10 small towns you must see

Often underestimated: in northern Germany there are small towns that are real pearls. With fewer than 20,000 inhabitants, these are often not as well known and only become noticeable at second glance. But then they convince with their historic buildings, waterways, marinas or unique museums.

It doesn’t matter if you want to cross a river by boat or explore the area by bike – we’ll show you a selection of the most beautiful towns in the north. Here are our ten often underrated favorites.

1. Plau am See, Mecklenburg Lake District

On the western shore of the Plauer See lake, the health resort of Plau am See is characterized by lots of greenery and culture. But also pretty alleys and well-preserved half-timbered and brick buildings await you, inviting you for a stroll.

Atmospheric sights include the brick town hall or the distinctive 13th-century town church building of Santa Maria. After climbing the 120 steps of the bell tower, you will be rewarded with an impressive view of the city.

Boat trips or walks in the old town: Plau am See in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania makes both possible.

Boat trips are also worthwhile: Plau not only stands out for its location on the third largest lake in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, but also for the Müritz-Elde waterway. You can relax, for example, by sunbathing directly on the Elde or at the harbor on the lake. You can also swim, paddle or sail here.

2. Catwalk

The town of Pasewalk, which has 10,000 inhabitants, lurks against the Uecker. Known many years ago as a railway and garrison town, there are now some interesting buildings to discover here. These include red brick churches, the medieval wall with the two wall doors or the two towers of the Powder Tower and the Kiek in de Mark Defense Tower.

The Evangelical Church of St Nicholas on Pasewalk is one of the brick buildings worth seeing.

The oldest church in the north German city in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania is Sankt Nikolai, rebuilt in brick after it was destroyed in World War II. Also worth a visit is the market square with the Sankt-Marien-Kirche, one of the most important brick churches in northern Germany, as reported by the “NDR”.

If you want to learn more about the charming town and its history, the Municipal Museum in Prenzlauer Tor or the old car shed is a good idea – among other things, there are insights into Pasewalk’s railroad past. In GDR times, one in three households earned their living on the railways.

3. Bad Bentheim

The spa town of Bad Bentheim in Lower Saxony has a lot to offer besides a relaxing salt water spring: for example the imposing 90-meter-high castle, which is one of the oldest castle complexes in northwestern Germany. A 30-meter high platform offers impressive views of the city and surrounding area.

The imposing Bentheim Castle in Bad Bentheim from above.

In the Sandstone Museum you can find out all about the “Bentheimer Gold”, or sandstone, which has been quarried here for more than 800 years and from which numerous buildings and walls have emerged.

Along the 17-kilometer sandstone path, travelers can learn more about the region’s surrounding towns while hiking or biking. Meadows and forests, such as the slopes of the Teutoburg Forest, line the numerous hiking trails. The Dutch border is also not far away: it can be reached after about ten kilometers.

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4. Eutin

In the middle of Holstein Switzerland, between two lakes, lies the city of Eutin. Not only relaxation on the banks of the large and small Eutiner See, but also the well-preserved old town can score here.

Here, among other things, stands the Church of San Michele with its 13th century leaning tower. Eutin Castle, which is located directly on Great Eutin Lake, is now partly a museum where you can learn a lot about the history of the city.

The impressive Eutin Castle is partly a museum where you can find out more about the city.

Also noteworthy is the town hall on the market square and the court pharmacy from 1704. From the 39 meter high water tower you have a splendid view of Eutin. Here you can get an idea of ​​why the poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is said to have even described the small town, which today has 17,000 inhabitants, as the “Weimar of the North”. In addition to the old town, you can also see the Baltic Sea from the tower.

5. Hitzacker on the Elbe

The town of Hitzacker is located directly on the Elbe in the beautiful Wendland. With the Elbe cycle path and a rustic old town with half-timbered houses, the town, which had to deal with the last flood in 2013, is now worth a visit again. If you are in Hitzacker, it is worth making a detour, for example, to the vineyard or the open-air museum.