green spaces. The most famous park is the "Green U", which is located at the center. Another thing you should consider visiting is the castle garden and the Killesberg Park.

Stuttgart is a magnet for shopping lovers, thanks to the King's Road. On this street, there are a lot of famous shops where you can sometimes stumble upon quite a costly fashion.

Anyone who is interested in museums is recommended to visit the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart. There are a lot of exhibitions and special performances, with a total area of 5000 square meters to inspect. The Landesmuseum Württemberg is also very popular and is home to artistic treasures from the Stone Age to the present day. Other famous museums in Stuttgart include the Mercedes Benz Museum and the Porsche Museum.

If you want to take a look at the city from above, you should definitely visit the Killesbergturm. This is a 42 meters high steel construction, which offers a breathtaking view of the entire region.

Children especially enjoy visiting the Stuttgart zoo. This zoological and botanical garden in Germany is a home to about 9,000 animals and about 7000 plant species. There are also several places where you can relax with a good drink and delicious food.

Top 10 attractions in Stuttgart:

• The "Green U"
• King street
• Kunstmuseum Stuttgart
• Landesmuseum Württemberg
• Mercedes Benz Museum
• Porsche Museum
• Killesbergturm
• Stuttgart zoo
• NeckarPark
• Schlossplatz

Erfurt

Hannover

Erfurt is the capital and the biggest city of Thuringia. The city has approximately 200,000 residents and a very long history of at least 1300 years. It also has a lively old town, where the medieval patrician and half-timbered houses are well preserved.

The symbol of the city is the 120 meter long Krämerbrücke, which spans the river Gera and is the longest house-bridge in Europe. Overall, there are 32 half-timbered houses with small shops, which are selling antiques and craftsmanship. There are just very few people actually living in those houses.

Another landmark of the East German city is the St. Mary’s Cathedral. The cathedral does not only look good from the outside, it is also very impressive on the inside, and it is also a home to the "Gloriosa", which is the world's largest free-swinging bell from the Middle Ages.

Besides all of the attractions that were mentioned, there are also many other imposing buildings, that the culturally interested visitors would probably find interesting. For example, the local history museum in the city of Erfurt is focused on the period around Martin Luther. Other interesting museums are i.e. the Museum of Thuringian Folklore Erfurt and the Natural History Museum Erfurt.

Another attraction that is definitely worth mentioning, is located on the north of the city: The Thüringer Zoopark Erfurt. It is one of the largest zoos in Germany and has about 1200 animals, such as elephants, giraffes and lions.

Erfurt is a very hospitable city, and you should take your time exploring it. For a day visit you should carefully plan what you want to see, because there are just too many things that you would probably enjoy.

Top 10 attractions in Erfurt:

• Old Town
• Krämerbrücke
• St. Mary's Cathedral
• Cathedral Square
• Stadtmuseum Erfurt
• Museum of Thuringian Folklore Erfurt
• Naturkundemuseum Erfurt
• Thüringer Zoopark Erfurt
• Citadel Petersberg
• Egapark Erfurt

Weimar

Hannover

Although Weimar is not a big metropolis such as Berlin or Munich but rather small provincial town, it can easily attract a lot of visitors with its many interesting attractions and with a certain enchanted charm. Public characters like Nietzsche, Goethe and Schiller made this small town their home and helped it becoming a part of the German cultural history.

The European City of Culture is marked by amazing parks, a dreamy old town with beautiful squares and is considered an important German center for art. In a lot of the cities’ museums there are many admirable unique objects that were partly included into the World Heritage List of UNESCO. Besides the art museums and galleries, there are also many history museums about Weimar, where you can learn more about the history of the city.

Theater lovers are recommended to visit the German National Theatre. All of the year performances take place in the German National Theater, together with the opera performances, concerts and international dance theater plays. Probably the greatest achievement of the theater was, when it was awarded the Bavarian theater prize for the production of Goethe's "Faust".

