The Cutest German Towns to Visit

Cutest Towns to Visit in Germany, Rothenberg ob der Tauber
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While the big cities of Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt and Cologne might be the most popular destinations for tourists, Germany also boasts some of the most charming medieval small towns in Europe. Here is our pick of the cutest German towns that should be on your travel itinerary.

The Cutest German Towns to Visit:

The Cutest German Towns, Cochem


10. Cochem

Cochem is an idyllic riverside little town that is famous for its towering, romantic castle built in the 11th century. The setting looks like something straight out of a fairytale, with photo opportunities at every turn.

Nearest major city: Cologne 

The Cutest German Towns to Visit, Meissen


9. Meissen

Located just 25 km north of Dresden, romantic little Meissen is built along the banks of the River Elbe. It is famous for its porcelain production, it’s medieval castle that looks down onto the city and for its surrounding vineyards.

Nearest major city: Dresden

The Cutest German Towns You Should Visit, Quedlinberg


8. Quedlinburg

Could Quedlinburg be any more charming? This tiny town is located just north of the Harz mountains in still evokes the Middle Ages today. Quedlinburg fortunately survived the war undamaged and is one of Germany’s best preserved medieval renaissance towns and has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This town has an impressive political history, having been ruled by aristocratic women for 800 years as a semi-independent state. The rambling, cobblestoned streets snake their way around countless red-roofed half-timber houses – the perfect place to get lost for an afternoon.

Nearest major city: Hannover

The Cutest German Towns You Should Visit, Dinkelsbuühl


7. Dinkelsbühl

Dinkelsbühl is located in Bavaria and is far less touristy than some other German medieval towns. Immaculately preserved, this quaint little town dates back to the 8th century. Spared destruction in WWII, Dinkelsbühl has retained its authenticity and charm. Be sure to walk the circumference of the city along its medieval fortified walls.

Nearest major city: Nuremberg

Cutest Towns You Should Visit in Germany, Goslar


6. Goslar

UNESCO World Heritage listed Goslar, located in Lower Saxony is a popular tourist town favoured by Germans. Founded in 922 CE, Goslar is famed for its magnificent gates and old city walls, its timbered guild houses, its medieval Imperial Palace and Romanesque churches. Over 47 church spires reach towards the heavens, giving Goslar its nickname of the ‘Rome of the North’.

Nearest major city: Hannover

Cutest German Towns to Visit, Rüdesheim


5. Rüdesheim am Rhein

This pretty little town is nestled in the Rhein Gorge and is known for being a winemaking town. Like many of these scenic towns, Rüdesheim am Rhein is UNESCO World Heritage listed. The stunning landscape surrounding the town is reason enough to visit, aside from the excellent wine of the region and the magnificent old town.

Nearest major city: Frankfurt

The Cutest German Towns You Should Visit, Michelstadt


4. Michelstadt

Located in the middle of the rugged Odenwald nature park lies the beautiful, historic town of Michelstadt. It’s one of the oldest settlements in this region and contains some impressive medieval structures, including its castle and historic town hall, which are known throughout the world as iconic images of Germany.

Nearest major city: Frankfurt

Cutest German Towns to Visit, Miltenberg


3. Miltenberg

Miltenberg has long been celebrated as one of the most beautiful towns in Bavaria. It is famed for its construction of beautiful violins and became known as ‘the Village of a Thousand Violins’. This small town boasts some of the most charming architecture in the country, with its market square being used in many feature films.

Nearest major city: Frankfurt

The Cutest German Towns To Visit, Bamberg


2. Bamberg

If you are in Bavaria, you absolutely cannot miss a trip to one of its most beautiful towns in the region: Bamberg. This beguiling little town’s architecture is unparalleled almost anywhere else in Germany and Bamberg is commonly regarded as one of Germany’s most attractive settlements. UNESCO World Heritage listed, its old town is almost completely devoid of modern structures. Ten breweries are dotted around town and leaving without sampling some of the town’s famous smoked beer would be a crime!

