One of Berlin's cosmopolitan hearts, a true hive of activity. Make Alexanderplatz your launching point to sample the overwhelming variety of shops (Berliners have transformed window displays into gallery-worthy affairs), bars, and restaurants in the surrounding neighborhoods.
Alongside Friederistrasse, although I might be wrong, Gendarmenplatz opens, and is one of the most representative places of Berlin. If the title of this part includes the term "markt" it's because of the variety of different markets held here all week. In my case, I went at Christmas, and the square with two imposing churches was literally boiling. The area has trendy shops and designer bars that don't leave you indifferent. In any case, I recommend taking a trip across the square on weekdays, with fewer people, around the market if you want, enter the churches if it's hot and chat with a Berliner - that's what really matters in the city.
Undoubtedly the most trendy area of Berlin, and it's very famous for many reasons. This square holds the Berlin Film Festival, better known as the Berlinale, which hands out the Golden Bear for best film of the festival. As a curiosity, this place was where the first traffic light was installed in Europe. You can also see the dome of the Sony Center, designed by Helmut Jahn, a landmark of the new Potsdamer Platz, and visit the Sony Style Store, a multi-storey building with the brand SONY reserved for exhibitions and sales of all its products. You can also enjoy the tower Sony, IMAX 3D cinema and a film library.
From the center of Berlin was the cathedral, cross the bridge Schlossbrucke or Castillo and do nothing else and you will see this lovely garden surrounding the cathedral. On sunny days many families and young people lie on the grass, but during the winter it's most photogenic, children continue going to their schools and have morning excursions of undeniable beauty.
The Schlossplatz ("palace square" in German) is the biggest square in Stuttgart, a place that the Germans found as a perfect spot for large outdoor events, concerts, fairs and Christmas markets, and it even has a skating rink. Since its construction until the mid 19th century it was only used as a military plaza and was not open to the public. In 1977 they renovated it completely for Bundesgartenschau (exhibition grounds). In the background you see the building of the Neues Schloss (palace), which was constructed between the years 1746 and 1807.
Republic Square is one of the largest in all of Berlin. Contemplating the Reichstag at the end of the vast esplanade of grass is spectacular. Especially if you consider the history of this place. During the years of World War II, due to food shortages, the German government allowed people to plant potatoes and vegetables here. At the time of the Berlin wall, this square was the perfect political weapon for the leaders of West Germany. It was a stage for holding rock concerts and festivals, to the despair of the East German authorities. A bright and airy space, but with a shocking past.
Hackescher Square is located besides the River Spree on the other side of Museum Island. It's a nice place to go out at night for a drink. There are several restaurants, such as a Spanish tapas restaurant, and another with Asian cuisine ... but unfortunately I didn´t see any typical German cuisine. There are many bars installed in the building which the railroad bridge supports. The train is below , which gives a special touch to the place, actually. It's a very cheap neighborhood where you can go out to dinner at a restaurant for less than 15 euros including drinks, or where you can also enjoy a drink for 2 or 3 euros. Sometimes there are singers who are standing next to street terraces and play guitar all night while they sing. In the back there is a park with even more restaurants and bars, with views to the river and the also to the Pergamon Museum.
Lovely place in the center of the city. For many, the most beautiful place. Its name is in honor of the poet Friedrich Schiller, who studied at the military academy in Stuttgart (Hohe Karlsschule). The square is surrounded y historical buildings. Among them the former Foreign Ministry (1542-1544) and Stiftsfruchtkasten (1578), with its distinctive gabled barn that is home to a museum of instruments. It is an essential place to see in Stuttgart. If you have the chance, I recommend you visit both day and night because they look completely different depending on the time of day. During the day it is full of activity as part of the outdoor market is mounted here as well as temporary exhibitions, the Christmas market, etc. .. After sundown you can find tranquility. For a moment, one has the feeling of being in the 16th century.
In the center of Heidelberg, you'll find the beautiful plaza where city hall is. The square has a fountain depicting Hercules, which is the place where the people formerly chased down and burned witches and heretics. Obviously the site today has nothing to do with all of that nonsense. In the summer there are plenty of terraces you can sit on. It's the ideal place to relax and dine in a special place the less. The food is somewhat more expensive than other places, but worth it. We had a salad and a toast to share with a couple of drinks and paid 20 euros. Despite the higher prices the site is overcrowded and there are always people waiting for one of the empty tables to sit.
If you are in Hanover,you have to go the the Markthalle market which is in old town. Its motto is "Der Bauch von Hannover" which means "the belly of Hannover". This market offers a good opportunity to see genuine German products and to try them. In this market you can find the normal stalls for greengrocers, butchers, bakers, and a number of other food stalls where they have German, Spanish, Japanese, Italian food etc. ... Note that Germany has great steak, a variety of breads and you can not leave this country without trying the typical sausage.
They say this is the most European city in Europe. It has given prizes to the most European people and demonstrates with pride in every one of its squares his Europeanism. Now that almost no city is very proud of their own country this one is a discovery. A lot of places in Aachen are worth a visit - especially the fountains, statues, buildings. In my eyes this is the most beautiful city in Germany.
The townhall of Paderborn is beautiful, reminiscent of the famous houses of Frankfurt and dominates this square full of restaurants, houses and buildings in the same style with a central fountain that makes you think it needed to become the town centre, where more people are and what makes it the best place to have a beer while you watch the hustle and bustle of people passing by. Loved it.
The most beautiful boulevard in the Bavarian capital is the MAXIMILIANSTRASSE. It stands at the Plaza of Max Joseph (Max-Joseph-Platz), the first German constitution with the grandeur and classicism of the National Theater featuring Wagner (Tristan and Isolde, The Valkyries, etc..) One side of the square is flanked by a palace called the Residenz, a massive building that belonged to the Wittelsbach family that ruled Bavaria for over 600 years.
Getting to this small square with the castle on one side, the half-timbered houses lit at night and the big Christmas tree, is a fairytale landscape. These households suffered less damage during World War II. The image of St. George adorns a corner at Pilatos house, the former residence of a manufacturer of helmets and armor. Across the plaza, home of Durero im the fifteenth century.
It's a stigma that we travellers have, to go somewhere and find inevitable scaffolding on what you wanted to see, even though it has to be done so that the buildings look new for us, which was not the case for other tourists. Anyway, I wanted to see the University of Rostock because with the adjacent Doge's Palace, it makes the most elegant complex. I'll have to see it next time. We were happy to see the Fountain of Joy of Living, made by local sculptors and continued a few meters further up to the Kropelin gate, from 1280, which is one of the few stately samples of the 22 gates into the town. Currently, it's an exhibition centre and starting point for the rest of the city gates.
This square is just one metro stop from the Zoo Station and is a great place to grab a bite to eat. The whole plaza is filled with terraces and under the arcades of the subway there are shops, bookstores and cafes. We had a pizza at the pizzeria called 12 Apostles. Highly recommended!
This is the square that falls just to the side of the collegiate church of the city. It was a shame that they were restoring it, both outside and inside, on the day that I arrived. Anyway, this place has a really good atmosphere. There are stairs and several buildings offer it protection. This makes it a more welcoming and warm place, just what the Germans want ..., on the stairs where the "locals" sit and talk, passing their time people watching. In one corner are a couple of little bars, on a landing a few meters higher than the square. It gives the air and the sun for several hours a day, it is almost always full of people...., lol! I am told ....