Discover university cities

From A for Aalen to Z for Zwickau: every German university town has its own special features. Which one will be your home in Germany?

The imperial cathedral with the Carolingian octagon (Palatine Chapel) in the centre is the coronation church of the German kings and the burial place of Charlemagne. © Thomas Ebert DAAD
Aachen Cathedral© Thomas Ebert DAAD
Aachen+2
Aachen+2

Aachen

#RomanCity #Carnival #Tri-boarderRegion

Aalen's market square, meeting place for many students. © City of Aalen
The Aalen marketplace© City of Aalen
Aalen+9
Aalen+9

Aalen

#RomanCity #Limes #ThermelBaths

View of the towers of the Augsburg Basilica of St. Ulrich and Afra in the historic centre of the university city. © S. Kerpf/City of Augsburg
Sankt Ulrich and Afra© S. Kerpf/City of Augsburg
Augsburg+12
Augsburg+12

Augsburg

#FuggerCity #CathedralCity #CityofMozart

Die Häuser des "Klein-Venedig" bieten Bamberger Studierenden eine historisch entspannte Kulisse. © BAMBERG Tourismus & Kongress Service
Klein Venedig© BAMBERG Tourismus & Kongress Service
Bamberg+10
Bamberg+10

Bamberg

#WorldHeritage #BambergCathedral #SmokedBeer

Das Opernhaus in Bayreuth, mit Passanten und Studierenden im Vordergrund, gehört zum UNESCO-Weltkulturerbe. © Flickr/Sanjar Khaksari
Opernhaus © Flickr/Sanjar Khaksar
Bayreuth+12
Bayreuth+12

Bayreuth

#GreenCity #Wagner #FestivalHall

Thousands of passers-by and students walk through the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin every day. © Graff/DAAD
Brandenburger Gare© Graff/DAAD
Berlin+15
Berlin+15

Berlin

#Capital #Metropolis #Multicultural

House facade in the old town of Bielefeld © Corinna Schlun
Old Town© Corinna Schlun
Bielefeld+7
Bielefeld+7

Bielefeld

#Oldtown #MythosBielefeldoesnotexist #ManufactureOfLinen

Students can relax while looking at the Rhine and the vineyards near Bingen. © Esther u. Heiko Brendel
View of the Rhine and the vineyards© Esther u. Heiko Brende
Bingen+10
Bingen+10

Bingen

#Rhine #Vineyards #HildegardvonBingen

Die Wiese vor der Bochumer Jahrhunderthalle ist ein beliebter Treffpunkt für Studierende. © Bastian Rothe
Jahrhunderthalle© Bastian Rothe
Bochum+8
Bochum+8

Bochum

#RuhrRegion #IndustrialRegion #CapitalOfCulture

Das Bonner Münster am Münsterplatz ist ein zentraler Treffpunkt für Bonner und Studierende. © Bauz/DAAD
Bonner Münster© Bauz/DAAD
Bonn+15
Bonn+15

Bonn

#Beethoven #Politics #Carnival

Blick auf die Studierenden-Stadt Brandenburg und die Havel. © Corinna Schlun
Brandenburg an der Havel© Corinna Schlun
Brandenburg+11
Brandenburg+11

Brandenburg

#Havel #Lakes #Nature

View of Braunschweig Castle, which houses a shopping mall that many students like to use. © Friedrichs/DAAD
Castle© Friedrichs/DAAD
Braunschweig+13
Braunschweig+13

Braunschweig

#TechnicalUniversity #Innovation #Tradition

The Roland statue next to Bremen City Hall with the Germany flag. © Bremen Tourist Office
Roland statue© Bremen Tourist Office
Bremen+12
Bremen+12

Bremen

#CityMusicians #Weser #SVWerder

Bremerhaven Weserbad © Bädergesellschaft Bremerhaven mbH
Bremerhaven Weserbad© Bädergesellschaft Bremerhaven mbH
Bremerhaven+9
Bremerhaven+9

Bremerhaven

#Sea #NorthSea #MaritimeMuseum

View of the main building of the Technical University in Chemnitz. © TU Chemnitz
TU Chemnitz© TU Chemnitz
Cheap living+11
Cheap living+11