Nearest major city: Nuremberg

Cutest Towns to Visit in Germany, Rothenberg ob der Tauber


1. Rothenburg ob der Tauber

This beautiful little town is real-life proof that fairy tales aren’t just stories! Adorable little Rothenberg ob der Tauber is located in Bavaria, west of Nuremberg and is Germany’s best-preserved medieval walled city. Seemingly untouched by time, a visit to this charming town will leave you speechless. With narrow towers and imposing ramparts, winding cobblestoned lanes and a walkable town wall, this town embodies the word ‘romance’ perfectly.

Nearest major city: Nuremberg

For more secret small town inspiration, here are 25 Secret Small Towns in Europe You Must Visit.

Over to you: what cute German towns have you visited?

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    April 28, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Love the architecture. Cochem looks particularly beautiful with that mountainside.

    April 27, 2016 at 2:57 am

    You have really inspired me! We will be in France in a couple of weeks and will take a side trip to Germany and visit some of your suggested villages. Should be wonderful! Thank you.

    February 26, 2016 at 7:49 pm


    as far as I know the famous “violin village” is Mittenwald, not Miltenberg? 🙂

    February 26, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    I can never get enough of Germany and traveling there again in May. I try to make Germany on my list ever year and just love going with friends to show them why I like this country so much

    February 26, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Yes your correct Peter

    February 19, 2016 at 6:05 am


    Miltenberg, whilst lovely, is not known as ‘the Village of a Thousand Violins.’ Mittenwald, on the Bavarian/Austrian border, may the the village you should be aiming for.

    February 8, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    This is such a great list! I have to say that I would add Bacharach in the Rhine River Valley to this list. So charming, adorable, and old-school. Lots of character. The only one I’ve been to on your list is Quedlinburg and I absolutely loved it. Talk about charm! I wish I could see all of these towns… maybe one day!

    February 1, 2016 at 3:17 am

    Then you have to take a look at Marburg before you make your choice! 🙂

    January 22, 2016 at 1:28 am

    You are right Schnoor in Bremen is very beautiful.I love it but Bremen is a city not a little town. Bremen of course worth a visit. Best of Bremen is Schroon and wonderful Marketsquare. Thank you.

    Janet from itchyfeetsblog
    January 21, 2016 at 7:01 am

    Nice list, but you forgot our hometown, Bremen! As Berlin and Hamburg we are a federal city state, but as we a the smallest, we got the nicest sights.
    For example there is the so called Schnoor, a small cobbled district with small houses older than 600 years. In some alleys it is hard to fit through, because they are that narrow. If you Brooke or anybody else wants to know more we got some post about this at our blog, so maybe you can take Bremen to your next list if you know about the Schnoor. And do you know the famous town musicians of Bremen? If not, google them it is a nice tale and if you know them – Yes, you can see them in our town 😉

    December 20, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Miltenberg, Mosbach, Michelstadt, Erbach, BAd Wimpfen ,Saarburg, Alsfeld, Duderstadt, atc atc, Germany is amazing.

    December 20, 2015 at 2:56 am

    Great List! I know Quedlinburg, Goslar, Cochem , Bamberg and Rothenburg. They are all fastantic and could be in the list of most beatifull towns in the world!. Germany is one of my absolute favorite countries and full of stunning places!. I can add Gorlitz, border with Poland, which is fabulous ,Gengenbach, Wernigerode, the little towns along the Romantic Rhin like Boppard and Bacharach, Fussen in Bavaria. Also Heidelberg, a little city, Freiburg, Erfurt, Trier, and don’t forget beautiful Luneburg , and Lubeck. I know all of them and are FANTASTIC!!!For a future visit I think in Wismar,Marburg, Limburg,Bautzen, Schitlach, Hann Munden, Worfenbuttle, Celle ,Hameln, Schwabisch Hall, Tubingen,Coburg, etc ,etc. The list is endless.

