Located in the heart of Europe, Germany is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It is full of quaint villages that look like they’re from a Fairytale. In this post I’ll share with you 10 of the cutest small towns in Germany.
Western Germany is a region full of fairy tale towns, ancient cities, and romantic river cruises. Top it off with picturesque hamlets and it offers something to every kind of traveler. It also has some of the best architecture in the country. With vineyards and medieval castles, delectable cuisine, and a generous dose of culture.
So without further ado, here are the 10 cutest small towns in Germany which are worth a visit. Many of the villages owe their beginnings to the Romans and some ruins can be found even today.
Small Towns in Germany
Couched in the high, vine-clad slopes of the Moselle Valley in Rhineland Palatinate where the river curves between two hiking paradises, Eifel and Haunsruck, Cochem is an area well suited for tourism.
Take a grape tour of the Mosel River Valley. Be sure to stop by and see its towering castle with a thousand-year-old history.
Surrounded by vineyards producing outstanding wines, Cochem town itself has an old time German feel. It’s full of beautiful churches with half-timbered houses, scurrying streets and medieval gates. During your visit make sure to see:
- Reichsburg Castle
- Winnerburg Castle
- Reichsburg Castle
- Bundesbank Bunker
Don’t miss the amazing chair lift that rides up the hills, a recreation center with a wave pool, a special playground for children, miniature golf and tennis court, a bowling alley, bike rental, yacht ports are some other things to see.
A stroll through the historic marketplace is not to be missed. Plis, make sure to stop by in one of the local restaurants. The owners will take you through some of the area’s delectable cuisine.
Small Towns in Germany: Bacharach
Perched on the bank of the River Rhine, Bacharach is one of the loveliest hamlets in Mainz Bingen district of Rhineland Palatinate, Western Germany. In this historic town, time seems to have stood still.
The architecture, dating back to eras long gone still proudly grace the area’s skyline. Bacharach town comprises all those things that make a holiday beautiful.
From lazy picturesque river cruises to hilltop castles like the Burg Stahleck and Postenturm. Explore romantic ruins like:
- The Wernerkpelle
- Altes Haus
- St. Peter’s Church
This small town in Germany is perfect for the adventurer. Outdoors people can enjoy hiking, biking, surfing, fishing, climbing, and jogging.
Bacharach is a tourist-friendly place with plenty of restaurants. Most of which focus. on classic German cuisine. You get to taste a variety of pork and beef entrees inluding sausages, classic bacon, and vegetarian flammkuchen. Make sure you try some of the meat spreads served with rye bread.
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Located in the Kinzig valley in the central Black Forest in the district of Rottweil, in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, Schiltach is a picturesque town.
Its location and old houses combine to give it an idyllic fairytale feel. Schiltach has dense forests offering extensive hiking trails, perfect for the outdoor adventurer.
The half-timber framed houses surrounding the market square resemble scenes from picture books. A historic center, and symbol of Schiltach, is the town hall which was built more than 400 years ago. The museum am Markt and the Apothecary museum are both worth seeing.
Schiltach has various cafes and traditional Gasthofe (inns), where you can grab a bite to eat or enjoy a full meal. The restaurants here offer Asian, German, Greek, and Italian cuisine.
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Small Towns in Germany: Rüdesheim am Rhein
This pretty little small town in Germany, nestled in the Rheingau (region) at the foot of the Taunus Mountains is a chief center of the Rhine wine industry.
Rüdesheim am Rhein offers beautiful hikes through its mountains and prime views over the dazzling Rhine river valley. Apart from its extensive vineyards, the town’s rich cultural and historic background makes it one of the most intriguing places to visit.
The Medieval castles of the town are UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-see. Other attractions include
- Niederwald Monument
- The cable car to the monument
- Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet
- Eibingen Abbey
After walking around the town and sightseeing, hop into one of the traditional restaurants. With a combination of traditional German tavern elements and Mediterranean and Italian flair, you’ll savor every bite. They also offer a brilliant selection of regional wines. It is one of the prettiest villages on the Rhein river.
