Berlin, Munich, and Hamburg – the big cities usually jump to mind as top German travel destinations. While I love the hustle and bustle of any European metropolis and the countless sightseeing opportunities they offer, there’s something to be said for the smaller, quainter cities and towns scattered all across Germany. The pace is slower, the streets are less crowded and the Old Towns are overflowing with history and charm. Here are five of my favourite southern German towns and cities that are definitely worth a spot on your German travel itinerary:
Scenic Bamberg lies in Upper Franconia in the state of Bavaria on the Regnitz River. The Old Town (Altstadt) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its authentic medieval appearance. The beautiful Town Hall (Rathaus), built in 1386, is one of the most photographed sights in the city. Located right in the middle of the river, the Town Hall is accessible by two bridges on either side. This young and vibrant university town has a large student population and thus offers many delicious and affordable restaurants, bars and cafés. Beer connoisseurs flock to Bamberg to visit its many breweries (ten in total). Rauchbier, a smoked beer with a polarizing distinctive taste, hails from Bamberg. This city makes a great daytrip if you find yourself in northern Bavaria.
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Located on the Main River, this lovely city in Lower Franconia, Bavaria lies roughly equal distance between the larger German cities of Frankfurt am Main and Nuremberg. Würzburg is the first stop along the popular Romantic Road (Romantische Straβe), a 350-kilometre stretch of highway linking picturesque southern German towns, castles and landscapes. The Würzburg Residence (Würzburger Residenz), a gorgeous palace and UNESCO World Heritage site, as well as the Marienberg Fortress (Festung Marienberg), are prominent landmarks in the city. In the summertime, Würzburg boasts numerous lively festivals, including the Africa Festival and the Stramu, a large street music festival. Come for the scenery, stay for the relaxed and easy atmosphere in Würzburg.