Germany offers a whole range of romantic spots from fairytale-like landscapes to romantic towns ideal for not only honeymooners. The following list includes some of the country’s most romantic cities which lure visitors with picturesque old towns, medieval castles and scenic landscapes. Here are seven of the most romantic cities in Germany.
Bamberg is just 60km (37 miles) away from Nuremberg and an absolute gem of medieval architecture. The city’s old town is composed of a web of cobblestoned street alleys, well-preserved medieval houses and landmarks, and proudly flags the UNESCO World Heritage Site tag. You can soak up the romantic flair by simply strolling around Little Venice, the Neckar riverfront and past the imposing buildings that frame the Domplatz square for a day or two.
Heidelberg boasts some incredibly romantic spots. A beautiful old town surrounded by forested hills, a winding river that cuts through the city centre, and a medieval castle perched on a hill overseeing it all. Over the years, the picturesque city has cast a spell on some of the most famous wordsmiths, including Goethe, Heinrich Heine and Mark Twain, who said that Heidelberg “is the last possibility of the beautiful”.
Dresden’s romantic vistas have spruced its nickname Florence of the North. The old town is dotted with grand Baroque landmarks, streets teeming with cute coffee houses, shops and boutiques, museums full of unimaginable treasures, and the riverside terrace already saw 18th-century nobility amble down the promenade to watch the sunset.
Every year, when we approach the Christmas season, Nuremberg starts popping up on lists of places to visit – and for good reasons. Their Christmas markets are magical and transform the city into a wonderland of wooden huts, twinkling lights and shiny Christmas ornaments. But Nuremberg is worth a visit throughout the rest of the year to explore the old town streets with its timber-framed houses, the medieval city walls, and the ancient castle.
Koblenz is at the heart of the romantic Upper Middle Rhine Valley which is defined by vine-clad hills crowned by medieval castles and fortresses. The city itself is among Germany’s oldest with a history that dates back to the early Roman settlement around 2000 years ago. Wine tastings, a river cruise and a gondola ride up to the ruins of Ehrenbreitstein Castle are the top ingredients for a romantic experience.
Compared to the other cities on this list, Lübeck is somewhat of an underdog. The city is known for Brick Gothic architecture, gabled townhouses and a fascinating history that tells of Germany’s mercantile days and the Hanseatic League. And Lübeck has one more ace up its sleeve: its vicinity to some of Germany’s most beautiful beaches. Within 30 minutes you arrive at Timmendorf beach where you can catch a salty breeze.
Just an hour north of Frankfurt, the magical city of Marburg lures with a quaint old town of winding cobblestoned streets and alleys, a castle sits on the city’s highest hill and an atmosphere that inspired some of the famous Brothers Grimm fairy tales and works of some poets and novelists. The literary movement has been dubbed the Marburg Romantic era, and the Haus der Romantic museum delves into the cultural history of the time.