Located on a scenic spot by the River, Moselle in the Bernkastel-Wittlich district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. The twin towns of Bernkastel and Kues urge travelers to slow down and bask in the simple pleasures of life. The also encourage you to have a glass of delicious wine in hand.
Bernkastel-Kues is a typical medieval German town, where the pace of life is unhurried and the simple pleasures are of utmost importance.
The very first place to start exploring is Marktplatz, feasting your eyes with adorable, gabled, half-timbered houses. There are also many cafes in this square offering traditional German breakfast of delicious bread, sausages, cold cuts, pastries, and freshly brewed coffee.
Then move on to see Spitzhäuschen (Pointed House), Late Renaissance architecture of the Rathaus (Town Hall), Graacher Tor (Graach Gate), and the Mosel cruises.
Small Towns in Germany: Boppard
Located on the left bank of the Rhine River in Rhineland-Palatinate Land (state), western Germany, Boppard has the perfect ingredients for a quiet, restful holiday among pristine nature.
This place boasts of gorgeous river views, hiking trails, rolling vineyards, and a lovely old town. Boppard is a great spot to:
- Embark on a leisurely cruise down the beautiful Rhine
- Trek up to Vierseenblick
- Enjoy sweeping views from the Sesselbahn
- Visit the historic castle
- Go on a scenic train ride
- Take vineyard tour.
After the pristine views, hop into one of the restaurants in the Marktplatz offering delectable traditional cuisine and selection of wines.
Boppard is also a great departure point to start a Rhine River Cruise.
Monschau is a small historic town in Germany‘s Eifel region. It is the cultural hub and a great base for exploring the fascinating wilderness of the Eifel.
A delightful small town in Germany, Monschau is full of romantic lanes, beautiful timbered houses, and medieval walls. This makes it the perfect place for a quiet and restful holiday.
The views of the small River Rur from the surrounding hills and the watermill near the Markt are a must-see. Located in the center of the town is Rote Haus (“red house”), an enormous Baroque townhouse. The town offers ample eating places offering a combination of cuisines to delight your taste buds.
Small Towns in Germany: Mettlach
The incredible stunning town, Mettlach sits right on the sharp curve of the Saar River. That curve is known as the Saarschleife, and it is found at the borders of France and Luxembourg.
Mettlach is most well known for its porcelain, and also offers beautiful river views, museums, and fun shopping. It is also home to one of the oldest buildings in all of the Saarland, the Alter Turm or Old Tower.
Visitors can discover:
- Ruins of Burg Montclair
- An English Garden at the Park of the Abbey
- The Abbey brewery
- Mettlach Outlet Center.
Mettlach’s famous food is Lyoner, a local pork sausage-shaped in a loop. Other local eats include a glass of Apfelwein, Dibbelabbes, a potato soufflé with bacon; and Schwenkbraten, grilled pork cutlets.
St.Goarshausen is a small town in Germany on the Rhein-Lahn-Kreis. Located in Nassau on the eastern shore of the Rhine River in the German state Rhineland-Palatinate.
This bewitching town with a lovingly preserved medieval heart and acres of vineyards also is a great base to explore the Rhine Valley region. The best sights of the town include:
- Rheinfels Castle
- Castle Katz
- Deutsches Puppen- und Barenmuseum
- Loreley Rock.
The tiny town of St.Goarshausen has unique attractions to surprise you at every turn. Among them is the largest free-hanging cuckoo clock in the world, river cruise, the Rhine in Flames, Stefan’s Wine Paradise, and a miniature railway. You can find many nice restaurants in St. Goarshausen serving up pizzas, salads, doner kebabs, and beverages.
Located in the northern part of the Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreis district, Hattingen is a small upcoming tourist destination. The town has half-timbered houses with narrow streets that offer it a pristine look. The town has some of the best attractions like
- The Altstadt Hattingen
- Burg Blankenstein
- LWL-Industriemuseum Henrichshuette Hattingen museum
- St. Mauritius Dom
- Bienengarten Imkerverein Hattingen
- Gethmanns Garten
Stroll down the lanes of the Hattingen town and stop in one of the many cafés for a delicious pastry.
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