Have you ever wanted to go backpacking through the cities in Germany? Well, you will enjoy this beautiful, expansive country with a deep history. Also, Germany is filled with magnificent and expansive buildings coupled with natural sight-seeing views.
There are lots of places to discover. Being deeply involved in the Second World War, Germany hosts many museums in every city that keenly tell vivid stories of its past. In this article, there are 10 popular cities in Germany that you can visit and add to your next travel itinerary.
Backpack Through Germany’s Capital — Berlin
Berlin is the capital city of Germany and its history dates back to the 13th century. It has a tempestuous history with the remains of the Holocaust, the Cold War, and the Berlin Wall. The city represents a symbol of reintegration. You cannot afford to miss out on two important landmarks; the Museum Island and the Berlin Cathedral.
Museum Island comprises a combination of five museums set within an island close to the capital city. These famous museums are, the Bode Museum, Neues Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie, Pergamon Museum, and the Altes Museum. Together, they feature some ancient historical art from as early as the 12th century. They contain some of the most magnificent pieces of archaeological art.
The Berlin Cathedral Church is a beautiful building that dates back to the 15th century. The church was initially demolished in order to build another with a different architectural design in 1893.
The construction was completed in 1905 about 11 years later. British soldiers razed parts of these museums during the Second World War which took many years to restore. The church has tour guides to take you around. Here, you will receive lots of information regarding the history of the church.
Gaze At The Beauty In Frankfurt
Much like other cities in Germany, British bombers destroyed Frankfurt, during World War II. Frankfurt is known as the financial capital of Germany. Some places you can explore include the Palmengarten. This is a botanical garden found in the Westend-Süd district.
Frankfurt additionally has a lot of towering skyscraper buildings that you will enjoy exploring. These include the Main Tower and Commerzbank Tower. Other interesting attractions include The Römer which has a highlight event known as the Christmas market. If you ever visit Germany while backpacking during the Christmas season, this is the place to be. You will experience local delicacies and unique souvenir shops from local artisans.
Drink And Be Merry In Munich
Munich is one of the cities in Germany that is renowned for the annual Oktoberfest. Apart from this festival, Munich has many museums and old buildings. One of the must-see places is Neuschwanstein Castle. The castle is very busy with tourists between July and September. Also, you will typically find tickets sold out by lunchtime and experience waiting times for tours. If you would like to experience the castle without the hustle and bustle, then it is best to avoid visiting during the peak periods of July and September.
Another place to explore is the Linderhof Palace a magnificent palace constructed by Ludwig II in 1868. You should note that while touring this palace, management does not allow photography. You must seek approval and once allowed you can do it at a cost.
Note: The palace does not allow backpacks and advises visitors to leave their bags at the nearby Schloss hotel.
View German History In Stuttgart
Stuttgart is one of the best cities in Germany. Additionally, it’s the manufacturing capital and is the home of Mercedes Benz and Porsche. These companies have museums that you can take some time to check out. The Mercedes Benz Museum was founded in 2006. It exhibits all aspects of the company from the history of the brand and other brands associated with it. A guided tour will take you through history from the first manufactured car in 1886 to the latest manufactured vehicle.
Don’t miss an opportunity to check out a shopping square called Konigstrasse. Taking a walk down the square is refreshing as you see restaurants and shops. The square contains beautiful fountains where you have photo opportunity moments.
Take A Memorial Walk Through Nuremberg
A city with lots to see in terms of historical monuments and buildings. The locals also associate Nuremberg with the production of toys and gingerbread. Hence, you would enjoy this town during the Christmas season and collect a variety of souvenirs. Besides this, you can visit the Toy Museum which was established in 1971 that documents the history of toys up to the present date.
You can also take time to discover the Documentation Center Nazi Party Rallying Grounds. This place is now a museum with a permanent exhibition that displays the history of Nazi Germany.
Ride The Railway In Heidelberg
One thing that stands out with Heidelberg is that it is the town that has the oldest university known as The Venerable Heidelberg University. What’s more, it is a town set up with historic buildings and museums that you can catch a glimpse of. At the heart of the city is the Heidelberg Castle ruins, which have been rebuilt partially since the 18th century.
Also, check out the Heidelberg Bergbahnen railway that was opened to the public in 1890. You can take a ride and see technology advancement and the history of railway transport. As you ride, you will see the expanse terrain including the Neckar Valley.
Travel Back In time While In Dusseldorf
Dusseldorf is located on the western side of Germany and is popularly known for the arts and fashion. It dates back to the 13th century with other landmark areas such as St. Lambertus Church, streets lined up with boutique shops and a castle tower known as Schlossturm. One great place for backpackers to sightsee while here is the Rheinturm tower which has aerials for TV and radio transmitters.
Dusseldorf has plenty of museums to explore. The Kunstpalast Museum has modern decorative fine art pieces; the Neanderthal Museum features archaeological displays from the Stone Age period and Kunsthalle Düsseldorf features contemporary European art.
Join In Exciting Festivals In The City Of Hamburg
While in Hamburg check out the Reeperbahn that is known as a showbiz district. It hosts one of the biggest club festivals known as the Reeperbahn Festival. If you enjoy the party and nightlife, consider visiting Reeperbahn during your stay in Hamburg.
There are lots of activities to do while in the city of Hamburg. Among these activities is to visit the Miniatur Wunderland; having the largest kind of model places in the world. They consist of a model car system, model airport, model building, and model railway.
Take a visit down memory lane to St. Nicholas church that was attacked by British air raids during the Second World War. The church was later rebuilt in a neo-gothic style and is located on the banks of Alster River. The Germans initially built it in the 12th century. It currently houses a war memorial museum.
Do Something Artistic In Leipzig
Leipzig is located on the eastern side of Germany and is a hub of art and books. When you visit, you will run into publishing houses, libraries, and it hosts an international book fair. While here, take a moment to explore Clara Zetkin Park; an open-air café and a popular location for music concerts. You can go camping and hiking in the Kulkwitzer. This is a lake in the western part of the city. You can also go water rafting to Kanupark Markkleeberg. This is an artificial watercourse built-in 2006. It is popular for water rafting and kayaking activities.
Leipzig additionally has plenty of museums that have lots of exhibits on contemporary arts. Being a hub of books and art, it houses the Germany Museum of Books and Writing; established in 1884. The Deutsches Buchgewerbe-Museum is also located here and is the oldest of its kind.
Venture Around The City Of Bonn
Bonn is set on the western side of Germany where the famous music composer Beethoven hailed from. A memorial museum known as Beethoven House has also been created in his honor. One activity you cannot miss out while here is hiking and sightseeing at the Drachenfels hill between Bad Honnef and Königswinter in the Siebengebirge. As a Backpacker, you can also discover the Rheinaue Park formed in 1979. It has a boating lake and trekking footpaths. An excellent opportunity for an outdoor adventure during your trip.
The River Rhine flows through the city of Bonn. Here, you can take a boat ride and sightsee the beautiful expanse of the city or explore the attractive towns along the river. We guarantee that you will certainly see an expanse view of castles.
There is never a dull moment while backpacking the cities in Germany. All the cities mentioned here have lots to see and activities to do. It’s one of the best cities to visit. With a history dating back to the 12th century, Germany undoubtedly has lots of things to do for any backpacker. The information here will assist you to set up an interesting itinerary for your upcoming trip. Which city is on your bucket list? Let us know in the comments below.