Another attraction, yet also a world heritage site, is the Belvedere castle. The baroque building was completed in 1732 after eight years of construction and is now a museum with exhibits of porcelain as well as furniture, jewelry and paintings.
What you should not miss, in your short break or holiday, is a visit to the Goethe's residential house, which is one of the most important testimonies of the Weimar Classic and was the home Goethe for about 50 years. Another part that is worth seeing is the Rococo Hall, that has over a million books, including the ancient ones, and the Bauhaus museum, with more than 300 exhibits.

Top 10 attractions in Weimar:

• Old Town
• German National Theatre
• Belvedere castle
• Goethe House
• Rokokosaal (Rokoko Hall)
• Bauhaus museum
• Park on the Ilm
• Schillerhaus / Schillerstraße
• Goethe's Garden House
• Church of St. Peter and Paul

Hamburg

Hannover

The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is mainly known for its harbor. It is the largest port in Germany and one of the largest container ports in the world. It is the second largest city in Germany, with approximately 1.8 million inhabitants and it has much more to offer than just the port. Now, the city is both economically and culturally the center of northern Germany and it has established itself as a media city. Below, we would like to present the main attractions of this vibrant cosmopolitan city.

The port of Hamburg is a true tourist attraction and this visit is a must for anybody who is visiting Hamburg for the first time. In the "Hamburg Gateway to the world" you can find small boats, large container ships and passenger ships. The edge of the harbor promenade offers the opportunity to leisurely stroll along the water, while watching the ships passing by. For a casual harbor cruise, this port is definitely the best.

Located near the port and built on thousands of oak piles, the Speicherstadt is another highlight of the North German city. This is a storage complex, with a size of about 600,000 square meters and buildings that rise up to seven stories in height. Mainly, the Speicherstadt, which forms together with Kontorhausviertel the 40th German World Heritage Site, is used for storage of valuable goods such as coffee, tea and carpets. There are also nationally known attractions: The Miniatur Wunderland, the Hamburg Dungeon and the International Maritime Museum.

The St. Michaelis Church, also simply called "Michel", is one of the landmarks of the city. It is one of the main Protestant Baroque buildings in Germany and gives you 82 meters high view of the city and especially the port.

There is also a Town Hall, which was built in 1897, that is worth visiting on your small trip. It is an impressive sandstone building, that is divided into 647 rooms, which has an elaborate facade and does not only serve as the seat of Senate, it can also be visited on a guided tour in English, German or French.

The attractions that were just mentioned are just a few of many attractions in Hamburg. Other highlights include the extravagant Chile House, the Hamburg History museum with its eye-catching roof and the various world famous musicals.

Top 10 attractions in Hamburg:

• Port of Hamburg
• Speicherstadt
• Kontorhausviertel
• Miniature Wonderland
• Hamburg Dungeon
• International Maritime Museum
• St. Michaelis Church (Michel)
• Town Hall
• Chilehaus
• Reeperbahn

Rostock

Hannover

Rostock officially exists since 1218, has slightly more than 200,000 inhabitants and is located in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The city offers its visitors a large number of historical sites, monuments and other attractions.

Fans of maritime flair should go to the Rostock city harbor. There you will find a large promenade for strolling with cozy pubs and cafes to linger. If you want to know more about the port and learn its background information, you should take the harbor tour. There are also other attractions that can be booked, such as the fishing village of Warnemünde. The harbor also serves as the location for the Hanse Sail event held in summer. This is a nationally known major event in which many imposing sailboats can be seen.

The city wall, which exists since 1265, is another highlight of Rostock. It is an approximately 450-meter long wall and in original condition it was about seven meters high and one meter thick. To be able to defend the city, small Wieck houses and towers were built into the wall. Today only eight Wieck houses and one tower, the Lagebuschturm, are still left over.

