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Best places to visit in Germany

Best Places to Visit in Germany

Germany is one of the most visited countries in Europe along with France, the UK and Italy. This is probably because Germany offers such a diverse and authentic variety of landscapes and destinations.


Germany is the perfect destination for unique experiences in Europe with its magnificent castles, beautiful wild beaches and incredible hidden gems.


Germany is a perfect destination not only for history and nature lovers, but also foodies. Do you expect to drink beer and eat sausage every day? Forget the clichés. Germany is the second European country with the most starred restaurants, just after France.


Which German unmissable destinations will you add to your wish list? Here is a selection of the best destinations in Germany.


Book your flights and accommodation at the best price as well as your tours and activities in Germany for an unforgettable stay.


Best places to visit in Germany - Essen
©Essen - Stadtgarten_©Johannes Kassenberg-Stadt Essen

1. Essen

Essen is the most exciting big city you may not have heard of before. Germany's third greenest city, Capital of Culture 2010, European Green Capital and pulsating metropolis in the heart of the Ruhr region. Hardly any other German city stands for so many exciting contrasts.


Here, urban trendy districts meet historic old towns, high culture meets street art, lush green meadows and forests meet the incomparable charm of the spoil heaps of former collieries, the UNESCO World Heritage Zollverein meets the magnificent Villa Hügel, the former family seat of the Krupp family, and a high-tech city tour that is unique in the world meets the oldest fully sculptural statue of the Virgin Mary in the world - the Golden Madonna in Essen Cathedral. Essen got it all!


Explore the green south along Baldeneysee and the Ruhr valley or the urban north with its industrial culture and the old colliery settlements. Discover the city on around 260 km of cycle paths, by train or bus. In hardly any other large city you can reach so many highlights from the city centre in less than 20 minutes by car. And if you simply want to unwind, enjoy the tranquillity of the central 70-hectare Grugapark or the Baldeneysee leisure paradise with its numerous water sports activities.


Experience your very own personal contrast programme in one of Germany's most exciting metropoles. Let yourself drift and discover the diverse possibilities. First here, digitally, then in real life. Essen is looking forward to your visit! 


How to get there: Book your flights to Düsseldorf Airport (20 min).


Where to stay: "Hotel Essener Hof". Stay in the heart of Essen.


Best places to visit in Germany - Mannheim
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2. Mannheim

Mannheim is the exciting city of experiences at the heart of the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region. There’s always something going on here. Pure zest for life, enjoyment, a multicultural flair and a jam-packed event calendar await travellers. Known as the city of squares, Mannheim impresses with a host of architectural treasures: the baroque palace, a historic water tower and an Art Nouveau square.


Did you know that Mannheim hosted the best event 2023 and was considered the Best Street Art Destination in Europe?


People from more than 170 nations shape the atmosphere of this university city. The city of culture and festivals attracts everyone from theatre lovers to techno fans, jazz connoisseurs or cinema buffs. While the Reiss-Engelhorn museum complex and Kunsthalle art gallery whisk visitors away into worlds of experiences ranging from the early days of human history to contemporary art, the murals by graffiti artists form an open-air gallery for international street art. The green city on the banks of two rivers combines urbanity with recreational activities in almost entirely untouched natural settings.


A highlight for Mannheim in 2023 is the Federal Garden Show “BUGA” (April 14th to October 08th 2023) a large laboratory of the future of urban development that goes far beyond a mere exhibition of plants and flowers.


How to get there: Book your flights to Mannheim.


Where to stay: "Syte". Centrally Located in Mannheim.


Best places to visit in Germany - Bremen - Copyright Sina Ettmer Photography - European Best Destinations
©Sina Ettmer Photography

3. Bremen

In northern Germany, Bremen is a pretty town easy to reach by plane, car or train. Did you know that 'Beck' beer is brewed in Bremen? Come and discover the brewery and treat yourself to a lager on one of the city's many terraces.


We have selected for you the best tours and activities in Bremen, such as a private tour to get to know its dark side and exciting criminal history. Take a selfie in front of the statue of musical animals, the symbol of the city; a donkey is surmounted by a dog itself surmounted by a cat, itself surmounted by a rooster. That rings a bell, doesn’t it? Come to Bremen and re-live your childhood memories and the tales of the famous Brothers Grimm.


Come and discover the hidden treasures of one of the most beautiful German cities by booking your flights, accommodation at the best price and your tours and activities in Bremen.


How to get there: Book your flights to Bremen or Hamburg (1h30 by car, 2h30 by public transport).


Where to stay: "Monopol Boutique Hotel" located in our guest's favourite part of Bremen.


