Munich, the third largest city in Germany, and is one of my favorite cities to visit in Germany for many reasons. In the heart of Bavaria, Munich is your traditional German city with a bit of a modern feel. There are countless things to do in Munich. Some of my favorites include: visiting the BMW museum, the 1972 Summer Olympic Stadium, the German Museum, taking a walking or bike tour, and visiting the New Town Hall. The shopping in down town Munich is amazing. There is a huge variety, everything from high fashion like Prada to more affordable options like Zara. The department stores in Munich are also a lot of fun to visit. They are nothing like the department stores in the United States. The department stores in Germany are 6-8 stories tall. There is a restaurant usually on the top level. You can find everything you need here. Another reason Munich is one of my favorite cities is because of the Oktoberfest fest every year. Munich’s Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival. It takes place in the fall. It is a couple weeks of beer drinking, eating, and other fun festivities.
Berlin is Germany’s capital city. Berlin is a city full of culture, politics, history and science. Some popular places to visit in Berlin include: the Brandenburg gate, Holocaust Memorial, the Berlin Wall, KaDeWe department store, 1936 Olympic Stadium, Berlin zoo, DDR museum, and the Berlin Opera. Of course there are countless more things to do than this. The food in Berlin is also very good. There are many restaurants to eat at. Berlin is like the New York City of Germany, the night life is great. There are countless clubs to visit to dance the night away.
If you like cars, Stuttgart is the city for you to visit! Home to the Mercedes-Benz Museum and the Porsche Museum, you will be in car heaven. The Mercedes-Benz museum is one of my favorite tourist places that I have ever visited in Germany, I spent hours looking at all the beautiful cars, learning about he history of cars, and Germany. Of course there are more places to visit in Stuttgart besides car museums. Another fun place to visit is Palace Square. The old palace was originally the seat of the first counts and dukes of Württemberg. If you like sports going to a soccer game at the Mercedes-Benz Arena would be a lot of fun. The Mercedes-Benz Arena is home to the VfB soccer team. German’s love their soccer, so be ready for some crazy fans!
Frankfurt is considered a global city, home to the largest financial centre in Europe, and the one of the busiest airports in the world, Frankfurt is a business powerhouse. Even though Frankfurt is a city of business, there are many fun places to visit. The German Film Museum (Deutsches Filmmuseum) This museum is dedicated to film history and technology of Germany and the rest of the world. The Goethe House, this house was once the home of legendary writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The house has been restored with many of his family’s original belongings. It is an excellent place to visit to learn about a legendary German writer. The Staedel Art Museum, this art museum holds a collection of art from the 16th century to the present day. It is considered the finest art museum in Frankfurt.
Oberammergau is a small German town, with a population of just over 5,000 people, but is famous for three reasons. Every ten years the people of Oberammergau put on the Passion Play. The play depicts the life and death of Jesus Christ. People from all over the world come to see the seven hour play preformed. Oberammergau is also known for the murals painted on the houses of the town. The murals are beautiful paintings of classic German fairy tales. Each house has a different fairy tale painted on it, telling the story. Oberammergau is also known for it’s wood working. There are countless wood working shops around town that you can buy beautiful handmade wood items.
Located on the Danube River, Ulm Germany is a city of rich history and culture. One thing that Ulm is known for, and is a fun place to visit is the Ulm Minster. The Ulm Minster is a church with the tallest steeple in the world reaching 529.95 feet. You can climb this steeple for a few Euro. This sounds easier than it is though, the stairs leading up to the top are small, steep, and winding. You get quit a workout by the time you reach the top. Ulm is also the birthplace of Albert Einstein. You can visit his house and memorial in Ulm. At his birth house you can learn many interesting facts about his life. This is a must see.