Breathtaking German river towns that everybody must see

By Stef Zisovska
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Breathtaking German river towns that everybody must see

Stef Zisovska
 
 
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Travelers from all around the world have a special connection with river towns, and that’s a fact. It’s not only the charming scenery that attracts visitors to these towns but the historical significance as well. Most of the river towns were important trading spots back in time, and they are well preserved even now. Nowadays, these places are often still functioning as ports, but the ships carry tourists instead of trading goods. One of the best countries in Europe to visit river towns is, without a doubt, Germany. If you are curious to see what this country has to offer for lovers of river town, check out these charming places and decide which one you like the most.

Passau

Passau Altstadt Panorama – Author: Aconcagua – CC BY-SA 3.0
Passau Altstadt Panorama – Author: Aconcagua – CC BY-SA 3.0

This is an old Roman town, set in picturesque surroundings, with three rivers cutting through it. It’s a perfect place to visit if you want to catch a bit of the Old World charm. The Danube, Inn, and Ilz rivers mixed with the town architecture make a perfect postcard picture. One of Passau’s gems is the massive pipe organ in the baroque St. Stephan’s Cathedral that has 17,774 pipes. But that’s not the only thing to be seen here. While in Passau don’t miss the Rathaus, the old Gothic City Hall, the Veste Oberhaus, Passauer Glass Museum and the Old Bishop’s Residence. Walk around the cobbled streets and have a coffee at the colorful Rindermarkt.

Heidelberg

The Altstadt from the Castle – Author: Reinhard Wolf – CC BY-SA 3.0
The Altstadt from the Castle – Author: Reinhard Wolf – CC BY-SA 3.0

Heidelberg is a college town in southwestern Germany, settled on the Neckar River and dominated by the Gothic Castle that sits on the hills above it. Most of the castle is a ruin, but there are still parts of it that serve as a residence. From the castle’s terrace, you’ll get to enjoy the beautiful view of the whole town and see the giant wine barrel in the castle’s cellar.

Regensburg

Regensburg – Author: Avarim – CC BY-SA 3.0 de
Regensburg – Author: Avarim – CC BY-SA 3.0 de

The city of Regensburg is German’s largest medieval city, settled on Danube River. It’s a quiet and picturesque town with stunning Baroque architecture. Fortunately, all the beautiful buildings remained intact after the WWII. Regensburg is home to the oldest bridge in Germany, the Stone Bridge. At one end of it, you can visit the first wurst restaurant, which has been going for more than 500 years. Across the whole town, you will see cobbled streets lined with small restaurants and shops. Don’t miss St. Peter’s Cathedral from the Gothic period, decorated with beautiful stained glass.

Koblenz

Deutsches Eck in Koblenz where the Moselle joins the Rhine – Author: Holger Weinandt – CC BY-SA 3.0 de
Deutsches Eck in Koblenz where the Moselle joins the Rhine – Author: Holger Weinandt – CC BY-SA 3.0 de

Koblenz was first established in 8 BC as a Roman military post. During the French Revolution, it was the main refugee spot for the French people. Settled on two rivers, the Rhine and Mosel, Koblenz suffered serious damage in WWII, but the most important buildings were successfully reconstructed. Browsing through the little markets and strolling along the narrow streets will help you get closer to the local tradition and culture. Koblenz is a famous wine region, so if you are a wine lover, you will definitely have a fun time here. If you have more time, go to the Marksburg Castle in the nearby town of Braubach. It’s the only hill castle on the Rhine River that has never been destroyed and remains untouched since its founding in the medieval period.

Bamberg

Old town hall with both bridges – Author: Qole – CC-BY 2.5
Old town hall with both bridges – Author: Qole – CC-BY 2.5

Talking about cute river towns in Germany, check out this one. Bamberg is one of the most beautiful German cities, with or without rivers. It sits on the Regnitz River that connects with the Main River. Bamberg dates from 902 AD, and it has impressive churches, palaces, and mansions. Bamberg is a colorful place, with pastel buildings and red geraniums in every window box. Visit Bamberg Cathedral and the famous equestrian statue of the “Bamberg Rider” whose identity remains a mystery.

Choose your favorite among these breathtaking river towns, and start planning your trip to Germany. Good luck!

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