Best Places to visit in Germany - Bonn copyright S.Peace - European Best Destinations

4. Bonn

In western Germany Bonn is not only renowned for its quality of life but also for one of its most famous inhabitants, the composer Beethoven. Bonn is perfect for travellers seeking a well-balanced mix of history and shopping. Do not miss to visit the gold and pink Town Hall, just one of the many Gothic buildings in the city.


Did you know that Bonn is only 20 minutes by train from the city of Cologne? Don’t hesitate, book your flights to Bonn as well as your accommodation, tours and activities, such as a private tour with a local to discover the city like a resident.


How to get there: Book your flights to "Cologne Bonn Airport"


Where to stay: "Motel One Bonn-Beethoven" a perfect location which serves a fair trade and organic breakfast buffet.



Best places to visit in Germany - Berlin  - Copyright franz12 - European Best Destinations

5. Berlin

Berlin is a must for a city break suitable for all tastes: families, electronic music enthusiasts, shopping addicts, young people, lovers, history buffs or simply travellers wishing to discover one of the most dynamic capitals in Europe.


Visit the famous TV Tower, treat yourself to a coffee break on the Reichstag rooftop or a river cruise to discover the most beautiful monuments of Berlin. Book your flights to Berlin as well as your accommodation at the best price and your tours and activities in Berlin.


How to get there: Book your flights to Berlin.


Where to stay: For those who want to combine city-break & wellness, book at the "Aspria Berlin" hotel equipped with a fitness centre, swimming pool, gigantic spa and massage rooms.



Best places to visit in Germany - Cologne - Copyright Arndale- European Best Destinations

6. Cologne

Cologne is the German Christmas capital, a city entirely dedicated to this magical moment of the year. That being said, Cologne is very pretty in spring and summer with its flower beds and parks such as the "Hiroshima-Nagasaki Park".


Don't miss a selfie in front of the Cologne Cathedral which has become one of the city's symbols over the years. Although more than 90% of the city was destroyed during World War II, unlike other German cities, it has been rebuilt almost identically. Come and discover Germany’s 4th largest city by booking your flights and accommodation at the best price in Cologne.


Confused about what to do while in Cologne? Discover the best tours and activities in Cologne, such as a Street Art Bike tour to discover the street art scene in Cologne.


How to get there: Book your flights to Cologne-Bonn Airport.


Where to stay: The most incredible hotel in town is certainly "25 hours Hotel The Circle".


Best places to visit in Germany - Dresden  - Copyright tichr - European Best Destinations

7. Dresden

When the morning sun rises over the famous silhouette of the Old Town and the Elbe sparkles with light, even Dresdeners themselves cannot contain their enthusiasm.


Saxony’s state capital boasts a unique collection of historic buildings, outstanding art treasures and its own distinctive character. The city owes its description as ‘Florence on the Elbe’ to the charming combination of the riches to be found in its art collections and the Italian influence on its architecture built under Augustus the Strong.


Dresden is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Germany. Visitors from all over the world pour into the city on the Elbe to explore and experience it, and to see for themselves the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), the Zwinger and the Semperoper (Semper Opera House).


How to get there: Book your flights to Dresden Airport. 


Where to stay: Book your stay at the "Bildelberg Bellevue Hotel Dresden"


Best places to visit in Germany - Trier  - Copyright wsf-s - European Best Destinations

8. Trier

This city in the Moselle region is one of the oldest in Germany. You will see many remains of its Roman era, such as the “Porta Nigra”, a huge fortified gate which is one of the symbols of the city of Trier. Trier is also a great destination for a romantic city break or for Christmas shopping when the town becomes a magical destination, a perfect destination to celebrate Christmas with the family or simply to take a stroll in the Christmas market.


Book your flights to Trier or Luxembourg as well as your accommodation at the best price.


How to get there: Book your flights to Trier airport or via Luxembourg airport, located 40 minutes by car from Trier.


Where to stay: Vienna House Easy Trier” is a 4-star hotel particularly appreciated by travellers.


Best places to visit in Germany - Erfurt - Copyrignt Sergey Dzyuba  - European Best Destinations
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9. Erfurt

Erfurt is a wonderful city that you can explore at any time of the year. At Christmas time, this city is just amazing and its Christmas market is ranked among the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe. Erfurt is also one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Europe with its splendid half-timbered houses and many buildings of the period.


Book your flights to Erfurt as well as your hotel or apartment at the best price and stay in one of the best destinations in Germany.


How to get there: Book your flights to Erfurt or to Leipzig (1h30 by car) or Frankfurt (3h30).


Where to stay: Mr. & Mrs. President", located in the city centre, is one of the hotels receiving the highest rating from travellers.


Best places to visit in Germany - Heidelberg - Copyright LaMiaFotografia- European Best Destinations

10. Heidelberg

Heidelberg is probably Germany’s most beautiful destination. This city located in southern Germany is world famous for one of the most beautiful castles in Europe.


