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The Germans' favorite cities for a city trip

Berlin

Capital city, cultural stronghold and party hotspot: Berlin is the dream destination for city travelers from all over the world and, for many Germans, is one of their absolute favorites Favorite cities. Whether you want to admire Nefertiti on the world-famous Museum Island, try the most delicious kebab in the world in Kreuzberg or party the night away in the Techno Temple Berghain - a Short break in Berlin offers unforgettable experiences for every taste. The pulsating metropolis is constantly reinventing itself and has exciting attractions to offer on almost every corner. Some sights are always part of a city trip to Berlin.

The top 5 for your Berlin trip:

The Brandenburg Gate is not only the most famous landmark of Berlin, but also a symbol of the eventful history of the capital. The early classicist Triumphal Gate towers imposingly on the west side of Pariser Platz, where it provides a popular background for selfies. When Napoleon entered Berlin in 1806, however, he was not satisfied with a souvenir picture, but "kidnapped" the statue of the goddess of victory and the four-horse quadriga to Paris.

Even those who are not otherwise interested in politics should definitely pay a visit to the Reichstag building. This historic building on the Republic Square has housed the German Bundestag since 1999. Previously, the neo-renaissance building was modernized and redesigned by the renowned architect Norman Foster. One of the most important innovations is the viewing platform under the striking glass dome. The panoramic view over the Spree-Athens cannot be compared with anything.

The East Side Gallery proves that enjoying art does not necessarily have to be associated with dusty showcases in endless museum corridors. On the longest remaining section of the Berlin Wall in Friedrichshain, 118 artists from 21 countries expressed their interpretations of the political events of 1989/90. The best known are the motifs "Brother's Kiss" by Dmitri Wrubel and the flying Trabi by Birgit Kinder.

Another important sight from the time of the German division ischeckpoint Charliewhich, by the way, caused suspense in 1983 in the James Bond thriller "Octopussy". The former border crossing on Friedrichstrasse connected the US with the Soviet sector from 1961-1990 and was the scene of numerous attempts to escape from the GDR. In the neighboring Wall Museum you can find out everything you need to know about this moving chapter in the history of Berlin.

Landmark, hub and popular meeting place: The Alexanderplatz in Berlin-Mitte, affectionately called "Alex" by the locals, was already known in the 17th century. created and named after Tsar Alexander I of Russia in 1805. The world clock and the fountain of friendship between peoples are located on it. The famous television tower is also not far away. The writer Alfred Döblin created a literary monument to this sight in 1929 with his novel "Berlin Alexanderplatz".

Hamburg

The famous Hanseatic city has so much to offer city travelers that you should plan a few days for your short break. A long weekend, for example, is ideal. Then you can take a leisurely stroll through the picturesque old town and marvel at landmarks such as the baroque main church St. Michaelis or the magnificent neo-renaissance town hall. A visit to the historic warehouses in the Speicherstadt and a detour to the Reeperbahn are also a must City trip to Hamburg absolutely to it. The latter attraction is proud of its reputation for being the most sinful mile in the world and, in contrast to the nearby Herbertstrasse, also welcomes female guests. Did sightseeing make you hungry? Nowhere do fish rolls with freshly caught North Sea shrimp or delicious herring fillet taste as good as at the stands on the harbor promenade.

If the view of passing freighters awakens you wanderlust and dreams of South Seas paradises, you will surely be pleased that there are also dream beaches far north: A romantic evening stroll along the fairytale beautiful Elbe beach is the perfect end to an exciting day in the Hanseatic city. Your short break in Hamburg is completely carefree if you book an inexpensive complete package such as "Hamburg for explorers" in the chic Hyperion Hotel.

Bremen

Another pearl among the Hanseatic cities is Bremen. Just under an hour's train ride from Hamburg, you can combine one city trip with the other here. I recommend the "Discover Bremen" offer. In addition to two overnight stays including breakfast at the Dorint City Hotel in the heart of the old town, the package also includes a city map and tickets for public transport. So you can go on a voyage of discovery as soon as you arrive. And there is something to discover on yours Short break in Bremen a lot! Architectural treasures such as the Gothic town hall with its impressive Renaissance facade and landmarks such as the Roland Roland are just as worth seeing as the popular Übersee-Museum. Curiosities such as the Bremer Loch or the spit stone in the Domshof also want to be properly appreciated and the exciting stories behind them to be heard. In the winding streets of the Schnoorviertel, Bremen's oldest district, you can enjoy delicious Bremen home-style food in the cozy dining rooms and browse through individual small shops. From April to December this is even possible when all other shops are closed. Thanks to the Sunday stroll!

