Bavaria is known for its picturesque medieval towns that attract visitors from all over the world. From the narrow streets and historic buildings to the charming squares and scenic rivers, there are many towns in Bavaria that are worth visiting. Here are some of the most beautiful medieval towns in Bavaria that you should visit on your next trip.
The most beautiful Bavarian cities away from the crowds
Bavaria is a beautiful federal state with many small towns and villages that are away from the hustle and bustle. If you like to travel in peace and away from the tourist hustle and bustle, you should definitely visit these places. The fact that Bavaria is beautiful is proven by the visitors that it attracts to the state year after year. However, most of them only see the highlights. This state offers so much more. We have decided to explore the most beautiful cities in Bavaria. We have already come across many places that turn out to be Excursion destinations in Bavaria worth. City trips in Bavaria are worthwhile for a short city trip in Bavaria as well as for longer stays. Because there is a lot to discover. In the following we will introduce you to beautiful cities in Bavaria that are less well known but are definitely worth a city trip.
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Then take a look at the city gems in Bavaria. In it Bernhard Irlinger presents charming small towns away from the hustle and bustle in Franconia, Swabia and old Bavaria. These are old towns in Bavaria that are beautiful. Nevertheless, they are little known and therefore do not attract the crowds. This makes them ideal travel destinations for a short city trip in Bavaria or a city break. You will find a total of 43 cities in Bavaria that are well worth a visit.
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Short trips in Bavaria to beautiful old towns in Bavaria
You can find beautiful old towns in Bavaria in small towns. They are worth staying for a weekend or even several days. Take your time and take a closer look at these places. Bavaria's old towns are unique and offer a wealth of historical sights, including Gothic churches, imposing city gates and ornate fountains. The charming streets are lined with traditional handicraft shops and cozy cafés. The vibrant culture and history make every visit an unforgettable experience.
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Many of these towns already existed in the Middle Ages. Some have a history worth discovering. There is so much to see in Bavaria's medieval towns! You can stroll through the narrow streets, look at the impressive churches and castles and enjoy regional specialties in cozy inns. The city walls and gates are also a real eye-catcher. Every stone tells an exciting story.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber - one of the most beautiful small towns in Bavaria
One of the most beautiful small towns in Bavaria is Rothenburg ob der Tauber. The medieval city is known for its well-preserved city walls and historic buildings. Here you can stroll comfortably through the streets and enjoy the romantic atmosphere.
Miltenberg am Main, one of the most beautiful small towns in Bavaria
The city of Miltenberg is located on the Main. With its half-timbered buildings, it has a flair that puts you in the Middle Ages. In the old town one half-timbered building follows the next. You need time for the place and its surroundings. Especially if you like to enjoy city trips in Bavaria, Miltenberg is a good travel destination. With its own brewery, the oldest restaurant in Germany and a location in the middle of the red wine region of Franconia, Miltenberg is perfect for a short city trip in Bavaria.
Amorbach is small but one of the most beautiful towns in Bavaria
Only ten kilometers away from Miltenberg is the small baroque town of Amorbach in the border triangle of Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Hesse. Not only for us the small town is one of the most beautiful cities in Bavaria. The town received its city rights as early as the 13th century. The Templar house, an aristocratic residence that is considered to be the oldest half-timbered house in Bavaria, dates from this period. Also worth seeing are the monastery with the abbey church and the parish church of St. Gangolf with its baroque organ.
Tips for Amorbach
The most beautiful small towns in Bavaria that you have to see
The places on the Main can be easily combined with short trips in Bavaria. Here you will find well-known sights in Bavaria as well as real insider tips. Bavaria's most beautiful small towns impress with their idyllic location in the middle of nature and their well-preserved historic old town. The cities usually have a history going back centuries and are characterized by old city walls, churches and half-timbered houses. Here you can often find traditional handicrafts, regional specialties and a relaxed way of life. A visit is definitely worth it!
Ochsenfurt – one of the medieval towns in Bavaria
If you like medieval towns, then you are guaranteed to like Ochsenfurt. The city is about 20 kilometers south of Würzburg. It was first mentioned in a document in 725. With its half-timbered houses, it is a real beauty. The city wall with its watchtowers still surrounds it today. When walking around the city, it is worth walking not only along the main streets. Worth seeing are the town hall and the St. Andreas church. In the alleys you will find wine bars.
Tips for Ochsenfurt
Marktbreit - one of the beautiful small towns in Bavaria
Markbreit is five kilometers up the Main. The place only received its city rights in 1819. Don't miss the painter's corner in Bachgasse. The view over the Breitbach, on the banks of which there are half-timbered houses, to the Maintor still inspires visitors today. Worth seeing are the town hall, the town houses and the Hotel Löwen. This is one of the oldest inns in Bavaria. You can stop off at the end of your walk in the Renaissance castle from 1580.
Market wide tips
- Accommodation in Marktbreit*
- Drive over the bridge to the other bank of the Main for a beautiful view of the city.
Iphofen is one of the beautiful cities in Bavaria that you have to see
Iphofen received city rights in the 13th century. The city wall dates from that time. It is still almost completely preserved. The city gates and watchtowers of Iphofen are worth seeing. The best way to explore them is on the Wall Trail, which leads around the entire city. The Rödelseer Tor, the symbol of Iphofen, is impressive. In the city center you will find the baroque town hall and the parish church of St. Veit. You can enjoy the wines of the region in the wine taverns, wineries and restaurants of the city.
