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13 must-visit towns in Germany with 49-Euro Ticket

Updated: Oct 14, 2023

Germany boasts a rich history, charming villages, and breathtaking landscapes, including famous alluring towns. From the snow-capped peaks of the Bavarian Alps to the fairytale-like villages nestled along the Rhine River, these towns are on every tourist's must-visit list.

Whether we're looking for a delicious Bratwurst in a market square, discovering the medieval charm of timber-framed houses, or hiking through lush forests that seem straight out of a fairy tale, these towns offer a real German experience.

Best towns in Germany
Towns in Germany

There's a perception that you need to spend lots of money to plan your visit to all these towns but you don't need to worry anymore due to the Germany 49-euro ticket. You can travel unlimited with regional trains all over Germany and explore the charming towns of Germany.

Let's find out the list of 13 must-visit towns in Germany with a 49-Euro Ticket:

1. Rothenburg ob der Tauber

2. Mittenwald

3. Cochem

4. Lindau

5. Rüdesheim am Rhein

6. Garmisch Partenkirchen

7. Bachrach

8. Bamberg

9. Füssen

10. Saarburg

11. Meersburg

12. Tübingen

13. Konstanz

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The Best way to plan your trip with a 49-Euro Ticket:

In order to have a stress-free trip, it's a must to have the Deutsche Bahn App installed on your phone so you can easily check the train connections. With the 49-euro ticket, you can only travel by regional train. From the settings, it's important to uncheck the connection for ICE trains, Intercity and Eurocity trains, and Interregio and fast trains when you check your connection.

13 Best Towns in Germany with a 49-Euro Ticket:

1. Rothenburg ob der Tauber:

Rothenburg, located in the heart of Bavaria's Franconia region, is a captivating town and well known for its best-preserved Medieval times.

Things to do in Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Old Town Rothenburg ob der Tauber

In the Middle Ages, Rothenburg stood as the second largest city in Germany. Today, it has transformed into a charming small town that attracts countless tourists from around the globe, offering them a unique opportunity to experience life as it was in medieval Germany.

Best things to do in Rothenburg
Plönlein, Rothenburg ob der Tauber

The view from atop the old town walls and watchtowers is truly mesmerizing, as the beauty of Rothenburg unfolds before your eyes. Rothenburg is also famous for its stunning Christmas Market, attracting visitors who delight in the festive atmosphere and shop for exquisite Christmas decorations.

Things to do In Rothenburg Old Town
Rothenburg Old Town

Check out our blog about Things to do in Rothenburg and Christmas celebrations at Rothenburg.

2. Mittenwald:

Mittenwald is located in Bavaria, Germany approximately 100 kilometers south of Munich. The town is in a picturesque Karwendel Alpine region near the Austrian border.

Things to do in Mittenwald
Mittenwald , Germany

Mittenwald's old town is truly magic with narrow cobblestone streets, lined with quaint houses and charming buildings. This picturesque town is renowned for its rich cultural heritage and iconic landmarks, such as the Catholic Church of St. Peter and Paul.

Things to do near Mittenwald. Germany
Mittenwald Old Town . Germany

While taking a stroll around the Mittenwald old town, you can discover the delightful array of local cafes, restaurants, and shops.

Mittenwald Old Town has a jaw-dropping background of the German Alps. Everywhere you turn in the old town, the majestic peaks provide a breathtaking backdrop that elevates the town's allure.

Hiking near Mittenwald Germany
Mittenwald, Germany

Whether you're enjoying a cup of coffee at a local cafe or simply strolling through the streets, the grandeur of the Alps will never cease to amaze you. Mittenwald is a haven for scenic wonders, offering countless hidden gems waiting to be discovered.

Find out our blog about the Hidden Gems in Mittenwald.

3. Cochem:

Cochem is located in Mosel Valley in Rhineland-Palatinate State in Germany. Cochem is renowned for its iconic Imperial Castle Reichsburg, which gracefully overlooks the town and offers a glimpse into its rich history. The Mosel Valley itself is famous for its magnificent castles and vineyards, and the Reichsburg Castle is no exception.

Things to do in Cochem
Cochem, Germany

We were immediately transported back in time as we stepped into Cochem's Old Town - the well-preserved medieval architecture, with its half-timbered houses, and charming courtyards. There are also small restaurants and cafes located in the old town.

There are also many spots to enjoy the view of the beautiful Mosel Valley. One of the highlights of Cochem's Old Town is the delightful riverside promenade. We strolled along the Mosel River, enjoying the serene beauty of the water reflecting the colorful facades of the buildings. It's an excellent spot for people-watching and immersing oneself in the vibrant energy of the town.

Best Towns to visit on Mosel Valley
Cochem, Germany

If you are looking for travel tips to Cochem Castle, check out our blog.

