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10 Breathtaking Towns In Germany

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10 Breathtaking Towns In Germany

Germany is characterized by its half-timbered houses, old castles, broad alpine vistas, and many more things that make it a fairytale country. The ideal time to visit Germany is during the winter: there is snow everywhere and, also, who can resist tasting some wine in the Christmas markets?

No matter the season, when you decide to visit Germany, don't forget to go to one of these breathtaking towns:

#1. Rothenburg ob der Tauber

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10 Breathtaking Towns In Germany - Rothenburg ob der Tauber
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Rothenburg is one of the most amazing towns on Earth! This beautiful city is found within an easy drive of Munich, Nuremberg, and Stuttgart. Believe it or not, a day might not be enough for you to wander around the streets of this old but well-preserved town. The fanciest spot is Altstadt, the old medieval town, which you can see from the top of the Town Hall Tower. It's better to do so early in the morning before it gets too crowdy.

Rothenburg is well-connected to other southern German towns. Additionally, it is characterized by some of the best-preserved medieval buildings in the whole country. The 14th-century walls still look perfect, even though some damage was done to them during the Second World War. You could even take a walking tour of them. Also, there are many interesting attractions such as the historic Marktplatz (in market square) and the Medieval Crime and Punishment Museum! Don't forget to visit St. Jakob’s Church with its 500-year-old carved wooden altarpiece - there is no better example of craftsmanship in Germany.

Where to go: Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

#2. Dinkelsbuhl

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One disadvantage of Rothenburg is that it is very touristic, especially during summer and Christmas holidays. However, there is another town right next to it; Dinkelsbuhl is as charming as Rothenburg, but far less crowdy. The town has a significant history since it accepted of both Protestants and Catholics when the Reformation was taking place. It's just a fanciful tiny town with window boxes galore!

Even though Dinkelsbuhl is one of the basic stops along the Romantic Road, it is a peaceful city with no many tourists. It's also the perfect place for you to experience German culture, since you can see the everyday life there - instead of just touristic attractions. The city also includes various architectural styles, among which Gothic (St. George’s Minster), Rococo (the chapel in the Castle of the Teutonic Order), late Roman (St. Paul’s), and many more—so you should totally get your camera ready to take some wonderful pictures!

Where to go: Dinkelsbühl, Germany

#3. Lubeck

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Let us go to the northern area of Germany and see a different medieval town: Lubeck. This town includes one of the most far-reaching Altstadt, or old town, areas of any northern city in the country. Nowadays, it’s still guarded by its emblematic 15th-century red brick gate, and you’ll discover many things to adore from the old city-center to the busy Baltic Sea port areas.

There are 6 churches in Lubeck’s quarter, and inside each of them, you’ll discover several interesting paradigms of northern German ecclesiastical art. It'd also be great to observe the two city gates that have survived into the modern times as well as the old Rathaus, or town hall. But the most amazing thing about Lubeck is that it’s next to the sea—remember to take a good look at the ships at the Museumshafen or, also, take a boat ride around the town! In addition, you totally need to try some of the marzipan that Lubeck is famous for.

Where to go: Lübeck, Germany

#4. Meissen

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Meissen is among the oldest cities in Saxony, so you should definitely visit it! When you first look at it, the town mostly looks similar to Prague, because of its red roofs with the castle and cathedral located on top of the town. However, the cultural identity of the town is originally German. What Meissen is really famous for is its porcelain, that started being produced in the town at the beginning of 1500 and that is still in production nowadays.

Albrechtsburg, Meissen’s castle, is more than 600 years old and is said to be the oldest castle in the country. The Gothic architecture of the castle is unique and well-worth a visit. Near the castle, you can also see the Gothic cathedral—which often organizes classical music concerts! However, the main place to visit is the Meissen Porcelain Museum, that will inform you regarding the city’s history and also let you participate in hands-on demonstrations. Additionally, you can browse shops that sell all kind of porcelain wares—so you could easily find souvenirs for all your loved ones!

Where to go: Meissen, Germany

#5. Lindau

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This city is in the south of the country, exactly on the border between Germany and Austria and right on the scenic shores of Lake Constance. Almost anywhere you walk along the water, you are able to see the Alps off in the distance— unless your eyes are glued to the half-timbered homes and old buildings of Lindau itself!

