Cradle of the German region of Saxony. Among the monumental buildings of this village stands Albrechtsburg Castle and the Gothic Cathedral, both detached. Albrechtsburg Castle, which has a spiral staircase, is the oldest example of a Renaissance residential castle in Germany. Below the castle hill lies the historic quarter of the city with the beautiful town hall in the market. A beautiful late medieval city, highlighting its flat roofs, which offer a picturesque panorama and at the same time are superbly romantic that can be seen from Castle Mountain (Burgberg). And world-famous Meissen porcelain should not be forgotten.
This area, in addition to waterfalls, is also very important for the manufacturing of cuckoo clocks. It is nice but not too large. The most commercial street is full of clocks that are part of the front of their stores. If I say that I loved it you can safely say that it's charming, but the truth is that I enjoy my travels a lot. Just prove I'm not exaggerating, here are my pictures so you have some small samples. I'm sure you'll it too, I hope ...
This picturesque and historical German town, Oberammergau, belongs to the district of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in Bavaria. It is known for the showing of the Passion of the Chris which takes place every 10 years. This tradition dates back to the seventeenth century. In the facades of Oberammergau exists what is called Lüftlmalerei, something common in areas of Upper Bavaria. They recreate pictures on house facades - in the eyes of the beholder these pictures seem to be almost real. It's like an outdoor museum; stories are told on the walls, some are religious, some are fairy tales. A highlight is, for example, "Pilatushaus" or "House of Pilate". This eighteenth century house boasts the freshest and most impressive highlights of Oberammergau. It's facade is the palace of Pontius Pilate and the scenes are so deep and intricate that they appear to be a three-dimensional image. Also very striking are the children stories which are shown on the facades, such as Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel. These are just some of the images that show the fronts of Oberammergau but there are many more. You can take an idyllic walk through its streets and admire the backdrop of the Alps. Definitely a charming walk.
It is definitely worth a quick trip to this small town situated near Frankfurt (12km away) to spend a morning or an afternoon out of town. You can get there by train. This is a typical German village with a castle at the top, half-timbered houses, taverns apfelwein, biegarten ... All situated in a quiet environment ideal for unwinding.
I can tell you after jogging by many German towns, this is one of the ones that I liked the most. Its essence is medieval and was lucky that the war did not damage it as its oldest buildings are intact. It has so many wonderful places that it has been difficult to select the photos to give you the idea, I have 400 from the 2 days we were there. I recommend it very seriously,
If you've read about my other experiences at Schwäbisch Hall, you may have noticed that, for me, it's a town that I get pretty excited about. It's quiet, intimate, and its people make you feel at home. I've uploaded some photos here for you to see, I just couldn't help myself.
Schiltach is a small town situated in the Black Forest. It is a quiet and charming place. Its half-timbered houses look like something out of a fairy tale. Schiltach is famous for its leather tanners (you can see some shops where they sell leather jackets etc.) There is also a museum about tanners and wood. It's worth having a little walk along the river and visiting its wonderful market square and town hall.
Überlinguen is a small village on the banks of the lake that bears his name (See Überlingen) and ending at the famous Lake Constance. It's a place well catered for tourists. This is one of the destinations chosen by the Germans for rest at the lakeside. Tourism is also reflected in the number of restaurants, pizzerias, pubs and terraces located throughout the town. We choose the destination for the weekend getaway. We stayed in a family shelter, well prepared for hikers and families. There were places for parking for bikes and the facilities were well maintained. The price (10 euros a night) included breakfast buffet. I do not remember the name of the hostel but I think it was the only one in Überlingen. When we left we were very satisified. It's an ideal place to relax for a few days with the quiet and beautiful scenery. The train station is in the center of town.
By chance I was in Homberg, Germany on a business trip. I think it was the most typical German town I'ver ever been in. In fact, I found no modern buildings that would break the harmony created by the style of the whole village itself, which was beautiful. I saw traditional shops, and smiling people. The river and the rain accompanied me on my stay there. I think in this case, the pictures speak for themselves. The airport and major city that'll get you to this wonderful town is Frankfurt, and then a two hour train ride will leave you close to Homberg. The truth is that I loved it.
Haigerloch is a village in the part of the Swabian Jura mountain range in the Baden-Württemberg. It is one of many typical villages situated in southern Germany, with its low houses, pointed roofs, steep narrow streets and surrounded by enviable landscapes. Furthermore, Haigerloch has a castle which is located on higher ground. Curiously, in the basement you will find a bunker that was used as an atomic energy laboratory in the Second World War. The village is close to Stuttgart which can be visited in one morning, allowing you to enjoy another city in the area with a variety of tourist attractions.