    December 17, 2015 at 1:54 am

    this is wonderful. i think visiting the big cities (often repeatedly due to work and and ..) can deprive you of these “wonders”. thank you and hope to take on at least some of these journeys soon 😉

    October 21, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Goslar is my hometown and it is really beautiful (but boring when you have to live there…).
    I have never ever heard that you call it “Rome of the North”. Are you sure?

      December 20, 2015 at 8:15 am

      Hi, Goslar is no doubt very beautiful but it Bamberg which was known as the Rome of the North

      December 20, 2015 at 8:20 am

      Hi, you are right. I enjoyed your hometown a lot. It is spectacular and cute.
      Goslar is no doubt very beautiful but it Bamberg, another wonderful place, which was known as the Rome of the North.

    October 19, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Garmisch-Partenkirchen is also a small town you must visit! Home to the tallest mountain in Bavaria, the Zugspitze.

      December 20, 2015 at 8:12 am

      Goslar is no doubt very beautiful but it is Bamberg which was known as the Rome of the North.

    Samantha Elisabeth
    October 19, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    I’m looking into living in Germany and going to graduate school (probably in two years), and this just makes the desire to go even stronger!

    Sanjana @ Green Global Travel
    September 20, 2015 at 1:35 am

    Fun list of recommendations! These look like such cute places! Thanks for sharing.

    italian cruises
    September 7, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Gorgeous photos ! As with many other European destinations, I would love to put this on my bucket list.

    August 10, 2015 at 5:36 am

    Rothenberg ob der Tauber and Michelstadt seem to be very nice. 🙂

    Meghan Oaks
    July 30, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Love this! We have been to a couple on this list, but some of them I’ve never heard of! We are always looking for cute towns within driving distance from Mannheim. A couple towns that I would add are Sankt Goar, Bacharach and Überlingen. Although, I think every small German town is beautiful! I sometimes feel like I stepped into the middle of a fairy tale.

    American Expats living in Germany and traveling through Europe

    July 28, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    So I live in Germany and near to Dinkelsbühl & Rotenburg and both towns are quite beautiful!
    Love, Salo

    July 27, 2015 at 4:07 am

    Fuck sake, you missed out Gorlitz famous for having many scenes of the Grand Budapest Hotel filmed there. Near Dresden, and beside Polish boarder. Sort it out!

    July 25, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    U must see Tübingen, Marburg and Freiburg – definitely 🙂

    Saakshi Kumar
    July 22, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Keep the big cities apart. There is just something about towns in almost every country on this planet. They add up to so much in life. 🙂 After all, it is always the small things that matter.
    It is just too hard to wait to travel to Germany.
    Thanks for the info. 🙂

    alfredo ciano
    July 22, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    A Fairy Tale in the Middle of the Europe…

    Rachel Mendoza
    July 21, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Miss Germany so much!

    July 20, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    You should visit Tettnang in southern Germany, especially during the Beer Festival in August ’16 with more than 100 different beer sorts 😉

    July 20, 2015 at 2:15 am

    I fell in love with Eisenach when I was there a couple of years ago. I’d LOVE to live there…just for 1 year! In the shadow of Wartburg Castle, there is so much history there: Bach’s hometown, Martin Luther lived there, and St. Elisabeth of Hungary lived in the Castle. Adorable!

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    July 18, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Love Michelstadt.. Looks like a fairytale!

    July 18, 2015 at 5:36 am

    Haha. I was wondering if you would put Rotherburg ob der Tauber! I just fell in love with Rothenburg when I was living in Germany! Love all the Fachhallenhaeuser!

    cat smith
    July 17, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Wow! I was born there and I have never heard of these cities! Thanks for sharing! Will definitely check one of them out once I am back there.

    July 17, 2015 at 6:27 am

    We travel and work in our RV, in the moment mostly in Germany. And we have two further tipps: Monschau and Alsfeld.

    July 16, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    I can’t believe that I haven’t been to Germany yet, but this definitely stokes my wanderlust. Can’t wait, thanks for sharing these!

    Cool Pics
    July 16, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    Really some awesome towns!

