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Magic Cities

for young people

A wide range of activities, a vibrant nightlife and plenty of shopping opportunities make the Magic Cities a favourite destination for young visitors.

Energetic teenagers can go windsurfing and canoeing right in the heart of the city, and explore trendy or bohemian quarters by bike on largely car-free routes. Boutiques enable shopping trips even on limited budgets, and quirky bars and clubs host all-night parties.

Youth hostels are a meeting place for young people from around the world. Set in central locations, they offer safe and inexpensive accommodation even for travellers aged under 18.

Discover and experience Germany for young people

Frankfurt - Rebstockbad pool – where the fun never stops

Swimming, diving, playing, going on the slides or just hanging out – the Rebstockbad pool is fantastic for all ages.

Rebstockbad is the largest fun and leisure pool complex in Frankfurt, offering two giant slides and a wave pool with a beach party atmosphere. One particular highlight is the 125m-long Black Hole slide. For those who prefer a bit of peace and quiet there is a Japanese-style sauna area – around ten different saunas offer something for everyone. A hot tub, a snow chamber, a steamroom and sunbeds are also available. The outdoor pools can be used throughout the year. The Rebstockbad is not just a swimming pool, it also has extensive grounds featuring a volleyball pitch and other sports facilities.

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Frankfurt - English Theatre – small is beautiful

The English Theatre Frankfurt is the largest English-language theatre on the European mainland and has established itself as a permanent fixture in the cultural life of the city.

The programme of the English Theatre covers a broad spectrum. Since its foundation in 1979, the theatre has staged a surprisingly diverse mixture of classic and contemporary works, ranging from drama to comedy, from thriller to satire and even musicals every season. The selection of plays takes its cues from leading international theatres. Some productions are inhouse, others are touring shows with top-range casts. Most of the performers are from Britain or other English-speaking countries. The English Theatre offers English-language entertainment at its very best. The friendly theatre bar, 'James', is also highly recommended and offers a good chance of bumping into some of the actors after a show.

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Frankfurt - interactive museums – where learning is fun

There are numerous 'hands-on' museums in Frankfurt, some of them specially designed for children. Their exhibitions actively encourage visitors to have a go for themselves. The focus here is on experiments, exploration and thinking, as well as artistic and creative work.

The Film Museum has modern workshops and a multi-purpose film studio. The studio offers a blue-screen facility and the latest lighting and sound technology, just like a real film set. In the workshops children can experiment with different editing suites and with the museum's own sound and image library. The Children's Museum also offers hands-on experiences. Several workshops allow young visitors to make paper, design their own jewellery and record radio spots. The Experiminta Museum deals with science and it is aimed at visitors of all ages. A little dexterity, a touch of deductive talent and some natural curiosity are required to understand natural laws, technological processes and scientific breakthroughs. Covering a similar field, the Explora Museum encourages visitors to join in with experiments involving perception, tricks of the mind, art, language, mathematics, physics and more.

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Leipzig for young people and backpackers

Leipzig is one of Germany's most vibrant cities and particularly appeals to young people. 'Hypezig'? No way! Leipzig is as amazing as ever.

Known for its dynamic arts, music and festival scene, the city of Leipzig is a great place to work and live. Not only does Leipzig attract artists, musicians and other creatives, it's also a top destination for young travellers aged between 14 and 29 – with or without a backpack. Together with affordable accommodation in hostels, youth hostels and boutique hotels, the city boasts a wide range of cultural attractions and leisure activities.

The city's nightlife has always been the stuff of legend. Even Angela Merkel used to dance at the Moritzbastei, Germany's largest student club, in her day. In the Südvorstadt district around Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse, a popular area with lots of colourful cafés, bars and pubs, you can enjoy city life to the full and explore clubs such as Distillery or Werk II late at night. One thing is guaranteed: the price is always right.

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Dresden night skating

Every Thursday from April to October skaters set out for a night-time tour of Dresden on a variety of different routes. The 9,200m² skatepark on Lingnerallee, near the Grosser Garten park, is a popular meeting place for young people.