Another attraction of the Hanseatic City is the stone gate. This was built in 1270 in a Gothic style and was considered the main entrance to the city. In 1566, the stone gate as well as parts of the wall, were destroyed, on the orders of the Duke Johann Albrecht I, because the Rostock refused to provide the oath of allegiance. About eleven years later they rebuilt it in the Dutch Renaissance style, after two years of construction work. Besides the stone gate, from the former 20 city gates there are the three that survived: The Kröpeliner Tor, the Mönchentor and Kuhtor.

If you like to see historical monuments, you just have to visit the old town in Rostock. There you can see historic buildings, a lot of churches and the Abbey of the Holy Cross.

You can also find some of the best shopping opportunities, which are good for both locals and tourists in the Kröpeliner Street. But it is not only known as the biggest shopping street of Rostock, it is also a road which has a lot of interesting attractions to offer, such as the Kröpeliner Tor.

Additional attractions in Rostock include numerous museums such as the Kunsthalle with its vast collection of contemporary art and, located slightly away from the town center, the Heimatmuseum Warnemünde.

Even the animal lovers will enjoy their stay when they visit the 56 hectares Zoo Rostock, which is located in the Barnstorf forest. Not only animals can be visited here, because, since 2012, there is also the Darwineum Evolution exhibition, where monkeys live.

Top 10 attractions in Rostock:

• City Harbor
• Stadtmauer
• Steintor
• Old Town
• Abbey of the Holy Cross
• Town Hall
• Art Gallery
• Kröpeliner street
• Kröpeliner Tor
• Zoo Rostock

Karlsruhe

Hannover

Karlsruhe is behind Stuttgart the second largest city in the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, with about 300,000 inhabitants. The city was founded in 1715 by Margrave Karl Wilhelm and is known for a lot of things, but especially because it houses the Federal Constitutional Court. However, Karlsruhe also has a wide range of art, cultural offerings, many parks and other attractions.

The castle "Carols Ruh" was built in 1715 on the behalf of Margrave Karl Wilhelm of Baden-Durlach and counts as one of the main attractions of Karlsruhe. The baroque style was originally planned as a pleasure palace but then it was used as the central municipal institution castle after a reconstruction in the 18th century. At the Karlsruhe Castle there are approximately 32 radial roads, which together form a Karlsruher plan. A wonderful view of this unique cities’ layout can be seen from the castle tower. Today the castlecontains the Badische Landesmuseum, which is considered one of the most active museums in Germany, where cultural and historical exhibits are shown. Furthermore, it is a place where the lives of ancient cultures of the Middle Ages and the 21st century are displayed.

The castle has a great garden, which is also worth a visit. The garden is adjacent to the Hardtwald forest and in summer a popular spot for locals and tourists, who love to sunbathe on the expansive lawn, do sports or enjoy the day with a leisurely picnic. One good way for you to have a comprehensive overview of the park is go on a tour with the castle garden path.

The best shopping opportunities in Karlsruhe can be found on the Kaiserstraße and its lively side streets. After an exhausting shopping trip you can relax while drinking a delicious cappuccino at a cafe or a beer in one of the many beer gardens. There are also numerous small places to linger.

There is also a special attraction for the children, which is a Zoological Garden located right in the city garden. The Zoological Garden is the largest urban zoo in Germany, with 22 hectares. It is located in the center of Karlsruhe and is one of the most popular attractions of the city. In this Zoo you can see about 150 animal species and 800 impressive trees, thousands of roses in 130 varieties and a number of other plants. To get a good overview of the animal enclosures, there is a 40 minute long Gondoletta Tour, which is highly recommended. There are also special attractions like for example public feedings of different animals, such as penguins.

The attractions that were just mentioned are just a few of many and the nice thing about the city of Karlsruhe is, that almost all the major attractions are centrally located near the city castle and thus can be easily reached by foot.

