We have already reported on the most popular travel destinations in Germany . But it’s all about big cities. Next we want to do with the smaller “pearls” of Germany. For this reason, we are dealing here with the small towns, which are also considered popular holiday destinations here. The classification shows only nine of them, but you can still write us and recommend your favorite cities in Germany, so they are included in a new article. We are reachable via Facebook , Instagram and E-Mail. Have fun while reading! We hope to give you some inspiration to travel to discover your favorite vacation destinations.
Berchtesgaden – popular holiday destinations in the German Alps
You have already visited a few capitals and think you have seen everything. A visit to Rome, Berlin, Paris or New York is certainly worthwhile, because they are fascinating places. But they are also megacities that have become way too hectic and commercial. If you are looking for peace and enjoyable moments of well-being, smaller towns are more popular than popular holiday destinations.
Half-timbered houses in Füssen
Füssen – popular holiday destinations for holidays in nature
From time to time escape from the stress of everyday life has a magical effect on strained business people who work in the office at daytime and / or negotiate. A short trip has a positive effect on housewives who are tired of cooking and cleaning. By and large, apart from age, occupation and gender, everyone feels refreshed on a holiday and recharges the batteries.
Full moon in the sky of Mainz
Here are a few suggestions for cities where you can escape the stresses of everyday life while feeling the cosiness and warmth of the small town. Namely, these have enchanting effect on the human psyche. Surrounded by half-timbered houses, breathtaking nature, a touch of history and lots of nice people make you feel at home and forget everything that annoys you. Once you have experienced such a trip, you wanted to come back again and again. Then you are also lucky that you are in Germany, because our homeland has numerous mini-cities and villages, where the atmosphere of former times is preserved and you somehow Zen lives. On the contrary, life in the big city. For this reason, more and more people, not only in Germany, but also worldwide, want and strive for a withdrawal from stress and find their favorite holiday destinations in their own country or anywhere else. Important is the end effect and that is pure peace and relaxation.
1. Linz on the Rhine
“The Colorful City on the Rhine” is the motto of the beautiful city of Linz on the Rhine. It surprises with the variety and number of sights that are rare in such a small town. The fascinating buildings and half-timbered houses in the narrow streets around the marketplace create a truly romantic atmosphere. For this reason, our team recommends Linz on the Rhine as a great destination for holidays with your partner. On a city tour you can both go on the trail of the Middle Ages. Visit the castle of Linz, the Powder Tower and the parish church of St. Martin, where the influence of various eras and magnificent murals can be seen. Anyone interested in architecture would appreciate the half-timbered building from the late 17th century of St. Michael’s vicarage. With every step through the city you experience a touch of history – let yourself be enchanted by it!
The interior of the church of St. Martin
The mint green architecture was just as modern as it is today
A castle seen from above
If you want to relax, play a bit of sports and enjoy unique nature you should do a holiday on the island of Ruegen. Couple with the partner, with the whole family or alone to relax, meditate and simply rejuvenate. Every year the largest island of Germany offers unforgettable wellness experiences. Several outdoor exercise opportunities such as surfing, kiting and all sorts of water sports, as well as hiking, biking, pirate spectacles in Ralswiek and special offers for families with children provide the fun of those who like to actively recuperate. After exercise, you are usually quite hungry – then you could enjoy delicious fish specialties. Are you newly engaged? Rügen is also a popular place to marry. Wedding party on the beach: is there actually a woman who does not dream of it! You can feel the wind of the sea on the skin, the freshness of the surrounding nature and the love of others – a real paradise for the senses. Are you already packing?
Dreamlike experiences at the North Sea
A city with its own heart
Pure nature – let yourself be meditated by the song of the water
If you want to enjoy a truly luxurious holiday, then definitely go to Baden-Baden. The smallest city district of Baden-Württemberg was still popular with the Romans for its thermal springs, today it is one of the best spa resorts in this country. The small but vibrant city attracts tourists, artists and celebrities with its unique flair. In addition, there are several cultural and sporting events in Baden-Baden. Once a year, usually in summer, the international classic car meeting takes place here. Would you like to experience a time travel in the economic miracle years, you should land here at this time. If you show up in the city, you should definitely visit the Kurhaus – there you can be surprised by the international parties and festivals. If you enjoy classical music, you can watch the big names of the acoustic scene live in one of the best concert halls in the world. One of the most impressive events in Baden-Baden are the international days of the horse races – more than 180,000 guests from all over the world enjoy the fine combination of sport and elegance during the “Big Week”. Something special for the city is also its casino, which formerly inspired the famous writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky, “The Player” – to write one of his best novels. Other treasures here are the Kurpark, the Lichtentaler Alee, the Museum Frieder Burda and others, which you will discover best during your stay in the small but beautiful Baden-Baden.
In the footsteps of Dostoevsky
The theater itself is a fine work of art
The so-called “Queen of the Hanseatic League” is a charming city in Germany, which was considered in the Middle Ages as the most successful trading market. Henry the Lion saw here an ideal location and in 1185 he founded the city, whose port later developed into the largest ferry port in Europe. Unlike most other cities in Germany, the center of Lübeck is not centered around the cathedral, but is the unity of the city hall, council church and market the center of life. What should you have seen during a trip to this Hanseatic city? In any case, the magnificent Holstentor – it has become the landmark of the city. Next you can visit the cathedral and the Buddenbrookhaus. Do not forget to try the Lübeck delicacies such as marzipan and Plettenpudding and for those who like something more salty, we recommend Labskaus . Enjoy every minute in this fascinating city!
