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7 Underrated Places to Visit in Central Germany

Leipzig, Germany Cityscape

Often overlooked for the big cities like Berlin or Hamburg, Central Germany boasts a diverse landscape, rich history, and modern flair, making it a prime destination for travelers seeking an authentic German experience. The heart of Germany, in the rough area formerly known as Upper Saxony, offers a plethora of cool attractions and interesting destinations that will make you want to come back for more.

So, wander off the beaten path and explore the very best of Central Germany. Delve into its cultural richness, engage with the locals, and indulge in the region’s distinct culinary delights. Central Germany awaits you, with endless opportunities to create lasting memories!

Underrated Places to Visit in Central Germany

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1. Leipzig

Leipzig, Germany Cityscape
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Leipzig, a major historical European trading center, offers a unique blend of history, art, and city life. It makes for a great day trip from Berlin.

As you wander through the city, you’ll notice its range of architectural styles, from medieval to Baroquem and the Victorian-era Sachsenbrücke Bridge. It’s not lacking jaw-dropping modern architecture, either.

Art lovers will be delighted by the numerous art galleries scattered throughout Leipzig. The city’s centuries-long art scene ensures a memorable visit to the Grassimuseum or the Kunstkraftwerk.

Bringing the kids? Check out Leipzig Zoo, home to around 850 species of animals from all over the world.

One of Leipzig’s most iconic landmarks is the beautiful Old Town Hall from 1556, located at the Markt. While at the Markt, you’ll be surrounded by other historic sites and architecture, including some charming cafés, making it a perfect place to take a pause.

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2. Bayreuth

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Bayreuth is another scenic town in Eastern-Central Germany in the Federal State of Bavaria. It sits on the banks of the Red Main River. The town is often called Little Venice, thanks to its riverfront promenade that’s lined with green parks and opportunities for boat tours.

I highly recommend a river cruise to take in the best angles of this beautiful city. If you don’t have sea legs (well, river legs, I guess), you could also take a private city walking tour.

In addition to its stunning architectural splendor, Bayreuth is a cultural…

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