Germany is home to some of the most beautiful villages in the world. With the inspiring German scenery, mountain backdrops, Fairytale Castles and unspoilt blue lakes, it is no surprise that many of the German villages are of such high beauty. Choosing your favourite is a personal and sometimes difficult choice, so we have a large choice for you to browse through. Hopefully you have or will be lucky enough to visit the villages on our list, however if you think we have missed a special one out, or you would like to share your favourite German village, please feel free to do so and we will add it to the page for all to enjoy. Germany is a beautiful country, and one we are lucky enough to be able to enjoy.
This small town is famous for the Gnadenkapelle (Chapel of Grace), one of the most-visited shrines in Germany. This is a tiny octagonal chapel which keeps a venerated statue of the Virgin Mary. According to the legend, in 1489, a 3-year-old local boy who had drowned in the river was revived when his grieving mother placed him in front of a wooden statue of the Virgin Mary at the high altar. News of the miracle quickly spread, and the chapel was immediately extended by the erection of a nave and a covered walkway.
Lindau is a Bavarian town and an island on the eastern side of Lake Constance, the Bodensee. It is the capital of the Landkreis or rural district of Lindau. The historic city of Lindau is located on an 0.68-square-kilometre (0.26 sq mi) island which is connected with the mainland by bridge and railway.
Much of the old town has kept a medieval look with old buildings and narrow streets. The town once could only be entered by passing one of four town gates, of which two remain today, the well-known Holstentor (1478) and the Burgtor (1444). The old town centre is dominated by seven church steeples. The oldest ones are the Lübecker Dom (the city’s cathedral) and the Marienkirche (Saint Mary’s), both from the 13th and 14th centuries.
Trier in the Rhineland-Palatinate, is Germany’s oldest city, dating back to Roman times, founded in or before 16 BC, it houses the oldest seat of a Christian bishop north of the Alps as well as having the honour to say The Archbishop was one of the seven electors of the Holy Roman Empire. This honour goes some way to explain the great architecture that is scattered throughout the city. Trier became a favoured residence of several Roman emperors, including Constantine the Great, the first Christian emperor. The Cathedral Constantine built in Trier in 326 AD is Germany’s oldest. Trier lies on the banks of the River Moselle, near the Luxembourg border, in a valley and surrounded by vine covered hillsides and within the Mosel wine region. It is overlooked by Triers highest building, the Marian Column which is a memorial in honour of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Trier is well known for its preserved Roman and Medieval buildings and boasts eight world heritage sights which puts it on the same level as some Italian Cities for classical heritage.
Nesselwang is a municipality in the district of Ostallgäu in Bavaria in Germany. It is an oft photographed market town and tourist resort at the foot of the Alps in Allgäu. It consists of the market (Nesselwang) as well as 17 surrounding hamlets (Gschwend, Hörich, Reichenbach, Bayerstetten, Wank, Hertingen, Attlesee, Schneidbach, Hammerschmiede, Lachen, Niederhöfen, Rindegg, Thal, Schicken, Schneidbach, Voglen and Widdumhof).
Rüdesheim am Rhein is the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Swathes of vineyards dotted with slate outcrops form a fascinating cultivated landscape just waiting to be explored. This picturesque town is an ideal base from which to venture out into the romantic valley of the Rhine and the Rheingau countryside, where you‘ll discover a wealth of historical legacies packed into a relatively small area. The three lively cities of Frankfurt, Mainz and Wiesbaden are perfect for a shopping trip or a stroll and can be reached in under an hour.
Rothenburg – the town counts a mere 11.000 inhabitants – certainly may take the credit for being the best known small town in Germany. Visitors from all over the world relish a medieval idyll, discover the town’s romanticism on every step they take and pursue history on the small cobblestoned lanes. A walk through the town, back and forth between old and new: The fascinating appeal of Rothenburg in County Ansbach is made up by the interlace of contrasts between the various periods of history. Strolling along gates, belfries and mighty fortifications, under Renaissance facades, takes the visitor back to times long gone by. Palaces, churches and squares, parks, gardens and museums invite to discovery tours through the past.
Weimar is located in central Germany, in the state of Thuringia, one of the smallest states in Germany. The city of Weimar is classified as an independent city district, in addition to the 17 districts (Landkreise) and 5 other independent cities of Thuringia. Weimar is the 4th largest area in Thuringia, with a population of approximately 65,000 people. The city limits of Weimar itself are approximately 7 km and the neighbouring cities are Jena and Erfurt, the capital of Thuringia. The city lies along the River Ilm
Mühlhausen is one of the oldest towns in Thuringia. It said to have been fortified in 925, and is first documented in 967 as an Ottonian village. Its early importance is shown by the grant of privileges made to it by the German King Henry the Fowler (876–936), and by the Imperial Diet held here in 1135. Its period of glory was the 13th through the 15th century. During the Reformation, Mühlhausen became one of the chief seats of the Anabaptists.
Monschau is a small resort town in the Eifel region of western Germany, located in the district Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia. The town is located in the hills of the North Eifel, within the Hohes Venn – Eifel Nature Park in the narrow valley of the Rur river. The historic town center has many preserved half-timbered houses and narrow streets have remained nearly unchanged for 300 years, making the town a popular tourist attraction nowadays. An open-air, classical music festival is staged annually at Burg Monschau. Historically the main industry of the town were cloth-mills.
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