East Germany is a delightful place to visit, especially if you have only been to western or southern Germany before. Our hoteliers guarantee that it has a very different feel from much of the rest of Germany. Brandenburg, Thuringia, Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony and Mecklenburg-West Pomerania make up this part of the country and there is plenty to attract tourists whether you prefer bustling cities or a more quiet pace of life in the countryside. From the Elbe Sandstone Mountains to the fast-moving cities of Berlin and Leipzig, this part of Germany has something for everyone. Enjoy the travel guide of the Originals, Human Hotels & Resorts and discover all the attractions and things to do in East Germany.
Altstadt, (the old town) on one side. Neustadt, (the new city) on the other. Between the two, the Elbe. Dresden, the capital of Saxony in the far east of Germany is today a grand and peaceful city, a world away from the ruins of 1945 when 90% of the city was razed to the ground by the end of World War II.
Transports in East Germany
Getting around East Germany is easy. Its roads are well organised and in good condition. If you are relying on public transport, then the rail service is usually on time and offers a good choice of inter-city as well as stopping services. The inter-city bus network will only connect you to the major population centres.
When to go to East Germany
Regional urban centres, like Herzberg or Brandenburg an der Havel, are great places to come in the run-up to Christmas because their festive markets feel like the 'real thing' compared to the upscale ones in the big cities. A large outdoor music festival takes place in Potsdam in the summer, usually in late June. Leipzig stages festivals dedicated to Schumann and Bach each summer and there is also a jazz music festival that takes place in the city every October.
East Germany has a good number of activities that will keep visitors entertained during their stay. Our hoteliers has prepared some recommendations to not miss out what to do and to see.
The city of Dresden is full of museums but it also has a number of comedy clubs that offer sometimes bawdy entertainment in the evenings.
If you like to work out how to escape from an enclosed space for fun, then the city of Halle has plenty of different escape room experiences to choose from.
Berlin is a superb city by night but during the day, why not explore it on a Segway tour? These vehicles offer an ideal chance to see the city from a new perspective.
There are many great restaurants in East Germany to choose from.
Borwin Hafenrestaurant, à Rostock
An excellent fish restaurant located on the waterfront. In a pleasant traditional setting, taste the Baltic fish, especially fried fish.
In an authentic and cosy setting, that of a real small bistro, taste an unpretentious Mediterranean cuisine.
It is in a strange red villa with classic elegance that you will discover an original menu and delicious dishes.
Petra Schlegel and chef Detlef Schlegel offer you a classic, refined and harmonious cuisine. All this in a very pleasant setting.
Clara – Restaurant im Kaisersaal
An elegant restaurant that offers modern cuisine, refined dishes and a cooking school.