Small sights, big impact

Small sights with a big wow factor

Small really is beautiful. This is what strikes visitors to very special destinations in Miltenberg am Main, Nuremberg, Rothenburg ob der Tauber and the quintessentially Bavarian town of Bernried on Lake Starnberg.

Bavaria's smallest professional theatre is Lili Chapeau in the town of Miltenberg am Main. Measuring 20 m2, it stages impressive performances and has even made its way into the Guinness Book of Records. Probably the smallest castle in the world, the Töppler tower house in Rothenburg ob der Tauber might look quirky, but it's actually nothing short of amazing. Not just because it has managed to survive since 1388 as a dwelling and defensive tower in one, but it also preserves an array of impressive furnishings from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Following the tiny castle and micro-theatre, up next is a mini-cinema. Meisengeige is an absolutely charming arthouse cinema in Nuremberg that screens independent films, classics from the silent era and countless other movies for culture fans. Keeping things small, Bamberg's "Little Venice" has a hint of the lagoon city about it. Little half-timbered houses from the 17th century stand cheek by jowl what was once the fishermen's quarter. Standing on the banks of the Regnitz river, almost every one of them has its own landing for boats. During the summer, you can go on a waterbus trip to admire the buildings from the river - or if you prefer to do things in style, you can order a Venetian gondola. Finally, the tiny treats created by the confectioners at Clement Chococult in Bernried are designed to delight the tastebuds. The sweetmaking experts make their refined and exotic pralines by hand and with painstaking care.

Topplerschlösschen: Possibly the smallest castle in the world

The "Topplerschlösschen" is just one of many medieval sites in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a small town in Middle Franconia.

The small town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber attracts visitors from around the world. Anyone who visits is fascinated by this medieval old town, which resembles a setting from a ... more

Topplerschlösschen
Taubertalweg 100
91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Nearest station: Rothenburg o. d. Tauber

Chocolate and art in Bernried

Your adventure in Bernried on Lake Starnberg starts the moment you step off the train. There is a small chocolaterie called "Clement" on the station platform, where you can watch pralines be

Bernried on Lake Starnberg, with its monastery and onion dome, carefully restored country houses and old lime and oak trees, is an ancient Bavarian town. In 2007, it was awarded ... more

Chocolaterie Clement
Bahnhofstraße 25
82347 Bernried am Starnberger See

Cinemas in Nuremberg: "Meisengeige" and "Casablanca"

There's no question about it: the huge "Admiral" and "Cinecitta" cinema complexes have the largest selection of recent films. However, smaller cinemas are rather cosier and have a tad more ... more

The Meisengeige cinema
Am Laufer Schlagturm 3
90403 Nuremberg

Nearest station: Nuremberg main station

The banks of the Regnitz river in Bamberg

Venetian flair in the middle of Franconia: On the banks of the Regnitz river, many small former fisherman's cottages are crowded together in the picturesque old town of Bamberg. “Little ... more

Little Venice
Kapuzinerstraße 5
96047 Bamberg

Nearest station: Bamberg

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