Germany is possibly best described by its culture, history, and natural beauty. Tourists are blessed with choice when it comes to selecting the unique country to visit, with its many ancient cities and small villages, as well as a wealth of forests and mountains. The urban districts of Munich, Frankfurt, and Hamburg are ideal for sightseeing and cultural experiences. Travelers should consider visiting the Black Forest, the Rhine Valley, or the Bavarian Alps if they seek some recreational activities. However, some prefer to stay away from crowded touristic places and discover other aspects of the country. Therefore, here are the best 10 cities that attract fewer tourists than Berlin to visit in Germany.

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10 Bonn

Bonn is a beautiful and historic German city and a former Roman colony. If travelers are interested in current German history, they shall pass by Bonn's Haus der Geschichte, a contemporary history museum. Furthermore, Ludwig van Beethoven, undoubtedly Bonn's most renowned son, was born and grew up in this city. They may also tour his home and see unique relics, including instruments he performed, handwritten sheet music, deafening ear trumpets, and even his death mask.

9 Baden-Baden

The word "Baden" means "to bathe," the city is well-known for its unique thermal spas. Moreover, it is a great spot for exploring the mesmerizing Black Forest that isn't strictly off the beaten track, but it offers some of Germany's most splendid hiking trails and is located in one of the country's sunniest regions. Travelers can still feel what it's like to be a native in Baden-Baden, enjoying local food and culture.

8 Trier

Trier is noted for being Germany's oldest city. It's in the heart of the famed Moselle wine region. Therefore its exquisite wines are well-known! This city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List because of its stunning medieval structures, such as the beautiful Church of Our Lady and the impressive Cathedral of St. Peter. Trier was also occupied by the Romans! The Amphitheatre, the incomplete Imperial Baths, the Porta Nigra, and the Barbara Baths, the second biggest one of its kind in the Roman Empire, are other must-see monuments.

7 Dresden

Dresden is another lovely German city that was extensively devastated during WWII! Over time, a significant amount of work was put into repairing its streets, bridges, churches, and buildings. The stunning baroque Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche) is a significant landmark and one of Germany's most beautiful churches, with a great dome. The Zwinger Palace is a must-see for anybody interested in Baroque architecture. Nowadays, it is a museum complex containing astonishing artistic and historical pieces.

6 Quedlinburg

There isn't much in Germany that compares to Quedlinburg in terms of lovely old towns. The charming half-timbered homes, located halfway between Hanover and Leipzig, have collapsed with time -1200 years, but have not lost any of their attractiveness. In addition, residents have not been afraid to use a paintbrush or a flower pot to embellish their city, and the outcome is an excellent photo opportunity or a perfect romantic weekend getaway.

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5 Cochem

Since the Celts discovered the dazzling Moselle a couple of thousand years ago, this small town has been standing firm. Cochem has the particular distinction of being located in the center of white wine country, in addition to the fantastic hundreds of old buildings tucked on a curve in the Moselle river. The steep slopes at the river's side created magnificent terraces, making Riesling well worth the walk.

4 Regensburg

Regensburg has been an incomparable city of some unique kind since the Romans arrived in 179AD, and it is now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Regensburg has escaped the ravages of war due to its management and luck; therefore, today, it serves as an outdoor museum, with massive cathedrals, splendid monasteries, and unequaled aristocratic mansions all taking pride of place among its people.

3 Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber

Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber is noted for its well-maintained medieval old town. Travelers will feel like stepping into a fantasy when they walk through its cobblestone streets. Plönlein ("Tiny Square") is residents' favorite site in this lovely little town. Although it is technically a junction, the cobblestone paths that lead to tower gates are very charming. Moreover, the majestic town hall (Rathaus) is a must-see; the oldest foundations date back to the 13th century.

2 Monschau

A medieval townscape with exquisite half-timbered buildings, cobblestones, and tiny alleyways, with vibrant activity behind historic walls. Monschau is the cultural heart of the area. More than 350 kilometers (217.5 miles) of designated trails to the left and right of the magnificent Eifelsteig will take hikers on a journey of discovery, such as through majestic beech trees, beautiful narcissi fields, and up into the Hohe Venn (High Fens), a wetland that is absolutely unique in Europe.

1 Schmalkalden

Schmalkalden is a splendid central German town with charming half-timbered houses. When travelers are looking for a medieval German city to visit, this is what they should expect to see. The hypnotic panorama from Wilhelmsburg Castle encapsulates everything. However, travelers will enjoy more than the city postcard scenes. They can hike in the magnificent Thüringer Wald forest and eat a mouth-watering meal with a delightful dessert and coffee.