    Claire @ TallGirlBigWorld
    July 16, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    I’m so glad you have Bamberg on this list. It’s one of my all time favorite towns, and it really does feel like you’re walking through a postcard. I never felt like it was “too touristy” though, which is nice. Lovely post! xx

    Esraa Bassiouni
    July 16, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Waw I just want to visit them all.

    July 16, 2015 at 7:58 am

    cool post! Love finding new towns :]

    Miia / Worldliciouz
    July 16, 2015 at 5:13 am

    Germany is one of my absolute favorite countries! When I was a teenager I visited a friend and stayed at her place in charming Waltershausen in Thüringen, super small, but near Erfurt. And Erfurt made me fall in love! I know it is the capital of Thüringen and as such, not that small but more than worth a visit. Hoping to go back someday.

    And Würzburg in Bavaria is such a pretty place too! Again, not too small, but not that big either and a long history dating back to 1000 bce. Will never forget the pink blossoms in the trees almost in front of the main railway station; more than beautiful.

    You can’t but love Germany. And I will be adding some of these listed towns to my must-visit-in-germany list. Thanks for the lovely post!

    July 16, 2015 at 3:32 am

    Wow, thank you so much for posting this! These are a must to visit when I go to Germany! Those buildings remind me of Snow White’s cottage xD

    July 16, 2015 at 3:31 am

    Only been to Cochem but yes, that was a really cute and nice place!

    July 16, 2015 at 1:36 am

    These places are all absolutely gorgeous!! I’m not surprised so many fairytales originated in Germany with places like this!

    July 15, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    Wonderful post! So informative and your pictures are beautiful 🙂


    July 15, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    I’m german, travelled a lot through my country – and I love your selection! Great suggestions for those, who want to get to know the more historical quieter parts of the country. In all, Germany is such a great place, lots of history – and although I travel a lot I still love how beautiful my home country is 🙂

    the travelogue
    July 15, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    Wow, that is a greeeeat list!! 🙂
    We appreciate that you show a more “secret” and hidden side of what Germany actually has to offer! So many beautiful places and so worth a visit.
    We should travel around our home country more often, that’s for sure!

    xx Anna & Vanessa

    July 15, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    I just found your blog and I loved this post! I’ve moved to Germany in January and I’m always looking for recommendations on which towns to visit next 😉
    I also write a bit about travel, among other things on my small blog – if you have a minute don’t hesitate to take a look 🙂
    Xx Marni

    July 15, 2015 at 8:24 pm


    Katie @ Second-Hand Hedgehog
    July 15, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    Great list! I’ve been meaning to head back to Germany for some time now. It seems silly not to when it’s so close. So I’ll definitely have to visit some of these – and resist the temptation to wear a Disney princess dress…

    July 15, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    I love Germany. Stopped in Quedlinburg on our road trip from England to Estonia and fell in love with it. Definitely will try to visit some other places mentioned here. thank you

    July 15, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Thanks for this amazing post! I am currently residing in Berlin, but have still not done nearly the amount of travel around Germany as I should have seeing as I live here! Will def. try to hit up some of these spots soon!


    July 15, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Oh, I wrote the same post few months ago but with different cities!! Will definitely check out Dinkelsbühl and Goslar!

    Quedlinburg isGermany’s cutest town, for sure – it’s SUPER beautiful! If you like it, you should also definitely go to Wernigerode, which is even more famous than Quedlinburg, actually. And on top of that, don’t forget about Mittenwald, too – it’s located just in the midst of the Alps which makes it absolutely gorgeous!!

    The Digital Nomad
    July 15, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Great List, Thanks.

    We are headed to Germany around February and had not considered doing any small towns, but they look incredible.

    Going to definitely rethink things now.

    Sonja / En Route with Sonja
    July 15, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    These cities are absolutely worth a visit! I am glad that someone already has mentioned Tübingen as a “must go” while in Germany. I am living in a city very close to Tübingen and I can tell that it is really worth one or two visits!
    Another town I think is really underestimated is Leonberg – situated in the south of Germany close to Stuttgart is is a picturesque older town with a fairy tail and beautiful “old town” as well as a smaller castle and an absolutely stunning garden! Just simply amazing – especially in spring when the flowers start to blossom!
    Thanks for mentioning all those little town and villages! 🙂

    July 15, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Wow, I want to go there.

