Stripes Europe November 13, 2023
Nestled in the heart of Bavaria, the charming town of Dinkelsbuhl along the “Romantic Road” offers an enchanting escape into medieval history, as the town was preserved in both world wars. For those seeking a day trip, or even a short weekend trip, filled with historical landmarks, beautiful landscapes, and the German countryside, Dinkelsbuhl is the perfect destination, especially during the magical fall and winter seasons. Below you’ll find the top 5 things to do in Dinkelsbuhl.
1. Explore the Old Town’s Historic Charm
Start your journey in the Old Town, where you’ll step back in time to admire well-preserved half-timbered houses that date back to the Middle Ages. The cobblestone streets, adorned with festive fall foliage or a dusting of winter snow, provide a picturesque setting for the perfect photos. Don’t forget your camera!
2. Visit St. George’s Minster
St. George’s Minster (St. Georgskirche) is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, and its jutting spire dominates the town’s skyline. The church’s interior features a large vaulted ceiling, intricate stained-glass windows, and a beautiful altar. The view from the tower is especially breathtaking in the fall when the surrounding forests are painted in vivid autumn hues.
3. Take a Stroll Along the Town Walls
Dinkelsbuhl’s medieval town walls provide a unique opportunity for an outdoor adventure. The walk around the walls offers spectacular panoramic views of the town and the surrounding countryside. Don’t miss the hidden gems along the wall like “Mauergeist” and pull the lever for a hidden surprise!
4. Shop for Unique Souvenirs
Dinkelsbuhl boasts a variety of charming shops and boutiques. Fall and winter are the perfect times to find seasonal gifts, ornaments, and souvenirs. As a town renowned for its local craftsmanship, you can find exquisite handcrafted items, including traditional wooden toys, ceramics, and textiles. For an edible souvenir to bring home, stop into GourmetRaum for some locally-made cheese. Don’t miss the Christmas Market if you visit during the holiday season.
5. Go Stork Spotting
Dinkelsbuhl is located in the heart of the stork region. These majestic birds roost on the town rooftops and are a symbol of good luck. Be on the lookout for the stork nest on the town hall roof. If you don’t have a chance to make it there in-person, you can watch the live stream Dinkelsbuhl stork camera here.
If you want to stay overnight in this picturesque town, we’ve got you covered. Nestled within the historic town center, Hezelhof Hotel is a true embodiment of the town’s charm located within a beautifully restored 16th-century half-timbered building. The hotel is the perfect combination of old and new, with modernly designed rooms and a wonderful restaurant for those craving traditional Bavarian cuisine. For an upscale experience, treat yourself to the Hotel Goldene Rose, a luxurious spa hotel. The hotel opened in the 1400s and has served emperors, kings, and queens over the centuries. Don’t miss the hotel’s heated roof “truss” infinity pool, accessible year-round, with a fantastic view of St George’s Cathedral.
A trip to Dinkelsbuhl during the fall or winter is a journey through history, culture, and natural beauty. With its well-preserved architecture and historic landmarks, this charming Bavarian town offers a unique and smaller town experience than its sister town, Rothenburg. Whether you’re exploring the medieval streets, walking along the town walls, or admiring the beauty of the German countryside, Dinkelsbuhl will leave you with unforgettable memories of your visit.