You must see these 10 small towns

Munich, Freiburg or Constance are famous for their pretty corners. But below the Main there are also numerous beautiful southern German towns that are worth seeing. The travel reporter provides ten tips, including some helpful hints.

1. 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.

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.




Idyllic location: Bernkastel-Kues is located on both sides of the Moselle. The ruins of Landshut Castle watch over it.

The ruins of Landshut Castle tower high above the city. A barrier-free circular path with information panels leads around the castle.

2. Cochem on the Moselle in Rhineland-Palatinate

Cochem in Rhineland-Palatinate is the smallest district city in Germany. However, it has a lot to offer. Reichsburg Cochem is enthroned on the castle hill in the middle of the city. The fortress, originally built around 1100, is by far the biggest attraction in the place.




View of the Moselle in Cochem: The Reichsburg dominates the pretty town.

But Cochem’s Old Town also has picture book motifs to offer. These include the town hall on the market square, built in the Baroque style in 1739, the Martinsbrunnen fountain and the old half-timbered houses covered with Moselle slate along the narrow streets.

At the Pinnerkreuz viewpoint at a height of 255 meters, travelers can enjoy the whole city from above thanks to a chairlift.

3. Wadern in the Saarland

The small town of Wadern lies at the foot of the idyllic Hunsrück on the edge of the high forest of the Black Forest. At the castle ruins and Dagstuhl Castle, visitors retrace the footsteps of knights and counts.




The ruins of Dagstuhl Castle in the Saarland are reminiscent of the knightly history of the town of Wadern.

In summer, the pretty town center becomes a vibrant cultural hub. Wadern is known for its vast singing scene with eight music clubs and several choirs. The Oettinger Schlösschen is also worth a visit. The graceful baroque building houses the city museum, which tells the first influences of the Romans and the Celts.

Other remnants of the past can be found throughout Wadern, including old parish churches, the market fountain from 1770, Münchweiler Castle, and a replica of a 2nd-century Roman burial mound.

4. Ottweiler in the Saarland

With its Renaissance and Baroque period buildings, Ottweiler, the former residence of the Counts of Nassau-Ottweil, is an interesting tourist destination with many attractions. These include the Stengel Pavilion with its Baroque rose garden and the steeple of Ottweiler’s 15th-century Zibbelkapp Church.

Ottweiler is located about 30 kilometers from Saarbrücken on the Blies, a tributary of the Saar.

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A beautiful rose garden thrives at Ottweiler’s Stengel Pavilion.

A stroll through the winding streets of the quaint Old Town quickly brings tourists to Ottweiler’s origins. Visitors can delve further into local history, for example in a school museum with exhibits from 1000 years of school history and in the city museum with a book printing workshop.

5. Zwingenberg in Hesse

Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, South Rhineland-Palatinate and all that in Hesse, south of the Main is part of southern Germany, is what is said in the 1960 New Brockhaus. Since Zwingenberg is located under the river, this pretty little town also has an insert in this text Find.




The charming town of Zwingenberg is located on the Hessian Bergstrasse.

The gem on Hessian Bergstraße is the oldest city in the region. The path leads in the direction of the upper town, first past the small castle, to the former seat of the Burgmannen and the current town hall.

The mountain church, to which steep stairs go up, offers a splendid view of the medieval cityscape with dense half-timbered houses over alleys and squares. When you reach the top of the church, which by the way is the oldest building in the history of the city, you look across the expanse of the Hessian Ried to the Rhine plain.