Dresden is not only a 'pearl of the baroque', it also offers plenty of activities for young people. This youthful and alternative city can be explored in a number of different ways – in the conventional manner on a sightseeing tour by bus or steamship, in a more quirky style in a 'Trabi' car, on an intellectually challenging tour of discovery or energetically by bike along the Elbe Cycle Route. Water fans will be in their element in the city's swimming pools. The 9,200m² skatepark on Lingnerallee – near the Grosser Garten park, the green heart of the city – is a popular meeting place for young people. Every Thursday from April to October skaters set out from here on different routes for a night-time tour of Dresden. Dresden's night skating has been a recognised sports event since 1998.

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Beach bars & film nights on the banks of the river Elbe

After a visit to the outdoor cinema or an open-air concert against the stunning silhouette of the Dresden skyline, it's time for a trip to a beach club.

For a few weeks during the summer, the area along the Königsufer embankment is transformed into one of the most beautiful open-air cinemas in Germany as well as a stage for international music acts. Afterwards you can soak up the tropical vibes at one of the beach bars, for instance the 'Elbsegler'. During the day the 'city beach' offers volley ball pitches and ping-pong tables for more active pursuits. Puro Beach, the lifestyle beach club at Neustädter Hafen harbour, is an extraordinary location where you can relax under tall palm trees, swim in the pool or dance the night away.

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Nightlife in Dresden

Dresden is a great place to party. The wide choice of venues and the range of music on offer in the many pubs and bars – by no means restricted to the trendy Neustadt quarter – offer everything from a calm and quiet evening to a wild and crazy night out.

Dresden is a great place to party. In Dresden, the nights are long, not just for the more than forty thousand students. The choice of venues covers everything from old factory basements to former ballrooms and even a beach club with a mediterranean vibe, while the musical spectrum ranges from house and hip hop to Latin and funk right through to gothic and old-fashioned German 'schlager'. The many pubs and bars – by no means restricted to the trendy Neustadt quarter – offer everything from a calm and quiet evening to a wild and crazy night out. Since the hottest venues are constantly changing, it is advisable to check the Dresden listings magazines, or simply go for a stroll through the quarters that boast the most options.

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Hamburg – shop 'til you drop

Besides waterfront sightseeing, Hamburg also offers excellent shopping opportunities: between them, the Schanzenviertel and Karolinenviertel quarters, Spitalerstrasse and Gänsemarkt offer everything the heart could desire, to dazzle the eyes and add that little extra touch.

Hamburg is heaven for shopaholics. From trendsetters to bargain hunters, in Hamburg dedicated shoppers from around the world are sure to find whatever they are looking for.

From H&M to Levi's and adidas: Spitalerstrasse and Mönckebergstrasse offer everything consumers could possibly want. Right outside the central station you immediately find yourself in the heart of Hamburg's shopping district. Europapassage mall, which leads to the Alster lake, offers brand names such as Hollister and Tommy Hilfiger, with Abercrombie & Fitch and Urban Outfitters also nearby.

The 'young Turks' of the Hamburg design world have made their creative home in trendy quarters such as Schanzenviertel and Karolinenviertel. At the heart of the scene is Marktstrasse, where boutiques like Sium and Herr von Eden offer style-obsessed fashionistas everything their heart could possibly desire, from ostrich feathers and retro accessories to glamour and second-hand chic.

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Partying and relaxing – in Hamburg anything goes

Party through the night in the many different clubs and bars along the Reeperbahn, spend the morning at the quaint St. Pauli fish market and then chill out in a laid-back café or a cool beach club.

Looking for cool clubs or hard-rocking bars to party the night away? Then St. Pauli and the Reeperbahn are just the places for you: here, anything goes! Famous as a red-light district, nowadays the area offers much more than just cheap thrills: time for a premium party experience, for example in the trendy China Lounge or at Uebel & Gefährlich.

For a typical Hamburg breakfast, and to browse for curiosities, party-goers should follow their night out with an early-morning visit to the fish market. Everything is on sale here, from fish to pot plants or live chickens, and the fish auction hall offers a quirky brunch accompanied by country music.

To continue the day at a relaxed pace, head to one of the cafés in the trendy Karolinenviertel and Schanzenviertel quarters. During the summer it's worth checking out Hamburg's version of the Caribbean: there are four beach clubs right by St. Pauli Landungsbrücken that offer a pure, unadulterated holiday feeling – along with an ice-cold beer or an exotic cocktail.

