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Alumni show their favourite places in Germany

Modern cities, magical landscapes, places of stillness or great enjoyment: As part of our photo competition “My favourite place in Germany”, we asked Germany-Alumni to tell us about the places that they grew to love and appreciate in Germany, and to upload photos of their favourite places to the Alumniportal’s online community. We are happy to present a selection of these photos in a picture gallery. 

These favourite places are spread out over the entire country – from Saxon Switzerland in the east to the Rhine, from Hamburg in the north to the Starnberger See in Bavaria. Berlin was mentioned as a favourite place several times, not least because of its many sights – and the photo by Isabella Gomez from the US shows that Berlin has many nearby green spots, like Naturpark Barnim, for example. 

Hung Tien Pham from Vietnam remembers his favourite place from his days as a student in Leipzig. Natasa Nedovic from Serbia has uploaded a photo that shows a breathtaking view of Stuttgart and the vineyards of the Neckar valley. Hani Ali Muhsen from Jordania captured one of the numerous open air events that Munich has to offer in the summer.

Whether it’s autumn in Cologne or winter in Garmisch-Partenkirchen – let us take you on a journey across Germany!

  • Chek Hock NG from Malaysia – Photo: Starnberger See, Starnberg

    Chek Hock NG from Malaysia – Photo: Starnberger See, Starnberg

    In a moment of spontaneity, we decided to go back in time and act like carefree kids, to just have fun by the lake. Starnberger See is such a big lake that you could think that you are by the ocean! There can be no better time to take a dip than summer.

    We weren't actually going to throw ourselves in, but a local grandpa and his granddaughter had dived in earlier and told us it felt like 10 degrees.  But it was freezing cold, and he joked later that he may have omitted the word “minus”. I guess that is what life means to the locals. Living it up and making even the smallest moments count. Whether you are 17 years old or 70.

  • Chek Hock NG from Malaysia – Photo: Münchner Residenz, München

    Chek Hock NG from Malaysia – Photo: Münchner Residenz, Munich

    This place is full of history, and one can only imagine the grandeur of this vast hall of antiquities during its days of glory, when it played host to foreign guests and dignitaries.

    This photo was taken of my wife and little girl, as they walked through this great hall in an eerie yet calming silence. It was as though all of the finely sculpted busts along the entire hall, including some of the emperors of the past, were looking at us, wondering which new visitors have come to see them ...

  • Ana Riza Mendoza from the Phillipines – Photo: Wallgau, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria

    Ana Riza Mendoza from the Phillipines – Photo: Wallgau, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria

    This town is on the list of my favourite places in Germany. Living in a country without a winter season, Wallgau put me in awe when I saw the snow covering the entire town. This is where I experienced skiing. This is also memorable for me because I was hit by a sled and got a big bruise on my hips. Nevertheless, the fun I had there will always remain with me as a wonderful memory.

  • Diego Pérez de Moya from Spain – Photo: Freiburg

    Diego Pérez de Moya from Spain – Photo: Freiburg

  • Diego Pérez de Moya from Spain – Photo: Würzburg

    Diego Pérez de Moya from Spain – Photo: Würzburg

  • Lyaysan Amirova from Russia – Photo: Sächsische Schweiz

    Lyaysan Amirova from Russia – Photo: Sächsische Schweiz

    This place always looks different, but even in sunny weather it is always a bit foggy and so mysterious.

  • Alice Togni from Italy  – Photo: Berlin

    Alice Togni from Italy – Photo: Berlin

    We went for a walk. And suddenly – this miracle!

  • Sujith Kumar Gurunathadas from India – Photo: Cologne

    Sujith Kumar Gurunathadas from India – Photo: Cologne

    The city Cologne is vibrant, multicultural and colourful ... this photo was shot in autumn, near the place where I lived!

  • Sujith Kumar Gurunathadas from India – Photo: Cologne

    Sujith Kumar Gurunathadas from India – Photo: Cologne

    Cologne is multicultural, and a most attractive place for recreation. I usually visited Cologne while I  was a student at the University of applied sciences in Soest (130 kilometres from Cologne). I never ever imagined that I was going to live in a wonderful place such as Cologne.

  • Anna Flessner from the United States – Photo: Tegernsee

    Anna Flessner from the United States – Photo: Tegernsee

    There's no place like the Bavarian Alps!

  • Thomas Nagy from the United States – Photo: Friedrichshafen

    Thomas Nagy from the United States – Photo: Friedrichshafen

    This photo was taken in 2016 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, where I spent six months as an intern at the company ZF. This beautiful town is located on Lake Constance right across from Austria and Switzerland. Not seen in this photo is the amazing view of the Alps across the lake. One of my favorite memories from my time in Germany is riding my bike to the lake after work and eating ice cream while taking in the breathtaking view.

