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Old October 15th, 2015, 05:23 PM   #1
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Most rewarding towns in terms of old German architecture?

Someday I will get to accomplish my dream of a road-trip through Germany, and for when that happens I need your help. What would you recommend me to visit, that would be the most arch-typically German (in an old-school fashion)? From the little I know myself I was thinking that the medium-sized towns along the Rhine and further up as much as Aachen would be what I'd like most, a sort of German Tuscany.

In terms of architecture I'm thinking of both high-profile monuments (which is why the South-West ranks high for me with the Speyer cathedral, the Trier Roman gate & cathedral, the Aachen Palatine chapel etc.) and urban fabric.
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Old October 15th, 2015, 09:32 PM   #2
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Someday I will get to accomplish my dream of a road-trip through Germany, and for when that happens I need your help. What would you recommend me to visit, that would be the most arch-typically German (in an old-school fashion)? From the little I know myself I was thinking that the medium-sized towns along the Rhine and further up as much as Aachen would be what I'd like most, a sort of German Tuscany.

In terms of architecture I'm thinking of both high-profile monuments (which is why the South-West ranks high for me with the Speyer cathedral, the Trier Roman gate & cathedral, the Aachen Palatine chapel etc.) and urban fabric.
I recently moved to Freiburg in Baden-Württemberg in south west of Germany, and and like almost all big cities in Germany it was bombed and because of that large parts is now cowered with modern buildings. But if you go to a bike ride you will find a lot of very small towns that was spared in the war, and therefore can you find those very nice golden architectures. I would really recommend Baden-Württemberg, it's also very close to France and Switzerland so it is easy to go there too Good luck and I hope you will have fun in Deutschland.
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Old October 15th, 2015, 10:44 PM   #3
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Here's my list, and I have done the driving trip with these included. No particular order:

Bamberg
Regensburg
Altenburg
Erfurt
Eiselben
Weimar
Gorlitz
Stalsund
Lubeck
Hannoversch Munden
Wiesbaden
Trier
Bonn
Nesselwang
Lindau
Meersburg
Augsburg
Gottingen
Eisenach
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Old October 16th, 2015, 12:28 PM   #4
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Places in Germany I visited and liked a lot (just random from all over Germany).

Goslar, Celle, Bamberg, Füssen, Rohtenburg ob der tauber, Michelstadt, Amorbach, Tangermünde, Hameln, Görlitz, Hann.Munden, Limburg am Lahn, Ingolstadt.
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Old October 16th, 2015, 02:15 PM   #5
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From the little I know myself I was thinking that the medium-sized towns along the Rhine and further up as much as Aachen would be what I'd like most, a sort of German Tuscany.
I've been to a couple of perfectly preserved towns in that area, although they are usually more small than medium.

But if you like timbered houses, historic churches, citywalls and castles you really can't go wrong with the following:

Bernkastel-Kues
Cochem
Saarburg
Ahrweiler
Blankenheim
Bad Munstereifel
Monschau

Besides Trier and Speyer there are quite a few other interesting bigger and reasonably or well preserved cities in the region:

Heidelberg
Worms
Mainz
Wiesbaden
Koblenz
Limburg an der Lahn
Andernach
Bonn

The towns between Koblenz and Main are supposed to be quite lovely to but I haven't been there yet. In any case, there's plenty to do and see in that region alone for a decent two week holiday.

More to the north in North Rhine-Westphalia I can also really advise Munster, Detmold and Hameln.
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Thanks all!
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Let's illustrate it a bit, makes it a bit clearer and who doesn't like a pretty picture?


Bad Munstereifel



Monschau



Blankenheim



Saarburg



Detmold



All pictures taken by me in the last couple of years.
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This thread should help a lot answering the questions:

GERMANY'S most beautiful cityscapes


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I'm a few weeks late, but no-one has mentioned Quedlinburg yet?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quedlinburg
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Oldenburg is another. It is a mid-size city and one of the few that did not sustain heavy damage in the war. Not far from Bremen but often overlooked as a destination for architecture enthusiasts.
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Schwerin in Mecklenburg definitely is a great suggestion (situated right in between Hamburg, Berlin and the Baltic Sea, within Europe's loveliest lakeland):


Schwerin in Mecklenburg, Germany by Seeadler 1, auf Flickr
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I can confirm that Schwerin is a real treat. Been there twice. Starlsund and Greifswald is not far from it. Combine the trip with a few days at a resort in Rugen, and you get the perfect holiday!
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Absolutely! Mecklenburg and Western Pomerania are marvels of Europe yet largely undiscovered by (especially outer-European) foreign tourists. World-class old towns, royal residences, barely touched landscapes, lovely fine sandy beaches, thousands of lakes, charming villages and a great infrastructure for tourists (top-class hotels, cycle ways, wellness, leisure centers, family friendly resorts, city and resort nightlife etc.).


I also greatly appreciate the South-West of Germany, with well-known gems like Heidelberg and many more:


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