Germany has numerous notable cities within its borders, each with its own unique history and attractions. Listed below are the five largest cities in Germany, ordered by their total population. A brief description of each has been provided to help you become more familiar with the various cities. If you have never been to Germany, it's time to get it on your bucket list!
#1 Berlin (Population: 3,459,218)
Berlin, the federal capital of Germany, is the countryís most populated city. Housing 3,459,218 residents, the city is well known for its museums, sporting events, and universities, and also for its festivals and active nightlife. Receiving more than six million annual visitors, itís no wonder that tourism plays a large role in Berlinís industry. In fact, it is one of most visited cities in the European Union.
#2 Hamburg (Population: 1,786,278)
Officially known as the ìFree and Hanseatic City of Hamburg (Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg)î, Hamburg is Germany's second largest city with a population of 1,786,278. The city is one of Germanyís most important media outlets, with around half of the countryís newspaper and magazine companies taking root within its city limits.
#3 Munich / M¸nchen (Population: 1,330,440)
With a population of 1,330,440, Munich is Germanyís third most populous city. As the capital city of Bavaria, it is located north of the Bavarian Alps on the River Isar. One of Munichís most famous attractions is Oktoberfest, which runs for 16 to 18 days and draws millions of visitors each year who partake in the festivities. Oktoberfest is considered the worldís largest peopleís fair.
#4 Cologne / Kˆln (Population: 998,105)
Cologne is the fourth largest city in Germany with a population of 998,105. It is known as a city of the arts and contains hundreds of galleries and over 30 museums. The city is also home to the University of Cologne, which is one of the oldest universities in Europe.
#5 Frankfurt (Population: 671,927)
Frankfurt, which has a population of 671,927, is the largest city in the German state of Hesse and the fifth largest city in all of Germany. Home to the European Central Bank, the city is the financial center for both Germany and continental Europe. Frankfurt is also considered a major transportation hub, containing one of the worldís busiest airports and one of Europeís most trafficked railway terminals.
Though Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, and Frankfurt are all highly populated cities, they each have something unique to offer to both residents and visitors alike. Whether it is the nightlife, the festivals, or the world renowned universities that initially draw your attention, something is bound to hold your interest in each of these wonderful cities.