Big city life, street art, and suburbs

Germany’s many large cities are famous for their individual characteristics and attractions — and they have everything you need for your city break. You can just relax and enjoy the atmosphere or explore the city, go out and dance the night away. However, not only the major cities offer an unforgettable trip. The surrounding regions and suburbs have their own local charm and natural escapes to attract young travelers!

Big city life

Highlight your city break by combining a sightseeing tour with diverse street art in German cities. Munich is one of the pioneers of street art. When the New York street art wave swept over Europe in the 1980s, many street artists in Munich got straight to it. Use the special Street Art City Map to make sure you find the most exciting works.

In Cologne, set yourself the challenge of sifting through as much banana graffiti as possible. To find it all will be somewhat difficult because over 1,000 of the pop art yellow fruits have been sprayed around the city by artist Thomas Baumgärtel — alias Banana Sprayer — since the 1990s.

If you’re considering street art in Germany, probably one city will be top of mind: Berlin and the Berlin Wall. With the East Side Gallery, the city offers a 1.3-kilometer-long section of what once separated Germany into two parts. Street artists from all over the world have transformed the grey wall into a brightly colored monument that connects history with modern art.

Street art in Berlin
Street art in Berlin. © mywanderlust Maila Napora.

If they aren’t on your list yet, they surely should be: the Magic Cities of Germany. These ten cities have everything your heart desires: great atmosphere, exciting festivals, fascinating history, and delicious regional cuisine. Explore Hamburg, the maritime capital of the north, and soak up its cosmopolitan charm. Marvel at skyscrapers shining at night and experience the cultural diversity and modernity of Frankfurt. With its different districts and one of the largest airports in Europe, Frankfurt is known as one of the most international cities in Germany and its gateway to the world.

Hamburg: Binnenalster with city hall and St. Nicholas
Hamburg: Binnenalster with city hall and St. Nicholas. © DZT Francesco Carovillano.

Suburbs and smaller cities

Not only the well-known cities offer attractive experiences. Traveling to smaller cities, the suburbs and natural areas outside cities is very much worthwhile. You might visit Passau, where architecture and festivals broaden your horizons, or take pleasure in a wine tasting in Würzburg. Explore unique Franconia with its many vineyards and romantic spots. Freiburg is known as the city with a sunny disposition and cheerful people. With its many cafes and cozy bars, delicious local cuisine, and scenic backdrop, you can really experience southern German flair. Since you’re already there, why not make a stop in the famous Back Forest if its many possibilities are calling you?

A sunny day in Freiburg
A sunny day in Freiburg. © DZT Francesco Carovillano.

Things to consider before traveling

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Some tips to consider while traveling

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