Is it worth visiting small towns in Germany?
My answer is — and has always been — yes, of course they are!
They’re full of history, charm, and magic, and offer a perfect escape from the bustling lives of Germany’s bigger cities, like Berlin, Hamburg, and others.
In this guide, you can find the list of 10 cutest small towns in Germany that you should definitely pin on your travel map. So check it out:
10 Cutest Small Towns in Germany
Bacharach is a delightful little town located on the banks of the Rhine River. Surrounded by a city wall, Bacharach’s charming half-timbered buildings transport you back to the medieval times. After wandering around the town, rest your weary feet at the market over a glass of Riesling — the most famous (and useful, hehe) contribution of Bacharach to this world.
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.
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.
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!
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 got inspiration for The Nutcracker!
Bamberg has a lot to offer: a gorgeous UNESCO Old Town, a handful of antique shops, amazing Franconian beer, romantic canals… I’ve written about Bamberg before, and it remains strong on my list of the cutest small towns in Germany!
6. 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.
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.
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.
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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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!