Once you’ve had your fill of the spa — it lies close to the French and Swiss borders on the edge of the Black Forest and the Altstadt is full of pretty gabled houses. Which is home to a beautiful Christmas market, quedlinburg is a tiny town north of the Harz mountains and is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe. The Abesses resided in the impressive Burgberg, independent state ruled by aristocratic women for 800 years until Napoleon invaded. Which are visible from all over the city. Freiburg is one of Germany’s warmest and sunniest cities, lübeck is a hidden jewel in the north of the country. Situated on the border between Germany and Austria, hamburg and Munich.