Biggest Cities In Germany

The Rhine-Ruhr EMR, comprised by Cologne, Bonn, and Dusseldorf, is home to almost 12 million Germans.

Germany is a country located in central-western Europe. It has a land area of 137,847 square miles and a total population of 82 million. The climate is seasonal temperate and the country is the second most popular migration destination in the world. Its residents enjoy universal healthcare, free education, and a high standard of living. They make their homes across the many cities located there, the biggest of these are described in this article.


Dusseldorf, Cologne, and Bonn are actually three separate cities located within the same metropolitan region, referred to as the Rhine-Ruhr, in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. In total, this area has a population of 11,830,000, making it the most populous metropolitan area in the country. Dusseldorf serves as the state capital and therefore the center of public administrative activities which provide the majority of jobs. Cologne is the next largest economic center with the majority of its employment in the financial, technological, and insurance industries. These cities have existed since long before the 17th Century and are rich in history and cultural traditions including classical music, opera, and theater. The area encompasses the Rhineland, along the Rhine river, and the Westphalia Basin, the area surrounding. The Basin is surrounded by uplands and forests. Nearly a quarter of this state, however, has been industrialized.


Stuttgart, located in Baden-Wurttemberg, has a population of 5,290,000. The city is covered in hilly terrain with many green spaces. The area has a growing economy and therefore, a fast growing population. While the city was once inhabited by mainly Swabian people (an ethnic German group), today immigrants from other areas of the country have moved here. The 1960’s brought an increase in foreign-born immigrants (particularly Turks and Greeks) and the 1990’s brought many Yugoslavian refugees. The economy is supported by its high-tech industry and Mercedes-Benz and Porsche hold their headquarters in the city. This state is bordered by the Rhine river and the Black Forest overlooks the Upper Rhine Valley. This is also where Germany shares the Alps mountains with Switzerland.


Berlin is the capital of Germany and holds a city-state status, with the city being surrounded by the state of Brandenburg. Together, the two have a population of 4,985,000. The capital region is roughly 30% covered by forests, parks, rivers, and lakes, and has held an important role in German society since the 15th Century. The area is surrounded by lowland, marshy woodlands and has a temperate continental climate. The people within the city are mainly of German descent with Turkish and Polish immigrants being the second and third most common. Interestingly, the vast majority of the population, 60%, has no recorded religious identification. The economy is held strong by the service industry which provides roughly 84% of all jobs. This city was also host to the largest number of start-up companies in Europe in 2015. Brandenburg state has many protected natural areas including national parks, nature reserves, and biospheres. These ecological zones are filled with forests and wetlands that provide homes to animals such as the red deer, beavers, wild boar, and pond tortoises. Both white-tailed eagles and cranes migrate through the area.

The list below highlights other significantly populous metropolitan regions in the country.

The Biggest Cities In Germany

RankBiggest Metropolitan Areas in GermanyMetro Population

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