  • Assem Arislanova from Kasakhstan – Photo: Potsdam

    Assem Arislanova from Kasakhstan – Photo: Potsdam

    In August, 2014 I discovered a new place in Germany – it happened to be Potsdam, close to Berlin – the greenest and nicest towns I'd ever seen in Germany. There are gorgeous palaces with brilliant interiors full of masterpieces; wide and green parks with fountains, trees and flowers ... I was amazed and overwhelmed! But the most touching place for me was Cecilienhof, a cozy old palace and park which hosted the Potsdam Peace Conference in 1945. I will never forget my trip to Potsdam!

  • Hung Tien Pham from Vietnam – Photo: Leipzig

    Hung Tien Pham from Vietnam – Photo: Leipzig

    What makes this place my favourite place? It reminds me of my time as a student. In those days, I would often cross the Augustusplatz on my way to my university lectures.

  • Manuela Randrianirainy from Madagascar – Photo: Bayreuth

    Manuela Randrianirainy from Madagascar – Photo: Bayreuth

    I had never heard of Bayreuth before. Or hardly at all… But then I had the chance to spend a summer in this little town – a wonderful summer! Bayreuth is beautiful! It is easy to walk everywhere and there are many lovely little streets. And the Bayreuther Festspiele! And the Iwalewahaus, the centre for contemporary arts and cultures in Africa! And all the many cultural events and festivals! And so much more!

  • Dillon Fagan from the United States – Photo: Berliner Dom

    Dillon Fagan from the United States – Photo: Berliner Dom

    Berlin was one of my favourite cities with a visibly rich culture and a diverse span of architectural styles. I was taken by the immense stature of the Berliner Dom as well as the faint view of the “Telespargel” popping up from behind.

  • Natasa Nedovic from Serbia – Photo: Stuttgart

    Natasa Nedovic from Serbia – Photo: Stuttgart

    The world's first television tower offers the most breathtaking view over the city of Stuttgart, the vineyards of the Neckar Valley and the Swabian countryside.

  • Isabella Gonzalez from the United States – Photo: Naturpark Barnim

    Isabella Gonzalez from the United States – Photo: Naturpark Barnim

    Somewhere in or around Naturpark Barnim, 2012. The nature in suburban Berlin was the perfect complement to a busy nightlife for the American tourist. Nothing compares to a walk in the Naturpark Barnim to the north, or enjoying Freikörperkultur in the Kleiner Müggelsee to the east.

  • Anujaya Krishna from India – Photo: Hamburg

    Anujaya Krishna from India – Photo: Hamburg

    I took this photo on my last evening in Hamburg. This is one of my most favourite spots in the city, not only because it offers a scenic view but also because this was my go-to place whenever I wanted to write and compose poems. Some of my best memories in Germany are associated with this place.

  • Hani Ali Muhsen from Jordan – Photo: Munich

    Hani Ali Muhsen from Jordan – Photo: Munich

    Why it this my favourite place? Because it is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the many events.

  • Mary Ann L. Reyes from the Philippines – Photo: Berlin

    Mary Ann L. Reyes from the Philippines – Photo: Berlin

    Berlin is the place to be and I super love it during summer. The fusion of the old and new architecture, which is more visible during the summer season, makes me fall in love with this place again and again. It has a lot of activities that you can do and join in with. It also has excellent restaurants which serve all kinds of food that makes you crave for more. Berlin is a complete package of fun and festivities. Never a dull moment.

In the Community group “Favourite places in Germany” you can find numerous other nice photos!

Community group

My favourite place in Germany

What experiences Germany-Alumni may have made during their stay in Germany depends on a number of factors. Some alumni studied or did research at a German university; others may have worked or participated in a language course in Germany. Sometimes they share similar experiences, but there are very personal memories, too. We have collected some stories in which Germany-Alumni tell us what they associate with their favourite place in Germany.

Alumni tell us about their favourite places in Germany

April 2017

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Isabella Gyau Orhin
27 April 2017

i was in Germany in April May 1998 (SP4) and in 2007 from Ghana, West Africa

i loved Berlin, I loved shopping in Kufenstendam
we had the pleasure of traveling to Hamburg, Cologne, Bonn , Munich , Freighburg Switzerland (Geneva and Zurich) back through the Austrian town of Bregenz after a wonderful time in the Swiss Alps.
every place was magical Dutchland is great .
in 2007 we were in Berlin and Belgium and then back to Frankfurt, great and interesting places in Frankfurt. love Dutchland. Dutchland has been a great friend and has contributed immensely to the development of African media. Thank you great Germany.

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