5 beautiful cities in Germany for your next weekend trip
For your holidays you are often drawn to distant countries? Then why not plan a short visit to a German cultural city for the weekend trip. The Federal Republic of Germany has so many of these things to offer – and the holiday there is quickly organized and usually inexpensive. The following five cities are all part of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site – reason enough to take a closer look at them from the point of view of “weekend trip suitability”.
Old town in Regensburg
Regensburg: Unfortunately, many people today only think of a shore leave on a short cruise on the Danube. Wrongly so! Regensburg has not only been part of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site since 2006 – the old town is also a wonderful place for strolling, drinking coffee… and for celebrating. Because the old venerability of this city with its more than 2,000 years of history is deceiving beyond the fact that the city, which appears to be so dreamy during the day, awakens to unimagined life at night: Regensburg actually has one of the highest density of pubs in Germany – and in small alleyways between historical buildings, summer nights with almost Mediterranean flair invite you to celebrate with friends.
Of course, a sightseeing tour through the city itself you should not miss out on the cultural programme. A walk along the Danube and past monuments such as the 12th century Stone Bridge and the 19th century royal villa gives you a good impression of the city’s diversity and its long history. Anyone who appreciates a good museum will visit the Reichstag Museum in Regensburg. The permanent Reichstag took place in its Imperial Hall, the permanent representation in the Holy Roman Empire between 1663 and 1806, and if you are more interested in something tangible, you can look forward to the torture chamber, which has been preserved in its original state from the Middle Ages.
Bremen’s Market Square and Historic Old Town
The marketplace is the heart of Bremen – popular with native and traveling Flaneurs alike, the marketplace offers a fabulous backdrop for a selfie with your friends, and the Bremen town hall on the north side of the square, together with Roland, has been part of the world’s cultural heritage since 2004.
Even though the impressive, almost five and a half metre high Roland statue is the city’s “official” landmark, for many people it is the Bremen Town Musicians. The sculpture of Gerhard Marcks’ legendary rebellious old animal friends, which is rather petite in comparison to the Roland in Bremen, was created in 1953 and quickly captured the hearts of Bremen’s residents and all visitors to the city. Drink a cup of coffee and enjoy the view!
From the marketplace there is a network of charming, winding alleys. In the Schnoorviertel, the last intact streets of a historic corridor quarter, you will find Bremen’s lively arts and crafts scene. Here you can take some individual souvenirs with you and with a bit of luck you can even watch the artists at work. A real secret trip for art lovers!
Sanssouci Castle and its park
Of course, the Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam is of unequal imperial appearance – and a great destination if your travel budget doesn’t include a “Weekend Escape” in Versailles this year.
The fact that one could really live in this castle without any worries (french “sans souci”) is something one would like to believe when looking at it. Built by Frederick the Great, these halls are still today the scene of the 18th century’s esprit – and its romantic vineyard terraces on the south side are just as much a visual delight as the playful rococo castle itself.
The park belonging to the castle was laid out in the form of a baroque ornamental garden. A visit to Sanssouci is especially worthwhile in the months of May to July, when everything is in bloom and the park shows its most beautiful side in sunny weather. A trip to Sanssouci Castle is a great way to spend a romantic weekend with your boyfriend or girlfriend – and after all, Berlin is not far away with its nightlife…
Hanseatic and marzipan town of Lübeck and its historic old town centre
The old town centre of Lübeck is characterised by brick buildings that glow bright red under a blue sky in the sunshine – but this is not only beautiful to look at, it is also historically interesting. Discover the history of the Hanseatic League on a walk. Of course, a visit to the city’s landmark, the Holstentor, is also part of a visit to Lübeck. From there you also have a great view!
If you want to enjoy something after that, you and your friends should not miss a visit to the traditional Niederegger company. After all, marzipan belongs to Lübeck like the Printen to Aachen!
Old town of Trier – where the Romans lived
If you’re not damaged by your class trip, Trier is a great city that impresses with its diversity. The settlement was called “Augusta Treverorum” in Roman times – and from this time you can still admire many remains today. And if your historical interest in amphitheatre and co. The remains of Roman antiquity are still a perfect place for a romantic walk or as a place to settle down and relax with a good book. But if you’re already there: The Porta Nigra – as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Trier – you should at least have documented it on a snapshot!
Although Trier is of course well known for its Roman history, the particular charm of this city is that the ancient, medieval and modern stand side by side to form a harmonious ensemble. Even if you don’t want to visit one of the countless historical-archaeological exhibitions and museums, you can just relax and let yourself be impressed by Trier. By the way, the nightlife is not to be ignored – and if you love nature, you will find many great hiking trails through forests and heights of the Moselle valley region.
Why drift into the distance….
Because in fact, the good is so close! Of course, you don’t have to consider a trip to a beautiful German city as an alternative to a trekking tour to Everest Base Camp. But: Even smaller German cities have a lot to offer – in terms of cultural history, but also just to relax and have fun, alone or with friends. And if you just have to “go out” for a weekend in between to recharge your batteries – why not visit one of these great UNESCO cities?