Ok, so Berlin is a fantastic city, arguably one of the best in Europe if you want a city break that combines food, culture, history, art, and an unbeatable party scene. But there are so many other fabulous and less-trodden cities in Germany that have so much to offer. Go off the tourist track for your next city break in Germany, and check out these unique and wonderful cities:
The city is glamorous, adorned with splendid fountains, grand old houses, exquisite churches, and a beautiful Town Hall. These architecturally intricate buildings make for an impressive cityscape. city breaks in Germany
Visit the colourful and quaint streets of the Fuggerei, the world’s oldest social housing complex, or travel in May to experience the Mozart Festival, in this city where the famous composer was born. Augsberg is also where Bertolt Brecht wrote his early works and Rudolph Deisel built the first diesel engine.
Make sure to explore the exquisite museums, including the Kammgarnspinnerei (Worsted Spinning Mill), a five-storey glass palace, home to three museums of contemporary art. Wander through the great Golden Hall before finishing your day with some drinks and knödel (dumplings) in the Old Town.
Visit the former Fisherman’s District in the island centre, known as Little Venice, and take a gondola ride to explore the city by water.
Wander through medieval streets to the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), the city’s most famous structure which sits on its own island in the middle of the River Regnitz.
Admire the Gothic and Romanesque architecture of the Bamberg Cathedral which dominates the city skyline or go on a guided tour of the grand Neue Residenz. Enjoy the views from the highest of Bamberg’s seven hills at Altenburg Castle which dates back to 1109. Learn about the history of German beer with an afternoon spent wandering through the Franconian Brewery Museum followed by an evening of tasting the produce alongside delicious Bavarian dishes at Schlenkerla brewery. city breaks in Germany
Travel through time at Zwinger Palace where a virtual reality tour takes you back to 1709 to explore this magnificent Baroque palace.
Climb up to the viewing platform of Frauenkirche (Lady’s Church) for unrivalled views over the city. Visit the Green Vault and marvel at the ancient treasures or walk along the bank of the Elbe River to take in Dresden’s many spires and domes. You can also take a river tour by boat to explore the city on water.
Cross over the river to Neustadt, Dresden’s cool and edgier quarter, and explore eccentric bars, organic cafes, and epic graffiti in Louisenstraße. Just outside of the city, visitors will find some of Germany’s most beautiful wilderness. Hike through the Sächsische Schweiz to see the incredible and strange rock formations that make up the only rock national park in Germany. It is the perfect place for climbers, nature lovers, and wildlife enthusiasts. city breaks in Germany
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Leipzig’s energetic character has earned it the nickname ‘Hypezig’. The city also boasts beautiful architecture, with pretty bridges built over three main rivers.
Visit the St Thomas Church, the final resting place of Johann Sebastian Bach who was the church’s choirmaster for 27 years. Catch a breathtaking performance by the St Thomas Choir on Fridays and Saturdays in the church.
Wiesbaden and Mainz
Both are food and wine havens with their proximity to the surrounding vineyards and eateries that boast the best of local produce, all at excellent value.