Heidelberg is a historical city but also a young city: one in six inhabitants is a student. Discover the historic centre of Heidelberg and explore its castle by taking the funicular to the top of the hill.


Heidelberg could be ranked among the best car-free destinations in Europe as the use of the bicycle has been favoured and encouraged by the local authorities for many years. No other destinations combine the historic character of a city like Edinburgh, the eco-friendliness of Amsterdam and the dynamism of a student city like Montpellier.


In short, there are many reasons to book your flights to Heidelberg as well as your accommodation at the best price and your tours and activities in Heidelberg, such as a "Craft beer and street food tour".


How to get there: Book your flights to Frankfurt and reach Heidelberg by car (50 min) or by train (1 hour).


Where to stay: "Hotel Panorama" is located in the centre of Heidelberg.


Best places to visit in Germany - Nuremberg - copyright mitchFOTO - European Best Destinations

11. Nuremberg

Nuremberg is, along with Munich, one of the main cities in Bavaria, the most visited region in Germany. You can easily reach Nuremberg from Munich by booking online a "Visit of the historic Nuremberg on a full-day excursion from Munich by train". 


When you think of Nuremberg, one of the first things that comes to your mind is "The Nuremberg Trials"? It is true that Nuremberg was deeply marked by the Nazi regime. Hitler had decided that this city was the ideological capital of the Third Reich. The city does not forget this difficult past and pays homage to the victims of Nazism through various monuments and museums.


If Nuremberg is a city to be discovered all year round, this beautiful medieval city is even more magical at Christmas with its illuminations and its Christmas market, ranked among the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe.


Book your flights to Nuremberg or Munich (1h30 by car) as well as your accommodation and tours in activities in Nuremberg.


How to get there: Book your flights to Nuremberg or to Munich and reach Nuremberg by car (1h30) or by public transport (3h). 


Where to stay: Over 2,000 travellers recommend staying at the “Novotel Nuernberg Centre Ville”, a perfectly located hotel featuring a sun terrace and a fitness centre as well as an indoor pool.


Best places to visit in Germany - Rothenburg ob der Tauber - Copyright canadastock - European Best Destinations

12. Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg Ob der Tauber is definitely one of our favourite destinations in Germany. Much like Hallstatt in Austria, it is a real postcard town, beautiful and magical like a snow globe being waved.


Rothenburg ob der Tauber is also similar to the sublime city of Colmar in France. These cities were saved from bombardments and therefore, have retained their charming historic centres and their traditional shops, giving them a unique and authentic atmosphere. This beautiful medieval town in Bavaria is a must-see destination for travellers on the Romantic Road, a route that runs through the most beautiful destinations in Germany and which you have ranked among the best road trips in Europe.


Book your flight to Stuttgart or Frankfurt and set off by car or train to explore Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Extend the magic and book your room in a city centre hotel as well as your tours and activities, such as a day trip to Rothenburg from Frankfurt.


How to get there: Book your flights to Frankfurt (1h30 by car) or Stuttgart (1h45).


Where to stay: For couples, we recommend that you stay at the “Romantik Hotel Markusturm” located in a medieval tower, right in the historic centre of Rothenburg ob der Tauber.


Best places to visit in Germany - Munich - Copyright  FooTToo - European Best Destinations
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13. Munich


The capital of Bavaria is one of the largest cities in Germany. Known for the beauty of its Market Place and its gigantic events such as the Oktoberfest, Munich mixes tradition and modernity and attracts more and more travellers every year. During your stay in Munich you simply cannot miss a visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, ranked among the most beautiful castles in Germany and the most beautiful castles in Europe.


Located near the Austrian border, the castle is accessible from Munich by car or by booking a day trip to Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich, from our selection of best tours and activities in Munich. If you prefer to stay in the city while enjoying the countryside, visit the 'Englischer Garten’. This is one of the only parks in Europe where you can surf on a river! Munich is a city full of surprises, come and discover one of the most beautiful destinations in Germany by booking your flights and accommodation at the best price.


How to get there: Book your flights to Munich.


Where to stay: "Motel One München-Campus" we love its organic and fairtrade breakfast buffet.


Best places to visit in Germany - Tuebingen  copyright Thoom - European Best Destinations

14. Tuebingen

This beautiful city, located just 1 hour by car or train from Stuttgart, is certainly one of the most beautiful and underrated destinations in Germany. Tübingen is one of the oldest cities in Germany but also one of the cities most populated by young people, thanks in particular, to its important university.


Be sure to visit Hohentübingen Castle and take a pedal boat ride on the Neckar River. To end your day, you can enjoy a local beer on one of the many cafes and restaurants terraces in the beautiful historic centre.


How to get there: Book your flights to Stuttgart and reach Tübingen by car (25min) or by public transport (1h).


Where to stay: Hotel Am Schloss” for its magnificent views over the old town and the castle.



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