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12 German Cities Vs. Their American Counterparts

America is filled with places named after Germany. They're, uh... not quite as impressive.

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1. Potsdam, Germany

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What it's known for: Potsdam was where Prussian kings and the German Kaiser ruled until the early 20th century. More recently, it was where the Potsdam Conference was held, which is where Allied leaders decided the fate of the country after World War II.

2. Berlin, Germany

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What it's known for: Being the most populated city in Germany, as well as the nation's capital. It also used to be split into two cities called East Berlin and West Berlin but that was ages ago now.


3. Munich, Germany

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What it's known for: Munich is the largest city in Bavaria, and is known for having a lot of classic, historical charm while being a major center for high-tech industry as well. It's also the home of Oktoberfest.


5. Frankfurt am Main, Germany

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What it's known for: Being a global business hub and the financial center of Europe, and home to the headquarters of several companies including: Commerzbank, Crytek, Deutsche Bank, European Group, Nestlé Deutschland, T-Systems, and many others.

6. Nuremberg, Germany

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What it's known for: The Nuremberg Trials, where Nazi commanders and officials were tried by an international tribunal for crimes against humanity and war crimes in the Palace of Justice.


7. Hamburg, Germany

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What it's known for: Hamburg is a center for education and research in German and Europe. It was also formerly a free and sovereign city-state of the Holy Roman Empire, and its official name is the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.

Hamburg, Pennsylvania

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What it's known for: The annual King Frost Parade on the last Saturday of October, featuring a character called King Frost that I think they just made up? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

8. Hannover, Germany

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What it's known for: In the early 19th century, Napoleon occupied Hannover and drove the soldiers out, and they emigrated to England where they became the King's German Legion, who turned the tides during the Battle of Waterloo, ultimately leading to the downfall of Napoleon.


9. Heidelberg, Germany

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What it's known for: Heidelberg University, which is one of Europe's oldest and most reputable universities. Also the beautiful Heidelberg Castle looming over the city, and the famous Philosophers' Walk.

10. Bremen, Germany

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What it's known for: Being a cultural center in Germany, with several popular and well respected museums including the Übersee Museum. It's also home to Beck's Brewery.


11. Stuttgart, Germany

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What it's known for: Stuttgart is nestled in the valleys of the Neckar river, and is the automotive capital of Germany, with companies such as Porsche, Bosch, and Mercedes-Benz headquartered there. It's also a major producer of many German wines.

Stuttgart, Arkansas

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What it's known for: Furonda Brasfield from the sixth cycle of America's Next Top Model is from Stuttgart. Also, it was once featured on an episode of Storm Chasers on the Discovery Channel.

12. Essen, Germany

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What it's known for: Being home to the Krupp family steel works, which was the largest company in Europe at the beginning of the 20th century. It's also home to the multinational conglomerate ThyssenKrupp.