Traveling has given us the chance to see incredible places in the world, like Lubeck, Germany.
For over a thousand years, Germany has been a commanding force in Europe. It sits at the crossroads of several different (and important) trading routes. To this day, commerce and trade is an incredibly important part of the German export-based economic machine. The country’s cars and high-tech products are sought after around the world.

Visitors to Germany frequently come to Bavaria or the Black Forrest looking a fairy tale experience: medieval villages, half-timber houses, beer and bratwurst. There’s plenty of that to go around. However, there’s more to this country than Grimm fairy tales.

World War I and World War II took a devastating toll on Germany and many war sites are now important monuments. As a country, it doesn’t shy away from these difficult and painful topics. The country has the best preserved, best marketed and most thorough collection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world. Germany has thoughtfully evaluated its contributions to world culture and has systematically preserved those sites all of humanity to enjoy.

Having been around the world many times, this is a country we keep visiting again and again. For us, there’s just so much to see and do in Germany! Here are a few of our favorite German experiences.

Visiting Platz am Tiergärtnertor, a square of bright half-timbered buildings, is one of the unique things to do in Nuremberg Germany

18 Fun Things to Do on a Weekend in Nuremberg

Dotted with medieval churches, laced together with half-timbered buildings, and punctuated by a castle from the early days of the Holy Roman Empire, Nuremberg, Germany, is bursting at the seams with history.

Miniature Wonderland in Hamburg is more than a model railroad exhibit for kids. It is the fanciful recreation of our world down to the smallest detail.

Reliving My Childhood at Miniature Wonderland

Miniature Wonderland is far more than kid’s play. This is Germany’s most popular tourist attraction. It is a perfect re-creation of our world in miniature and it is absolutely fabulous!

The Speicherstadt warehouse district is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Hamburg, Germany

Inside Hamburg’s Fascinating Warehouse District

On the surface, the idea of visiting an old warehouse district may not sound very interesting. But once we were standing in front of Hamburg’s historic Speicherstadt, it was easy to see why this unique area is so popular.

Visitors take a horse-drawn wagon across the tidal flats to Neuwerk Island in the Wadden Sea National Park.

Crossing the Wadden Sea by Horse-Drawn Carriage…Almost

“We’re going to take a horse-drawn carriage across the ocean.” I stared at Laura in disbelief. She repeated herself. I had to admit that I was baffled at what kind of experience we would actually have once we reached the Wadden Sea on Germany’s northern coast.

The Hanseatic city of Lubeck, Germany, is full of fun things to do an beautiful views -- like this one along the Trave River

36 Hours in Lubeck, Germany

The beauty of Lubeck, Germany, is complemented by divine food, great shopping, and a proud history still visible across the city today. With so much to offer, this northern German city is not to be missed, even if you’re short on time.

The Bremen Town Hall and Bremen Roland statue in Bremen, Germany, are collectively a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Perfect Place in Germany

In the center of Bremen’s Old Town stands the most perfect building in Germany. At least as far as we’re concerned.

The Wartburg Castle in Eisenach where Martin Luther took refuge.

Walking In the Footsteps of Martin Luther

In October 1517, a young theologian posted 95 theses on a church door in Germany. His name was Martin Luther and his actions changed the world. Today, the Martin Luther pilgrimage sites in Germany draw visitors from around the world.

15 Inspiring Photos of Nuremberg

In the frigid winter of 1999, I visited Nuremberg for the first time. From my first walk down the Koenigstrasse, I was smitten. That first trip was the beginning of my love affair with this historical city – a love affair that continues to this day. The city is extremely photogenic, so I can’t resist sharing some of my favorite Nuremberg photos.

The bridge over the river in Erfurt, Germany.

Rewriting Germany’s Jewish Heritage in Erfurt

Germany’s relationship with Jewish history is painful. But this is not that story. This is the remarkably unlikely story of one of Europe’s greatest treasures hidden for centuries. This is the story of a history lost – and rediscovered under unlikely circumstances. This is the story, the legend, of the Erfurt Treasure and the Old Erfurt Synagogue.