The Most Beautiful Cities in Germany

The beautiful medieval German town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
The beautiful medieval German town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

Germany is a beautiful country with some of the most captivating cities in Europe, combing both the historical and modern aspects of the country. From the medieval villages and Roman ruins to modern sparkling cities, German urban centers have plenty to offer. Depending on what one is looking for, the list of the most beautiful cities in Germany varies from one author to the other. Here are some of the cities that pop up whenever the best places in Germany are mentioned.

10. Nuremberg

Nuremberg is the second largest Bavarian city after Munich, with a population of approximately 512,000 residents. The city is known for many things but the most common is the Nuremberg Trial which remains pivotal in the history of Germany. Nuremberg’s origin dates back a millennium and over the years it developed into one of the most important cities in Europe. The city has plenty of places to visit, including old churches, imperial castles, and the Nazi trial grounds. Nuremberg is a pedestrian-friendly city, with the pedestrian-only zone covering a large part of the city.

9. Hamburg

Hamburg is the second-largest city in Germany after Berlin and the 8th largest in the EU. The city is home to over 1.8 million residents. It is located on the banks of River Eibe and its tributaries and its name reflect the city’s medieval history. Hamburg is known for the impressive red-brick Speicherstadt which is a World Heritage Site. Apart from the buildings, the city has plenty of nightlife, with most party-seekers frequenting the Reeperbahn, popularly known as “German’s most sinful mile.” Hamburg is also Europe’s research, science, and educational hub.

8. Cologne

The city of Cologne is set on the banks of the Rhine River. It is German’s fourth-largest city with a population of about 1.1 million residents. The city has a rich history spanning over 2,000 years and features diverse architectural style including ancient Roman walls and medieval churches, as well as post-war constructions. The city’s major attraction is the Cologne Cathedral which is the largest cathedral in Germany. Another thing that makes Cologne a beautiful city are the friendly local people who are not only open-minded but also liberal. There are also plenty of entertainment areas in the city and local dishes such as Schweinsshaxe and Sauerbraten.

7. Munich

Munich is the capital city of Bavaria and the third largest city in Germany with a population of approximately 1.5 million people. It is also EU’s 12th largest state. Munich is a global center of technology, art, science, tourism, education, innovation, culture, and finance. The city has a variety to offer the many tourists who visit the city every year.

Marienplatz is a popular square in Old Munich that was the birthplace of several revolutions and historical events. Other places that make the city beautiful are the old city halls, tall churches, and a century-old market.

6. Heidelberg

Heidelberg is a university town located on River Neckar in southwest Germany. It has a population of approximately 160,000 residents, of which close to 25% are students. Heidelberg has been an important city in Europe, playing an important role during the Reformation era.

The city has a number of attractions including Heidelberg University which is the oldest university in Germany. The castle and Baroque City Center are also some of the city’s aspects that make it attractive. The famous Old Bridge is also one of Heidelberg’s landmarks. The best time to visit the city is in winter, especially for tourists who are looking to visit the Christmas Market.

5. Marburg

Marburg, like Heidelberg, is a university with the University of Marburg dominating the city’s life. The city developed as a crossroad of two early medieval highways that linking Prague and Cologne and Alps to the North Sea. Marburg is a great choice for a day trip and weekend getaway as the city has a lot to offer including a romantic city center, idyllic river views, and countless entertainment joints. Some of the places that make Marburg a beautiful city include the Marburg Castle, Lahn River, the Old Town, and the half-timbered houses.

4. Tubingen

Tubingen is located approximately 19 miles south of Stuttgart, on a ridge between Ammer and Neckar rivers. It is also a university town with one in every three people being a student. A wooded nature park known as Schonbuch lies north of the city while the Swabian Alb Mountain is about 8 miles southeast. Apart from nature, the unique charm of Tubingen include the timbered houses, flower markets, and the narrow cobblestone alleys. Some of the outstanding buildings in the city include Holderlin Tower and the old city hall. Tubingen is also home to some of the most delicious dishes, pastries, and cakes in Germany.

3. Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Located along the Tauber River is Rothenburg ob der Tauber. The city is situated in Bavaria, approximately two hours from the state capital Munich. Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a medieval town that dates back to around 10th century. The city has a rich history as is evident in its architecture. Rothenburg has several museums including the Christmas and medieval crime museums. From the top of the tower above the town hall, one is able to have a 360 degrees view of the town.

2. Regensburg

The city of Regensburg is located at the confluence of three rivers: the Regen, the Danube, and the Naab. It is the fourth largest city in Bavaria, with a population of approximately 150,000 people. The city is a cultural, economic, and political center. While Regensburg is particularly known for the Christmas market during winter, the city is full of festivals throughout the year. The most popular festival is the “Dult” fair. Regensburg is home to one of the world’s oldest stone bridges. The buildings are particularly colorful and rich in culture.

1. Quedlinburg

Quedlinburg is located north of Harz mountains and has a population of about 24,000 people. It was the capital of Quedlinburg District until 2007. The city is a tourist destination with several location designated stops along the Romanesque Road (a scenic holiday route). The old town and the castle church have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Old Town is an example of a European Medieval town, characterized by around 1,300 timber houses. The castle is located on top of a cliff, overlooking the well-preserved timber houses. Other places that make Quedlinburg a beautiful city include the Market Church and the Klopstockhous.


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