Dinkelsbühl is located in the Wörnitz Valley of Bavaria at about the half-way point along the Romantic Road, just south of Rothenburg. Dinkelsbuhl is located east of the A7 autobahn, 230 km from Frankfurt, 235 km from Munich, and 100 km from Nuremberg.
Dinkelsbuhl has 11,600 people within its borders. Its moderate size makes it easy to get to and get around in. You can drive your car into the old town to unload your suitcases, but you may have to park outside the gates if your hotel doesn't have a parking lot.
Dinkelsbuhl has lots of shops and artist's studios to occupy the shopper. Shops to look for: Greifen (arts and crafts), Töpferei am Tor (handmade pottery), Kunststuben Appelberg (art), and Holzschnitzerei Buckl (wood carving and nativity figures). If you like ceramics, you can stay in a hotel associated with local ceramics manufacture, Dinkelsbühler Keramik.
Free in Dinkelsbuhl: The Night Watchman's Tour
Patrol with a night watchman through the illuminated old town of Dinkelsbuhl. No, you probably won't have to run down miscreants. Free.
One hour guided tours of Dinkelsbuhl in English, French or Spanish are offered at 2:30 and 8:30 in tourist season. Meet at St. George's Church.
Where to Stay
If you're in a car exploring along the Romantic Road and want to stay outside of town, the highly rated Hotel Klozbücher Das Landhotel has a restaurant and parking. Attractions Ellwangen Abbey and Ellwangen Castle are nearby. Baumeisterhaus gets high marks for service, location, and ambiance.
There is quite a selection of reasonably priced apartments in the city center listed by Homeaway, many highly rated.
Dinkelsbuhl Top Attractions
A walk around Dinkelsbuhl in early evening is a pleasure. Dinkelsbuhl is far less touristy than Rothenburg, despite the numerous restaurants and hotels, and just about any street will take you past evocative half-timbered houses and shops. A walk outside the intact walls is also interesting--take the marked trail "Alte Promenade."
- Dinkelsbuhl's old town is one of the best along the romantic road.
- Saintgeogskirche (St. George's Church), a late-gothic church on the Marktplatz. See the "pretzel window" donated by the Baker's Guild. Climb the Romanesque tower (which remains from an earlier church) for the views of Dinkelsbuhl.
- Spitalanlage (old hospital complex) now includes the historical museum, concert hall, and gallery of art.
- Stadtmühle, a large, military fortified mill that now houses the Museum of the 3rd Dimension, hands-on displays featuring fascinating three-dimensional effects.
Dinkelsbuhl also sponsors Sunday concerts in the Town Park from May-September, often with overseas youth bands. Live jazz can be heard at the Jazzkeller.
The former grain market, built in 1508 and originally used as a barn to store grains, is now the youth hostel.