Hip, cool, medieval, historic – Germany is a lively country that is rich in culture and truly has it all. Alongside its vibrant big cities, there are small towns in Germany which are picturesque and chock full of romance and beautiful scenery. Are you ready to explore these magical towns? If so, let’s start planning your trip!
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This romantic, historic small town in Germany is a sight to behold. Its magnificent castle perched on a cliff overlooking the town, breathtaking and lush scenery, and half-timbered medieval houses all create a stunning, spectacular setting. Among the most charming of the German small towns, Cochem is full of color and winding, narrow streets, a flowing river, and medieval monuments – all making you feel as if you’ve walked into a fairy tale.
Monschau, Germany is a quaint and delightful town located in the Eifel region, adjacent to the Belgian border, and is surrounded by lush, hilly forests. Near the small river which streams along the half-timbered houses and cobbled streets of this small German town, you’ll find many charming, hidden spots. Don’t miss out on the Christmas market that transforms Monschau into a Christmas marvel.
Ruedesheim am Rhein
Rudesheim am Rhein is an idyllic wine making town known for its breathtaking scenery as well as for its acclaimed Riesling and Pinot Noir wines. One of the outstanding small towns in Germany, it serves as a gateway to the 40 mile stretch of the Middle Rhine Valley, famous for its rich history and lush vineyards. This picturesque town has a long wine making tradition, with old-style wine taverns in historic small houses and medieval ruins. If you love wine, this town is a must for you!
This beautiful, historic small German town is located at the heart of the Odenwald Nature Park. Its old Gothic town hall is an iconic national symbol, and the town itself is simply magical – it looks like it’s straight out of a storybook! And be sure not to miss out on their enchanting Christmas market.
With its 16th century timber framed colorful houses, this picture-perfect town in Germany has a pretty market square with a Renaissance fountain and brightly colored flowers.
One of the magical villages in Germany that feels like a Bavarian fairytale, Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a dream come true. Romantic, quaint, and historic, you can roam Rothenburg’s narrow cobbled streets for hours, admiring its timbered houses and the perfectly preserved wall surrounding the town. Considered to be Germany’s best-preserved medieval city, walking through this town is like walking into a medieval world- it’s as if time stood still in this enchanting village.
Bamberg is so beautiful, it is rightly considered one of the most unique and charming small towns in Bavaria. With lovely canals crossing the town and stunning medieval and baroque architecture, Bamberg is an enchanting UNESCO World Heritage Site. As historic as it is, dating back to the year 900, this small German town is also lively and vibrant, with modern breweries, cafes, and a cool art scene.
Famous for the manufacture of porcelain, Meissen boasts exquisite porcelain figurines at every corner. Sitting on the Elbe River banks, Meissen offers dramatic scenery, with its Gothic cathedral and dreamy castle sitting on a mountaintop overlooking the Elbe Valley and vineyards.
A charming medieval town that is considered the birthplace of Germany, Quedlinburg is where King Heinrich was crowned King of Germany in the year 919. This was the first time Germany was ruled as a single country. Aside from being home to a few of Germany’s oldest timbered houses, this small German town is so well-preserved that you will feel like you’ve stepped into a movie set. Don’t miss out on the Collegiate Church of St. Servatius. Standing on a hilltop, it is considered to be one of the most significant monuments in the history of art.
Sitting on the foothills of the Harz Mountains, Wernigerode is as lovely as it gets- narrow lanes, a romantic castle overlooking the town, and the mythical Harz National Park just around the corner, full of lush green forests riddled with legends and fairy tales (some say you might even encounter a witch or two in the forest!).
Which of these magical, small towns in Germany will you add to your trip?