Sometimes it takes an American to explain the charms of Europe to Europeans!

Growing up in a part of the world which is so steeped in history and culture means we often take this for granted. So, we’ve got the perfect romantic narrative of the many wonders of small towns in Germany to entice you to get out more and explore.

Lorelei, an American expat based in Regensburg, is here to tell us why we should visit Germany’s more off-the-beaten-path destinations for some hidden gems…

All photos included in this article are © California Globetrotter and have been included in here with kind permission. 


Why you should skip the tourist trap cities and visit small towns In Germany instead


Every traveler is familiar with Frankfurt, Berlin, or Munich and has a listicle of the “Top 10 Things To Do” in each of those cities. Nothing original: Instagram is loaded with many of the same iconic places, just a different angle. Cities can often be overcrowded, expensive and noisy, with people employed in the service industry who are burnt out on tourists, dealing day in and day out with one group after another.

But head out beyond the tourist magnet cities and you’ll find the complete opposite. “Small town charm” isn’t just a saying, but a real thing. With small towns in Germany, you’ll find charm oozing from every street, every building, and every café! So why should you visit?


1. It’s Like Walking Through a Pop-Up Disney Book


Remember reading Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast or Sleeping Beauty and wishing those fairy tale towns were real? Yeah, me too. It wasn’t until I moved to Germany and started visiting the picturesque half-timbered towns and skipping the larger cities altogether that I discovered they really were real. After visiting Rothenburg ob der Tauber, walking down one charming lane after another, lined with half-timber framed houses, with a filigree of sparkle, I was bursting to sing the opening scene of Beauty and the Beast. I soon began channeling my inner princess.