Chemnitz

#CityOfModernity #BigCityInSaxony #Erzgebirge

Picturesque old house facades are encountered by students in Clausthal-Zellerfeld. © Sebastian Rothe
Clausthal-Zellerfeld© Sebastian Rothe
Cheap living+12
Cheap living+12

Clausthal-Zellerfeld

#HistoricMiningCity #CityInHarz #InnovationCity

Statue in the courtyard of the Veste Coburg. © Sophie Nagel
Courtyard Veste Statue© Sophie Nagel
Central Germany+14
Central Germany+14

Coburg

#CastleComplexVeste #BavarianCulture #FranconianSmallTown

Cologne Cathedral and Hohenzollern Bridge © Klein/DAAD
Cologne Cathedral and Hohenzollern Bridge© Klein/DAAD
Cologne+4
Cologne+4

Cologne

#CologneCathedral #Carnival #ArtMetropolis

Constance Bodensee Week © Nagel/DAAD
Constance Bodensee Week© Nagel/DAAD
Konstanz+3
Konstanz+3

Constance

#LakeConstance #WaterSports #ConstanceMinster

Branitzer Park © Hanisch/DAAD
Branitzer Park© Hanisch/DAAD
Cheap living+12
Cheap living+12

Cottbus

#ParkCity #UniversityCity #BarsAndCafés

Mathildenhöhe © Nagel/DAAD
Mathildenhöhe© Nagel/DAAD
Central Germany+13
Central Germany+13

Darmstadt

#InTheHeartOfGermany #CityOfScience #ArtistsColonyMathildenhöhe

View of building on Deggendorf town square
View of building on Deggendorf town square© DIT – Deggendorf Institute of Technology
Cheap living+14
Cheap living+14

Deggendorf

#DanubeCity #GateToTheBavarianForest #CulinaryAndCultural

Bauhaus glass wall © City of Dessau-Roßlau
Bauhaus glass wall© Stadt Dessau-Roßlau
Cities of culture+11
Cities of culture+11

Dessau

#Bauhaus #RiversElbeAndMulde #WalterGropius

Castle © Brothe
Detmold castle© Brothe
Cities of culture+14
Cities of culture+14

Detmold

#OldResidenceTown #TimberedHouses #Castle

Dortmund U © Tüch/DAAD
Dortmund U© Tüch/DAAD
Cities of culture+6
Cities of culture+6

Dortmund

#ModernCityOfCulture #BVBDortmund #Germany'sMostVisitedShoppingMile

Skyline with the Frauenkirche © Horschig/DAAD
Skyline with the Frauenkirche© Horschig/DAAD
Cheap living+14
Cheap living+14

Dresden

#FlorenceOfTheElbe #LandCapitalSaxony #Frauenkirche

Duisburg-North Landscape Park. © Bastian Rothe / DAAD
Duisburg-North Landscape Park. © Bastian Rothe / DAAD© Bastian Rothe / DAAD
Cheap living+8
Cheap living+8

Duisburg

#OldIndustrialAreas #LandscapeParkNorth #RiversRhineAndRuhr

Rhine bridge © Bastian Rothe
Rhine bridge© Bastian Rothe
Cities of culture+9
Cities of culture+9

Düsseldorf

#PearlOnTheRhine #InternationalAndColorful #GermanFashionCity

the habour in Emden city center © Sebastian Rothe
Emden city center© Sebastian Rothe
Cheap living+8
Cheap living+8

Emden

#SmallHarborTown #MaritimeAtmosphere #NorthSea

Old Town © Graff/DAAD
Old Town Erfurt© Graff/DAAD
Cities of culture+12
Cities of culture+12

Erfurt

#GreenCenterGermany #HistoricCityCenter #ErfurtDome

Zollverein Coal Mine © Zairon/wikicommons
Zollverein Coal Mine© Zairon/wikicommons
Cities of culture+7
Cities of culture+7

Essen

#RuhrArea #Theater #CultureAndShoppingCenter

The Volksbad is not for swimmers, but a cultural center with concerts and parties © Sophie Nagel
The Volksbad is not for swimmers, but a cultural center with concerts and parties© Sophie Nagel
Cities of culture+7
Cities of culture+7

