Updated: Jun 22
Germany is a wonderful country to visit whether you are on a honeymoon, solo trip, or family vacation. Here are five cities to visit on your next trip to Germany:
Nuremberg was my first "home base," which worked out very well. It is a larger city with plenty of sights to see, activities to do, and places to eat at. I stayed at the Novotel Centre Ville, which is located a couple of blocks outside the old town walls. In Nuremberg, visitors can visit the Nuremberg Castle, underground torture chambers, St. Lorenz Kirche (Saint Lawrence Church), Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), St. Sebaldus Kirche, Nazi Party Rally Grounds, the Hauptmarkt, and so much more! There is plenty to do in Nuremberg and it is a great central location for day trips to Bamberg, Rothenberg ob der Tauber, Fulda, Munich, and many more places.
From Nuremberg, I took a day trip to Bamberg and stopped at Schloss Weißenstein on the way. I highly recommend visiting Schloss Weißenstein because it is eclectic yet stunning. Many people told me Bamberg doesn't have much to do and you can only spend a day there, but after visiting I think Bamberg is worth more than a day trip. There, I shopped in the old town, visited the Bamberger Dom, took pictures of the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), and visited Altenburg Castle. Unfortunately, the day I visited Bamberg was very rainy, but the rain can't stop the locals or tourists from exploring the town.
When travelers think of Germany, not many think of Fulda. My mother lived in Fulda when she was younger, so I knew if I ever visited Germany I would have to visit Fulda. Surprisingly, Fulda has plenty to do! In Fulda I visited the Fulda Cathedral, the Schlossgarten, Michaelskirche, and the nearby Point Alpha. I have also heard the Stadtschloss City Palace and the Kloster Frauenberg are great places to visit too!
Bacharach is a quaint town in the Rhineland that is known for the Burg Stahleck (Stahleck Castle), the Wernerkapelle ruins, and wine! There are also little shops and restaurants in the town, but you definitely cannot spend more than a day in Bacharach. It's a central location used best as a home base. Koblenz is about an hour drive away from Bacharach, which is great because you can see where the Rhein River meets the Moselle. There is a ferry that will take you across the Rhein, so you are able to visit small towns on both sides.
5. Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is another city that I heard you can only spend a day in, which I believe is arguable. Yes, Rothenberg ob der tauber is a "touristy town." It has all the little shops and restaurants and the bus-loads of tourists, but Rothenberg brings you back in time. There are so many shops (some of which carry the same items), bakeries, and sights. In Rothenburg o.d. Tauber, visitors can walk the old town wall, take pictures of Das Plonlein, and visit some more churches. Because I only stayed a day in the awesome town, there are more activities that I wish I would have been able to do, such as visit the Medieval Crime Museum and walk around the Christmas Museum.
These five amazing cities are so full of fun and interesting things to do and see, I believe you can spend two weeks or more in them alone!