These cities are true music stars and places of nostalgia

Sometimes melancholy, sometimes with a scratchy voice, sometimes with higher tones: there are some places in the world that are sung about in songs. The reason why the choice falls on the sung city is of a completely different nature. Some places have helped shape tens of thousands of song lyrics due to their special touch that spreads into a person’s life. Others were the trigger for ironic punk anthems due to their special tourist mentality, and still others were and are transformed into song lyrics as places with a supposed guarantee of love.

The travel reporter has asked around and presents seven places that have entered the history of music as a source of inspiration, as a hotspot for exciting nightlife, as a hippie stronghold or simply as a place where you want to forget a failed love.

1. New York

There is no other city that has more songs than the American melting pot of New York. More than 30,000 songs speak of the city that never sleeps and that is a place of nostalgia for countless artists. Everyone immediately thinks of “New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra (Liza Minnelli has already sung the song without success before him), Udo Jürgens’ tearjerker “I’ve never been to New York” or the anthem of power “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys.

New York is a pulsating metropolis with eight million inhabitants and the entire metropolitan region has nearly 19 million people. With “And If I Can Make It, I’ll Make It Anywhere, It’s Up To You, New York, New York”, Sinatra’s lyrics speak to the hearts of many newcomers. The city is synonymous with freedom, symbolically tangible even from the Statue of Liberty and reservoir of creative minds from all over the world. And so the biggest attraction in the city is probably its pulsating style, which changes constantly and never stagnates.

View of New York and its green lung, Central Park.


“London Calling” by the British punk group The Clash is one of the most famous songs in the British capital. But the song is hardly a love country for the city on the Thames. It deals with climate crises, apocalypses and nuclear catastrophes and then carries the gloomy mood of the band in the late 1970s, which now, decades later, has reached a grim topicality again. Incidentally, The Clash borrowed the title “London Calling” from the BBC, which used these words to present many of their WWII radio shows.

If you visit the BBC headquarters today, you will find yourself in front of an impressive building from 1932, which now houses 32 radio and 16 television studios. Not far from there, the Cartoon Museum offers the opportunity to dive into parallel worlds. With the onset of spring, numerous parks such as Hyde Park or Regent’s Park, which is also home to the oldest zoo in the world, attract visitors. Those who love British humor can also choose from numerous comedic events.

Giver of name and inspiration for numerous texts: London.

3. Berlin

The German capital is sung in more than 6000 songs. The lyrics often talk about the potpourri of the people you meet in Berlin, the clubs and the dirt of the city. “Hello Berlin, you can be so ugly, so dirty and gray, you can be so awful, your nights eat me up”, sings Peter Fox in “Schwarz zu Blau” the morning after visiting the club.

And there are many night clubs to visit. There is no guaranteed number, as new ones are popping up all the time and others are closing. One of the world famous addresses is Berghain, a techno club in the Friedrichshain district. Only those who, after hours in a row, manage to get past the bouncers, who are among the toughest in the world, enter here.

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Many songs about Berlin talk about the city’s extravagant nightlife. Berghain (photo) is considered a place of worship for revelers.

4. West

The capital of the island of Sylt was sung in 1988 by the punk band Die Ärzte in “Westerland”. The ironic holiday hymn to the ostentation and superficiality of typical Sylt chic holidaymakers has become a cult song and also brought great fame to Westerland. In addition to these criticisms, the refrain alludes to the beauty of the island: “Oh, I’m so homesick, I’m losing my mind! I want to go back to the North Sea, I want to go back to Westerland!”

Many can probably subscribe to the chorus. The six-kilometer stretch of fine sand beach invites you for a stroll and at events such as the Windsurfing World Cup, the world’s best windsurfers offer spectacular scenery on the beach and in the water.

Ironically sung and yet strikingly beautiful, Westerland shows itself in the best seaside climate.