10 Best Cities to Visit in Germany

Dresden

Just a short distance from Berlin, Dresden is called the “Florence of the Elbe”. Known for its baroque architecture and world-renowned art treasures, it is so picturesque you might not realize about 80% of Dresden’s historic center was destroyed in World War II. Landmarks have been rebuilt to their former splendor like the exemplary Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady in Dresden), royal Zwinger Palace, and Fürstenzug (Procession of Princes – the largest porcelain mural in the world). Walk along the Brühlsche Terrasse and admire the restored grandeur. Cities Cities Cities Cities Cities Cities Cities Cities Cities Cities

That said, the newer sections of Dresden are enjoying a renaissance. Dresden off the beaten path reveals the younger, more alternative side of the city from a series of art-filled courtyards to the inspiration for Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five to the most exotic cigarette factory.

No matter if your interest is in the old or new, everyone can agree that a good time can be had at Dresden’s many biergartens.

Leipzig is another popular day trip from Berlin, but there are enough attractions to make it a top stop.

Located at the meeting point of three rivers, this has been the meeting point for great minds. Goethe was a student in Leipzig, Bach worked here as a cantor, and Martin Luther debated here.

Today, the New Leipzig school brings fresh perspective into the art world. And a visit to Leipzig’s 1743 Gewandhaus Orchestra, the oldest symphony orchestra in the world, proves art is alive in this great German city. If you prefer the culinary arts, Auerbachs Keller is one of the oldest restaurants in the country and was a favorite of Goethe as well as locals today. Cities Cities Cities Cities Cities Cities Cities Cities Cities Cities

Besides being a center for German art and culture, the city also became famous in Germany’s recent history. Leipzig demonstrators initiated the peaceful revolution, which led to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Like Dresden, low rents and a rebellious spirit continue to draw a youthful counter-culture. This subversive streak can be observed in its avante-garde kabarett that pokes at standard political structures.

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