When people think about visiting Germany, the first things to come to mind are often Berlin and Oktoberfest. Even though these offer an incredible experience, there’s much more to Germany if you’re willing to stray from the beaten path. With this in mind, we’ve gathered together the five most beautiful German towns to visit.
Before You Visit
If you want to experience the beauty that Germany has to offer, you’ll have to make sure you’re prepared for your trip. In particular, your legal documentation has to be up to date including your passport. Additionally, depending on where you’re travelling from, you may need to get a Germany visa online to cover travel and tourism.
Schwerin is a unique town rich in history and surrounded by stunning lakes. Located in the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern state, this quirky city will leave you feeling thirsty for more. While you’re in the state’s capital, we recommend taking in the stunning architect of Schwerin Castle (the parliamentary home), which has an entire island all to itself. As well as this, the State Museum is home to countless antiques and paintings, and the Old Town, which escaped WWII bombings with barely any damage, is packed full of half-timbered houses and magnificent churches.
Between 1918 and 1933, Germany was referred to as the Weimar Republic (the German Reich), which leads us to the city of Weimar, which is well worth the visit despite its dark origins. As well as being packed full of interesting architecture, there are a couple of UNESCO World Heritage destinations, which are so named because of their links to Weimar Classicism.
As a bonus, you can travel to nearby Erfurt, where you will find The Merchant’s Bridge – one of the quirkier German sights.
Trier was founded more than 2000 years ago by the Roman emperor Augustus, which makes it the oldest German city. As with Weimar, Trier is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list because of how many medieval and Roman buildings there are. Alongside the rich history, Trier is in the middle of the Moselle Region, which is home to some of the best vineyards and a must-visit for any wine lover.
Given Bonn’s location on the Rhine River, the city was first established as a Roman settlement because of its accessibility. However, the most relatable part of Bonn’s history doesn’t take place until 1770, when Beethoven was born. If your trip needs a dash of culture, make sure Bonn is on your itinerary.
When you think about Nuremberg, your mind’s likely flooded with thoughts of the post-WWII Nazi war crime trials “The Nuremberg Trials”. However, despite links to a dark time in Germany, there are plenty of reasons to visit Nuremberg. For example, many of the buildings have survived since the medieval age, making it the holy grail for history enthusiasts.
Germany is a unique country with plenty of places to explore, from tourist traps to quieter paths to travel. If you’re in search of beauty and history, look no further than the cities discussed above.