Top 3 German Cities

Germany is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe due to its historical and cultural heritage, beautiful landscapes, mountain and lake regions and the beautiful cities. The remarkably well preserved old towns cannot be compared to what you may see in any other country. You can find churches and other buildings from as far back as the 10th century and modern buildings are not less worthy to see. German cities have large and beautiful parks, life is much more relaxed there and people are really hospitable, even in big cities. The following is only a very short list of  iconic cities you really cannot miss while in Germany.

1. Münich

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Introducing Münich to you – this city, the 3rd largest in Germany after Berlin  is pulsing with prosperity and cosiness. History and folklore exist side by side with chic BMWs (Münich being the birthplace of this iconic brand), world class designer boutiques and high-end industry. Its museums include world-class collections of artistic masterpieces- the mixture of the Old, New and Modern Pinakothek, and its music and cultural scenes give Berlin a run for its money. No other festival in the world can beat the Oktoberfest, while the German Technical Museum is the largest, again, in the world. Combine this with the Olympia Park, the sports grounds built for the 1972 Olympic Games organized here and you have yourself a most complex European metropolis.

2.Berlin

Berlin may not be Manhattan, but it sure deserves to be among Germany‘s Top 3 Cities with its cosmopolitan glam air, the never-sleeping buzz and the arts districts. The major attractions of Berlin are the Reichstag, the Holocaust Memorial and the Brandenburg Gate.

The publicly celebrated renovation of Lord Norman Foster after the Reunification, was imagined as a ‘dialogue between new and old’ and translated into a cupola that is open  for visitation to the general public. At the center of this dome is a spiral of mirrors, angled in order to shed light on the sessions of the parliament below, but also lending an almost disco effect to everything. If you are in the mood for something more..let us say dynamic, try out the Sage, this Mecca of clubbing wit its intricate complex of half a dozen or so dance floors which cater to Berlin’s jet-set crowd. Further on enjoy the multicultural experience at Monsieur Vuong – something of an institution in the German capital –  where you can serve fresh and tasty Vietnamese noodles and soups.

3.Cologne

Cologne or Köln as the Germans call it is indeed a great city. Alive with many restaurants, bars and an active nightlife, in the same time adorned all over its walls with traces of history, the carnival celebrations in Cologne are renowned and that is a good time to visit this beautiful city. If you have enough time and are willing to explore the Rhine areas, take one of the lovely boat trips on the Rhine all the way south to Strasbourg in France – the most pittoresque part of this route with castles and vineyards lies between St. Goar and Rudesheim or you can go north and have a pleasant ride from Frankfurt to Cologne, passing the Lorelei rocks. The city of Cologne offers more than just history: from street music on the Hohe Strasse or a concert in the modern opera house, from pavement painting in front of the magnificent dome or old masters in the Wallraf Richartz Museum – in  this wonderful Top 3 German City you will surely have the time of your life.

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