Beginning of summer, we visited some friends who moved to Germany and spent a couple of days in their small Northern town. We didn’t expect much of the trip when we planned it, except for spending some time together with them and catching up. But we got a bit more, very much worth to be mentioned here – a lovely small town, good weather and lots of green areas to be explored, to relax and enjoy the quiet and easy pace around.
We had a similar experience a couple or years ago with these German small towns, when we visited some other friends in Nurtingen. We went there with not that high expectations and actually enjoyed the experience very much. It’s also maybe because that in the recent years we’ve been searching to travel more to smaller towns and villages, to spend more time outdoors rather than walk around big and crowded main cities.
Rheine, our destination, was such a nice surprise. Small town, very quiet and not touristic at all, with a lovely city center still preserving the German traditional architecture and with a green area surrounding it, perfect to be explored on bike or walking. This part was actually the one that conquered our hearts. We had a beautiful sunny day to spend in the nearby forest and explore the surroundings. Plus you get that German vibe, having a beer from time to time, getting a curry-wurst from the small food trailer right in the old town.
So if in search of quiet and relaxation in a super nice atmosphere while in Germany, small towns are always a good option.