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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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  • olg.rabo@gmail.com'
    Olga
    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!!

  • nomad@geekz.za.net'
    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_mackenberg@hotmail.com'
    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! 🙂

  • nevstokkum@gmail.com'
    nicole
    July 15, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Wow, I want to go there.

  • waterlily-lis@gmx.de'
    Lis
    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 😉

  • sabineludwig2000@yahoo.de'
    Sabine
    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.
    Sabine

  • Tavares.brenda@hotmail.com'
    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!!!

  • carina.baeuerlein@gmx.de'
    Carina
    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

  • iida.e.lehtonen@gmail.com'
    Iida-Emilia
    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!

  • sara@daily-lovejuice.net'
    Sara
    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

  • ryanilenewebster@gmail.com'
    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!

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    Isabelle
    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.

  • BradleeLocke@gmail.com'
    Bradlee
    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!

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    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!

  • carefree.spirit.fairy@gmail.com'
    The Oracle
    July 15, 2015 at 10:36 am

    I must go to Germany soon!

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    Pao
    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.
    Pao

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    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

  • chalsie@wearefellow.net'
    Chalsie
    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

  • michellereimann@gmail.com'
    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!

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    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!

    Tessa

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