Which are the major cities in Germany?
Get quick info about the most important German cities: Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Munich. Discover less-known places, including my personal favourites.
German cities have an interesting history, and often a well-preserved historic centre, die Altstadt (old town). Impressive town halls (Rathaus), ancient churches and medieval fortification walls. There is a lot to discover for visitors interested in history and architecture.
But there is much more that adds to the fascination of the major German cities: museums and culture, great shopping opportunities, thriving nightlife and lots of fun!
What are you waiting for? Find the German city you would love to visit!
Four cities have a population of over 1 million (December 2011), yet another ten cities have more than 500,000 inhabitants.
About 80 cities are called Großstadt with a population of more than 100,000.
Don't nail me down on this list! When I start thinking, there are many more cities and towns I dearly love. I will definitely introduce you to all those lovely places in the future.
Size: 891 km² Population: 3,416,000
The history of Germany's capital has been full of changes during the centuries. Berlin was capital of the Kingdom of Prussia (1701-1918), the German Empire (1871-1918), the Weimar Republik (1919-1933) and the Third Reich (1933-1945).
After World War II East Berlin became capital of East Germany. West Berlin, well, it was an enclave of West Germany (but not the capital), surrounded by the Berlin Wall.
Since the German reunification in 1990 Berlin has been the capital of Germany again, although it took until 1999 that the German government moved from Bonn to Berlin.
One third of Berlin's area is covered by forests, lakes, gardens and rivers. It is easy to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre and relax in the beautiful environments around Berlin.
Discover Berlin's attractions
Size: 755 km² Population: 1,770,000
Size: 310 km² Population: 1,311,000
Size: 405 km² Population: 995,000
Size: 248 km² Population: 659,000
Size: 207 km² Population: 597,000
Size: 160 km² Population: 259,000
Size: 153 km² Population: 219,000
Size: 108 km² Population: 145,000
Size: 54 km² Population: 69,800
Size: 42 km² Population: 11,000
Size: 170 km² Population: 33,700
Size: 75 km² Population: 11,500
Discover the cities in Germany by train. It is stress-free, and a lot of fun.
An alternative transport mode to visit many German & European cities is the Post Bus.
Activities and fantastic tours to many attractions start in major cities. Join a tour, relax, and enjoy the amazing sights.
Accommodation is plentiful, you can choose from a wide range of hotels, holiday flats and guest houses.