Top 10 attractions in Karlsruhe:

• Residenzschloss "Carols Ruh"
• Schlossgarten
• Castle Garden Railway
• Badisches Landesmuseum
• Kaiserstraße
• Zoological Garden
• Turmberg
• Naturkundemuseum Karlsruhe
• Castle Gottesaue
• Evangelische Christuskirche

Hanover (Hannover)

Hannover

Hanover is home to about 520,000 residents and it is the country capital of the German state of Lower Saxony. The first time this city was mentioned, was in 1150 and it is best known as the location of the annual CeBIT exhibition. But Hanover is much more than just an exhibition city. This town also has plenty to offer culturally and is a popular destination for tourists from around the world.

One of the most popular attractions in Hanover is the Herrenhausen Gardens. The carefully landscaped garden ensemble consists of the baroque Great Garden, the English Garden and the Botanical Berggarten. There is also a day center and the Museum Schloss Herrenhausen located in the Herrenhausen Gardens. From all of the gardens, the Great Garden plays the most important role, since this is one of the best preserved baroque gardens in Europe. Who wants to take a botanical specialties inspection, should definitely go to the Berggarten, because there are more than 11,000 different plant species.

The Old Town of Hanover is also something that is worth visiting. There are a lot of lively streets with cozy cafes, boutiques and small shops to be discovered. Those, who want to get an idea of how the city looked like at the time of the Middle Ages, should go to the Kramer street in the Old Town. But the road is not only interesting from a historical perspective, it's also interesting for all shopping fans. It is one of the main shopping streets throughout the city.

Even people, who love museums, will definitely have fun in Hanover. Among the most frequently visited museums in the city are the Wilhelm Busch Museum, the fortress Wilhelm Stein and the Historical Museum at the Hohen Ufer. In the latter, the development of the city, within 750 years, is represented with numerous exhibits, including costumes, flags and costume collections.

There are many other attractions in Hanover that are definitely worth discovering as part of a city break. Whether you come as a single, couple or with a family, there is something for everybody. This is also true for nature lovers, active tourists and athletes.

Top 10 attractions in Hanover:

• CeBIT
• Herrenhausen Gardens
• Old Town
• Kramerstraße
• Marktkirche
• New town hall
• Marienburg Castle
• Hanover Adventure Zoo
• Nanas
• Maschsee

Friedrichshafen

Hannover

Friedrichshafen is a university town lying in the border triangle of Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The city looks back on a relatively short history. Friedrichshafen was founded in 1811 and in 2011 it celebrated its 200th birthday.

Friedrichshafen has relatively small population of about 60,000 inhabitants and a wide range of cultural attractions and amazing sights.

One thing that both the tourists and locals like, is the popular attraction the Friedrichshafen promenade. This is not only one of the most beautiful waterfronts on Lake Constance, but it also offers a fantastic view of the Alps and the upstream lake. The long promenade invites its tourists with a number of cafes, restaurants and ice cream shops to feast and relax.

There is a lookout tower on the pier, which is quite easy to reach when you come from the promenade. The 22m tower has steel stairs. You can reach the viewing platform, that offers a great view of the city, of the Lake Constance and the Alps in the background.

Completed in 1701, provided with two 55 meter high towers and made out of a special sandstone, the church castle is considered one of the landmarks of Friedrichshafen. The church has an imposing appearance on the outside, where the interior artful stucco work of the Wessobrunn School can be admired.

The living area of the castle is actively used, so that a visit by a random visitor is not possible. However, there is the wine shop and the art exhibition of the Duchess of Württemberg, where you can try fine wines and you can participate in a regularly held wine seminar.

A very particular monument can be found in the old town before the town hall: The Buchhorn fountain. This was designed by the sculptors Barbara and Gernot Rumpf based on historical, technical and artistic aspects. The fountain has a very unusual design and is often used by children to play. In the center of the fountain, there is a metal tree with especially large sheets of curved steel.

Additional attractions of the versatile seaport include the Chapel of St. Benedict, the Medienhaus k42 and the historic Geschichtspfad. In the latter, the story of Friedrichshafen is displayed on 50 panels, with particular buildings and places in focus.