    July 15, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    You MUST visit Tübingen near Stuttgart in the south west of Germany. It is a wonderful small city at the Neckar river 😉

    I am from Germany and now I think I need to go on a roadtrip through my country because even I don´t know all of these places 😉

    July 15, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Hi Brooke, Miltenberg is not in the Bavarian Alps, it is almost 400 km away from Munich and is located in Northern Bavaria in the region of Lower Franconia near my hometown of Wuerzburg. All the other pictures and descriptions are great.
    Best wishes and safe travels.

    Brenda Tavares
    July 15, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    I LOVE Germany! Specially the small cities as those you talked on this post. I go back many times to this country and its always a pleasure. Nowadays I am totally in love with konstanz and the Bodensee!!!

    July 15, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Great list! Thanks for moving the attention away from the typical tourist destinations and towards much more lovely places.
    I add Sommerach to the list! It just won a gold medal last year in an international competition for being one of the most beautiful little towns in Europe. Since I grew up there I can promise it’s worth a visit! Very famous for its own wine and very popular durings asparagus season (May/June).
    Next major cities are Nuremberg or Würzburg.
    Cheers, Carina

    July 15, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    I’ve never visited those little towns even though I’ve been in Germany so many times and also lived there. I guess me and my boyfriend really need to visit those places in our next roadtrip in September. My favorite city in Germany is definately Trier since there are lots of old houses that look like they are from a fairytale too!

    July 15, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Throwing Monschau in there, a friend took me there and I loved it so much! I had to take my family there afterwards as well. Germany just has such adorable towns, with cute pintoresque architecture, beautiful souvenirs, and amazing food <3

    Ryan | A Backpack & A Boarding Pass
    July 15, 2015 at 11:25 am

    All of these little towns sound amazing! I am taking a trip to Europe soon, and I will definitely have to put one or two of these towns on my list of places I go in Germany! Thanks for the post!

    July 15, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Passau is also definitely a must. Located right on the border of Czeck Republic, Passau has a lot to offer, nice pub and nice people.

    July 15, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Saving this for when I move to Munich in a couple months! Love these. They’re all added to my list now!

    Kiara King
    July 15, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Now this is Germany! This is exactly the Germany I think a lot of people go to see, but then only end up in the big trendy cities. Thank you for sharing this!

    The Oracle
    July 15, 2015 at 10:36 am

    I must go to Germany soon!

    July 15, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Wow! So beautiful! Im planning to go next year, so I’m going to write all.this cities down!

    Thank you.

    Sian @ The Blonde Tourist
    July 15, 2015 at 10:24 am

    These cities are soooo cute! Germany is a favourite country of mine (Berlin and Munich are both amazing as you say) but next time I’ll try and add one of these to my travel bucket list! BT x

    July 15, 2015 at 10:08 am

    I’ve visited Freiburg back in 2010, sitting on the south east of Germany. This little medieval town is overlooked by the Black Forest, which sits above the town, overlooking it – quite eery! It’s definitely worth a visit!

    Chalsie x

      February 26, 2016 at 7:50 pm

      Hi Tessa,

      in a European context Freiburg is a big city, not a town :).


    Michelle | Lights Camera Travel
    July 15, 2015 at 10:07 am

    I imagine these little towns would be better if you want to base yourself in Germany to learn the language and immerse yourself in the culture! I’m going to spend some time in Rodalben this Autumn (SW of Frankfurt, near France) which is a town I’m sure no one has ever heard of! It’s not the cutest of German towns, but still has some really pretty spots. The town backs onto a forest there which is pretty special!

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn
    July 15, 2015 at 9:16 am

    So many of my favourite German towns here, yay! I love these choices, particularly that you’ve shone a light on some lesser-known places. Of course, Rothenburg ob der Tauber is gorgeous but soooo touristy, it can get overwhelming at times!