Herrenberg is a village in the region of Baden Württemberg, close to the Black Forest and the city of Stuttgart, which can be reached by S-bahn. What makes it special is the fusion between modern and medieval. The old town is in the center of Herremberg and offers an unusual, daily charm for the locals. It's dominated by narrow and steep streets with endless stairs, where family houses are raised with pointed roofs. Among its attractions is the Church of the Foundation, at the top of the city's Market Square. It's a medieval setting in the heart of Herrenberg, and every Tuesday and Saturday, there is an outdoor market there. There is also the Castle Hill and wall, which offer the best views. Visiting the town, if you're close to Stuttgart will take you no more than a morning.
Beautiful Waiblingen! A town about 10km away, northeast of Stuttgart, with approximately 50,000 inhabitants. Old Town has a typically German old quarter where you will see two or three Storey houses with those historic wooden beams decorating the facade. Surrounded by endless greenery, a river and a huge park, the Old Town is a trip to the past. The small town in those days was not badly affected by the Second World War, which is why the buildings have kept so well. Due to the massive immigration of the '60s, today it is half German, half Greek and half Turkish and it shows in the atmosphere. Open, cheerful and busy ...
Located halfway between Dresden and Meissen, Radebeul is famous worldwide for its vineyards. You can also visit a museum dedicated to writer Karl May and there is a train that leads to the castle of Moritzburg. We took a stroll through one of the beautiful, picturesque vineyards, which was a fantastic experience. This area of Saxony is well known for its pleasant scenery and mild climate.
Echterdingen. Who would have thought that I would spend nearly two weeks in this town. It is full of traditional German houses with well-kept fronts, a real mix of historical, present and future-inspired buildings. All of the surrounding countryside is full of people, particularly on bikes. The town has a special pride for the people of the town who survived several attacks in ancient wars. The town is also proud to have the lowest unemployment rate in all Baden-Württemberg, only 2.3%! It is not a very populated place but it is very diverse and is full of friendly people. The Turkish barber, located at the end of Main Street, the pizzaria, the "bier-garten" in the town-hall square behind the church, to the bakers at the "Deutsche-bäckerie". Out of respect, I do not have photos of them all but they all exist.
A quiet town in Rhine, near Paderborm and not far from Dortmund. It is a really quiet city we visited on the invaluable guidance of our friend who now lives there, and he showed us around the city. Nothing stands out especially in this town, just its calm and quiet power. After visiting big cities like Dusseldorf, Cologne and Dortmund, it's a great place to continue visiting the Rhine area.
Alprirsbach is not a town that stands out in the tourist huides, but it is worth mentioning. We stopped in a charming spot. Among them there is a house that when we approach proved to be a wood craftsman workshop who invited us to come in and it was amazing the amount of different items that were made of wood. Then we walked around the village and I can assure you is a real find. Highly recommendable.
Altona is a beautiful suburb of Hamburg. It began as a fishing port on the banks of the River Elbe in 1535. It has a unique story, it was run for many years by the Danish monarchy, since Kaiser Frederick III gave up the rights to this suburb. This area of Hamburg is near to the St. Pauli district, and has lots of old houses and streets to wander down, as well a large ridge on the banks of the river that serves as a walkway. There are pure green gardens which you can walk through, or rest under its beautiful trees, watching ships, boats and ferries that circulate in the Elbe. This city has about 244,000 inhabitants and is an elegant part of Hamburg. You can admire the amazing old houses from the banks of the river. It has several hotels and many restaurants. When I visited this city the town hall was being repaired. I could only see the beautiful statue of Kaiser Fererico III in the small town hall square.
This is like a town from a fairy tale that has a particular charm. Despite the heavy rain, I loved it! A piece of advice: don't park right at the entrance to the town. If you enter a little further, parking is cheaper (3 euros). And to eat, look for a site with Belgian flags, it's run by a really nice guy and isn't expensive!
On my only visit to Germany in 2009 I got to know the town where my aunt and uncle have lived for many years and like always they talked to me about Preetz. It's not a very touristic place but if you're not used to seeing such places they'll fascinate you like they do me. It is about 20 km from a major town called Kiel and about 100 km from Hamburg. It is a very quiet village, surrounded by green forests with two huge lakes where you can sail. The views are beautiful if you go for a walk around the town and the surrounding area. It's certainly is a great place to walk.