Beautiful water towns in Germany
There are more than 12,000 lakes and 900 rivers in Germany. Many pretty towns have sprung up near the shore over the centuries. The travel reporter presents seven particularly beautiful ones away from Hamburg and Co.
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Anyone who wants to travel by water in Germany probably thinks first of the holiday resorts on the North Sea and the Baltic Sea or the port cities such as Hamburg, Rostock and Cologne. But there are also many impressive coastal resorts that are less well known but are worth every vacation. We present seven particularly beautiful ones.
1. Monschau in North Rhine-Westphalia
Monschau, with around 12,000 inhabitants, is located in the Rureifel in North Rhine-Westphalia. The river of the same name flows through the medieval town near the Belgian border. Monschau Castle dominates the historic city center with its half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets.
Not far from here is the Eifel National Park with breathtakingly beautiful hiking trails. Either way, a trip to the countryside is worthwhile, as unique natural wonders await you in NRW.
2. Hannoversch Münden in Lower Saxony
In Hannoversch Münden, at the southernmost tip of Lower Saxony, only 24,000 people live. The picturesque urban landscape is mainly characterized by water. Hannoversch Münden is also known as the city of the three rivers, because it is there that the Weser rises from the confluence of the Werra and the Fulda.
Sports lovers can explore the city by canoe or bicycle. Well-developed trails lead through the Weserbergland to Bremen.
3. Wismar in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
The coast cannot be completely avoided on the list of the most beautiful water towns, because Wismar in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania simply cannot be missing. The Hanseatic city with around 44,000 inhabitants is located on the Baltic Sea coast in the Bay of Wismar. Wismar is best known for its well-preserved medieval old town.
At the old port you can watch the cutters and sailboats in a dreamlike atmosphere as they gently rock the waves. travel journalist Nicole gives tips for a perfect weekend in Wismar.
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4. Bernkastel-Kues in Rhineland-Palatinate
There are many beautiful cities and towns along the Moselle, including Bernkastel-Kues. Located on both sides of the Moselle, the town of around 7100 inhabitants invites you to take a stroll through more than 2,000 years of history.
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The large half-timbered houses, the early Gothic church of San Michele or the Renaissance town hall on the historic market square are just some of the highlights. The city can also be explored on four signposted “city walks” through winding streets, past shops and along the famous steep slopes of the Riesling.
The ruins of Landshut Castle tower high above the city. A circular path without architectural barriers with numerous information panels leads around the castle.
There are numerous hiking trails in the Moselle on which you can discover Germany’s oldest wine region. These lead you through river valleys and gorges, then back to the vineyards. Incidentally, Riesling accounts for more than half of the cultivated area, so it’s no surprise that Moselle winemakers are considered Riesling specialists.
5. Bingen in Rhineland-Palatinate
Huge wine plantations and picture-postcard castles make for the perfect idyll in the Rhine valley. Right in the middle is the town of Bingen, on the banks of the Rhine, with around 25,000 inhabitants. If you want to explore the area around the half-timbered jewel, you can do so with a Rhine tour. There are also great hiking trails to really get to know Rhine Hesse, the land of a thousand hills.
6. Lindau on Lake Constance in Bavaria
Lindau in Bavaria is located directly on Lake Constance, not far from the Austrian border. The town has fewer than 25,000 inhabitants and is known for its idyllic island in the historic center. On a city tour, charming alleys and historic buildings await you in front of a fantastic scenery at the foot of the Alps.
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7. Pirna in Saxony
Medieval Pirna in Saxony has a lot to offer: a world-famous market square, nice little shops, cafes and restaurants, a sociable cultural life and, of course, water. The sandstone city is surrounded by the wide Elbe. On a steamboat, visitors can discover the Elbe and the foothills of Saxon Switzerland from the water.
Pirna is surrounded by vineyards and castles. Furthermore, the city with around 39,000 inhabitants is located a stone’s throw from Dresden and Saxon-Bohemian Switzerland. The Saxon Wine Route, which begins in Pirna, takes hikers to spectacular viewpoints.