Top 6 Must-See Places in Southern Germany

I moved to Heidenheim, a small town in Southern Germany 8 months ago. Heidenheim is a part of Baden-Württemberg state, which is known for a very quirky regional accent and pasta-based cuisine that includes the famous Spätzle. Southern Germany mostly consists of two states, Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria with Munich as the main capital. These 2 regions are perfect destinations for your next trip as they offer very picturesque attractions. Here you will find the famous Black Forest, the Alps and many rivers like the Danube, Rhine and Rhone.

During the past 8 months, I already had the chance to explore Southern Germany a little bit and decided to include all of the must-see places in this blog post.

Here is a quick overview of the 6 places you have to visit in Southern Germany:

1. Munich

For me Munich is one of the most beautiful cities in Southern Germany and there is so much more to it than just the Oktoberfest. This lovely Bavarian capital has a mixture of everything, exclusive shopping, culture, art, and a lot of tradition.

If you have never been to Munich before, I would recommend you to start your day at Marienplatz which represents the heart of the old town. There you will find a beautiful neo-Gothic Rathaus (town hall) whose tower you can climb to get an amazing view of the old part of the city. From there you can walk to the English Garden which is one of my favorite spots in Munich. It’s one of the biggest urban parks in the world and it’s a perfect place to sit down and have a beer.

From there you can walk back to the city center to the Maximilianstrasse where you will find a bunch of international designer stores and a lot of eye-catching expensive cars. This shopping street is definitely the hub of all things fashionable in Munich.

The best way to end a day is to have a drink and eat delicious pretzels in one of the many beer gardens.

If you have more time, you can also visit the BMW museum that has a wide range of historical vehicles, motorbikes, architecture and design-related things on display.

Munich is also home to Allianz Arena, a futuristic stadium that is home to FC Bayern which is definitely worth visiting even if you’re not a huge football fan.

2. Ulm

I’ve been to Ulm a couple of times now and I’m always amazed how wonderful this city is. Ulm is the economic and cultural center of Upper Württemberg and is definitely worth visiting. The most impressive is the Ulm Münster, a church with the tallest spire in the world that stands at 162 meters in height.

Every time I’m there I love to walk through Fischerviertel, the old Fishermen’s and Tanners Quarter that is known for restored half-timbered houses and narrow alleyways and bridges.

The most famous attraction there is the Leaning House, a timber-framed home from the 14th-century that’s now a hotel.

Ulm is a city with a perfect blend of old and cutting-edge modern architecture and that’s what makes it even more interesting to explore. You will find a lot of cute shops and good restaurants in every corner of the town.

3. Lindau - Lake Constance

Whenever you decide to visit Southern Germany, you have to add Lindau to your list. Lindau is located in the state of Bavaria on the eastern side of Lake Constance. Lake Constance is the third-biggest lake in Europe. Lindau city is connected to the mainland by bridge and has a beautiful harbor that’s guarded by a Bavarian lion and an ancient lighthouse. It’s a perfect place to take lots of photos. After strolling around the harbor, I would recommend you to explore the old part of the town as well. Maximilianstrasse is the main promenade, known for its medieval half-timbered house, family-run shops, lovely cafes, and lots of restaurants.

Once you’re there, you can easily travel to Austria since it's only 10 minutes away by car. Bregenz is a small city located on the Austrian side of the lake. There you can take a cable car on top of the Pfänder (home mountain) where the breathtaking views of Alpine peaks are waiting for you.

4. Schloss Neuschwanstein

Schloss Neuschwanstein is one of the most popular travel destinations in Germany. This magnificent castle is located near Munich in a small village called Hohenschwangau.

Before visiting it, you will have to make an online reservation if you want the guided tour and this must be done at least 2 days prior to your trip there. From the ticket office, there is approximately a mile-long trek up to the castle. If you don’t feel like walking up the mountain, you can also take a horse and carriage for 3.50€. You will definitely feel like a prince or princess.

The construction of this castle began in 1869. It was designed for King Ludwig as a place for a private retreat. With its Medieval style and the whimsical interior is definitely a must-see place in Southern Germany.

5. Heidelberg

Heidelberg is located about an hour away from Frankfurt and it’s known as a home to Heidelberg Castle and also Germany’s oldest university. It’s surrounded by idyllic Neckar river valley, vineyards and forests. It’s famous for its picturesque baroque town center and Alte Brücke, a beautiful 18th-century bridge that connects the 2 sides of the Neckar River, where you can take a scenic walk and make some really instagrammable photos.

6. Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg is a very small town with only around 10.000 residents however is a popular tourist spot. According to RomanticRoadGermany it’s one of the oldest medieval towns in Germany and its history goes back to the 10th century when they started building the castle in an easily-defensible position above the River Tauber. If you decide to take a trip there, you should visit the Town Hall from the 13th-century, the Council Tavern, and the triangular plaza of Plonlein. As in other old German cities, here you will also find a lot of half-timbered houses with steeply pitched roofs and narrow streets.

Southern Germany has many picturesque little towns, ancient castles, friendly people, and a lot of beautiful nature. The best way to explore this stunning area of Germany is by car since the highway has no speed limit and you can travel faster from one place to another.