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Stuttgart – city of festivals

The capital of Baden-Württemberg offers party-hungry youngsters plenty of choice, from the Cannstatter Wasen festival to the Hip-Hop Open.

Cannstatter Wasen is Stuttgart's biggest and most eagerly anticipated festival. Centred around the historical Fruchtsäule, the festival's iconic fruit column, 321 stallholders and brewers serve up a feast of fun and entertainment. The festival combines timeless fairground classics with modern rides, such as double loop-the-loop rollercoasters, gravity-defying carousels, bumper cars and chairoplanes. The beer tents serve up hearty regional fare including knuckle of pork, rostbraten and maultaschen, all washed down with towering glasses of beer.

The Hip-Hop Open is one of the biggest events of its kind anywhere in Europe. Year after year, fans of rap music descend on Reitstadion stadium to party into the small hours.

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Good, affordable accommodation in Stuttgart

Young people in search of good, reasonably priced accommodation in Stuttgart need look no further than its youth hostels.

Stuttgart's international youth hostel enjoys a central located in the Mitte district. Set halfway up a hill, its position provides great panoramic views across the city. The hostel offers special features for international visitors. The Stuttgart Neckarpark youth hostel boasts the latest facilities and is handy for Stuttgart's main venues: Cannstatter Wasen fairground, Mercedes-Benz Arena, Hanns Martin Schleyer Hall and Porsche Arena Stuttgart.

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Stuttgart – party city

Stuttgart is a city that loves to party, with big festivals and all-night celebrations. Theodor-Heuss-Strasse is a party street like no other, and young people flock to its many clubs, pubs and bars.

During the summer months in particular Theodor-Heuss-Strasse, or 'Theo' as locals call it, heaves with thousands of weekend revellers. The name of the game is to turn night into day as the street party keeps going until dawn. Bars like L'Oasis and 7 Grad or the Theo institution that is Suite 212 have large outside areas where you can sit and chat or relax over a shisha pipe. But if smooth tunes, trendy drinks and a cosy atmosphere are more your thing, then Stuttgart has plenty of options too. The charming pub quarter that surrounds the Hans-im-Glück fountain is teeming with old-fashioned pubs, trendy bars like the Matahari and elegant cafés such as the Deli.

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Düsseldorf – creative revolutions on the edge of the city

A word to the wise – anyone who thinks that Düsseldorf has nothing to offer beyond the Königsallee and the old quarter couldn't be more wrong. Young, creative and experimental, that is the new, youthful face of Düsseldorf. If you take the trouble of looking a bit further than Königsallee you will make some amazing discoveries.

For some years now, districts such as Flingern, Pempelfort and Bilk have been displaying ever-increasing creative potential. The 'young Turks' are taking over! Once ordinary residential areas have been transformed into hip bohemian quarters.

Düsseldorf also offers a winning combination of Rhineland charm and a mix of unconventional styles. The city's makeover is not just evident in its architecture: fashion, restaurants, nightlife and the arts are all taking their cues from these changes and offer an extraordinary diversity packed into a small space.

The experimental concepts emerging in the outer districts are being taken up by the restaurant scene. A former mustard factory is converted into a bistro with purist chic, and old filling stations are re-imagined as a stylish 'cocktail pump' or café lounge.

But while the days are full to bursting the city nights also have much to offer. From after-work drinks to clubbing – the choice of bars and clubs is enormous. Former red-light dives are turned into trendy clubs and obscure courtyards become venues for retro clubs with a living-room vibe.

A vibrant concert scene provides yet more reasons to visit Düsseldorf throughout the year. From indie bands at the Open Source Festival or the Zakk cultural centre to big-name acts playing at larger venues, including the ESPRIT Arena, there are always top-notch concerts on offer in Düsseldorf. And everyone knows that fashion and music are a perfect fit, a fact not lost on local band Kraftwerk whose biggest hit was 'The Model'.

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Hannover: hotels and hostels for young people

Hannover offers affordable accommodation for young people that is easily accessible by public transport. From school groups to sports teams and independent travellers: youth hostels, Naturfreundehaus and other hostels are ready to welcome teenagers and young people and offer a number of attractions.

