To me Germany has two world class sites: the Rhine Valley and Berlin as a town overall. WWII has destroyed much. And what wasn't destroyed then was torn down to make room for progress in the 50s and 60. Eastern Germany is the part that actually has nicer old towns. So much of what is found on the German list are niche nominations lacking in wow.
Disagree with this, but I will come back with my rebuttal later. I mainly wanted to thank Meltwaterfalls for the recommendation on the chocolate and gelato shop in Erfurt on the Kramerbrucke (which I've been back to twice since 2016 and will be returning to each March/April for the Leipzig Buchmesse). Erfurt has become one of my favorite cities - and Leipzig, too, for that matter, but for its vivacity and its combination of old and new. Erfurt is all that one could hope for when it comes to a city that rewards those who, as Rilke did, would try to acquaint themselves with every nook and cranny of a city, which also has a top notch cathedral + St. Severi and dozens of other medieval churches, museums, etc. It reminds me a bit of Norwich in the amount of preserved churches. And that Goldheim chocolate.. and that gelato.. some of the most interesting tastes.
It's also a fantastic base for the area. Muhlenberg, Altenburg (this is a lovely town, the train station is a gem and when the schlosser is done restorations it will be something), Gottingen, as well as all the WHS and TWHS in the area that I have already seen (Wartburg, Weimar, Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Dessau and others). But back to the main point - thanks for Goldheim Schockoladen and Gelato.