Germantown is a charming neighborhood with a rich sense of history. Along the cobbled main Germantown Avenue thoroughfare, 18th-century homes and taverns mix with indie boutiques and cafes in traditional storefronts. Picturesque attractions include the country’s oldest rose garden, at Wyck House. Every summer, the Revolutionary Germantown Festival draws visitors to the Cliveden mansion, site of the 1777 Battle of Germantown.
Though famous for its historical sites and houses, Germantown’s charm is by no means limited to its history. The iMPeRFeCT Gallery, a community-centered art showroom, provides space for local artists and others to show off their work. The Wissahickon Valley Park offers 57 miles of trails among 18 acres of lush scenery while never having to leave the city.
Germantown is a 20-minute drive outside the city. The Chestnut Hill East and Chestnut Hill West regional rail lines offer multiple stops along or adjacent to many of the neighborhood’s attractions.