The youth hostel is set in leafy surroundings – Lake Maschsee and the Ricklingen ponds offer opportunities for swimming, inline skating and water sports. It's a short journey to the city centre on the underground, while the Sportpark and AWD Arena are just around the corner, ideal for visitors going to a rock or pop concert or the Schützenfest fair. The youth hostel is one of the most modern in Germany. Affordable lodgings are also available at the cosy Naturfreundehaus. Located in the Eilenriede forest, not far from the centre of Hannover, it offers extensive grounds and an accessible low ropes course. Young people travelling on a shoestring also like to stay at the basic Bed'nBudget hostels, with optional extras available for those who want them. Hotel Schlafgut in the Nordstadt student district offers an attractive discount for guests under 30. Next door, energetic visitors can test their limits at the indoor climbing park.
For more information see www.hannover.de/hotels

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Hannover: active sports for young people

From inline skating to skateboarding, BMX riding and kickboxing Hannover offers pretty much any activity that is popular with young people. There are water sports on Lake Maschsee, Lake Steinhude and on the Ihme river. And around 2,000 participants take part in the city's 'Skate by Night' event.

Germany's leafiest city offers plenty of scope for jogging, cycling and inline skating in the Eilenriede forest, Georgengarten park and around Lake Maschsee. Lake Maschsee in particular has become the city's most popular destination for inline skating. The 'Skate by Night' event starts on Klagesmarkt square, where skating enthusiasts meet to skate along car-free roads, followed by a chill-out. The cycling equivalent is Velo City Night, with routes that criss-cross the city. Buchholz sports centre for young people offers popular niche sports such as BMX, parkour, skateboarding and allows youngsters to practise their hip-hop moves. Climbing centres such as the Springe high ropes course and the SeaTree at Lake Steinhude are also popular. Lake Steinhude is also perfect for kitesurfing, windsurfing and stand-up paddle surfing, and there is even a German Windsurfing and Water Sports Association school here. The skatepark at 2er Skateboarding e.V. offers optimum conditions for skateboarding.

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Hannover sightseeing for young people

The Sprengel Museum, Lake Maschsee with water sports, beer gardens and beaches, the old quarter with its timber-framed buildings, bistros and the flea market: sightseeing in Hannover offers plenty of highlights for young people. Herrenhausen Gardens are one of the city's most famous attractions.

Anyone looking for inspiration ought to try the Sprengel Museum in Hannover. It exhibits modern art from the 20th and 21st century, contains one of Europe's first photo galleries and presents innovative film and video works. The museum is also renowned for its spectacular art shows. Nearby Lake Maschsee offers a chance to relax, go sailing or stop for refreshments. A great way of exploring Hannover is the Red Thread, a red line painted onto the pavement which links the city's main attractions. These include Hohes Ufer embankment, the flea market and the old quarter with Marktkirche church and the old town hall. Beyond the Red Thread lie the famous Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen with the Great Garden, Georgengarten, Berggarten and the SEA LIFE aquarium, a fabulous underwater world.

The guide that accompanies the Red Thread route is also available as an app and provides lots of additional information.

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Munich for young visitors

Munich is hip, young and multifaceted. From shopping in the pedestrian area to chilling on the banks of the Isar and skating in the Olympic Park, the laid-back city offers plenty of leisure attractions for young visitors.

Numerous hostels, youth hostels and budget hotels provide affordable accommodation, catering specifically to the requirements and budgets of young visitors. Sports enthusiasts are also well served in the Bavarian capital. From windsurfing on the Eisbach in the heart of the city and inline skating at the Olympic Park to a game of football in the English Garden, Munich is a great destination for anyone who wants to be active. The parks and the banks of the river Isar are popular meeting places for slackliners, sun worshippers and those who just want to chill out.

Fashionistas can peruse the output of young Munich designers of fashion, jewellery, bags or furniture on Gärtnerplatz and in the city centre.

Anyone in need of inspiration should look no further than the museums of the Munich Art Quarter, not far from Munich's acclaimed universities and the art academy.

In the city's clubs and concert halls, at open-air concerts, alternative festivals and house discos, the party goes on right through the night.

Munich is an ideal destination for school children and students who don't mind a bit of learning: its museums offer masterpieces from Greek antiquity to the 21st century, while the Deutsches Museum and the BMW Museum bring the history of technology to life in a fascinating way.

For object lessons in German and European history, there are royal palaces or the concentration camp memorial site in nearby Dachau, and the Nazi Documentation Centre Munich which is scheduled to open in 2014.

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