Fumobici, I've always enjoyed my stays in Germany, though they have been too limited. There is a deep attention to culture. And evidently the food has greatly improved - I always had good food, not too heavy, with lots of vegetables, and carefully prepared. German bread is excellent.
Of course a place starring the dynamic duo of bicycles + trams/streetcars appeals to me!
I know these reconstructed cities look "too perfect", but they will age again. A lot of "old" stuff we see in pre-Second-World-War photos was actually rebuilt after the "Great War".
I agree that most cities we see, in Europe at least, are a mixture of new, old, and newish built with old, not to mention places that were built by taking apart old monuments and reusing the stones.
What I don't like in the few German cities I have been (or anywhere else for that matter) is the official architecture from the final decades of the 19th century and the early 20th. (Except for Art Nouveau, Jugendstil, Secession, or whatever you want to call it.) I find it heavy and monumental. Sorry, Mossie, but I would include the Houses of Parliament in London, Budapest and Ottawa in that group. The new city hall in Leipzig is pretty awful -- okay in a tiny photo like this but totally overwhelming in reality. I imagine it was all done as a political statement, like the Soviet architecture in Russia and its former vassal states.
But that is just a personal opinion. It's also hard to photograph, although as you have all noticed, I tend not to take many pictures of things you can find postcards of any more. I'll start a new thread for Erfurt, which is more picturesque and therefore had lots of pictures.