Germany

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.

The belltower of Dom St. Peter (St. Peter's Cathedral) in Regensburg, Germany

Europe’s Forgotten Capital – Regensburg, Germany

Regensburg, Germany is Europe’s forgotten capital city. During the Middle Ages, the Imperial Diets (General Assembly) met for nearly 1,000 years in the city of Regensburg. From 788 to 1806, Regensburg was one of the most important cities in Europe.

The Markgrafenschloss in Erlangen, Germany

Snapshots of Life in Erlangen, Germany

While this is a company town in the Franconia Valley, Erlangen is also home to an important University. Students gather on the lawns to read or play sports (soccer and a form of tight-rope walking between trees seem to be the favorites). Despite being a workaday factory town that was essentially obliterated in World War II, there is still a charm here. Days are filled with the tranquil atmosphere of a slower life.

Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria

The Castles of Mad King Ludwig: Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau

The trip from Munich to the King’s Castles—Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein—in the municipality of Schwangau in Southern Bavaria takes about two hours, but it takes you back in time over 100 years. It is perhaps fitting that these castles lie at the end of Germany’s famed Romantic Road – they perfectly evoke the romantic period. The castles, …

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The Alte Rathaus in Bamberg, Germany

Visiting the Beer Town of Bamberg, Germany

Bamberg, Germany isn’t on many people’s travel itineraries, but I was fortunate enough to discover it several years ago. Bamberg had largely escaped damage during World War II and is now preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here are the top 5 things to do in Bamberg!