A few hours in Dinkelsbühl, Bavaria, Germany

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A delicious Chocolate-Box treat along the Romantic Road

If you enjoy visiting traditional half-timbered Bavarian towns and villages, you’ll love Dinkelsbühl, it is beautiful.

A fountain with cast iron base topped with flower beds.  From it rises a single stone column with a Lion holding a heraldic shield on top.  Behind it are a couple of brightly coloured buildings and the back of a church.

Löwenbrunnen with St George’s Minster in the background

Dinkelsbühl is located along Bavaria’s Romantic Road in southern Germany. This delightful historic town was fortunate enough to have escaped the devastation of WWII. Therefore, its medieval walls and ancient towers encircling Dinkelsbühl are still intact.

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Looking across lush green long grass on the banks of a lake in front of Dinkelsbühl's medieval walls with the old town visibile.

Dinkelsbühl Medieval walls and Faulturm

The little details

When we arrived, I was taken aback at how stunningly pretty it was. What I loved was that all the shops and eateries were conforming with local tradition, to ensure that everything was in keeping with their surroundings.

Tables and chairs under parasols in front of the colourful Café am Münster.  The picturesque buildings are painted in traditional colours, the cafe supporting a historic looking mural.

Café am Münster

I think Dinkelsbühl’s council must have a strict colour palette of pinks, greens, mustard and reds. Even some of the little cottages off the main tourist lanes were painted in the historical shades.

Looking over the Löwenbrunnen fountain with the Wörnitz gate at the base of a tower.  All the buildings again are painted in traditional colours.

Löwenbrunnen and Wörnitz gate in Altrathausplatz

Altrathausplatz is a quaint little square and lovely to sit and relax in. The Wörnitz gate is the oldest in Dinkelsbühl and was heightened in the 14th century, and the clock tower dates from the 16th century.

A reference guide

I love nothing more than planning a trip and so often I use the DK Eyewitness books.  I find them  extremely informative, easy to follow and the pictures and maps tempt you into discovering more.

We used a previous version of this book to plan our Germany road trips, now you can grab the revised copy.

DK Germany Cover

Romantic Road

If you’re looking to visit Bavaria, be sure to pick up the Romantic Road. You may recognise Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Neuschwanstein from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. There are also the lovely towns of Füssen and Augsburg to visit.

Strolling Dinkelsbühl

As you amble through the town, you can’t help but keep looking up at the ornate wrought-iron shop signs, which are so elaborate and detailed. Each one is depicting the merchandise or the trade on offer at the store below.

A beautiful, traditional, smiling man-on-the-moon wrought iron Inn sign.

Ornate wrought iron Inn signs

Striking colourful gabled buildings all lovingly kept throughout its cobbled streets; you feel like you have strolled onto a movie set. Amazingly Dinkelsbühl town and architecture has been relatively unchanged for over 400 years.

A street scene focused on the fabulous half-timbered Goldene Rose Hotel with window boxes full of red flowers with tables and chairs outside.

The Goldene Rose Hotel

It isn’t surprising that Dinkelsbühl can boast of being one of Germany’s finest preserved towns.

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Dinkelsbühl to Munich is around 110 miles (175km) or alternatively if you’re in Nuremberg, it is only 57 miles (90km).

History around every corner

Dotted all through Dinkelsbühl are picture-postcard scenes, you really are spoilt for choice. The Wine Market in Marktplatz is an eye-catching row of tradesmen’s houses and stores. One of which is the Councillor’s Tavern (Ratsherrnstube). 

The stunning wooden Renaissance style Deutsches Haus was the ancestral home of the Counts of Drechsel-Deufstetten.

The ornate pink & red, half-timbered facade of the Hotel Deutsches Haus.  One of the many beautiful traditional buildings that make up Dinkelsbühl.

Hotel Deutsches Haus

A portrait street shot of three traditional buildings, each a different bold colour.

The Wine Market

The centrepiece in the heart of this Bavarian town is the imposing 15th-century Gothic-style St. George's Minster.

A statue to Christoph von Schmid, a 19th-century writer in front of the bell tower of St George’s Minster.

St George’s Minster and monument to Christoph von Schmid

A fountain with cast iron base topped with flower beds.  From it rises a single stone column with a Lion holding a heraldic shield on top.  Behind it are a couple of brightly coloured buildings and the back of a church.

St George’s Minster and Löwenbrunnen in the foreground.

Dinkelsbühl Gates

Not only is this Medieval town encompassed by its ancient wall and ramparts, but many of its towers and gates have also survived the test of time too. Nördlinger Gate still has the old town mill right next to it.

Another of the cities gates in the base of the Nördlinger Tor next to a city museum.

Nördlinger Tor

It is remarkable that these still exist and have been so well preserved and maintained. The towers that are located around the wall would have been the only routes into the centre. The towers are often named after the town that the road heads towards. 

A cobbled lane leads into one of the cities gatehouses topped with the Rothenburger Tor.

The Rothenburger Tor

The Hagelsturm tower with a stone base topped with a half-timbered upper watch house.

The Hagelsturm tower


A view along a cobbled lane inside the city walls with the Krugsturm tower at the far end.

The Krugsturm

Along the city walls of  Dinkelsbüh towards the Bäuerlinsturm tower.

The Bäuerlinsturm

Go and discover the back streets

As Dinkelsbühl dates from the late Middle Ages, there’s more to discover around the ancient town that what you immediately see along the main streets.

Looking up a large ochre-coloured half-timbered building that was once a hospital.

The former Heilig-Geist-Spital

Even though this is a popular location for visitors, just wander a couple of lanes back, and you’ll be strolling around on your own.

Beautiful homes immaculately kept you just can’t help yourself being nosey and peering in their gardens.

A bit more info

If you’re tempted with visiting Bavaria, the local tourism website gives some handy pointers.
Overlooking the gardens along the quiet cobbled back streets of Dinkelsbühl.

Quiet lanes around Dinkelsbühl

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Comments

  1. I would have to visit this town because of its adorable name but after reading this post I’m finding it hard to believe I’ve never heard of it before. It looks absolutely charming from the colourfully painted houses to those wonderful medieval towers. Bavaria is very much on our travel wishlist so I’ll be saving your post for our eventual visit. Thanks for inspiring me on #farawayfiles

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      Thanks Clare, we were quite taken aback by it too. It may be because it is reasonably close to Rothenburg ob der Tauber (which is also beautiful) that it isn’t so well known. It isn’t lacking in visitors; however, it’s easy to find quieter spots.

  2. I’ve been to Bavaria a couple times and absolutely loved it both times. I would love to go back and visit Dinkelsbühl because it looks absolutely charming. #farawayfiles

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      Yes it really is, I think because it still has so many of its walls and towers intact, it makes it so unique.

      1. Stayed at the Golden Anckor many times in the 90s into 2007. I was showing Rottweiler dogs and breeding. The town was home base for many days. Many interesting things to do.
        Walking around in the moat at night you can close your eyes and go back to the old days. I have many stories to tell.
        Super town!

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          That’s a lovely place to be based in, so picturesque. We wish we could have stayed for the evening as you usually see another perspective when there are fewer people. Although I’m certainly not complaining our few hours there were fantastic.

    1. Author

      Yes I think you should, it’s a lovely region to tour around, particularly along the Romantic Road.

    1. Author

      Thank you. If you are doing a road trip it’s a fantastic part of Germany to tour, there are so many of these cute towns.

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