Dresden

A City trip to Dresden brings you to one of the most glamorous metropolises in Germany. It is no coincidence that the Saxon state capital is also called Florence on the Elbe. It owes this above all to the architectural jewels of the Dresden Baroque that shape the cityscape and the well-known art collections in the numerous museums. But also the idyllic location on the banks of the Elbe and the carefree attitude to life, which has always made Dresden a magnet for artists, arouse associations with the capital of Tuscany. If you take your short break in Dresden during Advent, you can enjoy the atmospheric glow of lights on the Altmarkt and Christmas delicacies such as Dresden Christmas stollen at the Striezelmarkt. Incidentally, this is the oldest Christmas market in all of Germany. You can also benefit from seasonal offers such as the "winter bargain" package at the InterCity Hotel Dresden.

The top 3 sights in Dresden:

The Frauenkirche on Neumarkt is Dresden's most famous landmark. Originally built between 1726 and 1743, the magnificent baroque building was almost completely destroyed in February 1945. Extensive fundraising enabled the ambitious reconstruction, which was completed in 2005. The surrounding gabled houses on Neumarkt have also been continuously renovated since then, so that today you can admire Dresden's centerpiece almost in its old glory.

The Semperoper, named after the architect Gottfried Semper, was built from 1838 to 1841 in the style of the Italian early Renaissance. She, too, was a victim of World War II. The successful completion of the reconstruction work could be celebrated in 1985. Since then the Dresden Semperoper Seat of the prestigious Saxon State Orchestra.

The The Zwinger of Dresden is one of the most important architectural monuments of the late baroque. As a total work of art consisting of architecture, sculpture and painting, it houses various art collections, including the extensive porcelain collection and the mathematical-physical salon. The No. 1 visitor magnet is the Old Masters Picture Gallery with such important works as the Sistine Madonna by Raphael.

Munich

At a City trip to the center of the white sausage state In addition to culinary delicacies in shady beer gardens, magnificent monuments, interesting museums and world-famous sights await you. So everything a city traveler could wish for. The Bavarian capital is extremely proud of its history, which is reflected in the diverse cityscape. Renaissance palaces such as the Munich Residenz, Gothic sacred buildings such as the Frauenkirche or Marienplatz with the two town halls will show you all of Munich's architectural wealth on your city tour. Institutions such as the Hofbräuhaus, which opened in 1589, or the Viktualienmarkt should not be missing on your to-do list, nor should a visit to the English Garden. The self-proclaimed capital with a heart is just as happy to present itself as a cosmopolitan metropolis with a view of the future. The monumental Olympic Stadium and the bustling Maxvorstadt are evidence of this. In between, a short shopping spree on the fashionable Kaufingerstraße or a cool wheat beer in the rustic Munich Ratskeller beckon. All of this is of course garnished with a strong pinch of urban warmth and hospitality. For the complete white-blue experience, I recommend the three-day "Big City Trip" of the Innside Hotel in the trendy Schwabing district.

Stuttgart

From the home of the Bavarians to the Ländle! Picturesquely situated "between forest and vines", Stuttgart combines the best that Baden-Württemberg has to offer in terms of natural and cultural treasures. So you can not only visit numerous historical castles and modern landmarks such as the TV tower, but also indulge in the fine arts. The State Theater Stuttgart, the world's largest three-branch theater, in the enchanting palace garden shows exquisite items from the fields of opera, ballet and drama.