The uniqueness of Lübeck in the evening
View over the city with its historical monuments
It is proven that the city of Potsdam was founded more than 1000 years ago. In the 17th century, however, it flourished, in which a majority of today’s attractions were built, some of which are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The location near Berlin and the amazing architecture of Potsdam attract innumerable tourists. Do you want to experience the majestic flair of the city? Potsdam has something for everyone: from Sanssouci Palace, the botanical garden, Einstein Tower, several clubs and chic restaurants and of course many recreational activities and for the many students in the city, as well as for any visitor. People who enjoy cultural events and entertain actively would be fascinated by this city. Do not miss the opportunity to visit Berlin during your stay in Potsdam.
Regensburg is one of the cities that we can quite convincingly call “most popular holiday destinations” in Germany. It is one of a few other European cities with more than 2000 years of history. In the course of time, a large number of monuments and sights have been formed – more precisely, 1500 listed buildings. “Old Town with Stadtamhof”, a UNESCO protected ensemble, consists of 984 of the above buildings. Furthermore, the historic buildings are particularly well combined with the modern culture and the look of Regensburg – a masterpiece of architecture. Here you should definitely visit the stone bridge, which is the oldest stone arch bridge in Germany. It was built in 1146 after 11 years of construction, was then considered the “eighth wonder of the world” and also played an important role in the great Crusades of the Knights. Our advice would be to visit the city to experience its uniqueness.
Just like Regensburg, Trier was founded more than 2000 years ago and claims to be called the “oldest city in Germany”. Porta Nigra and the cathedral of Trier, which is the oldest episcopal church in Germany, are among the most famous landmarks of Trier, which can still be found in the city since Roman times. Namely, the remains of Roman culture in Trier are recognized as UNESCO World Heritage. In this number also: Amphitheater, Imperial Baths, Constantine’s Basilica, Roman Bridge, the Church of Our Lady and others. It is best to visit them on a guided tour of the city – there are a variety of them depending on the taste and desire of the tourists. But what we recommend are the adventure tours through the city, which are connected with special stories – unique and attractive. We attach particular importance to the shopping in Trier, because there is a particularly wide range of different things compared to the standards of the city. Do not hesitate to learn this pearl of Germany!
Popular holiday destinations in Germany
Garmisch-Partenkirchen is one of the world’s most famous ski and holiday resorts. Nearby is Germany’s highest peak – Zugspitze, from which one has a four-country panoramic view. For enthusiasts, there is even the opportunity to make their marriage above the clouds. In the middle of the mountains there is a castle – royal house of Schachen, which belonged to King Ludwig II and was built at the height of 1866 meters. Not far away there is something especially worth seeing – the botanical garden with more than 1500 varieties of alpine plants. Since the two municipalities of Garmisch and Partenkirchen existed independently until the Olympic Games in 1936, today there are also two separate historical parts of the ever-evolving city. Olympic ski jump, wellness possibilities and pure nature are an excerpt from the life in the city, thanks to which Garmisch-Partenkirchen has become one of the most popular holiday destinations of people from all over the world. Would you like to enjoy a bit of alpine flair, culture and seductively crunching snow as far as the eye can see? Garmisch-Partenkirchen is one of the best destinations for this purpose.
Unique nature at the foot of Zugspitze
Popular holiday destinations for hiking and skiing holidays
9. Freiburg im Breisgau
More than 3 million visitors come annually to the southernmost city in Germany. The city has a lot to offer tourists. The locals, however, feel pretty happy with their life in Freiburg. Everyone enjoys the magnificent view from the tower of the Minster. We recommend all tourists here to take a tour to get more information – it’s definitely worth it. If you travel to Freiburg in the summer, you could look at the outdoor theater in the courtyard of the Old Town Hall. The Augustinian Museum is also one of the most remarkable buildings in Freiburg – the former monastery has a lot of history in which medieval sculptures and paintings can be found there. On the Augustinerplatz you will find the “Pillar of Tolerance”, a clever invention that ensures the peace in the evening with color signs. Would you like to make a big shopping trip in Freiburg, you could realize your wish in the Kaiser-Joseph-Straße in the city center. You could go for a walk in the beautiful parks of Freiburg: Stadtgarten, Seepark with Flückigersee, Dietenbach terrain and others. We wish you a varied travel program in Freiburg and unforgettable experiences here.
Europe’s popular holiday destinations to visit
The pearl in the crown of Germany. This small town is located near Hannover in the north of Germany. On the one hand, this is a former Hanseatic city with a rich history and cultural heritage. In the center, on the market square are several restored half-timbered houses – for example, the largest building: the butcher’s house, which now works as a museum, next to it is the former bakery, which is known at this time as the best Italian cafe in the city. On the other side is the fascinating town hall and two neighboring architectural monuments – one from the Renaissance and the other from the Gothic period. And all in one place – the marketplace, which will be transformed into a huge Christmas market in December! Nearby are several small lanes that lead to various lesser-known attractions of Hildesheim. On the other hand, in addition to the historical side, the city has a modern and lively flair, thanks to the university and the university. Every year, new students from all over Germany come here, especially from Lower Saxony, but also many foreign students from all over the world. Hildesheim is simply a fairytale that should be seen and experienced. And once you’ve visited the city, you’re sure to love it, and so do we.
The Hanseatic cities are still popular holiday destinations worldwide today
The town hall of Hildesheim
Popular holiday destinations in Germany
And other places of interest in Germany: Schloss Stolzenfels in Koblenz
Light and light show in Ulm