Flensburg

#SmallTown #BrickHouses #Beach

Main Promenade © Horschig/DAAD
Main Promenade© Horschig/DAAD
Frankfurt am Main+4
Frankfurt am Main+4

Frankfurt am Main

#Mainhattan #Multicultural #GreenMetropolis

Frankfurt (Oder) Oder Bridge © DAAD
Frankfurt (Oder) Oder Bridge© DAAD
Eastern Germany+2
Eastern Germany+2

Frankfurt (Oder)

#AffordableStudentCity #NearPolishBorder #HeinrichVonKleist

Freiberg market © Noack/DAAD
Freiberg market© Noack/DAAD
Eastern Germany+2
Eastern Germany+2

Freiberg

#MiningCity #CenterOfSaxony #CultureNature

Martin Gate © Luidger/wikicommons
Martin Gate© Luidger/wikicommons
City+3
City+3

Freiburg

#LittleStudentTown #BlackForest #SouthOfGermany

Half-timbered houses in the Nonnengasse © Nagel/DAAD
Half-timbered houses in the Nonnengasse© Nagel/DAAD
Central Germany+3
Central Germany+3

Fulda

#TimberedHouses #MediaHessischerRundfunk #CafésAndRestaurants

Statue in Furtwangen
Statue in Furtwangen© Janine Funke
Furtwangen+3
Furtwangen+3

Furtwangen

#SmallTown #LargestForestInGermany #HistoricCityCenter

View over Geislingen an der Steige © Bettina Ruhland
View over Geislingen an der Steige© Bettina Ruhland
Geislingen an der Steige+3
Geislingen an der Steige+3

Geislingen an der Steige

#ParadiseforNatureLovers #SeatOfWMF #SwabianAlb

Main building of the Justus Liebig University © Nagel/DAAD
Main building of the Justus Liebig University© Nagel/DAAD
Gießen+2
Gießen+2

Gießen

#CozyUniversityCity #BotanicalGarden #MathematicsMuseum

fountain "Gänseliesel" © Friedrichs/DAAD
Fountain "Gänseliesel"© Friedrichs/DAAD
Central Germany+3
Central Germany+3

Göttingen

#CarlFriedrichGauss #ExcellentTeaching #YoungAndHip

By the water © Schlun/DAAD
By the water© Schlun/DAAD
Eastern Germany+4
Eastern Germany+4

Greifswald

#LittleHanseTown #FamilyAtmosphere #BalticSea

Market and bell tower© DAAD
Market and bell tower© DAAD
City+2
City+2

Halle

#Saale #LongNightOfMuseums #LongNightOfScience

Harbour © DAAD
Harbour© DAAD
City geography+6
City geography+6

Hamburg

#StPauli #Multicultural #PortCityGateToTheWorld

New City Hall and Maschsee Lake © DAAD
New City Hall and Maschsee Lake© DAAD
Hannover+2
Hannover+2

Hanover

#FairCity #LeibnizButterBiscuit #CenterForScienceAndBusiness

Hotel Knight © Schubert/DAAD
Hotel Knight© Schubert/DAAD
City+2
City+2

Heidelberg

#CityByTheNeckar #PhilosophersPath #RuinsOfTheHeidelbergCastle

Idol tower © Nagel/DAAD
Idol tower© Nagel/DAAD
City+2
City+2

Heilbronn

#CityOfWine #ShowTheKäthchenVonHeilbronn #SculpturesAndArtisticFountains

Quite different from New York or Paris - Hildesheim is pleasantly quiet © Sophie Nagel
Quite different from New York or Paris - Hildesheim is pleasantly quiet© Sophie Nagel
City+3
City+3

Hildesheim

#Half-timberedHouses #MariaCathedralAndStMichael'sChurch #UNESCOWorldHeritageSite

Ilmenau city center © Wendel/DAAD
Ilmenau city center© Wendel/DAAD
Central Germany+3
Central Germany+3

