Apart from the Oktoberfest and Berlin’s signature nightlife, Germany has villages that inspired the Brothers Grimm for compiling folktales and fairytales like Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. Step into the ‘alternate reality’ of these beatific villages in Germany. By Shubhanjana Das
1. Rothenburg ob der Tauber
You can only imagine the enchanting allure of this town, which attracted the filmmakers of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to its grounds. With winding cobbled alleys, medieval-era townhouses with red-tiled rooms and a Christmas celebration so grand that the entire town is transformed into a winter wonderland, it’s no surprise that Rothenburg has been a constant name on the list of Germany’s prettiest villages.
Towards the eastern part of the Black Forest park lies the idyllic, picturesque little town of Schiltach. After hiking through the trails of forest, unwind at the half-timbered houses of Schiltach along the renowned Timber-Frame road. Just a stroll through its stone-cobbled streets is enough for you to lose your heart to Schiltach.
3. Rüdesheim am Rhein
The vineyards of Rüdesheim am Rhein may have made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but it’s the romantic music of the Rhine, the castles framed by magnanimous hills and vantage points that a painter would fail to conjure up that make Rüdesheim perfect. Located around the charming Drosselgasse, Rüdesheim’s taverns and traditional restaurants make leaving the place difficult.
Quedlinburg sits there with sandy plains and pastures to the east and the stunning Harz Mountains to the west. Dotted with gabled roofs, cartoonesque houses and cobbled roads — Quedlinburg is the perfect place for a quick cool down after exploring the hiking trails and biking paths in the Harz Mountains.
If you wish to experience a village that could’ve been straight out of a book, Lindau is the place to visit. Situated almost in the middle of a lake reflecting azure blue of the sky with towering snow-capped mountains adds to the vivid scenery. Lindau’s streets are just as mesmerising, especially when the village square comes to life during Christmas when the harbour hosts the Christmas markets.
On the shore of Lake Constance is the village of Meersburg, a modern-day incarnation of a medieval, quaint-little village of Meersburg, whose city line is dotted by the seventh-century Castle of Alte Burg. Views of the lake and the alpine vista coupled with the charm of its timber-framed houses and winding, cobbled alleys are absolutely irresistible.