Dinkelsbühl © ilovebutter
A less-crowded alternative to Rothenburg, Dinkelsbühl is another scenic medieval town on the Romantic Road. Surrounded by 16 towers along its fortified 10th-century walls, the town centre is lined with picturesque 16th-century houses and churches and a few good historical museums. A lovely way to see the city is on an evening tour led by the town's night watchman. The cobbled streets are a delight to explore and another great way to familiarise yourself with the place is by taking a stroll along the perimeter of the fortified old town. There is a nice little park to relax in if the weather is good, and bicycles can be hired.
The town museum in the town hall (which also happens to be the tourist bureau) gives a good overview of the town's long history. One of the main highlights of a visit to Dinkelsbühl is the massive 15th-century St George Church where entry is free and a quick climb up the tower will afford amazing views over the town. In fact, the whole village is a photographer's dream. No visit to Dinkelsbühl is complete without sampling the locally-made gingerbread, a town specialty.