Ilmenau

#AffordableStudyLocation #CozySmallTown #ThuringianForest

Ingolstadt New Castle and Danube © Bauz/DAAD
Ingolstadt New Castle and Danube© Bauz/DAAD
City+3
City+3

Ingolstadt

#BavarianTradition #InnovationAndModernity #Audi

Lake Seilersee © Tüch/DAAD
Lake Seilersee Iserlohn© Tüch/DAAD
City+3
City+3

Iserlohn

#GreenCitiy #Sauerland #SeilerLake

Panorama © DAAD
Jena Panorama© DAAD
City+2
City+2

Jena

#SchillerAndGoethe #CulturalStronghold #ParadisePark

Panorama Kaiserslautern © Pfalzfrank/wikicommons
Panorama Kaiserslautern© Pfalzfrank/wikicommons
City+2
City+2

Kaiserslautern

#InternationalFlair #PalatinateForest #SoccerMadCity

In the middle of the city center is the poplar lake, which many residents use to relax. © Sebastian Rothe
In the middle of the city center is the poplar lake, which many residents use to relax.© Sebastian Rothe
Kamp-Lintford+2
Kamp-Lintford+2

Kamp-Lintfort

#SmallTown #Mining #MeadowsFieldsAndForest

In the middle of the city center is the Pappel lake, which many residents use to relax © Sebastian Rothe
Karlsruhe Castle© anro0002/wikicommons
City+2
City+2

Karlsruhe

#WarmClimate #HistoryMeetsModernity #FederalConstitutionalCourt

Museum Fridericianum Kassel© leafnode/wikicommons
Museum Fridericianum Kassel© leafnode/wikicommons
City+2
City+2

Kassel

#Art #Documenta #InTheHeartOfGermany

Town Hall square © Bettina Ruhland
Town hall square © Bettina Ruhland
Historical towns+7
Historical towns+7

Kempten

#PopularVacationTown #Allgäu #YoungCultureAndGastronomyScene

Rathaus © Arne List/wikicommons
Kiel Rathaus© Arne List/wikicommons
City+3
City+3

Kiel

#SailingRegattaKielerWoche #BalticSea #SeagullsWindSea

Coblenz Ehrenbreitstein Castle © Johannes Naumann
Coblenz Ehrenbreitstein Castle© Johannes Naumann
City+3
City+3

Koblenz

#RhineAndMoselle #WineAndCarnival #Loreley

Kaiser-Wilhelm-Museum © flickr/Stadt Krefeld
Kaiser-Wilhelm-Museum© flickr/Stadt Krefeld
City+2
City+2

Krefeld

#Concerts #Jazz #VelvetAndSilkCity

Unitower © Brüggemann/DAAD
Leipzig Unitower© Brüggemann/DAAD
Eastern Germany+2
Eastern Germany+2

Leipzig

#JohannSebastianBach #AuerbachsCeller #ArtistCity

Old town Lübeck © LTM-Reinhard Kruschel
Old town Lübeck© LTM-Reinhard Kruschel
City+3
City+3

Lübeck

#Marzipan #HolstenGate #BuddenbrookHouse

Ludwigsburg Residence Palace with its flower meadow © © Tourism & Events Ludwigsburg
Ludwigsburg Residence Palace with its flower meadow© Tourism & Events Ludwigsburg
Ludwigsburg+2
Ludwigsburg+2

Ludwigsburg

#SwabianCulture #BaroqueCity #CastlesAndParks

The Ilmenau with the old harbor © Florian Schubert
The Ilmenau with the old harbor© Florian Schubert
City+3
City+3

Lüneburg

#OldBuildings #RiverIlmenau #TheWhiteCityHall

Magdeburger Dome © Ajepbah/wikicommons
Magdeburger Dome© Ajepbah/wikicommons
City+2
City+2

Magdeburg

#GreenCapitalSaxonyAnhalt #GreenCitadel #Hundertwasser #MagdeburgDome

Mainz Dome © Horschig/DAAD
Mainz Dome© Horschig/DAAD
Central Germany+3
Central Germany+3

