Explore The Off-Beat Historic Destinations In The German Tourism Landscape

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Germany is a beautiful European country that boasts of gorgeous landscapes, untouched natural elements, and beautiful ancient cities vying for attention from the tourist world. However, several old cities in Germany unveil uncovered facets and are bound to feature in a fairy-tale. Therefore, we have collated a small list of old cities in Germany that you should not miss out on if you intend to dive into surreal experiences.

We find you an offbeat wanderer and would suggest going through our guide on hidden gems in Germany.

Trier City

Trier Landmark

One of the oldest cities in Germany, Trier features ancient Roman ruins like the fortified gate of Porta Nigra, which still stands today as the symbol of Trier. Several amazing shopping and culinary centres offer a great experience for tourists and visitors with diverse tastes. The Christmas market is a beautiful market where you can shop for goodies, souvenirs, and other decorations. This destination is one of the popular cities in Germany for Christmas shopping. To know more about Christmas in Germany, follow our complete guide.



One of Germany’s lesser-known and untouched places, Wuppertal, can be easily reached by train or 30-minute car drive from the Dusseldorf Airport. One of the most iconic decisions taken by this industrial city was the adoption of the suspended subway network almost 100+ years back. Today, this monorail runs over 13 kilometres and stands as a true symbol of Wuppertal. A beautiful way to browse through all major landmarks of Wuppertal.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

A city very similar to postcard towns makes it one of the best cities to visit in Germany. Everything you see and witness here is like a fairy-tale, i.e., Gorgeous, charming, traditional, authentic, and vibrantly colourful. However, this city welcomes visitors and tourists throughout the year. The best blooms in the spring season are when the natural elements add a true flavour to the city.


Town Hall Bremen

A port city placed in northern Germany. One of the surprising aspects about this city is that it remains untouched and unexplored by the majority of the tourists coming to Germany despite being the largest city in Germany. One of the best cities to visit in Germany primarily due to its unspoiled natural experience. Medieval ramparts and medieval centres decorate this city from every corner. Marktplatz, a market square, is one of the popular spots that nestles the Rathaus, a former town hall that houses an iconic restaurant with more than 500+ German wines on its menu.


Wismar marketplace

One of the popular cities in Germany, Wismar’s historic centre, Stralsund, has featured as the UNESCO World Heritage site. The Sweden colonization almost a century ago has left a lasting impact on the cityscape. The locals celebrate the end of summer as an end of the Sweden regime on the port of Wismar. Today, the city is decorated with Brick Gothic structures and the iconic gabled patrician houses. There are many fantastic places to visit in Spreewald which is around a 3.5 hour drive from Wismar, so you can plan a 2-3 trip there as well.

Sylt Island


Many people may not know that Germany too features close to 10 islands. The Sylt Island is the largest of these islands, blessed with wild, untouched, and undiscovered natural elements making it one of the best cities to visit in Germany. Many people who wish for a romantic indulgence, a break in their monotonous life, and a refreshing change visit this beautiful island. You must witness the magical charm of this Island city life for the best experience.


One of the old cities in Germany, Ladenburg has all the features to be one of the most popular cities in Germany. Although its popular neighbours like Heidelberg and Mannheim have somewhat reduced the city’s sheen, the city still is blessed with incredible natural elements and an amazing landscape that will make you fall in love with the city. So if you are looking to come out of the buzzing city life, this city is also worth visiting.


Old Town Hall Bamberg

One of the safest German cities to live and visit, and its proximity to major German cities makes Bamberg city one of the best cities to visit in Germany. Antique buildings & churches, baroque styled houses decorate the cityscape and are placed on seven hills.  It is also one of the most-visited Germany cities in winter due to its fairytale-like landscapes. Due to its lack of industrialization, it was somewhat untouched during the World War II bombings. So plan a trip to Bamberg, and we assure you that this city will be etched in your memory forever.

Freiburg im Breisgau

Freiburg im Breisgau

Placed on the foot of the Black Forest mountains, Freiburg im Breisgau has a unique charm that will soon catch you very easily. The city showcases how humans have been able to bring this place to life with its historical centers. The city also houses the leading German city and has been an instrumental pioneer who undertook the mission of environmental conservation.


Cochem Moselle river

The iconic Moselle river crosses this pleasant German town. The historic city of Cochem provides a rejuvenating break for people looking for an off-beat experience. German wines are a huge hit in Cochem. Apart from wines, Cochem is a culinary treat for all the foodies. The city’s cultural heritage and beautiful natural vistas make it one of the best cities to visit in Germany for romantic couples.
The above list is just some of the hidden gems in Germany. There are many other amazing destinations that you can look to explore hidden secrets and untouched nature elements. We are sure that you will not be able to miss out on the enchanting appeal of these magnificent German destinations.

Want to explore more of Germany? Extend your trip with our Kiel travel guide.

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