I believe every one must hear about fairy tale when you were young. Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, getting familiar with? The stories were compiled together by two Germans: Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm, and found in the Grimm collection. They spent years traveling the German countryside and collecting folk tales.
Brother Grimm Memorial in Hanau, German
Now, follow close and I’m going to share you the 10 most picturesque, straight-out-of-a-story book German towns you just need to visit.
1. Rothenburg, Bavaria
Rothenburg is by far one of the most adorable, fairly-tale like towns in Germany is tting above the Tauber River, giving Monschau a race for it’s money. The whole town is still completely surround by it’s medieval walls and the town has been vastly unchanged. It truly is like stepping back in time when one walks through the town.
The town is spectacular any time of the year, but really comes alive during Christmas when it transforms into a Winter wonderland.
2. Alsfeld, Hessen
Famous for its half-timbered houses. The Council of Europe honoured Alsfeld as a prime example of Old Town refurbishment. A notable feature is the half-timbered Town Hall (1512) built over a stone Gothic covered market.
3. Rüdesheim am Rhein, Hesse
Founded on the Rhine Gorge and protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It features an abundance of half-timbered buildings – a very traditional German technique.
Drosselgasse is a long cobblestone lane, stretching throughout the town and housing various wineries and restaurants. It is a popular wine region, providing wine for over 1000 years now. German wines, rich in flavor and texture, are one of the best in the world.
4. Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein
Protected by UNESCO, this historic island city is one of the most beautiful in the country! Posited on the river Trave, Lübeck is famous for its Brick Gothic architecture – most of the buildings in the old town were built in the 14th and 15th centuries.
5. Dinkelsbühl, Bavaria
Dinkelsbühl lies on the northern part of the Romantic Road, and is one of three particularly striking historic towns on the northern part of the route, the others being Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Nördlingen.
6. Meissen, Saxony
Experience a city tour through the lovely restored historical Meißen with its old part of town. Passing magnificent renaissance town residences and ancient canon houses, you reach the cathedral square with an impressing ensemble of the Albrechtsburg [Albrecht’s castle] and the cathedral.
7. Cochem, Rhineland-Palatinate
Cochem’s Imperial Castle, that stands high on a hill, is the most significant and impressive site. Cochem is located in Mosel Valley – area rich of vineyards. Therefore, it is famous for the regional wines, that can be explored on a Wine Express tour.
8. Lichtenstein Castle, Honau, Baden-Württemberg
The main attraction is the gorgeous castle is situated on a cliff in the beautiful Swabian Alps. The first castle here was built in the 13th century. The present palace is a 19th century compound of a hunting lodge of King Frederick I of Württemberg and his nephew’s castle. It can be explored from inside and out.
Beautiful Medieval town situated in the Harz mountains, protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The scenic Romanesque Road leads to and out the town, providing some impressive panoramic views to the mountains.
10. Lindau, Bavaria
It is a unique location. In the middle of a clear lake, surrounded by a luscious green environment and snow-covered mountains, lies the historic island of Lindau with its unique charm. With historic buildings, lively squares and picturesque alleys, the old town of Lindau provides an almost Mediterranean flair on a 70 ha. island in Lake Constance.
An impressive panorama of the Alps and Lake Constance stretches out behind the world-famous harbour entrance with its Bavarian lion and white lighthouse.
11. Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg
Surrounded by forest 93km south of Frankfurt, Germany’s oldest and most famous university town is renowned for its baroque Altstadt, spirited student atmosphere, beautiful riverside setting and evocative half-ruined hilltop castle, which draw 11.8 million visitors a year.