Mainz

#Rhine #MainzerFastnacht #BookprintingJohannesGutenberg

Castle Mannheim © Friedrichs/DAAD
Castle Mannheim© Friedrichs/DAAD
City+2
City+2

Mannheim

#MannheimCastle #CityMapInSquares #Luisenpark

Marburg Landgrave's Castle © Nagel/DAAD
Marburg Landgrave's Castle© Nagel/DAAD
Central Germany+3
Central Germany+3

Marburg

#UniversityCity#GrimmBrothers #MedievalCity

The Mittweida Media Centre © Horschig/DAAD
The Mittweida Media Centre© Horschig/DAAD
Eastern Germany+2
Eastern Germany+2

Mittweida

#SmallTownInSaxony #FamilyAtmosphere #TechnologyMediaCentre

Munich skyline and the Alps © Rudolf Sterflinger
Munich skyline and the Alps© Rudolf Sterflinger

Munich

#CapitalBavaria #GermanMuseum #Oktoberfest

Münster cycle path © Horschig/DAAD
Münster cycle path© Horschig/DAAD
City+2
City+2

Münster

#BicycleCity #Münsterland #PeaceHallHistoricTownHall

Panorama of Nuremberg © Tilman2007/wikicommons
Panorama of Nuremberg© Tilman2007/wikicommons
Metropolis+3
Metropolis+3

Nuremberg and Erlangen

#FranconiaRegion #ChristmasMarket #FranconianCosiness

Oestrich-Winkel Blick auf Schloss Vollrads © Marlene Bauz
Oestrich-Winkel Blick auf Schloss Vollrads© Marlene Bauz
Oestrich-Winkel+2
Oestrich-Winkel+2

Oestrich-Winkel

#Rheingau #RomanticLandscape #Vineyards

The Town Hall Square © Florian Schubert
The Town Hall Square© Florian Schubert
Medium town+2
Medium town+2

Offenburg

#BlackForest #MountainsAndWine #BorderToFrance

Bicycle City Oldenburg © Noack/DAAD
Bicycle City Oldenburg© Noack/DAAD
City+2
City+2

Oldenburg

#NorthSea #BicycleCity #CityWaterCanals

Marktplatz © Quersus/wikicommons
Osnabrück Marktplatz© Quersus/wikicommons
City+2
City+2

Osnabrück

#SouthOfLowersaxony #DiverseCulturalOffer #TownHallOfTheWestfälischerFrieden

Half-timbered houses © Thomas Lieven
Half-timbered houses in Paderborn© Thomas Lieven
City+2
City+2

Paderborn

#HistoricalCityCenter #GreenAndCultural #PioneerInComputerScienceHeinzNixdorf

By the Donau River © Ruhland/DAAD
By the Donau River© Ruhland/DAAD
Medium town+4
Medium town+4

Passau

#VeniceOfBavaria #FortressOberhaus #CityWithThreeRivers

View of Pforzheim from the Wallberg © Bauz / DAAD
View of Pforzheim from the Wallberg© Bauz / DAAD
City+2
City+2

Pforzheim

#Leisure #Culture #SunnySouthGermany

New Palais © Graff/DAAD
New Palais Potsdam© Graff/DAAD
City+3
City+3

Potsdam

#LandscapeFederalStateOfBrandenburg #SanssouciCastle #UniversityofFilmAndTelevisionBabelsberg

Valhalla © Mijozi/wikicommons
Valhalla in the Danube Valley near Regensburg© Mijozi/wikicommons
City+3
City+3

Regensburg

#RomanCityOnTheDanube #MedievalOldTown #UNESCOWorldHeritageSite

Reutlingen in the evening © Wendel/DAAD
Reutlingen in the evening© Wendel/DAAD
City+3
City+3

Reutlingen

#SwabianAlb #CultureAndLandscape #CozyAtmosphere

View of the mountains © Bettina Ruhland
View of the mountains© Bettina Ruhland
Medium town+2
Medium town+2

Rosenheim

#RosenheimAutumnFeast #MountainsInTheEnvirons #CultureInLokschuppen

Rostock lighthouse on the beach © Schlun/DAAD
Rostock lighthouse on the beach© Schlun/DAAD
City+3
City+3