Top 10 attractions in Friedrichshafen:

• Friedrichshafen waterfront
• Lookout on the pier
• Castle Church
• Wine shop and art exhibition of the Duchess of Württemberg
• Buchhorn fountain
• Chapel of St. Benedict
• Medienhaus k42
• Historical Geschichtspfad
• Zeppelin Museum
• Graf-Zeppelin-Haus

Bremen

Hannover

Bremen is the capital of the smallest German federal state, the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, which is a home to about 550,000 inhabitants. Together with approximately 60 kilometers north situated Bremerhaven, Bremen also forms the only 2-city state in Germany. In Bremen there is an atmosphere of a large Hanseatic city, and in Bremerhaven you have an ideal opportunity for a relaxing beach holiday.

There is a historic town center, which belongs to the European metropolitan region of Bremen / Oldenburg city that gives an idea of how life has played there several hundred years ago. So you can clearly see the evidence as a successful trading cities’ former glory in downtown pompous patrician houses. There are also numerous old churches, such as the Bremen Cathedral located at the marketplace, the Liebfrauenkirche and the Church Martini, which was built directly on the river Weser.

The Bremen Town Hall is a perfect place to see a lot of interesting things. The 600 year old building is one of the most important European gothic styled monuments and together with the "Roland" statue it belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage of Humanity. The building serves as the seat of the Bremen Mayor and Senate and is distinguished externally by numerous stone-carved symbols, ornaments and figures.

The most important landmark of the city is the Roland statue. This statue was created in the early 14th century right in front of the city. With a total height of 10.21 meters, it is the tallest free-standing statue of the Middle Ages in Germany.

Those who want to indulge in numerous dining options, are safe in the Schlachte. This is the 1990s extensively renovated and about 660 meters long promenade, that was formerly known as the Hafenplatz Bremen, which today lures a lot of tourists with many restaurants and pubs to linger.

Top 10 attractions in Bremen:

• Historical old city
• Bremen Cathedral
• Liebfrauenkirche
• Martinikirche
• Roland statue
• Town Hall
• Monument of the Bremen Town Musicians
• Waterfront
• Citizens Park
• Schnoorviertel

Cologne (Köln)

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With over a million inhabitants, Cologne is the most populous city in North Rhine-Westphalia. This is a cosmopolitan and multicultural famous cathedral city, which looks back on an approximately 2000-year history and has plenty to offer on a historical and cultural level. Furthermore, this is a Rhine metropolis and an important European transport hub, which can reach both Dusseldorf and Frankfurt in less than an hour.

Cultural and art enthusiasts will be spoiled in Cologne. In addition to the twelve churches that were built in the Romanesque style and more than 120 galleries and theaters, there are also 36 museums that include extensive and valuable exhibitions. Furthermore Cologne hosts the Art Cologne, which is the oldest art fair in the world.

Opened in 1322, Roman Catholic High Cathedral of St. Peter, better known under the name "Cologne Cathedral", is the most famous attraction and landmark of the metropolis. The Cologne Cathedral is approximately 157 meters high and the second highest church in Germany. It's also the third highest church in the world and since 1966, it's a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Cologne zoo is also located in the Cologne-Riehl district and is definitely worth mentioning, since it is the third oldest zoo in Germany. The zoo is the home of more than 10,000 animals, which include, leopards, elephants, anteaters and many birds. Furthermore, the zoo is a home to many aquatic animals such as fish, crocodiles and piranhas. A special feature of the zoo is the 3500 square meter reenactment of an African river landscape.

Additional attractions in the city include the Hohe Street with its many shops, the 25,000-square-foot Forest Botanical Garden Cologne with its many horticultural crops and the imposing Cologne Tower, which is the largest office building in the city.


Top 10 attractions in Cologne:

Art fair "Art Cologne"
High Cathedral St. Peter (Cologne Cathedral)
Zoological Garden Cologne
High Street
Cologne Forest Botanical Garden
Cologne Tower
Cologne Cable Car
Chocolate Museum
St. Maria im Kapitol
Wallraf-Richartz Museum