Munich and Hamburg are among the 10 Largest Cities in Germany. Hamburg occupies the second place with 1,686,100 inhabitants while Munich with 1,450,381 inhabitants occupies the third place.

Munich or Hamburg?

1. Munich x Hamburg Overview

Munich or Hamburg?Munich – ©Sergey Mind

Munich or Hamburg?Hamburg – ©Julia Solonina

Munich is a charming city. It offers numerous attractions that can be explored on foot from the central point of the city, the famous Marienplatz.

In Munich there are several Biergarten, “Beer Garden” and is home to the famous Hofbräuhaus brewery.

From Munich, you can combine a day trip and discover one of the symbols of Germany, the beautiful Neuschwanstein Castle and also the Dachau Concentration Camp.

Hamburg is located in northern Germany, is known for its port area, the Port of Hamburg. It is an important cultural and commercial center in Europe.

2. Hotels

BEYOND by Geisel Photo©BEYOND by Geisel

The Westin Hamburg©The Westin Hamburg

In Munich the average price for a 3 star category hotel is USD 88 and for a 5 star category hotel it is USD 308.

And in Hamburg the average price for a 3 star category hotel is USD 100 and for a 5 star category hotel it is USD 196.

3. Shopping

Shopping area in MunichMunich– ©Anastasia Dulgier

Department Store in Hamburg©Alsterhaus Hamburg

Surrounding the Marienplatz you will find many stores and department stores like Galeria Kaufhof. In Munich, the most elegant street is the Maximilianstrasse.

Hamburg has good options of department stores and shopping malls such as the Alsterhaus, Levantehaus and Hamburger Meile. And at Neuer Wall, you will find the luxury brands.

4. Museums

Museum in MunichMunich – ©Dimitry Anikin

Museum in Hamburg©Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte – SHMH/Angela Franke

In Munich, you will find the Deutsches Museum, located on the banks of the Isar River, it is among the oldest museums in the world of science and technology.

Other famous museums in Munich, include the BMW Museum and the 3 “Pinakotheken” located at Königsplatz.

In Hamburg there are excellent museums such as the Miniatur Wunderland, the Hamburg Museum, the Chocolate Museum (CHOCOVERSUM) and others.

5. Parks

Park in MunichEnglischer Garten in Munich

Park in HamburgPark in Hamburg

The Englischer Garten in Munich is the largest urban park in Germany, covering an area of 910 acres with more than 100 bridges. Another beautiful green space in Munich is the Hofgarten.

Hamburg offers several possibilities for outdoor activities around the lake and also green spaces like the Planten un Blomen and the Stadtpark.

6. Palaces

Nymphenburg in MunichNymphenburg Munich

Schloss SchwerinSchloss Schwerin

In Munich, you can visit the beautiful Residenz that served as the seat government and residence of the Dukes of Bavaria, electors, and kings from 1508 to 1918, and in the western part of the city is located the Nymphenburg, which was a summer residence built for the birth of the expected heir to the throne, Max Emanuel, born in 1662.

Hamburg is not known for palaces, but it offers excellent day trips possibilities to cities with beautiful palaces and castles. As for Schloss Plön, Schloss Gottorf, Schloss Schwerin and others.

7. Day Trips

Neuschwanstein Castle PhotoNeuschwanstein Castle – ©Alex BDNR

LübeckLübeck, Germany

From Munich, you can visit the beautiful city of Füssen and the Neuschwanstein Castle, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Regensburg, Augsburg or even Salzburg and Innsbruck in Austria.

From Hamburg, it is possible to visit destinations such as Lübeck, Schwerin, Kiel, Lüneburg on a day trip.

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