4. Lindau:

Lindau is a picturesque island town located on the northern shore of Germany’s largest Lake Konstanz. The lake is on the borders of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, Lindau serves as a gateway to explore the breathtaking landscapes and vibrant cities that surround this magnificent lake.

Things to do in Lindau, Germany
Bodensee Lindau, Germany

Lindua has well-preserved historical architecture and narrow charming streets. The harbor area is also home to numerous restaurants, cafes, and shops, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the local flavors and crafts.

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Cruise in Bodensee
Bodensee Lindau, Germany

You can enjoy the Lake cruise and beautiful scenic beauty. You can also visit the neighboring countries Bregenz and Switzerland from Lindau and explore the distinct charm of these countries.

Things to do in Lindau Old town
Lindau, Old town Germany

5. Rüdesheim am Rhein:

Rüdesheim am Rhein is another picturesque town located on the Bank of the Rhein River and it’s one of the must towns to be visited in Germany. The town offers a delightful blend of breathtaking landscapes and historic treasures.

Best Town in Rhein valley
Rüdesheim am Rhein

One of the highlights of the town is the famous Drosselgasse, which is a charming cobblestone alleyway where you can find vibrant restaurants and cafes. The town is also famous for its Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum where you can find captivating self-playing musical instruments.

Thinngs to do in Rüdesheim am Rhein
Rüdesheim am Rhein

You enjoy the beautiful view of the valley and Rhein River, you can take a cable car from the Old Town of Rüdesheim to Niederwald Monument which is an iconic landmark that commemorates the unification of Germany in the late 19th century.

Best boat trip in Rhein Valley
Rüdesheim am Rhein

6. Garmisch Partenkirchen:

Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a rich cultural experience and the old town has charming Bavarian architecture, streets adorned with colorful flower boxes, and traditional alpine houses.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a gateway to outdoor adventures and exploration. There are many natural activities like scenic gorges, such as Partnachklamm. It’s also famous for its Skiing spot, and neighboring valleys are considered best for tracking and hiking and lie near the famous Zugspitze. The Eibsee is one of the most beautiful lakes, with a breathtaking view of the great Zugspitze.

Things to do near Garmisch Partenkirchen
Garmisch Partenkirchen

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is also a paradise for winter sports enthusiasts. This charming town is famous for its exceptional skiing spots, attracting skiers and snowboarders from around the world. But Garmisch-Partenkirchen is not just a winter wonderland. It offers outdoor activities throughout the year.

The neighboring valleys are a hiker's and trekker's dream, with trails through lush forests and offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountainous landscapes.

Best hikong tracks near Garmisch Partenkirchen
Garmisch Partenkirchen

For nature enthusiasts, the Eibsee stands as one of the most stunning lakes in the region with the background of Zugspitze. It's taking a leisurely stroll along the lakeside, indulging in water activities like kayaking and paddleboarding.

Check out the blog about things to do in Garmisch Partnerkirchen & Christmas experience.

7. Bacharach:

Bacharach am Rhein, situated in the Rhineland-Palatinate region, is a charming town nestled along the banks of the Rhine River. It stands as a well-preserved medieval gem, captivating the attention of tourists from near and far.

Things to do in Bacharach
Burg Stahleck Bacharach

The town's narrow cobblestone streets and timber-framed architecture transport visitors back in time, evoking the genuine ambiance of medieval Germany. Exploring Bacharach allows you to immerse yourself in the rich history and picturesque charm of this captivating destination.

Best towns in the Rhein Valley
Bacharach am Rhein

Bacharach became a popular destination among Romantic poets and artists in the 9th century who were inspired by its idyllic setting and historic charm.

The town's history stretches back thousands of years, with notable milestones that shaped its development. In the 11th century, Bacharach was a significant trading and shipping hub as part of the Archbishopric of Cologne. Its economic prosperity led to its inclusion in the influential Hanseatic League, an association of merchant guilds. The legacy of its prosperous past can still be observed throughout the town.

Boating in Rhein River

Check out our experience in Bacharach here.

8. Bamberg:

Bamberg is located in the northern part of Bavaria, Germany. It is situated on the Regnitz River, in the Upper Franconia region. It is renowned for its seven famous hills, each adorned with a charming old church.

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Things to do in Bamberg
Bamberg Old town

The old town of Bamberg resemblance to the famed canals of Venice, earning it the nickname "Little Venice." where you can find the Gondola boats along the River Regnitz and pass by small bridges.

Best things to do in Bamberg

As we wandered through the streets, we were amazed by timberwood houses that add to the town's unique charm. The well-preserved old town of Bamberg is truly a treat for travelers.

Things to do in Bamberg

9. Füssen:

Füssen is located in southwestern Bavaria, near the border with Austria. It is situated in the southwestern part of Bavaria. It is nestled in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps, making it a popular destination for its stunning natural scenery and the world’s famous castle such as Neuschwanstein Castle, and the beautiful lakes of the region.

