Known for its extravagant cities, large shopping centers, and Oktoberfest, Germany is a country that is attractive to tourists. This being said, of course, the larger German cities see thousands of tourists each year, while the many rustic villages throughout the country are left untraveled. These villages are just as exciting as the big cities- and even more beautiful.
The first thing you think of when you hear the name Nuremberg is probably the Nuremberg Trials. The trials, although an important part of German history, are not the only thing that the town is known for. Nuremberg is also known for its historic beauty and laid-back atmosphere. The town was heavily damaged during the war but has since had many of its damaged buildings rebuilt, restoring it to its former glory.
Sitting on the banks of the river Neckar, the area that is Heidelberg is both beautiful and rustic. Unlike many German towns, Heidelberg wasn’t damaged during WWII and the town has been able to grow organically since then, allowing travelers to witness the rustic charm of an old-world European town that has been untouched by devastation. Heidelberg also boasts a charming castle and a city centre ideal for buying souvenirs and filling up with good food.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber
If you recognize parts of Rothenburg ob der Tauber and you haven’t been to the town itself, it’s probably because parts of the town’s streets have been used in the Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows movies. The curving, cobblestone streets and old city centre give this town a medieval feel, while its perfectly preserved buildings offer great focal points for photos.
Originally a Roman settlement, Bonn is one of Germany’s oldest cities. Located along the Rhine river, Bonn is scenic and important, as it is home to various German federal and United Nations institutions. To make Bonn that much more interesting, it’s fun to note that the notorious composer Beethoven was born within the city limits in 1770, and that there are a total of 5 grand churches and the Godesburg fortress ruins, which were involved in the Siege of Godesburg.
The oldest city in Germany, Trier was founded more than 2,000 years ago by the notable Roman emperor, Augustus. Today, Trier is on the UNESCO World Heritage List thanks to its array of medieval and ROman buildings, as well as its cathedrals and churches. The city is also known for its fine wine.
Freiburg is best known for its importance in learning and literacy in Germany. It was originally a mining city, but in 1457, became home to the first German university. Since the opening of the university, Freiburg has continued to draw students from all over the world. If you’re more of an adventurer than an academic, Freiburg will still impress- it’s situated on the outskirts of the Black forest, which is large, dense, and great for exploring natural Germany.