The Top Places to Visit in the South of Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle. Jan Starcke / EyeEm / Getty Images

Overview of the most popular cities and sights in the south of Germany; just click on the links and you'll find more information about the different travel destinations in Germany.


Munich (München), the capital of Bavaria and the gateway to the German Alps, is one of Germany's most popular travel destinations, famous for its interesting mix of traditional Bavarian culture, modern living and high-tech industries. Contemporary architecture goes hand in hand with grand avenues, first-class museums, and baroque palaces, which are a salute to Munich's royal past. And, of course, Munich hosts the annual Oktoberfest, the world's largest beer festival, which draws over 6 million visitors to the Bavarian capital every fall.​


Nuremberg (Nürnberg) is the second largest city in Bavaria and alive with history - from the Imperial Castle, the traditional residence of Germany's emperors, and the Old Town filled with timber-framed houses, to the home of Albrecht Durer, and the Nazi Rally Party Grounds.


Located in the Franconian wine-growing region in Bavaria, ​Würzburg is set idyllically on both sides of the river Main. The city used to be home of Germany's powerful prince-bishops, and you can still find their legacy in Würzburg's baroque architecture. The highlight of the city is its Residence Palace (Residenz), one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Europe and part of the UNESCO World Heritage list.


The world's most famous castle, Neuschwanstein, is nestled in the Alps, and it seems to come straight out of a fairy tale; no wonder Walt Disney drew inspiration from it for his Sleeping Beauty castle. Built in 1869, Bavarian King Ludwig II constructed this fantastic castle not for defense but for pleasure -- it was his private summer retreat. And although the design of Neuschwanstein may look medieval, Ludwig made sure to build in modern technologies of the day, such as flush toilets and heating.


Stuttgart, the state capital of Baden-Wuerttemberg, is located in the southwest corner of Germany. In 1886 the automobile was invented here, and Stuttgart is still the home of Mercedes and Porsche (and their fascinating car museums). With its many parks and surrounding vineyards, Stuttgart is one of the greenest cities in Germany.


10 miles northeast of Munich you'll find the town of Dachau. The city became infamous for being the site of the first concentration camp built in Nazi Germany. The camp has been turned into a memorial site that features the original barracks, prisoner baths, and crematorium, as well as a historic exhibition. After visiting the concentration camp, head into Dachau's Old Town, which has a very picturesque historic city center, overlooked by a castle.

Romantic Road

One of Germany's most popular scenic drives, the Romantic Road leads you from the Franconia Wine Country all the way to the foothills of the German Alps; on your way, enjoy unspoiled nature, picturesque towns with city walls, towers and half-timbered houses, hidden monasteries, and enchanting hotels.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Germany, located along the Romantic Road. Walk atop the medieval wall that encircles the old city center, or go to the top of the historical Town Hall for a spectacular view of the region. The town is very popular for day-trippers and it gets very crowded in summer.


This thriving university town is located right across the border of France and Switzerland, in the southwestern corner of Germany. For many travelers, Freiburg is just the gateway to the Black Forest, but the city has plenty to offer itself: a spectacular Minster, historical merchant's houses, medieval squares, and many laid-back restaurants and wine bars.


Baden-Baden is located 60 km northeast of Strasbourg, France in the Black Forest region of Germany; the city is famous for one of the oldest casinos in Germany and its many spas and thermal springs, which date back to the era of the Romans.