The 10 Most Magical Small Towns in Germany
Hip, cool, medieval, historical – Germany is a lively cosmopolitan that is rich with culture and truly has it all. Alongside the bubbling and exciting big cities, Germany has picturesque small towns full of romance and beautiful scenery. Are you ready to explore them? If so, let’s go!
Cochem – This romantic old town is a sight to behold. A magnificent castle perched on a cliff overlooking the town, the breathtaking and lush scenery and the half-timbered medieval houses all create a stunning impression. This small town is full of colors and little narrow streets, a flowing river and medieval monuments, and will make you feel like you’ve walked into a fairytale.
Monschau – This quaint and delightful town is located in the Eifel region right next to the Belgium border and is surrounded by lush hilly forests. There’s a small river streaming along the half-timbered houses and cobbled streets with many charming hidden spots. Don’t miss out on the Christmas market that transforms the entire town to a Christmas marvel.
Ruedesheim am Rhein – This idyllic wine making town is known for its breathtaking scenery as well as for its acclaimed Riesling and Pinot Noir wines. The town serves as a gateway to The 65km-stretch of the Middle Rhine Valley, known for its rich history and vineyards. This picturesque town has a long wine making tradition, with traditional wine tavern in historic small houses and medieval ruins.
Michelstadt – This beautiful and historic town is located at the heart of Odenwald nature park. Its old Gothic Town Hall is an iconic national symbol and the town itself is simply magical and looks straight out of a story book. Don’t miss out on the enchanting Christmas market!
Miltenberg – With its 16th century timber framed colorful houses, this picture perfect town has a pretty market square with a Renaissance fountain and vibrant, vivid colored flowers.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber – A magical village that feels like a Bavarian fairytale, this adorable small town is a dream come true. Romantic, quaint and historic, you can roam Rothenberg’s little cobbled streets for hours, admiring its timbered houses and the perfectly preserved wall surrounding the town. Walking this town is like walking into a medieval world and Rothenburg is considered to be Germany’s best-preserved medieval city. It’s as if time stood still in this enchanting village.
Bamberg– Bamberg is so beautiful it is rightly considered one of the most unique and pretty 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, dated back to the year 900, the town is also lively and vibrant, with breweries, cafes and a cool art scene.
Meissen – Famous for the manufacture of porcelain, Meissen boasts exquisite porcelain figurines at every corner. Sitting on the Elbe river banks, Meissen offers a dramatic scenery, with its gothic cathedral and fairytale castle sitting on a mountain top, overlooking the Elbe valley and vineyards.
Quedlinburg – A charming medieval town that is considered the birthplace of Germany. This 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, the town is so well preserved 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, considered to be one of the most significant monuments in the art history.
Wernigerode – Sitting at the foothills of the Harz Mountains, Wernigeorde is as lovely as it gets. Narrow lanes, romantic castle overlooking the town and the mythical Harz National Park just around corner, full of lush green forests full of legends and fairytales (some say you might even encounter a witch or two in the forest!).