Castle near Füssen
Hohes Schloss in Füssen

Füssen has a small yet very charming old town with narrow cobblestone streets. The Hohes Schloss is one of the highlights of Füssen. It offers a captivating blend of history, natural wonders, and an inviting ambiance that will leave you with lasting memories of this remarkable destination.

Things to do near Füssen
Füssen Old Town

A must-visit attraction near Füssen is the Lechfall, located approximately 1.2 km from the city center. This natural wonder originated around 12,000 years ago when meltwater from the Lech Glacier formed a vast lake.

Lakes near Füssen
Füssen Old Town

Check out the blog about Füssen and learn about our experience.

10. Saarburg:

Saarburg is a charming town located near Trier in Germany. The town is located on the bank of River Saar and also River Leuk is flowing in the heart of the Old Town of Saarburg.

Best towns near Trier
Saarburg, Germany

Despite the fact that the town is quite small, you can find lots of charming cafes along the river where you can enjoy the leisurely breakfast along the river, and mesmerize the soothing sound of flowing water and the picturesque views. The town's riverside location provided the perfect backdrop for a relaxing and memorable dining experience.

Things to do in Saarburg, Germany
Saarburg, Germany

Saarburg's riverfront also has a variety of beautiful local restaurants, offering culinary delights from traditional German dishes to international flavors.

Things to do near Trier
Saarburg, Germany

Saarburg also offers opportunities for outdoor activities. The surrounding countryside boasts beautiful hiking trails and scenic landscapes, inviting nature enthusiasts to explore the region's natural beauty.

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Best restaurants in Saarburg, Germany
Saarburg, Germany

11. Meersburg:

Meersburg is another town located on the shore of Lake Konstanz. The town is definitely one of the hidden gems, and we considered as one of the top towns to be visited on Lake Konstanz.

Best Towns on Lake Konstanz
Meersburg Old town, Germany

The town is renowned for its splendid architecture and its Meersburg Castle located on the top of the hill. From the castle, you can enjoy the beautiful view of the Lake.

Things to do in Meersburg, Germany
Meersburg, Germany

The Town has an Upper and lower part. The upper town is mostly the old town with its narrow streets, half-timbered houses, and quaint squares. The Old town walk of Meerburg is also another experience. There are different streets that take to the upper town which is a foot of castle hill. There are parallel streets that have boutique shops, inviting cafes, and traditional restaurants serving delectable local cuisine.

How to reach to Lake Konstanz
Meersburg, Germany

Along the Lakeside Promenade, you can also find cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy the view of the lake along with lunch or dinner. You can also take the Ferry from the promenade which takes you to the other town located on Lake Konstanz.

Things to do in Lake Kontanz
Meersburg, Germany

12. Tübingen:

Tübingen is located in the heart of Baden-Württemberg, Germany. The town is famous for its Prestigious Eberhard Karls University and you can really feel the student's vibes and lively atmosphere in the town like any other student city.

Best Student's town in Germany
Tübingen Old Town

Hohentübingen Castle is also located in the town which is the house of the Tübingen University Museum. You will be admired to explore its fascinating collections, including art, archaeology, and natural history. Moreover, the view of the river is also beautiful from the castle's tower.

Things to do in Tübingen
Boating in Tübingen

The town is located on the shore of Neckar River and it’s ultimately famous for its unique river boating. You can either join the boat trip on the local wooden boats or you can also rent out the paddle boat.

Boating in Tübingen

The cobblestone streets and the medieval architecture in the old town are truly a highlight. You can walk around the old town and step into the past and get lost in the maze of narrow streets, half-timbered houses, and town squares.

13. Konstanz:

Konstanz is another charming town located on the shore of Lake Kontanz, the largest lake in Germany. The town is located on the German-Swiss border and offers a perfect escape to enjoy the natural beauty and cultural richness.

Things to do in Konstanz

The town has a beautiful Lake promenade where you can sit nearby cafes and restaurants and enjoy the panoramic views.

Things to do in Konstanz Old Toen
Konstanz Old Town

Lake Constance also provides opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to indulge in nature's beauty and enjoy cycling on the promenade.

Boat trip in Lake Konstanz
Lake Konstanz

The old town of the Konstanz has well-preserved medieval architecture and the imposing Council Building (Konzilgebäude). In the Niederburg district, there are narrow alleys, charming squares, and cozy cafes.

Things to do on Lake  Konstanz
Konstanz Old town

You can also take a boat trip to Mainau Island, known as the "Island of Flowers," where you can enjoy the vibrant gardens, exotic plants, and a fairytale castle.

Ending Note:

In the summer season, the regional train experiences significant overcrowding on weekends. To secure a seat, it is recommended to commence your journey in the morning or a little late.

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