The 10 most popular small towns in Germany


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Corona is finally over and soon you can start touring Germany. City trips are a welcome option for Expats who want to enjoy all that Germany has to offer. Although there are beaches and lakes, city trips are very popular. In addition to the metropolises, the small towns in Germany are now also making a big splash. Find out below the 10 most popular small towns in Germany.

Hamburg has the Speicherstadt, Berlin has the Brandenburg Gate, Munich has Marienplatz – but have you already seen it all? Then  maybe a small town is just the right travel destination for you on your next city trip within Germany ! Away from the big cities, there are some beautiful towns that are great for this and are also becoming increasingly popular.

This is what the holiday home search engine Holidu found out – and presented the ten most searched small towns on Google in 2020. Sights and activities were taken into account. In the current ranking we show you the most popular small towns in Germany that you can travel to in summer.

1st place: Füssen in Bavaria

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Füssen in Bavaria is right at the top of the search queries for the most popular small towns with 5,000 to 20,000 inhabitants . Almost 4,000 queries to the Google search engine in one month have confirmed this. The Bavarian beauty is best known for one sight: the fairytale-like and world-famous Neuschwanstein Castle.

This is by far not everything! Füssen has a beautiful old town, a well-preserved city wall, a city park, a water reservoir and many picturesque lakes and hiking trails through the wonderful nature.

2nd place: Berchtesgaden in Bavaria

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In the southeast of Bavaria  on the border with Austria  is the second most popular small town in Germany: Berchtesgaden. Particularly well-known is the Watzmann, which is more than 2,700 meters high and attracts everyone’s attention. But also the beautiful national park, the deep valleys and crystal clear mountain rivers are impressive.

Around 8,000 people live in Berchtesgarden. You can discover the traces of their ancestors in the Berchtesgaden Local History Museum in Adelsheim Castle.

3rd place: Cochem in Rhineland-Palatinate

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The charming small town of Cochem is located on the Moselle in Rhineland-Palatinate. They are characterized by beautiful, colorful half-timbered houses in the old town as well as the famous Reichsburg. You certainly don’t have to drink nicely in Cochem – but you should still try the wines of the region. It works particularly well at the wine festivals.

If you also like it hearty, you should definitely visit the historic mustard mill! Not only does it look beautiful – visitors also get informative advice on many different types of mustard.

4th place: Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Bavaria

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This small town in northern Bavaria scores with its medieval architecture. Cobblestone and half-timbered houses transport visitors to Rothenburg ob der Tauber back in time. A well-preserved city wall with charming gatehouses and towers makes the cityscape unique.

Popular sights are the St. Jakobskirche with its late Gothic altarpiece and the medieval town hall, from whose tower you can enjoy a panoramic view over the whole city.

5th place: Monschau in North Rhine-Westphalia

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The rippling of the Rur can be heard in the medieval town of Monschau in North Rhine-Westphalia at any time of the year. Cobblestones, narrow streets and charming half-timbered houses make the idyll perfect.

The “Red House” is particularly impressive – a patrician house that was built in the 18th century during the heyday of the drapery industry. You get a great view of the whole city from Monschau Castle.

6. Oberstdorf in Bavaria

7. Winterberg in North Rhine-Westphalia

8. Büsum in Schleswig-Holstein

9. Husum in Schleswig-Holstein

10. Kühlungsborn in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

Because of the pandemic, vacation planning is going differently this year than usual. Staying at home and traveling within Europe are very popular. You should definitely take advantage and visit the small towns in Germany!

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