Berlin: reinvented capital
Once the capital of Prussia and leading cultural centre of the 1920s, today the new capital of Germany is characterized by its dazzling modernity and breathtaking architecture. Berlin is reinventing itself once again. The events of the past have left their mark on the cityscape - and the city is still changing today. It is one of Europe's most vibrant, exciting and colourful capitals. Wherever you go, you can experience the pulsating life on the boulevards, in the art galleries and at the flea markets, and in the city's 300 clubs and 7,000 bars and restaurants - many of which are open around the clock.
Frankfurt-am-Main: German "Mainhattan"
Frankfurt am Main is a metropolis at the heart of Europe characterized by compelling contradictions. For its skyscrapers, the highest in Europe, it is also called "Mainhattan". The traditional and the modern, business and culture, big-city bustle and tranquil havens all exist happily here side by side. Frankfurt is a cosmopolitan city, an important financial services centre and the venue for major international trade fairs including the International Motor Show (IAA) and the International Book Fair. The city also has a vibrant cultural scene. Thanks to International Airport it benefits from excellent transport connections.
Munich: taste of bavarian traditions and modern life
"Munich nestles between art and beer like a village between hills." Originally written by Heinrich Heine some 150 years ago, these words remain true today. With the oktoberfest and opera, Hofbräuhaus beer hall and Pinakothek art galleries, BMW and Bayern Munich, the city manages to marry old Bavarian tradition with vibrant modern life. It really is a dream city come true.
Dusseldorf: capital of fashion and style
Dusseldorf is a vibrant, modern city on the Rhine – elegant, welcoming and cosmopolitan with a typically light-hearted Rhenish attitude. Its elegant side is typified by the upmarket Königsallee shopping street, while the Gehry buildings in Media Harbour represent modern Dusseldorf. There are more than 260 bars and restaurants in the old quarter – plenty of opportunity for sampling Dusseldorf's top-fermented altbier and seeing how the people of the Rheinland have a good time. With outstanding museums, theatres, concert halls and galleries, Dusseldorf also has an international reputation as a centre for art and culture.
Hamburg: Northern gateway
Hamburg is Germany's second-largest city with a wonderful location on the Elbe and Alster rivers. A touch of the exotic clings to the warehouse district and the city's trademark canals. Hamburg has it all: lively nightlife, captivating musicals, unforgettable theater, the "Michel" and the harbour. It is also loved for its culture. The grand merchants' houses and magnificent promenades, shopping malls and St. Pauli district give Hamburg a cosmopolitan feel. With its many parks and gardens, Hamburg is also Germany's greenest city.
Cologne: carnival capital on the Rhine
The cityscape of Cologne has been shaped by 2,000 years of cultural history and a combination of Roman, medieval and modern influences. The famous landmark at the heart of the city, Cologne Cathedral, is a meeting place for people from all over the world.
The city's very name bears witness to its Roman past as the town of Colonia. As well as the legacy from Roman times and the Middle Ages, particularly the world-famous cathedral, Cologne has an extremely lively arts and culture scene. And besides being a center of carnival activity and the "capital of Rhenish joie de vivre", Cologne is also an extremely attractive trade fair center. Open, friendly and uncomplicated: that's Cologne.
Stuttgart: multifaceted city
Surrounded by rolling hills, forests and vineyards at the heart of the Neckar valley, this regional capital has an unforgettable setting and a wealth of architectural styles that give it a charm of its own. A vibrant city with top-class art and culture, appealing leisure activities and fantastic shops, Stuttgart is at the center of one of Germany's foremost economic regions. What’s more, the people of Stuttgart really do know how to throw a party - the lively Stuttgart Beer Festival, the traditional Wine Festival and the atmospheric Stuttgart Christmas market are just three of its popular events.