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Luiza
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro

Munich, Berlin

Best cities in Germany close to Berlin?

What city should I visit close to Berlin? Is Munich really a must go? Or are there places closer that I can't miss?


15 Answers

top answer by
Jacky from Brooklyn, New York

Munich is a must go. The best beer in Germany is in Munich, plus you get to meet Bavarians too :). Cities close to Berlin would be Hamburg, which is also a must-go. Hamburg vastly different from Berlin in terms of culture and attitudes.




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  3. Hamburg (attraction)
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answered by
Ruby from Assisi

Ciao Luiza,

It depends what you are looking for! I love Berlin most of all as it is my birth town, but Munich is great to get a feeling for the more southern vibe of Germany, more settled whereas Berlin is vibrant and creative. I would recommend also Hamburg as I love the fresh breeze from the North, with the harbor it's a very dynamic, world-open place and beautiful historic architecture! Have a good trip! :)


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  2. Munich (city)
  3. Hamburg (attraction)
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answered by
Sarah from Hamburg

I'd also say Hamburg. It's very close and definitely worth a trip!
Here are a few less popular things to do there:

http://www.journeytodesign.com/blog/hamburg/


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answered by
Luis

Hamburg is beautiful and very close. It takes you 1.5 hours by train.


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answered by
Zac from Berlin

Actually Berlin has soo much to offer, that one could literally spend a lifetime there and still not have seen everything.

Other great places to check out if you're near Berlin are:

Erfurt and Weimar, very historical places and home to many important musicians and philosphers (Goethe, Schiller, etc), Dresden is also very beautiful and not far away from Berlin. Also a trip to Leipzig is worth it.

Potsdam is a cute town right next door to Berlin and home of Sanssouci Palace. And of course as everyone else is mentioning, Hamburg is also a nice port city not far from Berlin.


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  2. Weimar (attraction)
  3. Dresden (attraction)
  4. Leipzig (city)
  5. Potsdam (city)
  6. Sanssouci Palace (attraction)
  7. Hamburg (attraction)
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answered by
Giuseppe from Cagliari, Italy

Unfortunately Berlin is quite isolated. 

If you want to take a day trip from Berlin, I suggest you Potsdam (which has the beautiful Sanssouci Palace, World Heritage Site by Unesco) or Hamburg (which has a nordic feeling and great design)

If you are willing to spend more than a day travelling, you can either:

1) Go to Baden Wuttemberg.

Here you can see city of Heidelberg(surrounded by vineyards and home to a prestigious university) and Freiburg im Breisgau (a beautiful city with small canals on the side of the street)


  

2) Visit Bavaria

Here you could be based in Munich and travel around Bavaria (with the Bavarian ticket you can take for the whole day any train within Bavaria for 23€). If you want to see a Bavarian city, I suggest you Bamberg. From Munich, you can also visit Neuschwanstein Castle (a bit touristic but still breathtaking as it is the castle which inspired Walt Disney), Salzburg (which is at the border with Austria) and the concentration camp of Dachau


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  1. Sanssouci Palace (attraction)
  2. Hamburg (attraction)
  3. Heidelberg (city)
  4. Freiburg im Breisgau (city)
  5. Munich (city)
  6. Bamberg (city)
  7. Neuschwanstein Castle (attraction)
  8. Salzburg (city)
  9. Dachau (attraction)
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answered first by
Mark from England

I would highly recommend Munich  though it isn't close to Berlin. Lovely city full of beautiful buildings and park. The best beer in the world can be found there as well. Public transport in Germany is excellent if you want to go buy train though a flight would be quicker.


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  2. Berlin (city)
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answered by
Nicole from Etobicoke, Ontario

Hamburg is a great place to explore & eat your way around. 

Munich a beautiful city that you cannot miss! 

