10 Cutest Small Towns In Germany

Germany's best less-travelled towns are seriously underestimated!

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1. Wernigerode

Wernigerode is not only famous for its peculiar architecture – the town hall of Wernigerode is one of Germany’s most important landmarks – but also for its dark history of witches. Back in the day, Wernigerode used to be a center for many followers of the black arts. Things have calmed down over the last few centuries, obviously, so there’s no need to worry. The gorgeous medieval castle of Wernigerode offers an amazing view over the idyllic-looking town.

Quedlinburg, Germany

2. Quedlinburg

If you ever travel through Saxony-Anhalt, do make a stop at Quedlinburg – this place is incredible! With its old, crooked, half-timbered buildings, it literally eradiates history that becomes the air you breathe and wraps your whole body in magic. Quedlinburg is one of the most well-preserved medieval and renaissance towns in the whole world, so it’s indeed a must-see. If you’re not persuaded yet, imagine yourself standing in an old German Ratplatz where time suddenly froze: nearly every building surrounding you is about 600 years old, there’s a huge castle up on the hill, tranquility hangs in the air, and there’s no sign of any type of contemporaneity… MAGIC!

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3. Bamberg

Alike Quedlinburg, Bamberg also has a strong medieval image. Some buildings there date back to the very beginning of the 12th century – like the castle Altenburg. It’s known for a fact that famous Hoffman used to love staying there. And who knows – maybe that’s where he actually wrote “The Nutcracker”!

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4. Bad Wimpfen

Like any other old German town, Bad Wimpfen is full of lovely medieval-looking wooden houses called Fachwerkhäuser, which is one of the most easily recognizable architectural styles. Located on the River Neckar, the city is a historically renowned spa destination for its natural resources of different types of salts used for therapy.

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5. Rothenburg

Now, if you don’t recognize this place, that means you haven’t watched enough of Disney’s cartoons in childhood! Rothenburg is that very place that inspired Walt Disney to create Pinocchio, one of his most famous and beloved works.

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6. Weimar

Weimar is so neat that it looks just like a postcard. It’s the place where Franz Liszt established a music academy and where Wolfgang Goethe rests in peace. Cute little Weimar is indeed a feast for the eyes, music for the ears, and food for the soul.

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7. Cochem

You’ve probably never even heard about Cochem before because it’s just so tiny. Population: less than 5000 people. But you shouldn’t judge the city by its size: Cochem is one of the most picturesque small towns you can imagine. Its huge monumental castle with thousand-year-old history is surrounded by vineyards, whose harvest makes the most excellent Moselle wine. So if you want to go sightseeing and wine tasting at the same time, Cochem is a perfect place.

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8. Mittenwald

Mittenwald is a delightful little town in the foothills of the Alps. The photo describes its magic better than words.

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9. Münster

Nowadays the city is known as the bicycle capital of Germany. It certainly adds a lot of charm to Münster, creating a unique combination of modernity and history.

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10. Potsdam

If you haven’t been to Potsdam yet, go there immediately. It is part of Berlin’s subway system and is only 40 minutes away from the German capital. Potsdam has everything: the simplicity of quiet rustic lifestyle and the grandiosity of palaces that impress with their size, decorative architecture, and general magnificence. Potsdam really has a lot of faces and it’s difficult to describe it in general terms. Just go and see for yourself!


Of course, it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t mention Leipzig, a city where I lived for nearly two years of my life. It is widely known as a City of Music, boasting with such names as Bach, Mendelssohn, Wagner, Grieg, and Schumann, who all used to live and work there. Apart from that, Leipzig is also famous for its beautiful architecture, having some of the world’s best samples of Gründerzeit. Definitely worth checking out!

Which German secret little town would you like to visit? Share with me in the comments below!

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  • Judy

    I feel terrible now. I’m German and I’ve only been to two out of ten (or three if you count Leipzig).
    Gotta go back for a Germany trip!!

    • Oh, you should definitely explore more of your own country! Make your own Germany bucket list and visit all the castles, for example, that’d be fun!
      I’ve been to 5 towns from the list (counting Leipzig, too) and they were all absolutely stunning! I love Germany.

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  • All look very, very, very cute. I don’t know why, but these all remind me of small little Harry Potter towns

    • That’s true! Every little town in Europe looks like Hogsmeade :)

  • Ah these little German towns are so cute – just like little fairytale villages! I’ve only been to big cities in Germany so I’m eager to start exploring some of these smaller places… Thanks for the list!

    • Glad you found it useful! Hope it helps on your trip around Germany’s little towns!

  • what a beauty & incomparable photos. pleasant & cute olga.

  • Jessie

    Very cute list and beautiful photos. It really made me homesick. Another good tip would be Görlitz, home to the socalled first German philosopher, Jakob Böhme.

    • I’ve heard about Görlitz before, actually, should check it out one day! Thanks for the tip, Jessie! :)