With its impressive Art Nouveau facade, the Alte Schauspielhaus is one of the most beautiful performance venues in Baden-Württemberg. And Stuttgart's musical stages take you into the exotic worlds of popular musical theater. The proverbial hard work of the Swabians is expressed in Stuttgart's flourishing production facilities. Bosch, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz have their headquarters here. The latter company maintains the most visited museum in the city in the Mercedes-Benz world. If, like me, you are more interested in four-legged friends than four wheels, you definitely have to pay a visit to the polar bears, sea lions and orangutans at Wilhelma. The "Wilhelma Package" includes an overnight stay including breakfast at the Ibis Styles Hotel and admission to the zoo.

Muenster

Most bicycles, the most popular "crime scene", the most loyal swan: Münster is a city of superlatives and curiosities. At a Short break in the Westphalian metropolis So you can look forward to unforgettable moments like being on the assembly line. Lacquer art or leprosy, mills or minerals, Picasso or horses: at Munster's countless special museums, there is guaranteed to be the right one for you. The cityscape is as diverse as the cultural institutions. Historical landmarks such as the Gothic town hall with its magnificent facade and the baroque Erbdrostenhof on the one hand, post-modern post-war buildings such as the innovative concrete and glass construction of the theater and the city library reminiscent of a ship's hull on the other. The episcopal city owes its nickname "Nordic Rome" to its distinctive sacred buildings. The mighty St. Paul Cathedral and the late Gothic Lamberti Church are particularly worth mentioning here. If you really want to relax on your city trip after the sightseeing program, the "discovery break in Münster" in the TRYP congress hotel including use of the sauna and a welcome drink is just right for you. You can also relax wonderfully at the picturesque Aasee. Perhaps you will even meet the mourning swan Petra, who caused a media sensation worldwide with his unrequited love for a pedal boat.

Vienna

Even outside of Germany, interesting metropolises invite you to an exciting city trip. The Austrian capital Vienna, for example, is always worth a trip. The pulsating metropolis on the Danube, historic imperial city and stronghold of coffee house culture, impresses with world-famous landmarks such as Steffl and Prater as well as with their charming, cultivated flair and the cozy Viennese attitude towards life. Let yourself be driven through the historic old town in a nostalgic Fiaker or walk in the footsteps of Sisi, Mozart and Sigmund Freud. In between you can fortify yourself with Wiener Melange and Sachertorte or, if you want something hearty, an original Wiener Schnitzel. The traditionally used veal is fried in the best clarified butter for an extra full-bodied taste.

The top 5 in Vienna:

Originally built between 1638 and 1643, Schönbrunn Palace was rebuilt in the 18th century. to Summer residence of Empress Maria Theresa rebuilt. Empress Sisi and her "Franzl" also resided in the magnificent baroque building, which is one of the main attractions of Vienna and one of the most important cultural monuments in all of Austria. The Great Gallery, the Marie Antoinette Room and the Berglzimmer decorated with landscape paintings are all worth seeing. The zoo in the castle park is considered to be the oldest still existing zoo in the world.

Another architectural pearl is the Vienna Hofburg. Originally in the 13th century designed as part of Vienna's city fortifications, unites the former Residence of the Habsburgs today parts of buildings from different eras. These include Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque tracts. Since 1945 it has served as the official residence of the Austrian Federal President. The Hofburg is also world famous for the classy Lipizzaner horses from the Spanish Riding School, which is housed in the Michaelertrakt.

The Prater, also called Wurstelprater by the Viennese, has been a since the end of the 18th century. existing Amusement park in Leopoldstadt. Its landmark is the almost 65m high Ferris wheel. It was built in 1897 to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the throne of Emperor Franz Joseph I. Other attractions are the planetarium, the Liliputbahn and the "Republik Kugelmugel", the smallest state in the world.

The Albertina is a leading Viennese art museum in the Albrechtspalais. The main focus of the collection is on around 950,000 graphics, including works by Albrecht Dürer, Leonardo da Vinci, Peter Paul Rubens, Edgar Degas and Marc Chagall. In addition, the Albertina houses a photo and architecture collection with sketches and models.

St. Stephen's Cathedral is officially called St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, but is also affectionately called "Steffl" by the locals. This Gothic masterpiece was erected from 1359 on the remains of a previous Romanesque building, with the construction work spanning several centuries. The most striking features of St. Stephen's Cathedral include the giant gate on the west side and the roof, which is decorated with a coat of arms and a zigzag pattern.