Potsdam is only 30 mins away by public transport & is a great place to visit for a day if you are based out of Berlin or on a road trip through Germany 


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answered by
Lorraine

Definitely don't miss Munich-it is such a fun city. Lots to see there and a vibrant night life. Viktualienmarkt, Hofbräuhaus beer hall, English Garden, Augustiner-Keller beer garden, Theatine Church, Glockenspiel, and do the free walking tour of the old city. From Munich is easy to visit Neuschwanstein Castle (think Disney castle)-must book train ticket 2 days before-a Bayern ticket is good-train goes to Fussen, then a bus next to station takes you to Hohenschwangau where the ticket office is. Must pick your ticket up by 1pm. Munich to Oberammergau where the passion play takes place every 10 years, known for its woodcarving and painted frescoes-train to Garmisch and then a bus. Linderhof Palace also doable from Munich. If you don't want the hassle of trains, there are group day tours from Munich at reasonable cost which take in all three. Salzburg in Austria is easily reachable by train for a day trip-about 120K's away. Or Rothenburg-a medieval walled city-248K's from Munich worth a visit, but  best done if you're heading to Frankfurt - only regional trains so slower. Dachau Concentration Camp memorial site is 25 minute train ride from Munich HBF, then get bus 726 to the gates-a sobering but interesting visit if you're interested in history.

Lots to see and do in Berlin so make sure you leave plenty of time there on your itinerary. Have you considered Nuremberg? Lots to see and do there, particularly if you are interested in WW2 history.


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  1. Munich (city)
  2. Viktualienmarkt (attraction)
  3. Hofbräuhaus (restaurant)
  4. English Garden (attraction)
  5. Augustiner-Keller (restaurant)
  6. Theatine Church (attraction)
  7. Glockenspiel (attraction)
  8. Neuschwanstein Castle (attraction)
  9. Fussen (city)
  10. Oberammergau (city)
  11. Linderhof Palace (attraction)
  12. Salzburg (city)
  13. Rothenburg (attraction)
  14. Frankfurt (city)
  15. Dachau Concentration Camp (attraction)
  16. Berlin (city)
  17. Nuremberg (attraction)


answered by
leila from Istanbul

No, Munich is definitely not a must go, especially if you are into nightlife... I heard Leipzig is getting hype. It's a super hipster student city one way away from Berlin. U.S equivalent is probably San Francisco. Bremen is closely but not a must either. You can go to Hamburg which way more fun than Munich and closer to Berlin (3hrs by car). And if you are into German history don't miss Potsdam which is in outskirts of Berlin.

https://nomadonroads.wordpress.com/2015/08/16/berlin/


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  2. Potsdam (city)
  3. Berlin (city)


answered by
Ignatius from Braunschweig

Hello Luiza,

I am assuming you are mostly interested in cities. Hamburg is pretty close but you will need more than one day, also try to go on the weekends, because it is a good place to go out. If you stay more than one day there, You may do a one day trip to Lübeck and Travemünde, or to Bremen.


Munich it is pretty far and I would do a totally different trip there, that also includes Salzburg in Austria. You can reach the latter from Munich using the regional train, so it is a cheap option.

I hope it helped

D


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  5. Munich (city)
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answered by
Dan from Hamburg

Try Hamburg!


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answered by
Samia from Bangladesh

Potsdam should not be missed...this is great for a day trip. 

Dresden is historic and a great city- many things to see, especially the old quarters. 

Maybe Leipzig too, but I havent been there. 


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  2. Dresden (attraction)
  3. Leipzig (city)


answered by
Emma from Glasgow

Leipzig is where the downfall of the wall started and is a beautiful compact city.  Another gem is Dresden the reconstructed old city as well as the vibe of the new town shouldnt be missed.


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answered by
Mandy from Berlin

In my opinion Munich isn't necessarily a "most go". It's a nice city, but the beer you can get anywhere in Germany. There's even a "Hofbräuhaus" in Berlin. ;-) Apart from that, Munich is quite expensive compared to other cities in Germany. 

Instead I'd recommend LeipzigDresden or Hamburg. You can get there within 2 hours by train from Berlin. Leipzig and Dresden are beautiful cities with lots of history. You can explore each of them within 2-3 days. 

Dresden


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  1. Munich (city)
  2. Leipzig (city)
  3. Dresden (attraction)
  4. Hamburg (attraction)




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