Lindau is a famous summertime destination. The lake remains cool enough during the year, but that makes for a rejuvenating swim on those warm days. In addition, you'll have the opportunity to take boat trips on the lake, go hiking (you should head to Bregenz and hike up until you get a view of the lake), rent bikes, or else participate in various alternative outdoors activities. Don't forget to take your camera with you; this town is really beautiful!

Where to go: Lindau, Germany

# 6. Triberg

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If you go to Germany, you should make sure you'll visit the Black Forest! Even though you might think there’s not much to do in such a small town, Triberg will make you change your mind. It's a charming, beautiful town which is also ideal for history lovers which will have the chance to learn everything about the Black Forest area. You can also participate in some outdoors activities and don't forget to try the popular Black Forest cake, made by chocolate and cherry!

Walk in the small town first, and then go to Triberg’s Schwarzwaldmuseum, or Black Forest Museum. There are many artifacts, such as the famous Black Forest cuckoo clocks. Then, head on to the House of 1000 Clocks and buy traditional cuckoo clocks - which aren't that expensive! Don't miss the quaint main street of the city, and the Triberger Waterfall, Germany’s tallest waterfall (approximately 535 feet). There are also some different hiking trails in the region that will take you straight there.

Where to go: Triberg, Germany

#7. Worms

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Even though the name isn't convincing, Worms (pronounced vorms) is a beautiful city and one of the oldest in Germany. You'll find it right along the River Rhine; which lacks the aforementioned half-timbered houses, but it's still a very romantic scenery! Actually, the city is popular as the setting of many old myths, including the Nibelungenlied about the hero Siegfried. It's definitely a fairy-tale town!

Worms has also been a religious city for hundreds of years. Its 12th-century cathedral can be seen from all over the town—but the town is also home to the oldest Jewish cemetery in Europe. Also, you shouldn't miss the Nibelungen Bridge and Tower. However, there are also many smaller attractions that will blow your mind: visit the Liebfrauen Church, (set amongst sprawling vineyards producing the famous Liebfrauenmilch); take a stroll along the Rhine; walk through the park surrounding Schloss Herrnsheim. There's beauty in all of them!

Where to go: Worms, Germany

#8. Ramsau

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You’ve certainly seen photos of St. Sebastian’s Church, located in Ramsau—they’re often on the covers of guidebooks and brochures about Germany. And you’ve possibly also seen photos of the nearby Hintersee Lake (also known as the Bodensee). Or maybe you’ve seen photos of the fall festival, Almabtrieb, when the cows are brought down from the summer pastures for the freezy winter. So if you’re looking for a quiet, alpine village to spend your holidays in, Ramsau is the best choice for you!

Even though Ramsau hosts only about 3000 people, there are lots of things for you to do in the region. Whether you like hiking, skiing, swimming, or just resting and trying German food and drink, Ramsau is the ideal place for you.

Where to go: Ramsau bei Berchtesgaden, Germany

#9. Bamberg

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Bamberg is a UNESCO Heritage City since the early ’90s. It’s not hard to see why; the medieval architecture in the old town is a significant reason. The town is spread over seven different hills. It's famous for its arched bridges and the old Rathaus, that is perched on one of these arched bridges over the river. Staying there, you’ll find various styles of architecture, from medieval and half-timbered to modern.

One of the main attractions in Bamberg is Rathaus. However, you’ll also find buildings of similar design styles in the Alte Hofhaltung (Old Court), that once hosted the bishop. Additionally, don't forget to visit the 11th-century cathedral. If all the architecture isn’t enough for you, Bamberg is also famous for its countless breweries, including the 15th-century Schlenkerla one, that makes a kind of smoked beer that isn’t made in any other place worldwide. A glass of beer and some wurst could make you feel like a knight from the past!

Where to go: Bamberg, Germany

#10. Bad Mergentheim

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Bad Mergentheim is another beautiful town where you’ll find fanciful, cobblestoned streets and amazing half-timbered buildings. Additionally, as with all German cities that have ‘bad’ in their name, Bad Mergentheim is a spa town. In fact, its waters are said to cure people of various ailments.

Bad Mergentheim’s market square might be the cutest in the whole Germany—and not least that touristic! And if like fairytales with knights in shining armor rescuing their ladies, you should pay a visit to the Deutschordensschloss, mostly known as the castle that served as the old house of the Teutonic Knights once upon a time.

Where to go: Bad Mergentheim, Germany
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