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Top 5 Places to Visit for Your First Time in Germany

My first-time travelers to Germany often ask me to recommend where to go for their first trip. While it will depend on the number of days you plan to stay in the country, I've put together my expert opinion for a seven to ten-day trip. Now mind you, I love Europe, and there is no shortage of places like Paris, Athens, and Rome to visit. But for first-time visitors, I wouldn't pass up these top five.

1. Berlin

Germany's capital city offers many things to see and do. The UNESCO World Heritage Site Museum Island offers five different museums ranging from art to history. Tourists who like history should visit the Memorial of the Murdered Jews and Checkpoint Charlie. The Berlin Zoo is one of the most famous zoos in Europe, with over 1500 different species to see. For relaxation, try one of the city's thousands of swimming lakes.

2. Munich

Though Munich might be best known for Oktoberfest, this city has much more to explore. Marienplatz is the city's center, a social hotspot surrounded by beautiful historical architecture. The massive Englisher Garten offers vast lawns and groves, and even surfing in the Eisbach River. Car lovers can also enjoy the BMW museum, which houses Elvis Presley's BMW. Another must-see is St. Peter's Church, where you can enjoy an incredible city view from the top of the tower.

3. Cologne

This historically significant city is situated on the Rhine River and is home to the Cologne Cathedral, the most visited landmark in all of Germany. Here you can view artifacts dating as far back as the 10th century. For more modern art, the Ludwig Museum features avant-garde and pop art. And no trip to Cologne is complete without visiting Old Town, where you can experience the city before its destruction in World War II.

4. Hamburg

This port city's most popular spot is Speicherstadt, a warehouse district with plenty of visitor attractions. The oldest warehouse is home to the International Maritime Museum, which has artifacts dating back thousands of years. Miniature Wunderland is a warehouse where those who love miniature trains can enjoy models of cities around the world. The city's tallest building is the new Elbphilharmonie, which is not only a great place to enjoy music, but the architecture with curved windows is a wonder all its own.

5. Dusseldorf

Another city situated on the Rhine river, Dusseldorf is the perfect place for those who love to dine out and shop. The Rheinuferpromenade is a highlight as a long, sunny strip lined with cafes and shops. For high-end shopping, visit Konigsallee, another strip that features premium shops. And if you're into exciting nightlife, the old town Altstadt offers over 300 bars and nightclubs. But the city also has modern art museums such as the North Rhine Westphalia.

So are you ready to get started on your first trip to Germany? Let's work together to ensure your trip is seamless and easy. You are in charge, but I do all the research and logistics - and always within your budget. Schedule a call here!

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