Tips for Iphofen
Dettelbach - beautiful old towns in Bavaria
The town of Dettelbach is located on the Main in the middle of the wine region. The village originally grew up around a castle that stood near the current church. Only when the Archbishops of Würzburg integrated the town into their dominions in the late Middle Ages did it begin to grow. He received city rights in 1484. The place also attracts visitors as a place of pilgrimage. However, its main income comes from the wines that are grown in the area. You should therefore not miss a visit to the vinotheque. A walk through the alleys leading steeply up the hill behind the town hall is also worthwhile. Worth seeing are the Renaissance town hall, the market square, the town parish church, the town wall with its watchtowers and the pilgrimage church Maria im Sand.
Tips for Dettelbach
- Accommodation in Dettelbach*
- The Café Achtmann on the city wall is worth a stop.
Dinkelsbühl is one of the medieval towns in Bavaria
The imperial city of Dinkelsbühl is also one of the most beautiful cities in Bavaria. In the 8th century there was a Frankish royal court at a ford on the Regnitz. There the trade and pilgrimage route to Italy crossed with the Nibelungenstrasse, which led from the Rhine to the Danube. Dinkelsbühl finally received city rights in the 12th century from Emperor Barbarossa. At that time the construction of the city fortifications began. However, the Dinkelsbühl success story came to an end in the turmoil of the Thirty Years' War. The economic decline then prevented the modernization of the city. Its appearance from the Middle Ages has been preserved to this day. This is what makes the city so attractive today. The best way to explore them is on a walk through the old town and a tour around the city walls. This is completely preserved.
Beautiful cities in Bavaria for a day trip
In these Bavarian cities you will not only find beautiful old towns, but also well-known sights in Bavaria that are worth a short trip. While Bavaria's most beautiful small towns impress with their charm and picturesque scenery, the old towns in medium-sized towns such as Passau and Landshut offer a mixture of historical flair and urban life. Here you will not only find picturesque alleys and magnificent monuments, but also a wide range of restaurants, bars and shops. The cities are often also important cultural centers with renowned museums and events.
Landshut is one of the most interesting cities in Bavaria
The ducal city of Landshut is also one of the cities worth seeing in Bavaria. Your marketplace is definitely one of the most beautiful in Germany with its Gothic and Renaissance buildings. The Herzogsburg Trausnitz towers above it. Duke Ludwig der Kelheimer founded the city in 1204 at a transition to the Isar. At the same time he had the castle built on the hill behind. You shouldn't miss out on a visit to the old town, the town hall, the city residence and the landscape house, for example. Other highlights are the town church of St. Martin and Trausnitz Castle.
Passau, Bavarian city on the Danube
Another beautiful city in Bavaria is Passau. The city on the border to Austria and the Czech Republic is often referred to as the "Venice of Germany". Three rivers meet in Passau: the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz. Passau Cathedral rises above the confluence of the three rivers. Passau's history goes back to the Celts and Romans, for example. In 739 St. Boniface finally made Passau a bishopric. In the 9th century, St. Stephen's Cathedral in Passau became the mother church for Christianization in the Danube region. This is now one of the main attractions in Passau. The old town with the parish church, the Niedernburg monastery church and the town hall are also worth seeing. On the other bank of the Inn, a visit to the Innstadt with the Bolotro Castle is also worthwhile. In addition, the Severinskirche, the pilgrimage church Mariahilf and the Veste Oberhaus are worth a visit.
Beautiful villages in Bavaria
If you prefer something a little quieter, you should take a look at the villages in Bavaria. One of the most beautiful villages is Oberammergau. The village is best known for the Passion Play, which takes place every 10 years. But Oberammergau also offers a lot to discover apart from that, such as the Lüftlmalerei on the houses.
Enjoy the most beautiful small towns and villages in Bavaria away from the hustle and bustle
These are just some of the most beautiful cities in Bavaria, which are suitable for a day trip or a weekend trip, for example. One of the reasons we like cities like this is that they don't attract crowds of visitors. There you can still enjoy your coffee in peace in a café by the river. You visit their sights with a few people. Despite this, these cities offer a lot of history and attractions that are worth visiting.
More beautiful cities in Bavaria
Bavaria cities that are worth visiting:
- Würzburg is definitely worth a trip because of its location in the wine region on the Main.
Largest city in Bavaria
- Munich is not only the capital of Bavaria, but also the largest city in the state.
Beautiful places in Munich
- Munich insider tips as well as beautiful places we also present in these articles.
Questions and answers about the most beautiful cities in Bavaria
Which beautiful cities in Bavaria away from the hustle and bustle can you recommend?
There are many beautiful cities in Bavaria that are away from the hustle and bustle. Some of my recommendations that are not mentioned in this article are Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Bamberg, Bayreuth, Kempten im Allgäu and Regensburg.
What makes these cities particularly appealing?
These cities are particularly appealing because they have their very own charm. They offer picturesque old towns, historic buildings, idyllic streets and a relaxed atmosphere. In addition, they are not as crowded as some of the more well-known cities in Bavaria.
Are there also cultural highlights in these cities?
In any case! Although these cities are away from the hustle and bustle, they still have cultural highlights to offer. You can discover historical buildings, museums, churches, theaters and other cultural institutions. Each city has its own unique features to explore.
Are these cities also surrounded by nature?
Yes, many of these cities are surrounded by beautiful nature. From green hills and mountains to rivers and lakes, the landscapes surrounding these cities offer great opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and boating.
Are these cities easily accessible and are there places to stay?
Yes, most of these cities are easily accessible by public transport or car. They also offer a variety of accommodation options, including cozy hotels, guesthouses and holiday apartments. You will surely find suitable accommodation to enjoy your stay in Bavaria away from the hustle and bustle.
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Hotels, holiday apartments and holiday homes can be found, for example, via the links in the respective cities.
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Source: On-site research. We have visited some on press trips, but organized other trips ourselves. In any case, our opinion always remains our own.
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