Germany shares land borders with nine other European countries, so it can be easy to just dash out for a holiday and forget about the beautiful towns contained within its borders. If you’re based in one place, you can easily do some day trips or weekends away. Or, if you have time on your side, why not explore the whole country in one big trip! During my time in Berlin, I managed to make it to a number of delightful towns and cities, so I thought I might take you on a photo journey to tantalise your travel tastebuds!
Full of history, hipsters and techno clubs, Berlin is a fascinating and ever-evolving city. Be sure to visit in Summer, when the city comes alive, and don’t miss out on the night life. There’s more to this city than the infamous Berghain, though of course, if you’re up for a challenge, give it your best shot!
A short day-trip from Berlin, Leipzig has wonderful Christmas markets and an interesting musical history, being the residence and work place for famous composers, such as Bach and Wagner. If you are there over winter, make sure you try the Glüwein, served in unique cups every year, that can be taken home as a souvenir.
The city of Potsdam is famous for Sanssouci, the Summer palace of Frederick the Great. Spend at least a day here, exploring the many palaces and extensive gardens. It only takes an hour to travel by local train from Berlin.
Lübbenau is situated on the Spreewald, a biosphere reserve made up of about 1300 canals, just outside of Berlin. Take a punt down the channels of water, admiring half-timbered houses tucked amongst the forests and feast on gherkins along the way.
Visit the extensive beer gardens, tuck into sauerkraut, sausages and dumplings and admire the lederhosen-clad gentlemen in the heart of the Bavarian capital. If you’re really keen, then book in advance to secure accommodation and tickets the infamous Octoberfest.
Elegant and stylish, this city hosts the magnificent Cologne Cathedral, along with many high quality museums, where you can see artworks by Picasso and Andy Warhol, amongst others. It has a vibrant international vibe, full of students and young professionals. Plus it is only a short train ride away from Amsterdam!
This port city in the North of Germany offers everything in the way of water transport, from ferries and cruise ships to sailing boats and kayaks. You can get a great perspective of the city from the top of the bell tower, or if you want to explore in finer detail, Miniatur Wunderland holds an extensive miniature model railway, the largest of its kind in the world.
Writers and artists flock to the magical city of Heidelberg for its beauty and inspiration. Stroll along the Philosopher’s Way, explore the castle and get lost in narrow laneways, before heading into a pub for a hearty meal and a beer.
Hills covered in vineyards and castles, Baroque and Rococo architecture and a bridge where people specifically go to drink wine, Würzburg is a perfect place for a romantic getaway or a solitary retreat. Allow a good few days – there is more to this city than meets the eye.
Karlsruhe is a university city centrally located in Baden-Würtemberg region. It is surrounded by beautiful countryside and filled with excellent places to eat and drink after a long day of hiking. Spend some time wandering the old town and admiring the fan of roads that all lead up towards the palace.
Baden-Baden is the perfect place for indulging in self-pampering and luxury! It is famous for its Thermal Baths, where you can laze around for hours, dipping in and out of the hot and cold pools, or subjecting yourself to 95 degree heat in a log cabin sauna. Later in the evening, dress up for a night out at the casino!
Located in the Black Forest, Freiburg is a haven for nature-lovers and hikers, as well as those wanting to slow down their pace of life. Climb the Schlossberg, explore the shops and dine on fresh seasonal produce. White asparagus and bear’s garlic are my favourites!
Stuttgart is a lively “manufacturing hub” located in the south-west of Germany. It is home to the headquarters of Mercedes Benz and Porsche, so if you are a car enthusiast, this is the town for you! The city is full of green spaces, an interesting zoo and acts as a great central point for taking day trips to surrounding villages.
Tübingen is a quaint town full of colourful half-timbered houses, and just a short day-trip from Stuttgart. It has been home to famous scientiest, neurologists and poets throughout hisotry. DNA was discovered in the university here and you can check out a small exhibition about it in the castle on the hill. Wander back through the cobbled laneways and find yourself a nice spot for a Schnitzel and beer.
This town is situated on the border of Germany and Switzerland and is surrounded by lakes. In the distance, you can see snow-capped mountains and houses with staircase roof tops. Climb the clocktower for the best views in town. You can also enjoy the thrill of walking across country borders, whilst remaining in the same city!
There are still many more German cities to add to the list! What are your favourites? Are there any cities you would recommend seeing next time?