Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Cologne. The big cities of Germany are well known to travellers around the world. But there's so much more to Germany than the big four. From historic villages to dazzling cities and hip, avant-garde districts, let's uncover the most underrated towns and cities in Germany.
It’s amazing how little attention this awesome German city gets, despite the fact that it's the second largest German city after Berlin.
Combining the avant-garde with the historic, Hamburg is a picturesque European city along the beautiful river Elbe. Hip, modern street art blends with dazzling architecture to make Hamburg one of Germany’s most underrated European cities.
Key spots in Hamburg:
Located on the Danube, historic Regensburg’s history stretches back to Roman occupation almost 2000 years ago. Relatively untouched by war, much of this town is a UNESCO world heritage site, filled with ancient churches, monasteries, and homes.
Must dos in Regensburg:
Cute, historic, romantic and endlessly photogenic, the town of Quedlinburg has been around since the 9th Century and is one of the most underrated places in all of Germany. Located almost exactly between Leipzig and Hanover, it is a town of classic half timber houses, with an Old Town, church and castle that are all UNESCO World Heritage sites. Great for a scenic weekend and essential if you’re touring the Romanesque Road.
Like churches? Erfurt has 25 of them in the city centre alone. A well preserved old town and endless examples of medieval, neoclassical and German Democratic Republic architecture are all on display.
And while we’re on churches, the tallest in the world is in a little city called Ulm. Ulm Cathedral stands 161.5 meters. The city was also home to Albert Einstein, offering a glimpse into the world that inspired one of the world’s most brilliant minds.
Unspoilt by war, Heidelberg is a town on the Neckar River home to the oldest college in Germany, Heidelberg University, the Heidelberg Castle and the ever popular Marktplatz.
Nestled between wooded hills, it's a festive, idyllic town where wandering the countryside you may uncover ancient ruins and artefacts. Alternatively, the cosmopolitan cafes offer plenty of hearty German classics.
The birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven rests against the Rhine River and is often considered the capital of West Germany. Students, outdoor cafes, beer gardens and beautifully scenic and seasonal aspects make this city beyond beautiful and worth visiting. It's proximity to Dusseldorf and Cologne makes Bonn the place to set up home base.
Situated on the Trave River, Lübeck is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the largest German city on the Baltic Sea. Combining new with old, you'll find Gothic church towers, town gates and old city walls mixed with contemporary architecture and parklands in this quaint seaside town.
A day trip to Weimar takes you through the home of two of Germany's most popular poets; Goethe and Schiller. Best explored on foot, a walking tour of Weimar will take you parks, art galleries, theatres, the city castle and historic Bauhaus University. Weimar is also the traditional home of the Bratwurst, so much sure to grab one before you leave.
UNESCO World Heritage listed, this tying Bavarian town boasts a well preserved heritage of historical architecture. You'll find all the trappings of a European medieval city including cobblestone streets, taverns and ale brewers, and unique architecture like the Altes Rathaus, built right into a bridge.
While Bamberg is small enough to easily cover in a day or less, it offers a range of unique experiences, including a regional smoked beer called Rauchbier that's a must try for lovers of good ales.
Designed specifically for hosting the Winter Games in 1936, this mountain town located close to the Austrian border draws skiers in the winter and hikers in the summer. Some of the exciting things you can do here include:
If you're looking for a mountain escape during your trip to Germany, Garmisch-Partenkirchen is one of the most underrated spots in Germany.
Make your next German holiday a time to remember. Discover the hidden gems and underrated towns off the beaten path in this beautiful, diverse country that has everything to offer. From food and architecture to history and nature, Germany is a country waiting to be discovered.
Next time you’re in Germany, be sure to discover all that these amazing cities have to offer. ExecuJet can provide you with easy and stylish transport to Germany today in one of our private charter jets. Contact us now to find out how we can help you visit these beautiful towns.