German cities

Annabelle's verdict
Feel like somewhere different for a city break? Germany has some of the most fascinating cities in Europe - there are the flamboyant streets of Berlin, the architectural beauty of Dresden and the art collections of Cologne for starters. From grand palaces to medieval streets, each city its own distinctive character, cuisine and appeal.

Recommended tour operator: Kirker Holidays

Kirker Holidays says

The largest country in central Europe, Germany is made up of a federation of 16 states, each with its own distinctive culture and character. Its regional capital cities combine fascinating history with modern architecture and attractions.

Berlin is the most popular choice – having spent 40 years as a divided city, Berlin’s east and west sides have integrated since the wall was brought down in 1989.

Did you know Berlin has more bridges over its canals than Venice? Take a boat trip for a relaxing view of the city – you’ll even find beach bars set up along the river banks in the summer months.

Of the 170 museums in Berlin, you won’t want to miss the Pergamon, which is full of classical antiquities, and Schloss Charlottenburg, the former summer residence of Queen Sophie Charlotte.

Walk the route of the Berlin Wall from Checkpoint Charlie to Potsdam Platz. An original section remains at the ‘Topography of Terrors’ exhibition – the route is marked out by a double row of cobblestones.

Go (early to avoid the queues) to the top of the Reichstag parliament building and look down inside the glass dome to the chambers.

During your stay in Berlin, don’t miss a side trip to Potsdam. It’s home to the stunning Sanssouci palace and gardens built in 1747 for Frederick the Great as a Summer Palace.

Other favourite cities in Germany include Dresden with its beautifully restored baroque architecture.

Cologne is renowned for its Roman relics with some of the city’s walls dating back to as far back as 38BC. Climb to the top of the Gothic cathedral for the best views over the city and the Rhine – and, as Easter approaches, join in the fun at the Cologne Carnival, one of the biggest street festivals in Europe.

Opera lovers can rely on us to secure the best tickets for performances in Berlin and Dresden. If you prefer the company of like-minded enthusiasts, join our expert-led small group cultural tour of Franconia and Nuremburg, boasting a rich and diverse cultural heritage.

Our tailor-made holidays always include private transfers and our sought-after insider guide, with accommodation in our hand-picked selection of quality hotels in the best locations.

Find out more about our full range of city and cultural breaks to Germany.

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