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5 Less Popular Cities Worth Visiting in Germany‏

Fussen Views

Best known for its famous Oktoberfest, Germany is a popular tourist destination. It’s home to some of Europe’s most beautiful scenery, fairy tale castles, historical sights, and lively night life. While we all know Berlin, Frankfurt, and Munich, there are several smaller German destinations well-worth a visit. We found five less popular cities worth visiting in Germany.

Here’s an overview of 5 less popular cities worth visiting in Germany. 

Garmisch Partenkirchen

Garmisch Partenkirchen Views View from Mount Zugspitze

With its unspoiled nature, vibrancy, and Bavarian charm, Garmisch Partenkirchen will overwhelm you with the mountains, rivers, and breathtaking panoramas. Walk along the streets and stroll down the alleyways; with every step, you’ll discover a little more of the variety the area has to offer or ride the meter-gauge rack railway, Zahnradbahn, that begins in Garmisch and delivers you to Mount Zugspitze. Above the clouds, you are standing on top of Mount Zugspitze at a height of nearly 3000 metres. The air is pure, the views seem endless, and the panorama is breathtaking. The only things around you are the blue sky, mighty summits, and powerful vastness. You are standing at the highest point of Germany!

Fussen

Neuschwanstein
Fussen Collage

The city of Füssen is the southern-most end and climax of the famous German Romantic Road. Its location in the heart of one of Bavaria’s most charming hill and lake districts make it the ideal starting point for visits to Neuschwanstein Castle, one of the best castles in Germany, as well as Hohenschwangau Castle. The ship-roundtrips on Lake Forggensee offer fantastic views to Neuschwanstein and the surrounding Alpine mountain range. The central part of Füssen is a pedestrian area filled with historic merchants’ houses painted in pastel colours, baroque churches, and the “Hohe Schloss” (High Castle) with its inner courtyard and wonderful frescoes. Around the town is some of Bavaria’s most beautiful landscape framed by mountains and lakes and with a fabulous network of trails for cyclists, mountain bikers, and hikers.

Oberjoch 

Views from the KinderHotel
The Oberjoch Pass is a mountain pass in the Allgäu Alps just one kilometre west of the Austrian border. Here, tranquility surrounds you with a wonderfully diverse natural landscape and the surrounding mountains convince even the most committed couch potato to get out and explore it on foot or by bicycle. Kinderhotel Oberjoch is located right in the middle of this stunning landscape in a mountain valley 1,200m above sea level. The hotel organizes hikes, climbs, and sports lessons.

Friedrichshafen

Friedrichshafen Lakefront

Friedrichshafen’s fabulous location on the northern shores of Lake Constance offers a wonderful climate and idyllic surroundings with boundless opportunities in, on, or beside the water. The town is the home of the Zeppelin and a dream destination for technology and aviation enthusiasts. Located where southern Germany meets Switzerland and Austria, Friedrichshafen offers cozy stops in any of the numerous street-side cafés, unique panoramas of the lake and the Alps, leisurely strolls along the lakeside promenade, or regional specialties and local wines. Lake, sunshine, and mountains, Friedrichshafen is like a German dreamland.

Freiburg

Freiburg Collage
Freiburg is known as the “Jewel of the Black Forest.” By German standards, it is a major city in southwest Germany, situated on the edge of the Black Forest. Freiburg is home to one of Germany’s prettiest old quarters, with its characteristic bächle – the narrow channels of water that run alongside the pavements. The overall atmosphere is easygoing and laid-back. Experience it for yourself with a stroll through the old quarter overlooked by the 116-metre-tall spire of the stunning minster, one of Germany’s most beautiful religious buildings or relax in Stadtgarten,  a 2.6-hectare park with calming water fountains and a huge playground for the little ones. 

What are favorite, less popular cities in Germany? Do any of these make your list?

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9 thoughts on “5 Less Popular Cities Worth Visiting in Germany‏

  1. Anita Archer says:

    Beautiful pictures!!! 🙂

  2. Tina says:

    Been German and living in the south west I can only agree that those are five cities well worth a visit – but then nearly every region is worth a visit…and is that not the same in every country?

  3. Haven’t heard of so many of these places but they’re all so beautiful! Thanks for sharing this list!

  4. Great ideas if you want to visit some cities off the beaten path in Germany!

  5. Great ideas if you want to visit some cities off the beaten path in Germany!

  6. graham whitehead says:

    I have visited Freiburg in Bresgau twice and can thoroughly recommend it,.
    There is a chair-lift to the Wälde (forest with lovely walks and a Restaurant that overlooks the town from a height. It is altogether a most historic and beautiful place.
    The Münsterplatz (Minster Square) is filled with historic architecture surrounding the Minster.

  7. graham whitehead says:

    I have visited Freiburg in Bresgau twice and can thoroughly recommend it,.
    There is a chair-lift to the Wälde (forest with lovely walks and a Restaurant that overlooks the town from a height. It is altogether a most historic and beautiful place.
    The Münsterplatz (Minster Square) is filled with historic architecture surrounding the Minster.

  8. The truth is that only once I have been able to travel to Germany but I didn’t know how fascinating these places could be, definitely the way you talk about them and the images, definitely everything called my attention to go and visit them!

  9. The truth is that only once I have been able to travel to Germany but I didn’t know how fascinating these places could be, definitely the way you talk about them and the images, definitely everything called my attention to go and visit them!

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