Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Cologne. All cities people are familiar with and some of the most popular tourist destinations in Germany. However, what if you have explored all these cities and are looking for new reasons to visit Germany? Consider some of Germany’s lesser known cities and towns that
will provide you with an entirely different vacation.
If you venture beyond the standard top tourist spots in Germany, there are a number of historic sites that offer the authentic German experience, typically without the masses of tourists. Wondering how best to explore these spots? One of the ideal ways to explore Germany, as with many
parts of Europe, is to drive. This gives you access to some stunning countryside and quaint villages you would otherwise miss out on.
Here’s a look at some underrated and lesser-known spots in Germany to consider adding to your vacation itinerary.
Aachen is considered the westernmost city of Germany along the Netherlands and Belgium borders, making it an easy city to visit from several countries. The city is packed with history and culture, but one “not to miss” site is the Aachen Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Aachen was the
favored winter spot for Emperor Charlemagne, who had the cathedral, erected and was ultimately buried there. The cathedral became a preferred spot for anointing, crowning, and enthroning kings and queens.
You might say, Dusseldorf is a pretty well known city, but how many people actually plan a trip to visit there? It’s gaining in popularity thanks in part to Ryanair who offers a number of deeply discounted flights to other popular cities across Europe.
Dusseldorf is also an international hub for business and finance. It's renowned for its fashion scene and fine arts and surprisingly, is one of the most populated cities in Germany. Dusseldorf's international airport is one of the busiest in the country, something to consider if you are looking
for alternative, and potentially cheaper, cities in Europe to fly into.
Beer aficionados will want to add Dusseldorf to their list for the beer alone. The city is well known for its Altbier, a hoppy style of beer that owes its crisp flavor to old-style fermentation methods. Just called “Alt”, look for brewpubs in Dusseldorf that brew their own Altbier onsite.
Wine enthusiasts will likely be familiar with Rudesheim, the Rhine Valley's most popular wine town. Officially known as Rudesheim am Rhein, it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a number of historic castles and churches amongst its notable vineyards.
Rudesheim is small, romantic, and it's best to explore the town on foot or, during the warmer months, take a Rhine River cruise. Be sure to visit Assmannshausen, a district in Rudesheim, known for its cozy bars and restaurants.
Located in the Bavaria region, Regensburg is another of Germany’s noted UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It's one of Germany’s oldest towns and was spared major damage during WWII. Its historic city center, complete with cathedral and stone bridge, is one of the best-preserved examples of
medieval architecture in Germany. Regensburg’s historic city center lies on the banks of the Danube River, providing a stunning backdrop for sunset photos.
If you are visiting the famed Neuschwanstein Castle or driving the “Romantic Road”, be sure to include Rothenburg in your travel plans. If you aren’t familiar with the Romantic Road, it's
a couple hundred-mile stretch of highway that is filled with castles and the fairy tale scenery that led Walt Disney to choose Neuschwanstein as the model for his Disney castles. Rothenburg, officially known as Rothenburg ob der Tauber, has one of the best
medieval city walls still intact. Rothenburg suffered damage in WWII, but the wall was seemingly undamaged, offering visitors a look at life back in the 14thcentury. Note: Rothenburg continues to gain popularity with locals, becoming a more well-known tourist spot in Germany, and summer months may see loads of bus
tours pouring in.
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