Read­ers’ tips Ger­man city breaks

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Win­ning tip Augs­burg

One of Bavaria’s old­est cities, Augs­burg is a de­light­ful base for a cy­cling jour­ney on the “Ro­man­tic road” or a re­laxed city break. Visit the Fug­gerei, Europe’s most ven­er­a­ble so­cial hous­ing project, founded by the Fug­ger bank­ing dy­nasty in the 16th cen­tury. Res­i­dents are charged only a nom­i­nal rent pro­vided they at­tend mass daily – just as in the 1500s. The Brechthaus in the old artisan quar­ter of Lechvier­tel is the

birth­place of Ber­tolt Brecht and of­fers in­sights into the great play­wright, poet and di­rec­tor’s Augs­burg youth, US ex­ile and un­easy re­la­tion­ship with the GDR. En­joy hearty por­tions of Knödel (dumplings) and Spät­zle

(soft egg noo­dles) at Bauern­tanz on Baue rn tanzg ass chen for €25 ahead. Brian We­ston

Dres­den

A wurst’s throw from the Czech bor­der, Dres­den isn’t the eas­i­est city to get to but is re­ally re­ward­ing. The old town, with its baroque sky­line res­ur­rected af­ter the fire­bomb­ing of 1945, is a daz­zling cul­tural scene. You can roam for hours through the Dür­ers, Rubens and Raphaels in the Zwinger Palace (€10, daily) but for most bling for your buck visit the Grünes

Gewölbe or Green Vault (€12, closed Tues), a trea­sury of gold, di­a­monds and crys­tals cre­ated by Au­gust the Strong in the 18th cen­tury. Then cross the Elbe for a walk through Neustadt, Dres­den’s cool, grungier quar­ter, where Louisen­straße is full of ec­cen­tric bars and epic graf­fiti. manof­mode

Lübeck

Lübeck was last a big name city in the 16th cen­tury – and it’s all the bet­ter for it. It’s a gor­geous Hanseatic city con­cocted from red brick, like Wi­gan but built by the Broth­ers Grimm. We spent our stay there swoon­ing over the me­dieval ware­houses, mer­chants’ res­i­dences and Gothic churches – fas­tid­i­ously re­con­structed af­ter a wartime bash­ing. Most mem­o­rable for us was the fa­mous Niedereg­ger marzi­pan shop, where you can puz­zle over the his­tor­i­cal marzi­pan tableaux in the bizarre up­stairs mu­seum and try flavours such as plum and pineap­ple. Morag Reav­ley

Tübin­gen

The con­vivial univer­sity city of Tübin­gen en­joys a pretty lo­ca­tion on

the banks of the river Neckar. Half­tim­bered gor­geous­ness is ev­ery­where. One of the best places we found was the Neckar­müller Bier­garten right by the river, where var­i­ous beers are brewed that you can sam­ple at long tres­tles un­der the trees in sum­mer, great with their gi­ant pret­zels. On the op­po­site bank of the Neckar is a bril­liant open-air pool com­plex. Marthah

Bam­berg

Just over 30 min­utes north of the his­toric city of Nurem­berg by train this Bavar­ian gem – a Unesco world her­itage site – is packed with half­tim­bered build­ings and cob­bled streets filled with artisan shops and bustling beer houses serv­ing lo­cal, hearty fare. Txik­iStu

Baroque of ages … Dres­den’s sky­line

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