Rostock

#BalticSeaBeach #SmallFamilyUniversity #OldTownAndFerryHarbour

Panorama of Saarbrücken © Wolfgang Staudt Fotografie/flickr
Panorama of Saarbrücken© Wolfgang Staudt Fotografie/flickr
City+2
City+2

Saarbrücken

#BorderToFrance #CapitalOfTheStateOfSaarland #SaarlandRoastBeef

The Old Market Square in the city centre was built in the 12th century. © Sophie Nagel
The Old Market Square in the city centre was built in the 12th century.© Sophie Nagel
Central Germany+2
Central Germany+2

Schmalkalden

#Thuringia #Half-timbered #ThuringianForest

Panorama of Siegen © Klein/DAAD
Panorama of Siegen© Klein/DAAD
City+2
City+2

Siegen

#Nature #TimberedHouses #BiggeLake

Boat in harbour © Sophie Nagel
The wide world is so close when standing at the harbour and watching the boats© Sophie Nagel
Medium town+2
Medium town+2

Stralsund

#HanseaticCity #Sailing #HarbourPub

Schlossplatz © DAAD
Stuttgart Palace Square© DAAD
Metropolis+3
Metropolis+3

Stuttgart

#Schwaben-Metropole #GrüneGroßstadtImTal #MuseenUndGalerien

Colosseum © Schubert/DAAD
Trier Colosseum© Schubert/DAAD
City+3
City+3

Trier

#AncientRomanCity #Germany'sOldestCity #PortaNigra

Trossingen College of Music
Trossingen College of Music© Janine Funke
Small town+3
Small town+3

Trossingen

#MusicCityInTheBlackForest #BlackForestAndSwabianAlb #HarmonicaIndustry

half-timbered houses © Vonderweiden/DAAD
Tübingen half-timbered houses© Vonderweiden/DAAD
Medium town+3
Medium town+3

Tübingen

#RiverNeckar #BeautifulOldTown #HölderlinTower

Ulm City Panorama © Jean-Claude Baron Dardenne
Ulm City Panorama© Jean-Claude Baron Dardenne
City+3
City+3

Ulm

#HistoricOldTown #DanubeBank #UlmerMünster

Goethe-Schiller-Denkmal © Brüggemann/DAAD
Goethe-Schiller-Denkmal© Brüggemann/DAAD
Eastern Germany+2
Eastern Germany+2

Weimar

#JohannWolfgangVonGoethe #FriedrichSchiller #Bauhaus

View towards Martinsberg @ Sophie Nagel
View towards Martinsberg© Sophie Nagel
Small town+3
Small town+3

Weingarten

#SouthEastBaden-Württemberg #LakeConstanceRegion #Sightseeings

Marketplace © Nagel/DAAD
Marketplace© Nagel/DAAD
City+2
City+2

Wiesbaden

#CapitalStateofHesse #FountainWithHealingWater #RhinePromenade

Nikolai Church © Corinna Schlun
Nikolai Church© Corinna Schlun
Eastern Germany+3
Eastern Germany+3

Wismar

#MedievalBuildings #CityAtTheSea #HanseaticCity

Nibelungen Bridge © Nagel/DAAD
Nibelungen Bridge© Nagel/DAAD
Central Germany+4
Central Germany+4

Worms

#LutherCity #NibelungenSaga #DomSt.Peter

Holstein Stairs © Frank Vincentz/wikicommons
Holstein Stairs© Frank Vincentz/wikicommons
City+2
City+2

Wuppertal

#CityOfStairs #LiftCars #MountainsAndHills

Residence © Congress for tourism and business in Würzburg
Residence © Congress for tourism and business in Würzburg
City+2
City+2

Würzburg

#WineRegion #BaroquePomp #HistoricalCity

Zittau Salt House © KuWeit Culture and Further Education Society Ltd.
Zittau Salt House© KuWeit Culture and Further Education Society Ltd.
Eastern Germany+2
Eastern Germany+2

Zittau

#TriBorderCorner #ZittauMountains #EuropeanCityofSports

Water feature
Water feature© Janine Funke
City+3
City+3

Zwickau

#EconomicRegionCentralGermany #HistoricSights #CityForCarLovers

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